Seattle Washington Family History Center

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FamilySearch This article describes the services and resources available at a Family History Center, a branch facility of the Family History Library.

The Seattle Family History Center (FHC) serves The South Seattle area. Our facility is experienced in multi-cultural research including U.S., European and Pacific Island countries and multiple languages such as English, Dutch, French, German, Samoan, Spanish and Tongan.

The Seattle FHC is open to the public. All are welcome and our services are free.


Location Map:


  • 14022 Ambaum Blvd SW, Burien, WA 98166 United States
  • Please note, this is not a mailing address.
  • There are ample parking places in front of the building.
  • If front doors are locked during business hours, please ring the bell or call and our staff will open the door.
  • Language:English


  • 1-206-957-0792



Open Hours:

  • The Family History Center hours:
  • Tuesday   noon - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday  noon - 6:00 pm (Closed at 3:00 pm on 4/7, 4/14, 4/21)

Databases and Software[edit | edit source]

  • OfficeLibre (on selected machines)
  • Free access to several subscription sites through the FamilySearch Portal such as, British Newspapers, Find-My-Past (UK), Footnote, Genline (Swedish), Heritage Quest, World Vital Records and others.

Hardware and Equipment

  • 10 computer stations with high-speed internet access,
  • 1 printers to copy, scan
  • 4 film readers (with 35 mm and 16 mmm capabilities),
  • 1 fiche reader,
  • located in the spacious newly remodeled rooms for training, research and consulting purposes

Staff Research Specialties

(Include sections for any other services your center provides. Add additional sections for those services. See the Bountiful and Chattanooga FHC pages for examples.)

Resources in the Local Area:[edit | edit source]

Seattle location of the National Archives click here

South King County Genealogical Society click here

Association of Professioanl Genealogists, Seattle Chapter, click here

Seattle Public Genealogy Collection click here: including:

  • America's GenealogyBank: Search national historical newspapers, books, pamphlets, genealogies, obituaries and the complete American State Papers.
  • Ancestry Library Edition: Genealogical information and records including the U.S. and Canadian Census, the Washington State Death Index 1940-1996 and the Social Security Death Index.
  • Biography and Genealogy Master Index to 700 biographical dictionaries.
  • Canadian Genealogy Centre Search the National Archives of Canada, National Library of Canada and the Genealogy Centre.
  • Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers, Search and read newspaper pages from 1900-1910, and find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. From the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.
  • Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites, Over 260,000 Websites for the genealogist. Sites are categorized and cross-referenced by many categories. Particularly good for access to library catalogs around the world.
  • Digital Sanborn Maps, 1867-1970, Historic detailed maps showing streets and building footprints for Seattle (1884-1951), other Puget Sound cities, and cities of the entire United States.
  • FamilySearch, Search the FamilySearch Catalog as well as digitized records, which include over 2 million rolls of microform and hundreds of thousands of books and maps related to family history and genealogical research.
  • Fiske Genealogical Foundation Library, Provides information on the Fiske Library holdings and lists programs in their quarterly online newsletter. This library was founded by Arthur Fiske in 1971.
  • GENUKI (Genealogy of the United Kingdom and Ireland), This large collection of 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. GENUKI is the British equivalent of the USGenWeb site.
  • HeritageQuest Online, Genealogy books and serials, primarily from the early 1900's and the complete U.S. Federal Census, 1790-1930. Digitized images are fully searchable and printable.
  • National Archives and Records Administration, Maintains retired records from federal agencies and provides information about locating immigration, land, military, and census records, including the newly released 1940 U.S. Census.
  • New York Times Historical (1851 - 2007), A ProQuest database that includes the entire historical run of The New York Times from 1851-2007. Digital page and article images.
    A searchable catalog of manuscript collections across the U.S. Search by both surname and location. This material is not accessible via interlibrary loan.
  •, The Internet's oldest and largest free genealogy community.
  • Seattle Genealogical Society, Provides information on the library holdings and programs of the oldest genealogical society in Washington State founded in 1923. Also provides links to genealogy related websites with emphasis on the Pacific Northwest.
  • Seattle Times Historical Archives (1900 - 1984)
  • Seattle Times newspapers 1900 - 1984, digitized, searchable, printable, and downloadable. (1896-99 available at a later date.) This resource is made possible through a generous grant from The Seattle Public Library Foundation.
  • The Digital Archives from the Washington Secretary of State
    Historic records of Washington State ancestors from State records including Territorial censuses and naturalization records.
  • USGenWeb Project
    A volunteer project to provide Internet sites for genealogical research in every county and state of the U.S. Includes access to the USGW Digital Library transcription project and a variety of other special projects and sites.

