Seattle Genealogical Society News

“Next Steps for Your DNA Test Results”
with Diahan Southard
Saturday, May 18, 2019
Fairview Christian Church
844 NE 78th St
Seattle, WA 98115


There is still space available for the Saturday Seminar and the Sunday afternoon workshop session. Hurry! Registrations must be received at SGS by Saturday, May 11, to order a box lunch and to avoid the $10 late registration fee.

In addition to the Saturday seminar, Diahan Southard is conducting two workshops on “Organizing Your DNA Results” at the SGS Library on Sunday, May 19. The Sunday morning session is sold out, but there are still seats available for the Sunday afternoon session, 12:00 pm-2:00 pm.  

Register for the Seminar online, or
Print out a Seminar registration brochure and mail it with a check to:
Seattle Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 15329, Seattle WA 98115-0329GiveBIG 2019

GiveBig, a 24 hour online, annual fund-raising program for non-profits in Washington State, will be held May 8, 2019. 

The Seattle Genealogical Society (SGS) is an educational organization devoted exclusively to furthering genealogical research, promoting interest in family history, and preserving records. We offer one-on-one mentoring, conduct classes and seminars, compile and publish research materials, and maintain a computer-equipped, 15,000 volume library open to our members, as well as the general public, for free.

Have you attended one of our classes or seminars? Or visited our library to discover the story of your ancestors?

You can help us provide these quality programs and maintain our excellent library with your tax deductible gift on May 8th. Use the link below to donate and thank you so much for your support!


 MAY 11, 2019 1:00 PM-3:00 PM

What do Ulysses S. Grant, Thomas Edison, Paul Newman, Toni Morrison and Neil Armstrong all have in common? They were all born and raised in “The Buckeye State”, Ohio.

Ohio was part of the Old Northwest Territory and became a powerhouse throughout the 19th century. The population grew by leaps and bounds – from 42,159 at the beginning of the 19th century to 4,157,545 by 1900. Ohio was along major migration and distribution routes westward, including the Ohio River, Lake Erie, Erie Canal, National Road, Lincoln Highway and major railroad lines. With the rapidly expanding population and strategic geographic location, chances are one of your ancestors spent time or traveled through Ohio. Speaker, Heidi Mair, invites you to come learn how to find the traces of your ancestors in Ohio and explore the role Ohio played in our developing nation. SGS Family History Writing Contest II
Submissions for the SGS Family History Writing Contest II are requested!
All writers are welcomed; all stories are welcomed! Prizes will be awarded.

Submit your story by 1 July 2019 to

Here are the rules:

  1. Keep the word count under 3000 words. We will not retype your story, so make sure you send it to us in Word form. Photos enhance a story.
  2. Cite the facts, but since these are usually your family stories, there aren’t many.
  3. It is preferred that these are unpublished works. If your story has been published before, make sure you have permission to republish. Let us know name of the publication and when it was published.
  4. A committee will review all submissions and award the prizes. Some documents selected for publication will receive prizes.
  5. The committee makes all decisions and all decisions are final.
  6. If you have any questions, just let us know.  This is a great summer project!!

Recently SGS became  aware of significant need at another genealogical society. The Paradise Genealogical Society of California was devastated by the “Camp Fire” in Northern California last year. That society had their own building, with a library of over 2700 titles. It was completely destroyed. To help them rebuilt, the SGS Library has offered some of its own duplicate periodicals and books. SGS has already received a donation to package and ship materials to the Paradise Society. If you have any genealogical materials you could donate to help the Paradise Genealogical Society, please bring your donations to the SGS Library and we will take care of the rest.

Paradise Genealogical Society is hoping for these types of contributions :

  • Materials pertaining to Northern California
  • Materials pertaining to all of California
  • Materials pertaining to any US state
  • General genealogical research materials

** Please no further “Source Book”, “Red Book”, or Internet books are needed 

If you have any questions or require clarification, please contact Sue Jensen, SGS Library Director, at the Library phone number: 206 522-8658 or email her at


“Ins and Outs of Indexes:
Keys to Unlock Probates, Deeds and More” ,
With Mary Kircher Roddy,
Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State,
LDS Factoria Church Building
4200 124th Ave SE
Bellevue, WA 98006
Monday, May 13, 7:15 pm

Doors open at 6:30 pm for all to enjoy the extensive JGSWS library’s genealogical resources. Free Wi-Fi, admission, and refreshments.  Come early to network with other attendees. Presentation starts promptly at 7:15 pm.SGS and SIGS “DNA Learning Series” ,
Mountlake Terrace Library – Sno-Isle Libraries,
23300 58th Ave W
Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043
6:00 pm – 7:45 pm

See the featured article in this eNews! issue for more info. For members of SGS and SIGS only. Registration required. Register by email to:

Scheduled dates for the next two classes:

  • May 16  “yDNA & mtDNA Testing”
  • June 20  “I’ve Got My Results … Now What?”

SGS 2019 Spring Seminar,
“Next Steps for Your DNA Results”,
with Diahan Southard,
Fairview Christian School,
844 NE 78th St, Seattle, WA 98115
Saturday, May 18 ,  9:00 am – 4:00 pm

From beginner to advanced genealogist, Diahan will help you understand and help you organize your results to find those lost relatives. Topics at the seminar will be:

  • Let Your DNA Tell Your Story
  • Me and My 1,000+ DNA 4th Cousins
  • Making YDNA and mtDNApart of Your Family History
  • Three Next Steps for Your DNA Test Results

Also check out the Special Workshop on Sunday afternoon, May 19: “Organizing Your DNA Results”.

Register for the Seminar online  

 – or –

Print out a Seminar Brochure and mail your registration to: SGS, PO Box 15329, Seattle, WA 98115


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 closed May 25-27 in observance of Memorial Day weekend, although the Irish and German Special Interest Groups will meet on Saturday, May 25. Note the library will also be closed on May 18, the day of our spring seminar.  


Sunday, May 4, 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  Come learn about the proposed changes coming to Family Search and Family Tree.   

Sunday, May 5, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, DNA Workshop, with Cary Bright. Q&A first hour, while focus second hour in on Genome Mate Pro.
Saturday, May 11, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Family Tree Maker (FTM) Users Group, led by Reiley Kidd & Jess Ramey. Novices are welcome to join our group, as we share our knowledge of this powerful and versatile genealogy software program, and learn from each other, while having fun at the same time.  Join us, and bring your questions!   

Saturday, May 11, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm, Second Saturday Speakers Series – “Ohio: The Crossroads of a Young Nation” with Heidi Mair 

Thursday, May 16, 6:00 pm-7:45 pm, DNA Learning Series Class 2: “yDNA & mtDNA Testing”,  with Cary Bright and Craig K Gowen. This series is for current members of the Seattle Genealogical Society (SGS) and the Sno-Isle Genealogical Society (SIGS) only. Free advance registration is required for each class.  These classes will be held at the Mountlake Terrace – Sno-Isle Libraries, 23300 58th Ave W, Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043. To register, email :

Saturday, May 18, The SGS Library will be closed so all SGS volunteers may attend the SGS 2019 Spring Seminar at Fairview Christian School.

Sunday, May 19, the SGS Library will be closed for two special events – pre-registration required.   

Saturday, May 25, 10:15 am-12:15 pm, Irish Special Interest Group,  with Jean Roth Saturday, May 25, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm, German Special Interest Group,  with Jean Roth