Seattle Genealogical Society News


Due to the closure of the SGS Library as a result of the COVID-19 shutdown in Washington State, printing of the Spring 2020 Journal of the Seattle Genealogical Society has been delayed. Depending on the circumstances, SGS plans to print the spring issue along with the upcoming fall/winter 2020 issue. If you have any questions, please contact:

Did you know Washington women permanently won the right to vote in 1910, ten years before national women’s suffrage was enacted? 

Did you know the National American Woman Suffrage Association Convention was held right here in Seattle in July of 1909? 

The train many of the suffragists traveled on to reach the convention in Seattle was dubbed the “Suffrage Special”. Suffragists came from around the state, and around the nation. The “Suffrage Special” arrived in Washington State at Spokane and made stops en route to Seattle, gathering more suffragists along the way.

You are invited along on this virtual  Suffrage Special Whistle Stop Tour! Each day, from August 19th through August 26th, a new video will be posted on the “Washington Historical Society” Facebook page and the “Votes for Women Suffrage Centennial” Facebook page.

These daily video segments  are suitable for viewers of all ages. Each whistle stop segment will be hosted by a local historical organization and will explore women’s suffrage history and its legacy in their geographic region. Hop on board to learn more about the movement and the activists. 

The Facebook link is : or, if you prefer, the Washington State Historical Society link is :


In consideration of COVID-19 social distancing recommendations, the SGS Library is closed until further notice and all SGS in-person events have been canceled, postponed, or replaced with an online event.

Saturday, Sept 5, 2020, 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm,  

Learn How to Use Zoom (Virtual), Want to attend our events this Fall, but you haven’t tried Zoom yet?  Please download Zoom ahead of time following the easy instructions in this online tutorial. Then join us for a short online meeting of tips on how to attend meetings using Zoom. If you have difficulty downloading Zoom, email  for assistance.   

Saturday, Sept 5, 2020, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm,  

SGS Centennial Planning Meeting (Virtual), Help us brainstorm ideas on how to commemorate the SGS centennial. As always, you will find the Zoom meeting id link on the Calendar of Events section of the SGS Website. 

Sunday, Sept 6, 2020, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm,  

DNA Workshop SIG (Virtual), Is back! For now it will be online via Zoom. The meeting id link will be on the Calendar of Events section of the SGS Website. Chaired by Cary Bright and her new co-chair, Craig Gowens