Washington Church Records

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Before 1900 the largest religious groups in Washington were the Baptist, Roman Catholic, Methodist Episcopal, and Presbyterian churches. To help you learn more about Church records in Washington, see Guide to Church Vital Statistics Records in Washington (Seattle, Washington: Historical Records Survey, 1942; Family History Library fiche 6051172).

The Family History Library has very few church records from Washington. Many denominations have collected their records in central repositories. You can write to the following addresses to learn where their records are located.


St. Francis Regis Mission - Jesuit 1845-1945

St. Ignatius Mission- Jesuit 1845-1855

St. Mary's Mission - Jesuit 1886-1960

Tsimshian Mission 1838

St. Paul's Mission - Jesuit 1845-1865

Whitman Mission (near Wallawalla)


American Baptist - Samuel Colgate Historical Library
1106 South Goodman Street
Rochester, NY 14620-2532
Telephone: 716-473-1740
Fax: 716-473-1740


United Methodist Church
Collins Memorial Library
University of Puget Sound
1500 North Warner
Tacoma, WA 98416
Telephone: 253-756-3669
Fax: 253-756-3670
Internet: http://www.ups.edu/x15464.xml

(This library has records of ministers but not of church members.)

For a history of the Methodists in Washington see Erle Howell, Methodisim in the Northwest (Nashville, Tennessee: Pacific Northwest Conference Historical Society, 1966.


Presbyterian Historical Society
Presbyterian Church U.S.A.
425 Lombard Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147-1516
Telephone: 215-627-1852
Fax: 215-627-0509
Internet: http://www.history.pcusa.org/

For a history of the Presbyterians in Washington, see Robert Boyd, History of the Synod of Washington of The Presbyterian Church in the United States of America 1835-1909 (Seattle, Washington: The Synod, [1910?]; Family History Library film 1321456 item 4).

Roman Catholic

Archdiocese of Seattle
Chancery Office
910 Marion Street
Seattle, WA 98104
Telephone: 206-382-4560
Fax: 206-382-4840
Internet: http://www.seattlearch.org/