Seeley Genealogical Society

Seeley Genealogical Society


Happy New Year, fellow Seeleys... My latest book will soon be launched in the Kickstarter website, where I offer 9 levels of rewards for your pledge. You can't pledge just yet, not 'til the campaign goes live later this month. For now, here is a preview link (it's safe!) to be sent and shared with anyone you think might be interested, to help get the word out! See the cover. But click the link for the whole story behind the story!
My Great Grandfather was Peter Baldwin Seeley. He married Elsie Jane Seely. He homesteaded on the south side of Marsh Lake on Grange Rd, outside of Camden, Michigan after the Civil War. Around 1903, he moved his family (2 daughters and 2 sons) to Huntington, IN. They are buried in the Palmer Cemetery on Territorial Rd, outside Camden, MI.
I have CILLEY ancestors from New Hampshire. Is that part of your research genre? Deacon Samuel Cilley of Andover NH
My mother Ruth laverne Seeley Heath and her older sister Eva Mae Seeley Glover.
My grandmother was a part of this group many years ago when it was done all by paper. Since, then I have learned I have the Seeley family on both sides of my family from the late 1800's to the early 1900's. Where do I go from here?
My name is Lynette Fowlston and I started working on my Seeley Linage this past week and came across your web site and your face book page. Very interesting web site with tons of information.. The question I have is, are Robert and Obadiah, brothers both from William. On my paternal line Margaret Seeley is my great grandmother through Isaac Seeley and Mary Anne Owens , back to Obadiah and on my maternal line from Robert, Ephraim Seeley Jr is my 2 cousin 6X removed out of Ephraim Seeley Sr and Keziah Hurlbut .Have been working on the sons lines down there from Ephraim and Keziah. The Hurlbut line is my straight direct lineage from Thomas. This has me have the Seeley's on both sides of my tree.
Great issue for the November newsletter. Obadiah Seeley is my 9th great grandfather. Thanks :)
I am looking for information on Ruby Seeley, there is a photo displayed in Campobella lighthouse, East Quoddy Lighthouse. It says that she is the daughter of George and Frances Seeley. But I can't find any information that she was their daughter. It says that she married Roger Sprague and the photo says that it is of her, her husband, and son George. I'm wondering if "Ruby" is a nickname. Father, George, was keeper of lighthouse in early 1900's. I have attached photo. Any information would be great.
I only recently, within the last year, discovered my family history on my father's side of the family. I learned, though use of, that my great-grandmother on my father's side was named Chloe Seeley. Further research has uncovered that she is descended from Robert Seelye, who came over from England in the beginning of the Puritan Migration in 1630. Glad to see that there is an organization directed to Seeley Geneology. I am a new Facebook follower!
My father's great great grandmother was Amanda Melvina Seeley. She married Samuel C. Aldridge. I believe her father was Seth Warner Seeley. They came into Kentucky some time after the Revolutionary War and lived in Hancock, Breckingridge, and Meade Counties. Can anyone help?
I'm hoping to continue my family tree. I am stuck at Mary "Polly" Seeley, born July 7 1802, in Vermont. She the furthest direct matrilineal ancestor I have found. I ran across the Seeley Genealogical Society in my search for her parents. I hope to find more information. I'm amazed at this group!
Is there any further information regarding Elizabeth Seeley St. John? Has this relationship to Robert Seeley (1602-1668) and Mary Heath Mason been disproved? Was she the sister of Captain Nathaniel Seeley (1627-1675)? Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. I am researching the St. John lineage.

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 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: BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP 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.

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Throwback Thursday to the run-up to the 2013 SGS Reunion in Grand Rapids. Here's a promo for the reunion using footage shot at the 2011 SGS Reunion in Elmira, NY. It features a group of folks who carpooled from Utah to New York for the reunion. You can just imagine them driving along singing songs, playing the billboard alphabet game, maybe even a round or two of "Slug Bug!" Fun!!! How will you get to the 2021 SGS Reunion in St. Louis?

Writing: Can You Self-Edit?

