Seeley Genealogical Society

No matter the spelling (Sealey, Seelye, Seely, Sealye, Seale, Seals, Seelee, Selee, Seela, Ciely, Cealy, etc.) SGS is committed to research, verification, dissemination, and preservation of Seeley information for the Society, its members and posterity.

SGS engages in research, study, verification, discussion, collation, publication, dissemination, and preservation of Seeley information for the Society, for its members and for posterity. For detailed information about the Society and results of our research, please visit our official homepage at

Membership is open to anyone interested in genealogy, history or biography; amateur or professional. Although the name Seeley refers to one family surname, SGS counts among its family those with surnames spelled a variety of ways such as: Seeley, Seelye, Sealy, Sealey, Seley, Selye, Seale, Seelee, Seela, Cieley, Cealy, Cilley, etc. To learn more about becoming a meember of SGS, visit our Web site at:

This worldwide, totally volunteer, organization is working to preserve and make available for genealogical research the family records of Seeley ancestors going back to Captain Robert Seeley who immigrated to America from England in 1630, and Obadiah Seeley who appeared in the records of Stamford, Conn. in the 1640s. We also welcome members of other Seeley lines (of all spellings). We encourage and assist in the study of family histories of other Seeley lines of all similar spellings and pronunciations and are building a central repository of Seeley family records. We currently have about 400 members.

1. Newsletter – We publish a quarterly Newsletter that contains news, obituaries, queries, pictures, and more. A Newsletter is mailed to each member each quarter.

2. Reunions - Reunions are held every two years at varying locations throughout the U.S. and Canada. The next reunion is planned for GRand Rapids, Mich. for the late summer of 2013.

3. Research - SGS hires professional genealogists to do specific research that helps clarify relationships of our ancestors. DNA research is also a tool that has been utilized to refine specific relationships.

4. Seeley Ancestor File - A computer database has been developed to store Seeley Family relationships.

5. SGS Publications – Three publications listing the first five, the sixth, and the seventh generation descendants of Robert Seeley and Obadiah Seeley are available, as are selective records for succeeding generations provided by members of the Society. These records are also available on CD (see 9 below).

6. Seelye Research Center – A Seelye Research Center is co-located with the Dr. A.B. Seelye Mansion in Abilene, Kan. This is where the SGS keeps many of its documents and archives.

7. Seeley Genealogical Society Website - A website for the Society is maintained at This site has much of the data from items four and five above as well as a historical file of Society Newsletters.

8. Queries – Queries from both members and nonmembers are researched by a Query Team under the guidance of our Query Editor. Queries and research results are published in the quarterly newsletter.

9. Compact Disk - SGS has published a Compact Disk containing the three SGS Publications mentioned in item five above, Indices of the Seeley Ancestor File in item four above, and files of available research reports.

10. Sponsored Trips - SGS organized a trip to England in September 2004 to visit sites of our ancestors and to “Robert and Obadiah’s New England” in 2007. During the reunion in 2011, a committee was appointed to study the feasability of putting together another trip to England in 2014.

Mission: -- To preserve and make available for Genealogical research the family records of the Seeley - Seely - Seelye - Ancestors. -- To encourage and assist the study of family history; to promote the exchange of knowledge: and to encourage the deposit of family records. -- To cooperate with other Societies and assist in the publication of Genealogical holdings. -- To publish all of the generations of the Seeley family beginning with Capt. Robert Seeley who immigrated to America in 1630. -- To research, record and preserve information about the ancestors and descendants of Obadiah Seely who came to New England, from England, about 1640. -- To assist in the education of Genealogical methods, standards and record keeping.

2019 International Reunion – Seeley Genealogical Society

The third SGS reunion was held in 1986 in Fort Wayne, IN. Find out how it went, then click the link below for information on how to sign up for the Society's 18th reunion this June in San Diego.

