Seattle Genealogical Society News and Meetings



The Library is currently undergoing a revamping of the Washington section. As a result, the Washington section is in a bit of disarray. When completed, there will be two new sections in the Library: a section specifically for King County and a section specifically for Seattle. We look to have this rearrange completed by December 1st. Happy Hunting!


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 cancelled or postponed due to inclement weather.


Saturday, November 21, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, IRISH INTEREST GROUP,
“Review of Irish Census records and Census substitutes. Leader: Jean A. Roth

Saturday, November 21, 1:00 pm – 3:30 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 MEETING,   “Using Census Records- A major genealogical research tool.” Speaker: Janice Lovelace

Reminder – SGS will be closed for the Thanksgiving weekend, Thursday, November 26 through Sunday, November 29


Saturday, December 5, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, CANADIAN INTEREST GROUP, Leader: Dave Robert

Sunday, December 6, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm, SCANDINAVIAN INTEREST GROUP, The new Scandinavian Interest Group has formed and is now an official SGS Interest group. Leader: Karen Knudsen

Wednesday, December 9, 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm,  BRICK WALL SESSIONS
Join SGS members for a problem-solving session.  This is an open forum format. Leader: Jean A. Roth

Saturday, December 12, 10:15am – 12:15 pm,      IRISH INTEREST GROUP
Open Session – sharing information. Leader: Jean A. Roth

Saturday, December 12, 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm, GERMAN INTEREST GROUP
Open Session – sharing information. Leader: Jean A. Roth

Tuesday, December 15, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm,  WRITERS GROUP The “Pass It On Writers’ Group” has open space for several new writers. Please contact Susan Haas, at or call her at 206-522-0693.

There are no classes or programs scheduled at SGS for the last part of December due to the Holidays.


FOLD.3  Karen Portzer will do a workshop on using Fold.3 – for researching your ancestors – especially those serving in the military and various wars.

EVERNOTE: We are planning to have a workshop in mid to late January on “Using Evernote in Genealogy.

“HOW TO USE BASIC TECHNOLOGY in GENEALOGY.”  Have you wondered how to use things like a flash drive? Capture images online to add to your family history narrative? etc.
The Seattle Genealogical Society, founded in 1923, is an educational organization devoted exclusively to furthering genealogical research, promoting interest in family history, and preserving records. Its mission is to serve as a community resource for quality genealogical research and education. We will need a new Director of Education for the slate for our coming election and this position is an important one. The person we elect is responsible for arranging for a variety of speakers, set up for programs, and promotion as well as being the Board’s contact for the SGS Special Interest Groups. The Director of Education is responsible for timely communication and cooperation within the Society’s news network. Another function of this Director’s position is to promote outreach to other related organizations and the general public. The current Director of Education, Jean A. Roth, will remain on the Education Committee to supervise special community outreach programs such as March’s Irish Week at the Seattle Center, the Scottish Highland Games in July, and the LDS Family History Expo in November.

If you would be interested in serving in this important position please contact the Nominating Committee at for more details.