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Thank you for visiting the webpage for the Whatcom Genealogical Society. 

We hope that you find the information contained on these pages helpful in your family history research.  Please be sure to visit our Facebook page for more information about us and the wider genealogical community.  For a list of upcoming meetings, click here.

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Did you know that October is Family History Month?  In conjunction with Family History Month, WGS will be hosting a free "Genealogy Jump Start" program at the downtown central Bellingham Public Library!  Click here for more details.

Map of Washington State Counties

Map showing Whatcom County

Whatcom County is located in the northwest corner of Washington state, just south of the Canadian border. 

​While our society is located in Whatcom County, our members research throughout the United States and the world. 

Whatcom County, and indeed, Washington State, is much younger than our cousins to the east.  The region was part of the Oregon Territory from 1848-1853, prior to becoming the Washington Territory in 1853. For a map of the Oregon Territory, click here. Washington was admitted to the Union as the 42nd state on November 11, 1889. 


Whatcom County was home to Northwest Coast Indians (the Lummi, Nooksack, Samish and Semiahmoo) prior to European settlement. 

The Whatcom Genealogical Society (WGS) was founded in 1969 and incorporated in 1980. We are a 501(c)(3) corporation.  For more information about WGS, please click on the "About Us" tab.

If you have ancestors who arrived early in Whatcom County's history, check out our Pioneer and Early Settler Certificate program!  Click here for more information.

Our monthly meeting topics reflect our members' varied interests.  We hope you will join us - visitors are always welcome at our meetings.  Click here to learn about upcoming meetings and events.

Mt. Baker moonrise

Photo by Jim deLucia


Marine Park with the Whatcom Museum in the background

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