Seattle Genealogical Society News


SGS is seeking individuals who are interested in becoming a Certified Genealogist, or who are interested in knowing more about it. Registration is now open for the Spring Certification Discussion Group series. SGS members and Washington State residents will be given priority. The 7-part series is entirely online. The goal of the program is to demystify the process and ensure you are “really ready” when you submit your portfolio.

You can learn more of the details here :

To sign up, or ask a question, send an email to

10:15 AM – 3:00 PM 

New to genealogy? Get started on the right foot. Research veteran and past president of SGS, Linda Fitzgerald, will teach you how to get your genealogy project going. Come join in. It’s a full day, so bring a sack lunch. Laptops welcome, but not necessary.


The SGS Publications Committee invites you to submit articles for the Journal of the Seattle Genealogical Society. We are looking for articles about genealogical research and family history that would be of interest to our members. We welcome submissions from all areas of genealogy. Some possibilities include memoirs, research articles, how-to and problem solving articles, and genealogical technology. Book reviews, historical photographs, and blog posts are also welcome.

Help is available for inexperienced writers!

Send submissions or questions to:


Family History Fanatics,
“Finding Family Stories and Passing Them On”,
January 19th at 8:45 am Central Time. 

Speakers will be Randy Seaver, Eric Wells, Victoria Woo and Tammy Hepps. Participants will learn about how to find, preserve, and share their family stories.  Five hours of interactive instruction for the early bird price of $19.99 through January 10th, and $24.99 thereafter. More details and registration can be found at: Feel free to let any of your friends or family know about this eConference.


Unless otherwise indicated all programs will be at the SGS Library, 6200 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle. Check the SGS Web Site for additions, changes, and corrections. Programs may be canceled or postponed because of inclement weather.


Wednesday, January 17, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, MAC SIG, Sponsored jointly by SGS, Fiske, and dBug, meets quarterly at the Fiske Genealogical Library, 1644 43rd Ave E, Seattle

Saturday, January 20, 10:15am – 12:15pm, Irish SIG, with Jean Roth
Saturday, January 20, 1:00pm – 2:30pm, German SIG, with Jean Roth

Saturday, January 27, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm, DNA SIG, this group meets at the Wedgwood Presbyterian Church, 8008 35th Ave NE, Seattle. For more information contact Co-chaired by Cary Bright and Herb McDaniel. This is an extended meeting. The first 30 minutes will be dedicated to beginners, those new to DNA.


Friday, February 2, 10:15 am – 3:00 pm, Beginning Genealogy Class All you need to bring is a pencil and a sack lunch! You are welcome to bring your laptop. The instructor, Linda Fitzgerald, will provide a handout of class materials.

Saturday, February 3, 10:15am – 12:15pm, Family Tree Interest Group, Lou Daly, leader of this special interest group exploring all the features of the tool Family Tree on

Sunday, February 4, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, DNA Workshop, Led by Cary Bright with first hour on a specific topic, and the second hour open for sharing DNA issues with focus on GenomeMate Pro.

Saturday, February 10, 10:15am – 12:15pm, Family Tree Maker (FTM) Users Group, leaders Reiley Kidd & Betty Ravenholt, this group meets  the second Saturday of every even month, FTM is the tool long associated with

Saturday, February 10 , 1:00pm – 3:00pm, Second Saturday Speaker Series, “Using Academic Libraries for genealogy Research” with Lisa Oberg

Sunday, February 11, 1:30pm – 3:00pm, Scandinavian SIG, with Karen Knudson. Jill Morelli will give her talk “Finding your Nordic Parish of Birth” & be available for questions following the presentation.

Saturday, February 17, 10:15am – 12:15pm, Irish SIG, with Jean Roth
Saturday, February 17, 1:00pm – 2:30pm, German SIG, with Jean Roth