Seattle Genealogical Society Spring Seminar

May 16, 2020   9:00 am-1:00 pm (PDT)

  Seats are still available for our virtual seminar using Zoom.

Submit your registration by 9:00 pm Thursday, May 14, 2020.
Space is limited to the first 97 registrants.
SGS Members $30.00, All others $40.00

  Registrants will receive a link to the Zoom meeting and a program syllabus by email the day before the seminar, on May 15th.  

New to Zoom? It is as easy as 1, 2, 3 to download, then on Saturday follow your link to the seminar. Here is a quick tutorial: How to download Zoom 

SGS 2020 Spring Virtual Seminar
with Fritz Juengling:
“Old European Records Research”

ONLINE via Zoom

Saturday, May 16, 2020
9:00 am – 1:00 pm PDT   

Welcome and Introduction

“Names – Their Origins, Meanings, and Characteristics” – Meanings of given names and the four types of surnames.  We also take a ‘world tour’ to learn how names are constructed in different cultures.

15-minute Break and Door Prize Drawing

“Historical Events that Affect European Genealogical Research” – Learn about historical events, such as wars and foreign occupation, and their impact on European research, especially records and jurisdictions, looking at examples where appropriate.

30-minute Lunch Break and Door Prize Drawing

“The Genealogical Value of Guild Records” – The history, structure, and purpose of guilds. Then, we look at some of the many record types that guilds created and how they can be of use to the researcher, especially when church records are missing and how these records can fill those gaps.
  Adjourn       Dr. Juengling holds a Master’s and Doctorate in German Philology with minors in both English and Linguistics. Philology is a highly specialized field of study, combining languages, linguistics, paleography and history. He is an Accredited Genealogist for Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium and Sweden. Fritz is the German, Dutch and Scandinavian Research Specialist at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and speaks widely at genealogical conferences and seminars. 


THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News Edition May 7, 2020
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American Ancestors Online Resources

Online Resources from American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society
Online Tools
Greetings,   I hope all is well for you. I am writing to share some resources which your members may find valuable towards their genealogical research. American Ancestors is here to help your members access our best-in-class family history programs and services online. Our online learning resources provide authoritative genealogical support for genealogists and family historians around the world. We offer free live webinars, how-to videos, downloads, online courses, and more!    If you think the members of Eastern Washington Genealogical Society would be interested, please share the following link with your members for access to our resources.   Please let me know if you have any questions.    Thank you for your time and consideration,   Donald C. Reagan Director of Business Development American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society
American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) is the nation’s most comprehensive resource for family history research. Members have access to expert family history services through the organization’s staff, original published scholarship, its data-rich website at, outstanding online educational opportunities, and a state-of-the-art research center located in downtown Boston. American Ancestors helps family historians of all levels explore their past and understand their families’ unique place in history.

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week


The Arolsen Archives–International Centre on Nazi Persecution (formerly known as the International Tracing Service) reached a milestone this week and now has all 26 million of its documents available online. This collection includes information on 21 million people who were displaced, persecuted and murdered by the Nazis. The new uploads include data on the deportations of Jews, Roma and Sinti from the former German Empire, Austria, Bohemia and Moravia. 

What documents can you find in the Arolsen Archives and helpful hints on searching for them can be found here:

Seattle Genealogical Society News


To: SGS Genealogical community,
Re: Closure of SGS in the near future

In an abundance of caution, the SGS Library will be closed as follows:

1. The Library will be closed the month of May. The Board will consider that June 2, 2020 is the next possible open date.
2. We will have no programs or group meetings until the end of June, following the Seattle Public Libraries model.
3. Starting June 18, 2020 and subject to modification by the Board or the President, we will allow single individuals to enter the facility if they have SGS work to be accomplished,  but social distancing practices must be maintained, masks worn at all times and hands washed upon entry and frequently. The following are pre-approved for entry: Wright, McGinnis and individual Board members. All others must be pre-approved by the President.
4. The earliest we will schedule desk volunteers is June 16, 2020.
5. The Board will revisit this at our next Board meeting May 11, 2020, but the incoming president has the flexibility to make changes to the above if situations change and are warranted.

With our vulnerable population, it is wise to err on the side of caution. I thank you for your cooperation.

Stay safe!

Jill Morelli, CG
Seattle Genealogical Society, President

  Please note the next membership meeting of the Seattle Genealogical Society has been scheduled for Saturday, June 13, 2020  from 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm PDT.  This will be a real time, online meeting via Zoom. The room opens at noon and the meeting starts at 12:30 pm. The new SGS officers will be introduced.

Bring a genealogical discovery to share. Below is the Zoom meeting link.

Join the Zoom Meeting
What was life like in Seattle in the 1870’s and 1880’s? Our April contributor, Valarie, writes a local history blog, Wedgwood in Seattle History. She shared the story of Viola Kenyon, an early Seattle homesteader and teacher. Read about Viola here and on Valarie’s blog.

SGS 2020 Spring Virtual Seminar
with Dr Fritz Juengling: Old European Records

Saturday, May 16, 2020
9:00 am – 1:00 pm PDT 
    The SGS Spring Seminar has gone virtual! Dr. Fritz Juengling will present a talk via Zoom on “Old European Records Research” including presentations on: 

“Names – Their Origins, Meanings, and Characteristics” – Meanings of given names and the four types of surnames.   