LINKS[edit | edit source]

  • FamilySearch Research Wiki: What It Can Do For You!: A comprehensive video presentation explaining the Wiki, navigating it, and some especially useful pages. Case studies demonstrate using the Wiki for genealogical research. Editing and adding articles to the Wiki are covered.

Auburn Pioneer Cemetery - Includes translations of the Japanese language stones
Bainbridge Island Genealogical Society - Serving Kitsap County
Clark County Genealogical Society - Serving Southwest Washington State
Eastside Genealogical Society - Serving communities east of Seattle in King County
Fiske Genealogical Foundation Library
Genealogical Society of South Whidbey Island
Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State
King County Archives
King County Genealogical Records
King County Records and certificates
King County Historical Web Site - a new site dedicated to the history of Seattle and King County. A link exists to add anecdotal stories about individual or family histories.
King County Library System
King County USGenWeb Archives
King County WAGenWeb Project
Northwest African American Museum - Multimedia Genealogy Center
King County WAGenWeb Cemetery Info
Puget Sound Genealogical Society
Seattle Genealogical Society
Skagit Valley Genealogical Society
Sno-Isle Genealogical Society
Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical Society
Washington State
Cyndi Howell's Washington State Research Links
Heritage Quest Research Library
National ArchivesandRecord Service, Pacific Alaska Region (Seattle)
Pacific Northwest Cornish Society
Seattle Public Library Genealogy Collection
Tacoma Public Library Genealogy Collection
Genealogy Records in the Washington State Archives
Washington State Cemetery Association - a group that works for the preservation of our state's cemeteries
Washington State Department of Health
Washington State Genealogical Society
Washington State History Museum
Washington State Library
Washington State Digital Archives
King County Birth Register 1891-1907 Indexed by members of SKCGS.
King County Death Register 1891-1907 Indexed by members of SKCGS.

Washington State USGenWeb Project
FIRST PEOPLE SPECIAL CATALOG Sno-Isle Genealogical Society
Vol. I Vol. II Edwin C. Bolles Collection, A Digital Archive on the History and Topography of London
Death Certificates of Finns in King County, Washington, 1892-1947 The Genealogical Society of Finland
FamilySearch Labs FamilySearch Labs showcases new family history technologies that aren't ready for prime time.
Online Washington Death Records and Indexes A collection of links for Washington Death Records and Obituaries.
Tahoma National Cemetery records of burials from opening in September 1997 to July 2, 2000. Family History and Genealogy, official information and services from the U.S. government for genealogists and family historians: Learn how you and your ancestors interacted with the government.
WorldCat - WorldCat is the largest library network in the world, 1.3 billion items in 18,000 libraries worldwide
DNA Mini-Seminar
Emily Aulicino's Blogs and Links:
DNA - Genealem's Genetic Genealogy
Writing Your Memories
International Society of Genetic Genealogy
Genealogical Council of Oregon, Inc.
SKCGS Programs
Preserving Historic Family Photographs Resources for Photos in the Family Tree by MaryLynn Strickland.
Lineage Societies List of Lineage Societies with links by Barbara Rush.
Lineage Societies PowerPoint presentation notes by Guy Moellendorf.
"Big Trees" Logging and Sawmill History, presented by Eric Erickson, you may contact Eric by email for additional information.
Finding your Mayflower Ancestors via the Web How to search for Mayflower ancestors by Guy Moellendorf.
Genealogy and Music presented by Janet Camarata. Using music to add dimension to our genealogy research. Includes links to sites mentioned and the song list.
Finding birth dates and names presented by Judy Wiggins. A list of 110 places to find information.
TechFest Links Links to websites for products and services featured at the April 16th, 2011 General Meeting
Using Timelines and Chronologies presented by Janet Camarata. Genealogists use a variety of methods to better understand their ancestors. One method is the use of timelines and/or chronologies to summarize a person's life, demonstrate how lives interconnect, point out problems and areas for further research, and help in writing a memoir, family history or obituary. The presentation is an example of the method applied to the Farthing-Fallis family.

Volunteer at the Center[edit | edit source]

Staff volunteers can assist you familiarity with personal computers and software, church websites, commercial websites; and a willingness to help patrons with research for their ancestors. All staff members have been or are being trained on FamilySearch products.