About Eastside Genealogical Society

The Eastside Genealogical Society serves communities east of Seattle, King County, Washington including but not limited to Woodinville, Bothell, Kirkland, Redmond, Bellevue, Newport Hills, Mercer Island, Renton, Issaquah, Carnation, Fall City, Duvall, North Bend, Sammamish and associated unincorporated areas. The Society was founded in 1978 and chartered in 1982 and is a member of the Federation of Genealogy Societies. It has now grown to about 240 members and a number of active Special Interest Groups which focus on specific areas of interest and research. More about the SIG’s can be found on the Special Interest Groups page.

The EGS provides members a forum for learning and the exchange of information related to genealogy. It obtains and provides resources for use by members, encourages genealogical research and documentation and aids in organizing and computerizing local records related to genealogy.

The Society provides a number of services for the community via Zoom conferencing. EGS volunteers work with the Bellevue Regional Library twice a week and are available to any researcher. These resources can be scheduled through the King County Library System website. Search for genealogy within their calendar events page. Beginning and intermediate genealogy classes are offered in local Senior Centers, in the local library and for EGS members and anyone interested in genealogy. Volunteers also staff booths at various community functions to provide materials and answer questions regarding genealogy.

2021 – 2022 EGS Officers

Vice President

EGS By-laws

To view the current EGS By-laws, please click here: EGS By-Laws revised June 2022.

For the Standing Rules, click here: EGS Standing Rules 02 Sep 2021

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Society Publications

Current Publications

The Society used to publish a newsletter, the Bulletin Board in January, March, May, September, and November. Past issues of the newsletter can be found on the archives page.  The newsletter was sent to all members electronically (or by U.S. Postal Service if necessary), is usually 12 pages long, and contains diverse information such as:

  • Articles on genealogy related subjects of local, national and international interest
  • Local meeting announcements including times, locations, subjects, etc.
  • Announcements of local, regional and national seminars, conventions and conferences
  • News regarding new and current society members

The Eastside Genealogy Society has published two indexes that are available for use in the Bellevue Regional Library:

    1. Index of Probate Court Records from 1854 to 1917 for King County, Washington, including Seattle, Book 1. The index provides the case number that is necessary to order copies of probate documents from the King County Superior Court Clerk’s office. The index lists over 17,000 names. It shows the page number, last and first names, type, case number and filing date. The majority of the cases in this index are estate records that may provide a list of children’s names and ages, names of other relatives, family possessions and addresses of former residents. Also included are guardianships, partnerships, partnership estates, trusteeships, and other miscellaneous cases.

    2. Indexes to newspaper vital records information for the greater Bellevue area of King County, Washington. The vital records information on births, marriages and deaths was abstracted from two Bellevue (King County), Washington newspapers for the period 1918 through 1967. Nine indexes with over 45,000 names were produced. The volumes are:

  • Death Index – Volume 1, 4,800 names
  • Marriage Index – Volume 1, 7,300 names with bride and groom indexes

  • Birth Indexes, child surnames – 4 volumes, (A-D, E-K, L-Q, R-Z) for a total of 33,200 names

  • Every Name Index, 3 volumes, (A-G, H-N, O-Z) for a total of 45,000 names


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Donation to Eastside Genealogical Society

Eastside Genealogical Society is a 501c (3) charitable non-profit organization. Tax ID: 91-1205979. Contributions are tax deductible. Your generous donation to Eastside Genealogical Society helps us pay for speakers for our monthly meetings, purchase books for donation to the Bellevue Regional Library, and pay for other outreach and educational services that we provide to the community. Donations are accepted in increments of $10.