Other Libraries in The Area
you have ancestors from the Seattle area, you should also try
a local historical society. There are several ethnic organizations
too, representing the various peoples that have settled in the
area. (Lots of Swedes and Norwegians.) Given the large Norwegian
population here, both SPL and SGS would be the places to go.
SGS might have the edge, though. SPL definitely has the edge
on the Great Lakes regions where they settled, though. I'm not
doing any Norway research, but I am going through everything
in the Lakes region, and got through SGS's collection in a matter
of an hour or so. I've been crawling through SPL's collections
for weeks now.
For anything Norwegian, go to Ballard, just north of Queen Anne
Hill. It can be tricky to get to if you aren't familiar with
the area, but the best way is probably going up I-5 or Aurora
Ave N and heading west at 85th, but I'm just going by memory.
There is a SEATTLE FAMILY HISTORY CENTER at the LDS church
a bit north of the UW. It is just next to I-5 on 8th Ave NE,
south of Ravenna. Go in the back door and ring the bell. Here's
the address: Family History Center, Seattle North State Center,
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 5701 - 8th Avenue
NE Seattle, WA 98105, phone (206) 522-1233
Of course, the University of Washington has some excellent resources
too, like newspaper archives and old territory census records.
Because you are not a student (or alumni?), you might have a
rough time getting something at Special Collections if you need
it, but a little courtesy and persuasion can go a long ways.
The UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON SUZZALLO LIBRARY is located
on the main campus in the University District.
Add to the list the FISKE LIBRARY, a private non-profit.
I believe they charge $5 for non-members. I seldom get over
there (about 15 minutes from downtown at the end of Madison
Street next to Lake Washington). The tend to specialize in New
The TACOMA PUBLIC LIBRARY is affiliated with the Tacoma-Pierce
County Genealogical Society, of which I am a member. We are
proud of our collection too! The Tacoma library isn't online
yet, however, it does have a Topical Shelf List for the collection.
It's arranged & cross-referenced by place and subject. The
Tacoma Public Library is right up the hill from downtown and
is located at 1102 Tacoma Ave. South on the corner of 11th Street
& Tacoma Ave. There is a parking lot right next to the library.
TACOMA LDS FAMILY HISTORY CENTER at 12th & Pearl has
a vast collection, I am told. I haven't been out there yet.
A newspaper article last weekend said that the FHC there is
the largest in the Pacific Northwest. Could be worth a trip
out there. I know that several of our members are regular visitors
& volunteers. The phone number is 564-1103, the address
is 5941 S. 12th, Tacoma. Call them for driving instructions.
There is another resource we visited a while ago which is about
an hour south of Seattle in a small town called Orting. It is
called the HERITAGE QUEST Genealogy Research Library
at 220 West Bridge in Orting. Phone is (206) 863-7372.