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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; Family History Library 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
St. Mary's Mission - Jesuit 1886-1960
Tsimshian Mission 1838
St. Paul's Mission - Jesuit 1845-1865
Whitman Mission (near Wallawalla)
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.
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?]; Family History Library film 1321456 item 4).
Archdiocese of Seattle
910 Marion Street
Seattle, WA 98104