Washington Family History Societies(R-S)

This section lists associations from Renton to Sno-Isle giving details about each one and what resources and publications they offer.

County and other Societies

Renton Historical Society - Renton History Museum

Numerous archives are accessible in Renton History Museum, which incorporate:

  • Early Books
  • Ephemera
  • Fire Fighting and Coal Mining Artefacts
  • Local Business Records
  • Newspapers
  • Photographs of Renton
  • School Photographs

It is possible to view some of their collection of Photographs on the University of Washington Libraries Digital Collections website.


Seattle Genealogical Society

The association was established in 1923 and its aims are to preserve and collect materials and to promote and encourage interest in family history and genealogy.

They hold meetings, offer classes and seminars and publish genealogical material. Anyone is welcome to join the association wherever their ancestors lived.

Many archives can be accessed in their Library, which incorporate:

  • Census Returns
  • Church Registers
  • City Directories
  • Death Notices
  • Family Files
  • Genealogies
  • Gravestone Inscriptions

Archives also incorporate:

  • Maps and Atlases
  • Newspaper Extracts
  • Passenger Lists
  • Pension Lists
  • Periodicals
  • Tombstone Inscriptions
  • Town Histories
  • Vertical Files
  • Vital Records
  • Wills and Probate

These archives do not only relate to Washington State, but to other States in America and further afield, such as England and Wales.

Many publications are available for sale, which comprise:

  • Ancestors from the Eastern Heartland
  • Ballard Census of 1890
  • Bible Records
  • Living Pioneers
  • Washington Pioneers from Maine and West Seattle Census of 1907
  • Washington State Cemetery and Death Records

Skagit Valley Genealogical Society

Many archives can be accessed in Burlington Public Library, which include more than 1000 Printed Volumes and a large collection of Microfilm.

Many databases are accessible, which incorporate:

  • Birdsview School Name Index 1888-1932
  • Cemetery Transcripts
  • Pioneer Book (List of Early Residents of Skagit Co.)
  • 1910 Census Indexes
  • Skagit Co. Deaths 1891-1908

In addition, an Obituary Index is held by the society and, for a fee, they are prepared to send you a copy of the Obituary.

Many publications are available for sale, which comprise:

  • Cemetery Transcripts
  • Census Returns
  • Deaths 1891-1908
  • Funeral Home Books Index 1908-1994 and 1994-2003
  • Name Index to 1906 History of Skagit and Snohomish Counties
  • The Pioneer Book 1926-1955

Sno-Isle Genealogical Society

Numerous publications can be accessed in their Library, which comprise:

  • Bibliographies
  • Births, Marriages and Deaths
  • Church Histories
  • Court Records
  • Directories
  • Encyclopaedias
  • Genealogist's Dictionaries
  • Genealogy Guides
  • High School Yearbooks
  • Histories
  • Maps and Atlases
  • Mortuary Records
  • Name Indexes
  • Obituaries
  • Periodicals
  • Tombstone Inscriptions

An index of Obituaries is available along with a list of surnames currently being researched by Members.


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