VOTING FOR 2018-2019
Check your email for your ballot to select the 2018-2019 officers of the Seattle Genealogical Society. We are beta testing electronic voting. If it is successful, the SGS by-laws will be modified and we will continue to vote electronically. We have email addresses for all SGS members except about 20 individuals; those individuals will receive a printed ballot in the mail. If you choose to opt out of electronic voting and wish to receive a printed ballot, do not hesitate to call the SGS Libary, (206) 522-8658, to request one. Voting will be closed the end of April. Thanks to the Nominating Committee (Siri Nelson, David Rimmer) for finding such a great list of candidates, and to the Elections Committee (Lisa Oberg, Bruce Findlayson) for spearheading the electronic voting initiative.
GiveBIG – MAY 9TH
GiveBIG, a 24 hour online, annual fund-raising program for non-profits, presented by Seattle Foundation, will be held May 9, 2018. This will be the 8th and final GiveBIG event. Sadly, the program is being terminated. Donations SGS receives through the GiveBIG event are an important portion of our annual budget. So let’s make this the year to remember!
We are so lucky to have had your support and generous donations over these years. Help us continue to celebrate the mission of the Society by rallying a significant increase in donor participation. We hope to increase the number of donors by 15% – so even a $5 donation will help us reach that goal.
As the event nears, a reminder and link will be emailed to you. You will be able to donate in advance, schedule your donation, or contribute online any time during the day of the event, May 9th. Watch your inbox for this notice.
BRAVO, INDEXERS, BRAVO
Congratulations to our top indexers for March — Jess, Dona and Sue! They, together with eight other volunteers, indexed more than 4,000 VFW cards during this last month! Want to join the fun? It’s fast and its easy. Just go to:
There you can sign up (no, they won’t send you emails!), join the group SGS and search for VFW cards. You will see how easy it is! And you can help us get the last 15,000 cards indexed.
THE SGS 2018 SPRING SEMINAR – MAY 19TH
Don’t miss the SGS 2018 Spring Seminar, “Family History: What the Future Holds”. Glimpse the future of family history through changes in technology, research methods, and other community developments.
- Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS is a nationally known and recognized genealogical author, lecturer, and researcher and a frequent speaker at family history events across the globe. He will be covering the following topics:
- Beyond Belief: The Wealth of Genealogical and Historical Societies
- Bridging the Gap: Finding Ancestors in the United States Between 1780 and 1830
- Successful Searching Online: Clustering for Genealogists
- New Tools and Ideas in Research
To register online:
** The two optional class sessions scheduled for Sunday May 20th are full. When registering for the Seminar, you may register to be on a waiting list for one or both classes, but do not include payment for the Sunday classes. If a place becomes available, you will be notified.
SIGN UP SOON FOR AN INTRO TO DNA
There are a few places available for the 3-part series “AN INTRODUCTION TO DNA FOR GENEALOGY – SEATTLE GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY – ONLINE COURSE”, on Thursdays, May 10, 17, and 24, from 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM. The instructor is Karin Borgerson. You may register using the “Join SGS” online membership form. In the first drop-down menu on that form, “New or Renewing”, you should select “Class”. In the second drop-down menu, “Membership Type”, you want to select “DNA Class”. Start here:
SAVE THE DATES
SGS 2018 Spring Seminar,
“Family History: What the Future Holds”,
with D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS
Fairview Christian School,
844 NE 78th St,
Saturday, May 19, 2018
Glimpse the future of family history through changes in technology, research methods, and other community developments
- Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS is a nationally known and recognized genealogical author, lecturer, and researcher and a frequent speaker at family history events across the globe.
Clark County Genealogical Society Conference and
Washington State Genealogical Society Annual Awards,
Vancouver, WA 98551
May 25-27, 2018
Events run May 25-27th, with the Conference on the 26th. Out-of-towners, notice there is a special conference rate at the local Hilton.
2018 Northwest Genealogy Conference,
Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society,
Byrnes Performing Arts Center,
18821 Crown Ridge Blvd,
August 15 – 18, 2018
As usual, the first day of this four day conference is designed for beginners and is free (registration required).
Days 2-4 will be packed full of lectures and activities, such as post a surname on the “Cousin Board”; have fun connecting with other attendees you may be related to. On Friday, participate in the optional “Dress As Your Ancestor” day to honor your heritage.
