Seattle Genealogical Society

Special Interest Groups at SGS

Special Interest Groups (SIGs) provide an opportunity for members to meet with others who have similar genealogical interests. Each group has a chair (or co-chairs) who faciitates and coordinates with the Director of Education to set a schedule of meetings for the year. Meetings focus on specific topics or questions, with lots of time for discussion and interaction. Participants are encouraged to share their research and knowledge. Upcoming meetings are listed on our Calendar of Events and Home Page.

DNA Interest Group
DNA ImageWe seek to determine how best to use DNA test results in our family history research: which test to use, who to test. Each meeting begins with a review of currently available DNA tests, followed by a presentation of “What’s New”, and then short presentations about their DNA research results by group volunteers. Meetings are held quarterly at the Wedgwood Presbyterian Church, 8008 35th Ave NE, in North Seattle. There is a $5.00 annual fee to offset rental of church space. For more information contact 
DNA Workshops - The DNA Interest Group also sponsors quarterly workshops at the SGS Library to explore tools for genealogical analysis of DNA test results, such as Genome Mate Pro and Gedmatch.
Family History Writers' Group
We encourage attendees to create their family histories and share their compositions with others in an effort to improve their writing. This group is historically smaller than other SIGs to encourage camaraderies and sharing of effort.

Family Tree at FamilySearchfamily search logo
Meeting the first Saturday of the month at the SGS Library,  September through June, this group explores use of the free universal online Family Tree maintained by FamilySearch

Users of the FTM genealogy program by Software MacKievTM  meet every other month on the second Saturday, September through June. We discuss and share knowledge of and experience with this popular computer program and its ability to interface with Ancestry and FamilySearch. Check out our website page here.

MAC Computer Interest GroupPicture of MAC
Jointly sponsored by SGS and Fiske, this group meets every other month from September through May on the second Wednesday of the month from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Fiske Genealogical Library,1644 43rd Ave E, in Madison Park, Seattle. Meetings are open to the public and address topics and resources helpful for those using MacIntosh (Apple) computers and the Reunion program in their genealogy research. A donation is requested for use of the meeting space and library.

German Interest GroupGerman Flag
Meetings are usually held on the third Saturday of the month from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, following the Irish Interest Group meeting at the SGS Library. 

Irish Interest GroupIrish Flag
Meetings are usually held on the third Saturday of each month from 10:15 am to 12:15 pm at the SGS Library. Each year during March members of this group support SGS outreach at Irish Week community events held in Seattle. 

Scandinavian Interest GroupScandinavian Map
This group meets quarterly on the second Sunday of the month.

Start a new special interest group!
Are you interested in a particular topic or geographical area for which SGS doesn’t yet have a special interest group? Contact the Director of Education,, to discuss your idea. If nine other members are interested, including someone willing to chair the group, a new special interest group can be formed.