Seattle Genealogical Society

Family History Writing Contest Deadline Extended

Attention! All writers of family history stories. The deadline for this year's SGS Family History Writing Contest has been extended to 30 September.

The theme is They Survived and takes its cue from events of the past year and earlier – the pandemic, floods, fires, droughts, heat waves, racial and ethnic strife, and more. Many of our ancestors also survived such events. Please tell us their stories!
 
First-, second-, and third-place prizes will be awarded, and your story
will be published in the Journal of the Seattle Genealogical Society.
 
photo credit: Jeep-people via Creative Commons
 

Guidelines for submission:

  1. Keep the word count under 3,000, and submit an MS Word document.
  2. Cite your sources as endnotes (interviews, letters, books, websites, censuses, etc.).
  3. Unpublished works are preferred. If your story has been published before, ensure you have permission to republish. Let us know the name and date of publication.
  4. A committee will review all submissions and award prizes. Some entries selected for publication will receive prizes.
  5. Subjects need not relate to Washington, the Pacific Northwest, or the United States.
  6. The committee makes all decisions, and all decisions are final.
  7. Need to talk about your ideas? Email us at publications@seagensoc.org, and we will get in touch.
  8. Submit your entry by 30 September 2021 (extended) to publications@seagensoc.org.
This is a great summer project!

 

 
The long wait is over!  

Since we are hard at work preparing to move our library this fall, the material in our stacks (e.g., books and journals) will not be accessible. However, the SGS computers and network will be available, allowing access to SGS subscription services like Newspapers.com and records through the FamilySearch Affiliate program.  

We encourage members and patrons to bring personal computers such as laptops or tablets rather than depend on SGS computer stations, which may be in high demand. Six work locations with “sneeze guards,” including two with computers, will be limited to 60 minutes at a time if others are waiting.  Because resources are limited, we recommend calling ahead (206-522-8658) to inquire about expected wait time before traveling a long distance to get here.


For the present, masks will be required and social distancing will be enforced. 

Group meetings will continue to be held virtually until after we complete the move to the Good Shepherd Center.
 

Special thanks to all our members, family historians, and genealogists who waited so patiently for the library to open again.

 

 
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SGS Members - Time to Renew for 2021-22

Take a few moments now to renew your membership for our 98th year!  When you renew online you can pay your dues with a credit/debit card right away, or print out your invoice and send it with your dues payment to SGS. Log in at Members Home, then go to your Member Profile and click the green “Renew Membership” button. If you haven’t logged in before or have questions, send an email to membership@seagensoc.org. 
 
Not a member yet? Join online today and enjoy a full year of discounted class and event 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 FamilySearch.org. 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 FamilySearch.org. You will be prompted to sign up for a FREE account through FamilySearch.org, 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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July 27
10:00 am
Tech Tuesdays
Meeting ID: 860 4547 7900 Passcode: 481629   Tech Tuesdays are going strong! In response to numerous requests, SGS reinstituted Tech Tuesdays, the popular informal consult time ...

July 28
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 ...

August 2
12:30 pm
August Board of Directors Meeting
Rescheduled. This will be a single-topic meeting focused on issues related to the move to Good Shepherd.   Members must be signed in to ...

August 4
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 ...

August 10
10:00 am
Tech Tuesdays
Meeting ID: 860 4547 7900 Passcode: 481629   Tech Tuesdays are going strong! In response to numerous requests, SGS reinstituted Tech Tuesdays, the popular informal consult time ...