Seattle Genealogical Society Library Special Collections
The SGS Library has set aside in Special Collections several areas of interest to the genealogical researcher.
The Mayflower and Colonial America Collection
The Mayflower Special Collection includes books that cover the Mayflower Pilgrims, families and migration from 1620 to 1630. The Colonial Special Collection includes those books with information pertaining to the Colonial Period of 1630 to 1775.
The George F. Kent Collection of New Jersey
The George F. Kent Collection comprises 122 volumes and a digitized card file with over 40,000 names. The card file, containing information about people, cemetery records, church records, abstracts of deeds, marriage records, military records, and family information may only be accessed on our library computers.
The Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey is the backbone of this collection, with a multi-volume index added by SGS. There are many fine volumes for New Jersey and New York, plus some works that have a general value. Of primary importance is the Index to Revolutionary War Pensions.
George F. Kent, SGS benefactor, was an easterner with a great interest in New Jersey and the Manhattan-Brooklyn area of New York. Coming to Seattle late in life, he became interested in SGS and through Monte Spear, then President of the organization, made arrangements to donate all his collection to SGS. This collection of books, manuscript materials, and cards represents one of the largest single donations of material SGS has ever received.