Washington Family History Societies(G-I)

This section lists associations from Grays Harbour to Island giving details about each one and what resources and publications they offer.

County and Other Societies

Grays Harbour Genealogical Society

Numerous resources can be accessed in their Library, which include over 57000 Local Obituaries, Death Notices and Funeral Records. 

A Member Surname File is also on the site, which lists Surnames being researched along with their location and time-frame

A list of websites you may find of use is also available.


Great Northern Railway Historical Society

Many resources can be accessed in their Library, which comprise:

  • Equipment and Structures
  • Index of 24435 Bridges and Buildings Drawings
  • Index of approximately 100000 GN AFE (Authorisation for Expenditure) Capital Project Records
  • Station Plat Maps
  • Structure Drawings and Dispatcher Train Sheets from the GN Cascade Division and NP Tacoma Division
  • Train Photographs

Greater Kent Historical Society - Kent Historical Museum

Numerous archives are held in the association's Museum, which incorporate:

  • Artefacts
  • Collection of Music Players and Musical Instruments
  • E-Media
  • Free Informational Brochures
  • Historical Books
  • Historical Public and Personal Documents
  • Japanese Heritage Collection
  • Kent High School Yearbooks
  • Maps
  • Newspapers
  • Photographs
  • Reference Books

Highline Historical Society

The association was formed in 1994 as Burien Heritage Society. The society merged with Friends of the Highline School District, amassing their collection of resources relating to the history of the school district. The name was then changed to the current name in order to reflect the different resources held by the society.

Mary collections are accessible, including The Highline Schools Collection and The Highline News Archives.

Important Local Documents are also held by the society, which incorporate:

  • 1930's Minutes and Scrapbook from YWCA Gil Reserves
  • Archives of the Burien Arts Association
  • Boulevard Park Library Guild Records
  • Carl Jenson Papers
  • Church Basketball League Records
  • Dottie Harper Papers
  • Early Burien Library Papers
  • Garden Club Scrapbooks
  • Gene Friese Papers
  • Justice of the Peace Records
  • Mike Kelley's Homestead Papers
  • Seattle Garden Club Scrapbook
  • Vivian Matthews Papers

Some Photographs, Monographs and Oral Histories are also available.


Island County Historical Society

Numerous archives are available at the Janet Enzmann Archives and Research Library which comprise:

  • Aerial Photographs
  • Diaries
  • Event Posters
  • History Books
  • Journals
  • Land Claim Records
  • Maps
  • Newspapers
  • Obituaries
  • Oral Histories
  • Photographs
  • Videos

Many publications are available for sale, which incorporate:

  • A History of Whidbey's Island
  • Life and Times of Flora Augusta Pearson Engle, DVD
  • A Particular Friend, Penn's Cove
  • Penn Cove Water Festival, 1930's, DVD
  • Recollections of Early Days on Whidby Island

Links to other sites you may find useful are also available.


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