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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 Daniel J. Evans presenting an award to Maryan Reynolds, State Librarian from 1951 to 1974.
 
State Library Photograph Collection, 1851-1990, Washington State Archives, Digital Archives, http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov, accessed 23 Apr 2017. 

Source: State Library Photograph Collection, 1851-1990, Washington State Archives. Original images held at the Washington State Archives, Olympia, WA. 

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 WSGS Annual Meeting and Recognition Event was deemed a success on Saturday, 22 Apr 2017 in Yakima. Over 40 individuals and local genealogical societies were recognized for their accomplishments. For more information, about who got what award, visit our website's Recognition page or blog.
 
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.


Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical Society Spring Seminar
Friday - 04/28/2017
The Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical Society will host Judy Russell at their annual Spring Seminar on April 29, 2017. Details will be forthcoming on the TPCGS website.
Researching Criminal Records (webinar)
Friday - 04/28/2017
How do you research for your "black sheep" ancestors? This Legacy Family Tree webinar will show how to use specific records available only for those who broke the law. Specific recommendations will be given regarding the methodology of researching such ...
Genealogical Forum of Oregon Spring Seminar
Saturday - 04/29/2017
The Genealogical Forum of Oregon (GFO) is hosting its Spring Seminar on April 29 - 30, 2017. The keynote speaker will be John Philip Colletta. He will present sessions on Passenger Arrival Records, Naturalization Records, Lesser-used Federal Records and Discovering the ...