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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.
Sheep crossing the small Alpona Creek in Asotin County. Photo by Werner Lenggenhager, May 1967. AR-07809001-ph001455.  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 -- Alpona Creek in Asotin County in the southeastern corner of the state. 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
 
Diane Huckabay of Ellensburg has been appointed the WSGS Education and Outreach Chair by President Virginia Majewski. Diane, a past president of the Kittitas County Genealogical Society, will assist and support Regional Representatives and local societies in promoting the fascinating field of genealogy.
 
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.


Puget Sound Genealogical Society
Wednesday - 01/25/2017
Free program -- Difficult Women: How Women's Name Changes Confound Our Research." The Puget Sound Genealogical Society will host Janet Camarata who will teach strategies and techniques, using case studies, to correctly identify our difficult-to-find and understand female ancestors. Janet's ...
WSGS Board Meeting
Saturday - 01/28/2017
Visitors are welcome to attend the WSGS Board Meeting, For more information, email Info@wasgs.org. 
Clallam County Genealogical Society
Saturday - 01/28/2017
The Clallam Co. Genealogical Society is sponsoring a free class: "I Know Nothing About Genealogy." Members will introduce newbies to some basic tools of genealogical research. For more information, visit the CCGS website.