Seattle Genealogical Society News and Meetings


The SGS Library has a new Keurig coffee maker and a cozy sofa setting.  Is there any better way to spend part of your day than settled in with a good cup of coffee, browsing the latest issue of American Ancestor, Internet Genealogy, or Family Tree Magazine?

These are only a few of the periodicals available in the library.  If you’re unfamiliar with these titles, American Ancestor is published by the New England Historic Genealogical Society and appeals to family historians of all levels.  Major topics include useful sources, helpful research strategies, compelling historical accounts, and interesting case studies.

Internet Genealogy focuses on keeping today’s family historian up-to-date with the vast and ever-growing collection of genealogy-related resources, software, tools, products, and technologies. There are website reviews and social networking strategies, as well as tips, and interesting stories from seasoned professional authors.

Family Tree Magazine wants to help ancestry and history buffs learn more about their own families.  The content taps into the use of photographs, the internet, newspaper articles, first person testimonials and more.  Full of tips and info in a fun, easy-to-read format.

Another favorite is Dick Eastman’s Plus Edition Newsletter.  Stop in and enjoy one of these or any of the other periodicals available for your use in the library.


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.

Please note the Brick Wall Session was changed to Tuesday, December 8.


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

Tuesday, December 8, 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

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


Saturday, January 9, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Fold3 Workshop – using Fold3 for researching your ancestors – especially those serving in the military and various wars.  Leader: Karen Portzer


EVERNOTE Workshop : Saturday, January 30, 10:30 am

Coming up in early 2016 “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 SGS Secretary is the official record keeper for the Society.  Duties include •Recording the proceedings of membership and Board meetings;
•Coordinating and maintaining the monthly Calendar of Events (in coordination with the Director of Education), and
•Maintaining all important SGS documents and records.
A good Secretary helps the Board function efficiently, and ensures that no important duty or task is overlooked.  He or she works closely with the President in setting the agenda for Board meetings, and creates pre-meeting materials for Board members in advance of the meetings.

Reiley Kidd, the current Secretary, estimates that this job requires 6-8 hours per week to perform well.  If you’d like to know more about this Board position, please contact Reiley at or the Nominating Committee at