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    The OGS Newsletter is published monthly (September - June) to keep members informed of the news and activities of the organization and its members. The newsletter is available through links on our home page.

    The OGS Quarterly is published in January, April, July and October to provide information of interest to family history researchers and those interested in the history of Thurston County. Starting with the January 2009 issue, the OGS Quarterly will only be available online through our web site.


    In addition, OGS has published the following records in book format:

  • Register of Births, Thurston County, State of Washington, 1891-1907, compiled by Irma K. Brocha, 1984. These records were compiled from the "Register of Births, August 1891 through May 1907" and from birth record documents which are in the Auditor's Office at the Thurston County Courthouse in Olympia, WA.

  • Register of Deaths, Thurston County, State of Washington, 1891-1907, compiled by Barbara Dayton Lawrence and Janice Cummings Smith, 1989. These records were compiled from the "Register of Deaths, February 1891 through May 1907" and from death record documents which are in the Auditor's Office at the Thurston County Courthouse in Olympia, WA. *** Out of Print *** Now available on line at the Thurston Co USGenWeb and the Washington State Digital Archives.

  • Newspaper Genealogical Abstracts, The Morning/Daily Olympian, Thurston County, Washington, 1891-1907, compiled by Esther Raymond Knox, 1988. Contains abstracts of births, adoptions, licenses to wed, marriages, deaths, anniversaries, birthdays, citizenships and divorces as they were printed in these newspapers.

  • 1889 Census, Thurston County, Washington Territory, printed 1987. This is the last Territorial Census taken in the county, prior to statehood in November 1889. It includes surname, given name or initial, age, sex, occupation, marital status, place of birth, and citizen. *** This census now also available online at the Washington State Digital Archives. ***

  • Index to the 1910 Federal Census of Thurston County, Washington, compiled by Wayne and Mickey Hannah, 1997. This is an every name index covering all of Thurston County. (The 1910 census for Washington State was not indexed by the census bureau.) It includes surname, given name or initial, age, and the census page on which the name will be found. *** This index now also available online at the Washington State Digital Archives. ***

  • Cemetery Records of Thurston County, Washington, compiled by Richard F. Jones, 1994. (Vol. 1, A-F, Vol. 2, G-M, Vol. 3, N-Z) More than 24,500 names from 21 cemeteries are listed alphabetically in three soft cover volumes. Each listing includes the name, date of birth, date of death and any other information on the headstone. The information for all 21 cemeteries is presented in one alphabetical listing. This eliminates the need for an index and for researchers to review every cemetery when searching for an internment in Thurston County. Each volume includes a brief description and/or history of each cemetery. *** Out of Print *** Now available online at the Thurston Co USGenWeb

  • Olympia Genealogical Society Surname Index, compiled by Jerri Thorpe McCoy, 1991. Contains over 18,000 names of the ancestors of members of the society. It includes (where known) the year and the state or country of birth, marriage and death of each ancestor, and the spouse's name. Names are not limited to Thurston County.

  • Olympia Genealogical Society Surname Index, compiled by Jeane Fogerson LaLonde, 1999. Contains over 22,000 names of the ancestors of members of the society. It includes (where known) the year and the state or country of birth, marriage and death of each ancestor, and the spouse's name. Names reference all 50 states and more than 20 different countries.

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