In her series of blog posts about writing, Genealogist Cari Taplin discussed the concept of "self-editing" and how it can help you record your findings in a clear manner. Check it out at the link below. I don’t know about you, but when I read someone else’s writing, I nearly always find something to correct or suggest, from small typos to major sentence-rewrites. But when it comes to m…

Sharing here the text of an email message sent by SGS President Lynda Simmons to our membership:

Seeley Genealogical Society
Lynda Simmons

April 6, 2020

Dear SGS Members,

I wanted to reach out to you in these difficult times to let you know I’ve been thinking a lot about you and the concept of “family,” which, of course, is what SGS is all about; regardless of how we spell our names, we are a big family.

With that in mind, I have a few pieces of “family” news I wanted to share with you.

First, the SGS Executive Board, made up of elected and appointed officers are all doing their part to continue the business of the society during the pandemic. But there have been some impacts. As many of you know, the Executive Board meets annually. During odd-numbered years, those meetings are held during the society’s bi-ennial reunions, while the even numbered years’ meetings are usually held in Abilene, KS at the Seelye Research Center. With widespread travel restrictions across the country, I’ve decided we will not have our meeting in Abilene this year, but will instead, like so many other American workers and school children, do it virtually. We’re still working out the details, but for the past six years or so, our even-numbered-year meetings have been attended virtually by several of the board members who joined and contributed to the meetings via Google Hangouts. So I believe we will have an effective and productive virtual meeting at the end of this month and you can expect to see the minutes of that meeting in the May SGS Newsletter.

Second, we have had to cease filling orders for SGS materials ordered using the SGS Membership Application and Product Order form because of various “stay at home” orders. I know you join me in wishing nothing but the best for our board members. We will endeavor to let you know if there is a shipping delay for your order, but if you have ordered something and haven’t received it, please reach out to SGS via Facebook Message and I will personally check the status and let you know.

Third, we’re beginning to shape up plans for our 2021 Reunion in St. Louis. While it’s difficult to make definitive decisions when so many parts of the tourism industry are shut down, we’ll continue to work as hard as we can to put together a reunion that is fun and informative for the whole family.

If you’re like me, the uncertainty of the times and the resulting social distancing can be unsettling. However, it does give us a chance to reflect on things that are important to us. It also offers opportunities to put our thoughts to paper. Sometimes, as genealogists, we lose sight of the fact that we’re as much a part of the continuum of our family’s history as our ancestors; it’s important for us to record those things about our lives and experiences that we wish our ancestors had recorded for us. These days also present a chance to reach out via telephone, email, or text message to those with whom we haven’t spoken in a while. That can be especially important for people who are spending this time alone.

There are also, of course, lots of opportunities to work on your family history. The SGS page recently shared a couple of useful articles with tips and resources for folks doing genealogy from home:

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Something else I’ll be doing to pass the time is watching the latest documentary from Ken Burns entitled “The Gene, An Intimate History.” Told in two parts, the show premieres on PBS this Tuesday night at 8, 7 Central, and concludes a week later on April 14. According to the show’s website (, “‘The Gene: An Intimate History’ brings vividly to life the story of today’s revolution in medical science through present-day tales of patients and doctors at the forefront of the search for genetic treatments, interwoven with a compelling history of the discoveries that made this possible and the ethical challenges raised by the ability to edit DNA with precision.” My understanding is the focus of the documentary is mostly medical, but DNA has become such an important part of genealogy that I hope to gain a better understanding of how genes work that I can apply to my own genealogical work. I’m sure Mr. Burns will live up to his reputation for producing easily-understood content, but I’ll still record it on my DVR so I can re-watch anything I don’t quite understand.

Lastly, you can pass the time by writing an article for the SGS Newsletter. We’re very interested in any stories you can share about your ancestors. We’d also love to hear about how you overcame the challenges you encountered in your research. You could also write an article about your top three or five or ten tips for genealogical researchers. Reach out to SGS Newsletter Editor Paul Taylor via the SGS page in messenger if you have an idea for an article. He’ll begin working on the next issue in a couple of weeks, so if a writing assignment will help pass this time for you, you’re deadline for newsletter article submissions is May 15!

Again, I hope this note finds you all well and that you’re looking for opportunities to make something positive out of the crisis, I hope you’re staying healthy physically and otherwise, and I hope you’re enjoying, as much as you can from a distance, the wonderful blessing of family.

Feel free to let me know if you have any questions or suggestions for SGS. I’d love to hear from you!

Please take care of yourselves, stay healthy and safe!

