Washington Goals:  1: Research and Records   2: Archives and Libraries   3: Vital and Census Records   4: Church and Cemetery Records   5: Emigration and Immigration   6: Military Records   7: Probate, Land and Court   8: Maps and Gazetteers   9: Newspapers   10: Websites   11: Search Records   12: Get Help  





U.S.—Washington

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Goal 1: Learn about Washington research and records.


Choices:

A. Get started with research for your Washington ancestors.

Summary
  1. Learn about basic Washington research strategies.
    FS—Basic Washington Research Tips and Strategies
  2. Explore resources for Washington research on Ancestry.
    AC—Washington Resources
  3. Study the Ancestry State Guide for Washington research.
    AC—Washington State Research Guide, 5 pgs.
  4. Use the Washington Selection Table to decide on records to search.
    FS—Washington Record Selection Table


Goal 2: Learn about Washington archives and libraries.


Choices:

A. Learn about Washington archives and libraries.

Summary
  1. Learn about Washington archives and libraries in these articles.
    FS—Wiki: Washington Archives and Libraries
    | AC—Wiki: Washington Archives, Libraries, and Societies
  2. Explore the Washington state archives.
  3. Explore the State Archives and Libraries site for Washington.
  4. Explore Washington Dept. of Archives collection.
  5. Explore the Books We Own site for Washington genealogy publications. Volunteers may be available for lookup services.
  6. Search for free online books on Washington research on the FamilySearch site.
  7. Explore historical photo resources on the Ancestor Hunt site.

B. Learn about Washington city directories.

Summary
  1. Learn about Washington city directories in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Washington Directories
  2. Explore Washington city directories.
  3. Find out more about city directories in this research guide from Ancestry.
    AC—Six Things to Find—3 pgs.
  4. Explore Washington city directories on the Ancestry site.
  5. Explore Washington historical directories by county.
  6. Explore additional links for Washington city directories on the LDSGenealogy site.


Goal 3: Learn about Washington vital records.


Choices:

A. Learn about Washington vital records.

Summary
  1. Learn about Washington vital records in these articles.
    FS—Wiki: Washington Vital Records
    | AC—Wiki: Washington Vital Records
  2. Explore links for vital records on the Washington Public Health site.
  3. Search for online Washington vital records and find addresses for state offices to write to for records.
  4. Explore Washington birth, marriage, and death records on the AccessGenealogy site.
  5. Explore Washington birth certificate records on the Birth-Certificates.net site.
  6. Explore additional links for Washington vital records on the Linkpendium site.
  7. Explore additional links for Washington birth records on the LDSGenealogy site.

B. Explore Washington marriage and death records.

Summary
  1. Learn how to find Washington marriage records with FamilySearch.
  2. Explore links for Washington marriage records.
  3. Explore additional links for Washington marriage records on the LDSGenealogy site.
  4. Explore the Ancestors at Rest site for Washington death records.
  5. Explore the ObituariesHelp site for Washington obituaries.
  6. Find additional resources for Washington obituaries on the Linkpendium site.
  7. Explore Washington death records, indexes, and obituaries.
  8. Explore additional links for Washington death records on the LDSGenealogy site.

C. Explore Washington census and voter records.

Summary
  1. Get an overview of Washington censuses in this article.
    FS—Washington Census
  2. Learn about Washington census records.
    Census Records for Washington
  3. Explore the MyFreeCensus site for Washington state and county census records.
  4. Explore Washington census records on the AccessGenealogy site.
  5. Learn about Washington voting registers in this article.
    FS—Washington Voting Registers
  6. Explore additional links for Washington census records on the LDSGenealogy site.


Goal 4: Learn about Washington church and cemetery records.


Choices:

A. Learn about Washington church records.

Summary
  1. Get an overview of Washington church records in this article.
    FS—Washington Church Records
  2. Learn about Washington church records in this Ancestry Wiki article.
    AC—Washington Church Records
  3. Explore additional links for Washington church records on the LDSGenealogy site.

B. Explore Washington cemetery records.

Summary
  1. Explore Washington cemetery records in this article.
    FS—Washington Cemetery Records
  2. Browse the Interment.net site for Washington cemetery records.
  3. Search for Washington cemetery records online.
  4. Explore Washington cemetery records on the AccessGenealogy site.
  5. Explore the Tombstone Transcription Project on the U.S. GenWeb site.
  6. Search the FindaGrave site for cemetery records.
  7. Search the BillionGraves site for cemetery records.
  8. See additional cemetery resources on the Washington Linkpendium site.
  9. Explore additional links for Washington cemetery records on the LDSGenealogy site.


Goal 5: Learn about Washington emigration and immigration.


Choices:

A. Learn about Washington emigration and immigration.

Summary
  1. Learn about Washington emigration and immigration in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Washington Emigration and Immigration
  2. Learn about Washington migration routes in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Washington Migration
  3. Explore additional links for Washington immigration records on the LDSGenealogy site.


Goal 6: Learn about Washington military records.


Choices:

A. Learn about Washington military records.

Summary
  1. Learn about Washington military records in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Washington Military Records
  2. Explore Washington military records on the AccessGenealogy site (scroll down).
  3. Explore Washington military records on the Linkpendium site.
  4. Explore Washington military resources on Cyndi's List.
  5. Explore additional links for Washington military records on the LDSGenealogy site.


Goal 7: Learn about Washington probate, land, and court records.


