Seattle Genealogical Society

Launching SGS's Centennial Year

On 18 October 1923, a group of eight individuals met in downtown Seattle for the purpose of establishing a society dedicated to genealogy. Styled after the California society, this new society appears to be the first that was city-based in the country.
As we approach the centennial of that historic meeting, we can't help but wonder what the founders would make of the Seattle Genealogical Society today-- meeting by Zoom, engaged in DNA research, and able to connect with cousins worldwide with a few clicks.
Look for our yearlong celebration of this milestone anniversary!
  • On January 14, 2023, Dr. Bill Woodward, SPU emeritus history professor, opened the 2nd Saturday Series speaking on this century of change, Will the 2020s Roar Like the 1920s? 
  • The SGS100 Family History Writing Contest is open now! The 100th Anniversary Theme is "Family Artifact," with winning essays announced at the capstone event and published in the fall SGS Journal. You do not need to be an SGS Member to submit! Stories with a focus on the Pacific Northwest and/or diverse cultures of the PNW will be given extra credit!
  • SGS100 Writers C(r)amp: April 20-23. SGS sponsored a writer's retreat at Friday Harbor for those working on their family histories, certification portfolio, and/or other writing projects. It was great fun and attendees wanted to make it an annual event.  
  • SGS100 Preservation Seminar with Denise Levenick, The Family Curator, will be our speaker for a special summer seminar June 17th and 18th, focusing on preserving your family history; from caring for physical artifacts to managing your digitial files. Free to members and a modest cost to non-members.
  • Come join us August 5th for an "1923 Ice Cream Social in the Park!" We will be dishing out ice cream to all comers 1923-style in Meridian Park.
  • The SGS100 Birthday Party will be held on October 20th in Dunn Gardens. Mark your calendar now! There will be a keynote speaker you will not want to miss!
That's not all we have planned! To keep abreast of our Centennial activities be sure to subscribe to the bimonthly eNews!