SKCGS

South King County Genealogical Society

Serving the communities of Algona, Auburn, Black Diamond, Burien, Covington, Des Moines, Enumclaw, Federal Way, Kent, Maple Valley, Normandy Park, Pacific, Ravensdale, Renton, Sea Tac and Tukwila.

History of South King County Genealogical Society

The South King County Genealogical Society was founded in the summer of 1979 by the late CarolLe Berry of Auburn, Washington. CarolLe had been teaching a series of genealogical research classes at the Kent Public Library, and she noticed that the same people attended most of the classes. It was suggested that a club or society be formed, with regular meetings.

In the fall of 1979, an agreement was completed making this fledgling group a branch of the Seattle Genealogical Society. This provided the newly formed group the benefit of the SGS newsletter and library collection. Officers were elected and a schedule of regular meetings was established.

Hilda Hemmingson Meryhew was elected the first president. She recalls, "No one volunteered to be president. CarolLe said if no one volunteers, we can't form our society. It seemed very hopeless to me, so I thought, 'why not?' I had no idea what I was doing, but we learned fast and it was a challenge, and fun and very rewarding."

Words she wrote in the society's first newsletter continue to reflect the philosophy of the society to this day: "To leave a record of the past as a guide to future generations, to be able to penetrate the past, solve a problem or meet and conquer a challenge, is an experience of great satisfaction."

Changes occurred over the years. In June 1984, members voted to break from SGS, and in September 1984, South King County Genealogical Society became a society in its own right.

SKCGS has published pedigree chart books, cemetery books and death indexes, hosted seminars and workshops, and taught research skills classes at local libraries. Its members meet, as they have from the start, on the third Saturday of each month, except July, August and December, in Kent, WA. They remain committed to the goal of preserving the legacy of our past for future generations, helping each other along the way.

Presidents

South King County Branch, Seattle Genealogical Society:

Hilda Meryhew 1979 - 1981
Donna Grothaus 1981 - 1983
Rebel Kreklow (co) 1983 - 1984
Richard Sell (co) 1983 - 1984

South King County Genealogical Society:

Rebel Kreklow (co) 1984 - 1985
Richard Sell (co) 1984 - 1985
CarolLe Berry 1985 - 1987
Kathleen Field 1987 - 1988
Elsie Trautloff 1988 - 1989
Velma Rice 1989 - 1991
Erma Swift 1991 - 1993
Jean Whisler 1993 - 1994
Betty Cooper 1994 - 1996
Susan Coles 1996 - 1998
Colleen Rockwell 1998 - 2000
Phyllis Haynen 2000 - 2002
Tracy Arnold (co) 2002 - 2004
Cathy Wooden (co) 2002 - 2004
Lauren Richardson 2004 - 2005
Cathryn E. Vannice 2005 - 2007
Susan Coles 2007 - 2008
Tom Hammond 2008 - 2010
Lin Bress 2010 - 2011
Winona Laird 2011 - 2013
Janet Camarata 2013 - 2015
Dave Liesse 2015 -
 

