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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. 
 
Mt. St. Helens during its eruption on 18 May 1980.
Digitized photo #AR-28001001-ph02669. Photographer unknown. General Subjects Photograph Collection, 1845-2005,
http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov. Accessed 18 May 2017.

For more information or to learn about related records, contact the Washington State Archives at (360) 586-1492, or email research@sos.wa.gov.
What's New
 
The Washington State Digital Archives is a treasure trove of  digitized records, photographs and publications, including birth, marriage, death, census, cemetery and naturalization records. It currently has more than 195 million records preserved, almost 66 million of them are searchable. All of the photos used on our home page (including this one of Mt. St. Helens blowing its stop in 1980) come from the Digital Archives -- all free to use.
 
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.


Clark County Genealogical Society
Tuesday - 05/23/2017
The program at the Clark County Genealogical Society's meeting on 23 May is John G Hitzfeld who will speak on preserving building photos, both past and present. After retiring from the Air Force and subsequently relocating to Vancouver, Hitzfeld ...
WikiTree: Free For All Without a Free-For-All (webinar)
Wednesday - 05/24/2017
Join the Clark County Genealogical Society for this Legacy Family Tree webinar on 24 May. This presentation will provide a general overview and introduction to the free collaborative family tree site, WikiTree. This Legacy Family Tree Webinar will cover the ...
Puget Sound Genealogical Society
Wednesday - 05/24/2017
The program at the Puget Sound Genealogical Society's meeting on 24 May is "World War II Heroes: Telling Their Stories" with Mary Kircher Roddy. Learn how to find and access multiple sources to uncover the experiences of World War II heroes. Everyone welcome and bring ...