Seattle Genealogical Society News


The Washington Attorney General’s office sent out a news release on August 17, 2020, saying AG Bob Ferguson has “filed federal Freedom of Information Act lawsuits today against three agencies involved in the January decision to close the Federal Archives & Records Center in Seattle, sell the building and move the records stored there to facilities more than 1,000 miles away.”  Ferguson also sent a letter to the Public Buildings Reform Board (PBRB),informing them that he was prepared to file a lawsuit against them also if they do not produce the records he requested. 

Good to see the fight is active. You can read the entire news release here:

The 100th anniversary of the founding of Seattle Genealogical Society is rapidly approaching. We held our first planning meeting on Saturday, August 1st and we will hold monthly meetings throughout the remainder of 2020 and beyond. We will add a Centennial Planning page to our website and will post summaries of our meetings, ideas, plans and more. The purpose of the SGS Centennial is to: 

  • Celebrate SGS’s rich history
  • Educate the community about SGS
  • Increase its visibility & membership
  • Provide fundraising opportunities to support SGS    

Join us on Saturday, September 5th for our second planning session. Log on using this Zoom link:

We need to hear your voice, your ideas, and we welcome your participation. 

Want to attend our events this Fall but haven’t tried Zoom yet?

You can download Zoom following this easy online tutorial. Then join us for a short meeting to learn tips on how to attend meetings using Zoom. Log on using this Zoom link: Follow this link to join:

If you have any difficulty downloading Zoom, email for assistance. Please note: if you plan to stay for the Centennial Planning Meeting, you will need to log out of the Zoom training session, then log on to the Centennial Meeting using the correct link.
SGS is happy to announce the completion of the beta test for the course “Level 1: Basics and Beyond”. Kinks have been worked out with the materials, the content, and the technology. We thank our beta testers (aka alumni!) for their assistance. And, yes, this means we are now charging more for the course, reflecting the commitment of Valerie to the course and her students, and the high quality of the materials. Sign up now if you are interested in doing your family research the right way. The next class will begin on Tuesday, October 13th.  Check our Calendar of Events on the SGS website for registration, fees and class schedule.
The next SGS Membership Meeting will be held Saturday, September 12, 2020, at 12:30 PM. It will be an online, virtual meeting. Please see the Calendar of Events area on the SGS website for the Zoom link. 

The meeting will be followed by our Second Saturday Speaker Series at 1:00 pm. SGS Past President, Jill Morelli will present, “House Histories – The Intersection of Architecture and Genealogy”. Again, check the Calendar of Events area on the SGS website for details and the Zoom link. 

As part of our commemoration of Women’s Suffrage, we are sharing women’s stories of 100 and more years ago. Each month we have featured a different woman’s story. For August, we are sharing the work of many volunteers. Washingtonians answered the call and have completed 57 biographical sketches of Washington women suffragists for the Online Biographical Dictionary of the Woman Suffrage Movement, a crowd sourced biographical database of over 3,500 suffragists nationwide. You can read their fascinating stories here.  

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 

Saturday, Sept 12, 2020, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm,  Family Tree Maker (Virtual), We’re back.  Learn and share tips and tricks for using Software MacKievWith Rob Sexton.

Saturday, Sept 12, 2020, 12:30 pm – 1:00  pm,  SGS  Membership Meeting (Virtual),  See Calendar of Events on the SGS website. 

Saturday, Sept 12, 2020, 1:00 pm – 3:00  pm,  Second Saturday:  House Histories, the Intersection of Architecture and Genealogy (Virtual),  See Calendar of Events on the SGS website.  Presented by Jill Morelli.