Genealogy, History & Culture
Access point for all the NewsBank content - local papers (Chinook Observer, The Chronicle, Daily World, Olympian, Vidette), as well as other Washington State newspapers, including The Seattle Times and Tacoma News Tribune.
Genealogy information, US Immigration records, SSDI, and Census images. (Temporary remote access provided by Ancestry ended December 31, 2021). (Ancestry Library Tutorial)
Huge site with over 60,000 links in 120 categories, frequently updated (free, no library card required).
The largest collection of genealogical and historical records in the world. (From The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, requires the creation of a free account to search and view records).
Find the graves of ancestors and thousands of famous people.
Genealogy books and serials, and Federal Census data.
Legacy Washington documents extraordinary stories in Washington history. This collaborative venture, spearheaded by Secretary of State Kim Wyman, relies on original sources at the Washington State Library, the Washington State Archives and heritage organizations across the state. The work of Legacy Washington can be found in libraries around the country and museums of Washington.
Historical archives of international, national and local newspapers.
WSL's newspaper collection includes current issues on paper and historic newspapers on microfilm. WSL subscribes to about 125 daily and weekly newspapers throughout Washington, plus a few out-of-state papers. The microfilm collection has over 50,000 reels of newspapers dating from the 1850s to the present. There are more research options through subscription newspaper databases. If you are a WA resident you can request an e-card for access to these databases.
Service hub at the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) from Northwest Digital Heritage, a partnership betwen Washington State Library, the Oregon Heritage Commission, and the State Library of Oregon.
Support homework and research assignments with age-appropriate, vetted sources. Explore topics, trends and current events that align with curricular areas such English, Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, Technology, Arts, History and more.
Ancestry.com site designed to connect people so that they can help each other and share genealogical research.
Sanborn maps are large-scale plans of a city or town, drawn at a scale of 50 feet to an inch. They were created to assist fire insurance companies as they assessed the risk associated with insuring a particular property. The maps list street blocks and building numbers including numbers in use at the time the map was made and previous numbers. Includes cities and towns in Washington State.
Access text of The Seattle Times from 1985-current, and the image version from 2018-current.
Free genealogy websites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States.
Washington Rural Heritage is a community memory project headquartered at the Washington State Library. The project brings together unique local history materials from libraries, museums, and private collections of citizens across Washington State.