Washington Family History Societies(L-O)

This section lists associations from Lewis to Olympia giving details about each one and what resources and publications they offer.

County and Other Societies

Lewis County Genealogical Society

The association has a list of Cemeteries in the area on its website and it is also possible to search Burial Indexes through Find-A-Grave.  Some Photographs and Maps are also accessible.


Loon Lake Historical Society

Many databases are accessible, which include an article about the Old Schoolhouse, Surname Index of Family Histories and School Memories.


Lower Columbia Genealogical Society

The association was established in 1963 and in 1980, they joined with Longview Public Library to create a genealogy book collection.

They have a Genealogy Room where many archives are accessible, which include Cowlitz Co. Cemetery Transcripts, Birth Certificates Abstracts, Military Histories, Marriages, Naturalisations, Probate Court Records, Probate Fee Books, Census Transcriptions, Obituaries, Newspapers and Wills.

They also have some archives relating to Wahkiakum County, which include:

  • Census 1854-1892
  • Clerk and Auditor Records 1868-1980
  • Commissioner's Minutes 1854-1893
  • Inventory of Historic Places
  • Scrapbooks
  • Telephone Directories

In addition, they have:

  • Biographies
  • Foreign Language Dictionaries
  • History Books
  • Maps and Atlases
  • Military Histories
  • New York Times Index
  • Southwest Washington Newspapers Obituary Index
  • Travel Guides
  • Washington State Vital Records Death Index

A number of databases are accessible, which include:

  • 1871, 1883, 1885 and 1887 Census Transcriptions and Indexes
  • Cemetery Inscriptions
  • Cowlitz Co. Early Wills Index 1865-1919
  • Cowlitz Co. Marriages 1854-1925
  • Cowlitz Co. Naturalisations 1859-1920
  • Cowlitz Co. Probate Court Records 1861-1907

Many publications are available for sale, which incorporate:

  • 1910 Federal Census for Cowlitz Co.
  • Cemetery Transcripts
  • Cowlitz Co. Marriages 1854-1900
  • Delayed Birth Certificates issued 1942-1943
  • Naturalisations 1859-1920

Mason County Historical Society - Mason County Historical Museum

Many archives are available in their Museum, which include:

  • Artefacts
  • Diaries
  • Historic Documents
  • Letters
  • Newspapers
  • Periodicals
  • Photographs
  • Tapes

Olympia Genealogical Society

Many publications are available for sale, which include:

  • The association's Surname Index
  • Cemetery Transcripts
  • Genealogical Abstracts from The Morning/Daily Olympian 1891-1907
  • Thurston Co. 1889 Census
  • Thurston Co. 1910 Federal Census
  • Thurston Co. Births Register 1891-1907
  • Thurston Co. Deaths Register 1891-1907

Olympia Historical Society

Many databases are accessible, which incorporate:

  • Articles
  • Bibliography
  • Historical Significance of Olympia Locations
  • Image Bibliography
  • Olympia Residents 1845-1930
  • Photographs
  • Transcriptions