Seattle Genealogical Society

Welcome all SGS Volunteers

Seattle Genealogical Society is a member-driven and volunteer-run organization. We could not succeed without the support of our members, and the talents and dedication of our volunteers. 

Below is a partial list of the tasks our dedicated volunteers do on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis:

  • Library Desk Volunteers -  keep our library open and running, greet visitors and provide library tours
  • Books sales
  • Community outreach
  • Plan and present educational programs including our Second Saturday series
  • Plan events, including our twice-yearly seminars
  • Bookkeeping, auditing, grant-writing, fund-raising
  • Library - including inventory, cataloging, indexing, archival work
  • Maintenance, facilities, technology
  • Write articles for the eNews! or Journal; keep our website & Facebook page current
  • Leadership – serve on a committee or as a Board Member

Help Wanted!

SGS has several upcoming events and projects and we need you. 

73rd ANNUAL PACIFIC NORTHWEST SCOTTISH HIGHLAND GAMES on July 27 and 28 at the Enumclaw Expo Center

Come Listen to the Bagpipes - Watch the Dancers - Visit the Clans & Help SGS Promote Genealogy 

We need volunteers to help at the Seattle Genealogical Society booth during the Pacific Northwest Scottish Highland Games in Enumclaw. We have been participating for years and it is a great way to let the public know about SGS and to promote membership. Our participation also gives us valuable community outreach credit for our grant applications.

Game attendance is about 30,000 for the weekend. Volunteers work 2 hour sessions. SGS will fund an entry ticket for each volunteer. Parking will be at your own expense. We encourage carpooling.  

Questions about the event? Contact Jean Roth at (206) 782-2629. Check out the website:

Fall 2019 Seminar on October 5th and 6th with Tom Jones - the Seminar Committee needs help prior to the event to help mail brochures, transport supplies to the venue, purchase snacks and on the day of the event - help with set-up and break down. We also need lunchtime table hosts to facilitate conversations. 
2020 Suffrage Centennnial in Washington State - SGS submitted a grant to bring commemorative programs to SGS in 2020. Do you have an ancestor who was a suffragette? Or a female ancestor who lived in Washington state in 1920? We are seeking pictures, letters, journals, stories and family history. Help us plan one or more events focused on the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment. Want to learn more? Check out the Washington State Historical Society's website
100th Anniversary of SGS in 2023 - it is not too early to begin planning now. What events and programs do you envision to commemorate our 100th anniversary? What role do you want to play?

Don't forget - Record your Volunteer Hours

As a non-profit, volunteers are required to record hours worked for each project, event or ongoing assignment. Maintaining accurate records of volunteer hours, not only helps us plan for the future, but is also necessary for our grant-writing and fund-raising efforts. If you volunteer at the SGS library, remember to sign in to record your hours. If you work off-site on a project, please send your monthly hours to

Thank you to all of our current members for your support and to our volunteers!


Volunteer of the Quarter

Each quarter, the Seattle Genealogical Society recognizes one volunteer as our Volunteer of the Quarter.  Our recent recipients are:

February 2018 - John Eshelman

April 2018 - Janice Lovelace

July 2018 - Siri Nelson

October 2018 - Lori Lee Sauber

February 2019 - Bernice Keller

Click here to learn more about their contributions and accomplishments.

Want to Volunteer?

The benefits of volunteering include camaraderie with fellow genealogists, sharing genealogical tips, enhancing your current skills, or discovering skills you never knew you had! 

If you are interested  in volunteering for any of the opportunities listed on this page, please contact Heidi L Mair, Director of Volunteers, to set up a time to discuss your interests and our opportunities.