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Washington, the Evergreen State

elcome 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. 
 
Class of '34 Marchus H. S., 1934, Leo's Studio, item number scpa0110001348, Crossroads on the Columbia Collection, Washington State Archives, Digital Archives, http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov, [accessed 10 June 2019]. 
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
 
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 Genealogical Society
Wednesday - 07/31/2019
Fraternal Orders with Elisabeth Demmon - Research tips for discovering ancestors in fraternal organizations. For more information, visit www.pusogensoc.org or call the Genealogy Center, 360-475-9172.
Puget Sound Genealogical Society
Saturday - 08/03/2019
Genealogy:  Discovering Your Ancestors - Series III with Janet Camarata What To Do With What We Have - Genealogy is an enriching and rewarding way to discover our own families. It involves learning about the variety of records and repositories ...
Northwest Genealogy Conference
Wednesday - 08/14/2019
This premier regional conference will feature Thomas MacEntee, Angie Bush and Michael Strauss. For more information, including registration, visit the NWGC website.