"Cousins came from every direction for a three-day SGS Reunion; strangers upon arrival, most of them experienced that vibrating thrill of the first meeting. It was an event to be remembered. The program speakers were inspirational, educational, and informative. Dorothy Lowers’s talk on researching at the Allen County Library resulted in a number of the members taking advantage of its genealogical records. The genealogy class was full; Connie Ayers’s talk on researching in Washington D.C., was enlightening; Betty Allen’s talk on writing your family history was full; and Alan Phipps’s keynote speech on Seeley research and researching in England was most impressive. The discussion on the use of computers in genealogy pointed up some real possibilities."
Robert Cox
SGS President
Officers Elected at the 1986 SGS Reunion

Robert G. Cox
............................ President
John R. Seely
............. First Vice President
Beverly J. Smith
........ Second Vice President
Betty J. Allen
............................. Secretary
John M. LaRue
............................ Treasurer
Donald Eff
.............. Publications Editor
Robert Seeley Johnson
.................. Judge Advocate
Charles Martin
................. Director at Large
Eugene Seelye
................. Director at Large
Kathleen S. Cannamela
................. Director at Large 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Opening Session at Cosmopolitan Hotel including overview, organization of activities, and transportation, plus speaker Nina Minovi, California Department of Parks and Recreation’s Cosmopolitan Hotel Archaeological Project Leader

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2019 International Reunion – Seeley Genealogical Society

Continuing our look back at past SGS Reunions, here's an overview of the second conference held in Denver in 1983. But first, check out the link below to find out how to register for our 18th reunion this June in San Diego...

"I flew to Denver to attend the Seeley Reunion and meet some cousins. I got caught in the draft of a fast train and emerged as your
president. The reunion was well planned and great. I enjoyed it all. I was proud to meet so many of the Seeley cousins at the reunion. One
thing that impressed me was the map with colored pins showing the residences of those attending. You can be sure there are a lot of Seeleys from a lot of places! The map further showed the need to gather and disseminate Seeley information, knowledge, and understanding of the Seeley name. It is one of our vital goals as a society!"
Robert Cox
SGS President
SGS Board of Directors
Elected at the 1983 Reunion

Robert Cox
Robert Seeley Johnson
..................Vice President
Preston Seelye
Hank Seeley
Esther Houtz Walter
Donald Eff
...........Publications Editor 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Opening Session at Cosmopolitan Hotel including overview, organization of activities, and transportation, plus speaker Nina Minovi, California Department of Parks and Recreation’s Cosmopolitan Hotel Archaeological Project Leader

2019 International Reunion – Seeley Genealogical Society

The 2019 SGS International Reunion will be the Society's 18th gathering. Click the link below to find out more about the reunion including how to register. In the lead-up to our meeting this June in San Diego, we'd like to share the highlights of our past conferences starting with the first one which was held in 1980 in Lyons, CO.

"A warm welcome to all Seeleys, no matter how you spell your name! Aug. 16, 1980, a Seeley Reunion was held in Lyons Colo., the first such event of what is planned as a regular feature to take place every third year. Thanks to Sherrie Moss and Esther Houtz, it was a well planned, enjoyable gathering attended by some 83 Seeley descendants from 18 states ranging from Connecticut and Massachusetts in the northeast to Minnesota in the north and from Florida and Arkansas in the south, westward to California and Washington. For some reason, the previous president, DeLoss Seeley, failed to receive his notice and invitation and so was not present to conduct the business session. Esther Houtz chaired the floor in his absence."

Don Eff,
SGS President
First Reunion, 1980
Lyons, Colorado

Donald Eff.......................President

Robert Seeley Johnson ......Vice President

Esther Houtz ................Genealogist

Hank Seeley...............Publications

Marion Seelye ..................Secretary

Preston Seelye ..................Treasurer 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Opening Session at Cosmopolitan Hotel including overview, organization of activities, and transportation, plus speaker Nina Minovi, California Department of Parks and Recreation’s Cosmopolitan Hotel Archaeological Project Leader

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2019 International Reunion – Seeley Genealogical Society

The Seeley Genealogical Society is proud to announce it's biennial international reunion! We'll meet in San Diego June 27-29, 2019. Click the link below for the schedule of events and registration form. We look forward to seeing you in San Diego! 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Opening Session at Cosmopolitan Hotel including overview, organization of activities, and transportation, plus speaker Nina Minovi, California Department of Parks and Recreation’s Cosmopolitan Hotel Archaeological Project Leader

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Wow, 500 people like our page! Thank you to each of you for liking and sharing. Hope you are planning on attending our next SGS reunion June 27-29, 2019 in San Diego. Watch this page for more info soon.

