Seattle Genealogical Society

Seattle Genealogical Society

Seattle Genealogical Society

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The Seattle Genealogical Society, founded in 1923, is an educational organization devoted exclusively to furthering genealogical research, promoting interest in family history, and preserving records. The Seattle Genealogical Society's mission is to serve as a community resource for quality genealogical research and education.
We conduct meetings, offer classes and seminars, compile and publish research materials, and maintain a computer-equipped, 15,000-item library open to the public for researching family history. Wherever your ancestors lived, please consider joining us. Visit our library and check out our resources covering every U.S. state and many countries. Check out our Calendar to see the range of programs and classes we offer.

SGS Japanese Genealogy Seminar       Registration opens December 1st!

SGS is proud to sponsor the Japanese Genealogy Seminar, one of the first seminars in the region to assist those interested in learning how to research Japanese-Americans heritage.  Join us Saturday & Sunday, February 2nd & 3rd, 2019, at the Central Branch of the Seattle Public Library, to learn from Linda Harms Okazaki, noted Japanese-American genealogy expert.  The all-day session on Saturday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, "Exploring Our Nikkei Genealogy", is geared toward entry level family historians who have friends or family with Japanese ancestry. Box lunch will be available by pre-order until Jan. 18, 2019. Those who attend this session are invited to return Sunday afternoon, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm for "Ask a Genealogist".

The morning session on Sunday, February 3, 9:00 am - 12:00 noon, "Japanese American Research for Genealogists", is designed for intermediate and advanced researchers who are unfamiliar with these records or this culture. All topics from Saturday will be covered, but at a faster pace. Genealogists who attend this session will volunteer their research skills during the afternoon "Ask a Genealogist".

Thanks to a generous grant by 4Culture, the cultural services agency of King County, Washington, this seminar is offered free to registrants, but registration is limited to 40 for each day. Seats will be filled in the order registrations are submitted. 

Register online with this link: Register for SGS Japanese Genealogy Seminar 

Note: Because seats will fill quickly, mail-in registrations are not recommended. Receipt of mail-in registrations will be based on their postmark date and, to be considered, all mail-in registrations must be received at the SGS Library by Friday, January 18, 2019.

See the Seminar Brochure for more details. 

The Seattle Genealogical Society has just become an Affiliate Library for 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.  We are open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 AM to 3 PM; Sundays 1 pm to 5 PM.
Do you have an interesting genealogical story to tell?

The SGS Publications Committee invites you to submit articles to the Journal of the Seattle Genealogical Society. We look for articles about genealogical research and family history that are of interest to our members. We welcome submissions from all areas of genealogy. Some possibilities include memoirs, research articles, how-to and problem solving articles, and genealogical technology. Book reviews, historical photographs, and blog posts are also welcome. 
Help is available for inexperienced writers!  
Submissions or questions to:

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