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Religious Archives

Research Strategy: Try the local genealogical society or historical society for records. Some have been published. The next step would be going directly to the church for information. Some churches have websites so you can try an online search for the name. There is not an all encompassing directory for churches. If there is a directory it is usually by the denomination of the Church such as Lutheran, Jewish, Christian. So you might try performing an online search for the denomination to see what you get. Most churches will have newsletters, letters of admission and dismissal of the members, marriage, death records and baptismal records. You will probably have to write to them or call. Most churches do not have full time employees so you will need to be patient and might have to go directly to the minister, etc. Some have church historians and you could be referred to them. Not all churches have all their records preserved. They were lost for various reasons. Some close due to lack of membership. Hopefully the records will be transferred to the national or state archive, or national church archive. If you decide to visit the church it is a good idea to call ahead for hours and to make an appointment. Of course the Family History Library has many church documents in their collection. So depending on the time period you may have to do some real digging.

CATHOLIC ARCHDIOCESE OF SEATTLE
Mailing address: 710 9th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
Physical Address 910 Marion Street, Seattle, WA 98104.
Phone: 206-382-4352
E-Mail: archives@seattlearch.org
Hours: Open Monday through Friday 9 am to 5 pm.
On-site research is by appointment only. Their website gives a summary of their collection. They have a section on genealogical resources that include baptism, first communion, confirmation, marriage and death.

CHURCHES-IN.COM - Washington
At this website you can search for Christian church listings for various states.

NORTHWEST WASHINGTON SYNOD, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)
Their website has a Congregation list where you can search for a local church or all of the US. The Archives for ELCA Region 1 can also be visited at Pacific Lutheran University.