Seattle Genealogical Society

It's All About Education

Seattle Genealogical Society strives to provide educational resources that can be found in the collective knowledge of our members and entire genealogical community. Nearly every week there is a variety of programs and workshops available to the public at the SGS Library or other locations in the Seattle area as well as our growing number of classes held online by local experts. Check the Calendar of Events for details about upcoming programs from other organizations around Puget Sound.
membership meetingPrograms, Classes, Workshops...
SGS presents a variety of programs to guide the family historian at all levels of experience to open up new generations to explore. How to's, tools, resources and demographics are just some of the educational topics addressed. Programs are usually held at the SGS Library, but some may be presented at other libraries and archives in the Seattle area. Watch for Pop Up Programs that are presented online! 
Check the Calendar of Events for all upcoming programs.
Special Interest Groups
Special Interest Groups, or SIGs, pool the collective knowledge of all participants through discussion and interaction. SGS has an assortment of SIGS for tools, DNA and specific regions of interest. Learn more about the individual SIG's and check the Calendar of Events for upcoming meetings. 

Online Classes
SGS sponsors online classes that are designed to provide an in-depth experience for beginners as well as those seeking expert certification. These currently include--
Most online classes require pre-registration; check the Calendar of Events for these and other scheduled classes.

seminar speakerSeminars
Our Spring and Fall Seminars are a great time to learn from the experts, and interact with fellow genealogists. Each features a nationally known speaker for one or two days of presentations and workshops as well as round table discussions in areas of interest to you. Watch the Calendar of Events for more information about upcoming seminars.

Special Events
SGS maintains a presence at special events around the Sound as well as membership meetings and volunteer recognition. Calendar of Events
Elsewhere Around the Sound
There are many programs of interest sponsored by other organizations in the Puget Sound Region. Check the Calendar of Events and see what other events are available to all genealogists.

Special Programs
Check the Calendar of Events for updates and Zoom links.
Second Saturdays at SGS are currently held virtually via Zoom at 1PM on the ... you guessed it ... second Saturday of the month, September through May.  Speakers present a lecture followed by a question-and-answer period.  Some presentations may be recorded and available to members on the website for up to a year.  Check the Members Home page of this website for recordings.
Brags and Bricks is a weekly virtual gathering for genealogy-related (usually) chat.  Participants share their recent successes (Brags) and problem areas (Bricks) in a casual setting.  We meet every Monday from 10 to 11:30.  Pets welcome.
In response to numerous requests, SGS has reinstituted Tech Tuesdays, the popular, informal consult time on DNA, hardware, software, and virtually any genealogy-related issues. These occur virtually the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month.  All are welcome, especially beginners. No appointment necessary; drop in any time between 10 and 11AM. No guarantee we can solve your problem, but we sure will try.
Something Old, Something New, more commonly know as Virtual Sundays, features a presentation followed by Q&A.  The Good Shepherd building is closed Sundays, so this event will always be held virtually via Zoom at 1PM (Pacific) on the third Sunday of the month.  Speakers may repeat (or revise) a tried-and-true lecture or test a new venture and ask for feedback from participants. Either way, it's bound to be illuminating.

Suggest a program
Do you have an idea for a program or class you'd like to see? Or perhaps you have a program or research finding you would like to present? Send your suggestions to the Director of Education:
To make a $5.00 donation for a program you enjoyed or plan to attend, click here: