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Washington, the Evergreen State


Welcome to the Washington State Genealogical Society's website. We are here to help connect you with resources and services so you can advance your search for your Washington State ancestors and family history.
Photo shows a railroad crossing in Benton City. Across the tracks stand buildings, including a dry goods and groceries store, the Hotel Benton, a meat market, the post office, and a shell gas statio. Cars are parked at various points along the road. Ca. 1920. Photo #AR-2800100-ph00191, NO.18-A--on verso."VIH-10-8#B-1STA TR ROAD"--on verso. https://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov. 
 
Nestled in the beautiful northwest corner of the U.S., Washington is a state with terrain from the vast Pacific Ocean, snow-capped Cascade Mountains and forested islands in Puget Sound to rolling wheat fields and an abundance of apples, pears, grapes and hops in Eastern Washington. While Seattle is Washington’s most recognized city, known for its booming tech industry, vibrant music scene and famed coffeehouses, the center of state government is in Olympia. State landmarks include Mt. Rainier, Mt. St. Helens, the Space Needle, and mighty Columbia River. 
 
Washington became a state in November 1889 as the nation’s 42nd state and is the only state named after a U.S. President. On this page, we are featuring a photo from one of Washington's 39 counties -- Benton City in Benton County in Eastern Washington. This photo was provided by the acclaimed  Washington State Archives. For genealogical resources in any of Washington's 39 counties, visit our County Resource Guides.
 
What's New
 
Election ballots were emailed to WSGS members on 01 Dec 2016. The election will close on 07 Dec. For more information about the candidates, visit the WSGS Blog.
 
We are still looking for a few good members to volunteer their time and talents on the Board of Directors.  A number of Regional Representative positions are open. Job descriptions are available here. For more information or a little encouragement, email Info@wasgs.org.
 
WSGS Resources and Services
 
Blog: ‚ÄčSign up for our blog to keep current with the latest genealogical happenings and events in Washington State and the Pacific Northwest.
 
Cemetery Project: A comprehensive list of current and abandoned cemeteries is available here.
 
Event Calendar: Looking for a road trip? There are genealogical events and meetings all around the state, as well as neighboring states and British Columbia. 
 
Local Society contacts: There are more than 30 local genealogical societies around the state waiting to help you  in your research.
 
Pioneer and First Citizen Program: Begun in 1989 to celebrate Washington's centennial, the Pioneer and First Citizen Program memorializes those Washington citizens who were early residents of the state. Commemorative certificates are available upon residency proof, as well as an index of participants. 
 
Resource Guides: Looking for resources in a specific county? Check out these comprehensive resource guides listing everything from chambers of commerce, and local government departments to libraries, churches and newspapers.
 
Speakers' Bureau: If you're looking for a speaker for a society meeting, workshop or seminar, visit our Speakers' Bureau page.
 
Support to Local Societies: The WSGS is here to support local genealogical societies. We offer financial grants for innovative projects, education assistance and special recognition for local members and projects.


Grays Harbor Genealogical Society
Saturday - 12/10/2016
The Grays Harbor Genealogical Society will host its annual Holiday Potluck at the Aberdeen Museum of History. For more information, visit the GHGS website.
Civil War Veteran Funeral
Saturday - 12/10/2016
The Puget Sound Civil War Roundtable, in conjunction with the Missing in America Project and the National Cemetery Administration, is sponsoring the burial of James H. Powers, Jr., a Civil War veteran who died in 1921. His wife Irene Hannah Powers ...
Seattle Genealogical Society
Saturday - 12/10/2016
The Seattle Genealogical Society is sponsoring "Do You Have Irish Ancestors?" on Saturday, December 10. Learn about an Irish life that unfolded across two continents from the second half of the 1800's into the early years of the 1900's. Also ...