Seattle Genealogical Society News


SGS is seeking individuals who are interested in becoming a Certified Genealogist, or who are interested in knowing more about it. Registration is now open for the Spring Certification Discussion Group series. SGS members and Washington State residents will be given priority. The 7-part series is entirely online. The goal of the program is to demystify the process and ensure you are “really ready” when you submit your portfolio.

You can learn more of the details here :

To sign up, or ask a question, send an email to

10:15 AM – 3:00 PM 

New to genealogy? Get started on the right foot. Research veteran and past president of SGS, Linda Fitzgerald, will teach you how to get your genealogy project going. Come join in. It’s a full day, so bring a sack lunch. Laptops welcome, but not necessary.


The SGS Publications Committee invites you to submit articles for the Journal of the Seattle Genealogical Society. We are looking for articles about genealogical research and family history that would be of interest to our members. We welcome submissions from all areas of genealogy. Some possibilities include memoirs, research articles, how-to and problem solving articles, and genealogical technology. Book reviews, historical photographs, and blog posts are also welcome.

Help is available for inexperienced writers!

Send submissions or questions to:


Family History Fanatics,
“Finding Family Stories and Passing Them On”,
January 19th at 8:45 am Central Time. 

Speakers will be Randy Seaver, Eric Wells, Victoria Woo and Tammy Hepps. Participants will learn about how to find, preserve, and share their family stories.  Five hours of interactive instruction for the early bird price of $19.99 through January 10th, and $24.99 thereafter. More details and registration can be found at: Feel free to let any of your friends or family know about this eConference.


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.


Wednesday, January 17, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, MAC SIG, Sponsored jointly by SGS, Fiske, and dBug, meets quarterly at the Fiske Genealogical Library, 1644 43rd Ave E, Seattle

Saturday, January 20, 10:15am – 12:15pm, Irish SIG, with Jean Roth
Saturday, January 20, 1:00pm – 2:30pm, German SIG, with Jean Roth

Saturday, January 27, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm, DNA SIG, this group meets at the Wedgwood Presbyterian Church, 8008 35th Ave NE, Seattle. For more information contact Co-chaired by Cary Bright and Herb McDaniel. This is an extended meeting. The first 30 minutes will be dedicated to beginners, those new to DNA.


Friday, February 2, 10:15 am – 3:00 pm, Beginning Genealogy Class All you need to bring is a pencil and a sack lunch! You are welcome to bring your laptop. The instructor, Linda Fitzgerald, will provide a handout of class materials.

Saturday, February 3, 10:15am – 12:15pm, Family Tree Interest Group, Lou Daly, leader of this special interest group exploring all the features of the tool Family Tree on

Sunday, February 4, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, DNA Workshop, Led by Cary Bright with first hour on a specific topic, and the second hour open for sharing DNA issues with focus on GenomeMate Pro.

Saturday, February 10, 10:15am – 12:15pm, Family Tree Maker (FTM) Users Group, leaders Reiley Kidd & Betty Ravenholt, this group meets  the second Saturday of every even month, FTM is the tool long associated with

Saturday, February 10 , 1:00pm – 3:00pm, Second Saturday Speaker Series, “Using Academic Libraries for genealogy Research” with Lisa Oberg

Sunday, February 11, 1:30pm – 3:00pm, Scandinavian SIG, with Karen Knudson. Jill Morelli will give her talk “Finding your Nordic Parish of Birth” & be available for questions following the presentation.

Saturday, February 17, 10:15am – 12:15pm, Irish SIG, with Jean Roth
Saturday, February 17, 1:00pm – 2:30pm, German SIG, with Jean Roth

Puget Sound Genealogical Society January Meeting Correction

Puget Sound Genealogical Society

Wednesday, Jan 24, 1pm – 2pm
at Kitsap Regional Library 1301 Sylvan Way, Bremeron
with Jolene Aitchison – Discover which popular online sites can help
you locate your ancestors from England, Wales and Scotland.
General Meeting of PSGS – everyone welcome
Jackie Horton, Publicity Chairperson

Seattle Genealogical Society Class

You Are Invited
Saturday, January 13, 2018
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
at the SGS Library
with Trish Hackett Nicola

“Chinese Exclusion Act –
Original Documents at NARA Seattle”

Please join us for a 2nd Saturday presentation by Trish Hackett Nicola!

