Ferndale Genies Monthly Meeting:   3rd Monday, 1:00-3:30 at Ferndale Library.

Due to a holiday our next meeting will be on Friday, Feb 15.  Judith will give her take on the Research Like a Pro Mini Challenge, including a walk through their seven-step research process.

There will be ample time for questions and research.  Come prepared with questions and passwords.  Bring a computing device or plan to borrow a library laptop.

A Time to Write:  Meetings are the 1st Monday of each month 2:30-4:00.  Better contact Loretta Willems to confirm dates:

Loretta Willems leads a group for people wanting to write their stories, either their own memories or the stories they revealed in their genealogical research.  Loretta is the author of The Gift of Laughter: The Story of a California Mennonite Family.  She attends the Whatcom Writers and Publishers group and spoke to the Ferndale Genies about writing.  

Whatcom Genealogical Society (WGS):   2nd Mondays, 2:00-3:30 or so.  Bellingham Elks Lodge at 710 Samish Way. Park around back and enter the lower level. 

February 11 – Whatcom Genealogical Society’s 50th Anniversary Celebration! – Jeff Jewell from the Whatcom Museum Photo Archives will speak about local records.

March 11 – “Ins and Outs of Indexes: Keys to Unlock Probates, Deeds and More” with Mary Kircher Roddy

Skagit Valley Genealogical Society, 2nd Saturday, 1pm – 3pm
Burlington Public Library, 820 E Washington Ave, Burlington, WA 98233, USA (map)

Saturday, February 9, Cancelled due to forecast of bad weather.

Sat. March 9 meeting from 1-3pm at the Burlington Library for "I Remember Mama - I Just Don't Remember Her Maiden Name." Mary Kircher Roddy is the guest genealogist/speaker. She will discuss how to trace the female line in your family tree and how to get around the challenges of not knowing your female ancestor's maiden name.

Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society meets second Tuesday of each month from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society Library at 6111 188th Pl. NE, Arlington, WA.

Tuesday, Feb. 12 – “Organized Research from Cradle to Grave” with Lori Lee Sauber

 Spring Seminars

Whatcom GS Saturday, March 16, 2019, 9:00-4:00– Whatcom Genealogical Society Seminar featuring Professional Genealogist Cyndi Ingle, of Cyndi’s List fame. Topics: Hidden Web, Be Your Own Digital Assistant, 10 Resources I Use Every Day, Go West Young Man.  Register at

Skagit GS Saturday, March 23, 9:00-3:30.   “Nordic Roots” focusing on Vikings and Swedish Research.  Non-members $55 before March 1.

Tacoma-Pierce County GS Saturday April 27, 9:00-4:00.  Featuring Michael Lacopo with topics: More Than the Census, German Genealogy on the Internet, Incorporating Social History, and A Case Study using female research and family analysis.  Non-members $45 until April 20.  Also has Friday Evening dessert buffet and talk for $10.  Registration:  Click on “Download a Brochure”.

Olympia GS   Saturday, March 30, 2019, 8:30-3:30.  Beyond the Basics: Genetic Genealogy in Practice with Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.DNon-members $60 before March 18.

Seattle GS  May 18-19 with  “Your DNA Guide” Diahan Southard

National Events:
RootsTech, Salt Lake City, UT, Feb. 27-March 2, 2019

Paid Virtual Pass: 18 filmed classes, full price $129, there is a 10% discount code if you ask at

National Genealogical Society
2019 Conference, May 8-11, St. Charles, MO

Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree, May 31 - June 2, 2019

For details look under Jamboree:
50th Birthday Bash starring CeCe Moore, Judy Russell, and Josh Taylor.
Also streaming 2018 Conference sessions for a fee.
Society offers free monthly webinars.

Northwest Genealogy Conference
August 14-17, 2019
Arlington, WA
Will feature Angie Bush, Michael Strauss & Thomas MacEntee plus other presenters. Class information will be available soon.

Federation of Genealogical Societies
2019 Conference, August 21-24, Washington, DC

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