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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. 
 
Civilian Conservation Corps crew splitting logs at Moran State Park.   Photographer: unknown. State Parks and Recreation Commission Photoraphs of Park Development, 1933 - 1938, Washington State Archives, Digital Archives, http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov, accessed: 30 Nov 2023. 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 Pioneer Pursuit Program continues. More than 3,300 individuals who lived in Washington Territory on or before Nov. 11, 1889 have been identified and genealogies compiled. Visit the Pioneer Pursuit Index. For more information, email Info@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 with 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.
 

German Special Interest Group
Friday - 12/01/2023
The program at the Eastside Genealogical Society's German Interest Group will be "German Advent, Christmas and New Year's Traditions and Superstitions" with Ingeborg Carpenter. She will share stories about German Advent, Christmas and New Year’s traditions for the period from December ...
Family Tree Maker
Saturday - 12/02/2023
The South King County Genealogical Society is hosting its Family Tree Maker (FTM) special interest group. Question & Answer. This month will feature special guest Mark Olsen, Family Tree Maker Ambassador.      Mark Olsen is the Family Tree Maker ...
Beginning Genealogy
Monday - 12/04/2023
The South King County Genealogical Society is sponsoring a beginning genealogy class. The topic is “Immigration, Emigration and Naturalization Records.” More information at https://www.skcgs.org/meetings-events/classes/bgc