No matter the spelling (Sealey, Seelye, Seely, Sealye, Seale, Seals, Seelee, Selee, Seela, Ciely, Cealy, etc.) SGS is committed to research, verification, dissemination, and preservation of Seeley information for the Society, its members and posterity.

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For her decades of service to the Seeley Genealogical Society, former SGS President Katherine Mills Olsen, has been awarded the 2017 SGS Outstanding Volunteer Award. Thank you for your service, past and ongoing, Kathie!!!

As the reunion winds down, the 2017-2019 SGS Board of Directors meets for the first time. Next meeting will be in the Spring of 2018 and, of course, we're looking forward to seeing everyone in San Diego in 2019!

California here we come! The membership of the Seeley Genealogical Society has just voted to hold the 2019 SGS International Reunion in the area of San Diego! Let us know if you would like to help with the planning. See you in two years in Southern California!

Happening Now: With the bang of the gavel, SGS President Lynda Mills Simmons calls to order the Society's General Membership Meeting at the 2017 SGS International Reunion.

Tonight's dinner is at DaVinci's Restaurant in Williamstown, West Virginia. Mmmmm, good food, great company!!!

Today's tour to Blennerhassett Island State Park included a visit to Blennerhassett Mansion. Find out more about this historic sight here:

SGS is underway again! This time aboard Paddlewheeler Island Belle. Parkersburg to Blennerhassett Island in 37 seconds.

The Seelye Research Center, located in Abilene, KS, is the Seeley Genealogical Society's archive of family history information. Among today's presentations at the 2017 SGS Reunion was one from SRC Librarian Pam Turner who discussed the operation of the research center which can be an invaluable resource for people studying their Seeley family history.

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Happening Now: Mr. Paul Borelli shares the history of Parkersburg, WV through vintage photographs at the 2017 SGS Reunion.

Following the dinner cruise aboard Valley Gem, reunion attendees paused for a waterfront photo alongside W. P. Snyder Jr., a towboat in the collection of the Ohio River Museum. The cruise was a perfect way to end the first day of a great reunion!

At the helm of SGS, the Society's president, Lynda Simmons, joins Captain Don Sandford at the helm of Valley Gem during the 2017 SGS Reunion in Parkersburg, WV.

Shift Colors! SGS is underway aboard the Valley Gem paddle wheeler...

SGS Member Mark Seely shares the story and the music of his ancestor Justus Azel Seeley (1779-1859) at the SGS Reunion, happening now in Parkersburg, WV.

Happening Now: SGS President Lynda Mills Simmons kicks off the opening session of the 2017 SGS International Reunion...

Happening Now: Bob Enoch of the Wood County Historical and Preservation Society shares the history and discusses the heritage of the greater Parkersburg area during the first gathering at the SGS reunion.

Good morning from Fort Boreman Park in Parkersburg, West Virginia on the opening day of the 2017 SGS International Reunion!

Although the reunion officially begins tomorrow, the final meeting of the 2015-2017 SGS Executive Board is happening now, hosted at the home of Chief Genealogist Linda Crocker. Let the fun begin!

[06/14/17]   Welcome to Parkersburg!!! Hope to see lots of Seeleys, Seelys, Seelyes and their relatives.

[06/08/17]   The SGS Reunion begins a week from tomorrow (Thursday - Saturday June 15-17). Last chance to register - message us ASAP. We have a great mix of meetings, sightseeing and dinners planned for Seeley descendants (any spelling of Seeley).

This little bird says "Come to Parkersburg" - send in your reservation now before it is too late.

