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Genealogical Research in Washington

Washington State Genealogical Resource Guide, by Kathleen Allen O'Connor and Charles Hansen.

National Archives & Record Service, Pacific Alaska Region (Seattle), 6125 Sandpoint Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115-7999

Washington State Archives, 1120 Washington Street SE, PO Box 40238, Olympia, WA 98504-0238.   (See below for regional archives branches.)

Washington State Archives Online Historical Records Search
Washington State Digital Archives - The nation's first archives dedicated specifically to the preservation of electronic records from both state and local agencies that have permanent legal, fiscal or historical value.

Genealogical Resources of the Washington State Archives and Washington State Library (click on Additional Genealogy Resources)

Washington State Library, PO Box 42460, Olympia, WA 98507-2460

Washington State Historical Society, 1911 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402

Washington State Dept of Health, Center for Health Statistics, PO Box 9709, Olympia, WA 98507-9709. Holds state vital records since July 1, 1907.

Seattle Public Library, 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

Spokane Public Library, 906 W. Main, Spokane, WA, hours M-Tu, 12-8, W-F, 10-6. Info number 509-444-5336. Librarians at this number CANNOT answer genealogy questions, but.....EWGS has volunteer genealogy helpers in the Genealogy Room on Tuesdays, 10-5. Call SPL on a Thursday and ask for the Genealogy Room.

Tacoma Public Library, 1102 Tacoma Ave South, Tacoma, WA 94802

Seattle Genealogical Society Library, 6200 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA [across the street from the National Archives]; Open Tues - Sat 10 am to 3 pm; Sun - 1 pm to 5 pm, free to the public. Call 206-522-8658 for more information.

Heritage Quest Research Library, 1007 Main Street, Sumner, WA 98390; Open 10 am - 4 pm Monday through Saturday. $5 for non-members. Call 253-863-1806 or email to research@hqrl.com  

Fiske Genealogical Foundation Library, 1644 - 43rd Ave E, Seattle, WA 98122-3222; Open Mon 10am-3pm; Wed noon-8pm; Thurs 3-8pm; Sat 10am-3pm; 2nd Sun each month 1-4pm; $5

WA GenWeb Project - On-line genealogical research in Washington's counties

WA Resources On-line - Cyndi Ingle's list of resources for WA State
Family Search Wiki - FamilySearch.org's resource to Washington State records
WA State Dept. of Archeaology and Historic Preservation - advocate for preservation of Washington's irreplaceable historic and cultural resources.

WA State Archives Regional Branches

Northwest Regional Branch Archives, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA 98225 (Clallam, Island, Jefferson, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish and Whatcom Counties)

Puget Sound Regional Archives, 1809 S 140th, Seattle, WA 98168 (King, Kitsap, and Pierce Counties)

Southwest Regional Branch Archives, PO Box 9000, Olympia, WA 98507-9000 (Clark, Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Skamania, Thurston and Wahkiakum Counties)

Central Washington Regional Branch Archives, Bledsoe-Washington Archives Building, Central Washington University, MS 7547, Ellensburg, WA 98926-7547 (Benton, Chelan, Douglas, Franklin, Grant, Kittitas, Klickitat, Okanogan, and Yakima Counties)

Eastern Washington Regional Branch Archives, Eastern Washington University, 960 Washington Street, Cheney, WA 99004 (Adams, Asotin, Columbia, Ferry, Garfield, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens, Walla Walla, and Whitman Counties)

LDS Family History Centers in Washington State
The WSGS Education Committee is putting together information about the LDS Family History Centers in Washington State, including location, driving directions, hours, phone, and collection information. We hope it will be of help to you with your research.
Clickable map!
To locate a Family History Center, click on your area of interest on the map at left, or use the links below.

Region 1 (Island, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish, Whatcom)

Region 2 (King, Pierce)

Region 3 (Clallam, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Kitsap, Mason, Thurston)

Region 4 (Clark, Cowlitz, Lewis, Pacific, Skamania, Wahkiakum)

Region 5 (Kittitas, Klickitat, Yakima)

Region 6 (Adams, Asotin, Benton, Columbia, Franklin, Garfield, Walla Walla, Whitman)

Region 7 (Ferry, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens)

Region 8 (Chelan, Douglas, Grant, Okanogan)
Region 1 Region 2 Region 3 Region 4 Region 5 Region 6 Region 7 Region 8
Other Links of Interest

Washington Biographies Project (Volunteers needed!)
Civil War Veterans - The goal of this project is to have a comprehensive list of all Civil War veterans resting in Washington State soil, along with a short biography of each. Anyone with a Civil War veteran ancestor buried in Washington is encouraged to contact Bruce Smith at babrsmith@peoplepc.com