“Historical Events that Affect European Genealogical Research” – Learn about historical events, such as wars and foreign occupation, and their impact on European research.

“The Genealogical Value of Guild Records” – The history, structure, and purpose of guilds.

Zoom space is limited to the first 97 registrants. There are still seats available. 
Cost:  SGS Members $30.00, Non-Members $40.00
Register for Online Seminar

Registration must be submitted before 9:00 pm Wednesday, May 13, 2020. Registrants will receive a link to the Zoom meeting and a Syllabus by email on May 15th.
SGS members, it’s time to renew for 2020-21. We’re experts at exploring the past, but this year let’s take a step into the future. Use the quick and convenient “Renew Membership” button at the SGS website. You can print out an invoice and mail it to SGS with a check. Or, you can pay your dues right then and there with a credit or debit card, the modern way!

Yes, you must first log in to your member account – then your renewal button will be just a click away. If you haven’t tried logging in yet, now is your chance. Go here: Members Home

Remember, you can always email for help to

Are you an eNews! reader who hasn’t joined SGS yet? You too can join the modern way! Our membership year runs from June 1, 2020 through May 31, 2021. Now is a great time to become a member and obtain a full year of discounted class and event registration fees, free research requests, and access to exclusive SGS publications and databases. Annual dues are $40.00 individual, $50.00 dual (two at the same mailing address). Click here: Join SGS
Just a note, SGS will not be participating in GiveBig Washington 2020 and will instead focus on our annual donation drive around the winter holidays. If you would like to donate now, please go to our website, or mail in your donation. Thank you.

SAVE THE DATE Spring 2020 SGS Seminar
with Fritz Juengling: Old European Records Research

Saturday, May 16, 2020 *** Online Event ***
9:00 am – 1:00 pm PDT   Mr Juengling is the German, Dutch and Scandinavian Research Specialist at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. This will be an online, virtual seminar  Register for Online SeminarSGS CALENDAR OF EVENTS   Check the SGS Web Site for additions, changes,  and corrections. 
*** In consideration of COVID-19 social distancing recommendations, the SGS Library is closed for the month of May and all SGS in-person events for May have been canceled, postponed, or replaced with an online event.
Stay home – stay healthy – but stay engaged by attending one of our live, online events! 

Date: Friday, May 1, 2020
Time: 12:30 pm PDT

Webinar: Friedrich Christian Eiler: Scoundrel, Bigamist, and More 
Presenter: Jill Morelli

Not all our ancestors are fine upstanding citizens, but Friedrich challenged all parameters of exemplary citizenship. But, who was Friedrich Eiler? The ability to combine fragments of identity to form a single individual is an important skill. This case study illustrates the techniques used to identify the unknown!

The Eastside Germanic SIG of the Eastside Genealogical Society has invited SGS members and friends to join in this event.   
  No pre-registration required. Meeting live, online via Zoom.

Follow this link to join:

After entering the link, use this password: 367866
Meeting ID: 978 964 694

Saturday, May 9, 2020
Time: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm PDT

Second Saturday Series : “1890-1920 – The Progressive Era and Women’s Rights”
Presenter: Heidi Mair

A wide range of social movements arose across the U.S. from 1890 – 1920, a period known as the Progressive Era. Progressive reformers sought to end political corruption, improve the lives of individuals and increase government intervention to protect citizens. How did the Progressive Era impact women in their communities, including your ancestors?

Meeting live, online via Zoom.

Follow this link to join in:

Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm PDT

Online class : “How to Write Your Family History”
Presenter: Jill Morelli 

It is said that after three generations our ancestral stories are lost. What stories do you have of your grandparents, your parents or yourself that should be shared? Let’s talk about writing those stories. I am a big proponent of “small bites”, i.e. writing the short vignettes first.    Meeting live, online via Zoom. There will be plenty of time for Q & A. 

Follow this link to join in:    

Heritage Quest Research Library

We remain Closed at this time.
HQRL remains closed at this time. 
We hope you are safe and well at home and have taken the opportunity to work on your family history.
We are continuing to follow the guidelines of the CDC and the Governor of the State of Washington, Jay Inslee.  Be assured that we are still working to re-open as soon as we are able.
Ancestry Remote Login and Forums
As a current member of Heritage Quest Research Library you have access to our FORUMS page and the ANCESTRY REMOTE LOGIN.
Currently the Forum topics range from “What are you doing during the Pandemic?” to “What you would like to see on the website and/or in the “library” and “What classes would you like to see?” 
Please note that this is not available to the general public and you must be a member in good standing to participate.

Staying at Home

I am glad so many people are staying at home so we can get this covid virus under control. So How do I know you are staying home? Because of the statistics generated here by the people reading this blog. For about a year the top city reading this blog has been Chicago, but with a 100% bounce rate I think it is a bot collecting information. Number two has always been Seattle which makes sense as the largest city in Washington. Spokane was usually near number five, and the cities between Spokane and Seattle was almost always different each week depending on what was written each week. Spokane Valley the city east of Spokane seldom showed in the top 15 cities.

For the last month Kent has been the number one city, and Seattle and Spokane are down in the #4 Group (they are alphabetical when they have the same number of sessions). So instead of reading the blog at work, people seem to be reading from their homes. Keep it up and we will be able to meet in person again soon.