Seattle Genealogical Society

Seattle Genealogical Society

Library Resources

The Seattle Genealogical Society Library

The SGS Research Library contains a wealth of important genealogical research materials collected and donated by members of the society for over seventy-five years. A variety of resources are available to researchers:

Library Books and Periodicals
The SGS book collection complements the resources of The Seattle Public Library’s genealogy collection and close liaison is maintained with SPL. Information is not limited to Washington State; significant resources are available for all states, Canada, the United Kingdom, Scandinavia, and other international regions.

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Computer Resources
Computer workstations are available for patrons to access the SGS collection of computer databases and CD-ROMs. There is wireless Internet access for those who bring their own portable computers. Printing and copying is 15¢ per page, or documents may be saved or scanned to a USB flash drive.

Databases available include:
• Ancestry World Explorer (includes Fold3 and Newspapers.com)
• American Ancestors (NEHGS)
• Deedmapper software for land patents

SGS holds a collection of over 200 CD-ROMs with compilations source materials covering both US and international locations.

Washington State Collections
The library holds a wealth of genealogical information relating to Seattle and Washington state. Resources include:

• Published books, periodicals, and archive collections
• Family Records of Washington Pioneers
• Vertical files of various Washington families
• Rare books relating to the Pacific Northwest
• Seattle City Directories from 1890 to 1990
• Directories for other cities in Washington

Microfilm and Microfiche
The SGS microform collection includes the Washington State Death Index 1907-1989, the 1895 Minnesota State Census, assorted national and state census rolls and miscellaneous other donated materials. Microfilm and microfiche readers are available to view the collections.
Family Histories
The Family History collection includes periodicals, published volumes, typescripts and binders of family materials, cataloged by primary surname.

Surname Vertical Files
The library holds Surname Files contributed by SGS members. Information in these files includes newspaper clippings, handwritten notes, and short typescripts. Surname Notebooks contain Family Group Sheets submitted by Seattle Genealogical Society members over the last 75 years.

Browse the listing of Surname Files