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Genealogical Societies 

Washington State Genealogical Society (WSGS)  Linking you to Washington State Genealogical Societies, genealogical events and the Washington State Pioneer Project.

The Washington State Genealogical society does not have a library collection in a repository.  They are currently operating out of the Yakima Valley Genealogical Society which has a wonderful collection of genealogical materials.  They have an excellent obituary card file for the local region. 

The best way to contact the Washington State Genealogical Society directly is to go to their Board of Directors page for contact emails.  The Regional Representatives are a good place to start. They know about the counties they represent.  They can choose who to refer you to if you have additional questions.  

Genealogical Societies in the Puget Sound Area: 

The following societies are listed in alphabetical order and cover Western Washington.  To find genealogical societies in Eastern Washington go to this Washington State Genealogical Society link:

Research strategy:  Genealogical societies sometimes have excellent links pages to other resources near them or to the state.  Significant websites with great links are South King County Genealogical Society and Tacoma-Pierce Genealogical Society listed below.  Be advised that not all genealogical societies have websites. Also call or email before you visit to be sure that the times and dates are what is listed. 

Bainbridge Island Genealogical Society  
P.O. Box 135, Rolling Bay, WA 98061-0135. 

This society is very active and large; however, they do not have their own library but they provide a list at their website of books for lookups and borrowing by members.  They meet regularly with classes and field trips.  They are in Kitsap County which is in the middle of Puget Sound.

Belfair Genealogical Society (Chapter of PSGS-BGS)
P.O. Box
1931
, Port Orchard, WA 98366 

This society is located in the southern Puget Sound area of the State of Washington and is southwest of Bremerton. They are in Kitsap County.

Black Genealogy Research Group of Seattle (BGRG)
P.O. Box 22848
, Seattle, WA 98122
.  

They meet at the Douglass-Truth Library at 23rd and Yesler in Seattle the 1st Saturday at 11 a.m. (Seattle Public Library Branch).  Two of their members gave a talk for PS-APG in April 2007.  It covered African American Genealogical Research Challenges and was very well attended. Last year they sponsored a seminar in October on Black Genealogy.  They are located in King County.

Clallam County Genealogical Society 
931 W. 9th Street, Port Angeles, WA 98363

Phone: 360-417-5000.  

This society is located on the Olympic Peninsula along the Strait of Juan de Fuca in the town of Port Angeles.

Clark County Genealogical Society  
P.O. Box 5249
, Vancouver, WA 98668
Library location: 717 Grand Boulevard, Vancouver, WA 98661
Phone 360-750-5688.

They are a very active genealogical society in Southern Washington. They have a great links page that includes Oregon information.

Eastside Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 374
, Bellevue, WA 98009-0374
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The Eastside Genealogical Society houses their genealogical collection in the Bellevue Regional Library of the King County Library (KCL) system.  You can find their collection in the online catalogue of the KCL.

Fiske Genealogical Library
1644 43rd Avenue E, Seattle, WA 98112
Email:gzim@fiskelibrary.org 
Phone: 206-328-2716.

The Fiske Genealogical Library is located on the shores of Lake Washington in Seattle, Washington, in what is called the Madison Park District of Seattle.  It is a little southeast of the University of Washington.  Their website gives directions.  Fiske has been working diligently at placing their entire collection on World Cat.  You can also go to their website and look at their collection.  Their website lists their collection by location. They are heavy on New England states but they do have a nice collection of Washington State titles. Classes are offered quarterly.  They are located in King County.  They also offer interlibrary loan and their catalog listings will indicate whether you can use this feature or not.

 

Genealogical Society of South Whidbey Island

P.O. Box 1024, Freeland, WA 98249-1024.

 

They ask that you please indicate near the beginning of your email whether the e-mail is for a specific person.  GSSWI member Ann Wright will accept phone calls at:  360-579-2352.  Their website is filled with all kinds of great information and wonderful old photographs.

 

Grays Harbor Genealogical Society

P.O. Box 867, Cosmopolis, WA 98537-0867

 

This society is located on the Pacific Ocean south of Aberdeen, Washington.  In 2011 they launched their new website and it has the most amazing photographs.

 

Heritage Quest Library and Bookstore  

1007 Main Street, Sumner, WA 98390

Phone: 253-863-1806. 

 

Heritage Quest is located in Sumner right on the main street in the middle of town.  They have a wonderful library and bookstore.  They have classes throughout the year.  This is a very active and dedicated group.  They are located in Pierce County.

 

Jefferson County Genealogical Society

P.O. Box 627, Port Townsend, WA 98368

 

Jefferson County Genealogical Society is a very active group.  In March 2008 they sponsored a seminar and their guest speaker was Elizabeth Shown Mills one of the top genealogists in the country.  PS-APG was there. Spend time at their website it has a lot of good information.  They share their library with the Jefferson County Historical Society at their Research Center.  Research center is located at 13692 Airport Cutoff Road, Port Townsend, WA 98368 (Please do not send mail to this address use the one above) Research Center phone:  360-385-9495.

 

Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State

Membership is sent to:  P.O. Box 16364, Seattle WA 98116. 