Lynda Simmons
SGS President

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Set your DVR: Tomorrow night (check local listings) a new documentary from Ken Burns premiers on PBS about the history of the gene. With the rise of DNA in genealogy, this may provide family historians with insight on how it works. "The Gene: An Intimate History" brings to life the story of today’s revolution in medical science at the forefront of the search for genetic treatments.

Writing: Genealogy Standards

In her next blog post on family history writing, Genealogist Cari Taplin discusses accepted standards for genealogical writing. Why do you think it's important to adhere to common standards when writing your family history? Let’s get the boring (but important) stuff out of the way first. Standards. Many genealogists I talk to either don’t know that they exist or think they don’t apply to them. I hope…

Thomas Seelye – Seeley Genealogical Society

SGS is looking for additional information on Thomas Seelye born in Oneida county, N. Y., Feb. 3, 1822 to Cornelius and Rachel (Smith) Seelye. Please let us know if you can help. Here's his lineage: Son of Cornelius SGS # 3439 –Daniel, David, Charles, Samuel, Jonas, Obadiah Rev. Thomas Seelye was born in Oneida county, N. Y., Feb. 3, 1822. His parents Cornelius and Rachel (Smith) Seelye, were natives of New York, and removed to Ohio in 1823, remaining there for 30 years. Mr. Seelye then came to Michigan, where he has since resided. He received his education in the Norw...

Video: Quarantine cooking

Friday Funny: a story from ABC News Reporter Will Ganns about the challenges of cooking in the time of quarentine. The story features a quick bit of Katie Seelye and what appears to be a culinary fail... but is that normal for this trained chef? After you check out Will's story, visit Katie's YouTube Channel, Quarentine Kitchen here:

has many attempting to cook for the first time. ABC News’ Will Ganss rounds up the fails and the expert advice for success.


Throwback Thursday to the 2019 SGS International Reunion, where attendees were treated to a presentation by author and artist Laura Seeley who shared her family history, an overview of her published works, and a brief art lesson.

Laura’s latest book will soon be launched on the Kickstarter website, where she offers nine levels of rewards, depending on the amount one pledges. Check it out at the link below.

--Twelve subjects, from colors and letters, to mammals and reptiles.
--Each subject is intricately featured in a shadowbox.
--A lyrical verse about the subject is accompanies each shadowbox. 
--A helpful key lists the names of objects to find.
--Brainteasers and fun fact questions also appear.  --With the original edition, folks had Shadowbox Hunt parties.
--Alzheimer’s and autistic patients responded positively to the book's challenges. A SEARCH & FIND ODYSSEY FOR AGES 5 TO 105

Explore your family history for free on Ancestry while cooped up at home

Taking a break from our Wednesday writing series from Genealogist Cari Taplin to share this piece from The Atlanta Journal Constitution about some services Ancestry is making available for free including its K-12 lesson plans which might be particularly helpful for parents with kids at home. Stay well! There’s a real sense lately that we’re living in unprecedented times. However, if you want to dive into the past and learn about your family history, you can now do so for free on Ancestry.

Stuck at home? Research your family history

Sonoma County, California's Argus Courier shares some tips and free resources for people looking for something to do while social distancing... Looking for something to do while you ride out the shelter in place order? Perhaps this is the time to delve into your family history.

Friday Funny

Have worn tombstones ever left you guessing?

Throwback Thursday to SGS Chief Genealogist Linda Crocker's trip to Seeley's Bay in Ontario, Canada. It's a village in Eastern Ontario on the Rideau Heritage Route. You can learn more about Seeley's Bay at We'd love to share your photos of you and/or your family with various Seeley signs. Send them to us in messenger with a couple of sentences telling us who is in them, when they were taken, and a little about the Seeley in the sign!

Chief Genealogist visits Seeley's Bay, ONT

Writing: It’s part of the GPS

We continue with genealogist Cari Taplin's series on writing in genealogy. Today, she discusses the genealogical proof standard. What writing tips would you share with aspiring genealogists? For those of you who don’t know what the GPS is, in this context, it refers to the genealogical proof standard. The GPS has five components that help genealogists break through brick walls an…

Walter Clark Seelye – Seeley Genealogical Society

Dr. Walter Clark Seelye was born in Amherst, MA Jan. 3, 1873 to Laurenus Clark and Henrietta (Chapín) Seelye. We have some biographical information on Dr. Seelye on the SGS website (see link below), but our information is incomplete. Do you have information about Walter you would like to share with SGS? Please let us know...

