Seattle Genealogical Society

Welcome all SGS Volunteers

Seattle Genealogical Society 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. 

Below is a partial list of the tasks our dedicated volunteers do on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis:

  • Library Desk Volunteers -  keep our library open and running, greet visitors and provide library tours
  • Books sales
  • Community outreach
  • Plan and present educational programs including our Second Saturday series
  • Plan events, including our twice-yearly seminars
  • Bookkeeping, auditing, grant-writing, fund-raising
  • Library - including inventory, cataloging, indexing, archival work
  • Maintenance, facilities, technology
  • Write articles for the eNews! or Journal; keep our website & Facebook page current
  • Leadership – serve on a committee or as a Board Member

Help Wanted!

As we move towards the upcoming SGS election in April 2020, we are seeking candidates for our Board of Directors and Nominating Committee:
Short descriptions of the duties associated with these positions can be found on the SGS website (see New officers and directors will assume their offices in early June 2020. If you have questions regarding these positions, the outgoing directors of these offices are more than willing to discuss the position responsibilities. The new Nominating Committee members (also voted on by the membership) will not start their work until Fall 2020 in preparation for the 2021-2022 elections. 

If you have any questions or are interested in any of these open positions. please email or call the main SGS phone number (206-522-8658) and leave a message.
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?

Don't forget - Record your Volunteer Hours

As a non-profit, volunteers are required to record hours worked for each project, event or ongoing assignment. Maintaining accurate records of volunteer hours, not only helps us plan for the future, but is also necessary for our grant-writing and fund-raising efforts. If you volunteer at the SGS library, remember to sign in to record your hours. If you work off-site on a project, please send your monthly hours to

Thank you to all of our current members for your support and to our volunteers!


Volunteer of the Quarter

Each quarter, the Seattle Genealogical Society recognizes one volunteer as our Volunteer of the Quarter.  Our recent recipients are:

April 2018 - Janice Lovelace

July 2018 - Siri Nelson

October 2018 - Lori Lee Sauber

February 2019 - Bernice Keller

July 2019 - Web Team  - David Rimmer, Ann Wright, Christine Schomaker, Julia Marcone, Heidi Mair and Janice Lovelace

October 2019 - Kim Waggie

Click here to learn more about their contributions and accomplishments.

Want to Volunteer?

The benefits of volunteering include camaraderie with fellow genealogists, sharing genealogical tips, enhancing your current skills, or discovering skills you never knew you had! 

If you are interested  in volunteering for any of the opportunities listed on this page, please contact Heidi L Mair, Director of Volunteers, to set up a time to discuss your interests and our opportunities.