State Archives’ Southwest Regional Property Search Challenge…Answered!


Patrick Murphy home, Montesano, Washington, circa 1914. Used by permission of the Murphy Family Archives.

In the May 2015 edition of Out of the Archives, Maggie Cogswell, Washington State Archives Assistant Research Archivist in the Southwest Regional Branch,  offered to assist with challenging property research within the Southwest Region of the state (Clark, Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Skamania, Thurston, and Wahkiakum counties). Maggie received a letter from Roxanne Lowe* interested in learning more about her family’s property in Grays Harbor County (pictured here). Always up for a challenge, Maggie started this project in earnest, learning more about the Murphy family from Montesano than she knows about her own!

Follow Maggie’s journey here, and learn about how she used the records in the Washington State Archives to begin a quest to uncover as much information as she could for her researcher. You may just get inspired to research your property! 

 If you’d like to know more about your home, contact the regional branch that serves your county. Or–Ask An Archivist!” and they’ll help you get started.

*Roxanne Lowe is a member of the Grays Harbor Genealogical Society, WSGS Recognition Chair and a member of the WSGS Blog Team.


Washington Remembers World War II Special Exhibit

Join us for an exhibit opening!

August 20, 2015 | Office of the Secretary of State | Olympia 3-5pm

The Secretary of State cordially invites you to the opening of Washington Remembers World War II—a special exhibit marking the 70th anniversary of the conflict’s end.

At an event honoring survivors  of the war, hear from one of the first black Marines since the Revolution who served his country in a prejudiced America. Meet a Holocaust survivor from Poland who hid in a barn loft to escape the death camps, and  a veteran of the Battle of the Bulge whose letters home detailed the grueling day-to-day life of a soldier.

Join Secretary of State Kim Wyman on August 20 at the Capitol Building on the 2nd floor in the Secretary of State’s Office.  The program starts at 3pm. Reception to follow. To RSVP or for more information: or (360) 902-4171.

Physical Address:
416 Sid Snyder Avenue SW, Room 250
Olympia, WA 98501

For parking information please see the Capitol Campus parking map.

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