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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. 
 
Ritzville Spring Horse Show, 1919, Wm Card, A M Kendrick Photographic Collection, ca. 1890-1976, Washington State Archives, Digital Archives, http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov, [accessed 9 May 2019]. 
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
 
For upcoming genealogical society meetings, seminars/workshops, or special events, check out the WSGS Meetings and Events page. If you know of other happenings, please email details to webmanager@wasgs.org.
 
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.
 


Puget Sound Genealogical Society
Saturday - 05/25/2019
Discovering Your Ancestors - Series II with Janet Camarata Learn the research processes, organizational tools and techniques used by genealogists today to find our own families in written county and family histories, government records and maps in this intermediate ...
Puget Sound Genealogical Society
Saturday - 06/01/2019
Genealogy:  Discovering Your Ancestors - Series III with Janet Camarata Detailed Research Planning - Genealogy is an enriching and rewarding way to discover our own families. It involves learning about the variety of records and repositories available to genealogy researchers. ...
Puget Sound Genealogical Society - Webinar
Tuesday - 06/04/2019
Webinar:  Google Earth for Genealogy - Learn how Google Earth can help track your ancestors and collateral relatives. Registration is required, call (360)475-9172 or visit the Genealogy Center. For more information, visit www.pusogensoc.org