GENEALOGY

“I want you to know how much help I received from the Library over a period of many years… As I was searching for a ‘lost’ family member, I needed help finding not only Frederick G. Hoenes but also all of the members of his family as well. These discoveries have thrilled our extended family to no end, as we never knew what had happened to this branch of the Hoenes family.” – Laurie Kade

UNDERSTAND YOUR PAST

Trace your roots and discover your past at Spokane Public Library, located on the 3rd floor of the Central Library within the Inland Northwest Special Collections. Genealogy research at Spokane Public Library maintains a special emphasis on Spokane, Eastern Washington, and the Inland Northwest.

RESOURCES AVAILABLE

Spokane City Directories | Obituary indexes | Census microfilm | Periodicals | Family histories | Vertical files | County plat maps | Sanborn fire maps | Early Spokane newspaper indexes | Spokane newspapers from 1882 – 1894 on microfilm | Spokane newspapers from 1895-present | And more!

SEARCH 100,000 OBITUARIES

Search a regional directory of obituaries dating back to the early 1900s. 

THE LATEST FROM THE BLOG

The History of Liberty Park

The Liberty Park Neighborhood (as East Central was originally known) was developed in the 1890s as one of Spokane’s earliest streetcar neighborhoods. In 1897, wealthy mining magnate F. Lewis Clark donated a

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RESEARCH TOOLS

ANCESTRY LIBRARY EDITION

Search this database to create sales leads, mailing lists, market research, background searches, and more.

NEHGS AMERICAN ANCESTORS

Explore this searchable database of vital records in the United States, with an emphasis on New England. (Only available at Central Library).

PROQUEST HISTORICAL NEWPAPERS

Discover searchable digital images of Spokane’s historic newspapers, from 1883 to 2009 and the Spokane Chronicle from 1890 to 1992.

WASHINGTON STATE DEATH CERTIFICATES

Access digital death certificates for all those who died in Washington State from July 1, 1907 – December 31, 1995.

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