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 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Meeting via Zoom
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!
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.

SGS Members - Renew before the Fall Seminar!
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 have a question, just send an email to: 
Now you're ready to click on over to SGS 2020 Fall Seminar with Blaine Bettinger and register at the member-discounted rate.
Thank you for your participation and continued support of SGS! 
Not a member yet? Now is the time to join SGS and enjoy online programs and classes, discounted class and seminar registration fees, free research requests, and access to exclusive SGS publications and databases. Join SGS Now.


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

September 26
Virtual Nordic Genealogy Conference
  This 2020 virtual conference will be a mixture of live and on-demand keynote lectures and workshops that you can follow from anywhere in the ...

September 26
10:00 am
DNA Interest Group
  SGS DNA Interest Group Workshop is meeting via Zoom. To be included you need to be on the SGS DNA Interest Group email list. Contact Cary ...

October 3
10:15 am
FamilySearch Interest Group
  Discover the many ways to use Family Tree and FamilySearch on is external)We will feature a different aspect of the website every meeting. There ...

October 3
1:00 pm
SGS Centennial Planning Meeting
  Join us on Saturday, October 3rd for another planning session to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Seattle Genealogical Society.    On October 18, 1923, Alexander Craig ...

October 4
1:00 pm
DNA Workshop
  Watch for details!   Chair: Cary Bright