Seattle Genealogical Society News


Coming up in 2020, the Seattle Genealogical Society will commemorate the 100th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage with educational events including lectures, workshops, articles, a resource guide, and an exhibit in our library.
  Join us on a path of exploration. Learn to access and use genealogical tools and techniques to successfully discover female ancestors and write their stories. Learn about the expanding civic role of women, explore the changes in women’s lives and that of their families and communities, culminating in the passage of the 19th Amendment.

In the Fall of 2020, SGS plans to publish a special edition of our Journal of the Seattle Genealogical Society with articles describing the changing roles of women’s lives from 1880-1920, especially in Washington state. We hope to hear the stories of your female ancestors; whether they resided in our state, or elsewhere.
  If you are interested in sharing a story, photo, or a genealogical gem, please contact Heidi Mair, Director of Volunteers, .  We want to thank the Washington State Historical Society for their grant in support of our project.  For more information, see

As we move towards the upcoming SGS election in April 2020. there are a few positions for which we need candidates:

  • Vice President
  • Treasurer
  • Director of Publications
  • Director of Volunteers
  • Directory of Social Media
  • Nominating Committee (six positions, for 2021-2022 election)

Short descriptions of the duties associated with these positions can be found on the SGS website (see New officers and directors will assume their offices in early June 2020. If you have questions regarding these positions, the outgoing directors of these offices are more than willing to discuss the position responsibilities. The new Nominating Committee members (also voted on by the membership) will not start their work until Fall 2020 in preparation for the 2021-2022 elections. 

If you have any questions or are interested in any of these open positions. please email or call the main SGS phone number (206-522-8658) and leave a message.    
IT’S THE GIVING SEASON!   Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to support the Seattle Genealogical Society and Library during our Annual Appeal this December.    SGS 2019 Annual AppealDonate Now Online   If you have a Paypal account, you may donate to SGS via the Paypal Giving Fund. The transaction fee will be waived and your gift will be matched with an additional 1% by the fund. Go to:  Paypal Giving Fund – SGS     THANK YOU!

MyHeritage and are pleased to announce that registration is now open for its 2020 Legacy Family Tree Webinars series, now in its 10th year. Choose from 100 classes on a range of topics from genealogy’s leading educators. Such an easy way to learn. Three SGS members are featured speakers: Janice Lovelace, Trish Hackett Nicola, and Jill Morelli. 
Click here to register (free).

SAVE THE DATEJewish Genealogical Society of Washington State, 
“Finding My Roots: Using the Entire Genealogy Toolbox”,

LDS Factoria Building,
4200 124th Ave SE,
Bellevue, WA  98006

Monday, January 13, 2020   The secrets that Coral Grant’s grandparents thought were safe eventually became unraveled through the magic of DNA, archival research, and tenacity. The truth revealed an unknown ancestor and a truly rich Latvian heritage. Working back in time, this adventure begins in the Garment District of Toronto, Canada in the early 1930’s and ends deep in the Latvian countryside of the 18th century. The journey includes a life altering deportation during World War I. Come hear all that speaker Coral Grant has to share. 

Doors open at 6:30 pm. Free admission, refreshments, & WiFi.  The program begins promptly at 7:15 pm. 
Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society, 
“Did My Ancestors Really Pay for the Mayflower Voyage?”,
6111 188th Pl NE
Arlington, WA 98223
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
1:00 pm- 2:00 pm

While researching her English ancestral roots, Lori Lee Sauber keeps seeing non-specific references to her family being among the merchant group who provided the capital for the Mayflower voyage…but is it true? Follow the research trail as Lori Lee identifies whether this may be factual or just a myth propagated by others through the years.This meeting is free and open to the public.

Spring 2020 SGS Seminar 
with Fritz Juengling,
Fairview Christian School,
844 NE 78th St,
Seattle, WA

Saturday, May 16, 2020   Mr Juengling is the German, Dutch and Scandinavian Research Specialist at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. SGS is happy to have Fritz as the presenter for our spring seminar.   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. The Library will be closed Dec 21, 2019 – Jan 1, 2020 for the Winter Holiday. 
Sunday, January 5, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm, DNA Workshop SIG with leader Cary Bright

Wednesday, January 8, 7:00 pm-9:00 pm, MAC Computer SIG, co-chairs Lisa Marker & Diane Hettrick. Meets every other month at the Fiske Genealogical Library in Madison Park, 1644 43rd Ave E, Seattle, WA. Jointly sponsored by SGS & Fiske. Open to the public. Focuses on resources for users of Macintosh/Apple computers & the Reunion Program.

Saturday, January 11, 10:15 am-12:15 pm, Family Tree Maker (FTM) Users Group, with co-chairs Reiley Kidd & Jess Ramey, Learn and share tips and tricks for using Family Tree Maker 2017 by Software MacKiev   Saturday, January 11,  1:00 pm-3:00 pm, Second Saturday Series: “Fraktur und Fremdworter: Hacks for Reading Foreign Books & Newspapers” –  presenter will be Mary Kircher Roddy.

Sunday, January 12,  1:00 pm-3:00 pm, Scandinavian SIG, lead by Karen Knudson, this group will be reviewing new searches from Arkivdigital (Swedish Research) and Digitalarkivet (Norwegian Research). Everyone is welcome to come and share their research.

Saturday, January 18, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Irish  SIG, with Jean Roth
Saturday, January 18, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, German  SIG, with Jean Roth

Saturday, January 25, 10:00am-12:30pm, DNA SIG, Meets quarterly in the fellowship hall of Wedgwood Presbyterian Church, 8008 35th Ave NE, Seattle. Come early for the Beginner Session 9:30-10:00am. Co-chairs Cary Bright & Herb McDaniel. An annual $5 contribution is collected at the door to fund rental of the space.   


Saturday, February 8, 10:15 am-12:15 pm, FamilySearch  SIG, with leader Lou Daly, discover the many ways to use Family Tree & Each meeting will feature an aspect of the FamilySearch website.  There will be time for Q&A.  

Saturday, February 8,  1:00 pm-3:00 pm, Second Saturday Series: “The Price of Love: American Women, the Cable Act and Lost Citizenship” – presenter will be Lisa Oberg. American women proselytized and protested for more than 70 years to finally win the right to vote. And yet, the victory wasn’t complete with the ratification of the 19th amendment in 1920. Come learn more. 

Saturday, February 15, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Irish  SIG, with Jean Roth
Saturday, February 15, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, German  SIG, with Jean Roth