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Internet Resources

Genealogical Societies
Subject Guides

Searchable Databases 

Genealogical Societies

Eastern Washington Genealogical Society - Collection and services based here at the Spokane Public Library.

Idaho State Historical Society- Research library and archives located in Boise, Idaho, which includes the Idaho State archives.

Montana State Genealogical Society -Has a list of all local genealogical societies in Montana State.

Montana State Historical Society- Museum and research library in Helena, Montana, which includes the Montana State Archives.

National Genealogical Society - Based in Arlington, Virginia.

Northeast Washington Genealogical Society -Based in Colville, Washington covering Stevens, Ferry, and Pend Oreille counties.

Oregon Genealogical Society- Based in Eugene, Oregon and will do research throughout Oregon,especially Lane, Linn, Douglas and Benton counties.

Oregon Historical Society - Museum and research library located in Portland, Oregon.

Tri-Cities Genealogical Society - Based in Richland, Washington, serving Benton and Franklin counties and especially the cities of Kennewick, Pasco and Richland.

Washington State Genealogical Society - Based in Olympia. Site includes a list of all local genealogical societies in Washington State.

Washington State Historical Society - Research Center and Museum in Tacoma, Museum in Olympia, and facilities in Vancouver.

Wenatchee Area Genealogical Society -Based in Wenatchee and serving Chelan and Douglas counties.

Whitman County Genealogical Society - Based in Pullman and serving Whitman County.



National Archives - Offers tools and guides to its collections as well as searchable databases.

Idaho Historical Library & Archives -Provides access to digital collections, newspapers, photographs and public archives.

Library and Archives of Canada -Offers information on its collection and online genealogical resources through its Canadian Genealogy Centre.


Washington History - Online resources developed by the Washington State Library and Washington State Archives.

Washington State Digital Archives is adding electronic indexes and records from both State and Local databases, including Marriage Records, Naturalization Records, Census Records, Death Records, Birth Records, Military Records, and Institution Records. Use Search Help for detailed information about Name Search and Keyword Search.

Washington State Archives- Eastern Region -Maintained by Eastern Washington University in Cheney for the Secretary of State's office and serving Adams, Asotin, Columbia, Ferry, Garfield, Lincoln,Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens, Walla Walla, and Whitman counties.


Subject Guides

Cyndi's List - Cyndi's List of Genealogical Sites on the Internet - more than 191,000 links.

Repository of Primary Documents - Washington - Maintained by the University of Idaho and contains many links to regional libraries, archives, museums and special collections. - The oldest and largest free genealogy site, supported by

Spokane County GenWeb - The local version of the Washington GenWeb project with many links to Spokane area history, names, maps and pictures.

USGenWeb - A group of volunteers working together to provide Internet websites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States. This Project is non-commercial and fully committed to free access for everyone.


Searchable Databases

Castle Garden - Immigrant records prior to 1891 searchable by name. 

Ellis Island Database -Immigrant records after 1891 searchable by name.

Ewanida Rail Records -Indexes of regional Washington cemeteries and selected cemeteries in other northwestern states.

Family Search  - Family History Library maintained by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

FindAGrave-  Maintained by volunteers, this site allows you to search by name, cemetery or memorial number.  A great resource when you've tried everything else.  

Global Gazetter - Lookup countries, cities, and airports and obtain topographic maps, weather data,and selected satellite imagery.

Government Land Office Records -Provides live access to Federal land conveyance records for the Public Land States. We also provide image access to more than two million Federal land title records for Eastern Public Land States, issued between 1820 and 1908. Images of Serial patents (land titles issued between 1908 and the mid-1960's) are currently being added to this web site. - Transcribed cemetery records.

Making of America - A digital library pf primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction.

Ned M. Barnes Northwest Room Digital Collection - a digital collections page of photographs selected from collections in the Northwest Room. These collections emphasize the most frequently requested subjects in the Northwest Room – the homes, buildings, streets and activities in and around Spokane. The original items are available for use and study in the Ned M. Barnes Northwest Room of Spokane Public Library.

New England Historical Genealogical Society  - This database covers many northeastern states with a heavy emphasis on Massachusetts up to 1910.  Available only in the Spokane Public Library buildings.

Searching Passenger Lists - Includes Ellis Island and Castle Garden in one step.

Social Security Death Index -Provided for free by FamilySearch.  This database has a two to three month gap after a death and before the web site is updated.

Soldiers and Sailors System - Index of Civil War military personnel.

University of Washington Libraries Digital Collection - Collections are primarily pictorial, although some have accompanying essays and text.  Other media are presented, such as newspapers, reports, pamphlets, posters, and maps.  The emphasis of these collections is on rare and unique materials.

U.S. Gazetteer - Find any town in the United States.

USGS Maps - Find any geographic feature in the United States.

Washington Place Names - Provided by the Tacoma Public Library, this site provides names of towns, rivers,streams, mountains and other locations in Washington State.

Washington State University Libraries - Manuscripts, archives, and special collections.  Includes historical photographs and audio resources.

Western States Marriage Records Index - the BYU-Idaho Family History Center (formerly known as Ricks College) has been extracting early marriage records from counties in the western part of the United States.




GenDisasters - Documents disasters and accidents world wide.  Information added by volunteers. Can be searched by disaster or location. 

Library of Congress' American Memory Project - American Memory provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. It is a digital record of American history and creativity. These materials, from the collections of the Library of Congress and other institutions, chronicle historical events, people, places, and ideas that continue to shape America,serving the public as a resource for education and lifelong learning.

Military History Institute - Online catalog featuring manuscripts and archives, photos, artifacts, and military publications.


Washington Bios Project - Washington Biographies Project with over 500 biographies,with links to Oregon Biographies Project.

Washington State Vital Records - Addresses of county records offices.

WPA Life Histories from Washington - Mostly first-person accounts of life in Washington collected during the Great Depression.


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