Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week


1937-1972 Property Record Cards

If you are doing genealogical research of ancestors in the Puget Sound area, check out the kind of records available to you at the Puget Sound Regional Branch of the Washington State Archives in Bellevue, WA.  From King, Kitsap, and Pierce counties, there are dozens of different kinds of records available; some quite unique.

One of the most popular record sets is the King County 1937-1972 property record cards for historical house photographs and property records.

The Puget Sound Regional Branch is open Wednesday through Friday, and by appointment only. They do welcome voice mail and email requests, and that may be all you need. They will send, or email, the documents they located for you. The records accompanying the photograph will include some ownership information, generally back to 1937, sometimes further back.  If you would like earlier information, it might be possible to schedule a time for you to view the earlier tax records.

They cannot look up records with only a street address. You will need the property tax ID number, or a legal description. Once I had no tax id to give them as the 1900 house and its address no longer exists (at some point in time it was replaced by a condo development), but I gave them a tax id of a house that I determined to be near by the old house, and the property legal description I found in the old Sanborn Insurance Maps at the downtown Seattle Public Library. They were able to find me photographs and pages of information on the original 1900 house.

You may contact Puget Sound Regional Branch Archives by voice mail at (425) 564-3940, or by email at

Their website is :

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week


A resource for Czech, Slovak, Moravian, Bohemian, Rusyn, and German-Bohemian genealogy, Nase Rodina “Our Family” is a Quarterly published by the Czechoslovak Genealogical Society. You can find it in the SGS Library. We have copies dating from 1989 to Dec 2017. If you have Bohemian (Czech), German-Bohemian (Bohmisch), Hungarian, Moravian, Ruthenian (Rusyn), Silesian, Slovakian, or Jewish ancestry this is a resource for you. Stop in and check it out.

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week


Here’s another great educational opportunity from the folks at FamilySearch.

It has recently created a new tool for you to get genealogical research help in the comfort of your own home. So if you can’t make it to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, use the area groups within the online community to find the research help that you need. And of course, it’s free! You do need to join FamilySearch, but that is free also.

Come get involved and make the research groups more valuable for everyone! Find answers, post questions, browse, find or create or join a group, help others.

Get help – you can:

  • ask questions
  • upload documents and get help with translation
  • participate in discussions
  • learn about upcoming webinars
  • discover new resources

Give help – share your knowledge and skills:

  • answer questions
  • translate documents for others
  • share new resources

There are numerous community research groups in three main categories:

  • International Research Groups – from Albania to Zimbabwe
  • North American Research Groups – Alabama to Wyoming
  • Specialty Research Groups – 23andMe Newbies to The Nextgen Genealogy Network

For more information about how to sign up and use the site, see this link:


Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week


If you are researching Hispanic ancestors of Spain, Portugal, the Caribbean, or Latin America,  are you aware there is Hispanic Reading Room at the Library Congress and the room has a website? The reading room is open to the public, but before you head off that way, why not check out the excellent materials available to you on the website.  It is in English, Spanish, or Portuguese.

The website is at:

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week


If you have not linked a public family tree to your Ancestry DNA results you are not utilizing the most powerful feature of Ancestry DNA.  If you have a public family tree in Ancestry, be sure to link it to your DNA results. If you don’t have one, create one from scratch or upload one as a gedcom file.  Without a linked family tree, Surnames, Maps, and Locations tabs will contain no information. You also need a linked public family tree for the DNA Circles function to work. The larger your tree, the more dynamic your results will be, but even a few generations is better than no tree at all. 

Tri-City Genealogical Society Tip of the Week

Here’s an opportunity to download a free magazine edition of Family Tree for a review.


Genealogy News & Tips
Introducing Family Tree’s New Look
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Starting this week, Family Tree Magazine subscribers will notice something a little different in their mailboxes: Our May/June 2018 issue debuts a new look and content to inspire and inform your genealogy search! Read More…

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week

SGS Bulletins – Past and Present

The Seattle Genealogical Society, founded in 1923, is an educational organization devoted to promoting interest in family history, preserving records, and furthering genealogical research –  not just for Seattle, but nationally and worldwide.

The SGS Bulletin, published by the Seattle Genealogical Society since 1952, provides a wealth of information for genealogists and local history researchers. The SGS Bulletin includes transcriptions of genealogical records from the Seattle area and beyond, along with articles about genealogy research and methodology.

If you are a SGS Member, volumes 60-66 of the Bulletins, from years 2010-2017, are available to you online at the SGS website, in the Members Only section, after you login. The Bulletins are fully searchable online; try it.
Additionally, Volumes 1-59, from years 1952 – 2010, have been nicely bound and are available for anyone to peruse. They are on a shelf in the SGS Library. The call id# is SEA/4-Per/SGS. The helpful SGS library desk volunteer can lead you right to them.
Thanks to the efforts of Seattle Public Library, volumes 1-59 are also full-text searchable online! I found that using the Advanced Search feature and being specific with your search, was more productive. To get to the Special Collections Online, first go to the Seattle Public Library Website and step through the menus until you find the “go to Special Collections Online”.  Once at, click on the following , in this order:
  • Library Collection
  • Special Collections
  • Go to Special Collections Online

Tri-City Genealogical Society Tip of the Week

TCGS has a new way for members to ask questions about general genealogical topics.  If you have a general question or topic of interest that you would like to see addressed there are a couple ways to submit it.  At our monthly meetings a container and note cards will be placed in the back of the room.  Simply write your question on the card and put it in the box.  If you would like a direct reply, please put your name and contact information on the card.  You can also submit by sending an email to  (Read the blog article for more details.)

Today’s question:

“How do I get a legal birth certificate when an adoption was sealed?  I have proof that both the biological and adoptive parents are deceased?”

Click on the link at the top of the email to read more…
Heather Murphy
TCGS Education Chair

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week

TIP OF THE WEEK –  Yearbooks at SGS

Did you know SGS has an extensive collection of Seattle area schools yearbooks?

If you are looking for local school annuals, come check out our assortment. We have some from Broadway High School. Also known as Seattle High School, Broadway was Seattle’s first building constructed specifically to be a high school. We have Roosevelt High School annuals from 1923 through 1988!

Some other alma maters you’ll find on our shelves include:

* Eckstein Junior High/Middle School
* Franklin High School
* Garfield High School
* Queen Anne High School
* University of Washington “Tyee”
* West Seattle High School

Stop by.  Browse the shelves.  We are open:
Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Sunday, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM.