Seattle Genealogical Society News

SGS is pleased to have Tom Jones, renowned genealogical researcher, writer, editor, and educator, for our Fall Seminar on October 5th. His presentation this year will be Creating Credible Conclusions While Circumnavigating Walls. Come learn how to forge innovative paths around research brick walls with confidence and ethics. 

In addition to the all-day seminar on Saturday, Oct 5th, Tom Jones will present two sessions of “Planning an Exhaustive Search” on Sunday, Oct 6th, at the SGS Library. The Sunday sessions are limited to 30 attendees each and the seats are nearly full. Hurry!
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  Seattle Genealogical Society would like to offer our extra microfilm reader to the first person, or Society, to come retrieve it. It is located in our library at 6200 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA. If you are interested, please contact SGS at: with “Microfilm Reader” in the Subject Line.

The Puget Sound Regional Branch of the Washington State Archives, in Bellevue, WA, is offering the class Digging Deep from 11:00 am- 2:00 pm on October 19, 2019. Designed for teachers, students, beginning genealogists, local heritage volunteers and others interested in exploring the past, you’ll get practical advice and learn the basic steps for gathering the information that you will need to investigate and interpret a historical topic. In this class, discover:

·       What historical sources are & how to use them
·       What primary sources are & aren’t
·       What secondary sources are & why they’re useful
·       How to use the library system in your research
·       How to use archival collections
·       How to find and use reliable online resources
.       How to properly cite your sources
·       How to use information from different sources  

The class is free. Seating is limited and registration is required. Register now at
Scroll down to “Public Events” and click on the “Register” button for “Digging Deep: Doing Historical Research”

For additional information, contact Mike Saunders, Washington State Archives, Puget Sound Branch at or 425-564-3950.   DO NOT FORGET 

Remember the SGS Membership Meeting is Saturday, October 12, from 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm, followed by a Second Saturday Series presentation. The topic will be The New SGS 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
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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.


Saturday, October 5, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, SGS Fall Seminar with Tom Jones, at Fairview Christian School.  The SGS Library will be closed so our volunteers may attend the seminar.  

Sunday, October 6, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm, DNA Workshop,  with Cary Bright. Q&A first hour, while focus second hour in on Genome Mate Pro. 

Saturday, October 12, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Family Tree for Family Search Interest Group, with leader Lou Daly. Rescheduled date & time due to the seminar on October 5.  

Saturday, October 12, 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm, SGS Fall Membership Meeting

Saturday, October 12, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Second Saturday Speaker Series – The New SGS Website , Learn how to log into the new web site and to use the new features; stay current with our events; access our research resources and add your family’s name to our surname registry. Facilitators: David Rimmer, Ann Wright, Christine Schomaker and Heidi Mair   Sunday, October 13, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Scandinavian Special Interest Group – meets quarterly with Karen Knudson. Share info and discuss researching your Scandinavian ancestors.   

Monday, October 14, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, WAY To Go! Workshop: A Methodology for Efficient Report Writing  (Classes and Workshops) Online only; with Jill Morelli, CG. Session 1 (Pre Registration is Required). Write as you go is a method of writing reports
efficiently and accurately. By focusing your attention on a single research question coupled with other techniques learned in the program, this two session course will improve the efficiency of your product. Brick wall problems, client, and research reports benefit from this approach. There will be assignments. Maximum class size is 30 members, with priority given to SGS members. $40 for members, $50 for non-members

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Tuesday, October 15, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, Family History Writers’ Group,  contact Gail Stevens for more info at