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Changes to Ordering Birth and Death Certificates

Important changes are coming to the ordering of birth and death certificates effective 1 Jan 2021 as a result of a new vital records law. See WA Dept. of Health FAQ web page, birth certificate handout, and death certificate handout for more info. 

"Olympia, An Origin Story" - Nov 12

Our November General Membership meeting featured a presentation about Olympia by a Tacoman! Tacoma transplant Chris Staudinger isn't a NW native, but he has come to love all things Puget Sound and its history. His fresh perspective revealed new twists to old history.
What was Olympia before it was our state's capital? How did it rise to power, and how was it betrayed? These questions and more were answered in this tour of historic Olympia presented by Chris Staudinger, operator of Pretty Gritty Tours in Tacoma. Chris told the history of downtown Olympia’s bumpy beginnings, taking us down its streets and alleys and showing us cool things to do in downtown Olympia's historic district. This included the tales of the indigenous hunters, railroad tycoons, brewmasters, lawmakers, and artists that called Olympia home.
A recording of this presentation is now available to OGS members who log in to this site; see Community Events / Recordings*.

Special Notices

  • 2020-2021 membership renewal grace period ended Oct 31; see Membership.
  • OGS events are being conducted via Zoom until further notice; see Community Events.

Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

OGS Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are open only to OGS Members as a benefit of membership. For more information on the five current SIGs, please see SIGs.

Welcome to Our Website!

The Olympia Genealogical Society's website is designed to allow our members to engage with each other as they trace their ancestors, fill out their family trees, and discover their family histories. We want to make this site a dynamic experience where members can share with and learn from one another. Here are just a few ways to engage on this site today:
If you aren’t already an OGS member, please consider joining and engaging with our community. To do so, see Membership in the menu in the left column.

OGS Newsletter

December 7
Family Writing SIG
Open to anyone interested in writing their family story. Any questions feel free to contact Cindy Neff.   Zoom Online Platform.  Log onto OGS website, ...

December 8
Facilitator:  Kerry McHugh Upton Zoom Online Platform.  Log onto OGS website, Click on SIGs on left handside green banner, click on DNA for Zoom link.  ...

December 10
Monthly General Membership Meeting
Program: Our December meeting will feature the presentation “Academic Archives and How to Use Them in Your Research.” Mark O’English and Gayle O’Hara from Washington ...

December 12
FamilySearch.org SIG
Carolyn Gibbons will lead the discussion on using Family Search.org. Bring your questions or email to Carolyn ahead of time so she can prepare to answer ...

December 15
Monthly Board Meeting
OGS members in good standing are welcome.
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Regional Events
Updated 22 Sep -- In addition to the above OGS events, also see related local, regional, and national events.

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