LINEAGE:Walter Clark; Laurenus Clark; Seth (SGS#2056); Nathan; Seth; Nathan; James; Nathaniel; Nathaniel; Robert (SGS#1) SEELYE, Walter Clark, M.D.; b. Amherst. Mass., Jan. 3, 1873; s. Laurenus Clark and Henrietta (Chapín) Seelye; grad. Williston Sem., East- hampton, Mass., 1891; A.B.. Amherst, 1895; M.D.. Harvard Med. Sch., 1899: interne Mass. Gen. Hosp., 1900; m. Anne Ide Barrows, of Providence, R.I.. June 14, Í90...

Genealogy, family history and why I do ancestral research

The Headlight Herald of Tillamook, OR shares an interesting editorial from a writer about why he loves genealogy. Why do you research your family's history? It has been said that only those who are willing to make great sacrifices to perpetuate the lives and achievements of others have the qualities essential for true greatness.

Throwback Thursday to the 2009 SGS Reunion in Salt Lake City. SGS Chief Genealogist Linda Crocker explores the holdings of the Family History Library. The largest genealogical collection in the world-especially strong for the United States, British Isles, Scandinavia, Europe, Mexico, and parts of Germany, but also containing material from all parts of the world. The collection includes civil/vital births, marriages, and deaths, church records, county and local histories, court records, military records, probate records, passenger arrival lists, naturalization and land records. Find out more about Salt Lake City's Family History Library here:

Five Goals You Should Set for 2020: Part 5, Writing Goals

In the first of a series of blog posts about genealogical writing, Genealogist Cari Taplin discusses some writing goals genealogy buffs might want to consider as they share the results of their research. In the last post, I talked about setting personal research goals, primarily in the form of giving yourself permission to work on your own research. Set aside whatever amount of time your schedule c…

The Historic Seelye Mansion -- Abilene Kansas

If you're ever driving across the country, you must add a stop off I-70 in Central Kansas for a visit to Abilene's historic Seelye Mansion, and the Seelye Research Center (located on the mansion's grounds). Find out more about the mansion on its website below, and read about the collections available for review at the Seelye Research Center in the SGS Members Notebook here:

Share a link to your favorite Seeley (no matter how it's spelled) historic site or current business in the comments below... If you visit the Seelye Mansion ond would like a remider of your tour, or if you cannot come in person but would like the historical overview, here is your book! Written by Cynthia Manz in 2010, the book includes photos and descriptions of Doc Seelye's medical company and the 25-room 1905 stately ho...

Ancestry Commemorates Milestones In The Fight For Women’s Voting Equality And Invites Everyone To Find Their Personal Place In Suffrage History With Their ‘Make Them Count’ Initiative

It's Women's History Month and Forbes shares a story about how is helping genealogists learn about the many women throughout history who contributed to the advancement of a woman's right to vote. What's the best story of female empowerment from your family history? This August 26, 2020, marks the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which removed discrimination in voting "on account of sex" and ultimately granted many women the right to vote for the first time on a national stage.

Friday Funnies!

Throwback Thursday to the 2007 SGS Reunion in Wethersfield, CT where immigrant Robert Seeley (SGS#1) settled in the early 1600s. It's a genealogy conference, so you're going to end up in a cemetery!

Here reunion attendees are treated to a guided walking tour of the Old Wethersfield Burying Ground. The tour guides explained that some of the earliest American artwork can actually be found in the brownstone carvings of colonial period grave stones. The craftsmen who carved the stones took a great deal of pride in their work. Often their work could be easily identified by certain characteristics that were common to all the stones they carved. The brownstone markers are among the oldest in the burying ground. In later years gravestones were crafted from schist, slate, granite and marble. The artwork also changes through the years. During the 1800’s Victorian culture and art become prominent in America. In the burying ground that is reflected by carvings of urns, flowering ferns, willows, etc. The burying ground also features a variety of styles of grave markers. There are the simple headstone, tabletops, and monuments. They were essentially symbols of status. Obelisk monuments began appearing in the 1800’s. The Greek wreaths carved into them indicated victory of the soul over death, and the blooming flower at the top shows the goodness of the man’s life. Also, different sections of the family are represented on different sides of the monument.

What's the oldest Seeley grave site you've visited? Where was it?

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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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