Seattle Genealogical Society News


  We admit we didn’t get very many submissions so we would like to extend the deadline for submission of your family history story to August 21, 2019. Here are the “rules”:
  1. 500 to 5000 words.
  2. Stories, poems etc. are all acceptable, but should be your original work. If the piece has been published before, the approval of that organization to re-publish by SGS is necessary (your responsibility to get). Items submitted in the previous SGS FHWC and not selected for publication can be reworked and resubmitted. The author retains the copyright in all cases.
  3. You do not need to be a member to submit. Board members of SGS are not allowed to submit, but former Board members are.
  4. Cite the facts, but since these are usually personal stories, there are few needed.
  5. Decision of the judges is final.
  6. Monetary prizes will be awarded to the top three submissions. Others may be selected for publication.   Submit to by end of the day on August 21, 2019.
   LOG IN AT THE NEW SGS WEBSITE! Have you checked out our new website yet? Lots to see, including a detailed listing of upcoming programs and interest group meetings for the next several months. Go to

SGS Members – Log in at the new website to access exclusive SGS publications and databases, enter your family research names in the new SGS Surname Registry, and, if you haven’t already, renew your membership for 2019-20. 

Go to Members Home and log in to your account. If you have not logged in before, follow the instructions there under “Login Problems?”. You will need to get your login name and then set your password.

After logging in, you will see an expiration notice if you have not yet renewed. Go to Member Profile and click the green “Renew Membership” button. A dues invoice will be created that you may pay right away with your credit/debit card, or print out and mail with a check to SGS.

Not a member yet? Join us during our 96th year in support of the SGS Library and family history research in our community. Click Join SGS Now.
SGS SURNAME REGISTRY Have you ever wanted to collaborate with other SGS members? Have you wondered if another member has a similar research area?

Our new website has a great feature: SGS Member Surname Registry. The registry is viewable by both members and non-members, but only SGS members may add to the list.

Find the registry by selecting Research and Databases from the menuon the left side of the Home Page ( From the list of databases, select #3. SGS Member Surname Registry. A new page will open with the surnames currently added to our growing database. You can view more details for any entry by selecting the “eye” icon, or you can message the member by selecting the email “envelope” icon. You will be routed to the Surname Inquiry Emailer. Follow the instructions to write a message on the secure website system. (We cannot guarantee that you will receive a response.)

SGS Members – When a researcher finds a matching name in the registry, they may send an email to you through the secure website system. They will not have access to your name and contact information unless you reply to their email. To add your research names to the registry go to Members Home and log in. Then open your Member Profile and go to the “Surnames” tab. Click on the “plus” icon to create a surname record. Create a separate record for each surname.    
  “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:

CGSI Genealogical & Cultural Conference, 
Lincoln, NE
October 15-19, 2019 

The Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International (CGSI) is the leader in genealogy and family history in the geographical areas now known as the Czech and Slovak Republics. Their 2019 conference is the premier event to learn about techniques for genealogical research in those areas. 

For additional information and registration, visit the 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 Labor Day, our library will be closed August 31 –  September 2nd.
Thursday, August 15, 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 5 of the 7 class series is “Using GEDmatch and 3rd Party Tools”. 

Pre-registration and class assignments are required. To register send an email to
Sunday, August 25, 10:00 am – 11:30 am, “SGS Tour of Washelli Cemetery: From Pioneers to Patriots”, special event with tour guides Lisa Oberg & Amber Brock. Tour Washelli Cemetery, 11111 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98133. Join us for a walk through Washelli Cemetery as we explore the history of this hallowed ground and the stories behind the stones including Seattle’s white founders, Medal of Honor winners, and others less well-known. Good walking shoes are recommended as the ground is uneven in areas. Limited to 15 participants.  Sign Up for Cemetery Tour
Sunday, Sept 8, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, DNA Workshop, chair person Cary Bright, Q&A first hour, while focus second hour in on Genome Mate Pro

Saturday, Sept 14, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Family Tree Maker (FTM) Users Group, co-leaders Reiley Kidd and Jesse Ramey, FTM is the genealogy software long associated with

Saturday, Sept 14, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Second Saturday Speaker Series – “Tracing People Through Time and Space Using Timelines” presented by Mary Kathryn Kozy, Come learn how timelines can help answer your family history research questions! 

Tuesday, Sept 17, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, Family History Writers’ Group,  contact Gail Stevens for more info at 
Thursday, Sept 19, 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 6 of the 7 class series is “Getting the Most Out of Ancestry DNA & My Heritage”. 

Pre-registration and class assignments are required. To register send an email to

Saturday, Sept 21, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Irish Interest Group, with Jean Roth 

Saturday, Sept 21, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, German Interest Group,  with Jean Roth