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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. 
 
Thornton F. McElroy, who, with J. W. Wiley, was the co-founder of Olympia's first newspaper, The Columbian, issued on September 11, 1852. Original cabinet card at the Washington State Historical Society. Photographer unknown. State Library Photograph Collection, 1851-1990, Washington State Archives, Digital Archives,  http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov. Accessed 11 July 2017.

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
 
WSGS President Ginny Majewski and Vice President Donna Potter Phillips are conducting two local genealogical society management classes on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at the Northwest Genealogy Conference in Arlington, WA. The classes are free, as are the beginning genealogy classes that day, but registration is required. Click here for more information about the society management classes.
 
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.


Family History Adhesive: Harnessing Technology to Bind Family Ties (webinar)
Wednesday - 07/26/2017
The Clark County Genealogical Society is hosting a Legacy webinar called "Family History Adhesive: Harnessing Technology to Bind Family Ties" on Wednesday, July 26. In this Legacy Family Tree webinar, you will learn to use the technology to create a strong family ...
Puget Sound Genealogical Society
Wednesday - 07/26/2017
The program at the Puget Sound Genealogical Society meeting on July 26 is DAR with Jerri McCoy. Learn how to identify potential Patriot ancestors and the latest proof requirements to join the Daughters of the Revolution. Everyone welcome. For more information, visit the PSGS ...
International Germanic Genealogy Conference
Friday - 07/28/2017
The German-American Genealogical Partnership (GAGP) is sponsoring their innaugural conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota on July 28 - 30, 2017. The theme of the conference is "Connections: International. Cultural. Personal. Visit their website or the flyer below.