WSGS Announces Pioneer Pursuit Contest

The Washington State Genealogical Society is excited to announce a year-long contest to document the family histories of every man, woman and child living in Washington Territory on or before it became a state on November 11, 1889.

Beginning today, genealogical societies and individual genealogists can start researching and documenting Pioneers and two subsequent generations for inclusion in the Pioneer Pursuit Collection. We intend to make the histories accessible online at the end of the contest, October 31, 2023.

It is estimated there were nearly 350,000 people living here in 1889. Together, we can uncover the family histories of those Pioneers — and win a cash prize. For more information about this important undertaking, including forms, examples and resources, please visit the Pioneer Pursuit web page.

One comment on “WSGS Announces Pioneer Pursuit Contest

  1. Shirley Stirling says:

    What a great idea! I am delighted to have found a totally hand written teaching certificate of my great grand mother, Stevens County. She was allowed to teach as a married woman in 1889. Very unusual in that era!

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