Seattle Genealogical Society

SGS Library Closed through May 4th

Due to Covid-19 outbreak in Seattle, the SGS Board has decided to close the SGS Library at 6200 Sand Point Way and to cancel all meetings and gatherings scheduled there until 4 May 2020. There is no known contamination, but this is a pro-active move to avoid possible person-to-person transmission of the virus. This action is being taken to help protect our members, guests and patrons.


A letter from our president to our members, friends and supporters detailing these actions can be read here. In it you will find ways to continue your research during this time period.


We certainly hope that you are safe and well. Our thanks go out to the scientists at the UW, Fred Hutch, the CDC and other institutions who are working overtime to tame this beast.  In the meantime---flatten the curve!


And thank you for your support.


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WA Attorney General Issues Ultimatum

Bob FergusonWashington Attorney General Bob Ferguson has issued an ultimatum to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regarding “fatal flaw[s]” in a decision last month to shutter the National Archives in Seattle, move the materials to California, and sell the World War II-era warehouse and 10-acre property to the highest bidder.

Women's Suffrage in your Family History
This year the Seattle Genealogical Society is commemorating the 100th anniversary of Women's Suffrage with a variety of programs and events.
Learn more here


Take a look at our Surname Registry

Do you want to collaborate with SGS members? Have you wondered if a member has a research area similar to your own? Visit the SGS Member Surname Registry. Here you will find a searchable list of research names added exclusively by our members.

For each entry you can view more details by selecting the "eye" icon, or you can write a message to the member by selecting the "envelope" email icon. Follow the instructions to send the message on our secure website system. (Note, you will not have access to the member's name or contact information unless they choose to reply, and we cannot guarantee that you will receive a response.)

Members, if you would like to view or edit your personal surnames list, log in and go to your Member Profile page. Then click on the "Surnames" tab.


Family Search LogoFamilySearch Affiliate Library
The Seattle Genealogical Society is an Affiliate Library for the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and This means that when you are inside the SGS Library either using your own computer or our Patron Computers you will be able to access the "locked" records at 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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April 2
6:00 pm
Discovering Amelia: The Story of a Pennsylvania Dutch Woman, 1854-1931
  Join Heidi Mair for an online presentation summarizing the search for her maternal great-grandmother.    Topics include: Major events and changes during Amelia's lifetime‚Äč included the Civil War, technological advances from ...

April 4
10:15 am
FamilySearch Interest Group - CANCELLED

April 5
1:00 pm
Scandinavian Interest Group - CANCELLED

April 8
11:30 am
Family History Writers' Group
  Create your family history and share with others in an effort to improve your writing. Please note: the Writers' Group is at the maximum number ...

April 11
12:30 pm
Coffee Klatch and Membership Meeting
  This is an informal and "virtual" meet up. We will review the year in the past and upcoming events. The conversation starter is “What online resource ...