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Deadline for Women's Suffrage Centennial Family History Writing Contest
Deadline for Women's Suffrage Centennial Family History Writing Contest  (Special Events)
Saturday, May 30
 
Share the story of your  female ancestor 100 or more years ago. Submit your story by May 30, 2020. Read our guidelines before submitting your story. Winners will be published in the Fall 2020 edition of our Journal of the Seattle Genealogical Society and our top three stories will be awarded:
  • First prize will be awarded $100
  • Second prize will be awarded $75
  • Third prize will be awarded $50
Deadline has been extended by 15 days!


DNA Interest Group
DNA Interest Group  (Special Interest Groups)
Saturday, May 30
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Meeting via Zoom
 
SGS DNA Special Interest Group General Meeting is meeting via Zoom. To be included you need to be on the SGS DNA Interest Group email list and get regular meeting reminders 10-12 days before each meeting. Contact Cary Bright at SGSDNASIG@gmail.com to be added to the email list
 
Chairs: Cary Bright and Craig Gowens


Irish Interest Group - Canceled due to continued closure.  (Special Interest Groups)
Saturday, May 30
10:15 am to 12:15 pm
 
Share information and discuss Irish ancestral research.
 
Chair: Jean Roth


German Interest Group - Canceled due to continued closure.  (Special Interest Groups)
Saturday, May 30
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
 
Share information and discuss German ancestral research.
 
Chair: Jean Roth



FamilySearch Interest Group
FamilySearch Interest Group  (Special Interest Groups)
Saturday, June 6
10:15 am to 12:15 pm
SGS Library, 6200 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle
 
Discover the many ways to use Family Tree and FamilySearch on familysearch.org.(link is external)We will feature a different aspect of the website every meeting. There will be time for Q & A.  
 
Chair: Lou Daly


Digging Deeper: How I Discovered my Female Ancestor
Digging Deeper: How I Discovered my Female Ancestor  (Classes and Workshops)
Saturday, June 6
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Follow this link to join https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87966848541
 
 
In this workshop, Jill Morelli and Mahina Oshie will share how they found their female ancestors, and lead a discussion on best practices and resources available to genealogists. Come with your story to share, a brick wall to solve or simply listen to the fascinating stories.
 
Typical problems thwart our ability to identify our elusive women ancestors. Jill will share three brief examples to illustrate the problems--
  1. too many named named individuals: Which of the three Johanna Svensdotters married to three Nils Nilssons were the parents of my ancestor, Sven Nilsson?, 
  2. name changing: Why can't I find Grietje Wienenga on a passenger list? 
  3. missing records: Can the parents of Elna Johansdotter be identified in spite of 160 years of burned records?
Mahina Oshie is a transplant to Seattle from Kaua`i and works at the Seattle Public Library as a genealogy librarian. When Mahina first starting digging into her direct maternal line the family story she was told about her maternal 3rd great-grandmother, Maria Rosa do Monte Caldeira, seemed improbable. How could one person's life contain trans-Atlantic crossings, orphanages, affairs, and leprosy?! Through genealogical research and the aid of DNA testing Mahina has been able to reveal the true story hidden in the threads of a fantastical family story.
 
This workshop is part of the Seattle Genealogical Society's lecture and workshop series: Women's Suffrage in your Family History. We thank the Washington State Historical Society for their grant in support of our project. For more information, see https://www.suffrage100wa.com/
 


DNA Workshop
DNA Workshop  (Special Interest Groups)
Sunday, June 7
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
SGS Library, 6200 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle
 
Watch for details!
 
