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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. On this page, in honor of Presidents' Day, we are featuring a photo of President Calvin Coolidge with the Adjutant Generals of the National Guard on the capital grounds in Washington, D.C. in May 1924.  This photo was provided by the acclaimed  Washington State Archives.
President Coolidge with Adjutant Generals, 1924, Military Department Photograph Collection, 1890-1975, Washington State Archives, Digital Archives, http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov, 18 Feb 2017. 
What's New
 
Your annual dues to WSGS are due: $12, single; $13, couple; $12, organization. Visit our Join/Renew page for more information or to pay via PayPal. 
 
If you're a member of a local society, you might consider the Society Associate Member program, saving yourself $2. Click here for more information about that program.
 
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.


Lewis County Genealogical Society
Tuesday - 02/21/2017
Ready to move your family history research up to the next level? The program for the LCGS meeting on 21 Feb is Steven Waltz Morrison discussing “NOW WHAT? Options for YOUR Genealogy Education.”   This session provides and overview of ways to ...
Puget Sound Genealogical Society
Wednesday - 02/22/2017
The Puget Sound Genealogical Society program will be "Growing Up in the American Colonies" with Vern Frykholm as George Washington. See the past through the eyes of George Washington as he describes life in his home state of Virginia. For ...
Yakima Valley Genealogical Society
Saturday - 03/04/2017
General Meeting followed by program: Facebook & Genealogical Research with Chris Cook. For more information, visit the YVGS website.