Seattle Genealogical Society

Welcome to Our New and Improved Website

With a fresh look and feel, our new website is designed with you in mind. This new website means that visitors can benefit from our online content that is easier to navigate and share with others.
For our members, the site provides easy access to the login page, support functions, and research databases.
The new site is hosted by Easy Net Sites (ENS) which provides a suite of web-based tools designed for genealogical, familial and historical societies. Over 125 societies nationwide have used ENS to build their websites.
Once again we would like to welcome you to our new website and invite you to explore what SGS has to offer!81-9/30
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It's the Giving Season!

Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to support the Seattle Genealogical Society and Library during our Annual Appeal this December.
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If you have a Paypal account, you may donate to SGS via the Paypal Giving Fund. The transaction fee will be waived and your gift will be matched with an additional 1% by the fund. Here's the link: Paypal Giving Fund - SGS
Amazon smile logoDid you know that when you shop for the holidays at this link, Amazon Smile donates to the Seattle Genealogical Society?


Disaster Strikes the Library

Thursdays are busy at the SGS Library, but November 14th was busier than usual! Volunteers Linda and Kathi arrived to find that a pipe from the apartment building above the library had burst, creating a cascade of water that flooded part of the stacks.

Wet books
Wet books temporarily stored on tables in the library.
Approximately 900 books were compromised, most of them from Scotland and Germany sections. Quick action from the volunteers saved the books from further damage. plumbers as well as water damage specialists were immediately called to fix the pipe and remove the water. About 400 books have been damaged. Library volunteers and SGS Board members are working hard to get everything back in order and keep the library for our patrons as well as making decisions about how to handle the damaged volumes.
Please be aware that access to most areas of England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and all of Eastern and Western Europe is limited until the library recovers from this leak. Thank you for your patience. 

Women's Suffrage in Your Family History

Next year the Seattle Genealogical Society will commemorate the 100th anniversary of Women's Suffrage with educational events including lectures, workshops, articles, a resource guide, and an exhibit in our library.
Join us on a path of exploration.  Learn to access and use genealogical tools and techniques to successfully discover female ancestors and write their stories. Learn about the expanding civic role of women, explore the changes in women’s lives and that of their families and communities, culminating in the passage of the 19th Amendment.

In the Fall of 2020, SGS plans to publish a special edition of our Journal of the Seattle Genealogical Society with articles describing the changing roles of women’s lives from 1880-1920, especially in Washington state. We hope to hear the stories of your female ancestors; whether they resided in Washington state, or elsewhere. If your are interested in sharing a story, photo, or a genealogical gem, please contact Heidi Mair, Director of Volunteers, 

We want to thank the Washington State Historical Society for their grant in support of our project.  For more information, see

New on our Website! A Member Surname Registry

Have you ever wanted to collaborate with other SGS members? Have you wondered if another member has a similar research area?

Our new website has a great feature: SGS Member Surname Registry. The registry is viewable by both members and non-members, but only SGS members may add to the list by going to their profile and looking under Surnames. Just click on the "plus" icon to create a surname record.

The Registry is listed under Research and Databases, SGS Member Surname Registry. Here you will find the growing list of surnames added by our members. You can view more details for any entry by selecting the "eye" icon, or you can message the member by selecting the email "envelope" icon. Follow the instructions to write a message on the secure website system. (We cannot guarantee that you will receive a response.)

SGS Members - When a researcher finds a matching name in the registry, they may send an email to you through the secure website system. They will not have access to your name and contact information unless you reply. 8/23-10/31


Login at Members Home to Renew Your Membership

SGS Members - have you renewed yet? The membership year runs from June 1, 2019, to May 31, 2020. We look forward to your continued support during our 96th year. If you have not already renewed your membership, now you can do it right here at the new website. 
Go to Members Home and log in to your account. If you have not logged in before, follow the instructions under "Login Problems?". You will need to get  your login name and then set your password. After you have logged in, if you have not yet renewed, you will see an expiration notice. Go to your Member Profile and click the green "Renew Membership" button. A dues invoice will be created that you may pay with your credit/debit card, or print out and mail with a check to SGS.
Not a member yet? Now is a great time to join SGS and obtain a full year of discounted class and event registration fees, free research requests, and access to exclusive SGS publications and databases. Join SGS Now. 8/23-9/30

Family Search LogoFamily Search Affiliate Library
The Seattle Genealogical Society is now an Affiliate Library for the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and This means that when you are inside our Library either using your own computer or our Patron Computers you will be able to access the "locked" records on 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 an all volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit, charitable organization.

December 14
1:00 pm
Second Saturday: Holiday Gathering
  Bring your favorite cookies and genealogical gems to share!

December 17
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 ...

December 21
Winter Holiday
  The Seattle Genealogical Society is closed for the Winter Break.

January 1
Women's Suffrage in your Family History
  Throughout 2020, the Seattle Genealogical Society will commemorate the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage with educational events including lectures, workshops, articles, a resource ...

January 4
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 ...