Seattle Genealogical Society News


Seattle Genealogical Society is a member-driven, volunteer-run organization. We could not succeed without the support of our members and the talents and dedication of our volunteers. We are currently seeking people for the following positions:

  • Journal Editor
  • Publications Director (board position)
  • Communications Director (board position)
  • Nominations Committee
  • Front Desk Scheduler
  • Centennial Planning Committee


1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join us for our annual holiday gathering – this year it will be virtual!  

Share your family recipes! Send your recipe along ahead of time to

We will compile your recipes and share them on our website and at our Holiday Party.  

Join in our genealogy trivia contest. Your facilitators each have five questions to stump you. The top two winners will receive prizes.

Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists. 

Facilitators: Sue Jensen and Heidi Mair
Kathy Emmel, genealogist, teacher, author, and quilter with a background in graphic design, will present “Quilting Your Family History” on Monday, November 23, 2020 from 7-8:00 pm PST. She’ll feature 14 quilts she has made which showcase her heritage, family history, and family stories. 

Visit the SGS Website Calendar of Events for the Zoom meeting id.  

Back by popular demand! Tech Tuesday sessions will be virtual via Zoom from 10 am-11 am on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month. Facilitators will vary. No appointment necessary. Find the link on the SGS Website Calendar of Events. The next session will be on November 24, 2020.

You are invited to the “Brags and Bricks Social Interest Group” meeting Wednesday, November 18, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PST on Zoom.

Sue Jensen, the hostess, says, “We are a relaxed social group that discusses our genealogy research, or our intentions to do research,  with a bit of fun thrown in. Come join the fun.”

As always, the link to join will be in the Calendar of Events on the SGS Website:      SAVE THE DATE
“Finding Your Roots: Using the Entire Genealogy Tool Box”, 
Jewish  Genealogical Society of Washington State,
Bellevue, WA
Monday, December 14, 2020 
7:00 PM PST

Coral Grant will be the presenter for this online, virtual meeting. The “room will open” at 7 PM and the meeting will begin at 7:15 PM.  Visit their website for more info and the meeting id.

RootsTech Connect 2021 (Virtual),
hosted by FamilySearch International
February 25-27, 2021

This 2021 virtual conference is free. They do ask that you register. Something for everyone, no matter your age or experience:

  • Genealogy Classes
  • Food and Cultural Demonstrations
  • Mind-break Activities, Exercise and Relaxation
  • Travel and World Heritage 

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.  

Wednesday, Nov 18, 2020, 11:00 am-12:30 pm, Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group (Virtual), With Sue Jensen, hostess/facilitator – Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists. 

Monday, Nov 23, 2020, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm,  Quilting Your Family History, Cozy up with a quilt and a cup of tea, cocoa or coffee and learn about the role of quilts in family history. Kathy Emmel’s special presentation will feature 14 quilts she has made that showcase family history, stories and heritage, as well as celebrations, historical events and groups of people. 

Tuesday, Nov 24, 2020, 10:00 am-11:00 am, Tech Tuesday (Virtual), back by popular demand, the informal consultation time on DNA, genealogy software, or genealogy-related technical issues. All are welcomed. No appointment necessary. Visit Calendar of Events for the Zoom meeting link.