THE SGS LIBRARY
The long wait is over! The Seattle Genealogical Society (SGS) library will be open on Tuesdays and Saturdays, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM, starting Saturday, July 3, 2021.
Since we are hard at work preparing to move our library this fall, the material in our stacks (e.g., books and journals) will not be accessible. However, the SGS computers and network will be available, allowing access to SGS subscription services like Newspapers.com and records through the Family Search Affiliate Library program. We encourage members and patrons to bring personal computers such as laptops or tablets rather than depend on SGS computer stations, which may be in high demand. Six work locations with “sneeze guards,” including two with computers, will be limited to 60 minutes at a time if others are waiting. Because resources are limited, we recommend calling ahead to inquire about expected wait time before traveling a long distance to get here. For the present, masks will be required and social distancing will be enforced. Group meetings will continue to be held virtually, at least until we complete the move to Good Shepherd.
Special thanks to all our members, family historians, and genealogists who waited so patiently for the library to open again.
Pandemics. Disasters. Wildfires.
Famines. Depressions. Racism.
“An immigrant boy carries luggage at Ellis Island,”
photo of original by Mákvirág via Creative Commons
For well over a year, the world has battled the effects of COVID-19, including often severe economic challenges. In addition, floods, violent storms and forest fires have beset whole regions of the U.S. In many places, these have led to food insecurity or – globally – threat of famine. And violence toward people of color has catalyzed an unprecedented movement to understand and eliminate racial inequities.
Many of our ancestors faced some of these challenges as well – and they survived. What is your ancestor’s survival story? The Seattle Genealogical Society is holding its family history writing contest to support and encourage the writing of family history, local history, and memoirs, both by genealogists and the public at large.
Contest rules and deadlines:
- Keep the word count under 3,000 and submit a MS Word document.
- Cite your sources as end notes (interviews, letters, books, websites, censuses, etc.).
- Unpublished works are preferred. If your story has been published before, ensure you have permission to republish. Let us know the name and date of publication.
- A committee will review all submissions and award prizes. Some entries selected for publication will receive prices.
- Subjects need not relate to Washington, the Pacific Northwest, or the United States.
- The committee makes all decisions and all decisions are final.
- Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
- This is a great summer project!
Submit your entry by 1 September 2021 to:
* SAVE THE DATE *
Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG),
Virtual Fall 2021,
Registration opens June 19, 2021
Billed as in-depth education in the comfort of your home, these virtual classes will begin this fall. There is far too much information to list here so see their website for all the details:
The International German Genealogy Partnership presents,a
“Researching Together Worldwide / Weltweit Gemeinsam Forschen”,
the first ever International German Genealogy Virtual Conference,
July 17-24, 2021
Is German genealogy one of your New Year’s resolutions for 2021? If so, be sure to mark your calendars for July 17-24, 2021. The IGGP Conference, which only takes place every two years, is your chance to take a deep dive into all things German genealogy – and learn from the experts themselves. This year, the conference will be virtual, which means you can tune in from anywhere in the world!
SGS CALENDAR OF EVENTS*
As of July 3, 2021, the SGS Library will be open Tuesdays and Saturdays, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, with limited resources, some restrictions, and a temporary schedule in effect. Visit the SGS Website for details. We recommend you plan your visit and call ahead – 206 522-8658.
** Always check the SGS Website Calendar of Events for the meeting links and for any last minute updates or changes to the schedule. Wednesday, July 7, 2021, 10:00 am-11:30 am, Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group (Virtual), Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists.
Sunday, July 11, 2021, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Scandinavian Interest Group, chaired by Karen Knudson, Share information and discuss Scandinavian ancestral research.
Tuesday, July 13, 2021, 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 welcome. No appointment necessary. Visit www.seagensoc.org Calendar of Events for the Zoom meeting link.
Wednesday, July 14, 2021, 10:00 am-11:30 am, Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group (Virtual), Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists.
Wednesday, July 14, 2021, 7:00 pm- 9:00 pm, MAC SIG Interest Group, Jointly sponsored by SGS and Fiske, this group meets every other month from October through June on the second Wednesday of the month. They decided to meet in July 2021. Meetings address topics and resources helpful for those using MacIntosh (Apple) computers and the Reunion program in their genealogy research.
The link to logon will be sent to the MAC SIG email list. People wishing to attend should email email@example.com to be added to the mailing list.
Co-Chairs: Lisa Marker and Diane Hettrick
Wednesday, July 21, 2021, 10:00 am-11:30 am, Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group (Virtual), Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists.
Tuesday, July 27, 2021, 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 welcome. No appointment necessary. Visit www.seagensoc.org Calendar of Events for the Zoom meeting link.
Wednesday, July 28, 2021, 10:00 am-11:30 am, Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group (Virtual), Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists.
SGS members, did you remember to renew? If you have not done so, please take a few moments to renew your SGS membership. It is our 98th year! When you renew online you can pay your dues with a credit/debit card right away, or print out your invoice and send it with your dues payment to SGS. Log in at Members Home, then go to your Member Profile and click the green “Renew Membership” button. If you have never logged in before or have questions, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Not a member yet? Join online today and enjoy a full year of discounted class and event fees, free research requests, special interest groups, and access to exclusive SGS publications and databases, as well as video recordings of some of our past Second Saturday presentations.
Find out more about membership at Join SGS.