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 are being moved on-line.  See the Calendar of Events and the bi-monthly eNews! SGS electronic newsletter for details.  COVID-19 can close our Library, but it can’t shut down the Society!


Keep up to date with the SGS eNews! sent to your email twice a month.


SGS Members - It's Renewal Time!

Your annual membership expired May 31, 2020, but you can still renew for 2020-21. During our 97th year your membership in the Seattle Genealogical Society is more important than ever. 
Renew quickly and conveniently right here at the SGS website. Just go to Members Home and log in. Then click the green “Renew Membership” button. You will be able to pay your dues online with a credit/debit card or print out an invoice and mail it 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, send an email to: 
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.


Women's Suffrage in your Family History
This year the Seattle Genealogical Society is commemorating the 100th anniversary of Women's Suffrage with a variety of programs and events.
Learn more here


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.

July 7
6:00 pm
Level I-Genealogy Basics and Beyond
  The Level I-Genealogy Basics and Beyond course is suitable for everyone and covers how to successfully conduct research in census records, vital records, ...

August 18
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 ...

August 19
The Suffrage Special Whistle Stop Tour Video Series
  This eight-episode video series explores our state’s connections to the larger national history of women’s suffrage, and honors Washington’s women changemakers who led the ...

September 5
12:30 pm
Learn how to use Zoom
  Want to attend our events this Fall but haven't tried Zoom yet?   You can download Zoom following this easy online tutorial. Then join us ...

September 5
1:00 pm
SGS Centennial Planning Meeting
  Join us on Saturday, September 5th for our second planning session to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Seattle Genealogical Society.    On October 18, ...