Seattle Genealogical Society Library Unique Source

The Seattle Genealogical Society Library has over 2,500 Family History Books including Periodicals written by family members documenting the lives of their ancestors. Here is an excerpt from one:

The Carpenter Family News-Journal page 16

Mary Carpenter from a letter written to her cousin on August 18, 1871.

Our cabin has a ground floor and we spread green grass over it for a carpet and change it occasionally. It saves sweeping and mopping… You see we are right in the midst of harvesting, the great drive of the year. Now, for what I did yesterday. I got up before four, got breakfast, skimmed milk, churned, worked over the churning already at hand, did a large washing, baked 6 loaves of bread and seven pumpkin pies, while I was baking put on the irons and did the ironing, got supper etc—besides washing all the dishes, making the beds, (and) sweeping.”

Mary Carpenter had a busy life didn’t she!? There are many more stories like this one in these Family History Books and Periodicals. Come into the Library at 6200 Sand Point Way NE in Seattle to see if any of your ancestors has a history on our shelves.

There are over 1400 Surnames in our Family Book Section so we include only the Surnames for the Periodicals:

Ballew ; Barnard ; Barnes

Bashaw ; Blue ; Bondurant

Boyd ; Brammer ; Bricker

Britain ; Bunnell ; Bush


Calkins ; Calkins ; Calkins

Campbell ; Carpenter ; Castor

Dallas ; Denmark

Eastlick ; Eaton ; Emery

Farr ; Finch

Geer ; Gest ; Goldmann


Harriman ; Hayden ; Haynes

Heady ; Henckel ; Hiatt

Howard ; Hull ; Hunt


McCullough ; McGee ; McKinley

Molyneux ; Moore


Palmer ; Pennington ; Pettit


Rainey ; Rice ; Rogers


Small ; Snodgrass ; Soule

Spenser ; Stewart

Thomas ; Thompson ; Thornburg

Towne ; Townsend

Walker ; Warren ; Williams

Wing ; Wing ; Womelsdorf

Seattle Genealogical Society

6200 Sand Point Way NE

Seattle, WA 98115