Seattle Genealogical Society

Seattle Genealogical Society

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Special Events

Special Events


Pacific Northwest Scottish Highland Games - Yearly

For nearly a thousand years, clansmen, chiefs and competitors came from all over Scotland and banded together to compete against one another in what is often defined as one of the most rigorous forms of competitions in the world – the Scottish Highland Games. The bagpipes are calling again this year and we hope that SGS members will want to hear them close up this summer. The Seattle Genealogical Society will once again sponsor a large information booth on Scottish, Scots-Irish, and Irish genealogy at the Pacific Northwest Scottish Highland Games and Clan Gathering. It will be in Enumclaw at the Expo Center (formerly the King County Fairgrounds). We need volunteers for two hour sessions on the last Saturday and Sunday in July. The Games are fun and feature a number of activities for the peoples of the Celtic nations. There are pipe bands, musical performers, dancers, athletics, clan tents, animals, food stands and vendors for shopping as well as informative workshops. We have been participating for years and bring a number of reference books from our Library to answer basic questions on genealogy and finding surnames.

This is excellent publicity for SGS as thousands of people attend the Games and we proudly carry our banner during the opening ceremonies each day. If you are interested in volunteering or would like more information, please contact Jean A. Roth at (206) 782-2629 or e-mail

Irish Festival - Yearly

SGS hosts an information booth each March during the Irish Festival at the Seattle Center. We bring books and other resources about Irish and Scottish ancestry and our wonderful volunteers help festival visitors find information on their family names. Whether you’re Irish or not, it’s a lot of fun! We also co-sponsor a yearly Irish workshop with the Irish Heritage Club

The Generations Project

On On July 19, 2010, a film crew from BYUTV came to SGS to film shots for an episode in their Generations Project TV series. The episode, which first aired on March 29, 2011, followed Xander and Carrie, whose twin boys were saved from a genetic disease by an anonymous bone-marrow donor. With some help from one of our members, they set out to test the relationship between genetic and genealogical ancestry while searching for the disease in their own family histories. The entire episode can be viewed online at the Generations Project website.

Outreach Programs

The Seattle Genealogical Society offers speakers for small and large groups. Please contact our Director of Education at to learn more and/or to schedule a speaker.