Tacoma-Pierce County
Genealogical Society

Puget Sound Genealogy Resources

The following is a list of research libraries, institutions, museums and research groups in the greater Puget Sound area. This region is abundant with a large variety of research sources and we hope that this list will help you in planning a successful genealogical research trip to our area!

Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical Society
PO Box 1952
Tacoma, Washington 98401

When sending inquiries to the society, please enclose a self-addressed, stamped, legal-sized no. 10 envelope. Please be sure to include your full mailing address.

Fiske Genealogical Foundation
1644 - 43rd Ave. E. (Madison Park)
Seattle, Washington 98122-3222
(206) 328-2716

Open Mon. and Sat., 10 am to 3 pm with expanded hours on Wednesday which include 10 am to 3 pm and 6 pm to 8 pm
There is a $5.00 usage fee for non-members.

Heritage Quest Genealogy Research Library
1007 Main Street
Sumner, Washington 98390
(253) 863-1806
E-mail: research@hqrl.com

Open: Six days a week (except legal holidays) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Check our web site for education classes and seminar schedules.


Highline Community College
Building 25
Just west of 240th & Pacific Highway South
Des Moines, Washington 98198
(206) 878-3710

Jefferson County Genealogical Society Library
540 Water Street
Port Townsend WA 98368-5725
(360) 385-1003

Hours: Monday-Saturday 11 am - 4 pm
Sunday 1 pm - 4 pm
Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Years Day, 3rd Saturday in May, weekdays during January and February.
There is a $2 fee for non-members.

Jefferson County Historical Society
540 Water Street
Port Townsend, WA 98368
(360) 385 1003

King County Archives & Records Management
1215 East Fir Street
Seattle, Washington 98122-5424
(206) 296-1538
E-mail: Archives@MetroKC.GOV

By appointment only. Hours 8:30 am - 4:30pm, Monday through Friday.
Copies are 15 cents per page

King County Law Library
W621 King County Courthouse
516 3rd Avenue
Seattle, Washington 98104
(206) 296-0940
(206) 205-0513 (FAX)

They have the first De-Cennial Digest

King County Library System

The Eastside Genealogical Society has its collection housed at:
Bellevue Regional Library
1111 110th Ave. NE
Bellevue, Washington 98004-4508
(425) 450-1760


LDS Family History Centers:


625 M Street NE, 98002-4507, (253) 735-2009


10605 NE 20th Street, 98004-2851, (425) 454-2690
Tuesday - Thursday: 10 am - 9 pm
Friday: 10 am - 8 pm and Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm
Call before visiting.


2925 James Street, 98225-2640, (360) 738-1849


2225 North Perry Ave., 98310-5135, (206) 479-9370
9256 Nels Nelson NW, 98311-9097, (360) 698-5552


2195 Jackson Hwy., 98532-4409, (360) 748-1516


Rhody Drive, Chimacum WA 98325, (360) 385-5195 Hours:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 9 am - 9 pm
Friday: 9 am - 1 pm
Call first


702 East Main St., 98541-9353, (360) 482-5982


9509 19th Ave. SE, 98208-3804, (425) 337-0457
Monday and Friday - 10am to 2pm
Tuesday through Thursday - 10am to 9pm
Saturday - 9am to 4pm
Closed Sunday

Federal Way:

34815 Weyerhaeuser Way South, 98002, (253) 874-3803
Monday 10.00 am to 6.00 pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 10.00 am to 9.00 pm
Friday and Saturday, 10.00 am to 5.00 pm


N.E. Juanita Drive, 98034, (425) 821-8781

Lake Stevens:

10120 Chapel Hill Rd., (360) 334-0754


1731 30th Avenue, 98632-3404, (360) 577-8234

Maple Valley:

26800 236th Place SE, Maple Valley, Washington, (425) 413 7566

Mount Vernon:

1700 Hazel Street, (360) 424-7723

Mountlake Terrace:

22015 48th Ave. W, 98043-3471, (425) 776-6678


1116 Yew Ave. NE, 98506-4071, (360) 705-4176

Port Angeles:

Monroe Rd., South of Hwy 101, 98362 (360) 452-1521

Puyallup Washington South Stake:

13420 94th Ave. East, 98373-5502, (253) 840-1673
Tuesday through Friday: 10 am - 4 pm, 6 pm -9 pm
2nd Saturday of each month (except August) 10 am - 1 pm
Starting in September it will be open two Saturdays (2nd and 3rd of each month) 10 am - 1 pm
This FHC is closed on holidays, the 1st week of April, the month of August and about two weeks between Christmas and New Years
Collections Unique to this FHC:
The South Stake FHC has the COMPLETE Germans From Russia collection on microfilm as well as many indexes to this collection. Ask the volunteers for help with your research in this area and they will put you in touch with local experts. This FHC also has a large collection of microfilm records for French-Canadian research in Ontario.

