Seattle Genealogical Society News

Each quarter, the Seattle Genealogical Society recognizes one volunteer as our Volunteer of the Quarter. Our Volunteer for Winter 2019 is Bernice Keller.

Bernice has been both a member and volunteer of SGS for over 20 years. Bernice caught the genealogy bug early in life – her mother researched their family history, interviewed the previous generation and passed along her findings and love of genealogy to Bernice. Bernice began her own research in the 1970’s, including New Hampshire, New Jersey, Ohio, Iowa, Kansas, Germany, Kentucky and Indiana. That is a lot of ground to cover! Bernice still finds new information on her ancestors, as more resources and tools have become available.

One of her first, and still memorable, experiences at SGS was a beginning genealogy class taught by our Past President, Marilyn Rose. Bernice has volunteered with our seminars, at the front desk (monthly), as a library trustee and with the archives committee (weekly). Bernice enjoys greeting new people and introducing them to our library and online research tools. As a member of the our archives committee, Bernice enjoys working with other SGS members and finding treasures in the archives donated to SGS.

Besides her passion for genealogy and dedication to the Seattle Genealogical Society, Bernice enjoys hiking, gardening, church activities and spending time with her family, including four great-grandchildren.

This is our second time recognizing Bernice as Volunteer of the Quarter – she was Volunteer of the Quarter for Spring, 2012.

Thank you, Bernice, for your ongoing contributions to SGS!
  Seattle Genealogical Society is thrilled to announce we will be launching our new website in the upcoming weeks. SGS members should watch their email for notification of the new website and login instructions. Other subscribers to the enews! can watch this space for an announcement with the address to the new website. We hope you find the new website not only easier to use, but that it provides more comprehensive information on our activities, library and databases.

Our new website is hosted by Easy Net Sites, a service specifically designed for genealogical societies. This will allow us to provide more digital content to our online visitors.

  DID YOU RENEW YOUR SGS MEMBERSHIP? SGS Members! Thank you for your participation in our all-volunteer, non-profit society. We look forward to your continued support during our 96th year, as we face the challenges of maintaining our public research library, preserving records and providing educational programs and activities for exploring family history.

Annual memberships expired May 31, 2019. If you have not already done so, please use one of the links below to renew your membership through May 31, 2020.

Not a member yet? Now is a great time to join SGS and obtain a full year of discounted class and event registration fees, free research requests, and access to exclusive SGS publications and databases.
  Join or Renew Online

Print out a Membership Application     SAVE THE DATE “Researching Family in Pennsylvania”,
The Historical Society of Pennsylvania,
Philadelphia, PA
July 29-August 2, 2019
Do you have Pennsylvania ancestors? Is a research trip to Philadelphia on your wish list? If so, here is an opportunity for a one-week immersion in Pennsylvania record sources, in the heart of Center City Philadelphia.
Geared to all researcher levels, with a focus on original record sources as well as the outstanding holdings in the Historical Society of Pennsylvania Library, this course will deepen your research skills and acquaint you with Pennsylvania¹s unique resources. Course highlights:
  * Pennsylvania court and vital records 
* Land and tax records 
* Revolutionary War and militia records 
* Early German, Moravian, and Quaker and Welsh settlers 
* Western Pennsylvania research        
The Holiday Inn Express Philadelphia-Midtown, 1305 Walnut Street, has rooms available for registrants at $144.00/night. To reserve a room call: 215-735-9300 and mention HSP.   
To view the course outline, speaker biographies, and to register, visit   
Or you may call the Historical Society of Pennsylvania with your questions, (215) 732-6200.
Plan to arrive early or stay on after the course to extend your research in Philadelphia, or the surrounding counties. Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties all have an archive and a historical society.
SGS CALENDAR OF EVENTS 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.   JUNE
  Saturday, June 15, 10:15 am-12:15 pm, Irish Special Interest Group,  with Jean Roth
Saturday, June 15, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm, German Special Interest Group,  with Jean Roth

Thursday, June 20, 6:00 pm-7:45 pm, DNA Learning Series Class 3: “I Got My Results… Now What?”,  with Cary Bright and Craig K Gowen. This series is for current members of the Seattle Genealogical Society (SGS) and the Sno-Isle Genealogical Society (SIGS) only. Free advance registration is required for each class.  These classes will be held at the Mountlake Terrace – Sno-Isle Libraries, 23300 58th Ave W, Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043. To register, email :

Saturday, June 22, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm, “Dissecting A Civil War Pension Record–Union and Confederate,” presented by Jill Morrelli. Have you identified a Union or Confederate Civil War soldier in your ancestry? Lucky you! These records are the most accessible and information-rich of all military records. We will discuss the history of these records, who was included and excluded, and the changes in the law. Typical contents will be reviewed of two examples and, of course, there is a story. This is a beta test.

Saturday, June 29, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm,  DNA SIG, this group meets quarterly at the Wedgwood Presbyterian Church, 8008 35th Ave NE, Seattle. Co-chaired by Cary Bright and Herb McDaniel.
For more information, contact
  JULY   Saturday, July 13, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Family Tree Maker (FTM) Users Group –  Special presentation: Using Source Templates in Family Tree Maker, presented by Janet Stroebel, leader of the FTM Users Group at the Eastside Genealogical Society. Come learn how the templates in Family Tree Maker can help streamline the important and often challenging process of creating source citations.

Sunday, July 14, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm, Scandinavian Special Interest Group, with Karen Knudson.  Bring your projects and share your discoveries with others. We’ll look at what’s new in Arkivdigital for Swedish researchers and review the best way to use Digitalarkivet for Norwegian researchers. If you are researching in Finland or Denmark, come and share your expertise.
  Thursday, July 18, 6:00 pm – 7:45 pm, “DNA Learning Series”, at Mountlake Terrace Sno-Isle Library  
Seattle and Sno-Isle Genealogical Societies are co-sponsoring the “DNA Learning Series.” 
Class 4 of the seven series is “Understanding your Autosomal DNA & DNA inheritance.” 

This is a class you must pre-register for by sending an email to Deadline to register is July 15, to allow enough time for you to do the assignment. Pre-class assignments are part of the learning experience and you must be on our list to receive them by email.