Seattle Genealogical Society News


  Each quarter the Seattle Genealogical Society recognizes one volunteer as our volunteer of the quarter. Our volunteer for Spring 2019 Quarter is the entire SGS Website Team. 

This amazing team of volunteers have put together a fabulous website for the Seattle Genealogical Society. The Society hired ENS (Easy Net Sites) to build the website; however, ENS needed our people to assemble the content. This Team has worked many hours to get the basic structure, wording and content ready for the Easy Net Site company to do their work and release the website. The new Seattle Genealogical Society website can be found at:

The SGS Website Team members are:

David Rimmer – SGS Director of Technology 

David was the team leader and Easy Net Sites liaison.

David has been researching his ancestors for 20 years and has been a member of Seattle Genealogical Society (SGS) for 10 years. Besides serving as our Director of Technology David has helped out with the Irish Festival twice and the Highland Games. His biggest success in genealogical research has been to get all his first cousins to take a DNA test, since all their parents are deceased and David is an only child.

Ann Wright: Webmaster 

Ann was responsible for technical support, the work plan, and organization.

Ann has been doing genealogy for many years and has been a member of SGS for 7 years. Ann has volunteered primarily in the Library and was Library Director from 2015-2018. In 2016, she became an assistant to the newly formed Director of Technology and continues to work in that capacity. Ann’s success in her research has been in finding an immigrant, Benjamin Thwing, who came to the US in 1639 and is an ancestor of Ann’s mother.

Christine Schomaker: SGS Director of Membership 

Membership is a major element of the new website.

Christine started doing her genealogy research about 60 years ago at the age of 8. She has been a Society member for 22 years. She has been busy as a volunteer for those 22 years acting as a Desk Volunteer, Director of Operations, Director of Library, Treasurer, Director of Membership, Seminar Book Sales, Webmaster, 2011 Website Committee, Seminar and Class Registrar.

Her genealogical experience has included many exciting “aha” moments. Several occurred while piecing together a documented, original lineage of her Virginia great-grandmother Octavia (Elliot) Harlan. She has made it back four generations to James Elliot (c1715-1783) of Wells and Brunswick, Maine, and continues to document a previously uncompiled genealogy of his descendants.
Julia Marconi: Former SGS Director of Publications

Julia was in charge of marketing, the look and feel of website, the style standards and acted as backup webmaster.

Julia has been pursuing her ancestors for many years. She has been a long-time member of SGS and has held the positions of President and Publications Director. She has been responsible for getting the Journal of the Seattle Genealogical Society assembled and published. She recently retired from publishing the SGS Journal, but still assists in the compilation of it.

Heidi Mair: SGS Director of Volunteers

Heidi was responsible for events, the calendar, and training.

Heidi has been researching her family for 50 years, but more intensely in the past 8 years. She has been a member of SGS for 2 years and has volunteered as Director of Volunteers, Outreach, Desk Volunteer, and Seminar; wherever she was needed. Heidi has written about her Ohio family and was published by the Ohio Genealogical Society last winter. Congratulations, Heidi. 

Janice Lovelace: SGS Director of Education 

The Classes, Events and Special Interest Groups sections on the website were the responsibilty of Janice. 

Janice has been doing genealogy since the early 1990s and has been an active SGS member for about 7 years. She served as VP for two years and is currently serving as Education Chair for her second year. For Janice, the most difficult research challenge, and the most rewarding, was being able to identify slaveholders for her maternal great-grandparents.

We are pleased to honor this Team as the Volunteer of the Quarter and really appreciate all the hard work they did to get the new website operational.
Most people are familiar with timelines from taking history in high school. Genealogists, however, can utilize this seemingly commonplace tool to very good effect in their research. Need to know how your ancestor got from one place to another? Trying to sort out several different individuals with the same name? Wanting to understand how your ancestor fit in with major and minor historical events? Come learn how timelines can help answer these and a number of other family history research questions!

Mary Kathyrn Kozy will be the presenter on this topic for our Second Saturday Speaker Series, September 14th, at the SGS Library, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm. 
SGS FALL MEMBERSHIP MEETING For this year 2019,  the SGS Fall Membership Meeting will be on the 2nd Saturday in October from 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM,  immediately preceding the Second Saturday Speaker Series presentation.  Hope to see you then, Saturday, October 12th, from 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM at the SGS Library.    SAVE THE DATE
  “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:   Tom Jones – Guest Speaker, 
SGS 2019 Fall Seminar,
Fairview Christian School,
844 NE 78th St,
Seattle, WA 
October 5-6, 2019 

  Back by popular demand! We are delighted to have Dr. Tom Jones visit Seattle once again. Tom is an award-winning genealogical researcher, writer, editor, and educator. He has co-edited the National Genealogical Society Quarterly since 2002, and he is the author of the textbooks Mastering Genealogical Proof and Mastering Genealogical Documentation
  Registration information is coming soon! Save the date!!  
CGSI Genealogical & Cultural Conference, 
Lincoln, NE
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. 

For additional information and registration, visit the 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.
  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
  SEPTEMBER Sunday, Sept 8, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, DNA Workshop, chair person Cary Bright, Q&A first hour, while focus second hour in on Genome Mate Pro

Saturday, Sept 14, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Family Tree Maker (FTM) Users Group, co-leaders Reiley Kidd and Jesse Ramey, FTM is the genealogy software long associated with

Saturday, Sept 14, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Second Saturday Speaker Series – “Tracing People Through Time and Space Using Timelines” presented by Mary Kathryn Kozy, Come learn how timelines can help answer your family history research questions! 

Tuesday, Sept 17, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, Family History Writers’ Group,  contact Gail Stevens for more info at  Thursday, Sept 19, 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 6 of the 7 class series is “Getting the Most Out of Ancestry DNA & My Heritage”. 

Pre-registration and class assignments are required. To register send an email to

Saturday, Sept 21, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Irish Interest Group, with Jean Roth 

Saturday, Sept 21, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, German Interest Group,  with Jean Roth