Seattle Genealogical Society

SGS 2021 Spring Seminar with Paul Milner

Saturday, May 15
9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Meeting via Zoom
SGS Members: $40
Non-members: $55
Are you knocking on the right door? Do you know where to search next? If you're seeking ancestors in England and throughout the United Kingdom, this event is aimed at bolstering your knowledge of how and where to research across the pond. Join us Saturday, May 15, 2021, 9:00am-3:00pm for A Day of English Research! 

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Seminar Lecture Topics

Are you Lost? Using Maps and Gazetteers for English Research:Learn what maps, gazetteers and directories are available for researching your ancestors in England. Learn from examples how to make good use of these tools to find where your ancestors are, what they did, when, where, and why they may have moved.

Effective Use of England’s National Archives Website:Learn how to effectively use the research tools, indexes, educational tools and catalogs on this large website to find your ancestors and to put them into their correct historical context. 

English Parish Registers: How to Access, Use and Interpret:Learn how to access, use, and correctly interpret the information found in the christening, marriage, and burial registers of the English parish church. See examples of the problems to watch for and the clues given for further research. Learn what to do when your ancestor is not found.

Buried Treasures: What’s in the English Parish Chest:The English parish was both an ecclesiastical and a civil jurisdiction. Both jurisdictions created informative records and kept them in the Parish Chest. This presentation will examine the breadth and wealth of information that can be found, going well beyond the baptism, marriage, and burial registers.

About Our Speaker
Paul Milner, a native of northern England, professional genealogist and international lecturer. He teaches English and Scottish research tracks at SLIG, IGHR and the British Institute. Paul is a recipient of UGA Fellow Award (2018) and the FGS David S. Vogels Jr Award (2019). He is the author of six publications providing how-to guidance for English and Scottish researchers. He is the past-president of the BIGWILL, and board member of the APG, FGS and GSG. Paul focuses on British Isles resources and methodology on his blog at 

SGS Members -- Vote!

Members, check your email for your SGS 2021 Election letter, sent April 1st. It has all the information you'll need to vote online for the officers and directors who will lead the society during 2021-22.

If you missed the election letter, log in now at Members Home and click the menu item SGS 2021 Election

All ballots must be submitted by 8:00 pm Friday, April 30th. Thank you to the SGS Election Committee, Bruce Finlayson and Lisa Oberg, who will compile and report the results.


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Library Closure Update

Due to COVID-19 outbreak in Seattle, the SGS Board has decided to close the SGS Library at 6200 Sand Point Way and not reopen until King County has been approved for Phase 4 of the Washington State plan for recovering from the COVID-19 shutdown.  This action has been taken to help protect our members, guests, and patrons.

Note that only the library facility is closed. Many Society activities such as seminars, workshops, and SIG meetings have moved on-line. See the Calendar of Events and the bi-monthly SGS eNews! email newsletter for details.  COVID-19 can close our Library, but it can’t shut down the Society!


Take a look at our Surname Registry

Do you want to collaborate with SGS members? Have you wondered if a member has a research area similar to your own? To find out, visit  the online database SGS Member Surname Registry at the link below. You will find a searchable list of research names added exclusively by our members.

For each entry you can view more details by selecting the "eye" icon, or you can write a message to the member by selecting the "envelope" email icon. Follow the instructions to send the message on our secure website system. (Note, you will not have access to the member's name or contact information unless they choose to reply, and we cannot guarantee that you will receive a response.)

Members, if you would like to view or edit your research names list, log in and go to your Member Profile page. Then click on the "Surnames" tab.


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The Seattle Genealogical Society is an Affiliate Library for the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and This means that when you are inside the SGS Library either using your own computer or our Patron Computers you will be able to access the "locked" records at 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. The service is available during normal hours at the SGS research library. 


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