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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. 
 
Olympia nicnic party in pioneer costumes. From the collections of Mrs. Kate Sterns Bates. Date between 1890 and 1910. Photographer unknown. State Library Photograph Collection, 1851-1990, Washington State Archives, Digital Archives, http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov, accessed: 24 Nov 2022. 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
 
NEW! WSGS has announced the start of the Washington Pioneer Pursuit Contest. The goal of the contest is to capture family histories for every person living in Washington Territory on or before Statehood was declared on November 11, 1889. Read more about it here and the WSGS Blog.
 
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.
 

Mason County Genealogical Society
Thursday - 12/01/2022
The Mason County Genealogical Society meets on the first Thursday of each month. Email masoncountygenealogy@gmail.com for Zoom link. Our website Events page: https://www.wamcgs.org/upcoming-events.html. 
German Special Interest Group
Friday - 12/02/2022
The program at the Eastside Genealogical Society's German Interest Group will be “Beyond the Nutcracker: German Christmas Traditions" with Claire Gebben. Learn about those traditions brought to the US by the German immigrants and the current ones in Germany. Visitors welcome ...
Family Tree Maker SIG
Saturday - 12/03/2022
The South King County Genealogical Society is hosting its Family Tree Maker (FTM) special interest group. Question & Answer. Each month, we will learn about using the features of FTM. Go to https://skcgs.groups.io/g/FTMUG for meeting link, meeting reminders and discussion. ...