Genealogical Society of South Whidbey Island
old sepia photos

Moses Prather, grandfather of Marge
Moses Prather
Tom and Flossie Prather left Kansas in 1911 and moved to Washington state, never to return to Kansas. This photo is of Tom's father Moses Prather on the porch of his house in Kansas in the mid 1920s. The inscription to Tom on the back of the photo reads: "Last picture taken of Daddy. He is on the porch looking for us to drive in, and he is looking for you the same way. He would like to see you."


Your membership in the Genealogical Society of South Whidbey Island supports education, furthers genealogical research and promotes interest in family history and the preservation of records. Our focus is on general genealogy rather than on any geographic area; our members' research interests extend far beyond Whidbey Island. Joining GSSWI gives members access to education and presentations of general genealogical interest as well as the ability to interact with other genealogists.

Benefits of membership:

  • our monthly newsletter with interesting articles and information on genealogical standards and resources as well as suggestions for genealogical software and organization techniques
  • use of our library, including video recordings of past programs
  • a packet with information on the society and help on beginning your genealogy research
  • our education program at two levels: 1) beginning in which you can learn the basics of how to conduct genealogical research or 2) intermediate in which you can extend and hone your skills
  • our computer users classes covering both basic computing and the Legacy software program
  • interaction with other members who have genealogical expertise and those from our databases who are researching the same areas
  • invitations to monthly field trips to local sites of genealogical interest
  • discounts on sales of certain society items
  • periodic reminders of meetings and events sent to your email address

Our dues are currently $15 for a single member or $25 for a household membership — two or more people living at the same address. Email addresses or other personal information about members are never shared with outside organizations without a member's permission.

New or Renewing Membership

Membership dues are payable September 1st each year, for the fiscal year ending August 31st the next year. Please:

  • Bring cash or a check to the next meeting,
  • Complete and print a Membership Form and send it by US Mail with a check payable to GSSWI, or
  • Use the convenience of PayPal to sign-up and pay online with your Visa, MC, Visa, AE, JCB Discovery, or Paypal "plastic".

Online Payment

1. Membership Form

New Members

Complete the Membership Form, send the form through your regular email program as directed when you click the Submit button, and then select the appropriate button below for your membership type.

Renewing Members

If you have any changes to your name, address, contact information or membership type, please complete the Membership Form, send the form through your regular email program as directed when you click the Submit button, and then select the appropriate button below for your membership type.

If all your information is the same as in the previous year, you can skip the Membership Form and simply pay with the appropriate button below.

2. Payment

Individual Membership: $15

Household Membership: $25

Prather Family, courtesy of Marge
The Prather Family in Kansas about 1911


Volunteers are needed in several aspects of the organization to help it function. Our society is nothing without its members and the many volunteers that currently contribute to our efforts. Many people with various skills and abilities can make a difference in the success of our organization.

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