Washington Family History Societies(P-R)

County and Other Societies

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

Pacific County Historical Society - Pacific County Historical Museum

Many archives are available in their Museum, which incorporate:

  • Archive Materials
  • Local Indian History Collection
  • Natural History Objects
  • Newspaper and Census Indexes
  • Oral Histories
  • Photographs

Pend Oreille County Historical Society

Pend Oreille County Museum is maintained by the association.

A number of resources are available in their Archives, which include Pend Oreille County Records, Resource Files, History Books, Newspapers, Obituaries, Biographical Files, Historic Photographs, Maps, Scrapbooks, Journals and Biographical and Photo CD's/DVD's.

They also have publications available for sale, which include Pioneer Voices of Priest Lake, Birding in Washington, Glacial Lake Missoula - Prehistoric Floods and Milwaukee Road in Idaho.


Puget Sound Genealogical Society

Many databases are accessible, which include a list of Cemeteries, with Burial Indexes for some.  There is also an Index of Obituaries.

They also have many archives in their collection, which is housed at the Sylvan Way Branch of the Kitsap Regional Library in Bremerton, Washington.

These resources include books and periodicals from the State of Washington and further afield, Census Transcripts and other miscellaneous resources.


Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society

The association has a Research Centre where a number of books and archives are available, which include:

  • Books relating to the American, British and German Navies
  • Knot Tying
  • Lloyds' Directories on Ships and Merchant Vessels of the US
  • Log Books
  • Maritime Periodicals
  • Model Making
  • Northwest Explorers
  • Sea Chanteys
  • Seaman's Narratives
  • Ship Building
  • Various Steamship Lines
  • Volumes relating to Maritime Subjects
  • Whaling

They also have a Photographic Collection and a Marine Model Collection.


Rainier Valley Historical Society

The association has a number of archives, which incorporate: 

  • Artefacts
  • Documents
  • Historic Photographs of Rainier Valley
  • Letters
  • Maps
  • Newspaper Clippings
  • Reference Books

They also have Oral Histories, a list of which is accessible.


Renton Historical Society - Renton History Museum

A number of archives are accessible in Renton History Museum, which incorporate:

  • Early Books
  • Ephemera
  • Fire Fighting and Coal Mining Artefacts
  • Local Business Records
  • Newspapers
  • Photographs of Renton
  • School Photographs

It is possible to view some of their collection of Photographs on the University of Washington Libraries Digital Collections website.