South Seattle (Tiffany Park) - Seattle Stake:

8220 S 126th St, Seattle WA, (206) 772-4630
Tuesday - Wednesday, 6 pm - 9 pm
Thursday, 10 am - 1 pm
Saturday, 10 am - 1 pm
Call before visiting.

Seattle/North Shore :

5701 8th Ave. NE, 98105-2748, (206) 522-1233
Monday, Friday, Saturday: 10 am - 1 pm
Tuesday - Wednesday, 10 am - 4 pm
Thursday - 10 am -4 pm, 6:30pm-9pm
Closed: Last 2 weeks in August and last 2 weeks in December

Sumner FHC (Puyallup Stake):

512 Valley Ave. E (Valley Ave & Mead-McCumber), 98390-2319, (253) 863-3383
Tuesday - Friday 10 am to 9 pm. Closed on all holidays. Closed at 4:00 pm on the eve of holidays.
Collections Unique to this FHC:
Complete GRS CD Collection, US Land Ownership Maps (Fiche), West Virginia, Scandanavia, Ship Passenger Lists, Germans from Russia.
Note: The Special Collections at the Sumner FHC are supported by the Sumner-Puyallup Genealogy Group. The group meets 2nd Thursday of each month (except September) 7:00 pm at the Puyallup Public Library in Pioneer Park.

Tacoma, 12th & Pearl:

5941 South 12th St., 98465, (253) 564-1103
Monday & Saturday, 9 am to 4:30 pm, Tuesday - Friday, 9 am to 9 pm
Collections Unique to this FHC:
Tacoma Obituary File 1967--1975
Collections of Microfilm on Indefinite Loan:
1850 U.S. Census (almost complete for entire U.S.)
1881 British Census Index
California Death Index 1905-1939 on film; 1940-1983 on fiche
California Marriage Index; brides 1960-1981, grooms 1960-1981
Early Wisconsin births and deaths
Boyd's Marriages 1676-1700
Large collection of Family and County Histories on film
Large collection of Philadelphia and Chester County Pennsylvania films

Vancouver (Washington):

11101 NE 119th Street, 98662, (360) 253-4701
18300 NE 18th Street, 98684-0978, (360) 896-5567
2223 NW 99th St., 98665, (360) 573-7881


Address: 9330 SW 204th St., (206) 463-1863
Hours: Wednesday, 6 pm to 8 pm; Thursday, 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm


Lemieux Library
Seattle University
900 Broadway (Broadway and Madison)
Seattle, Washington 98122
(206) 296-6228

This library has wonderful resources for advanced Irish research.

National Archives-Pacific Alaska Region (Seattle)
6125 Sand Point Way N.E.
Seattle, Washington 98115-7999
(206) 526-6501
E-mail: archives@seattle.nara.gov/

Hours: Monday through Friday, 7:45 am to 4 pm
1st and 2nd Tuesday of the month, 7:45am to 8 pm

Also see the online listing of the National Archives Microfilm Collection in Seattle.

Olympia Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 1313
Olympia, WA 98507-1313

Pierce County Library System
3005 112th St. E.
Tacoma, WA 98446-2215


Poulsbo Branch - Kitsap Regional Library
700 NE Lincoln Rd.
Poulsbo, Washington 98370
(360) 779-2915

Hours: Mon. & Tues. 10 am to 8:30 pm, Wed. 1 pm to 8:30 pm, Thurs. 1 pm to 5:00 pm, Fri. & Sat. 10 am to 5:30 pm.

The library has a large collection of Scandinavian references.

Puget Sound Genealogical Society (PSGS)
PO Box 1931
Port Orchard, Washington 98366-0805

PSGS Library hours are Monday and Friday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
The library phone number is (360) 874-8813.

Puget Sound Regional Archives
3000 Landerholm Circle SE, MS-N100
Bellevue, Washington 98007-6484
(425) 564-3940

The archives has local governmental records for King, Kitsap and Pierce counties and records of state agency offices in the same region.
Open 9:00am-4:30pm, by appointment, Monday through Friday
**You MUST make an appointment

Roots Users Group of Washington State
Support group for The Master Genealogist software
Meetings are the 2nd Saturday of every month, from 9 am to 12 noon at:
Bellevue Firestation #9
12412 SE 69th Way
Bellevue, Washington

For more information, email:
Margaret DeForeest at mdefor@nwlink.com


Seattle Genealogical Society
6200 Sand Point Way NE, #101
Seattle, Washington 98115

Mailing Address:
PO Box 15329
Seattle, WA 98115-0329
(206) 522-8658

Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 3 pm.
There is a $4 fee for non-members.

