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 www.seeley-society.net. 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: http://www.seeley-society.net/membership.html 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 http://www.seeley-society.net. 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.
The National Genealogical Society (NGS) will hold its 2021 Family History Conference, "Virginia: The Deep Roots of a Nation," in Richmond, Virginia, May 19-22, 2021. NGS is accepting proposals for the conference schedule through April 1, 2020. Perhaps a good topic to suggest might be "The Role of Family History Groups and Small Genealogical Societies in the Information Age..." To find out more, click this link...
upfront.ngsgenealogy.org The National Genealogical Society Announces Call for Proposals for 2021 Family History Conference We have exciting news! NGS ...
So you've completed the genealogy DNA test. Now what? The Atlanta Journal Constitution has some ideas...
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Friday Funny... this one really made me LoL!
Throwback Thursday to the 2011 SGS Reunion in Elmira/Horseheads, NY during which reunion attendees toured Fitzsimmons Cemetery where several Seeley’s are buried in Southport, NY. Descendants of Nathaniel Seeley (SGS#189 born: Oct. 1, 1732, died: Oct. 31, 1799) pose for a photo at his grave site (Generation Number Used Here Is as Assigned by the SGS Publications). What is the oldest Seeley gravesite you've visited? #throwbackthursday #tbt
Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter shares news of records that might prove useful to genealogists from the Mexican-American War. How has your research been helped by 19th Century military records?
blog.eogn.com The following announcement was written by the Federation of Genealogical Societies: FEDERATION OF GENEALOGICAL SOCIETIES AND NATIONAL PARK SERVICE ANNOUNCE LAUNCH OF U.S.-MEXICAN WAR SOLDIER & …
The Atlanta Journal Constitution suggests an interesting avenue to help your research. How have you helped record family history for your younger generations?
ajc.com When was the last time you looked through the items your parents saved from your childhood?
The Minneapolis Star Tribune shares a story of unknown family history revealed in long-hidden letters...
startribune.com Those letters surfaced in 1975. But the breakthrough that put a face with those words didn't come until 2017.
H/T to Twisted Twigs On Gnarled Branches Genealogy
Wow! 600 Page Likes for the SGS Facebook!
Be sure to invite your Seeley family members to check us out here!
A lengthy Throwback Thursday post from the 2009 SGS Reunion in Salt Lake City...
SGS Member Terry Tietjens Gives Performance on Tabernacle Organ
Music has always been an important part of Seelye Research Center Director Terry Tietjens’ life.
“At early ages my brother and I played and sang in church,” said Tietjens.
Then in 1946, Tietjens and his twin brother Jerry accompanied their father on a trip to several western states. One of their stops was Salt Lake City, Utah.
Tietjens says the family swam in the Great Salt Lake and enjoyed the amusement park there.
However, one thing his father considered to be an important part of the trip was a visit to the Mormon Tablernacle.
“On the visit to Salt Lake City, our father wanted us to hear the Tabernacle Choir and Pipe Organ. We arrived at the big domed building just in time on Sunday morning to hear them both,” he said.
Tietjens says the sound was incredible. “As we listened I whispered to my dad, ‘look at all those gold pipes on the organ. Are they really making that beautiful sound? I hope someday I will be able to play like that.’”
In the ensuing years, Tietjens grew to develop a love of music and history that would one day combine to make that dream come true.
His love of history eventually led him to the Seelye Mansion in Abilene, Kan. which he purchased in 1982 from the daughters of the mansion’s builder Dr. A.B. Seelye.
“I have enjoyed many special times with the Seelye family. I so well remember attending the 1986 SGS reunion in Ft. Wayne with Miss Marion Seelye. What a wonderful time we had meeting many Seeley's from across the U.S. I remember everyone asking me if I was a Seelye. I would say, ‘no, just an adopted one.’”
Tietjens has attended several SGS reunions since that first time and has enjoyed them all.
“Even though Miss Marion died in 1988 and Miss Helen in 1992, I have always felt they were with me as I met their new cousins. Especially Marion as she enjoyed many hours working with Seelye family history,” said Tietjens.
During the 2009 SGS International Reunion in Salt Lake City, Tietjens finally had the opportunity of a lifetime: playing the organ in Salt Lake’s world-famous Mormon Tabernacle.
“Thanks to Kathie Olsen and others I was granted permission to play this very special organ. It is not only one of the world’s finest instruments, but the acoustics of the building itself, the Mormon Tabernacle, make it an integral part of the instrument.
“To prepare for this opportunity to play, I practiced each morning for two weeks at a local church in Abilene that had a small pipe organ,” he said.
The performance took place on Thursday, Aug. 6 lasting about fifteen minutes and consisting of five musical selections. Observing the performance were members of the Seeley Genealogical Society who were seated in the Tabernacle’s choir loft.
