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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.
Sheep crossing the small Alpona Creek in Asotin County. Photo by Werner Lenggenhager, May 1967. AR-07809001-ph001455.  https://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov. 
 
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, we are featuring a photo from one of Washington's 39 counties -- Alpona Creek in Asotin County in the southeastern corner of the state. This photo was provided by the acclaimed  Washington State Archives. For genealogical resources in any of Washington's 39 counties, visit our County Resource Guides.
 
What's New
 
Diane Huckabay of Ellensburg has been appointed the WSGS Education and Outreach Chair by President Virginia Majewski. Diane, a past president of the Kittitas County Genealogical Society, will assist and support Regional Representatives and local societies in promoting the fascinating field of genealogy.
 
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 - 01/17/2017
The Lewis County Genealogical Society will host Jim Johnson as he discusses "Mayflower and Other Early Ships." For more information, visit the LCGS website.
Bainbridge Island Genealogical Society
Friday - 01/20/2017
Join the Bainbridge Island Genealogical Society (BIGS) for a brainstorming to develop New Year's Resolutions for genealogy. The meeting is free to members; a $5 donation is suggested for non-members. For more information visit the BIGS website or call (206) 842-4978. ...
Jefferson County Genealogical Society
Saturday - 01/21/2017
The Jefferson County Genealogical Society will host seasoned genealogist Rod Fleck as their 21 Jan 2017 speaker. He will discuss "Military Research: That Medal/Picture/Pin in Grandpa's Sock Drawer." For more information, visit the JCGS website.