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Washington, the Evergreen State

elcome 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. 
Ship Construction
For U.S. Shipping Board, E.F.C. G.M. Standifer Construction Corp'n. Vancouver, Wash. Launching of S.S. Okiya hull no 25, Vancouver Port Commission, Photograph Collection, 1916-1996, Washington State Archives, Digital Archives, http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov, accessed : 5 September 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.

South King County Genealogical Society
Saturday - 09/21/2019
The South King County Genealogy Society(SKCGS) will meet Saturday, 21 September 2019 from 10am to noon. Doors open at 9:30am for networking and socializing at Wesley Lea Hill, 2nd floor Assembly Room, 32049 109th Pl SE, Auburn, WA 98092.    Topic: Organized Research From Cradle ...
Clark County Genealogical Society
Tuesday - 09/24/2019
CLASS: SEARCHING AMERICAN CHURCH RECORDS Tuesday, Sep 24, 2019, 9-11 am CCGS Library Prior to records being maintained with a local city clerk, vital family records were kept in the family’s church parish. Births, baptisms, marriages and deaths are ...
Clark County Genealogical Society
Tuesday - 09/24/2019
GENERAL MEETING FOR GENEALOGY ENTHUSIASTS Presentation:  History of Fort Lewis and Military Records Tuesday, Sept 24, 2019: 7-9 p.m. Clark County Historical Museum,1511 Main Street, Vancouver, WA Lewis Army Museum Archivist Jenn Jett will speak about the history of ...