Seattle Genealogical Society

Seattle Genealogical Society

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Volunteer at SGS

SGS is a member-driven and volunteer-run organization. We could not succeed without the support of our members, and the talents and dedication of our volunteers. The benefits of volunteering include camaraderie with fellow genealogists, sharing genealogical tips, enhancing your current skills, and discovering skills you never knew you had.
Help Wanted!

SGS has several upcoming events and projects and we need you. 

Spring 2019 Seminar on May 18th and 19th with Diahan Southard - the Seminar Committee needs help prior to the event to mail brochures, transport supplies to the venue, purchase snacks; and on the day of the event - help with set-up and break down. We also need lunchtime table hosts to facilitate conversations. 

Board Elections are coming up! We need several members to join our Nominations Committee. Committee members are elected each spring along with the Board of Directors. If you want to assume a leadership role on the Board or help recruit new Board members, send an email to

2020 Suffrage Centennial in Washington State - SGS will submit a grant for $5,000 this April to develop and deliver commemorative programs in 2020. Do you have an ancestor who was a suffragette? Or a female ancestor who lived in Washington state in 1920? We are seeking pictures, letters, journals, stories and family history. Help us plan one or more events focused on the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment. Want to learn more? Check out the Washington State Historical Society's web site

100th Anniversary of SGS in 2023 - it is not too early to begin planning now. What events and programs do you envision to commemorate our 100th anniversary? What role do you want to play? Help us plan events to celebrate 100 years of SGS.

Indexers - we have more indexing projects lined up this winter and spring. Index when you want and where you want. Help SGS get those records online and searchable!

Ongoing projects and opportunities include:


Leadership Opportunities

• Join the Board of Directors
• Chair one of SGS Committees
• Chair a Special Interest Group

Publications Opportunities

• Write an article for the SGS Journal. Review the Writing Guidelines for submission requirements.
• EDIT or PROOFREAD our publications and brochures
• Assist with mailings

Teaching Opportunities

• Be a presenter for one of our monthly programs:     

    -- Intermediate Research Series topics
    -- Ethnic workshops
    -- Topics of general interest to genealogists
    -- Genealogy computing topics
• Teach a class
    -- Beginning genealogy
    -- Computers for Genealogists
    -- Topic of your choosing
• Speak at our Seminars

Library Opportunities

• Become a Desk Volunteer and help visitors to our wonderful library
• Serve as a Library Assistant
• Help organize our Archival Materials

Special Projects

• Research assistants to complete look-up requests
• Indexers for special projects
• Website editor/contributor
• Transcribers for special transcription projects


If you are interested  in volunteering with SGS, please contact Heidi L Mair, Director of Volunteers, to set up a time to discuss your interests and our opportunities.