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The Washington State Genealogical Society was formed in 1983 by a group of Washington genealogists with aim to provide resources to help family historians research their Washington roots.
WSGS does not maintain their own library, but has designated the Yakima Valley Genealogical Society’s library as their library. This is due both the extensive holdings that YVGS has, as well as their central location. Check their holdings at yvgs.net.
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We are dedicated to preserving records and actively encourage volunteers to help transcribe records for the Washington Digital Archives.
Digital Archives Background
The Washington State Digital Archives is the nation's first archives dedicated specifically to the preservation of electronic records from both State and Local agencies that have permanent legal, fiscal or historical value.
Located in Cheney, WA on the Eastern Washington University campus, the new facility was designed from the ground up to host this technically complex program. The web interface and database storehouse were custom designed specifically for the Digital Archives to hold the unique and very important electronic records found throughout the state, and to provide simple, straight forward access to researchers.
The Digital Archives includes a state of the art research room, complete with computer research stations, a high tech presentation classroom and a world-class data center.
Cemetery Project: WSGS took on the project of locating all existing cemeteries and those that have been lost in Washington. The resulting information is on our website.
1910 Census Index: WSGS tackled the daunting task of indexing the 1910 census, years before ancestry.com jumped into the fray. Many volunteers helped with this project, local as well as across the world. We feel that this is the best index as it was done by Washingtonians who had a familiarity with the people and names in our state. This index is freely available at the Washington State Digital Archives.

2016 Annual State Conference

Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical Society

will be hosting the

Washington State Genealogical Society

Conference on June 18, 2016


Our speaker will be Paula Stuart-Warren.
Saturday, June 18, 2016
La Quinta Inn and Suites, 1425 East 27th St, Tacoma, WA. A limited number of rooms will be available at a special rate for seminar attendees. Call them at (253) 383-0146 for more information.
  • Your Anytime Library: Success in the Virtual Stacks 
  • Railroad Records and Railroad History: Methods for Tracking 
  • Untrod Ground: Sources You May Not Have Encountered 
  • Controlling Chaos: Organizing Your Genealogical Material
  • Additional information will be posted as it becomes available:  http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~watpcgs/seminar.html

Lewis County Genealogical Society
Monday - 03/14/2016
Ulster Historical Foundation, Belfast, Northern Ireland “Researching Your Scots-Irish Ancestors”   Many people believe that researching Irish ancestors is impossible because of the destruction of the Public Record Office in 1922. While many records were destroyed, others survived and have ...
Genealogical Society of South Whidbey Island
Saturday - 03/26/2016
Spring Seminar: “ Emigration and Immigration” Speaker: Gary Zimmerman, President, Fiske Genealogy Library Topics: Background: 300 Years of New Arrivals to American Shores British Isles and Canada German Immigration Scandinavian Arrivals: Starting Anew in a Strange Land http://www.gsswi.org/index.shtml ...
Yakima Valley Genealogical Society
Saturday - 04/02/2016
Annual Spring Seminar: Featuring Kelvin Meyers, one of the country's foremost forensic genealogist and first time speaking in Washington State Topics: Tax Records or Why Did Scarlett Make a Dress Out of Her Mother's Dress             The Hand That Rocked ...