Genealogy: Washington, Library and society resource list

Washington, Library and society resource listBy Barry J. Ewell

As this article was being researched it became very clear that links to genealogy and historical societies, libraries, and archives are scattered throughout the web.  None of the resources are complete, yet all must reviewed to make sure you have not overlooked a possible source.  Many of the resources are compiled on lists of varying names while others are buried on page 50 of Google search. Rather than give you a few links and say “Go Fish” I chose to research and compile links to online state resources in the following categories:

  • State-wide Resources
  • University Archives and Collections
  • Public Library and Community Resources and Archives
  • Historical Society and Special Interest Resources and Archives
  • Finding State Digital Resources and Collections
  • Digital Library Collections
  • Historical and Genealogical Society Online Web Pages

While I have sought to provide you a detailed compilation, I know that I have missed some resources.  If you don’t find you seek, I suggest you contact the library or society nearest your place of interest and see if they can help you locate resources that may not be not be online but can be contacted via other means.

**Important note about links:  The links that are presented below represent what was available during the research of this article.  If the link you seek is broken, simple copy the name of the library, society, archive, etc. and paste it into the Google search engine and you will be lead to the new link or copy and paste the name of institution in Google and find the URL.

State-wide Resources (4)

  1. Secretary of State – Archives & Records Management:
  2. Washington State Genealogical Society:
  3. Washington State Historical Society:
  4. Washington State Library: ?

University Archives and Collections (10)

  1. Central Washington University:
  2. Eastern Washington University:
  3. Gonzaga University:
  4. Pacific Lutheran University:
  5. University of Puget Sound:
  6. University of Washington. Health Sciences Library:
  7. University of Washington. Special Collections:
  8. Western Washington University. Archives & Records Center:
  9. Western Washington University. Center for Pacific Northwest Studies:
  10. Western Washington University. Special Collections:

Public Library and Community Resources and Archives (11)

  1. Colville–Colville, Public Library, Northeast Washington Genealogical Society Holdings:
  2. Everett–Everett Public Library:
  3. Pullman–Neill Public Library:
  4. Seattle–King County Archives and Records Management:
  5. Seattle–King County Library System:
  6. Seattle–Seattle Public Library:
  7. Seattle–Seattle Public Schools:
  8. Spokane–Spokane Public Library:
  9. Sumner–Heritage Quest Research Library:
  10. Tacoma–Karpeles Manuscript Library Museums:
  11. Tacoma–Tacoma Public Library:

Historical Society and Special Interest Resources and Archives (10)

  1. Archdiocese of Seattle:
  2. Diocese of Olympia:
  3. East Benton County Historical Society:
  4. Echoes of the Past Archive:
  5. Gig Harbor Peninsula Historical Society:
  6. Heritage Quest Research Library:
  7. Jefferson County Historical Society:
  8. Providence Archives:
  9. Sisters of Providence Archives:
  10. Swedish Finn Historical Society:

Finding State Digital Resources and Collections (1)

  1. Washington State Digital Library Resources:

This site contains a ink to the Digital Best Practice Website, and a list of Washington State Digital Collections.

Digital Library Collections (10)

  1. Digital Collections (Washington State University Libraries):
  2. University of Washington Digital Library Initiatives:
  3. University of Washington Libraries, Digital Collections:
  4. Digital Collections by Subject:
  5. Washington State Library, Washington State Digital Library Resources:
  6. Washington State University, Manuscripts, Archives and Special Collections, Digital Collections:
  7. Online Books
  8. Columbia River Basin Ethnic History Archive:
  9. King County Snapshots:
  10. Washington State Digital Libraries Portal: