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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. 
 
Statehood Diamond Jubilee, 1964. Photographer unknown. State Lirary Photograph Collection, 1951-1990. Washington State Archives, Digital Archives, http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov, accessed : 23 Nov 2020.
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
 

Financial support to Washington's local genealogical societies will be coming soon. WSGS will be sending out a gift of $300 to each society.  This money is intended to help cover the cost of a subscription for online meetings or webinars or any other means which could help keep in touch with members.  Coming to a mailbox soon!

 
 
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 promote local genealogical events and news free of charge.  We offer local societies financial grants for innovative projects and/or education assistance.
 


South King County Genealogical Society
Saturday - 01/16/2021
Topic: Armchair Mysteries Solved at Home with Old School Communication and New School Technology Presenter: Patti Gillespie, B.A., M.S For more information, visit the SKCGS website.
South King County Genealogical Society
Saturday - 02/20/2021
Topic: Chronicling America: A Newspaper Site for Everyone Presenter: Dana Ann Palmer, CG, CGL For more information, visit the SKCGS website.
RootsTech 2021
Thursday - 02/25/2021
For the first time ever, the world’s largest family celebration event will be entirely virtual and completely free. Get ready to celebrate shared connections with people from around the world. Connect with friends, your family, your past, and your heritage ...