Chair: Cary Bright


June Board of Directors Meeting  (Special Events)
Monday, June 8
12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Meeting via Zoom


June Membership Meeting  (Special Events)
Saturday, June 13
12:30 pm to 1:00 pm
Follow this link to join: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87101310252


Second Saturday: Do you Trello and Kanban?
Second Saturday: Do you Trello and Kanban?  (Classes and Workshops)
Saturday, June 13
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Follow this link to join: https://zoom.us/j/91069962051

If you have lots of genealogy research projects in the hopper right now and don’t quite know how to get it all done, let Lori Lee show you how. Learn the basic concepts of Kanban workflow management and how the FREE web application Trello can help support you every day regardless of whether you’re just getting started or are an “old hat”. Discover how using these workflow visualization tools enable you to optimize the flow of your family research work and get more done. Kanban is a process taught around the world to businesses of all sizes. Now you can leverage its’ power in genealogy. Adding Trello to the mix makes it a party! Come see what is capturing the genealogy research world like a storm.
 
Speaker: Lori Lee Sauber


Family History Writers' Group
Family History Writers' Group  (Special Interest Groups)
Tuesday, June 16
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
SGS Library, 6200 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, Washington
 
Create your family history and share with others in an effort to improve your writing. Please note: the Writers' Group is at the
maximum number of participants and are not currently accepting any new members. 
 
Group Contact: Gail Stevens


Irish Interest Group
Irish Interest Group  (Special Interest Groups)
Saturday, June 20
10:15 am to 12:15 pm
SGS Library, 6200 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, Washington
 
Share information and discuss Irish ancestral research.
 
Chair: Jean Roth


German Interest Group
German Interest Group  (Special Interest Groups)
Saturday, June 20
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
SGS Library, 6200 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, Washington
 
Share information and discuss German ancestral research.
 
Chair: Jean Roth



Independence Day
Independence Day  (Holiday Closures)
Saturday, July 4
 
 


Level I-Genealogy Basics and Beyond
Level I-Genealogy Basics and Beyond  (Online Classes)
Tuesday, July 7 through Tuesday, June 16
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Online class
 
The Level I-Genealogy Basics and Beyond course is suitable for everyone and covers how to successfully conduct research in census records, vital records, newspapers, city directories, churches, cemeteries, military records; using major online resources along with libraries and archives; and so much more. The course will challenge you in perfecting your genealogy skills. Online class meets on Tuesday evenings on July 7, 14, 21, 28 and August 4, 11, 18
 
 
Instructor: Valerie Lair


Scandinavian Interest Group
Scandinavian Interest Group  (Special Interest Groups)
Sunday, July 12
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
SGS Library, 6200 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, Washington
 
Share information and discuss Scandinavian ancestral research.
 
Chair: Karen Knudson



Women's Suffrage Centennial Celebration
Women's Suffrage Centennial Celebration  (Elsewhere Around the Sound)
Saturday, August 22
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Washington State Capitol
 
 
Join the Washington Women's Commission and the Washington State Historical Society for a day-long event at the State Capitol in Olympia featuring speakers, exhibits, vendors, music, parades and more!
 



Labor Day
Labor Day  (Holiday Closures)
Monday, September 7
 
 


MAC Computer Interest Group
MAC Computer Interest Group  (Special Interest Groups)
Wednesday, September 9
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Fiske Genealogical Library, 1644 43rd Ave E, Madison Park, Seattle
 
Jointly sponsored by SGS and Fiske, this group meets every other month from October through June on the second Wednesday of the month from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Fiske Genealogical Library. 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.
 
Co-Chairs: Lisa Marker and Diane Hettrick


Family Tree Maker Users Group
Family Tree Maker Users Group  (Special Interest Groups)
Saturday, September 12
10:15 am to 12:15 pm
SGS Library, 6200 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle
 
Learn and share tips and tricks for using Family Tree Maker 2017 by Software MacKiev .
 
Chair: Reiley Kidd


Irish Interest Group
Irish Interest Group  (Special Interest Groups)
Saturday, September 19
10:15 am to 12:15 pm
SGS Library, 6200 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, Washington
 
Share information and discuss Irish ancestral research.
 
Chair: Jean Roth


German Interest Group
German Interest Group  (Special Interest Groups)
Saturday, September 19
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
SGS Library, 6200 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, Washington
 
Share information and discuss German ancestral research.
 
