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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 Albert D. Rosellini with Seymour  Kaplan and the National Council of Jewish Women in 1961. Photo by State Patrol. State Governors' Negative Collection, 1949-1975. Washington State Archives, Digital Archives, http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov, accessed : 02 Dec 2021. 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
Check out local societies' meetings and events on this page. Many of the events are via Zoom and available to everyone. If your society would like to have your event published on our website and blog, please email WSGSBlog@wasgs.org.
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 promote local genealogical events and news free of charge.  We offer local societies financial grants for innovative projects and/or education assistance.

Brags & Bricks
Wednesday - 12/08/2021
The Seattle Genealogical Society is hosting its Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group (Virtual). Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists.   Contact Sue at spinner3jensen@gmail.com.  ...
Lower Columbia Genealogical Society
Thursday - 12/09/2021
The program at the Lower Columbia Genealogical Society's next meeting is "Non-profit organization: Luggage of Love. For more information, email lcgsgen@yahoo.com.
Grays Harbor Genealogical Society
Saturday - 12/11/2021
The program at the Grays Harbor Genealogical Society meeting will be members' sharing their ancestral countries' Christmas traditions. Preregistration is required. For more information, email Info@graysharborgenealogy.com.