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Before 1900 the largest religious groups in Washington were the Baptist, Roman Catholic, Methodist Episcopal, and Presbyterian churches. To help you learn more about Church records in Washington, see Guide to Church Vital Statistics Records in Washington (Seattle, Washington: Historical Records Survey, 1942; FHL book 979.7 A3gc; fiche 6051172).
The Family History Library has very few church records from Washington. Many denominations have collected their records in central repositories. You can write to the following addresses to learn where their records are located.
St Francis Regis Mission - Jesuit 1845-1945
St. Ignatius Mission- Jesuit 1845-1855
American Baptist - Samuel Colgate Historical Library
1106 South Goodman Street
Rochester, NY 14620-2532
United Methodist Church
Collins Memorial Library
University of Puget Sound
1500 North Warner
Tacoma, WA 98416
(This library has records of ministers but not of church members.)
For a history of the Methodists in Washington see Erle Howell, Methodisim in the Northwest (Nashville, Tennessee: Pacific Northwest Conference Historical Society, 1966; FHL book 979 K2h).
Presbyterian Historical Society
Presbyterian Church U.S.A.
425 Lombard Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147-1516
For a history of the Presbyterians in Washington, see Robert Boyd, History of the Synod of Washington of The Presbyterian Church in the United States of America 1835-1909 (Seattle, Washington: The Synod, [1910?]; FHL book 979.7 K2p; film 1321456 item 4).
Archdiocese of Seattle
910 Marion Street
Seattle, WA 98104