Seattle Genealogical Society

Welcome to Our New and Improved Website

With a fresh look and feel, our new website is designed with you in mind. This new website means that visitors can benefit from our online content that is easier to navigate and share with others.
For our members, the site provides easy access to the login page, support functions, and research databases.
The new site is hosted by Easy Net Sites (ENS) which provides a suite of web-based tools designed for genealogical, familial and historical societies. Over 125 societies nationwide have used ENS to build their websites.
Once again we would like to welcome you to our new website and invite you to explore what SGS has to offer!
Keep up to date with our twice a month newsletter sent to your email.

Have You Renewed Your Membership Yet?

SGS Members - have you renewed yet? The membership year runs from June 1, 2019, to May 31, 2020. We look forward to your continued support during our 96th year. If you have not already renewed your membership, now you can do it right here at the new website. 
Go to Members Home and log in to your account. If you have not logged in before, follow the instructions under "Login Problems?". You will need to get  your login name and then set your password. After you have logged in, if you have not yet renewed, you will see an expiration notice. Go to your Member Profile and click the green "Renew Membership" button. A dues invoice will be created that you may pay with your credit/debit card, or print out and mail with a check to SGS.
Not a member yet? Now is a great time to join SGS and obtain a full year of discounted class and event registration fees, free research requests, and access to exclusive SGS publications and databases. Join SGS Now.

Bernice Keller, Volunteer of the Winter Quarter

Bernice Keller, Volunteer of the Quarter, at SGS LibraryBernice has been both a member and volunteer of SGS for over 20 years. Bernice caught the genealogy bug early in life - her mother researched their family history, interviewed the previous generation and passed along her findings and love of genealogy to Bernice. Bernice began her own research in the 1970's, including New Hampshire, New Jersey, Ohio, Iowa, Kansas, Germany, Kentucky and Indiana. That is a lot of ground to cover! Bernice still finds new information about her ancestors as more and more resources and tools become available. 
One of her first and still, memorable experiences at SGS was a beginning genealogy class taught by our Past President,  Marilyn Rose. Bernice has volunteered with our seminars, at the front desk (monthly), as a library trustee and with the archives committee (weekly). Bernice enjoys greeting new people and introducing them to our library and online research tools. As a member of the our archives committee, Bernice enjoys working with other SGS members and finding treasures in the archives donated to SGS.
Besides her passion for genealogy and dedication to the Seattle Genealogical Society, Bernice enjoys hiking, gardening, church activities and spending time with her family, including four great-grandchildren.
This is our second time recognizing Bernice as Volunteer of the Quarter - she was Volunteer of the Quarter for Spring, 2012.

Spring Seminar a Success!

The 2019 Spring Seminar "Next Steps for Your DNA Test Results" with Diahan Southard  was held on May 18 -19. 
Spring 2019 Seminar - Diahan Southard - Photo by Jill Morelli
Attendees were welcomed at the Fairview Christian School for Ms. Southard's insightful presentations about DNA and learned how to understand, organize, and analyze DNA test results to produce a more accurate family genealogy. Lunchtime round table discussions included topics such as DNA, Ohio and the DAR among others. Sunday at the SGS Library, 60 workshop participants used DNA to help solve a real-world genealogical mystery under Ms. Southard's guidance. 
Everyone learned a great deal and proceeds of over $6000 will help keep SGS going strong.  A special thank you to the Seminar Co-chairs Sandra Stark and Lori Lee Sauber, and to the Seminar Committee and SGS Volunteers who made it all happen!
If you missed the seminar a copy of the syllabus is available at the SGS Library for $3.00. Mark your calendars now for the SGS 2019 Fall Seminar with Tom Jones, PhD, Oct 5-6, 2019!


Family Search LogoFamily Search Affiliate Library
The Seattle Genealogical Society is now an Affiliate Library for the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and This means that when you are inside our Library either using your own computer or our Patron Computers you will be able to access the "locked" records on You will be prompted to sign up for a FREE account through, or to sign in to your own account and then you can access the records. The service is available during normal hours at the SGS research library. 


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Seattle Genealogical Society is an all volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit, charitable organization.

July 22
12:30 pm
July Board of Directors Meeting

July 27
9:00 am
73rd Annual Pacific Northwest Scottish Highland Games
Come Listen to the Bagpipes - Watch the Dancers - Visit the Clans & Help SGS Promote Genealogy  We need volunteers to help at the Seattle Genealogical ...

August 14
9:00 am
2019 Northwest Genealogy Conference
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August 15
6:00 pm
DNA Learning Series Class 5: Using GEDmatch and 3rd Party Tools
Fifth class in a seven class series. These are hands-on classes working with your own results in real time with experts to help you ...

August 25
10:00 am
SGS Tour of Washelli Cemetery: From Pioneers to Patriots
  Join us for a walk through Washelli cemetery as we explore the history of this hallowed ground and the stories behind the stones including ...