Seattle Genealogical Society News


Each quarter the Seattle Genealogical Society recognizes one volunteer as our Volunteer of the Quarter. Our volunteer for Summer 2019 Quarter is Kim Waggie, one of SGS’s dedicated Desk Volunteers. 

Kim’s interest in genealogy began 20 years ago. As she became more enthralled with genealogy, she enrolled in & completed the certificate program in Genealogy & Family History at the University of Washington. Her research focuses on Germany & the Midwest, especially northwest Iowa. Kim’s final paper was about her great-grandmother who moved to Iowa with her second husband. She also researched a Scotch-Irish line in her family that migrated, beginning in late 1700’s Virginia, to Tennessee, Kentucky, and finally landed in Southern Illinois. Kim has conducted research while on trips to Newell, Iowa to see family. She uses online Iowa cemetery & newspaper records, and resources at the local historical society. Other favorite resources are the SGS Library (of course!), Ancestry, and FamilySearch. Kim is currently researching her 3rd great grandfather from Southern Illinois. At age 50, he volunteered to fight in the Civil War, although military records list his age as 44. He contracted typhoid fever in Pittsburgh and died just months after enlisting. 

About five years ago, Kim joined the Seattle Genealogical Society. For two plus years, she has served as a Desk Volunteer, primarily on Fridays. Kim likes meeting other genealogists and helping visitors to the SGS library explore the resources, including Seattle city directories and college yearbooks. 

Kim enjoys writing. At the SGS spring seminar, she hosted the table session focused on writing family history where, she reports, there was a lively discussion. Kim appreciates our SGS Seminars, Second Saturday series, and SIG meetings. She feels volunteering at SGS affords her the opportunity to meet and help others, while continually learning and improving her own genealogical research skills.

Besides genealogy, Kim plays French Horn in community orchestra and bands. She is a board member of Rain City Symphony. Kim Waggie is an example of the highly qualified, well-informed, helpful Desk Volunteers who make a visit to Seattle Genealogical Society Library worthwhile. 

Next time you visit the SGS Library and see Kim at the desk, say hello. She will be glad to assist you.  

Saturday, December 14, 2019
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

  Join in the fun at the SGS Library. Bring your favorite cookies and genealogical gems to share!

IT’S THE GIVING SEASON!   Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to support the Seattle Genealogical Society and Library during our Annual Appeal this December.    SGS 2019 Annual AppealDonate Now Online   If you have a Paypal account, you may donate to SGS via the Paypal Giving Fund. The transaction fee will be waived and your gift will be matched with an additional 1% by the fund. Go to:  Paypal Giving Fund – SGS     THANK YOU!  


Jewish Genealogical Society
of Washington State,
LDS Factoria Bldg,
4200 124th Ave SE,
Bellevue, WA
Monday, December 9, 2019

  • Doors open at 6:30 PM and the presentation starts promptly at 7:00 PM
  • Come early to network with other attendees and to enjoy the extensive JGSWS library resources, including FREE access to the FHC computers and genealogical websites
  • Free Wi-Fi, admission, & refreshments
  • At this meeting, Cary Bright will present“DNA PAINTER: Cousin Matching and Its Five Tools”. Cary also chairs a monthly DNA Workshop at SGS 

Spring 2020 SGS Seminar 
with Fritz Juengling,
Fairview Christian School,
844 NE 78th St,
Seattle, WA

Saturday, May 16, 2020   Mr Juengling is the German, Dutch and Scandinavian Research Specialist at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. SGS is happy to have Fritz as the presenter for our spring seminar.  

  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 Library will be closed Dec 21, 2019 – Jan 1, 2020 for the Winter Holiday. 

Saturday, December 7, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Family Tree for Family Search Interest Group, with leader Lou Daly.  
Saturday, December 14, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Second Saturday – Holiday Gathering –  bring your favorite cookies and genealogical gems to share.