Charter Members

  • William L. Adams
  • Judith Dempsey Aeschliman
  • Margaret Oakley Alder
  • Lillian Wanamaker Anderson
  • Clemence Rhea Baker
  • John Baker
  • Mary Kitchell Baker
  • Elva Barber
  • Patsy Barber
  • Marilyn Bell
  • Peggy Bentz
  • CarolLe Stratton Berry
  • Laura Anderson Billy
  • Patricia Bristow
  • Elizabeth Graber Borgner
  • Francis Bosshart
  • Waneta King Bosshart
  • June Wilson Branch
  • Gerald L. Burke
  • Marcella Seright Burkett
  • Norma Kibby Burroughs
  • Robert A. Butler
  • Clarice Doerner Bryan
  • Jacqueline Walling Cadle
  • Constance Artz Cain
  • Arlene Clark Carley
  • W. Ray Carley
  • Frank E. Carnahan
  • Sharon Poulsen Carnahan
  • Helen Roberts Carpenter
  • Jackie Glen Cedarholm
  • Virginia Roberts Chubb
  • Lois Knadle Clapper
  • Susan Coles
  • Joyce Schroeder Cornelius
  • Doris Arkills Cornell
  • Janice Porter Cornell
  • Ina Randall Cornell
  • Beverly Marks Cotter
  • James M. Cotter
  • Janet Wilkie Crowley
  • William J. Crowley
  • Ardice Bennett Cunningham
  • James A. Cunningham
  • Barbara Kern Devine
  • Lois Brin Diemert
  • Frances Love Dills
  • Fred Dills
  • Jean Boughton Doering
  • Lawrence Dome
  • Patricia Beagle Dome
  • Melissa Nash Donner
  • Marilyn Kemp Dorval
  • Patricia Lanway Dowling
  • Braxton M. Dunn
  • Klara Haty Dunn
  • Lois Piper Ebbert
  • Jack Edwards
  • Betty Morris Falk
  • Kathleen Field
  • Grayce Peterson Fremow
  • Robert L. Fremow
  • Clella Fox Galbreath
  • Margaret Leach Ganung
  • Elaine Ebbert Gauthier
  • Harriet Havener Greenfield
  • Florence Woodward Grillo
  • Donna Burkert Grothaus
  • Sarah Harding
  • Doris Harris
  • Daniel L. Healy
  • Karen Furman Healy
  • Margaret Woods Heller
  • Donald Henderson
  • Ruth Walter Henderson
  • Barbara Stokey Heutchy
  • Nancy Hamblin Hill
  • Virginia Williams Hill
  • Geneice Wilson Hoag
  • Maurice L. Hoag
  • Vivian Drake Howe
  • Sammie Dudley Hudlicky
  • Katherine Fugate Huhn
  • Gaetano Iodice
  • Louise Owens-Fortier Iodice
  • Judith Ivanovich
  • Ivan Jacobs
  • Flora Rollins Janke
  • Wesley F. Janke
  • Anne Jensen
  • James H. Johanneck
  • Maryann Heiling Johanneck
  • Audrey Lamb Johnson
  • Roma Leaming Judge
  • Anita Huntley Jump
  • Mary Raybeck Kilbourn
  • Lola Hinman Kimmel
  • Athella Thompson King
  • Shirley Plattor King
  • Sharon Martin Kline
  • Alexis Alexander Kolb
  • Rebel L. Kreklow
  • Carol Wigen Krull
  • Alice Kubisky
  • Beverly Schalow Lagasca
  • Margaret Parslow Larson
  • Melvin E. Lee
  • Mariette B. Lee
  • Grace Mooney Lee
  • Dorothy Wilson Legge
  • Helen McGreer Lewis
  • H. Donald Linehan
  • Margaret Hofling Linehan
  • Colleen Young Linzi
  • Emma Heustis Livermore
  • Marlene Frostad Lundin
  • Clara Jacobson MacPherson
  • Marian Hoge Mackenzie
  • Janice Eberly Maguire
  • Echo Coats Mallery
  • Louise Jones Manning
  • Roberta Crisp Morley
  • Patricia Huse Marshall
  • Eugene M. Mason
  • Ina Hardman Mason
  • Beatrice Whaley Mathewson
  • Maxine Greggs Maulsby
  • Helen McConnell
  • Iris McDaniel McCrabb
  • Violet Ranne McElhinney
  • Anna Otteman Meltvedt
  • Hilda Hemmingson Meryhew
  • Arliene Kammeyer Miller
  • Phyllis Pahl Mitchell
  • Margaret Curtis Moen
  • Alice Graden Montgomery
  • Betty Herr Moore
  • Donald Morisch
  • James Mulkins
  • Edna Kreutz Murtishaw
  • Fred Murtishaw
  • Betty McAlexander Myette
  • Mary Riddle Nation
  • Francis Near
  • Shelagh Walters Near
  • Betty Hawkins Neilson
  • Clarissa Wedeking Nelson
  • Patricia Schnyder Niederkorn
  • Deborah Oskam-Davis
  • John C. Palstring
  • Barbara Matthes Parker
  • Julia Wennersten Patterson
  • Bernice Graber Paull
  • Edna Rowan Peak
  • Mary Penberthy
  • Judy Knopp Pepper
  • Donald L. Perkins
  • Joyce Hart Perkins
  • Veronica Peterson
  • Freda Swayne Peterson
  • Helen Cushman Peterson
  • Gladys Isdell Plemmons
  • Catherine Byrnes Ploegman
  • Jeanette Gray Price
  • Myrtle Green Prohaska
  • Mary Riffey Propst
  • Willis Propst
  • Sue Kane Quigley
  • Mable Peck Rayback
  • Vivian Marick Richardson
  • Carmen Phelan Rock
  • Ardeth Allden Rollwagon
  • Richard Ryan
  • Margaret Overton Salais
  • Richard Salais
  • Carole Bierman Sayers
  • Gayle Eastman Schnell
  • Geraldine Rawls Scott
  • Glenn I. Scott
  • Richard H. Sell
  • Theodore S. Sholdra
  • Kathleen Hargiss Sidwell
  • Marcia Hoag Smith
  • Doris Thompson Smith
  • Ina Curless Sparks
  • Erma Chapman Swift
  • Joan Koppenheffer Thorson
  • Jean Richards Timmermeister
  • Ruth Diehl Toland
  • Elsie Sandberg Trautloff
  • Henry I. Trautloff
  • Donna Kennedy Tucker
  • Donna Kisner Turrelli
  • Madge Lee Vashoe
  • Milton B. Vaught
  • Ruby Gilderhus Vaught
  • James Walters
  • R. Maxine Leitzinger Walters
  • Maureen White
  • Shirley Whitehead Wiese
  • Sheila Wilson
  • Claire Lookhart Wood
  • Sandra Blye Woodworth
  • Barbara Workman
  • Roberta J. Yates

South King County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 582, Auburn, WA 98071-0582
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