Seattle Genealogical Society News


If one could see a bright side to this trying year 2020, it would have to be that there are so many more online learning opportunities today. Look at the SGS Calendar of Events. Look at the items under Save the Dates – items from Auburn, Washington to Washington, DC to Oklahoma. Because of technology, no matter where you live, you can “attend” these events, near or far.

Our SGS Second Saturday presentations are very popular. You are all invited to the next one, October 10, at 1:00 pm PDT, when Lori Lee Sauber will present “Did My Ancestors Really Pay for the Mayflower Voyage”. This is the conclusion to Lori’s story, “Mayflower and Me”, from the July 31st eNews! Click below to reread that story:

If Scandinavian genealogy is your thing, we have a group for that. Their next meeting is Sunday, October 11, at 1:00 pm PDT. There will be presentations on Moveable Feast Days, as well as Swedish Estate Inventories. 

Don’t forget about the SGS 2020 Fall Seminar (Virtual) with Blaine Bettinger, Saturday, October 17, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm PDT. Register today. Now, more than every, your support is important and appreciated. 
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

AAHGS 2020 Annual Conference & Exhibition,
Washington, DC  
October 14-17, 2020 

Like elsewhere, this year the annual conference of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society will be virtual, online – no need to travel all that way. There are full conference or daily registration options. Information and registration at :

Native American Genealogy & Research – Webinar (Virtual),
Oklahoma Genealogical Society,
Oklahoma City, OK 
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 

Rick Fogarty, instructor of Native American tribal genealogy and a citizen of the Muscogee Creek Nation, will be the presenter at this online event. For additional information visit the website of the Oklahoma Genealogical Society:

Fund Raising Seminar (Virtual),
the South King County Genealogical Society, 
Auburn, WA
October 24, 2020 

This 2020 virtual conference will feature Diahan Southard presenting two sessions on DNA 

  • “No Tree? No Problem”  at 10 am
  • “Connecting Your DNA Matches” at noon 

Visit the website for more info and registration.

SGS CALENDAR OF EVENTS* In consideration of COVID-19 social distancing recommendations, the SGS Library is closed until further notice and SGS in-person events have been replaced with online events.
** Go to the SGS Website Calendar of Events for the meeting links and for any last minute updates or changes to the schedule.  

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. Possible schedule change. Check back for updates. 
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 for the Zoom link.  Jill Morelli, past president of SGS,  will give a presentation “Moveable Feast Days” and chair person, Karen Knudson, will present “Swedish Estate Inventories”. 

Saturday, Oct 17, 2020,  9:00 am – 3:00 pm, 

SGS 2020 Fall Seminar (Virtual) –  with Blaine Bettinger, professional genealogist specializing in DNA evidence. Register today, you don’t want to miss this one. Register for the Seminar

Saturday, Oct 31, 2020,  1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, 

Virtual Cemetery Tour with Lisa Oberg & Amber Brock, back by popular – stay tuned for the details.