Let’s start with the
Genealogical Society (WSGS) Linking you to Washington State
Genealogical Societies, genealogical events and the Washington State Pioneer
The WSGS website covers:
A list of
genealogical societies that are members and non-members of the Washington
State Genealogical Society by region. Not all genealogical societies have web
Resources guide for each county in the State.
Some counties are not yet finished.
Just go to this link and click on the county of your choice.
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
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.
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
State Genealogical Society
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
Genealogical Society P.O.
135, Rolling Bay,
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
Society (Chapter of PSGS-BGS)
1931, Port Orchard,
This society is located in the southern Puget Sound area of
the State of Washington and is southwest of Bremerton. They are in Kitsap
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
This society is located on the Olympic Peninsula along the
Strait of Juan de Fuca in the town of
P.O. Box 5249,
Vancouver, WA 98668
717 Grand Boulevard, Vancouver, WA 98661
They are a very active genealogical society in Southern Washington. They have a great links page that
P.O. Box 374,
Bellevue, WA 98009-0374.
Email for research is:
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.
1644 43rd Avenue E, Seattle, WA 98112
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
P.O. Box 867, Cosmopolis, WA 98537-0867
For general requests send email to
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
1007 Main Street, Sumner, WA 98390
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.
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.
Contact them at Email:
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
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
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
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
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
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
Seattle, WA 98115-0329
location: 6200 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA
206-522-8658 [Across the street from the National Archives]
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.
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.
19827 Poplar Way
Lynnwood, WA 98036
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.
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.
Valley Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 34
Arlington, WA 98223-0034.
is 135 N. Olympic Ave., Arlington, WA 98223
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
P.O. Box 1952
Tacoma, WA 98401
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
Hancock at 360-675-4086 or
Email them at: