Washington Family History Societies(L-O)

This section lists associations from Loon Lake to Olympia Historical giving details about each one and what resources and publications they offer.

County and Other Societies

Loon Lake Historical Society

Numerous databases can be accessed, which include an article about the Old Schoolhouse, Surname Index of Family Histories and School Memories.


Lower Columbia Genealogical Society

The association was established in 1963 and in 1980, they joined with Longview Public Library to create a genealogy book collection.

Many archives can be accessed in their Genealogy Room, including:

  • Birth Certificate Abstracts
  • Census Transcriptions
  • Cowlitz Co. Cemetery Transcripts
  • Marriages
  • Military Histories
  • Naturalisations
  • Newspapers
  • Obituaries
  • Probate Court Records
  • Probate Fee Books
  • Wills

Some archives relating to Wahkiakum County are also available, which incorporate:

  • Census 1854-1892
  • Clerk and Auditor Records 1868-1980
  • Commissioner's Minutes 1854-1893
  • Inventory of Historic Places
  • Scrapbooks
  • Telephone Directories

In addition, resources held also include:

  • Biographies
  • Foreign Language Dictionaries
  • History Books
  • Maps and Atlases
  • Military Histories
  • New York Times Index
  • Southwest Washington Newspapers Obituary Index
  • Travel Guides
  • Washington State Vital Records Death Index

Many databases are accessible, which include:

  • 1871, 1883, 1885 and 1887 Census Transcriptions and Indexes
  • Cemetery Inscriptions
  • Cowlitz Co. Early Wills Index 1865-1919
  • Cowlitz Co. Marriages 1854-1925
  • Cowlitz Co. Naturalisations 1859-1920
  • Cowlitz Co. Probate Court Records 1861-1907

Many publications are available for sale, which incorporate:

  • 1910 Federal Census for Cowlitz Co.
  • Cemetery Transcripts
  • Cowlitz Co. Marriages 1854-1900
  • Delayed Birth Certificates issued 1942-1943
  • Naturalisations 1859-1920

Mason County Historical Society - Mason County Historical Museum

Many archives can be accessed in their Museum, which include:

  • Artefacts
  • Diaries
  • Historic Documents
  • Letters
  • Newspapers
  • Periodicals
  • Photographs
  • Tapes

Publications available for sale include:

  • Avoiding the Sudden Stop - George Zell Heuston
  • A Cold Paradise - George Zell Heuston
  • Early Settlement of Lake Cushman
  • Fifty Years in Sherwood Creek Valley
  • Island Remembers: A History of Harstine Island and Its People
  • Logging in Mason County 1946-1985
  • Logging Railroads of the Pacific Northwest Volume 1: Washington State - Gary Durr
  • Research & Remembrances - State Association of the Daughters of the Pioneers of Washington
  • Simpson Railroad: A Recent History - Joel Hawthorn

Olympia Genealogical Society

The association was established in 1974, its aims being to promote and encourage interest in family and local histories and to offer help and assistance to members, friends, and the community.

Publications sold by the society include:

  • The association's Surname Index
  • Cemetery Transcripts
  • Genealogical Abstracts from The Morning/Daily Olympian 1891-1907
  • Thurston Co. 1889 Census
  • Thurston Co. 1910 Federal Census
  • Thurston Co. Births Register 1891-1907
  • Thurston Co. Deaths Register 1891-1907

Olympia Historical Society

Many databases are accessible, which incorporate:

  • Articles
  • Bibliography
  • Films and Videos
  • Historical Significance of Olympia Locations
  • Image Bibliography
  • Olympia Residents Index 1845-1930
  • Photographs
  • Transcriptions

Links to other websites you may find of use are also accessible.


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