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Washington State Genealogical Society
WSGS shares information about genealogical activities and resources from individual members and local, county, state and national organizations. WSGS promotes the preservation of and access to public and private genealogical and historical information.
- 1901 S. 12th Ave.
Union Gap, WA, 98903
WSGS shares information about genealogical activities and resources from individual members and local, county, state and national organizations. WSGS promotes the preservation of and access to public and private genealogical and historical information. WSGS co-sponsors an annual genealogical conference in partnership with a local host society. WSGS issues a Washington State Pioneer Certificate to all who can prove their ancestor was in the Territory of Washington before 11 November 1889, and issues a First Citizen Certificate for those whose ancestor was in the state before 31 December 1900. WSGS promotes communication through individual participation and regional representation. WSGS publishes a blog featuring local, state and national genealogical events, features and tips promoting genealogy and family history.
Event Calendar: Looking for a road trip? There are genealogical events and meetings all around the state, as well as neighboring states and British Columbia.
Local Society contacts: There are more than 30 local genealogical societies around the state waiting to help you in your research.
Pioneer and First Citizen Program: Begun in 1989 to celebrate Washington’s centennial, the Pioneer and First Citizen Program memorializes those Washington citizens who were early residents of the state. Commemorative certificates are available upon residency proof, as well as an index of participants.
Resource Guides: Looking for resources in a specific county? Check out these comprehensive resource guides listing everything from chambers of commerce, and local government departments to libraries, churches and newspapers.
Speakers’ Bureau: If you’re looking for a speaker for a society meeting, workshop or seminar, visit our Speakers’ Bureau page.
Support to Local Societies: The WSGS is here to support local genealogical societies. We offer financial grants for innovative projects, education assistance and special recognition for local members and projects.