Genealogy & Local History

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Adams County Historical Society
Gathering and preserving the history of Adams County, WA.

Washington State Digital Archives
The nation's first archives dedicated specifically to the preservation of electronic records from both State and Local agencies that have permanent legal, fiscal or historical value.

Washington State Genealogical Society
Shares information about genealogical activities and resources from individual members and local, county, state, and national organizations.

Genealogy at the Washington State Library
Collection of biographies, vital records, land records, and more.  Also offers free obituary look ups.

Click here to see additional local resources.


Access to Archival Databases (AAD) System
Select from nearly 50 million historic electronic records created by more than 20 federal agencies on a wide range of topics such as specific persons, geographic areas, organizations, or dates. AAD allows you to search for and retrieve specific records from selected series and data files over the Internet. Part of the National Archives and Records Administration.

Center for Volga German Studies at Concordia University
A collection of family histories, pedigree charts, and other materials that provide genealogical information about Volga Germans.

Cyndi's List
A categorized and cross-referenced index to genealogical resources on the Internet, including a list of links that point you to genealogical research sites online.

Daughters of the American Revolution Genealogical Research System
A combination of several databases created in recent years to organize the large quantity of information that the DAR has collected since its inception in 1890.

Ellis Island Records
Search the immigration records from Ellis Island.
Connect to the Latter Day Saints family history center.

Genealogy Archives
Link to many other genealogy sites - sponsored by

Family history and genealogy, census, birth, marriage, death, vital records, and more.

National Archives and Records Administration’s Genealogy Page
Access what NARA has and doesn’t have & find out how to get what you need.

Online Searchable Death Indexes and Records
A directory of links to websites with online death indexes, listed by state and county. Included are death records, death certificate indexes, death notices and registers, obituaries, probate indexes, and cemetery and burial records.

Comb the Internet’s oldest and largest genealogy site providing an interactive search of the Social Security Death Index in addition to many other links.

US GenWeb Project
Provides websites for genealogical research in every county in every state.

Where to Write for Vital Records
Look here to find state contacts for copies of birth or death certificates, marriage licenses, and divorce certificates.


Locate your Canadian relatives through this site.

Canadian Genealogy Center
Publications, archival records, sound and audio-visual materials, photographs, artworks, and electronic documents relating to Canadian genealogy.

A large collection of genealogical information pages for England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man.

Made possible with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Washington State Library, Office of the Secretary of State.