There are over 50,000 Chinese Exclusion Act case files at NARA-Seattle–all original documents. The Act was in effect from 1882 to 1943. Each file contains about 7-10 pages, sometimes more. The files include biographical information about the applicant, and sometimes his family and friends, affidavits from Chinese and Caucasian witnesses, maps, vital records, court records, photos and other unique items. This presentation will explain what led up to the Act being passed, who was excluded, give you examples of the documents and photos, and tell you how to search the records.


Puget Sound Genealogical Society January Meeting

Puget Sound Genealogical Society

Wednesday, Jan 24, 1pm – 2pm
at Kitsap Regional Library 1301 Sylvan Way, Bremeron
with Jolene Aitchison – Discover which popular online sites can help
you locate your ancestors from England, Wales and Scotland.
General Meeting of PSGS – everyone welcome
Jackie Horton, Publicity Chairperson

Tri-City Genealogical Society January Meeting

Dear Members and Guests:
Don’t forget to attend our next TCGS meeting which will be this coming Wednesday, January 10th as our guest speaker, Heather Murphy will give a presentation on Tracing Female Ancestors.
Place: Benton County PUD Auditorium at the corner of Hwy #395 and 10th Street in Kennewick
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Beginning Genealogy Class: 6:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. (Why Finding the Original is so Important)
Genealogy Book Sale – bring your checkbook or a supply of one dollar bills as we will not have the means to provide change.
As with each TCGS meeting, we encourage you to invite a friend and to help spread the word about TCGS.  If you have any questions, please call 943-9322.
Art Kelly
Tri-City Genealogical Society V.P./Program & Publicity Chair

German Interest Group of The Eastside Genealogical Society Meeting

The German Interest Group of The Eastside Genealogical Society (EGS) will meet on Friday, February 2, 2018, from 1 to 3 pm in the Relief Society Room of the LDS Church at 10675 NE 20thSt, Bellevue, WA 98004 with doors opening at 12:45 pm for networking. Visitors are always welcome at our meetings.       

Topic: Learn about a major website used by genealogists in Germany —  It has various databases and features but they were all originally written in the German language with a few English language options. There’s Historic Geo Information, some Local Heritage Books, Regional Portals, Meta search, User Contributed Family Trees, and much more. Come learn about this exciting website and the easiest ways to translate the German language on those web pages.

Speaker: Dorothy Pretare started collecting family history in 1995 and is active in 2 local genealogical societies, leader of the EGS German Interest Group and a member of 2 societies in Minnesota.  In 2008, she visited her ancestral villages in old East Germany and present day Poland.


For more information, kindly visit our website here.  

Clark County Genealogical Society January Events


Thursdays: Jan 25, Feb 1 & 8-10-noon; Feb 15-12-2 pm

Beginning Thursday, January 25, there will be a four-week workshop session at CCGS called, Your Story, Your Book. Each two-hour weekly class will focus on a different topic. By the end of the fourth session students will have learned everything from the fundamentals of gathering and writing content, editing and proofing, formatting a book for publishing, and getting your book printed for approximately $2.50/each. Cost is $48 for members and $60 for non-members. Call to register at 360-750-5688.


Wed, 10 Jan 2018: 5-6:30 pm

CCGS Education Center

This Legacy Family Tree webinar session will focus on the effort to balance time, quality and completion of a research project. The first segment will look at the process from research concept to logistics including the conflicting issues between the researcher and previous research. This will include the movement from basic data collection, evaluation and analysis to the development of a direction and specific actions.


Thu, 11 Jan 2018: 10:30 am to 12 pm

CCGS Education Center

Clark County Genealogical Society and Focus Group member, Kay Cooke, will talk about walking in the footsteps of her Norwegian and Swedish ancestors during the summer of 2017. She will touch on the genealogy research conducted, the extensive help received via the internet and from friends and family, and the route traveled in the scenic lands of her roots.



Fri, 12 Jan 2018: 11 am to 12:30 pm

CCGS Education Center

Descendants of former slaveholders come from all walks of life. DNA and renewed interest in family history research continue to unearth this phenomena for thousands of people every day. In this Legacy Family Tree Webinar, learn how to confirm slaveholding ancestors and the tools needed to trace and identify living descendants of their formerly enslaved.



Tues, 16 Jan 2018: 5-6:30 pm

CCGS Education Center

Thomas Stone left few records when he died in 1791 in Prince William County, Virginia. No document or reference names his parentage. Finding Thomas’s father took thirty years. Using indirect evidence and helped by technological advances, Thomas’s father has been found. Land records make the case. This Legacy Family Tree webinar demonstrates the process of creating a proof argument to identify Thomas’s father.



