Seattle Genealogical Society News

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM PDT 

Join us for a virtual, informal social gathering via Zoom. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists. Sue Jensen, Director of the SGS Library, will be the facilitator. 
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM PDT

Interested in researching your female ancestors, but running into a dead end? Come learn through the stories of local Puget Sound women how to unearth the herstory of your female ancestors utilizing the variety of records created at the end of their lives. Lisa Oberg and Amber Brock will present, “Unearthing Herstories In Cemeteries”. 
Native American Genealogy & Research – Webinar (Virtual),
Oklahoma Genealogical Society,
Oklahoma City, OK 
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 

Rick Fogarty, instructor of Native American tribal genealogy and a citizen of the Muscogee Creek Nation, will be the presenter at this online event. For additional information visit the website of the Oklahoma Genealogical Society:

Fund Raising Seminar (Virtual),
the South King County Genealogical Society, 
Auburn, WA
October 24, 2020 

This 2020 virtual conference will feature Diahan Southard presenting two sessions on DNA 

  • “No Tree? No Problem”  at 10 am
  • “Connecting Your DNA Matches” at noon 

Visit the website for more info and registration.

SGS CALENDAR OF EVENTS* In consideration of COVID-19 social distancing recommendations, the SGS Library is closed until further notice and SGS in-person events have been replaced with online events.
** Go to the SGS Website Calendar of Events for the meeting links and for any last minute updates or changes to the schedule.  

Saturday, Oct 17, 2020,  9:00 am – 3:00 pm, 

SGS 2020 Fall Seminar (Virtual) –  with Blaine Bettinger, professional genealogist specializing in DNA evidence.
Saturday, Oct 31, 2020,  1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, 

Virtual Cemetery Tour with Lisa Oberg & Amber Brock – “Unearthing Herstories in Cemeteries”, virtual online – the link will be on the SGS website calendar of events. 

Sunday, Nov 1, 2020,  1:00 pm – 3:00 pm,  

DNA Workshop SIG (Virtual), Is back! For now it will be online via Zoom. Watch for details. Chaired by Cary Bright and her new co-chair, Craig Gowens.

Saturday, Nov 7, 2020,  10:15 am – 12:15 pm,

FamilySearch Interest Group, Discover the many ways to use Family Tree and FamilySearch. Featuring a different aspect of the website each meeting. There will be time for Q & A.  Chaired by Lou Daly.

Saturday, Nov 7, 2020,  1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, 

Digging Deeper: Researching Women’s History, Beyond census records and vital records, a wealth of information can be found about the experiences of our female ancestors in archives and other special collections. This workshop is aimed at learning how archives are arranged in order to locate information when researching women’s history. Presented by Lisa Oberg. Lisa is the Associate Director and the History of Science and Medicine Curator for Special Collections in the UW Libraries.    This workshop is part of the Seattle Genealogical Society’s lecture and workshop series: Women’s Suffrage in your Family History. We thank the Washington State Historical Society for their grant in support of our project. For more information, see

Wednesday, Nov 11, 2020,  7:00 pm – 9:00  pm,  

Mac Computer Interest Group, sponsored by SGS and Fiske, this group meets every other month from October through June on the second Wednesday of the month from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. via Zoom. Meetings are open to the public and address topics and resources helpful for those using MacIntosh (Apple) computers and the Reunion program in their genealogy research.

The link to logon will be sent to the MAC SIG email list. People wishing to attend should email to be added to the mailing list.

Co-Chairs: Lisa Marker and Diane Hettrick  

Saturday, Nov 14, 2020, 10:15 am-12:15 pm,

 Family Tree Maker (Virtual), We’re back. Learn and share tips and tricks for using  Software MacKiev  With Rob Sexton.

Saturday, Nov 14, 2020, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, 

Second Saturday:  For the Record: Memoir, Oral History, And Writing Family Stories,  author and archivist Claire Gebben leads participants through exercises and strategies for writing about the past, especially in the creation of memoir. This session guides you to the art, and heart of telling your story.

Monday, Nov 23, 2020, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm,  

Quilting Your Family History, Cozy up with a quilt and a cup of tea, cocoa or coffee and learn about the role of quilts in family history. Kathy Emmel’s special presentation will feature 14 quilts she has made that showcase family history, stories and heritage, as well as celebrations, historical events and groups of people.