Seattle Genealogical Society News


This month, the world acknowledges the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. On October 17, 1517, an Augustinian monk named Martin Luther nailed his “95 Theses”, or complaints against the Catholic Church, to the door of the cathedral in Wittenberg, Germany. His main concern was the selling of indulgences, or pardons, to raise money to build St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. His challenge to the Pope would spark the Protestant Reformation in Western Europe, splinter religious beliefs, and incite war.


Notice that the word Protestant contains the word “protest” and that reformation contains the word “reform”. Luther was gravely concerned about the way in which getting into heaven was connected with a financial transaction, but this was not his only disagreement with the Catholic Church.

Come learn more about it.

On Sunday, October 29 at the SGS Halloween Open House, there will be treats as well as an audio visual program on “The 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther’s Protestant Revolution” presented by Jean Roth, chair of the SGS German Interest Group.

The prior day, Saturday, October 28, at the Irish and German Special Interest Groups, Jean will feature “Using Church Records for Research”. Church records are important as one of the main sources we, as family historians, use in our genealogical research.

Hope to see you there.


There is still time to register for the 2017 SGS Fall Seminar:

SGS 2017 Fall Seminar,
“Becoming A More Organized and Effective Genealogist”
by Dick Eastman
Fairview Christian School,
844 NE 78th St,
Seattle, WA 98115
October 21, 2017


For online registration visit the SGS Website Seminar page at :


Puget Sound Genealogical Society in Bremerton, WA is looking for someone to teach a photo editing class at their facility in 2018. If you are qualified and interested, please leave a message for Jean at 360-475-9172.


2017 Washington Family History Fair,
LDS – the Bellevue Stake Center,
14536 Main St,
Bellevue, WA
Saturday, November 4, 2017

It’s time again for the annual Washington Family History Fair. Always free, always informative, a different venue.

Early registration is encouraged so they can plan resources accordingly. The classes schedule is listed at the bottom of the online registration form. You can also pay for and order your lunch and order a printed syllabus on the registration form.

Speakers include our Jean A Roth.

In the last eNews! edition, it was erroneously reported that Mary Kathryn Kozy, Mary Kircher Roddy, and Jill Morelli would be speakers. Sorry for the confusion, they will not be there this year.

Registration for the Family History Fair is at:

Overview of Scandinavian Resources,
Stillaquamish Valley Genealogical Society,
6111 188th Pl NE,
Arlington, WA 98223

Jill Morelli, CG and president of SGS, is presenting an Overview of Scandinavian Resources which introduces three major record sets of Sweden, Denmark and Norway in a two part series. Part one was on Tuesday, October 10th. Part 2 will be Tuesday, November 14th at 1 pm. This will be held at the Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society Library, and is free to the public. It will be followed by the regular meeting of the SVGS. Jill lectures and writes about her research and discoveries as a family historian. She is a member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild, Association of Professional Genealogists and numerous societies.



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 Saturday, October 21, the day of our fall seminar and for Thanksgiving from November 23-27.





Saturday, October 21, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm, SGS Fall Seminar, “Becoming a More Organized and Effective Genealogist” with Dick Eastman, at Fairview Christian School. Registration is now open.

Saturday, October 28, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Irish SIG, with Jean A Roth
Saturday, October 28, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, German SIG, with Jean A Roth

Saturday, October 28, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm, DNA SIG, this group meets at the Wedgwood Presbyterian Church, 8008 35th Ave NE, Seattle. For more information contact Co-chaired by Cary Bright and Herb McDaniel.

Sunday, October 29, 1:00pm-2:30pm, as part of the traditional SGS Halloween Open House, Jean A Roth will give this presentation, 500th Anniversary Talk on Protestant Reform & Martin Luther


Saturday, November 4, 1:00p m – 3:00 pm, Family Tree Interest Group, Lou Daly, leader of this new special interest group exploring all the features of the tool Family Tree on FamilySearch.

Tuesday, November 7, 12:30pm-2:30pm, DNA Tech Tuesday, with Cary Bright.

Saturday, November 11, 1:00p m – 3:00 pm, Fall Membership Meeting & Second Saturday Speaker Series, a short membership business meeting will be followed by Mary Kathryn Kozy presenting “Using Social Media for Family History: Why Bother?”

Sunday, November 12, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm, Scandinavian Interest Group, Karen Knudson, leader. A workshop for your Scandinavian genealogy.

Saturday, November 18, 10:15am – 12:15pm, Irish SIG, with Jean Roth

Saturday, November 18, 1:00pm – 2:30pm, Women in WWI, presented by Lisa Oberg

Sunday, November 19, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, DNA Workshop, Led by Cary Bright with first hour on a specific topic, and the second hour open for sharing DNA issues with focus on GenomeMate Pro.