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The Washington State Genealogical Society was formed in 1983 by a group of Washington genealogists with the aim to provide resources to help family historians research their Washington roots.
WSGS Conference Considered a Success!
Featured speaker Paula Stuart-Warren and WSGS President Mikal McKinnon share a laugh during the conference.
Featured speaker Paula Stuart-Warren and WSGS President Mikal McKinnon share a laugh during the conference.
The Washington State Genealogical Society's annual conference, expertly hosted by the Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical Society, was a success by all measures. Keynote speaker Paula Stuart-Warren filled the room with information about new resources, different ways to look at the same old brick wall(s), funny quips and an engaging, professional style. The conference was held June 18, 2016 in Tacoma.
The location for the 2017 WSGS Conference is still to be determined, but a high bar has been set this year. For more conference reviews and photos, visit our blog.
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Library: WSGS has designated the Yakima Valley Genealogical Society’s library as their official repository. This is due both to the extensive holdings that YVGS has, as well as their central location. Check their holdings here.
Cemetery Project: WSGS took on the project of locating all existing cemeteries and those that have been lost in Washington. The resulting information is available here.
1910 Census Index: WSGS tackled the daunting task of indexing the state's 1910 federal census. We feel that this is the best index as it was done by Washingtonians who had a familiarity with the people and names in our state. This index is available at no cost at the Washington State Digital Archives.
Digital Archives: The Washington State Digital Archives is the nation's first archive dedicated specifically to the preservation of electronic records from both State and Local agencies that have permanent legal, fiscal or historical value.
Located in Cheney, Washington on the Eastern Washington University campus, the facility was designed from the ground up to host this technically complex program. The web interface and database storehouse were custom designed specifically for the Digital Archives to hold the unique and very important electronic records found throughout the state, and to provide simple, straight forward access to researchers.
The Digital Archives includes a state of the art research room, complete with computer research stations, a high tech presentation classroom and a world-class data center.

National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair
Wednesday - 10/26/2016
The National Archives is hosting a two-day, virtual Genealogy Fair via webcast on October 26 and 27. Viewers will have the opportunity to participate with the presenters and other family historians during the live event on YouTube. Registration is not ...
Puget Sound Genealogical Society
Wednesday - 10/26/2016
The Puget Sound Genealogical Society lecture on October 26, 2016 will feature Gary Zimmerman talking about "Researching in the Old Northwest." Learn how and where to find records of the early settlers in what are now the mid-western states of ...
Puget Sound Genealogical Society
Tuesday - 11/01/2016
The Puget Sound Genealogical Society is sponsoring a class on "Citations Made Easy. No, Really!" with Jill Morelli. Learn the basics of citing sources and how to use shortcuts to make your citation work for you. Pre-registration is required by ...