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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. 
 
Wading Pool, Liberty Park, Spokane
Wading Pool, Liberty Park, c. 1900-1910, photographer unknown, City of Spokane, Lantern Slides, 1900-1930, Washington State Archives, Digital Archives, http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov, accessed 7 Aug 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
 
If you're traveling this summer and looking for a genealogical meeting, seminar/workshop or special event, 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.


Northwest Genealogy Conference
Wednesday - 08/15/2018
This premier region conference will feature CeCe Moore, Beth Foulk, Peggy Lauritzen and Amie Bowser Tennant. For more information, including registration, visit the NWGC website.
Federation of Genealogical Societies' National Conference
Wednesday - 08/22/2018
For more information about the Federation of Genealogical Societies' National Conference, visit the FGS website.
Yakima Valley Genealogical Society
Saturday - 09/01/2018
The program at the Yakima Valley Genealogical Society's meeting on Saturday, Sept. 1 will be "Property Laws in Relation to Your Female Ancestors" with Susan Boatright. For more information, visit the YVGS website.