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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
If you have experience writing grant requests, this may be just the opportunity for you.
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. https://forms.gle/rFyp3WuJxQAJCiNr9
Please contact email@example.com 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? ConferenceKeeper.org 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 https://conferencekeeper.org/volunteer/.
Join the SGS Indexing Project on FamilySearch
Have you heard about indexing but don't know how to volunteer? Are you already contributing to the indexing and review process at FamilySearch and want your hours logged with your colleagues? This group project is specifically directed at the three phases of reviewing the computer-generated indexes for the 1950 U.S. census, which will be made available through various platforms (e.g., FamilySearch, Ancestry) as work is completed AND IN RECORD TIME. Here's your chance to join in. All you need is a free account at FamilySearch. To join the SGS Indexing Project, click here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to all our members for your support and to our volunteers!
Volunteer(s) 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!. Past and present recipients include--
Spring 2022 - Allegra Anderson, Melanie Moser, Woods Fairbanks, and Ellen Peterson
Winter 2022 - Rob Sexton
Fall 2021 - Cary Bright and Craig Gowens
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.
Spring 2021 - Sue Schack Jensen
Winter 2021 - Jennifer Wells
Fall 2020 - Julia Marconi
Summer 2020 - Herb McDaniel
Spring 2020 - Cecellia Rogers
Winter 2020 - Flood recovery team – Kathi M., Linda Fitzgerald, and Annie Wright
Fall 2019 - Kim Waggie
Summer 2019 - Web Team - David Rimmer, Ann Wright, Christine Schomaker, Julia Marcone, Heidi Mair and Janice Lovelace
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 email@example.com to set up a time to talk. We'll find a way to align your interests with our opportunities.