Pioneer Pursuit Roundtable Answers Questions

Participants in the recent WSGS Pioneer Pursuit Roundtable heard details about the program from how the applications should be completed to how the data are reviewed. Using the Pioneer Pursuit web pages as a starting point, listeners were walked through each step of the process to document every man, woman and child that lived in Washington Territory on or before November 11, 1889.

After the presentation, an open Q&A period answered specific questions in more detail. The roundtable was recorded and is available here. Note: If you are asked for a password, it is Dj%t1tfJ.

The contest runs from November 1, 2022 until October 31, 2023. For more information, email

Reminder: Pioneer Pursuit Roundtable on Monday

Are you interested in learning more about the Pioneer Pursuit? Well, join us for a roundtable presentation on Monday, April 24, 2023 at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom.

We’ll show you what resources are available, how to complete the forms and how the review process works. PLUS, there’ll be plenty of time to get your questions answered. There is no pre-registration. Attendance is limited to 100 participants. The roundtable will be recorded and available on the WSGS website.

Monday, April 24, 2023, 6:30 p.m.

Zoom link:

Meeting ID: 821 5811 2359
Passcode: 840493

Phone: (253) 215-8782,,82158112359#,,,,*840493# 

For more information, visit the Pioneer Pursuit webpage or email

Pioneer Pursuit Contest is off to a Start! 

The Pioneer Pursuit Contest is off to a Start! 

Congratulations to Saundra Middleton of Anchorage, Alaska!  Saundra is the first to submit applications for the Pioneer Pursuit Contest.   She has submitted six names independently and three names on behalf of the Kirkland Heritage Society.  Job well done, Saundra. 

Please join us in trying to document all of the people and families who were in Washington Territory when statehood was achieved in 1889.  Help us leave a legacy for future genealogists.   For more information and instructions, go to our homepage at and follow the links.  

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.