Seattle Genealogical Society News

OUR NEW WEBSITE IS HERE! We are pleased to announce the launch of our new website — !

Creating a new website has been on our “to do” list for several years. The new website means that SGS members, and visitors alike, can benefit from our online content. It is easier to navigate and offers quick and easy access to essential information and features. 

The new site offers SGS greater flexibility for incorporating changes and smoother administrative operations, which results in more benefits that we can pass on to our members, our supporters, and our website visitors. We hope that you will spend some time on the site to get an idea of the offerings, where to find your old favorites, and discover some new ones as well. 

Special note to SGS members: As a benefit of membership, you have a secure individual account to access members-only content on the new website. Watch your email for a notice from SGS with your login information. When you receive the notice, please visit the new website and login to activate your account. 

Check us out!   URGENT! 

We still need volunteers to help at the Seattle Genealogical Society booth during the Pacific Northwest Scottish Highland Games in Enumclaw, July 27 & 28. 

If you can help, please contact us ASAP. Send along your name, email address, phone number to : 

You also may contact Jean Roth with any questions at 206 782-2629.
Interested in creating your family history stories and sharing them with others in an effort to improve your writing? 

The Family History Writers’ Group SIG will resume meeting from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, on the third Tuesday of each month, beginning on Tueday, September 17th.  For more information contact Gail Stevens at: 

Everyone is welcome.  Come check it out.     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.   
Conference details and registration can be found at:   

“2019 Northwest Genealogy Conference”, 
Stillaguamish Valley Genealogy Society, 
Byrnes Performing Arts Center, 
18821 Crown Ridge Blvd,
Arlington, WA 
August 14-17, 2019 

As they do every year, the Stillaguamish Valley Genealogy Society kicks off their summer genealogy conference by offering free Beginning Genealogy classes on Wednesday, August 14th, from 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm.  

For complete details on the offerings of this multi-day, premier conference, visit their website:
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. In observance of Independence Day, our library will be closed July 4th – July 8th.
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.” 

Pre-registration required. To register send an email to Deadline to register is July 15, to allow you time to complete the required assignment. Class assignments are part of the learning experience and you must be on our list to receive them by email.