Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week

  Thanks to Jeremiah for his comment on the Seattle Genealogical Society Networking Group’s Facebook page. He pointed out another of Steve Morse’s great tools for genealogists. It’s a way to search a US census by address in case you can’t find what you need by searching the census with the index. 

Say you want to know who lived in your house in 1910. Or, in another scenario, you have ancestors you can find by name in the 1940 and 1920 censuses, but you can’t find them by name in the 1930 census. So you want to locate their 1920 and 1940 addresses in the 1930 census. How do you do that? 

To browse the census searching for an address is much easier if you can find something called an ED (Enumeration District) number. And here’s where Steve’s tool,  “Unified Census ED Finder” (Obtaining the Census Enumeration District for an 1880 to 1950 Location in One Step), will come in handy. Try it out for yourself here:  

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week 2020

This year is the 100th anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment by Congress which gave women of the United States voting rights in every state of the union for the first time. One educational project honoring this occasion is a joint effort of the Washington State Historical Society, the Women’s History Consortium, and the Women’s Commission. At Find-a-Grave, they have built and continue to add to a virtual cemetery and memorials for known suffragists of Washington State. It’s 66 memorials and growing. You can visit this virtual cemetery here:

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week

  SGS has purchased a subscription to the Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) which includes on-line access to a members-only area and databases, plus access to the quarterly journal, ‘Rodziny’, with articles specific to Polish genealogy. If you are involved in Polish genealogy, come into the SGS Library and access PGSA.ORG from our patron computers. 

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week 2020

  If you have an ancestor who may have served in the military of the United Kingdom between 1806-1915, be sure to check out the collection recently added to FOLD3, “UK, Militia Attestation Papers, 1806-1915”.

Fold3 explains Attestation Form data was collected on the soldier at the time of recruitment. It forms a record of military service for those who fought in conflicts during  the 1806-1915 time period. The Attestation Paper contains a wealth of information about the soldier such as parish, town, and county of birth, address at the time of enlistment, age, trade or job, a physical description of the soldier, as well as the name and address of next of kin. The files list military service rendered and whether a soldier was wounded or received medals or decorations. Quite often the date of discharge is noted.  The collection is arranged alphabetically under regiments and in order of seniority.

If you don’t have a Fold3 subscription of your own, come into the SGS Library and access it via one of our patron computers.

Seattle Genealogical Society 2020 Tip of the Week

  Want to stay abreast of any new material on the shelves of the SGS library? It couldn’t be easier. Use the new, improved “Library Catalog” application on our website to quickly get a list of recent acquisitions. 

Navigate to our website 

Scroll down a little and click on the “Library and Catalog” shown on the left hand side. That displays two lines:  “Library Catalog” and “Journal of SGS”.  

Click on the  ‘’Library Catalog”.  
  That brings up the form which has four search criteria fields: Location, MediaType, New and Search. While these four search criteria fields allow for robust search capabilities in the app, for this example we will only be using the search criteria titled “New:”.   Click on the box next to the “New:” and it displays a drop down list, where you click on “New” to select that option.  A list of the titles of any new material acquired in the last six months will be displayed. Right now there are approximately 83 titles on that list. You may save or print this list as a PDF by using the button labeled “PDF List”. It’s toward the upper right corner of the entry form.  

We hope you will visit our website often and use the Library Catalog to explore all the wonderful holdings you can find on our shelves.  

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week

As with sweaters and toys, December is a good time to shop for genealogy related deals. Here are a few of those deals.

Now through December 26, 2019, Family Tree DNA (FTDNA) is advertising significant discounts on all their various DNA kits, as well as free standard shipping. Currently the autosomal kit is $49 (save $30), their maternal mtDNA kit is $139 (save $60), and the Y-37 test for men is now $99 (save $70). Check their website for the prices of their other Y test kits.

If you are in the market for an autosomal DNA Kit from, it is on sale now through December 31, 2019 for $59 plus shipping. They are also offering subscription discounts to new subscribers.  

Finally, if you’d like to attend Roots Tech 2020, in Salt Lake City, UT, February 26-29, 2020, as of today the four day pass is being offered at a promotional price of $189 (save $110). No telling how long this deal will last – so hurry.

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week

  Thanks to Dick Eastman and his free online genealogy newsletter for reminding us about the FamilySearch Digital Library and its collection of more than 440,000 digitized genealogy and family history books and publications right at our fingertips.

At the Digital Library, you can dive into family histories, county and local histories, genealogy magazines, gazetteers, and even medieval histories and pedigrees. (You do have your free FamilySearch account, right? Be sure to be logged in.) 

Visit, and click Search in the top menu. Then, in the drop-down menu, click Books

Or you can also go directly to the new URL—

The content of the digital library is freely viewable. On the home page of the Digital Library, use the simple search bar to search by a surname, historical events, groups of people, book title, or names of places. Go ahead! Try it.

Check back often as more and more books are being added to the Digital Library every day.  

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week

Both American Ancestors and Ancestry have free access promotions this month. If you hurry, you can get in on the last few days. 

Between Tuesday, November 12 and Tuesday, November 19, 2019, anyone can access the many research databases of American Ancestors by registering as a FREE Guest Member. That link is contains some of the most important online databases for researching American ancestry, with more than 1.4 billion names in records covering 18 countries. 

For Veterans Day, Ancestry.Com is offering free access to their military records collection covering all 50 states and nearly 400 years of American history, from the Colonial era to Vietnam—and beyond. Search for free now through November 17

, 2019,  at 11:59 p.m. EST. Use the link for this offer.

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week

Most people who keep their family tree on Ancestry regularly attach records/images to an individual in their tree using the ‘Save to a person in my tree’ function, thinking they have really saved the record to their tree, and it will be there forever and ever. Fun and easy? True. Forever and ever? Not true. What has really happened was a link was created from their tree to that record/image in a database. So once they stop subscribing to Ancestry, they will still have access to their family tree kept there, but they will no longer be able to view any record/image attachments “saved” from a paid database — which most are.  

The bottom line, if these records/images are important to you, by all means, “Save to someone in my tree” as you have been doing, but also use the “Save to my computer” function.  Name the record/image file you saved something meaningful, so it can easily be identified later, and keep it organized in a folder on your computer. A good practice might be to create a folder on your computer for each of your family surnames.

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week


Once again this edition’s tip comes from Sue Jensen, Library Director at SGS, in the form of a Q&A session. 

Question: “I want to find my grandmother’s high school photo, she went to Stadium High School in Tacoma and graduated in 1926. Does the SGS Library have yearbooks for high schools?” 

Answer: “Yes! We have lots of school yearbooks for Seattle schools (high schools, UW, and others), King County schools (high schools and colleges), Washington State schools ( high schools, colleges, and universities). These yearbooks are in the Special Section area of our library on the north wall in the main room and are labeled by school, county, and year.”