Genealogical Society of South Whidbey Island
old sepia photos


Monthly Programs

The Genealogical Society of South Whidbey Island meets on the second Monday of every month September through June for presentations by knowledgeable speakers on subjects of genealogical interest. Meetings generally start at 1:00 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Chapel at the corner of Highway 525 and Woodard Road in Freeland (view map and directions).

Programs are open to the public. Guests are invited to their first two meetings at no charge.

DVDs of selected past programs are available for members to borrow. Placement of program videos on the 'Member Area' of this website is currently under development.

Education Classes

Classes on various research topics are generally conducted at 11:45 a.m. prior to the general meeting. The classes are held in classrooms across the hall from the chapel.  Our Director of Education is Maureen MacDonald.

The Basics of Genealogical Research classes are designed to acquaint a researcher with a variety of methods that can be used as aids to help locate and identify his or her ancestors. Topics presented are geared towards helping the researcher in the development or reinforcement of basic knowledge of the "how-to's" of genealogical research.

This year's Intermediate Classes will continue to be a mixture of  shared information and panel discussions, led by Maureen MacDonald. They will be held from 11:45 to 12:45, prior to the monthly meeting on the second Monday of each month, in Trinity Chapel (the same location as the monthly programs - see above). We welcome your requests for topics and specific questions you would liked answered. We aim to assist you in finding your relatives. Tools for knocking down brick walls will be provided when possible. Feel free to share your "tools" with all of us.

Board of Directors Meetings

Board Meetings are held the second Monday of each month, usually beginning at 10:30 a.m. and concluding at 11:30 a.m. These Meetings are held at Trinity Lutheran Chapel in Freeland (view map) and the public is welcome.

Oregon girls meet President Taft, courtesy of Marilynn
These Oregon girls, along with their chaperones, visit President Taft in 1912. They sold subscriptions to a farm magazine to win the trip.