Seattle Genealogical Society

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“You can't really know where you are going until you know where you have been.” --Maya Angelou
Saturday, October 16, 2021 
Online, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm (Pacific Time)
Journey with us for an unforgettable day with esteemed genealogist, Ari Wilkins, reviewing Southern documents, exploring family connections, and tracking the movements of previous generations.
Seminar Topics
  • Black and White Southern Families in Southern Plantation Records
  • Mysterious Relatives
  • Reconstructing Communities Using Sanborn Maps, Census Records, and City Directories
  • Friends of Friends: Quakers and African American Communities
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Meet our speaker, Ari Wilkins
A graduate of Louisiana State University, Ms. Wilkins has been actively researching family history since 1998, specializing in African American research. Ms. Wilkins speaks at the National Genealogical Society, the American Library Association, RootsTech, major genealogical institutes, and a multitude of state and local genealogical societies.

SGS Library to close Tuesday Oct 12th

The SGS Library will be closing while we make the move to our new home at the Good Shepherd Center. Last open days, for computer-based research only, will be Tuesday Oct 5th, Saturday Oct 9th, and Tuesday Oct 12th, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

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Members - Still time to renew for 2021-22!

Did you forget? It's not too late. Take a few moments now and renew your membership before we move to the Historic Seattle Good Shepherd Center. When you renew online you can pay your dues with a credit/debit card right away, or print out your invoice and mail it with your dues payment to SGS. Log in at Members Home then click the green “Renew Membership” button. If you don't remember your login information you can renew by clicking Join Online and we'll match you up with your previous membership record. Any questions send an email to
Not a member yet? Join online today and enjoy discounted class and Seminar fees, free research requests, special interest groups, and access to exclusive SGS publications and databases.
Find out more about membership at Join SGS.


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? To find out, visit  the online database SGS Member Surname Registry at the link below. 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 research names 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.

October 16
9:00 am
SGS 2021 Fall Seminar with Ari Wilkins
  Program includes-- Black and White Southern Families in Southern Plantation Records Mysterious Relatives Friends of Friends: Quakers and African American Communities Reconstructing Communities Using ...

October 17
1:00 pm
Virtual Sundays: Something Old, Something New
Meeting via Zoom Meeting ID: 853 4780 1988 Passcode: 748513   SGS is delighted to announce a new program, "Virtual Sundays: Something Old, Something New."  ...

October 19
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 ...

October 20
10:00 am
Brags and Bricks
  Meeting ID: 880 7470 7556 Passcode: 900945   Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges or just ...

October 26
10:00 am
Tech Tuesdays
Meeting ID: 860 4547 7900 Passcode: 481629   SGS has reinstituted Tech Tuesdays, the popular informal consult time on DNA, genealogy software, and genealogy-related technical issues. ...