Washington Archives and Libraries

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


  • Washington State Archives
    1120 Washington Street S.E.
    Olympia, WA 98504-0238
    Telephone: 360-586-1492
    Fax: 360-664-8814
    Mailing Address:
    P.O. Box 40238
    Olympia, WA 98504-0238
  • Washington State Digital Archives
    The nation's first archives dedicated to the preservation of electronic records from both State and Local agencies that have permanent historical value. The web site was designed to provide simple, straight forward access to researchers.


  • 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:
University of Washington (Seattle) Library, The Dictionary Catalog of the Pacific Northwest Collection of the University of Washington (Seattle) Libraries. Six Volumes. (Boston, Massachusetts: G.K. Hall and Co., 1972.) At various libraries (WorldCat); Family History Library book Q 979.7 A3w

Washington Digital Collections

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Online Records
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.


Two important guides to Washington records are:

To learn more about the history and record-keeping systems of Washington counties use the 15 inventories of the county archives produced by the Historical Records Survey around 1940. Copies of these inventories are at the Family History Library. To access these records, use the Place Search in the FHL catalog for:


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