Seattle Genealogical Society News


Hopefully you didn’t miss Dick Eastman, publisher of the popular Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter, at the SGS Fall Seminar a few weeks ago. He spoke to a packed house and it was a fun day. Attendees appreciated that there was plenty of opportunity for Q&A.

The Seminar Committee anticipated a larger than usual crowd so they commissioned two rooms for this seminar. The room usually used for the presentation was set up just to accommodate registration, book sales, refreshments, and plenty of lunch tables. A larger auditorium, set up classroom style with chairs and writing tables, was dedicated to the lecture. Everyone seemed to like the new arrangement.

Did you catch Dick’s recent blog with kind words and thanks to SGS? The sentiment is reciprocated. Thanks so much to you, Dick. It was a great seminar.

A link to that blog is here :


The recording of webinar “Using Non-Population Schedules for Context and Evidence” by Jill Morelli, CG is now available to view at for free for a limited time.

Most are familiar with the decennial censuses, but the non-population schedules can also provide evidence and context for your family history. Using basic analytical skills and correlating tools, investigate five different records sets which shed light on many aspects of your ancestors lives and enrich your stories of them.


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 from November 23 through November 27 and from December 22 through January 1, 2018, for the holidays. The Scandinavian Interest Group will not meet in December.


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.


Saturday, December 2, 10:15am – 12:15pm, Family Tree Interest Group, Lou Daly, leader of this special interest group exploring all the features of the tool Family Tree on FamilySearch.

Saturday, December 9, 10:15am – 12:15pm, Family Tree Maker (FTM) Users Group, with Reiley Kidd and Betty Ravenholt, leaders

Saturday, December 16, 10:15am – 12:15pm, Irish SIG, with Jean Roth

Saturday, December 16, 1:00pm – 2:30pm, German SIG, with Jean Roth