Chair: Jean Roth


DNA Interest Group
DNA Interest Group  (Special Interest Groups)
Saturday, September 26
10:00 am to 12:30 pm
Wedgwood Presbyterian Church, 8008 35th Ave NE, Seattle
 
Quarterly meeting. Come early for the Beginner Session 9:30  - 10:00 am.
Note that this meeting takes place in the fellowship hall at Wedgwood Presbyterian Church, see map.
An annual $5.00 contribution is collected at the door to fund rental of the space.
 
Chairs: Cary Bright and Herb McDaniel



10th Anniversary DNA Interest Group Conference
10th Anniversary DNA Interest Group Conference  (Special Interest Groups)
Saturday, October 3
9:00 am to 3:30 pm
SGS Library, 6200 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle
 
Conference for all members. Speakers TBD. Watch for details!
 
Chair: Cary Bright


DNA Workshop
DNA Workshop  (Special Interest Groups)
Sunday, October 4
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
SGS Library, 6200 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle
 
Watch for details!
 
Chair: Cary Bright


Scandinavian Interest Group
Scandinavian Interest Group  (Special Interest Groups)
Sunday, October 11
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
SGS Library, 6200 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, Washington
 
Share information and discuss Scandinavian ancestral research.
 
Chair: Karen Knudson


SGS 2020 Fall Seminar with Blaine Bettinger
SGS 2020 Fall Seminar with Blaine Bettinger  (Seminars)
Saturday, October 17
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Fairview Christian School, 844 NE 78th St, Seattle
 
Dr. Blaine Bettinger is a professional genealogist specializing in DNA evidence. He is the author of the popular blog, The Genetic Genealogist  and frequently gives presentations and webinars to educate others about the use of DNA to explore their ancestry.
 
Please note: the SGS Library is closed during the seminar so our dedicated volunteers can attend.
 
Watch for registration information!


Irish Interest Group
Irish Interest Group  (Special Interest Groups)
Saturday, October 24
10:15 am to 12:15 pm
SGS Library, 6200 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, Washington
 
Share information and discuss Irish ancestral research.
 
Chair: Jean Roth


German Interest Group
German Interest Group  (Special Interest Groups)
Saturday, October 24
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
SGS Library, 6200 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, Washington
 
Share information and discuss German ancestral research.
 
Chair: Jean Roth



DNA Workshop
DNA Workshop  (Special Interest Groups)
Sunday, November 1
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
SGS Library, 6200 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle
 
Watch for details!
 
Chair: Cary Bright


Mayflower 400
Mayflower 400  (Special Events)
Wednesday, November 11
 
 
400th anniversary of the landing of the Mayflower in Plymouth, MA
 
 


MAC Computer Interest Group
MAC Computer Interest Group  (Special Interest Groups)
Wednesday, November 11
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Fiske Genealogical Library, 1644 43rd Ave E, Madison Park, Seattle
 
Jointly sponsored by SGS and Fiske, this group meets every other month from October through June on the second Wednesday of the month from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Fiske Genealogical Library. 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.
 
Co-Chairs: Lisa Marker and Diane Hettrick


Family Tree Maker Users Group
Family Tree Maker Users Group  (Special Interest Groups)
Saturday, November 14
10:15 am to 12:15 pm
SGS Library, 6200 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle
 
Learn and share tips and tricks for using Family Tree Maker 2017 by Software MacKiev .
 
Chair: Reiley Kidd


Irish Interest Group
Irish Interest Group  (Special Interest Groups)
Saturday, November 21
10:15 am to 12:15 pm
SGS Library, 6200 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, Washington
 
Share information and discuss Irish ancestral research.
 
Chair: Jean Roth


German Interest Group
German Interest Group  (Special Interest Groups)
Saturday, November 21
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
SGS Library, 6200 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, Washington
 
Share information and discuss German ancestral research.
 
Chair: Jean Roth