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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. 
 
Man feeding chickens on farm at McNeil Island. Photographer unknown.  Department of Corrections, McNeil Island Corrections Center Photograph Collection, 1855-2010Washington State Archives, Digital Archives,  http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov. Accessed 19 Sept 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
 
The next meeting of the WSGS Board of Directors will be Saturday, September 23, 2017 at the Yakima Valley Genealogical Society Library, 1901 S. 12th Ave., Union Gap, WA 98903-1256. The meeting is open to any WSGS member or interested party. For more information, email Info@wasgs.org. 
 
WSGS Resources and Services
 
Blog: ​Sign 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.


Puget Sound Genealogical Society
Wednesday - 09/27/2017
The program at the Puget Sound Genealogical Society's meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 27, is "Start Writing: Your Ancestor's Legacy Depends on You" with Steven Morrison. Learn how to refocus your thinking and write a cohesive story about your ancestor. Everyone ...
Introduction to Heraldry in America (webinar)
Thursday - 09/28/2017
The New England Historic Genealogical Society is sponsoring a free webinar called "Introduction to Heraldry in America" with Nathaniel Lane Taylor. For more information, visit the NEHGS website.
Puget Sound Genealogical Society
Tuesday - 10/03/2017
Puget Sound Genealogical Society   Tuesday October 3   10:30 am - 12:30 pm at Kitsap Regional Library 1301 Sylvan Way, Bremerton   WEBINAR: FINDING YOUR ANCESTOR'S GERMAN HOMETOWN with Ursula Krause.  Find you ancestors' hometown by using passenger lists and emigration ...