Seattle Genealogical Society

Welcome all SGS Volunteers

Seattle Genealogical Society is a member-driven, volunteer-run organization. We cannot 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:

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

Help Wanted!

Looking for ways to connect with other SGS members?  Here's your chance.

SGS Board of Directors - We are recruiting candidates for the board of directors.

  • There is an immediate need for people to fill the positions of Vice President and Director of Volunteers.
  • The current Secretary would like to begin training someone to fill that position in the future. Most of us step into our positions "cold." Take advantage of this unique training opportunity.
  • The current Treasurer and Director of Membership are also interested in stepping down if replacements can be found.
There's no better way to contribute to our community and meet other SGS members than serving on the board.

Volunteer Coordinator for Library Move - How do you feel about herding cats? More than two dozen people have volunteered to help with the move from Sand Point to Good Shepherd later this year. We need someone to work with the SGS Librarian and Director of Operations to schedule these helping hands. This is a one-time, limited commitment with a BIG impact.

Front Desk Volunteer Scheduler/Coordinator - No onsite presence required. Duties can be performed from the comfort of home. Not a large time commitment.
Book Packing and Unpacking - We will be paying movers to do the heavy lifting, but to keep our library holdings safe and organized, we will need volunteers to do the boxing and reshelving before and after the physical move to Good Shepherd.
Seminar Planning - The Seminar Committee is seeking new members for our Speaker Selection Team. This is a low-level commitment conducted entirely by email. We would love to have you volunteer with us!  Even if you don't have the time to commit to the team, we welcome your suggestions for future speakers or topics. Please email between now and Wednesday, April 14th.
Research Volunteers - If you like researching genealogical questions and would like a break from your own family, perhaps you have some time to assist with SGS research requests or one-on-one consults. When you help others, you're also helping yourself.
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? Watch our events calendar for announcements of planning meetings. Check this link to submit ideas and/or work on producing the best centennial celebration ever.
Please contact with questions or suggestions regarding these or any SGS volunteer activities.

More Volunteer Opportunities

Want to give back to the genealogy community in other ways? lists myriad ways to volunteer, including indexing and transcribing, offering "look ups" in books you own, or helping others obtain copies of documents, pictures of tombstones, etc., that cannot be obtained easily by those who do not live in the Pacific Northwest.  Check out

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 our members for your support and to our volunteers!


Volunteer of the Quarter

Each quarter, the Seattle Genealogical Society recognizes one volunteer or a group of volunteers as Volunteer of the Quarter. Honored volunteers are featured in eNews!.  Our recent recipients are--

Summer 2019 - Web Team  - David Rimmer, Ann Wright, Christine Schomaker, Julia Marcone, Heidi Mair and Janice Lovelace

Fall 2019 - Kim Waggie

Winter 2020 - Flood recovery team – Kathi M., Linda Fitzgerald, and Annie Wright

Spring 2020 - Cecellia Rogers

Summer 2020 - Herb McDaniel

Fall 2020 - Julia Marconi

Winter 2021 - Jennifer Wells

Spring 2021 - Sue Schack Jensen

Summer 2021 - The Library and Archives Committees--Sue Jensen, Ann Wright, Dona Bubelis, Charlotte Wixon, Linda Fitzgerald, Jess Ramey, and Ellen Peterson, led by our current Library Director.

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 our Director of Volunteers at to set up a time to talk. We'll find a way to align your interests with our opportunities.