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Are you one of the 30 million people who have tested their DNA?

We all come from somewhere. Where does your DNA take you? Dive in with the Seattle Genealogical Society and renowned DNA expert Blaine Bettinger to begin your journey.

Genetic genealogy is rapidly changing. Stay current and dig deeper with Dr. Bettinger’s new presentations. Even the most enthusiastic and experienced genealogists still have much to uncover.  

This virtual program includes: 

  • “Formulating a DNA Testing Plan”  
  • “Real-Life Y-DNA” 
  • “Using DNA Painter to Map Your DNA” 
  • “The Latest Developments in Genetic Networks” 

And a commemoration of our DNA Special Interest Group celebrating 10 years!

Register for the Seminar !

Dr. Blaine Bettinger is a professional genealogist specializing in DNA evidence. He is the author of the popular blog, The Genetic Genealogist  and frequently gives presentations and webinars to educate others about the use of DNA to explore their ancestry.

SGS MEMBERS – RENEW BEFORE THE FALL SEMINAR!   Are you not sure whether or not you’ve renewed?  Go to Members Home and log in. If you see a green “Renew Membership” button, click it to renew your SGS membership for 2020-21. Pay your dues online with a credit/debit card or print out an invoice to mail with a check to Seattle Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 15329, Seattle WA 98115-0329.

If you have never logged in before, or have a question or problem, send an email to:

Now you’re ready to click on over to SGS 2020 Fall Seminar with Blaine Bettinger and register at the member-discounted rate.

Thank you for your participation and continued support of SGS!

Not a member yet? Now is the time to join SGS and enjoy online programs and classes, discounted class and seminar registration fees, free research requests, and access to exclusive SGS publications and databases. Join SGS Now.  

Virtual Nordic Genealogy Conference,
The National Nordic Museum, 
Ballard, Seattle, WA
September 26-27, 2020 

This 2020 virtual conference will be a mixture of live and on-demand keynote lectures and workshops that you can follow from anywhere in the world. Professional genealogists and subject matter experts from North America and the Nordic countries will share insights about family history research. Two live keynotes will be held on Saturday, September 26 and one live keynote will be held Sunday, September 27 via YouTube. All virtual materials are available to participants for a full year.

For more information or to register:

Dr Blaine Bettinger of “The Genetic Genealogist” blog, 
SGS 2020 Fall Seminar – Virtual,
Seattle, WA 
October 17, 2020 

We all come from somewhere. Where does your DNA take you? Dive in with the Seattle Genealogical Society and renowned DNA expert Blaine Bettinger to begin your journey. Visit the SGS Website for more information and to register.   

SGS CALENDAR OF EVENTS*** 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 26, 2020, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm,  

DNA Interest Group (Virtual), the  DNA Interest Group Workshop is meeting via Zoom. To be included you must be on the SGS DNA Interest Group email list. Contact Cary Bright at to join. Link will be sent to the email group prior to the meeting with the pdf handout. Chaired by Cary Bright and Craig Gowens
Saturday, Oct 3, 2020, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm,  

Family Search Interest Group(Virtual),  See Calendar of Events on the SGS website. Discover the many ways to use Family Tree and FamilySearch. Featuring a different aspect of the website each meeting. There will be time for Q & A.  Chaired by Lou Daly.
Saturday, Oct 3, 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, Oct 4, 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, Oct 10, 2020, 1:00 pm – 3:00  pm, 

Second Saturday:  Did My Ancestors Really Pay for the Mayflower Voyage? (Virtual),  See Calendar of Events on the SGS website.  Presented by Lori Lee Sauber.

Sunday, Oct 11, 2020, 1:00 pm – 3:00  pm, 

Scandinavian Interest Group (Virtual),  See Calendar of Events on the SGS website. Share information and discuss your ancestral research. Chaired by Karen Knudson.