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Before 1900 the largest religious groups in Washington were the Baptist, Roman Catholic, Methodist Episcopal, and Presbyterian churches.[1]

To learn more about Church records in Washington, see Guide to Church Vital Statistics Records in Washington. Seattle, Wash.: Historical Records Survey, 1942. FHL Collection book 979.7 A3gc; fiche 6051172

The FamilySearch Catalog lists a few church records from Washington. To see those listed on the county level, add a comma to the search box and slide way down to the list of counties.

Many denominations have collected their records in central repositories. You can write to the following addresses to learn where their records are located.

Contents

Baptist

American Baptist - Samuel Colgate Historical Library
1106 South Goodman Street
Rochester, NY 14620-2532
Phone: (716) 473-1740
Fax: (716) 473-1740

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints  (Mormons)

Early, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church records for Washington Wards and Branches can be found on film and are located at the LDS Family History Library in Salt Lake City. The film numbers, for each ward, can be locate through the Family History Library Catalog . Or by refering to Jaussi, Laureen R., and Gloria D. Chaston. Register of Genealogical Society Call Numbers. 2 vols. Provo, Utah: Genealogy Tree, 1982. (FHL book 979.2258 A3j; fiche 6031507). These volumes contain the film numbers for many (but not all) membership and temple record films.

Methodist

United Methodist Church
Collins Memorial Library
University of Puget Sound
1500 North Warner
Tacoma, WA 98416
Phone: (253) 756-3669
Fax: (253) 756-3670
This library has records of ministers but not of church members.

For a history of the Methodists in Washington see Howell, Erle. Methodisim in the Northwest. Nashville, Tenn.: Pacific Northwest Conference Historical Society, 1966. FHL Collection 979 K2h

Presbyterian

Presbyterian Historical Society
Presbyterian Church U.S.A.
425 Lombard Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147-1516
Phone: (215) 627-1852
Fax: (215) 627-0509

For a history of the Presbyterians in Washington, see Boyd, Robert. History of the Synod of Washington of The Presbyterian Church in the United States of America 1835-1909. Seattle, Wash.: The Synod, [1910?]. FHL Collection 979.7 K2p; film 1321456 item 4; digital versions at Ancestry ($); Internet Archive

Roman Catholic

Archdiocese of Seattle
Chancery Office
910 Marion Street
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: (206) 382-4560
Fax: (206) 382-4840

The archdiocese includes the counties of: Clallam, Clark, Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Island, Jefferson, King, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Pierce, San Juan, Skagit, Skamania, Snohomish, Thurston, Wahkiakum and Whatcom.[2]

Diocese of Spokane
P.O. Box 1453
1023 W. Riverside Ave.
Spokane, WA 99210-1453
Phone: (509) 358-7300

The diocese includes the counties of: Adams, Asotin, Columbia, Ferry, Franklin, Garfield, Lincoln, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Stevens, Spokane, Walla Walla and Whitman.[2]

Diocese of Yakima
5301-A Tieton Drive
Yakima, WA 98908-3493
Phone: (509) 965-7117

The diocese includes the counties of: Benton, Chelan, Douglas, Grant, Kittitas, Klickitat and Yakima.[2]

Historical Missions

  • St. Francis Regis Mission - Jesuit 1845-1945
  • St. Ignatius Mission- Jesuit 1845-1855
  • St. Mary's Mission - Jesuit 1886-1960
  • Tsimshian Mission 1838
  • St. Paul's Mission - Jesuit 1845-1865
  • Whitman Mission (near Walla Walla)

References

  1. Sydney E. Ahlstrom, A Religious History of the American People (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1972). FHL Book 973 K2ah.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Map of the Roman Catholic Dioceses in the United States of America, Office of Catholic Schools Diocese of Columbus, accessed 3 Nov 2010.

 

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