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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. 
 
Unknown Woman. Photographer unknown. Crossroads on the Columbia Collection, Washington State Archives, Digital Archives, http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov, accessed: 16 Mar 2024. 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
 
The next WSGS Board Meeting is Tuesday, March 19, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. via Zoom. All members are welcome to attend. For more information, email Info@wasgs.org. Please type "WSGS Board Meeting" in the subject line. 
 
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 with 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 promote local genealogical events and news free of charge.  We offer local societies financial grants for innovative projects and/or education assistance.
 

Historical Photo Detective Roadshow
Friday - 04/12/2024
The Surrey (British Columbia) Libraries Family History Department is sponsoring the "Historical Photo Detective Roadshow" with Maureen Taylor. Old photos are full of clues if you know how to read the evidence.  Join The Photo Detective Maureen Taylor and learn how to ...
Yakima Valley Genealogical Society Spring Seminar
Saturday - 04/13/2024
The Yakima Valley Genealogical Society is sponsoring its Spring Seminar on April 13, 2024. The featured speaker will be  nationally recognized speaker Christine Cohen from California, on a variety of genealogical topics.  She is focusing her presentation on “A Full Day Dedicated to ...
Skagit Valley Genealogical Society
Saturday - 04/13/2024
The program at the Skagit Valley Genealogical Society's meeting will be "Digitizing to Preserve Your Family History" with canadian genealogist Margaret Sharon. The public is invited to this in person (Burlington Library) event or via Zoom. For more information, email genealogy0715@gmail.com. ...