Washington Family History Societies(S-W)

This section lists associations from Southwest Seattle to Walla Walla Valley giving details about each one and what resources and publications they offer.

County and other Societies

Southwest Seattle Historical Society - Loghouse Museum

The association has an extensive collection of documents, which include Artefacts, Archives, Oral Histories and approximately 7000 Photographic Prints and Negatives.


Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society

The association has a Library where a number of documents are available, which include more than 5000 volumes covering the United States, Canada and further afield.  Resources also include:

  • Cemetery Readings
  • Early Snohomish Co. Deaths and Marriages
  • Federal Census Returns
  • Funeral Home Books
  • Magazines
  • Microfilm and Microfiche
  • Newspapers
  • Obituaries
  • Pennsylvania Archives Collection
  • Periodicals
  • Snohomish Co. Directories
  • Snohomish Co. Plat Books
  • War of the Rebellion Series

A number of publications are available for sale, which include 

  • Arlington Centennial Pictorial History 1903-2003
  • Obituaries
  • Snohomish Co. in the War
  • Stillaguamish Valley Pioneer Book

Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical Society

The association was established in 1961 and had 6 members, but by the end of the first year they had 54.  They currently have approximately 150 members.

Their aims are to promote and encourage family history research and to collect and publish resource material, especially that relating to Pierce County and the Puget Sound region.

Many publications are available for sale, which incorporate:

  • Ancestor Exchange 1981-1992
  • Auditor's Census Extractions 1878-1879
  • Auditor's Census Returns 1889 and 1892
  • Buckley-King Mortuary Records
  • Cemeteries
  • Delayed Birth Certificates
  • Marriages 1853-1903
  • Parish Register and History of St Peter's Church and St Luke's Church in Tacoma
  • Piper and Sessions Funeral Home Books
  • Place Name Origins

An Index to Pierce County and various Washington Records is available on the site.  These incorporate:

  • Bibles
  • Cemeteries
  • Censuses
  • Church Registers
  • Court Books
  • Funeral Homes
  • Land Papers
  • Military Sources
  • Naturalisations
  • Pierce Co. Probate Case Abstracts
  • Tax and Utility Records
  • Voter Registrations
  • Washington Pioneer Lists

Tri-City Genealogical Society

The association serves the Counties of Benton and Franklin.  They have a Library where a number of archives are available, which include:

  • Biographical Records
  • Cemetery Transcripts
  • Census Indexes
  • Church Registers
  • Directories
  • Early Settlers
  • Genealogies
  • Immigration and Migration Indexes
  • Land Papers
  • Maps and Atlases
  • Marriage and Death Notices
  • Military Records
  • Obituaries
  • Passenger Lists
  • Pension Applications
  • Probate and Court Papers
  • Tax Lists
  • Town Histories
  • Will Abstracts

Many databases are accessible, which comprise:

  • 1910 Federal Census
  • Benton and Franklin School Census 1910-1933
  • Family Bibles
  • Genealogies
  • Images of America: Early Pasco
  • Images of America: Early Richland
  • Images of America: Kennewick
  • Multi-Generational Photos
  • Obituaries and Death Notices
  • Photographs
  • Wedding Anniversaries and Pictures from Earlier Days all from the Tri-City Herald
  • World War I Draft Registrations

In addition, they have an index of Cemetery Transcripts, Early Births and Deaths and Obituary Abstracts all published in the TCGS Bulletin.

A list of surnames currently being researched by Members is also available.  They also have links to other sites you may find of use.


Walla Walla Valley Genealogical Society

Many publications are available for sale, which comprise:

  • Abstracts from City Directories
  • Back Issues and Indexes of the Blue Mountain Heritage
  • Bibles
  • Births from the Milton-Eagle and Freewater Times Newspapers
  • Cemetery Transcripts
  • Early Marriages 1862-1899
  • Marriage Returns 1891-1912
  • School Books