Seattle Genealogical Society

Seattle Genealogical Society

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About SGS

SGS Mission Statement

The mission of the Seattle Genealogical Society is to provide educational opportunities and to collect and disseminate quality genealogical information for family history researchers in our community.

History of SGS

On October 18, 1923, eight local researchers founded the Seattle Genealogical Society. They met in the downtown Seattle law offices of Moore and Higgins. According to the 1924 Seattle City Directory (information gathered in 1923) this was in Room 953 of the Dexter Horton Building, 704 Second Avenue, on the northeast corner of Cherry Street. These offices were the likely site of the original Seattle Genealogical Society, now known as SGS to all those who use it. Learn more...


All Society actions are governed by our bylaws. Our current bylaws took effect 1 June 2010 after approval by the SGS membership. You can read them here

Board of Directors

The SGS Board of Directors is made up of 4 officers, 7 directors, a Past President, and a Seattle Public Library liaison (non-voting). Current Board members and their email contact information can be found here.


As an all volunteer organization, SGS relies on our members to share the work. In the library, our Library Trustees set library policy; the Archives Committee works to organize donated archival material; the Material Review Committee decides which items to keep in the library and which to dispose of. An elected Nominating Committee creates the slate of candidates for our April Board elections. Our Committees are listed here..