Seattle Genealogical Society News

  Join Jill Morelli, SGS president and CG®, for this online presentation and discussion of the changing roles of women during the Civil War. Here are a few of the brave women Jill will introduce you to. You probably never heard of them, yet they all played an active role in our Civil War, the bloodiest war in American history.    Susie King Taylor, free black; Led a regiment on raids into South Carolina, her home state. Frances Clayton under the alias Jack Williams: housewife & mother of three children enlisted, along with her husband, in a Missouri artillery unit of the Union army. She was wounded 3 times and continued to fight even after her husband died in battle. Rose O’Neil Greenbow: Washington DC socialite and Confederate spy. Battle losses by the Union army at Manassas and Bull Run are attributed to her information gathering in the DC area.  Learn more about these women, and others, as we examine the changing roles of women during the Civil War. This will be a 50-minute online presentation followed by Q & A.  **Zoom in and join us: 
Thursday, March 19, 2020
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm 

Follow this link to join in:     ** Zoom is a leader in video communications, conferencing, and webinars apps that work easily and seamlessly across all operating systems  – PC, Mac, iOS, Android, and Linux – and devices    
  SGS recently received a plea from Virginia Majewski, President of the Washington State Genealogy Society. They are in desperate need of people to fill a couple of important volunteer positions. They need someone to manage the Awards Program and they also need a web manager. For the web manager position, they would love to find someone already versed in the use of the Easy Net Sites platform, but if need be, training is available.

If you are interested in volunteering, contact information is available at the Washington State Genealogy Society website;    
We received the notice below from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, UT. It serves as a reminder that this virus is touching all of our lives. Be prudent and check on the status of any place or any event you plan to visit before you set out.   “Out of concern for the health and safety of our guests, volunteers, and staff, the Family History Library in Salt Lake City will temporarily close starting at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 13, 2020 until further notice. This closure is to support preventive efforts to control the spread of COVID-19. Regional FamilySearch centers and libraries have been asked to consider the direction of their local and government leaders, and then make informed decisions about temporary closures. If you plan to visit a FamilySearch center soon, please call ahead to ensure it is open at the regular times.”  Read their full message here:

Irish Festival of Seattle,
Seattle Center Armory
Seattle, WA 98109 
March 14 – 15, 2020 *** Canceled ***

Family Fun – Irish music, singing & Irish step dancers from the Pacific NW & Ireland. As well as genealogy, lectures, cultural displays, food & fun.  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.   SGS CALENDAR OF EVENTS   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. 
MARCH   *** All of our in person events for March have been canceled or postponed *** Stay tuned, or check the SGS Website, for status updates ***   *** Canceled *** Saturday, March 14, 10:15 am-12:15 pm, Family Tree Maker Users Group, with leaders Reiley Kidd and Jess Ramey, Learn and share tips and tricks for using Family Tree Maker 2017
*** Canceled  *** Saturday, March 14, 12:30 pm -1:00pm, SGS Spring Membership Meeting, business meeting, meet the Board and Officer nominees. 

*** Postponed *** Saturday, March 14,  1:00 pm-3:00 pm, Second Saturday Series: “Do You Trello and Kanban?”, presenter will be Lori Lee Staub. learn how these can aid you in your genealogy research. 

*** Postponed *** Saturday, March 21,  1:00 pm-3:00 pm, Digging Deeper: Researching Women’s History, this presentation is at the University of Washington, Allen Library. Join in for a hands-on workshop to learn how archives are arranged and locate information which might be of interest to you when researching women’s history.    
  *** The April events have not been canceled, but they may be.  Check back for updates. 

Saturday, April 4, 10:15 am-12:15 pm, FamilySearch  SIG, with leader Lou Daly, discover the many ways to use Family Tree & Each meeting will feature an aspect of the FamilySearch website.  There will be time for Q&A.  

Sunday, April 5, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Scandinavian SIG, Share information and discuss your Scandinavian ancestral research. Chaired by Karen Knudson. 
  Saturday, April 11,  1:00 pm-3:00 pm, Second Saturday Series: “1890-1920 – the Progressive Era & Women’s Rights”, presenter will be Heidi Mair. Prominent suffragettes led progressive-era causes that impacted women. Discover the fascinating lives and accomplishments of Jane Addams, Nellie Bly and Ida B. Wells-Barnett as well as local leaders Emma Smith DeVoe, Abigail Scott Duniway, Alice Lord and others.    This lecture is part of the Seattle Genealogical Society’s lecture and workshop series: Women’s Suffrage in your Family History. We thank the Washington State Historical Society for their grant in support of our project. For more information, see    Saturday, April 18, 10:15 am-12:15 pm, Irish SIG, with Jean Roth Saturday, April 18 , 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, German SIG , with Jean Roth