Special interest groups:
The SGS Computer Interest Group is the oldest computer genealogy group in the US (established January 1981).

Seattle King County Historical Society
2700 24th E
Seattle, Washington 98112
(206) 324-1126

Seattle Pacific University Library
3307 Third Avenue West
Seattle, Washington 98119-1997
Telephone: (206) 281-2982

The university has the Religion Index searchable by subject on CD-ROM for listings of articles on religious subjects and groups.

Seattle Public Library
Central Library
1000 4th Avenue
Seattle, Washington 98104
(206) 386-4636

Main Library
Monday through Wednesday, 10 am to 8 pm
Thursday through Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm
Sunday 1 pm - 5 pm

The Genealogy Department is located on Books Spiral 9.


Seattle Public Schools Archives and Records Management Center
1330 N 90th St
Seattle, Washington 98103
(206) 252-0795
Fax (206) 252-0796
E-mail archives@seattleschools.org


Features of the archives include many historical items, such as:

South King County Genealogical Society
Their library is located at:
Auburn Public Library
9th and H SE
Auburn, Washington
(253) 931-3018

Suzzallo and Allen Libraries
University of Washington Campus
Seattle, Washington 98199
For hours open: (206) 543-0242, for information: (206) 543-0242

The University of Washington Suzzallo-Allen Library ought to be viewed as complementary to Seattle Public Library for genealogists. There may be as much material of genealogical value at the UW as at SPL, but the UW libraries are not organized for the benefit of genealogists. We need to learn to use the electronic catalog effectively. The UW has special collections of Pacific Northwest (including Alaska, BC, Yukon, Northwest Territories), Scandinavian, Jewish, Asian, and Women Studies. The UW has useful historical/genealogical periodicals for various parts of the US that are not found elsewhere in this region's libraries. The UW is the repository for the Swedish Emigrant Institute's collection of microfilm for Swedish-American churches of the Pacific Northwest. The UW exceeds the amount of material available in SPL for European genealogical research and contains many resources for the Eastern US that are not available at SPL. The religion collection is of special interest to genealogists. It is necessary to go to both Dewey Decimal floors and Library of Congress floors to find all of any subject. The older history and religion materials in particular have not been re-classified yet to Library of Congress.


Tacoma Historical Society
PO Box 1865
Tacoma, WA 98401
(253) 472-3738

Tacoma Public Library
1102 S. Tacoma Way
Tacoma,Washington 98402
(253) 591-5666

Hours: Mon. through Thurs., 9 am to 9 pm, Fri. and Sat. 9 am to 6 pm. Closed Sundays.

The Genealogy Collection is in the Northwest Room.
Be sure to see the listing for the Topical Shelf List of the Genealogical Collection at the Tacoma Public Library.

The Tacoma Public Library also has various useful databases online:

University of Puget Sound - Collins Memorial Library
1500 North Warner
Tacoma, Washington 98416
Telephone: (253) 756-3100
Fax: (253) 756-3500

The university has the United Methodist archives for the Pacific Northwest Region.


Washington State Archives
Main Branch: 1129 Washington State SE
Olympia, Washington, 98054

In addition, they have regional branches all over the state.

Washington Public Libraries Online

Washington State Historical Society Research Center
315 No. Stadium Way
Tacoma, Washington 98403
(253) 798-5914
Fax (253) 597-4186
Research Library Appointments: lweber@wshs.wa.gov

Hours: Tues., Wed., and Thurs., 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm.
All researchers are required to telephone in advance for appointments.

This Research Center is strong for Pierce County, but actually has materials on all counties in the state as it is a state organization. They have a very good card file index to their materials, photos, and maps. They have a collection of city directories as well.

Washington State Library
Mailing Address:
PO Box 42460
Olympia, Washington 98504-2460

Physical Address:
6880 Capitol Blvd
Tumwater, Washington

Telephone Numbers: General Reference Desk: 360-704-5221 or 360-704-5227
Microfilm/Genealogy Desk: 360-570-5574

Washington State Regional Archives - Bellingham Branch
Western Washington University Campus
Bellingham, Washington
(360) 650-3125

The archives has records for Snohomish, Skagit, Whatcom, Island, Clallam, and Jefferson counties and the San Juans.

WWU also has a fantastic Map Library and the director there is a lot of help!


Museums of interest in the area:


Local online genealogical & historical resources:


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PO Box 1952, Tacoma, Washington 98401, USA
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