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Local libraries

FYI, King County Library System, Seattle Public Library and Sno-Isle Library System have a policy of reciprocity; if you have a library card from one of the three systems, you can get a card from the other two systems. The Everett Public Library has a reciprocity agreement with King County Library System and with Seattle Public Library. Contact the library or library system for which you want to have a card for details.

General Genealogy

  • U.S. Genweb –  volunteers working together providing free online genealogy help and information for every U.S. state and county.
  • $ – allows users to create virtual family trees, get “hints” about who else could be their ancestors and search for historical records that can be connected to family members and used as genealogical evidence.
  • U.S. National Archives – preserves and documents government and historical records and increasingly provides public access to them.
  • – millions of records from all over the world here, all for free
  • $ – a popular Ancestry alternative from the United Kingdom
  • My Heritage $ -another Ancestry type site that helps you build a genealogy-focused personal website, family trees, and find historical records.
  • Linkpendium – their goal is to index every genealogy, genealogy, family history, family tree, surname, vital records, biography, or otherwise genealogically-related site on the Internet.
  • Cyndi’s List Links to almost everything and anything on and about genealogy.
  • The Virtual Genealogical Society – monthly online meetings, webinars, social networking, annual conferences, and in-person meet-ups at conferences, institutes and events around the world (membership fee)

$ indicates that the site charges for full access to their content.

This is just a brief list of sites you may find useful. If you have a favorite you think we should add please let us know.

Washington State

The Washington State Genealogical Society has a Resource Guide to each of Washington’s counties.


      Canada and the War of 1812*

U.S. and the War of 1812*

       War of 1812 Lineage Societies


  • AfriGeneas – a site devoted to African American genealogy, with articles, resources, and databases.
  • American Local History Network – Organized by state, historical and genealogical information.
  • American Journeys – Contains more than 18,000 pages of eyewitness accounts of North American. exploration, from the sagas of Vikings in Canada in A. D. 1000 to the diaries of mountain men in the Rockies.
  • Atlas of Historical County Boundaries – shows how and when county boundaries changed over time.
  • Background Notes – Country and regional reports from the U.S. Department of State.
  • – – Online reference guide to African American history including the Black West and global African history.
  • Chronicling America – this library of Congress site has digital images for thousands of archived newspapers from across the county.
  • Country Studies – The Library of Congress Country Studies Series presents a description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of countries throughout the world.
  • – free, a database of hundreds of millions of graves around the world, often with pictures and/or biographical info.
  • GENUKI – (Genealogy of the United Kingdom and Ireland) Genealogical information pages run by volunteers covers England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. Includes a link to the UK National Archives.
  • Geographic Names Information System – (GNIS) Search for or download U.S. place names
  • Infoplease Map Library – Countries and regions of the world, plus a collection of printable outline maps of the U.S.
  • Map History/History of Cartography  – Directory with comments and sources for thousands of historic map Web sites.
  • – a “how-to” more than a record resource, this site has tutorials, database recommendations, surname meanings, search strategies, and ancestry charts.

Genealogy Software

There’s a wide range of both software programs and options about what’s best.  Your best bet is to download a trial (if available) of the software you’re thinking about using and try it out using some of your data. (It isn’t unusual to try several programs before you find the best one for you.)

You can find more information about available software on:

Our thanks to Marge Reid for compiling many of the resources included above.
*Many of these resources originated with Gary Zimmerman’s presentation to the Society on The War of 1812 on 4 Mar 2015; our thanks to him.

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