 

The Jewish Genealogical Society has a library of Jewish genealogical titles.  This library is available at their monthly meetings or by appointment.  They hold their monthly meetings once per month at the Stroum JCC center located at 3801 East Mercer Way, Mercer Island, WA 98040. Admission is free for members and $5 for non. They have a great links page with more Jewish genealogical resources.  They are located in King County. 

 

Lewis County Genealogical Society   

Attn:  Margie Lloyd

P.O. Box 782

Chehalis, WA 98532

 

Research requests may be submitted by mail to Lewis County Genealogical Society Attn:  Margie Lloyd, P.O. Box 782, Chehalis, WA 98532. Their website is very full of information so take your time exploring.  They are located in Southern Washington State along the I-5 Freeway.

 

Lower Columbia Genealogical Society 

P.O. Box 472

Longview, Washington 98632 

 

Their website features the Genealogy Room at the Longview Public Library in Longview, WA.  They have titles for Cowlitz County and Wahkiakum County.  Check their website for their meeting times and locations.

 

Mason County Genealogical Society   

P.O. Box 103

Shelton WA 98584-0103

 

North Beach Genealogical Society

P.O. Box 774

Ocean Shores, WA 98569.

 

They meet on the 3rd Monday at 1 pm at the Ocean Shores

Library at 573 Point Brown Ave., Ocean Shores, WA by the Pacific Ocean. 

 

Olympia Genealogical Society

P.O. Box 1313, Olympia, WA 98507-1313

 

They do not provide research services but they do recommend that you go to the USGenweb Website for Thurston Co. where you will find more information.  They also recommend the Olympia Timberland Library.  Mr. Ed Swan provides a wonderful list of unique genealogical links.  These are fun to explore.

 

Puget Sound Genealogical Society  

P.O. Box 1931

Port Orchard, WA 98366-0805

Research Library is at: 2501 SE Mile Hill Dr., Suite A 102, Port Orchard, WA 98366

Phone:  (360) 874-8813

 

They do have a research policy so check their website for more details.  Port Orchard is located in the Puget Sound area on the Kitsap Peninsula.

 

Seattle Genealogical Society

P.O. Box 15329

Seattle, WA 98115-0329

Email:  SeattleGenealogicalSociety@gmail.com

Library location: 6200 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA

Phone: 206-522-8658 [Across the street from the National Archives]

Their library listings are located under the heading:  Library Holdings.  They are organized by location and the library collection is quite comprehensive.  Take some time to explore it. The Seattle Genealogical Society, located in King County, has many interest and focus groups so check out their Events page.  They sponsor a seminar every Spring and Fall.  They are a very involved and active group. 

 

Skagit Valley Genealogical Society

P.O. Box 715

Conway, WA 98238-0715

 

The society address has them located south of Mt. Vernon, Washington which is north of Everett and Seattle.  They usually conduct their business in Burlington, WA just to the east of I-5. There website is loaded with lots of information and they have a great listing of the libraries in Skagit County and a link to library holdings and a timeline of Skagit County. Their library is located in the Burlington Public Library at 820 E. Washington Ave., Burlington, WA 98233.

 

Sno-Isle Genealogical Society

19827 Poplar Way

Lynnwood, WA 98036

Phone:  425-775-6267

 

Lynnwood is north of Seattle. This society is housed in a historic building set in a park in Lynnwood east of I-5 called Humble House at Heritage Park. They have a nice collection of books in their library.  They have a link to their library holdings at their website. The Lynnwood Public Library (part of the Sno-Isle Regional Library System) a couple blocks away holds reference works, city directories and newspaper microfilm. Sno-Isle is very active and friendly. They are located in Snohomish County.

 

South King County Genealogical Society  

P.O. Box 3174

Kent, WA 98032-0203

  

Kent is south of Seattle. Their library collection is housed in the Auburn Public Library which is a part of the King County Public Library System. Their website is very well done with lots of good information.  They have comprehensive Events and Links pages. Their library holdings are listed by location categories which make it easy to find information.  This is a very active genealogical society.  They have interest groups, seminars and presentations.

 

Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society

P.O. Box 34

Arlington, WA 98223-0034.

Library Address is 135 N. Olympic Ave., Arlington, WA 98223

Phone:  (360) 435-4838.

 

Their website gives a partial listing of their holdings. They also have a great bookstore with a list of their publications on their website.

 

Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical Society

P.O. Box 1952

Tacoma, WA 98401

Phone: 253-572-6650

This society is located in the heart of Tacoma, Washington.  They have a very good links page – click on the Puget Sound Resources.  They feature an index to Pierce County Records on their website and much more.  They have a list of NARA films covering Washington State.

 

Whatcom Genealogical Society

P.O. Box 1493

Bellingham, WA 98227-1493

 

They are located in Bellingham in northern Washington State near the Canadian border.  They have links to the NW Regional Branch of the Washington State Archives.  The Western Washington University Library and the Bellingham Public Library.  Publications for sale and a list of Whatcom County Books.  Their collection is at the Bellingham Public Library

 

Whidbey Island Genealogical Searchers

P.O. Box 627, Oak Harbor, WA 98277-0627

Contact Ruth Hancock at 360-675-4086 or

 

       
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