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Genealogy Databases at the Washington State Library

Posted by wastatelib on July 18, 2008

Many of our patrons are already aware of our standing subscriptions to and HeritageQuest, but the Washington State Library also has some new databases that will definitely be of interest to family historians. 


The collections feature documents, most never before available before on the Internet, relating to the Revolutionary War, Civil War, WWI, WWII, U.S. Presidents, historical newspapers and naturalization documents.

At the Washington State Library, you have special access to images that are normally part of their paid subscription services. You don’t need to sign in or register to view these images or any other content on Footnote while you are here.

Historic Map Works Library Edition (distributed by ProQuest)
Trial subscription through Sept 5 2008

We have not purchased this database, but we just started a trial run which ends September 5.  Please drop in before it’s over and let us know what you think! Your feedback helps us decide which databases to purchase for our library.

Here is a description from the creators:

Our high quality, full color digital collection of historic maps is one of the most extensive available. The core of the collection consists of over 100,000 cadastral, land ownership maps detailing the geographic and development history of the United States over several hundred years. There is extensive coverage of rural and suburban areas, as well as cities and towns across America.

Why not stop by and give these valuable genealogy resources a spin?  The smart genealogist avoids costly personal subscription fees and uses the databases at the State Library for free!  Information on our open hours and directions can be found here.

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5 Responses to “Genealogy Databases at the Washington State Library”

  1. I am guessing that these databases can only be accessed on site?

  2. Mary said

    Yes, unfortunately these databases can only be accessed on site at this time. We also have an on-site subscription to Washington State Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps that might be of interest to historians and genealogists. Thanks for reminding me to clarify this!

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