Seattle Genealogical Society 2020 News


The annual election is upon us. SGS Members, check your email for your SGS 2020 Election letter, sent April 1, 2020. It has all the information you’ll need to vote for the officers and directors who will lead the society during 2020-21. If you can’t find your election letter, go to the SGS website Members Home area and log in. Look for the link “SGS 2020 Election – Vote!”. All ballots must be submitted by April 30th, 8:00 pm. Thank you to the SGS Election Committee, Bruce Finlayson and Kim Waggie, who will compile and report the results.    

ROBERT K LYNCH (1937-2020)
Our sincere condolences to the family of Robert “Bob” Lynch. We were sad to hear he passed away in Seattle on March 13, 2020 from Parkinson’s Disease. Bob was a long time SGS member and a former SGS board member. He and his wife, Sue, lived in View Ridge for over 50 years. Bob was a CPA and an avid amateur photographer. In retirement, he began to study his family history and genealogy.

You can read Bob’s full obituary and sign the guest book at:

  SGS has added two online learning opportunities to our list of upcoming events. Jill Morelli is presenting “Friedrich Christian Eiler: Building an Identity from Scan Clues” on May 1, 2020, and Heidi Mair will be presenting “1890-1920 – The Progressive Era and Women’s Rights” on May 9,2020. Everyone is invited. Please join in. Here’s the details of their presentations.   

SGS is generously offering assistance and the use of our Zoom account for a one time webinar to the Eastside Germanic SIG of the Eastside Genealogical Society and in exchange they are inviting SGS members and friends to join them for this event.  

Webinar: Friedrich Christian Eiler: Building an Identity from Scant Clues
Presenter: Jill Morelli
Date: Friday, 1 May 2020 
Time: 12:30 pm PDT

We all have them–those individuals who came from nowhere, interacted with our ancestor and then disappeared. Learn how to build an identity for this German emigrant starting with his one piece of evidence that was wrong. 
  No pre-registration required. Just follow this link:

Second Saturday Series : “1890-1920 – The Progressive Era and Women’s Rights”
Presenter: Heidi Mair
Saturday, May 9, 2020
Time: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

A wide range of social movements arose across the U.S. from 1890 – 1920, a period known as the Progressive Era. Progressive reformers sought to end political corruption, improve the lives of individuals and increase government intervention to protect citizens. How did the Progressive Era impact women in their communities, including your ancestors?

The women’s suffrage movement was part of this wave of Progressive Era reforms culminating in the passage of the 19th Amendment on August 18th, 1920. And prominent suffragettes led progressive-era causes that impacted women. Discover the fascinating lives and accomplishments of local and nationally known suffragists.

Now meeting online via Zoom.

Follow this link to join:

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

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

Saturday, May 16, 2020 *** Canceled ***   Mr Juengling is the German, Dutch and Scandinavian Research Specialist at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.    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. 

*** In consideration of COVID-19 social distancing recommendations, the SGS Library is closed for the month of April and all SGS in-person events for April have been canceled or postponed. 
Stay home – stay healthy – but stay engaged by attending one of our online events! 

Dancing with the Spanish Lady: 
The Influenza Pandemic of 1918  
(Online Class and Discussion)
Thursday, April 23, 2020 
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Follow this link to join:

Here’s a timely topic to be presented by Lisa Oberg. 

Schools canceled, closed theaters and churches, social distancing… all of these public health measures in effect today were used to help combat the influenza pandemic of 1918.
** See details at the top of this eNews! for the webinar scheduled for May 1st and for the Second Saturday Series presentation for May 9th.