Seattle Genealogical Society

SGS 2021 Spring Seminar with Paul Milner

Save the Date! Saturday, May 15
9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Meeting via Zoom
Paul Milner is a native of northern England, is a professional genealogist and internationally known lecturer with 30 years’ experience, specializing in British Isles research. Paul has been designing genealogy workshops, writing books,  and lecturing for over 35 years. He holds an advanced degree in Theology and is particularly knowledgeable about the church and its role in record keeping. As a genealogist he speaks on a variety of topics relating to research in the British Isles, migration to North America and research methodology. Read more about Paul
Watch for seminar details and registration coming soon!


Sign up by March 1st!

Registration is open for "Level I - Genealogy Basics & Beyond" with Valerie Lair. This small-group course includes seven 2-hour sessions, meeting weekly online. It covers how to successfully conduct research in census records, vital records, newspapers, city directories, churches, cemeteries, military records; using major online resources along with libraries and archives; and so much more. The course will challenge you in perfecting your genealogy skills.
Limited to just five participants, the class will meet online Tuesday evenings at 6:00 pm PT (8:00 pm CT),
March 9 - April 27, 2021. Find out more and sign up here:


EasyNetSites Issues

As some of you may have heard, the owner of the company that hosts our new website, (ENS), has run into legal problems. The result is that ENS will only be hosting websites through the end of June 2021 (at best). Our Webmaster, Ann Wright, has formed a small team to identify a new host and plan a transition of our website to the new host. If you, or someone you know, has experience with current website technology and would be interested in consulting on this effort, please contact Ann at
If our website should suddenly disappear, please check our Facebook page for information about the Society and Upcoming Events:


Library Closure Update

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!



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Not a member yet? Join now for 1 1/2 years!

During January 1st through March 31st, 2021, new members may join the Seattle Genealogical Society with a membership that extends through May 31, 2022. Obtain a year and a half of discounted class and seminar registration fees, free research requests, and access to exclusive SGS publications and databases. Dues are $60 individual, $75 dual. Read 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? 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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March 3
10:00 am
Brags and Bricks
  Meeting ID: 857 7317 4624 Passcode: 217488   Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges or just ...

March 6
10:15 am
FamilySearch Interest Group
  Discover the many ways to use the FamilySearch website in your research.   We will feature a different aspect of the website every meeting. ...

March 7
1:00 pm
DNA Workshop
  To be included you need to be on the SGS DNA Interest Group email list. Contact Cary Bright at to join.    Chair: Cary Bright ...

March 8
12:30 pm
March Board of Directors Meeting
Members may View full listing to get Zoom Meeting info

March 9
10:00 am
Tech Tuesdays
  Meeting ID: 899 8300 4233 Passcode: 192088   Tech Tuesdays are back! In response to numerous requests, SGS has reinstituted Tech Tuesdays, the popular informal ...