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  focus on the Pacific Northwest region, our library is not limited to resources for this region. Our collection includes genealogical books, maps, and digital materials for all states, Canada, Europe and other international regions. We also have access to subscription databases, Fold3,, American Ancestors and Search our catalog for that special resource you need.

SGS is a Family Search Affiliate Library
The Seattle Genealogical Society is an Affiliate Library for the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and This means that when you are inside our library using either your own computer or one of our patron computers you will be able to access some "locked" records on To view the locked records you will be prompted to sign in to your own account.  If you don't already have an account you may create a free account through

Library Collection
The SGS collection complements resources available through the Seattle Public Library's genealogy collection and other online resources such as Family and Open Library, to name a few.
Washington State Collections
The Library holds a wealth of genealogical information relating to Seattle, King County and Washington State.
Special Collections
The Library holds several special collections: Mayflower, Colonial America, and the George Kent Collection. Click here to find out more about our Special Collections.
Family Histories
The Family Histories collection includes published volumes and collections of family genealogy materials, cataloged by primary surname.
Computer Resources

The Library has three computer workstations for patrons to use to access Ancestry's World Explorer, Fold3, Extra, American Ancestors (NEHGS), and our digital holdings. 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.

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 or usage fees associated with using the resources in 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 holidays and when driving conditions are difficult. If in doubt, please call the library at (206) 522-8658 before visiting.