This Saturday, June 3, 2017 is our first BLENNERHASSETT ISLAND NATURE WALK of the season.

“All About Birds”
At least 14 species of birds adapted to life along the river. Bring a pair of binoculars and lets go exploring together to see what we can hear!

When? 2:00 - 3:15 p.m. PLEASE RIDE THE 1:00 P.M. BOAT TO THE ISLAND
Come to the island! Get outside and explore the island. Boat tickets are sold at the Blennerhassett Museum which is located at 137 Juliana Street in downtown Parkersburg, WV.
Is there a charge? No.
The only cost involved is the sternwheeler trip ticket from Point Park to the island. Arrive early, spend the day.
Where do we meet?
Check in at the ticket booth on the island to find out where the bird watching walk will take place.
Who can attend? Anyone!
The more the merrier. Programs are geared for beginners, however, we encourage anyone to attend because we can learn from each other!

Island Nature Saturdays – Information (304) 420-4800

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Welcome to the Seeley Genealogical Society (SGS) Facebook fan page. This page is intended to provide updated information and discussion about the Society and genealogical research. This page is administered by the following, and they will indicate their contributions to the community as follows: KMO -- Katherine M. Olsen, SGS President WPT -- Paul Taylor, SGS 1st Vice President & Publications Editor MS -- Marshall Seelye, SGS 2nd Vice President MFP -- Mary Palley, SGS Secretary SS -- Sally Seeley, SGS Treasurer LLC -- Linda L Crocker, SGS Chief Genealogist, Query Editor & SGS Ancestor File Co-Chair TT -- Terry Tietjens, SGS Director, Seelye Research Center Director WW -- Wesley Waring, SGS Director RSH -- Ruthetta Seelye Hansen, SGS Director & Historian JRS -- James R. Seeley, SGS Director (Past President) & Interim DNA Lineage Project Manager LS -- Lynda Simmons, SGS Membership Chair MP -- Margaret Petersen, SGS Assistant Membership Chair CH -- Chris Havnar, Assistant Genealogist – Robert/Nathaniel, Webmaster & SGS Ancestor File Co-Chair DL -- Dian Little, SGS Assistant Genealogist – Obadiah PDT -- Pamela D. Turner, Seelye Research Center Librarian While this is an open forum, it's also a family friendly one, so please keep your comments and wall posts clean. In addition to keeping it family friendly, we ask that you follow our posting guidelines here. Comments and posts that do not follow these guidelines will be removed: -- The SGS Facebook fan page is a publicly accessible forum intended to serve people who have an interest in SGS and genealogy. We understand this is a publicly accessible forum, but it is our intent that the conversation here remain focused on SGS and genealogy. So while we appreciate your expressions of support, we will remove posts that do not remain focused on SGS and genealogy. -- Similarly we do not allow graphic, obscene, explicit or racial comments or submissions nor do we allow comments that are abusive, hateful or intended to defame anyone or any organization. -- We do not allow solicitations or advertisements. This includes promotion or endorsement of any financial, commercial or non-governmental agency. Similarly, we do not allow attempts to defame or defraud any financial, commercial or non-governmental agency. -- We do not allow comments that suggest or encourage illegal activity. -- Apparent spam will be removed and may cause the author(s) to be blocked from the page without notice. -- You participate at your own risk, taking personal responsibility for your comments, your username and any information provided. -- Pre-decisional, proprietary or business-sensitive information should never be discussed here. Don't post personnel lists, rosters, organization charts or directories. This is a violation of privacy. The appearance of external links on this site does not constitute official endorsement on behalf of SGS. You are encouraged to quote, republish or share any content on this page on your own blog, Web site or other communication/publication. If you do so, please credit the organization or the person who authored the content as a courtesy (photo or article byline can be "Seeley Genealogical Society," "SGS," or "Joe Smith, Seeley Genealogical Society" for example). Thank you for your interest in and support of the Seeley Genealogical Society. Seeley Genealogical Society -- Family, History, Research
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