Seattle Genealogical Society News

It was a little over a year ago when young Ian Gunnell and his mother, Tanya, showed up at our library looking for a little help getting started on the tasks Ian needed to do to earn his Boy Scout Merit Badge in Genealogy. The ladies present in the library that day found him to be a little shy, but “delightfully charming”. They said they simply gave him the same advice they would give any beginning genealogist. They answered his questions and offered hints on how to ask open ended questions when interviewing relatives, which they explained to him is a great way to gather family history data.    

Ian and his mother agreed he was going to interview his grandmother that evening. Wouldn’t any grandparent be thrilled to have a grandchild call, showing an interest in their family tree and family stories?  

The ladies in the library said it was fun working with this young man. He brightened their day and we certainly hope he got his Merit Badge.   

Charlotte helps Ian as his mother looks on 
OCTOBER 15 – 19, 2019

  The Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International (CGSI) is the leader in genealogy and family history in the geographical areas now known as the Czech and Slovak Republics. Their 2019 conference is the premier event to learn about techniques for genealogical research in those areas. This is their 17th conference. 
Presentations throughout the conference will explore the history and culture of the Czech and Slovak people. Ethnic-focused bus tours of greater Lincoln, live performances of regional music, and special-interest movies will all be a part of the CGSI Conference. 

For additional information and registration, visit the website:
SGS has a subscription so access to the Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International (CGSI) databases is available for your use from the patron computers in the library. Stop in and use our computers to see what you can discover about your Czechoslovak ancestors.       SAVE THE DATE
“Researching Family in Pennsylvania”,
The Historical Society of Pennsylvania,
Philadelphia, PA
July 29-August 2, 2019
Do you have Pennsylvania ancestors? Is a research trip to Philadelphia on your wish list? If so, here is an opportunity for a one-week immersion in Pennsylvania record sources, in the heart of Center City Philadelphia.
Geared to all researcher levels, with a focus on original record sources as well as the outstanding holdings in the Historical Society of Pennsylvania Library, this course will deepen your research skills and acquaint you with Pennsylvania¹s unique resources. Course highlights:
  * Pennsylvania court and vital records 
* Land and tax records 
* Revolutionary War and militia records 
* Early German, Moravian, and Quaker and Welsh settlers 
* Western Pennsylvania research        
The Holiday Inn Express Philadelphia-Midtown, 1305 Walnut Street, has rooms available for registrants at $144.00/night. To reserve a room call: 215-735-9300 and mention HSP.   
Conference details and registration can be found at:   

“2019 Northwest Genealogy Conference”, 
Stillaguamish Valley Genealogy Society, 
Byrnes Performing Arts Center, 
18821 Crown Ridge Blvd,
Arlington, WA 
August 14-17, 2019 

As they do every year, the Stillaguamish Valley Genealogy Society kicks off their summer genealogy conference by offering free Beginning Genealogy classes on Wednesday, August 14th, from 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm.  

For complete details on the offerings of this multi-day, premier conference, visit their website:

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. In observance of Labor Day, our library will be closed August 31 –  September 2nd.
Thursday, July 18, 6:00 pm – 7:45 pm, 
“DNA Learning Series”, at Mountlake Terrace Sno-Isle Library, Seattle and Sno-Isle Genealogical Societies are co-sponsoring the   
“DNA Learning Series”. Class 4 of the 7 class series is “Understanding your Autosomal DNA & DNA inheritance”. 

Pre-registration required. To register send an email to
Deadline to register is July 15, to allow you time to complete the required assignment. Class assignments are part of the learning experience and you must be on our list to receive them by email.
Thursday, August 15, 6:00 pm – 7:45 pm, 
“DNA Learning Series”, at Mountlake Terrace Sno-Isle Library,  
Seattle and Sno-Isle Genealogical Societies are co-sponsoring the “DNA Learning Series”. Class 5 of the 7 class series is “Using GEDmatch and 3rd Party Tools”. 

Pre-registration and class assignments are required. To register send an email to
Sunday, August 25, 10:00 am – 11:30 am, 
“SGS Tour of Washelli Cemetery: From Pioneers to Patriots”, special event with tour guides Lisa Oberg & Amber Brock. Tour Washelli Cemetery, 11111 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98133. Join us for a walk through Washelli Cemetery as we explore the history of this hallowed ground and the stories behind the stones including Seattle’s white founders, Medal of Honor winners, and others less well-known. Good walking shoes are recommended as the ground is uneven in areas. Limited to 15 participants. 
Sign Up for Cemetery Tour