Background Sources for Washington

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This entry was originally written by Dwight A. Radford for Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources.

This article is part of
the Washington Family History Research series.
History of Washington
Washington Vital Records
Census Records for Washington
Background Sources for Washington
Washington Maps
Washington Land Records
Washington Probate Records
Washington Court Records
Washington Tax Records
Washington Cemetery Records
Washington Church Records
Washington Military Records
Washington Periodicals, Newspapers, and Manuscript Collections
Washington Archives, Libraries, and Societies
Washington Immigration
Ethnic Groups of Washington
Washington County Resources
Map of Washington


  • Andrews, Mildred Tanner. Washington Women as Path Breakers. Dubuque: Kendall/Hunt Publishers, 1989. Narrative and archival photographs portray the contributions made by women in Washington.
  • Brewster, David, and David M. Buerge, eds. Washingtonians: A Biographical Portrait of the State. Seattle: Sasquatch Books, 1991. A celebration of the legendary and ordinary men and women who helped shape the first 100 years of Washington's history.
  • Ficken, Robert E., and Charles P. LeWarne. Washington: A Centennial History. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1988. A colorful and comprehensive account of the beginnings and potential of the state, and of the people who made it what it is today.
  • LeWarne, Charles P. Washington State. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1986. Intended for high school classroom use.
  • Pelz, Ruth. The Washington Story: A History of Our State. Rev. ed. Seattle: Seattle Public Schools, 1993. A general textbook used in the public school systems.
  • Ruby, Robert H., and John A. Browne. A Guide to the Indian Tribes of the Pacific Northwest. Norman, Okla.: University of Oklahoma Press, 1986. In a convenient alphabetical format, it describes the histories and cultures of the various Native American groups.
  • White, Sid, ed. Peoples of Washington, Perspectives on Cultural Diversity. Pullman: Washington State University, 1989. Commemoration and reflection on the rich ethnic legacy Washington has inherited.
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