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Virtual Nordic Genealogy Conference
Virtual Nordic Genealogy Conference  (Elsewhere Around the Sound)
Saturday, September 26 through Sunday, September 27
Online event
 
This 2020 virtual conference will be a mixture of live and on-demand keynote lectures and workshops that you can follow from anywhere in the world. Professional genealogists and subject matter experts from North America and the Nordic countries will share insights about family history research. Two live keynotes will be held on Saturday, September 26 and one live keynote will be held Sunday, September 27 via YouTube. All virtual materials are available to participants for a full year.
 
For more information and to register: https://www.nordicmuseum.org/genealogyconference


DNA Interest Group
DNA Interest Group  (Special Interest Groups)
Saturday, September 26
10:00 am to 12:30 pm
Meeting via Zoom
 
SGS DNA Interest Group Workshop is meeting via Zoom. To be included you need to be on the SGS DNA Interest Group email list. Contact Cary Bright at SGSDNASIG@gmail.com to join. 
 
Link to be sent to the email group prior to the meeting with the pdf handout
 
 
Chairs: Cary Bright and Craig Gowens



FamilySearch Interest Group
FamilySearch Interest Group  (Special Interest Groups)
Saturday, October 3
10:15 am to 12:15 pm
Meeting via Zoom
 
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


SGS Centennial Planning Meeting
SGS Centennial Planning Meeting  (Special Events)
Saturday, October 3
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Follow this link to join: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86309400991?pwd=a2FEV2RWeDMraVkwQlpNZktyc29RQT0
 
Join us on Saturday, October 3rd for another planning session to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Seattle Genealogical Society. 
 
On October 18, 1923, Alexander Craig Dermond, Eleanor M. Freeman, Elizabeth A. Hubbart, Susan M. Keppel, Lida R. McKercher, Harry Denton Moore, Alice V. Robinson, and George E. Tilton founded SGS. Their purpose was to form an active genealogical society and to begin a library collection available for Pacific Northwest researchers. Read more about the history and founding of SGS here
 
We will continue discussing ways to commemorate this important milestone. 
 


DNA Workshop
DNA Workshop  (Special Interest Groups)
Sunday, October 4
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Meeting via Zoom
 
Watch for details!
 
Chair: Cary Bright


Second Saturday: Did My Ancestors Really Pay For The Mayflower Voyage?
Second Saturday: Did My Ancestors Really Pay For The Mayflower Voyage?  (Classes and Workshops)
Saturday, October 10
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Meeting via Zoom

While researching her English ancestral roots, Lori Lee kept seeing non-specific references to her family being among a group who provided the capital for the Mayflower voyage...but is it true? Perhaps you also have a Mayflower family legend you wish to research during the 400th Mayflower Commemoration year? Join Lori Lee as she defines a topical research plan you can follow then identifies whether her family legend is factual or a myth propagated through the years.
 
Speaker: Lori Lee Sauber


Scandinavian Interest Group
Scandinavian Interest Group  (Special Interest Groups)
Sunday, October 11
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Follow this link to join https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88347337177?pwd=aHhka1FWWGZCcE44Yi9mc2l0dXUyUT09
 
Share information and discuss Scandinavian ancestral research.
 
This month Jill Morelli will give a short presentation on Moveable Feast Days.
Karen Knudson will present on Swedish Estate Inventories.
 
Chair: Karen Knudson


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


Level I-Genealogy Basics and Beyond
Level I-Genealogy Basics and Beyond  (Online Classes)
Tuesday, October 13
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 October 13, 20, 27, November 3, 10, 17, 24.
 
 
Instructor: Valerie Lair


SGS 2020 Fall Seminar with Blaine Bettinger
SGS 2020 Fall Seminar with Blaine Bettinger  (Seminars)
Saturday, October 17
9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Meeting via Zoom
 
Are you one of the 30 million people who have tested their DNA?
 
We all come from somewhere. Where does your DNA take you? Dive in with the Seattle Genealogical Society and renowned DNA expert Blaine Bettinger to begin your journey.
 
Genetic genealogy is rapidly changing. Stay current and dig deeper with Dr. Bettinger’s new presentations. The most enthusiastic and experienced genealogists still have much to uncover. 
 
 
Program includes:
"Formulating a DNA Testing Plan" 
"Real-Life Y-DNA"
"Using DNA Painter to Map Your DNA"
"The Latest Developments in Genetic Networks" 
 
And a commemoration of our DNA Special Interest Group celebrating 10 years!
 
 
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.


Family History Writers' Group
Family History Writers' Group  (Special Interest Groups)
Tuesday, October 20
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Meeting via Zoom
 
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 - CANCELED
Irish Interest Group - CANCELED  (Special Interest Groups)
Saturday, October 24
10:15 am to 12:15 pm
 
Share information and discuss Irish ancestral research.
 
Chair: Jean Roth


German Interest Group - CANCELED
German Interest Group - CANCELED  (Special Interest Groups)
Saturday, October 24
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
 
Share information and discuss German ancestral research.
 
Chair: Jean Roth


Virtual Cemetery Tour
Virtual Cemetery Tour  (Classes and Workshops)
Saturday, October 31
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Meeting via Zoom
 
Back by popular demand - watch for details! 
 
Presenters: Lisa Oberg and Amber Brock
 



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


FamilySearch Interest Group
FamilySearch Interest Group  (Special Interest Groups)
Saturday, November 7
10:15 am to 12:15 pm
Meeting via Zoom
 
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: Researching Women's History
Digging Deeper: Researching Women's History  (Classes and Workshops)
Saturday, November 7
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Meeting via Zoom
 
Beyond census records and vital records, a wealth of information can be found about the experiences of our female ancestors in archives and other special collections. This workshop is aimed at learning how archives are arranged in order to locate information when researching women's history. 
 
