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Frequently Asked Questions

What is SGS?

Seeley Genealogical Society is a non-profit organization devoted to assembling and preserving genealogical and historical materials pertaining to the Seeley surname (ALL spellings: Seeley, Seelye, Seely) and Allied families. Membership is open to ALL persons interested in genealogical research and preservation of records.

How do I make a donation?

Donations may be financial or otherwise and are tax deductible due to the SGS bring a Title 501(c)(3) organization. Monetary donations may be in check or money order, made out to “Seeley Genealogical Society”. Books, research notes, filing cabinets, or computer equipment are welcome. Please contact us before sending large items, so we can determine if we can use it, and make room for it. Currently, our Society headquarters is in a private home.

We appreciate any and all support. Make a donation now!

What does it cost to join?

Memberships begin at $10.00 for one year, $18.00 for two years, $25.00 for three years, or $36.00 for five years. We also offer a life memberships for $125.00.

Anyone can register to become a member. We’d love to have you join our organization.

What kind of help can I get without joining?

All our welcome to view our research on our website and to submit a query.

SGS works to answer all queries regardless of membership status. While we don’t require membership to use our resources, we would ask that you consider a membership or donation to SGS. We are a completely volunteer organization and depend on dues and donations to help us research, collate, store, and disseminate our genealogical information. Your donation is tax deductible since SGS is a Title 501(c)(3) organization.

Do you only support Seeley research?

We specialize in the Seeley surname, and variants (Seeley, Seelye, Seely) but do make related allied family information available.

Are my donations Tax Deductible?

Yes. SGS is a Title 501 (c)(3) organization, all donations are tax deductible for those who itemize.

Do you charge any shipping fees?

No, shipping is included with all orders.

How do I submit a query?

If you would like to submit a query please follow a few guidelines:

  • Be specific and detailed: Give us as much information as you have about the person or family in question, especially dates and locations.
  • What resources have you already consulted? The SGS Publications? The census? Cemetery records? Ancestry.com?
  • What exactly do you want to know? Parent’s names and details? Information on siblings? Information on a family marrying into the Seeley family?
  • After your query is printed please keep us informed about any information you receive or any further progress you make on your own. Other members may also be interested or related to your line.
  • One more name, date or place may be the key to connecting your line to another. Also make sure we have your current email and normal address – sometimes we get information several months after publication.

How do I contact SGS?

For comments or questions about SGS, or about the genealogical information presented on our site, please contact our Editor or President through:

E-Mail: Use our contact form

Mail: 1105 North Buckeye, Abilene, Kansas 67410-0337

Phone: 785-263-1084

How do I get a newsletter?

We have freely-available newsletters to view and download, whenever you want. If you’d like to view the eight most recent newsletters, you must be a current and active SGS member.

Do you have a library where I can do my own research?

Yes! The accumulated records of the Seeley Genealogical Society are housed in Abilene, Kansas at the Seelye Research Center co- located with the Seelye Mansion. Please send an email to seelyemansion@yahoo.com to confirm available hours for using the research center.