How to Become a Volunteer

As of Monday, July 20, 2020, the Washington State Archives branches in Olympia and Ellensburg are open to researchers by appointment only. For more information, please visit our page regarding the closure

Photograph of a volunteer Thanks to the dedication of genealogical societies and volunteers from Washington State and around the world, the Office of the Secretary of State is proud to offer researchers access to Washington's census, naturalization, vital and miscellaneous records in a searchable database. In addition to the transcribed records, we also have scanned images available of territorial censuses that have yet to be transcribed

If you would like to volunteer to help the Historical Records Project, either proofreading or transcribing, please e-mail HRP@sos.wa.gov.