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Local Genealogical Societies

Clark County Genealogical Society

Eastside Genealogical Society

Genealogical Society of South Whidbey Island

Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State

Olympia Genealogical Society

Puget Sound Genealogical Society

Seattle Genealogical Society

Skagit Valley Genealogical Society

South King County Genealogical Society

Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical Society

Washington State

Genealogical Societies in Washington State

Pacific Northwest Cornish Society


Archdiocese of Seattle Archives & Records - Mailing Address: 710 9th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104-2017.

Eastside Genealogical Society Library - 1111 110th N.E., Bellevue, WA. A portion the collection is available on inter-library loan to another library for library use only. (425) 450-1760.

Fiske Genealogical Foundation Library - 1644 43rd East, Seattle, WA (43rd East & East Blaine). Located in the basement of the Pioneer Hall. A great collection of New England information and a great deal more. (206) 328-2716.

King County Archives & Records Management - 1215 East Fir Street, Seattle, WA. Open 8:30 to 4:30, Monday through Friday, by appointment only. (206) 296-1538.

King County Law Library - Located in the King County Courthouse in Seattle. They have the first De-Cenninal Digest. (206) 296-0940.

Klondike Gold Rush Museum - 117 South Main Street (Pioneer Square), Seattle, WA. (206) 553-7220.

LDS Family History Centers - Films are available on a rental basis, to be used at the local FHC. There is a small charge for the rental. They have librarians on duty to help you find what you need. Call for days & hours that they are open.

Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) - Check out their Photo Collection under the "Collections" link!

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) - 6125 Sand Point Way, Seattle, WA. They have all of the federal census records, federal records for Washington, Oregon & Idaho, Native American records, military records, naturalization records from this area, ship passenger lists, and more. (206) 526-6507.

NW Seaport/Maritime Heritage Center - 1002 Valley St., Seattle, WA. 206-447-9800.

Pacific NW Railroad Museum - 38625 SE King Street, Snoqualmie, WA 98065 425-888-3030.

Puget Sound Genealogical Society - Cindy Shawley Spore Memorial Genealogical Research Library, 2501 SE Mile Hill Dr., Suite A 102, Port Orchard, WA, 98366, 360-874-8813.

Seattle Genealogical Society - 6200 Sand Point Way NE., Seattle, WA. They have an excellent collection of genealogical material. (206) 522-8658.

Seattle-King County Historical Society - 2700 24th East, Seattle, WA. 206-324-1126.

Seattle Public Library - 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle, WA 98104 206-386-4636. The genealogical holdings at this library are excellent.

South King County Genealogical Society Library - Located at the Auburn Public Library - 9th & H St. SE, Auburn, WA. Materials are for use at the library. Be sure to check the Vertical File located next to the book collection. (253) 931-3018.

Suquamish Museum - 15838 Sandy Hook Road, Suquamish, WA. 360-598-3311 ext.422.

Suzzallo and Allen Libraries - University of Washington Campus, Seattle, WA. For hours: 206-543-0140. For information: 206-543-0242.

Tacoma Historical Society - 747 Broadway, Tacoma, WA. 253-472-3738.

Tacoma Public Library - 1102 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma, WA. They have a large collection of genealogical material. (253) 591-5666.

Olympia Timberland Library - 313 8th Ave SE, Olympia, WA. The Olympia Genealogical Society has purchased many books and resource materials for the genealogy collection held here. (360) 352-0595.

Washington State Archives - 1129 Washington Street SE, Olympia, WA 98504. The library has Washington State material only; census, county histories, land records, death record index, and newspapers. In the Local History collection they have all known publications relating to Washington, its counties and cities. The staff indexes newspapers and periodicals for WA State subjects, 1965 to date. They also have a name index to WA State individuals mentioned in newspaper and periodical sources. WA Government Archives: (360) 586-1492. WA Southwest Regional Archives: (360)753-1684.

Washington State Library - 6880 Capital Blvd SE, Tumwater, WA. (360) 704-5200. Genealogy and Northwest collections. Holds over 40,000 rolls of microfilm for Washington newspapers from the territorial period in the 1850s to the present. Has a large collection of city directories and telephone directories for most cities in Washington and an Ask a Librarian service to request a free obituary lookup.

Washington State Archives Northwest Region - 808 25th St., Bellingham on the Western Washington University campus, Hours 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday (excluding state holidays). They have state records for Clallam, Jefferson, Snohomish, Island, San Juan, Skagit and Whatcom Counties. Research telephone: (360) 650-3125.

Washington State Archives Puget Sound Regional Branch - Pritchard-Fleming Building on the campus of Bellevue Community College 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday (excluding state holidays). They have state records for King, Kitsap, and Pierce Counties. Call ahead to let them know the area of your research. Research telephone: (425) 564-3940.

Washington State Historical Society - 1911 Pacific Ave, Tacoma WA - open for research Tues, Wed, Thurs, 12:30 - 4:30 pm, by appointment, phone 253-798-5914, 1-888-238-4373.

White River Valley Museum - 918 H Street SE, Auburn Comm. Campus, Auburn, WA 98002 phone 253-288-7433 Wed - Sun, 12 noon - 4:00 PM.

Wing Luke Asian Museum - 407 7th Ave. South, Seattle, WA. 206-623-5124.


Genealogical Forum of Oregon - 1505 SE Gideon, Portland, OR. This library is the largest genealogical collection in Oregon. (503) 963-1932.

Oregon Historical Society Library - 1200 SW Park Ave., Portland, OR 97205, (503) 222-1741. A fine collection of published biographies of state residents, Oregon newspaper files, alphabetical card file with abstracts of birth, marriage, and death information from early Oregon newspapers. In addition, Oregon mortality censuses (lists of deaths during the census years 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880) plus indexes are also available here.


British Columbia Archives - 655 Belleville St, Victoria, British Columbia. A copy of the microfilm collection of birth registrations 1872-1899 (100 years old), marriage registrations 1872-1925 (75 years old) and death registrations 1872-1980 (20 years old) is here. For hours and other information telephone (250) 387-1952.

Surrey Public Library, Cloverdale Branch - 5642 - 176A St., Surrey, British Columbia (604) 598-7320. The Cloverdale Library is well known for its extensive genealogy collection of Canadian sources for people whose ancestors arrived in Canada during or prior to the 19th century.

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