Choices:

A. Learn about Washington probate, land and court records.

Summary
  1. Learn about Washington probate records in these articles.
    FS—Wiki: Washington Probate Records
    | AC—Wiki: Washington Probate Records
  2. Learn about Washington land and property records.
    FS—Washington Land and Property Records
  3. Learn about Washington land records in this Ancestry Wiki article.
    AC—Washington Land Records
  4. Explore additional links for Washington probate records on the LDSGenealogy site.
  5. Explore additional links for Washington land records on the LDSGenealogy site.

B. Learn about Washington court records.

Summary
  1. Learn about Washington court records in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Washington Court Records
  2. Learn about Washington court records in this Ancestry Wiki article.
    AC—Wiki: Washington Court Records


Goal 8: Learn about Washington maps and gazetteers.


Choices:

A. Learn about Washington maps and gazetteers.

Summary
  1. Learn about Washington maps in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Washington Maps
  2. Learn about Washington maps in this Ancestry Wiki article.
    AC—Wiki: Washington Maps
  3. Learn about Washington gazetteers in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Washington Gazetteers

B. Explore Washington maps and gazetteers.

  1. Explore the David Rumsey collection of Washington maps.
  2. Explore the Perry-Castaneda site for maps of Washington.
  3. Explore historical Washington maps on the Historic Map Works site.
  4. Explore the Old Maps Online site for Washington maps.


Goal 9: Learn about Washington newspapers.


Choices:

A. Learn about Washington newspapers.

Summary
  1. Learn about Washington newspapers in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Washington Newspapers
  2. Learn about researching historical Florida newspapers in this tutorial from The Ancestor Hunt.
    Research Free Historical Florida Newspapers—8:00
  3. Learn about Washington newspapers, periodicals, and manuscript collections.
    AC—Wiki: Washington Periodicals, Newspapers, and Manuscripts

B. Explore Washington newspapers.

Summary
  1. Search for Washington historical newspapers in the Library of Congress collection.
  2. Search Washington newspapers in the onlinenewspapers.com site.
  3. Search Washington newspapers in the world-newspapers.com site.
  4. Search Washington newspapers in the ABYZ News Link site.
  5. Explore Washington newspaper resources on the Ancestor Hunt site.
  6. See additional Washington newspaper resources on the Linkpendium site.
  7. Explore additional links for Washington newspapers and obituaries on the LDSGenealogy site.


Goal 10: Explore additional websites for research.


Choices:

A. There are a number of websites with valuable resources for Washington research.

  1. Explore links in Cyndi's List.
  2. Explore links in Linkpendium.
  3. Explore links in Kindred Trails.
  4. Explore links in GenealogyLinks.net.
  5. Explore links in LDSGenealogy.com.


Goal 11: Search records from Washington.


Choices:

A Use the QUIKLinks (top of page) or Washington County links (bottom) to quickly search common record collections for Washington.

Note: To search records on these sites, you must be registered on the site or be at a FamilySearch Center.

  1. In the QUIKLinks, click the link for FamilySearch, Ancestry, Findmypast, or MyHeritage to view the corresponding record collection.
  2. Scroll down near the bottom of this page to see available county records. Click the name of the county for FamilySearch, or A for Ancestry, or L for Linkpendium.

B Explore additional record collections.

  1. In FamilySearch, explore the Washington Online Genealogy Records page for a variety of record collections.
  2. In each program (FamilySearch, Ancestry, or Findmypast), explore additional record collections besides the ones listed in QUIKLinks on this page.


Goal 12: Get help with your Washington research.


Choices:

A. Use Facebook pages to get answers to your questions.

  1. Visit the Washington Genealogy Network page on Facebook.
  2. Visit the Washington Genealogy page on Facebook.
  3. Visit the Seattle Genealogical Society and Library page on Facebook.
  4. Visit the U.S. West Genealogy Research page on Facebook.
  5. See the Genealogy on Facebook list of Facebook groups dedicated to helping with research for Washington.

B. Join a mailing list or message board for Washington research.

  1. Join the RootsChat forum and post questions about Washington research.
  2. Search the RootsWeb site for Washington research mailing lists.
  3. Explore the Washington research mailing lists on Cyndi's List.
  4. Use the RootsWeb message boards to read or post questions about Washington research.

C. Learn about Washington genealogy societies.

  1. Learn about genealogy societies in Washington in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Washington Societies
  2. Explore the Washington State Genealogical Society site.
  3. Explore the Washington State Historical Society site.
  4. Explore Washington genealogy society sites on Cyndi's list.




Washington Counties

Name = FamilySearch; A = Ancestry; L = Linkpendium

Adams    A    L Asotin    A    L Benton    A    L Chelan    A    L Clallam    A    L Clark    L
Columbia    A    L Cowlitz    A    L Douglas    L Ferry    L Franklin    L Garfield    A    L
Grant    L Grays Harbor    L Island    A    L Jefferson    L King    A    L Kitsap    A    L
Kittitas    A    L Klickitat    A    L Lewis    A    L Lincoln    A    L Mason    A    L Okanogan    L
Pacific    A    L Pend Oreille    L Pierce    A    L San Juan    A    L Skagit    A    L Skamania    L
Snohomish    A    L Spokane    A    L Stevens    A    L Thurston    A    L Wahkiakum    L Walla Walla    A    L
Whatcom    A    L Whitman    A    L Yakima    A    L


Map Courtesy of Digital-Topo-Maps.com