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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. 
 
Governor Arthur Langlie with pie-baking contestants. Photographer Merle Junk. Susan Parish Photograph Collection, 1889-1990, Washington State Archives, Digital Archives, http://www.digitalarchives.wa.govAccessed 21 Nov 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
 
Happy Thanksgiving from the WSGS. We searched Washington's acclaimed Digital Archives for a historic Thanksgiving photo, but here's the closest we came -- and doesn't everyone love pie? Washington's Digital Archives were the nation's first archives "dedicated specifically to the preservation of electronic records from both state and local agencies that have permanent legal, fiscal or historical value." These public records are available online, world-wide, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
 
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 - 11/28/2017
The program at the Clark County Genealogical Society meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 28 is "Resources for Researching German Roots."  Tom O'Brien, a frequent speaker at Portland area genealogy groups, will give tips and resources for researching German ancestors. After looking at reasons why ...
Clark County Genealogical Society (webinar)
Wednesday - 11/29/2017
The Clark County Genealogical Society is sponsoring "Understanding Alabama." Alabama presents the budding genealogist with both unique challenges and unique opportunities. Explore the records and repositories you'll need to consider. Learn Alabama's place in classic southern migratory patterns, and the ...
Eastern Washington Genealogical Society
Saturday - 12/02/2017
The program at the Eastern Washington Genealogical Society's meeting on Saturday, Dec. 2 is "Celebrating the Famous and Infamous" and their annual Christmas party. For more information, visit the EWGS website.