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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.
 
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. Today we are featuring a photo of a group going to the Kettle Mission near Kettle Falls in Stevens County in northeastern Washington, bordering the Canadiann border. This photo is from the acclaimed  Washington State Archives.
 
Group photo going to mass at Kettle Mission, Stevens County, Washington. KFHCScanned029. From the Crossroads on the Columbia Collection, Washington State Digital Archives. https://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/ Accessed 23 Feb 2017. 
What's New
 
Registration is open for the Yakima Valley Genealogical Society's Spring Seminar on 22 April 2017. Jay Fonkert, one of America's foremost genealogists, will be the feature speaker. The WSGS Recognition Awards and Annual Meeting will be held during the lunch hour. For more information about the seminar, including lecture details and registration, visit the YVGS website.
 
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.


Yakima Valley Genealogical Society
Saturday - 03/04/2017
General Meeting followed by program: Facebook & Genealogical Research with Chris Cook. For more information, visit the YVGS website.
Eastern Washington Genealogical Society
Saturday - 03/04/2017
The Eastern Washington Genealogical Society invites you to celebrate Women's History Month -- Finding Women Ancestors with Kim E. Morgan. For more information, visit the EWGS website.
Ulster Historical Foundation
Sunday - 03/05/2017
The Ulster Historical Foundation will present "Discover Your Irish and Scots-Irish Ancestry" on 05 Mar 2017 in Tacoma. For  more information, visit the Pierce County Library website.