Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week 2020

  If you have an ancestor who may have served in the military of the United Kingdom between 1806-1915, be sure to check out the collection recently added to FOLD3, “UK, Militia Attestation Papers, 1806-1915”.

Fold3 explains Attestation Form data was collected on the soldier at the time of recruitment. It forms a record of military service for those who fought in conflicts during  the 1806-1915 time period. The Attestation Paper contains a wealth of information about the soldier such as parish, town, and county of birth, address at the time of enlistment, age, trade or job, a physical description of the soldier, as well as the name and address of next of kin. The files list military service rendered and whether a soldier was wounded or received medals or decorations. Quite often the date of discharge is noted.  The collection is arranged alphabetically under regiments and in order of seniority.

If you don’t have a Fold3 subscription of your own, come into the SGS Library and access it via one of our patron computers.

Seattle Genealogical Society 2020 Tip of the Week

  Want to stay abreast of any new material on the shelves of the SGS library? It couldn’t be easier. Use the new, improved “Library Catalog” application on our website to quickly get a list of recent acquisitions. 

Navigate to our website 

Scroll down a little and click on the “Library and Catalog” shown on the left hand side. That displays two lines:  “Library Catalog” and “Journal of SGS”.  

Click on the  ‘’Library Catalog”.  
  That brings up the form which has four search criteria fields: Location, MediaType, New and Search. While these four search criteria fields allow for robust search capabilities in the app, for this example we will only be using the search criteria titled “New:”.   Click on the box next to the “New:” and it displays a drop down list, where you click on “New” to select that option.  A list of the titles of any new material acquired in the last six months will be displayed. Right now there are approximately 83 titles on that list. You may save or print this list as a PDF by using the button labeled “PDF List”. It’s toward the upper right corner of the entry form.  

We hope you will visit our website often and use the Library Catalog to explore all the wonderful holdings you can find on our shelves.  

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week

As with sweaters and toys, December is a good time to shop for genealogy related deals. Here are a few of those deals.

Now through December 26, 2019, Family Tree DNA (FTDNA) is advertising significant discounts on all their various DNA kits, as well as free standard shipping. Currently the autosomal kit is $49 (save $30), their maternal mtDNA kit is $139 (save $60), and the Y-37 test for men is now $99 (save $70). Check their website for the prices of their other Y test kits.

If you are in the market for an autosomal DNA Kit from, it is on sale now through December 31, 2019 for $59 plus shipping. They are also offering subscription discounts to new subscribers.  

Finally, if you’d like to attend Roots Tech 2020, in Salt Lake City, UT, February 26-29, 2020, as of today the four day pass is being offered at a promotional price of $189 (save $110). No telling how long this deal will last – so hurry.

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week

  Thanks to Dick Eastman and his free online genealogy newsletter for reminding us about the FamilySearch Digital Library and its collection of more than 440,000 digitized genealogy and family history books and publications right at our fingertips.

At the Digital Library, you can dive into family histories, county and local histories, genealogy magazines, gazetteers, and even medieval histories and pedigrees. (You do have your free FamilySearch account, right? Be sure to be logged in.) 

Visit, and click Search in the top menu. Then, in the drop-down menu, click Books

Or you can also go directly to the new URL—

The content of the digital library is freely viewable. On the home page of the Digital Library, use the simple search bar to search by a surname, historical events, groups of people, book title, or names of places. Go ahead! Try it.

Check back often as more and more books are being added to the Digital Library every day.  

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week

Both American Ancestors and Ancestry have free access promotions this month. If you hurry, you can get in on the last few days. 

Between Tuesday, November 12 and Tuesday, November 19, 2019, anyone can access the many research databases of American Ancestors by registering as a FREE Guest Member. That link is contains some of the most important online databases for researching American ancestry, with more than 1.4 billion names in records covering 18 countries. 

For Veterans Day, Ancestry.Com is offering free access to their military records collection covering all 50 states and nearly 400 years of American history, from the Colonial era to Vietnam—and beyond. Search for free now through November 17

, 2019,  at 11:59 p.m. EST. Use the link for this offer.

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week

Most people who keep their family tree on Ancestry regularly attach records/images to an individual in their tree using the ‘Save to a person in my tree’ function, thinking they have really saved the record to their tree, and it will be there forever and ever. Fun and easy? True. Forever and ever? Not true. What has really happened was a link was created from their tree to that record/image in a database. So once they stop subscribing to Ancestry, they will still have access to their family tree kept there, but they will no longer be able to view any record/image attachments “saved” from a paid database — which most are.  

The bottom line, if these records/images are important to you, by all means, “Save to someone in my tree” as you have been doing, but also use the “Save to my computer” function.  Name the record/image file you saved something meaningful, so it can easily be identified later, and keep it organized in a folder on your computer. A good practice might be to create a folder on your computer for each of your family surnames.

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week


Once again this edition’s tip comes from Sue Jensen, Library Director at SGS, in the form of a Q&A session. 

Question: “I want to find my grandmother’s high school photo, she went to Stadium High School in Tacoma and graduated in 1926. Does the SGS Library have yearbooks for high schools?” 

Answer: “Yes! We have lots of school yearbooks for Seattle schools (high schools, UW, and others), King County schools (high schools and colleges), Washington State schools ( high schools, colleges, and universities). These yearbooks are in the Special Section area of our library on the north wall in the main room and are labeled by school, county, and year.”

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week

  This edition’s tip comes from Sue Jensen, Library Director at SGS, in the form of a Q&A session. 

Question: “My great-grandparents lived in Orange County, New York. How do I find information on Orange County, New York in Seattle Genealogical Society’s Library?”

Answer: “First, go to the New York section of our bookshelves and look for this manila colored “county card” shown in the left photo below. Look down the list for Orange County and see that it has the #36. All our books are numbered with the state first, then the county # and finally the sequence # of the book in that County’s collection. So, NY 36-1 would be the first book cataloged in Orange County in our collection in New York.  NY 36-1 is the “call number” for that book. The “county card” (left)  and book “call number”(right) are shown in these photos: 


You may also find a book and its call number in our library by using the Library Catalog you can find on our website:  

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week

  It’s finally here, and Family Search members are excited for the newest enhancement that allows for correction to names in the indexes on Family Search. If and when you find it necessary to correct an index record, you will be asked to provide an explanation for the correction and given a choice of two reasons :   

  • Indexed incorrectly  (such as misread of the original document) 


  • Wrong in the original document (such as nickname used)

Keep in mind that your correction does not override the information already on FamilySearch. Instead, you are providing additional information. The old index information remains intact. Your change, as well as the original information, are both searchable; therefore, allowing other members to more readily locate these persons. There could end up being several changes for the same record, so please edit carefully since multiple changes will muddy the waters. 

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week

Labor Day Weekend special! Ancestry has an indexed collection of middle school, junior high, high school, and college yearbooks from across the United States; yearbooks dated from 1900-1999. They are offering free access to this collection until Monday, September 2, 2019, 11:59 pm ET. With over 450,000 yearbooks and 62 million pages, see what you can find here.
  Speaking of yearbooks, do you know SGS has an extensive collection of Seattle area yearbooks? We have Roosevelt High School from 1923-1988.  We also have Franklin, Garfield, Queen Anne, and West Seattle High Schools, as well as University of Washington “Tyee” and Eckstein Jr High. Come browse through them. Our library is closed over Labor Day Weekend, but will reopen on Tuesday, September 3, 2019.