Seattle Genealogical Society
Fall Seminar Registration NOW OPEN!
Creating Credible Conclusions
While Circumnavigating Walls
Learning how to forge innovative paths around research brick walls with confidence and ethics.
Thomas W
INSPIRED by the stories of his elders, Tom launched his passion for family history research at age fifteen. For the first twenty years he was clueless about what he was trying to accomplish and how to do it. When he started climbing the genealogy learning-curve he repeatedly experienced the challenges, joys, and rewards of tracing ancestors reliably and fully un­derstanding their lives. Tom eventually became an award-winning writer, board-certified genealogist, editor of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly. Tom was the recent recipient of the 2019 Board of Certified Genealogists' Donn Devine Award, and is the author of the textbooks Mastering Genealogical Proof and Mastering Genealogical Documentation.

2019 Donn Devine Award Winner, Writer, Author, Board-certified Genealogist and NGSQ Editor focused on industry standards and ethics.
Saturday, October 5, 2019 9 am to 4 pm
(Parking Entrance located off of 79th St.)
Doors Open at 8 am. 
Raffle and Book Sale all day! Now accepting Credit Cards.
Morning Sessions
Finding Unfindable Ancestors
The failure of common research practices to identify ancestors does not mean they are unfindable. This session will describe and demonstrate nine approaches to locating difficult-to-trace ancestors.
Converting a Bunch of Information into a Credible Conclusion
Thorough research often yields disparate evidence items. Genealogists can organize the mixture, assess it as a whole and convert the assemblage into a provable conclusion.
Lunch Table Discussions
Sign up for a topic at the Registration Table on the day of the event.
Afternoon Sessions
Establishing a Lineage When No Record Specifies a Link
Using a Mayflower/Revolutionary War case study, the presentation demonstrates work-arounds for absent vital records, same-name questions, and other genealogical issues.
Honesty, Courtesy, and Confidentiality
How do “ordinary” genealogists benefit from ethics? How should family historians handle “sensitive” information like adoption, illegitimate birth, law-breaking, and suicide? What are standards of fair use and courtesy? The presenter will answer these questions and address issues related to ethics for all family historians.
Adjourn at 4 pm
Special Sunday Session, October 6, 2019
9:30 am - 11:30 am
12 pm - 2 pm
Seattle Genealogical Society Library
6200 Sand Point Way, Seattle, WA 
Take the Saturday Seminar to the next step in the Sunday Session
Developing Research Questions & Hypotheses:
Planning an Exhaustive Search
Pinpointing what a researcher wants to learn about an ancestor; Strategies for determining which records to consult and where to find them; Planning research of sufficient scope to answer a genealogical question convincingly; Re-planning and developing subsidiary questions when planned research is unproductive; Incorporating research scope into case building and reporting; Testing hypotheses; Challenging your own conclusions with alternative hypotheses and expanded research scope.
Saturday Seminar Fees
SGS Member $65                     $75 After September 28, 2019
Non-Member $75                     $85 after September 28, 2019
Must attend Saturday to register for the Sunday Session
Optional Lunch $14
Sunday Session Fees
Each session limited to 30 participants.
One session only, content is identical
Sunday Session $35