Wed, 17 Jan 2018: 11 am – 12:30 pm

CCGS Education Center

Geni is the best platform for collaborative genealogy, which makes it absolutely the best place to build your family tree. In this Legacy Family Tree Webinar, you’ll learn how to take your genealogy to the next level using Geni’s unique tools.


Tue, Jan 23, 2017:  10 am to noon

CCGS Education Center

If you interested in genealogy, come to the Clark County Genealogical Society’s (CCGS) monthly membership meeting. The program is “Paper and Spit,” the title of Don Anderson’s 2017 book about his journey to find his birth parents. Born in Oregon during the era of sealed adoption records, Don started his journey knowing very little. Follow along as this engaging and energetic speaker describes the process that he used to discover his first parents, utilizing a combination of traditional genealogy and DNA. Learn what to say when making first contact with newly discovered relatives.



Wed, 24 Jan 2018: 11 am – 12:30 pm

CCGS Education Center

Explore numerous sources that can further genealogical research to help individuals identify a qualifying ancestor in order to join the Jamestown Society. This Legacy Family Tree Webinar covers planning research, finding source documents, helpful websites, business records, and common research pitfalls in genealogical research and how to avoid them.


Bainbridge Island Genealogical Society (BIGS) January Meeting

  The Bainbridge Island Genealogical Society (BIGS) will meet Friday, Jan 19, 2018, at the Bainbridge Island Public Library, 1270 Madison Ave N, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110, from 10:00a.m. – 12 noon. Presented by BIGS Members, the topic is  “Arriving in America: Passenger Lists and Ports of Arrival from Colonial Times to the Present”. Free to members, a $5.00 donation is suggested for nonmembers. For more information go to or call 206-780-8009. BIGS is a 501c(3) non-profit organization.

Federation of Genealogical Societies January Webinar

The Federation of Genealogical Societies is ringing in the 2018 Webinar Series with, “An Unlikely Society Ally – the Board of Tourism,” presented by David E. Rencher:
Nearly every community has a Board of Tourism whose purpose is to attract visitors to come to their locality and spend money! Genealogists have an incredible key to generating revenue and thus tax dollars for their community. If you want to get community support and visibility for your society – dangle the money in front of the city council. This is also a perfect way to grow your society and get you noticed locally and nationally. Spend an hour learning about an aspect of marketing your society that you may not have considered!
David E. Rencher, AG, CG, FUGA, FIGRS, is the Chief Genealogical Officer for FamilySearch. He has been a professional genealogist since 1977 and is a past president of FGS.
This webinar will be held on January 18, 1018 at 7:00 p.m. Central Time, and will be recorded for viewing on the FGS website shortly after its conclusion. Please register in advance.

NEXT TIME: Amy Johnson Crow will present “Breaking Out of the Box: Creative Thinking for Your Society,” on February 15, 2018 – register today!
About the Webinar Series
Each month, the FGS Webinar Series will feature a new and interesting topic, ranging from recruitment and volunteer management to technology, publications, and working with your local tourism board.
Webinars are held on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. Central Time. Advance registration is required. Regular updates will be shared via the FGS Voice blog, FGS Voice Newsletter, and social media.

Speakers interested in presenting topics should contact Jen Baldwin, Education Chair, at
Are you looking for a rewarding and beneficial way to volunteer? The Education Committee at FGS could use your expertise. Please contact Jen Baldwin at

Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society January Meeting

This month’s presentation is entitled, “I’ve Had My DNA Tested, Now What?” and will be given by Mary Kathryn Kozy

 The lecture will briefly review what DNA testing is and what it can—and can’t—tell you. More specifically, we’ll be discussing autosomal DNA in this lecture and the tools available online from the testing companies, as well as third-party entities, to help you interpret your results. Mary has been researching her family history for over 35 years and in many localities. She has served in multiple positions in societies on the local & state level and currently serves on the board of the Jewish Genealogical Society of WA State & as an LDS Family History missionary. She holds bachelor’s degrees from UW in both Zoology and Information Technology & Systems and has completed three certificate programs with the National Institute for Genealogical Studies. She has also completed the ProGen program with an eye toward certification as a professional genealogist.
The meeting will take place at 1 pm on Tuesday, January 9th at the Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society Library, 6111 188th Pl. NE, Arlington, WA. The presentation is free and open to the public and our general meeting will follow. We hope you will join us.