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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. 
 
Ritzville High School football player. A.M. Kendrick Photographic Collection, ca. 1890-1976. Imaged and indexed by Eastern Region Branch staff, Washington State Archives, Eastern Region. All original prints and negatives are housed at the Eastern Region of the Washington State Archives, Cheney, WA. On-line 2008Washington State Archives, Digital Archives, http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov, accessed : 12 Sep 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
 
The WSGS Board of Directors will conduct its monthly meeting via Zoom on 21 Sep 2021, 1:30 p.m. For more information, including a Zoom link, email Info@WASGS.ORG. Please put "Board Meeting" in the subject line. All are welcome.
 
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.
 

Society for German Genealogy in Eastern Europe
Saturday - 09/18/2021
The Society for German Genealogy in Eastern Europe (SGGEE) is hosting a virtual convention from 18 Sep through 19 Sep 2021. For updates, visit the SGGEE website.
Grays Harbor Genealogical Society
Saturday - 09/18/2021
The program at the Grays Harbor Genealogical Society meeting will be a member discussion on "Where Were You Twenty Years Ago?" and other life-altering dates. For more information, email Info@graysharborgenealogy.com.
South King County Genealogical Society
Saturday - 09/18/2021
The program at the South King County Genealogical Society meeting will be "Genealogical Proof for the Everyday Genealogist" with Annette Lyttle. How do we know if the facts we’ve uncovered about our ancestors are correct? How do we avoid attaching somebody else’s ...