Seattle Genealogical Society

The SGS Research Library

Click here to access the Catalog
Welcome to the Seattle Genealogical Society Library. At SGS we offer a wealth of important genealogical resources for the family history researcher. Although we have a focus on Seattle and the Pacific Northwest region, our library is not limited to information in this area. More than 17,000 genealogical books, indexes, periodicals, maps, and digital files are available for all states, Canada, the UK and continental Europe and other international regions. We also have access to subscription databases such as the international, Fold3,, NEHGS, and American Ancestors. Search our catalog for that special resource you need.

SGS is now a Family Search Affiliate Library
The Seattle Genealogical Society has just become an Affiliate Library for the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and This means that when you are inside our Library either using your own computer or our Patron Computers you will be able to access the "locked" records on You will be prompted to sign up for a FREE account through, or to sign in to your own account and then you can access the records. We are very excited about this affiliation with The service is available during normal hours at our research library.  

Library Books and Periodicals
The SGS book collection complements the resources of the Seattle Public Library's genealogy collection and close liaison is maintained with SPL. Not limited to Washington State, the library contains significant resources for all states, Canada, the United Kingdom, continental Europe and other international regions.
Washington State Collections
The Library holds a wealth of genealogical information relating to Seattle, King County and Washington State. Resources include: Published books, periodicals and archive collection, Family Records of Washington Pioneers, and Rare books relating to the Pacific Northwest.
Special Collections
The Library holds several special collections, including many yearbooks from schools in Washington State, nearly 100 years of Seattle City directories, Special sections for Mayflower and Colonial America, and the George Kent Collection. Click here to find out more about our Special Collections.
Family Histories
The Family History collection includes periodicals, published volumes and collections of family genealogy materials, cataloged by primary surname.
Computer Resources

The Library has Computer Workstations for patrons to access the SGS collection of computer databases including Ancestry World Explorer, Fold3, and American Ancestors (NEHGS). Wireless internet access is available for those who bring their own portable computers. 

Scanning Resources
Library Patrons may bring in their own documents and volumes for digitization on our two scanners. One will scan loose papers, the other will scan bound volumes, photos, and fragile items.

Come and Visit the Library
The SGS Library is located in Suite 302 at the historic Good Shepherd Center in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle.  Our holdings DO NOT CIRCULATE. There are no membership requirements to use our library. 
Library Hours of Operation
Sun:     Closed
Mon:     Closed
Tue:     10 am - 3 pm
    10 am - 3 pm
Thu:     10 am - 3 pm
Fri:       10 am - 3 pm
Sat:      10 am - 3 pm
We are closed most holidays and when driving conditions are difficult. If in doubt, please call the library at 206-522-8656 before visiting.