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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. 
Dedication of the John L. O'Brien Building on the Capitol Campus in Olympia, 1989. Photographer: Ed Kane. General Subjects Photograph Collection, 1845-2005, Washington State Archives, Digital Archives, Washington State Archives, Digital Archives, http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov. Accessed 16 Mar 2018.

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
Registration is now open for the Clark County Genealogical Society's Spring Seminar and WSGS Awards Ceremony. The event will be Saturday, May 26, 2018 in Vancouver. Featured speaker will be David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist with the New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston.
The registration form is available here. For more information, visit the CCGS website.
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.

Seattle's 2018 Irish Festival
Saturday - 03/17/2018
This year the festival is actually on St Patrick’s Day. Free admission! For more info, visit the Irish Heritage Club website.
Clark County Genealogical Society
Tuesday - 03/20/2018
The Clark County Genealogical Society is sponsoring a class called "Researching Military Records." Military events and records often hold surprising family clues beyond an individual’s service records. Even from our earliest American settlements, the need for defense produced military records, thus ...
Clark County Genealogical Society (webinar)
Tuesday - 03/20/2018
The Clark County Genealogical Society is sponsoring a Legacy Family Tree webinar called "From Baltimore to Burlington: Neighbors Reveal Man's Home." A Maryland resident claimed an 1816 Vermont birth to Vermont-born parents, but no known records provide proof. Studying his ties ...