Seattle Genealogical Society

Library Closure Update (15 June 2020)


Due to COVID-19 outbreak in Seattle, the SGS Board has decided to close the SGS Library at 6200 Sand Point Way and not reopen until King County has been approved for Phase 4 of the Washington State plan for recovering from the COVID-19 shutdown.  This action has been taken to help protect our members, guests, and patrons.

Note that only the library facility is closed. Many Society activities such as seminars, workshops, and SIG meetings have moved on-line. See the Calendar of Events and the bi-monthly SGS eNews! email newsletter for details.  COVID-19 can close our Library, but it can’t shut down the Society!


SGS 2020 Fall Seminar with Blaine Bettinger

Saturday, October 17, 2020, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Meeting via Zoom
Registration extended until 9:00 PM (PDT) Friday, October 16th. 
Are you one of the 30 million people who have tested their DNA?
We all come from somewhere. Where does your DNA take you? Dive in with the Seattle Genealogical Society and renowned DNA expert Blaine Bettinger to begin your journey. Genetic genealogy is rapidly changing. Stay current and dig deeper with Dr. Bettinger’s new presentations. The most enthusiastic and experienced genealogists still have much to uncover. 
Program includes:
"Formulating a DNA Testing Plan" 
"Real-Life Y-DNA"
"Using DNA Painter to Map Your DNA"
"The Latest Developments in Genetic Networks" 
And a commemoration of our DNA Special Interest Group celebrating 10 years!
We have door prizes for four lucky attendees:
1 annual World Explorer individual membership to Ancestry
1 annual subscription
1 annual subscription
1 AncestryDNA kit
Dr. Blaine Bettinger is a professional genealogist specializing in DNA evidence. He is the author of the popular blog, The Genetic Genealogist  and frequently gives presentations and webinars to educate others about the use of DNA to explore their ancestry.

Keep up to date with the SGS eNews! sent to your email twice a month. Learn more ...


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.


SGS Members - Did you forget something?
Are you not sure whether or not you've renewed?  Go to Members Home and log in. If you see a green “Renew Membership” button, click it to renew your SGS membership for 2020-21. Pay your dues online with a credit/debit card or print out an invoice to mail with a check to Seattle Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 15329, Seattle WA 98115-0329.
If you haven’t logged in before or don't have your password handy, send a note to to check on your membership status or obtain temporary login information. 
Thank you for your participation and continued support of SGS! 
Not a member yet? Join SGS Now and enjoy online programs and classes, discounted class and seminar registration fees, free research requests, one-on-one member consults, and access to exclusive SGS publications and databases. 


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

October 21
11:00 am
Kaffee Klatsch
  Meeting ID: 857 7317 4624 Passcode: 217488   Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges or just ...

October 22
11:00 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 ...

October 24
10:15 am
Irish Interest Group - CANCELED
  Share information and discuss Irish ancestral research.   Chair: Jean Roth

October 24
1:00 pm
German Interest Group - CANCELED
  Share information and discuss German ancestral research.   Chair: Jean Roth

October 31
1:00 pm
Unearthing Herstories in Cemeteries
  Meeting ID: 879 8201 6675 Passcode: 854661   Interested in researching your female ancestors but running into a dead end?Come learn through the stories ...