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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. 
 
Anna's hummingbird at Edmonds Marsh in 2018. Photographer: William E. Anderson. William E. Anderson Photographs, A Year at Edmonds Marsh,  Washington State Archives, Digital Archives, http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov, accessed : 31 Mar 2021. 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
 
If you're looking for a virtual meeting or workshop, check out the Meetings and Events page.
 
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.
 


Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society
Tuesday - 04/13/2021
The Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society is now providing monthly meetings via Zoom. Laura Hedgecock will be presenting on "Writing Your Family and Ancestor's Stories" at the 13 April 2021 meeting. Learn why family stories belong on the family tree and ...
Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group
Wednesday - 04/14/2021
Join members of the Seattle Genealogical Society for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists. For more information, visit the SGS website.  
Extra! Extra! I Found it in the Newspapers"
Thursday - 04/15/2021
A joint presentation between the King County Library System and the South King County Genealogical Society is entitled "Extra! Extra! I found it in the Newspapers." Newspaper records include announcements, obituaries, anniversaries, legal notices, letters to the editor, social columns filled ...