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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. 
 
Dick Leonard dressed in tyrol leather pants, leather suspenders and light short, 1940 - 1950.  Photographer unknown. State Library Photograph Collection, 1851-1990, 
 Washington State Archives, Digital Archives,
http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov. Accessed 11 Feb 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
 
Good luck to all the athletes competing in the XXIII Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. Citius, Altius, Fortius (Latin for "Faster, Higher, Stronger" -- the Olympics motto).
 
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.


Camp Lewis and its Role in WWI
Sunday - 02/18/2018
The DuPont Historical Museum is sponsoring a special presentation called "Camp Lewis and Its Role in WWI." Join historian, author, and illustrator Alan H. Archambault as he discusses the fascinating and pivotal role the newly-formed Camp Lewis (now Joint Base Lewis-McChord) played in the ...
Lewis County Genealogical Society
Tuesday - 02/20/2018
The program at the Lewis County Genealogical Society's meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 20 is "Irish Friends Migration to Pennsylvania, Uncovering an Ulster Family Story" with Steven Waltz Morrison. Did you know that Quakers (Religious Society of Friends) was one of three ...
Puget Sound Genealogical Society
Saturday - 02/24/2018
The program at the Puget Sound Genealogical Society's meeting on Saturday Feb 24 is a "Finding Ancestors Amid the Rubble of Disaster" webinar with Thomas MacEntee. Discover the story, add their story to your research. Registration required: call (360) 475-9172 ...