Seattle Genealogical Society Upcoming Meetings


Mr. James Lowe sailed from New York City, aboard the ship Ohio, on January 10,1852,  with “1,000 passengers on board.” He was bound for California, no doubt certain he would make his fortune in the promised land. On his journey, he notes that he paid $10 to hire a mule to take him across the Isthmus of Panama and saw “Parrits Monkeys Alegators”. Sailing north, he was thirsty and hungry with “nothing for supper” and “three spoons of rice for breakfast.” He landed in San Francisco on May 15, 1852. Fortunately for historians and genealogists, Mr. Lowe kept a diary of his journey, which includes names of his fellow passengers sailing up the California coast aboard the Brig Margaret.  Take a look at this remarkable document in the SGS library.

National Archives  2015 Virtual Genealogy Fair   October 21 and 22

You might want to check out the National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair.   It will be a live broadcast via YouTube so you can ask the genealogy experts questions at the end of their talks.  Speakers will include experts from National Archives locations across the nation.

Lectures will feature tips and techniques for using Federal records at the National Archives for genealogy research.  These lectures are designed for experienced genealogists and novices.  Recorded sessions will remain available online after the event.  More info at :

MAC Computer Interest Group Announces Changes

Future Meetings of the MAC I.G. to be held Every Other Month
(December 9, February 10, April 13, & June 8)  

Come Join Us the Second Wednesday of Every Other Month

7:00-9:00 P.M. at the

Fiske Genealogical Library

1644 43rd Avenue E

Seattle, WA 98112-3222

Looking Forward to Seeing All of You Again


All programs are at the SGS Library at 6200 Sand Point Way unless otherwise indicated. Please Check the SGS Web Site for additions, changes, and corrections. Programs may be postponed.

Due to the Fall Seminar, the SGS Library will be closed October 17 & October 18

Saturday,  October 17, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Seattle Genealogical Society Fall Seminar at the Nordic Heritage Museum  “The Family History Detective: Finding Solutions to Your Toughest Research Problems.” Speaker: Dr. Thomas W. Jones    Registration required.
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Sunday,  October 18,     Special classes  with renowned genealogical editor, educator, research, and writer Dr. Thomas W. Jones.  Space is limited and registration is required.  Visit for more information.

Saturday, October 24, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, DNA INTEREST GROUP – Discoveries in DNA testing along with presentations by group members – meeting at Wedgwood Presbyterian Church, 8005 35th Ave NE, Seattle.  For questions or to be added to the DNA group email list – contact

Saturday, October 31, 12:00pm – 4:00pm, Halloween Open House –   Come for some treats and learn new tricks. Program: “Dead Men Tell No Tales – Or Do They?” Speaker Jean A Roth will take us on a wild and wacky journey through cemeteries with some informative and unusual tombstones.

Saturday, November 7, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Canadian Interest Group – Leader: Dave Robert

Sunday, November 8, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm, Scandinavian Interest Group – Leader:  Karen Knudson

Sunday, November 15, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm, Beginners Program, “Introduction to Genealogical Research”, Speaker:  Janice Lovelace

Saturday, November 21, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Irish  Interest Group – “A Review of Irish Census and Census Substitutes”, Leader: Jean A. Roth

Saturday, November 21, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, German  Interest Group – “Bouncing Boundaries – The Main problem with German Research”, Leader: Jean A. Roth

Sunday, November 22, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm, Program, “Using Census Records – A Major Genealogical Resource”, Speaker:  Janice Lovelace


Saturday, November 14 – LDS EXPO
The free all-day annual Family History Expo has been scheduled for the Eastside at the LDS Redmond Stake Center.   SGS will have a booth and there are many speakers and vendors. The website will be up soon at