“Seeing and listening to Terry Tietjens play the organ at the Mormon Tabernacle during the 2009 SGS reunion was impressive and an emotional experience for me. The fact that he could play the foot pedals and all five keyboards without making a noticeable mistake was wonderful. It was the highlight of the reunion for me,” said SGS Past President Jim Seeley.
“I sat in the middle of the church because I wanted to hear the full effect of the organ. It was wonderful and Terry did a great job,” said Seelye Research Center Librarian Pam Turner. “A gentleman in front of me commented on how well he was playing for a first timer. This man had also played the organ on different occasions in his life and said that you always get nervous. It was really nice watching Terry get to accomplish a dream.”
“I felt very privileged to be able to participate in a mini Seeley takeover of the Mormon Tabernacle organ and choir loft. I was especially pleased that Terry was able to fulfill a lifelong dream and to play my little part by just being there. It was a little embarrassing to sing along -- the Mormon Tabernacle Choir members have nothing to fear -- we were pretty pathetic. However, Terry did a great job and it created a once-in-a-lifetime memory for all of us,” said SGS Chief Genealogist Linda Crocker.
Tietjens says playing the organ, the 12th largest pipe organ in the world, is the realization of a life-long dream. Among the musical selections he played was the reunion theme song “They the Builders of the Nation, Blazing Trails along the Way,” as well as the Kansas State Song "Home on the Range."
“The time we spent at the Tabernacle was one of the highlights of the SGS reunion. Sitting in the choir loft and singing was an honor. Terry did a magnificent job of playing the organ.
An experience like this only happens once in a life time, and I was glad I was there to share it with family and friends. I’ll never forget it!” said SSG Historian Ruthetta Hansen.
“It was my privilege to be seated at the console of the pipe organ,” said Tietjens. “Thanks to Richard Elliott for helping to set the pipe organ stops. As I began playing, I realized this is one of the special opportunities I will have in life, to put my hands on the keys of such a wonderful musical instrument. And to have members of the Seeley family join and sing special music with the organ. To hear those large wooden pipes sound as I played the peddles with my feet. This was an amazing experience.
“Even though I look forward to attending the Seeley reunion in 2011,” he said, “playing the pipe organ at the Mormon Tabernacle will be hard to top!”
Interesting news from the Pentagon regarding the use of genealogical DNA kits among military personnel. What are some of the ways you protect your privacy while researching your family history?
military.com U.S. troops are being advised to steer clear of genetic-testing kits over what Pentagon leaders say is a growing concern.
CBS News shares a story about the sometimes surprising outcomes of family DNA tests...
A recent survey shows more than a quarter of people who use mail-in genetic tests learn about close relatives they didn't know about; for some the news is joyful, and for others there are support groups and counseling
Columnist and genealogist Nancy Battick has some tips for family history buffs considering their aporoach to research in the new year... What advice would you offer to new genealogists who might be intimidated by the scale of research needed to achieve their objectives?
observer-me.com Nancy Battick.jpg Nancy Battick (of Dover-Foxcroft, president of the Daughters of Union Veterans.) (BDN Photo by Diana Bowley) Nancy Battick (of Dover-Foxcroft, president of the Daughters of Union Veterans.) (BDN Photo by Diana Bowley) Genealogy resolutions Nancy Battick, Special to the Piscataquis....
No matter how you spell your last name (or even what your last name is), SGS wishes you all the best for a happy, prosperous, and productive new year; may all your research be fruitful, all your brick walls torn down, and your family's story more thoroughly told!
We shared a story here recently about a proposed rate hike for obtaining some government records. CNN reports there's a movement underway to put a stop to the increase. How has your research been aided by federal records?
cnn.com Unearthing the roots of your family tree is on the verge of becoming a lot more expensive.
Final Friday Funny of 2019. SGS wishes you a Happy New Year and Good Ancestor Hunting!!!
Throwback Thursday: in 2007, SGS ventured to Weathersfield, CT for its biennial reunion. In attendance were: Back Row: Carl Thorsen, Richard Seeley, Patricia Crosby-Burns, Glenn Cox, Billie Barnes, LeAnne Seely, Terry Tietjens, Dell Johnson, Montell Seely, Wes Waring, Jim Seeley, Marshall Seelye, Elden Seeley, Eugene Seelye, David Alexander, Clifford Bizek, Karl Weiler, Jerry Havnar, George Seeley
Middle Row: Anita Speer, Sue Ann Craven, Sally Seeley, Evelyn Russo, Isabel Mingolello, Chris Havnar, Pam Turner, Margaret Petersen, Ivey Harris, Camille Bell, Sibyl Page, Wilda Obey, Enid Cox, Jim Obey, Ardienne Damicis, Janet Seely, Mary Palley, Kathryn Seely, Linda Crocker, Uneta Grange, Carolyn Seeley Taylor
Seated: Richard Speer, Veronica Seeley Newell, IvaJean Wheeler, Richard Wheeler, John Seely, Ruthetta Hansen, Geneva Hobbs, Marion Hileman, Elizabeth Alexander, Laura Condi, Roberta McGhee, Carol Haddon, Kathie Olsen
First Row: Cameron Seeley Taylor, Nicholas Graham Taylor
Not Pictured: Frederick C. Hart, Jr., Bill Hosley, Anne Kuckro, Dian Little, Roeberta Shingledecker, Karen Shingledecker, Lynda Simmons, Paul Taylor, Coleen Thompson, Mark Cilley, Pauline Cilley Gamer, Ellen Gamer Wink
Fascinating story about a genealogy trip to Germany...
cnet.com I hit a roadblock in my online research. It wasn't till I traveled to Germany that the clues started to fall into place.