Presenter: Lisa Oberg
Lisa is the Associate Director and the History of Science and Medicine Curator for Special Collections in the UW Libraries. 
 
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/
 


November Board of Directors Meeting  (Special Events)
Monday, November 9
12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Meeting via Zoom


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
Meeting via Zoom
 
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.
 
The link to logon will be sent to the MAC SIG email list. People wishing to attend should email dhettrick@earthlink.net to be added to the mailing list.
 
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
Meeting via Zoom
 
Learn and share tips and tricks for using Family Tree Maker 2017 by Software MacKiev .
 
Chair: Rob Sexton


Second Saturday: For the Record: Memoir, Oral History, and Writing Family Stories
Second Saturday: For the Record: Memoir, Oral History, and Writing Family Stories  (Classes and Workshops)
Saturday, November 14
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Meeting via Zoom

Your life and family stories comprise an important legacy, but writing them down gets complicated with decisions– which format to choose (memoir? autobiography? genealogical narrative?), what to include, what to leave out, and more. In “For the Record,” author and archivist Claire Gebben leads participants through exercises and strategies for writing about the past, especially in the creation of memoir. This session guides you to the art, and heart of telling your story.
 
Speaker: Claire Gebben 


Family History Writers' Group
Family History Writers' Group  (Special Interest Groups)
Tuesday, November 17
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Meeting via Zoom
 
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 - CANCELED
Irish Interest Group - CANCELED  (Special Interest Groups)
Saturday, November 21
10:15 am to 12:15 pm
 
Share information and discuss Irish ancestral research.
 
Chair: Jean Roth


German Interest Group - CANCELED
German Interest Group - CANCELED  (Special Interest Groups)
Saturday, November 21
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, December 5
10:15 am to 12:15 pm
Meeting via Zoom
 
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


Holiday Celebration
Holiday Celebration  (Special Events)
Saturday, December 12
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Meeting via Zoom

Save the date!


December Board of Directors Meeting  (Special Events)
Monday, December 14
12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Meeting via Zoom



Second Saturday: Welcome to the SGS Library
Second Saturday: Welcome to the SGS Library  (Classes and Workshops)
Saturday, January 9, 2021
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

A tour and informational guide to our physical Library, its holdings and more. Please join us and see what we have that you never knew about!
 
Speaker: Sue Jensen


January Board of Directors Meeting  (Special Events)
Monday, January 11, 2021
12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Meeting via Zoom



February Board of Directors Meeting  (Special Events)
Monday, February 8, 2021
12:30 pm to 2:30 pm


Second Saturday: How Healthy is Your Family Tree: Discovering Health Issues
Second Saturday: How Healthy is Your Family Tree: Discovering Health Issues  (Classes and Workshops)
Saturday, February 13, 2021
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

 

An in-depth look at building a health genogram starting with a traditional genealogical pedigree chart.  Also covered are a basic overview of DNA, epigenetics and inheritance of health issues. Several physical and mental health issues are discussed in greater detail.

 
Speaker: Janice Lovelace, PhD.



March Board of Directors Meeting  (Special Events)
Monday, March 8, 2021
12:30 pm to 2:30 pm


Second Saturday: Why They Left, Where They Went, and the Tales Their Journeys Can Reveal
Second Saturday: Why They Left, Where They Went, and the Tales Their Journeys Can Reveal  (Classes and Workshops)
Saturday, March 13, 2021
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Why did our ancestors leave their homes?  Why did they settle where they did?  Using unexpected records, social history, the law, and more, we'll discover the secrets our ancestors’ migrations can reveal as we track them from place to place, across the ocean, across the country, even across town! 
 
Speaker: Pam Vestal



Second Saturday: Digging Up New Dirt – Unearthing the ‘Real’ New England Immigrant
Second Saturday: Digging Up New Dirt – Unearthing the ‘Real’ New England Immigrant  (Classes and Workshops)
Saturday, April 10, 2021
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Do you believe that family associations know everything about their early New England ancestors? Well, guess again! Learn what nuggets you can uncover by rediscovering original records. So with some surprising facts, sound analysis and a little historical context you may just uncover the real secret about your elusive ancestor.
 
Speaker: Steve Morrison


April Board of Directors Meeting  (Special Events)
Monday, April 12, 2021
12:30 pm to 2:30 pm



Second Saturday: To be announced
Second Saturday: To be announced  (Classes and Workshops)
Saturday, May 8, 2021
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Save the date!


May Board of Directors Meeting  (Special Events)
Monday, May 10, 2021
12:30 pm to 2:30 pm


SGS 2021 Spring Seminar with Paul Milner
SGS 2021 Spring Seminar with Paul Milner  (Seminars)
Saturday, May 15, 2021
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
TBA
 
Paul Milner is a native of northern England, is a professional genealogist and internationally known lecturer with 30 years’ experience, specializing in British Isles research. Paul has been designing genealogy workshops, writing books,  and lecturing for over 35 years. He holds an advanced degree in Theology and is particularly knowledgeable about the church and its role in record keeping. As a genealogist he speaks on a variety of topics relating to research in the British Isles, migration to North America and research methodology. Read more about Paul
 
Watch for details!



June Board of Directors Meeting  (Special Events)
Monday, June 14, 2021
12:30 pm to 2:30 pm