Keynote speakers will be Beth Foulk, CeCe Moore, Peggy lauritzen, and Amie Bowser Tennant.
For more details and to register, visit their website:
SGS CALENDAR OF EVENTS
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.
The SGS Library will be closed on Mother’s Day, May 13, and the day of our Spring Seminar, May 19.
Sunday, April 15, 1:00 pm- 4:30pm, Drop-in Work Session, It started with a conversation between 2 gen addicts about shared interest in a drop in type working group to practice the skills learned at more formal trainings at SGS, sharing information in a more informal way as we work on our family research. At this first session we can talk through what will work best according to your needs. Fluidity in structure is our shared vision. New to researching? No problem. We are hopeful that this will at least be a monthly event, but are open to more frequent meet ups if possible. Hope to see you there. Drop in when you can. Leave when you must. Bring your laptop, notes, water bottle and ideas. Chaired by : Lynda Collie Johnson & Ellen Blackstone.
Wednesday, April 18, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Seattle Mac Genealogy SIG, Sponsored jointly by SGS, Fiske, and dBug, meets quarterly at Pioneer Hall at the Fiske Genealogical Library, 1644 43rd Ave E, Seattle. Contact Diane Hettrick at email@example.com with questions.
Thursday, April 19, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, Online Introduction to Genealogy and Family History – Part 3, Heidi Mair will be the instructor of this 4 part interactive online class series. Cost for the 4 class series is $30 for SGS Members, $40 for non-members. Registration required.
Saturday, April 21, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Irish SIG, with Jean Roth
Saturday, April 21, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm, German SIG, with Jean Roth
Thursday, April 26, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, Online Introduction to Genealogy and Family History – Part 4, Heidi Mair will be the instructor of this 4 part interactive online class series. Cost for the 4 class series is $30 for SGS Members, $40 for non-members. Registration required.
Saturday, May 5, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Canadian SIG, Come join David Robert, group leader, for help researching your Canadian ancestors.
Saturday, May 5, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Family Tree Interest Group, Lou Daly, leader of this special interest group exploring all the features of the tool Family Tree on FamilySearch.org
Sunday, May 6, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, DNA Workshop, with Cary Bright, First hour focuses on questions that group members bring; second hour focuses on Genome Mate Pro
Wednesday, May 9, midnight-to-midnight, GiveBig the one day online giving event to raise funds for non-profits. Please consider remembering Seattle Genealogical Society with a donation on this day. Details on how to donate will be emailed to you as the date nears.
Thursday, May 10, 12:00pm – 1:30pm, Online Intro to DNA for Genealogy – Part 1, Karin Borgerson will be the instructor of this 3 part interactive online class series. Cost for the 3 class series is $30 for SGS Members, $40 for non-members. Registration required.
Saturday, May 12, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm, Second Saturday Speaker Series- “Profile of a Quaker – Finding a Friend in Colonial America”, by Steven Morrison
Thursday, May 17, 12:00 pm – 1:30pm, Online Intro to DNA for Genealogy – Part 2, Karin Borgerson will be the instructor of this 3 part interactive online class series. Cost for the 3 class series is $30 for SGS Members, $40 for non-members. Registration required.
Saturday, May 19 , 9:00am-4:00pm , Spring Seminar with D. Joshua Taylor, seminar will be at Fairview Christian Church, 844 NE 78th St, Seattle. See the featured article above and the SGS website for more details.
Sunday, May 20, 9:00 am, Special Session #1 “Treasures in the Archives: Using Archive Grid” with D. Joshua Taylor, separate registration and fees apply – see the seminar brochure – there is a waiting list for this session.
Sunday, May 20, 10:30 am, Special Session #2 “Building Context and Making Connections: Using JSTOR for Family History” with D. Joshua Taylor, separate registration and fees apply – see the seminar brochure – there is a waiting list for this session.
Thursday, May 24, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm, Online Intro to DNA for Genealogy – Part 3, Karin Borgerson will be the instructor of this 3 part interactive online class series. Cost for the 3 class series is $30 for SGS Members, $40 for non-members. Registration required.
REMEMBER TO VOTE
If you are an SGS member and have not yet voted for 2018-2019 officers, please take a moment to search in your inbox for your link to the ballot and vote. Subject of the email is “SGS Election Ballot 2018”. If you think you are a member and did not receive a ballot, please contact the SGS library. Thank you!