Seattle Genealogical Society

Seattle Genealogical Society

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SGS Bulletin

SGS Bulletin and Journal of the Seattle Genealogical Society 

The SGS Bulletin (now the Journal of the Seattle Genealogical Society), published by the Seattle Genealogical Society (SGS) since 1952, provides a wealth of information for genealogists and local history researchers. It includes transcriptions of genealogical records from the Seattle area and beyond, along with articles about genealogy research and methodology.  Copies of the SGS Bulletin are available for use at the SGS Library and at the Seattle Public Library. Individual issues can be purchased from SGS for $10 per issue.

SGS has partnered with the Seattle Public Library to make the first 50 issues of the SGS Bulletin, from 1951 to 2001, available electronically. The collection is fully searchable.

Recent issues of the SGS Journal can be accessed by SGS Members in the Members section as a benefit.

Articles included in recent issues of the SGS Journal available to Members online:

Volume 66, No. 1 & 2 (issues no longer designated by season)

  • A Family History: The Czechoslovak Prime Minister and His American Descendants
  • To SNP or Not to SNP
  • Unraveling a "Shirt-Tail"
  • OCR Technology: Optical Character Recognition or Oops, Can't Read

Volume 65, No. 2 (Winter 2015-2016)

  • Early Pikes in Seattle
  • Horace Cayton: A Journey to Seattle
  • Drink from a Fire Hose: Attending Genealogical Conferences Without Fear
  • Updates at the SGS Library

Volume 65, No. 1 (Winter 2015-2016)

  • Hiram Revels: First Aftrican American Senator or First Native American Senator?
  • History and Mystery: The Search for MCS Young
  • What to do when an Index Doesn't Work

Volume 64, No.2 (Spring 2015)

  • Fire & Ice: Deadly Disaster in Minneapolis
  • A Soldier's Stories of World War II as Told to his Daughter
  • Crosley
  • Theaters of Operation: the Connective Power of Hollywood Films Created During WWII
  • The Seal Pup of Turnagain Arm
  • The Letter to the Governor

Volume 64, No. 1 (Winter 2014) - Ethnic Groups of the Pacific Northwest

  • Ethnic Groups & the Northwest
  • Native Americans & the Northwest
  • Nordic Seattlers & the Northwest
  • African-Americans & the Northwest
  • Chinese & the Northwest
  • Japanese & the Northwest

Volume 63, No. 2 (Spring 2014)

  • The Washington Soldier's Home and Colony
  • Genealogy and the New Math
  • Using Direct & Indirect Evidence to Establish Identity: Hines Beam or Hines Foster, b. 1844
  • Courtesy, Ethics and Law
  • The Mann Act - A Love Story
  • Special Collections: University of Washington
  • DD 214s: The Genealogist's Must Have Record

Volume 63, No. 1 (Winter 2013-2014)

  • Vignettes from the GAR Cemeters, Seattle, Washington
  • War of 1812 Bounty Land: Legislation and Records
  • Honoring His Service:John Crooms
  • Skill-building I: Introducing the Historical Records Collections at
  • Tech Tips: Interesting Websites for Newspapers

Volume 62, No. 2 (Spring 2013)

  • Eu sou Português, He Hawai'i au, "I am Portuguese, I am Hawaiian"
  • Maier Zunder: A Citizen of New Haven (CT) (Part 2)
  • The Whiting-Young-Melon Collection
  • Skill-building I: What is Proof?
  • Skill-building II: Introduction to the Chronicling America Newspaper Website

Volume 62, No. 1 (Fall 2012 - Winter 2013)

  • Rebecca Lena Graham's Fight for her Inheritance
  • Maier Zunder: A Ctiizen of New Haven (CT)
  • Seventeen Months in Six Rebel Prisons
  • Skill-building: Transcriptions, Abstracts & Extracts

Volume 61, No. 2 (Spring - Summer 2012)

  • The Royal Mail Steamer - RMS Titanic
  • "Titanic" Passeners in the Family, A Seattle Connection
  • Sailing in Their Wake
  • Memories of the 1962 Century 21 Seattle World's Fair
  • John Archibald Parker and Susan Lily Bailey
  • Building a House Out of Pea Grave, or Who was Jane Graham?
  • Civil War Soldier
  • Washington State Supreme Court Extracts
  • In Internet Archive

Volume 61, No. 1 (Autumn 2011 - Winter 2012)

  • An Introduction to Civil War Newspapers in Washington Territory
  • Philatelic Genealogy Update: Writing Home to Washington During World War I
  • Digital Resources for Using Newspapers for Family History Research
  • Rudolph Carl Gessner, 1845-1930, of Ohio and Washington State
  • Getting Past the Deceptions of Your Forebears
  • Strays Taken Up in Summit and Portage Counties Ohio, from the book of Strays
  • New York to San Francisco and Other Points West via Isthmus of Panama, 1848-1869
  • From the Depths of the SGS Files
  • Type for Genealogists: A Rough Guide to Typography
  • How to Create a List of Alternate Spellings to Use With Computer Searches

Volume 60, No. 1 (Autumn / Winter 2010-2011)

  • How to Search for Obituaries in Seattle and King County
  • Philatelic Genealogy in Washington
  • Black Pioneers in the Pacific Northwest
  • New York to San Francisco and Other Points West via Isthmus of Panama, 1848-1869