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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. 
Governor Dan Evans and sons playing basketball, 1969, State Governors’ Negative Collection, 1949-1975, Washington State Archives, Digital Archives, http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov, accessed 26 Mar 2017. 

Source: State Governors’ Negative Collection, 1949-1975, Washington State Archives. Original images held at the Washington State Archives, Olympia, WA. 

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
We are enormously proud of the Gonzaga Bulldogs, who for the first time in their history have reached the Final Four in the NCAA basketball March Madness. This photo, from the acclaimed  Washington State Archives, shows Governor Dan Evans (1965 - 1977) and his sons playing basketball. Go Zags!
Registration is open for the Yakima Valley Genealogical Society's Spring Seminar on 22 April 2017. Jay Fonkert, one of America's foremost genealogists, will be the feature speaker. The WSGS Recognition Awards and Annual Meeting will be held during the lunch hour. For more information about the seminar, including lecture details and registration, visit the YVGS website.
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.

Clark County Genealogical Society
Tuesday - 03/28/2017
"Reflections on Researching a Personal Family History" will be presented by Harold E. Hinds, Jr, Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus of History, presently retired and living in Portland, Oregon, where he volunteers at the Genealogical Forum of Oregon. The presentation ...
Eastern Washington Genealogical Society Spring Seminar
Saturday - 04/01/2017
Mary Kathryn Kozy will be making four presentations on DNA during this exciting day. For more information, visit the EWGS website.  
Yakima Valley Genealogical Society
Saturday - 04/01/2017
General Meeting followed by program: Facebook and Genealogical Records with Chris Cook. For more information, visit the YVGS website.