Washington State

This is a page of resources I’ve found helpful for genealogical research in Washington State.

1920 map of the Great Northern Railway Line – Washington State University

The GNR served Washington, Montana, and North Dakota, as well as reaching into Oregon, Wyoming, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Canadians travelled the GNR, crossing at various points from Sumas, Grand Forks, and Gateway in BC; Sweetgrass, Montana; Northgate, ND; and Bannerman, MB. It’s pretty useful to have a visual.

Seattle Public Library – Special Collections Online

Newpapers, photos, and more, digitized, searchable and free. Of special interest to the genealogist are the Seattle City Directories.

University of Washington Digital Collections – Photos

Free resources for the history of Seattle and the Pacific Northwest, including Western Canada.