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Family History Centers and the Library

These centers are affiliated with the Family History Library (FHL) located in Salt Lake City, Utah which is the largest genealogical library in the world. Visit your neighborhood Family History Center (FHC) and search their microfilm collections, microfiche, books and more. The Public is welcome at one of their Family History centers and at the library in Salt Lake City. Search their Family History Catalog.

To find Family History Centers for other parts of Washington State and beyond go to the FamilySearch home page and use the search box.

Research Strategy: Genealogical Societies in a specific area may have more information about their local Family History Center (FHC) Collections. Sometimes the USGenWeb state and counties sites also feature Family History Centers. Visit the Washington State GenWeb Site.

Each Family History Center has films that are ordered by patrons that are housed in their files for a short period of time. You can access those films if you go to the center. It is always a good idea to see if there is anything of interest. Most Family History Centers also have permanent collections of films, microfiche and books that you can search and use. These permanent collections are unique to that FHC so you will need to do some investigating. They usually have a microfilm catalogue for you to consult. They also have CD-ROMs to study. You can access the FHL catalogue from a Family History Center. Get to know your local FHC for it can be of value to you in your research. Some Family History Centers also sponsor a yearly genealogical fair such as the Bellevue and Redmond Family History Centers, usually held in November.

Ordering films and microfiche:
The process to order films has changed. Check with your local FHCenter to find out what procedure they are using. Some may still be using the paper method. Others may have switched to the ordering of films online. You go to the Family History Website at this link: https://www.familysearch.org/films/ and follow the instructions for ordering. You have a choice as to what Family History Center you would like to pick up your films. When your films arrive the FHC will give you a call. It ususally takes about 2 weeks for the films to arrive. If you order more than one they might come at different times. You will be asked to register at the website for the purpose of ordering films. The cost of a film is about $6.50.

Books housed at the main Family History Library in Salt Lake are not circulated. If you find a book you would like to see you have several options:

  1. Hire someone in Salt Lake City to go and locate the book at the Family History Library and make copies. APG national has a directory of researchers.
  2. PS-APG members frequently go to Salt Lake City to do research at the Family History Library. Go to our Members Profiles page for information.
  3. Use WorldCat to see if the book is in a library close by or ask your local librarian for assistance and see if you can interlibrary loan the book. There may be a small fee for doing this.

The list below covers a limited number of Family History Centers (FHC) that are located in the Seattle area. Please call the Family History Center to verify hours before you go. They are staffed by volunteers and things happen like illness, bad weather and holidays which can close a FHC.

Auburn Washington (King County)
625 M St. N.E.
Auburn, Washington
Phone: 253-735-2009

Bellevue Washington (King County)
10675 NE 20th St.
Bellevue, Washington
Phone: 425-454-2690

Bellevue Washington South
4200 124th Avenue SE
Bellevue, Washington, United States
Phone: 425-562-0361

Everett Washington (Snohomish County)
9509 19th Ave SE
Everett, Washington
Phone: 425-337-0457
Very few FHCs have their catalog online, but this is an exception. The listing of what is on permanent loan was prepared by the Sno-Isle Genealogical Society for the Everett FHL.

Collection Highlights: This FHC houses the Washington State Death Index and the Death Certificates from 1907 to 1952. They have the California Marriage Index on microfiches for 1960-1981.

Federal Way Washington (King County)
34815 Weyerhaeuser Way South
Federal Way, WA 98002
Phone: 253-874-3803

Kirkland, Washington (King County)
7910 NE 132nd St
Kirkland, Washington
Phone: 425-821-3939

Maple Valley, Washington (King County)
26800 236th Pl SE
Maple Valley, Washington, United States
Phone: 425-413-7566

Mount Vernon Washington (Skagit County)
1700 Hazel St.
Mount Vernon, Washington
Phone: 360-424-7723

Olympia Family History Library (LDS) (Thurston County)
1116 Yew Avenue NE
Olympia, WA 98504
Phone: 360-943-7035

Puyallup South Family History Library (LDS) (Pierce County)
13420 94th Avenue East
Puyallup, WA 98373
Phone: 253-840-1673

Raymond Washington Family History Center (Pacific County) NEW!
245 Jackson
Raymond, WA
Phone: 360-942-3939
Contact: Diane A. Brown, Director

Redmond Washington (King County)
10115 172nd Ave NE
Redmond, Washington
Phone: 425-861-9273

Seattle Family History Library (King County)
This FHC is northeast of the University of Washington
5701 8th Avenue NE
Seattle, WA 98105
Phone: 206-522-1233

Seattle Washington - Located in West Seattle
14022 Ambaum Blvd SW
Seattle, Washington
Phone: 206-444-6017

Seattle Washington Shoreline, actually in Snohomish Co.
22015 48th Ave W
Mountlake Terrace, Washington
Phone: 425-776-6678