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The archives and libraries listed below offer services or have major collections of genealogical and historical records relating to Washington.

Wiki Articles on Major Repositories in Washington[edit | edit source]

National Archives at Seattle · Family History Library

Archives[edit | edit source]

  • Archives Southwest Regional Branch
    1129 Washington Street S.E.
    Olympia, WA 98504-0238
    Telephone: 360-753-1684
    Fax: 360-664-8814
    Mailing Address:
    P.O. Box 40238
    Olympia, WA 98504-0238
    Covers Clark, Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Skamania, Thurston, and Wahkiakum Counties.
  • Archives Central Regional Branch
    Bledsoe & Washington Archives Building
    400 E. University Way
    Mail Stop 7547
    Ellensburg, Washington 98926-7547
    Telephone: 509-963-2136
    Fax: 509-963-1753
    Mailing Address:
    400 E. University Way Mail Stop 7547
    Ellensburg, Washington 98926-7547
    Covers Benton, Chelan, Douglas, Franklin, Grant, Kittitas, Klickitat, Okanogan, and Yakima counties.
  • Archives Eastern Regional Branch
    Eastern Washington Regional Archives
    960 Washington Street
    Cheney, Washington 99004
    Telephone: 509-235-7508
    Fax: 509-235-7505
    Covers Adams, Asotin, Columbia, Ferry, Garfield, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens, Walla Walla, and Whitman counties.
  • Archives Northwest Regional Branch
    Northwest Regional Branch Archives
    Western Washington University, MS-9123
    3000 Landerholm Circle SE, MS-N100
    Bellevue, WA 98007-6484
    Telephone: 360-650-3125
    Fax: 360-650-3323
    Covers Clallam, Island, Jefferson, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish, and Whatcom counties.
  • Archives Puget Sound Regional Branch
    Puget Sound Washington Regional Archives
    Pritchard-Fleming Building
    3000 Landerholm Circle SE, MS-N100
    Bellingham, WA 98225-9123
    Telephone: 425-564-3940
    Fax: 425-564-3945
    Covers King, Pierce, and Kitsap counties.
  • National Archives at Seattle
    6125 Sand Point Way, N.E.
    Seattle, WA 98115-7999
    Telephone: 206-336-5115
    Fax: 206-336-5112
  • Archives West
    Formerly Northwest Digital Archives. Contains listings of archives in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska, Montana, and Utah.

Libraries[edit | edit source]

  • List of genealogical collections
  • Genealogy Research Links
  • Catalog - Choose Genealogy Collection under Additional Options; choose Keywords in the search by box; Enter the search words in the box, such as, Lewis County.
  • Washington Digitized Newspapers; other newspapers are on microfilm
  • Washington Rural Heritage: Rural Heritage is a program funded by the State Library that helps other local organizations (libraries, historical societies, museums, etc) digitize their local history collections and makes those collections available online in one place. The photos on the site belong to the organizations that submitted them.

  • Suzzallo-Allen Library
    University of Washington
    P.O. Box 352900
    Seattle, WA 98195-2900
    Telephone: 206-543-9158
    Fax: 206-685-8049
A helpful catalog for this library is:

  • Digital Collections
  • Pacific Northwest Regional Index: a. This is an offline card index (person, place, and subject) maintained for over 90 years of citations to newspapers, county histories, WPA projects and other regional histories. Some of the collection has been digitized
  • The Dictionary Catalog of the Pacific Northwest Collection of the University of Washington (Seattle)

    Six Volumes. (Boston, Massachusetts: G.K. Hall and Co., 1972.)
    At various libraries (WorldCat); Family History Library book Q 979.7 A3w
  • Washington State University Library
    Manuscripts, Archives and Special Collections
    Washington State University Libraries
    PO Box 645610
    Pullman WA 99164-5610
    Telephone: 509-335-6691
  • They have a large variety of material such as:
  • Family records
  • Photographs
  • Correspondence
  • Rare books
  • Historical maps
  • Ephemera such as pamphlets, fruit-box labels, etc.
  • Washington Dairy Women scrapbooks for Lewis County.
  • Washington State University student and alum related material such as yearbook photos
  • A large selection of digitized newspapers
  • Reference materials cannot be taken out of the library. To access the reference materials:
  • Use “Search It” at WSU Libraries | Washington State University.
  • Email the “Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections” at mascref@wsu.edu to let them know what you want to research and when you plan to be on campus.
  • They will locate the items and have them ready for you to photograph at Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC) – Terrell Ground Floor.
  • The Kirk Library has a digitalized archive collection. It is only related to Centralia College. It includes Yearbooks, Newspaper clippings from The Chronicle, Photographs, Documents, etc. You can access them through library's homepage.
  • Pacific Lutheran University Library
    Robert A.L. Mordvedt Library
    12180 Park Avenue S.
    Tacoma, WA 98447
    (253) 535-7500
  • Welcome to the Pacific Lutheran University Archives & Special Collections Discovery Database. This database includes descriptions of the Archives & Special Collections' holdings and provides access to digitized and born digital content. These holdings are divided into four main collection areas:
  • PLU University Archives - Records relating to the activities and operations of Pacific Lutheran University.
  • ELCA Region I Archives - Records of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Region I, which includes Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.
  • Scandinavian Immigrant Experience Collection - Records relating to the experience of Scandinavian immigrants in the Pacific Northwest, including the New Land, New Lives Oral History Collection.
  • Special Collections - Unique materials collected by or donated to the department of Archives & Special Collections.

Museum[edit | edit source]

Washington Online Records[edit | edit source]

Links to online databases and indexes that may include vital records, biographies, cemeteries, censuses, histories, immigration records, land records, maps, military records, naturalizations, newspapers, obituaries, or probate records.

Guides[edit | edit source]

Two important guides to Washington records are: