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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Tom Jones Returns to SGS Fall Seminar Oct. 5 and 6 by popular demand, Seattle Genealogical Society is delighted to have Dr. Tom Jones visit Seattle once again.
The topic this year will be Creating Credible Conclusions While Circumnavigating Walls. Learn how to forge innovative paths around research brick walls with confidence and ethics.
Tom Jones is an award-winning genealogical researcher, writer, editor, and educator. He has co-edited the National Genealogical Society Quarterly since 2002, and he is the author of the textbooks Mastering Genealogical Proof and Mastering Genealogical Documentation
Learn more about the seminar here. See you there! 9/1-10/5

WAYtoGO! Workshop Registration is Open!

A Methodology for Efficient Report Writing
The Seattle Genealogical Society's "write as you go" course, WAYtoGO!, is now open for registration. This is an intermediate/advanced course to help you write more efficiently. The course shows a good way to address "brick walls", case studies and client reports. There are assignments. You can find out more information and sign up at

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


SGS Website Team, Volunteers of Spring Quarter

Each quarter the Seattle Genealogical Society recognizes one volunteer as our volunteer of the quarter. Our volunteer for Spring 2019 Quarter is the entire SGS Website Team. Members of the Website Team are David Rimmer, Ann Wright, Christine Schomaker, Julia Marconi, Heidi Mair and Janice Lovelace.

This amazing team of volunteers have put together a fabulous website for the Seattle Genealogical Society. The Society hired ENS (Easy Net Sites) to build the website; however, ENS needed our people to assemble the content. This Team has worked many hours to get the basic structure, wording and content ready for the Easy Net Site company to do their work and release the website. 8/24-10/31


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.

September 19
6:00 pm
DNA Learning Series Class 6: Getting the most out of AncestryDNA & MyHeritage
Sixth class in a seven class series. These are hands-on classes working with your own results in real time with experts to help you ...

September 21
10:15 am
Irish Interest Group
  Share information and discuss Irish ancestral research.   Chair: Jean Roth

September 21
1:00 pm
German Interest Group
  Share information and discuss German ancestral research.   Chair: Jean Roth

October 5
9:00 am
SGS 2019 Fall Seminar with Tom Jones
  Back by popular demand, we are delighted to have Dr. Tom Jones visit Seattle once again. Tom is an award-winning genealogical researcher, writer, editor, ...

October 6
3:00 pm
DNA Workshop
  Watch for details!   Please note: due to the Seminar on October 6th, the October DNA Workshop is meeting later (3 - 5 pm) for ...