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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. 
 
National Christmas Tree loaded onto Weyerhaeuser truck, 1961, photographer unknown, State Governors’ Negative Collection, 1949-1975, Washington State Archives, Digital Archives, http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov, accessed 1 Dec 2018.
#1453.The tree, a 75-foot Douglas fir from Washington state, was donated by Weyerhaeuser Company's Clemons Tree Farm in Washington. The farm was dedicated in 1941 as the first tree farm in America to manage forestlands to provide wood, water, wildlife and recreation. [NPS -WPP, "Christmas Pageant of Peace Binders," "Fact Sheet, 1961 National Community Christmas Tree".]
For more information or to learn about related records, contact the Washington State Archives at (360) 586-1492, or email research@sos.wa.gov.
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For upcoming genealogical society meetings, seminars/workshops, or special events, check out the WSGS Meetings and Events page. If you know of other happenings, please email details to webmanager@wasgs.org.
 
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 Civil War Roundtable
Thursday - 12/13/2018
 Stuart Streichler will discuss the Impeachment of Andrew Johnson. He is the author of Justice Curtis in the Civil War Era: At the Crossroads of American Constitutionalism (Curtis was defense counsel for Johnson at the impeachment trial). Professor Streichler’s articles have appeared ...
Lower Columbia Genealogical Society
Thursday - 12/13/2018
The program at the Lower Columbia Genealogical Society's meeting on Thursday, December 13 is "Non-Profit:  Children's Justice & Advocacy Center of Cowlitz County" with Charles Gourde. For more information, email lcgsgen@yahoo.com.
Olympia Genealogical Society
Thursday - 12/13/2018
In keeping with our annual tradition, Olympia Genealogical Society's December program will consist of 10 minute presentations by several OGS members.  This year's topic is Genealogy's Oddballs and Quirky Ancestors.  It is always fun to hear these personal stories, and ...