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Libraries, Archives and other Repositories
in Washington state

Washington State Library "Ask A Librarian" - News Paper Obituaries, etc.

Washington State Archives

by the Secretary of State. Identify how, when and why government records are kept in this state. The archives are divided into regions located in Cheney, Ellensburg, Bellevue, Bellingham and Olympia.

Tacoma Public Library's Place Name Database

Search here to identify geographical places in Washington state. TPL's whole database is very useful to Washington researchers.

USGenWeb Archives - Washington

Online collection of searchable data gathered by volunteers.

Washington State Genealogical Societies Online

Check for a society close to you or your families. They often have libraries or provide other research services.

Where to write for vital records

King County Archives

A repository of King county government records.

Seattle Public Library

WA largest genealogy library, a great place to do research.

Tacoma Public Library's Northwest Room:

A great and growing collection for the Pacific Northwest.

Washington State Library

University of Washington Library

including Index to 100 years of Pacific Northwest Quarterly

Libraries by state

Fiske Genealogical Foundation Library

A private foundation that offers good resources for a small charge.

Catholic Archdioices of Seattle

Records of Western Washington Parishes - Holdings, request forms, etc.

National Archives and Records Administration

Large collection of microfilms including a complete set of Federal Census, military, naturalization and much more.

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