Throwback Thursday to the 2004 trip to Robert Seeley's England: The Seeley tour group in front of the Oliver Cromwell Museum in Huntingdon, England. Immigrant Robert Seeley was christened in St. John Parish, Huntingdon just three years after the birth of Oliver Cromwell. From left to right are: Carolyn Taylor, Kathie Olsen, Colleen Kossin, Thera Clark, LaVona Lewis, John Bauer, Camille Bell, Annette Earl, Debi Lundskog, Margaret Petersen, Ruthetta Hansen, Lynda Simmons, Bett Schwartzkopf, Dian Little, Roger Croshaw, Sue Ann Croshaw, Carol Cox, Jim Seeley, Ann Jorgensen, Montell Seely, Gale Jorgensen, LeAnne Seely, Kathryn Seely, (not pictured: Rick Samp). Would you be interested in another SGS trip stateside or overseas? Where would you like to go?
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA ) uses cutting edge DNA analysis to identify remains of missing service members. However in some cases, the science isn't enough and requires them to turn to good, old fashioned genealogical research. Here's one such story that led to a Marine returning home 78 years after losing his life at Pearl Harbor.
kutv.com The federal government reports there are still 72,000 Americans missing — just from World War II. KUTV. A research center at Brigham Young University is helping bring that number down, bringing closure to some families. Bob Holmes' uncle was killed in WWII. Holmes still remembers the last time...
The Arizona Republic shares some suggestions for planning a genealogy trip. Check out the link below. What was the farthest away location you traveled to for family history?
azcentral.com The internet has made it easy to find your family tree, but when the digital trail runs its course, many inquisitive travelers hit the road.
Interesting story here about not letting beliefs obscure facts. We've all uncovered moments in our family history when our ancestors' actions were more or less aligned with the values of their time or ours. Still, it's important to accurately document our family histories.
sltrib.com A year and a half ago, FamilySearch.org projected it would include same-sex parents and
Friday Funny courtesy of Twisted Twigs On Gnarled Branches Genealogy
THROWBACK THURSDAY: At the 2005 SGS International Reunion in Abilene, Kansas, we were blessed to meet Joan and Jerry Weaver. Joan is the great-great-grandaughter of John V. Seeley (pictured below later in life with his wife Esther). John's adventures in search of California Gold in 1850 and 1851 were chronicled in the August 2005 SGS Newsletter. Joan brought a pin to the reunion made by John from one of the gold nuggets he found during his adventures. Family history is awesome!
Blogger Patricia Hartley suggests criminal records as a source of valuable genealogical information. What have you learned about your family from criminal history?
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Was Tom Hanks a natural for the part of Mr. Rogers? Who is the most surprising person you've found in your family tree?
today.com The actor is playing the legendary Fred Rogers in the upcoming movie “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood."
Need a holiday gift idea? Maybe try a DNA kit. Here's an article on where to find some good deals...
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Uh-oh! You might want to get to work on your immigrant research sooner rather than later...
washingtonpost.com The fees could rise nearly 500 percent for files documenting the arrival of millions of immigrants to the U.S. between the late 19th and mid 20th centuries
Throwback Thursday: Going back 15 years to the group photo from the 2003 SGS Reunion in Williamsburg, Virginia. Will you join SGS for its 2021 Reunion in St. Louis?
Row 1: Silvia Allred, John R. Seely, Geneva Hobbs, Marian Hileman, Lillian DeJohn, Betty Kjeldgaard, Evelyn Thresher, Dorthy Boucher, Evelyn Seelye, Dian Little, Ruthetta Hansen, Donna Seeley, Susan V. App
Row 2: Kathie Olsen, Tammy Graham, Carolyn Seeley Taylor, James R. Seeley, Sally Seeley, Ivey Harris, Klare M. Van Dusen, Melvin E. Seeley, Arthur Wade, Marshall Seelye, Frances Ellis, George Ellis, Ann Hall, Liz Alexander, Chris Havnar, Veronica Newell, Amy Manina
Row 3: Don Brill, Tom Seeley, Terry Tietjens, Garry M. Adam, Donald Harris, Robert S. Van Dusen, Lucinda Tomko, Bertrand Van’t Hooft, William Thresher, Eugene Seelye, George Seeley, Wesley Waring, Jeffry Allred, Ray Hall, Dave Alexander, Bill Hileman, Leon App, John Manina
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