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.

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week


Do you realize you can zoom in and zoom out on any web page using just your keyboard? No need to have a touch screen or a touchpad.

This works on virtually any operating system –  Windows, Mac OS, or Chrome OS.  On a Mac, the Command key takes the place of the CTRL key; otherwise, it is the same.

You’ll be using the control key (marked CTRL) ,  the plus key (marked +), and the zero key (numeric 0).

To zoom in, just hold down the CTRL key and tap the + key at the same time. Each tap will increase the size of the font/images on the web page in front of you.

To zoom out, just hold down the CTRL key and tap the – key at the same. Each tap will decrease the size of the font/images on the web page in front of you.

To reset everything on the web page to its original default size, hold down the CTRL key and tap the 0 once.

Easy to remember, too.   Use plus to zoom in, minus to zoom out, and zero to reset to the original default. Try it now.

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week


On Monday, March 12, from 2:00 – 4:00 PM, John LaMont, Genealogy Librarian at Seattle Public Library – Central Branch, will present an “Introduction to DNA”.  The description says, “You will learn about DNA testing for genealogy including types of tests, major DNA testing companies, and tools and techniques for analyzing the results.”  This event is free and everyone is welcome, but registration is required and space is limited, so register early. Registration closes on March 9.  For all the particulars and to sign up for this event, go to the Seattle Public Library Website and find it on the Calendar of Events for the month of March. Start here:

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week


Prior to 1976, the Cleveland Public Library staff clipped death notices from the local newspapers and maintained a file of these notices known as the Cleveland Necrology File. The Library has converted this file into an on-line database that is a breeze to search, readily accessible, and free to everyone. This is about 800,000 paid death notices and local cemetery records available online. No need to be a Cleveland Public Library patron.

It contains the complete full text of paid death notices as published in the following newspapers during the time periods listed:

  • The Cleveland Plain Dealer – 1850-1975
  • The Cleveland Herald – 1833, 1847-1848, 1876, 1878-1879
  • The Cleveland Press – 1941-1975
Just go to : and enter your search criteria. To narrow your search results, be sure to enter your search criteria  in the format “last  name, first name”.  Example : “Doe, Jane”

Seattle genealogical Society Tip of the Week

SVAR, the National Archives of Sweden

Don’t have an ancestry account, but want to access original Swedish records? Beginning this year, SVAR, the National Archives of Sweden, are offering their previous subscription records for free. These records are the same film you see if you log into Ancestry. It is still an open question of how many of the other records they possess will be made available under this program. Thanks to the Swedish government who funded this initiative in an effort to make all Swedish records freely available to all. Did you catch the word “free”?

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week

TIP OF THE WEEK – Affiliate Libraries

In the last issue of the eNews! we reported that as of December 13, 2017, patrons visiting need an account and need to login. In this issue we’re going to explain the different meaning of these two camera icons used at and when you need to visit a Family History Center or a FamilySearch Affiliate Library:

When you search historical records or the catalog at you may see one of these two similar looking, camera icons. They have totally different meanings.

The first icon, a camera alone, means there is a digital image available. You can click on it and view this image even from your personal computer, in the comfort of your home. Wonderful.

The second icon, the camera with a key over it, means access is restricted to these images and you must do one of the following:

  • Access the images from a Family History Center computer
  • Access the images from a FamilySearch affiliate library

An affiliate library will have access to nearly everything a Family History Center does. There are 3 affiliate libraries in the greater Seattle area and you may prefer to visit one of these, instead of a Family History Center, for the convenience of its location, or for its extended hours.

If you are far north of Seattle, the Snohomish Library in Snohomish, WA is an affiliate library with 40+ computers available and the reputation of having a very, helpful staff.

In South Seattle, the Northwest African American Museum is another affiliate library. They have two computers for your use. The computers are in the free area; no need to pay the museum entrance fee. Right now they are doing some updating, so hold off on your visit until the middle of January.

Last, but not least, is the Seattle Public Library. While you can access from any of the internet workstation computers in the library, the staff in the genealogy section, on the 9th floor of the downtown central library suggest you, as a newcomer to the process, come up and use one of their 5 computers. They are experienced FamilySearch users, and will be glad to help you navigate the slightly more complex login process. Don’t forget you will need your library card number, your library card password, your user name and FamilySearch user password.

No matter what affiliate library or Family History Center you use, don’t forget a USB thumb drive/flash drive with plenty of space. You will want to download copies of all those documents you are going to find.