Seattle Genealogical Society News


It’s not too late to register for our 2018 Fall Seminar, “Sharpen Your Online Sleuthing Skills ”,  featuring Cyndi Ingle, creator of Cyndi’s List, international lecturer, and author. For online registration go to:

Please note that after October 14, 2018, a late registration fee applies and we can no longer accept lunch orders for the seminar.



A notice is posted on our website and it was reported in the eNews! , but some members and patrons missed the item, so it bears repeating. SGS is now an affiliate library of FamilySearch! This is huge. Here’s the backstory and what that means for you.

We as genealogists have benefited from the LDS Mormon Church’s dedication to family history. For decades they have microfilmed historical records from all over the world. They currently have 2.4 million rolls of microfilm in their holdings and they have made much of this available to the general public through their Family History Library in Salt Lake City,  their Family History Centers scattered around the globe, and, their online genealogy website. All of this, free of charge.

Microfilm is now outdated so their goal is to get all their holdings digitized by the year 2020. They state they are digitizing at a rate of 1,000 rolls of microfilm each day. Over 1.1 million rolls of their microfilms, amounting to billions of records, have already been digitized and made available online at any Family History Center. Most of these are also available at any FamilySearch Affiliate Library, such as our SGS Library. And nearly 840,000 of these rolls are available online through to everyone, everywhere, even from the comfort of home.

If you come into our library and use our patron computers, or even your own laptop, you will have access to many of the record collections that  must restrict you from accessing at home. This home viewing restriction is due to contractual agreements between and the record collection’s owner.    Do you remember running into these 3 icons while doing a  Search Records, or Search Catalog? Here’s what the icons mean :

  • A Camera means the record has been digitized, and can be reviewed online by anyone logged into Just click on the icon, and the digital image will open.
  • A Camera with a Key above it means access is restricted. This image can only  be viewed at a Family History Center or an affiliate library. The SGS library is now an affiliate library.
  • A Microfilm reel icon indicates it has not been digitized yet, and is only available at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, or possibly at a Family History Center that currently has a copy of that microfilm roll.

Come into the Seattle Genealogical Society Library during our normal business hours, Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM, or Sunday, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Our front desk volunteer will be glad to help you get started enjoying the benefits of SGS becoming an affiliate library of

SGS 2018 Fall Seminar, 
“Sharpen Your Online Sleuthing Skills”, 
with Cyndi Ingle of Cyndi’s List,
Fairview Christian School,
844 NE 78th St,
Seattle, WA
Saturday, October 20, 2018 


Topics for the 4 workshops are going to be:

  •   Advanced Googling for Your Grandma
    ·Back to Basics: Research Planning and Execution Online
    ·    Maintaining an Organized Computer
    ·    Ten Resources I Use Everyday: Misc Tips for the Online ResearcherFor more information and online registration:

Japanese Genealogy Seminar,
sponsored by Seattle Genealogical Society,
February 2-3, 2019 

Registration will open December 1, 2018.  Registration is free, but the Seminar and the Train the Trainer sessions are limited to 40 individuals. The registration for the One-on-One sessions will open January 1, 2019. Lunch will be provided for a fee on the first day only.

For more information contact Jill Morelli, President of SGS, at

This program is generously funded under the Heritage Grant program by 4Culture, a King County arts support agency.

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.


Saturday, October 20, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, “Sharpen Your Online Genealogical Sleuthing Skills”, with Cyndi Ingle of Cyndi’s List fame. This is the SGS Fall Seminar and will be held at Fairview Christian School in Seattle. The SGS library will be closed on this day so volunteers may attend the seminar.

Saturday, October 27, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Irish SIG, with Jean Roth
Saturday, October 27, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, German SIG, with Jean Roth

Saturday, October 27, 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm, Digging Deeper Workshop: Researching Washington’s World War I Honor Roll,  with Lisa Oberg, at the University of Washington

Sunday, October 28, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Beginning Research Tools with Linda Fitzgerald,  supplies provided,  free class, but please phone the library by Saturday, October 27 to register so we have a headcount and can plan accordingly.


Saturday, November 3, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Canadian SIG, come join David Robert, group leader, for help researching your Canadian ancestors.

Saturday, November 3, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Family Tree Interest Group, Lou Daly is leader of this special interest group exploring all the features of the tool Family Tree on

Tuesday, November 6, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, Intro to Genealogy & Family History – Online, 1 of 4 part series with Heidi Mair, each Tuesday in November, registration required

Saturday, November 10, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Family Tree Maker (FTM) Interest Group, with Reiley Kidd & Jess Ramey

Saturday, November 10, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Second Saturday Speaker Series 

Sunday, November 11, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm, Scandinavian SIG, with Karen Knudson, Swedish and Norwegian Workshop – bring your laptops and your research. We will have resources available to help you with your hunt for your Scandinavian ancestors.

Tuesday, November 13, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, Intro to Genealogy & Family History – Online, 2 of 4 part series with Heidi Mair, registration required

Wednesday, November 14, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Ask the Genealogist at the Shoreline Library,  a volunteer will assist you with your research problems

Saturday, November 17, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Irish SIG, with Jean Roth
Saturday, November 17, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, German SIG, with Jean Roth

Tuesday, November 20, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, Intro to Genealogy & Family History – Online, 3 of 4 part series with Heidi Mair, registration required

Tuesday, November 27, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, Intro to Genealogy & Family History – Online, 4 of 4 part series with Heidi Mair, registration required