Clallam County Genealogical Society

Hours: Tues-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat 12-4pm

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
 
 MISSION
 
 Clallam County Genealogical Society is a 501 (c)(3) non-   profit organization dedicated to the   collection and   preservation of genealogical materials. It provides   supportive and educational   opportunities for those   involved in genealogical research.
 
 CCGS Research Center is a FamilySearch.org Affiliate 
 
HISTORY
 
 In 1979, genealogist and teacher, Kathleen Barrett led a  small group of people who were   interested in sharing   their  family histories. With the support of the local historical society, they   found a home in the attic of the old Clallam County Courthouse which was built in 1914. In 1980, having outgrown the attic space, the group moved to larger quarters in the Courthouse basement. Twenty-two people joined the society by its first official meeting in May of 1981. By the end of the year, the membership grew to forty-six. They became our Charter Members. A board of directors was elected and we obtained a business license. In 1984, we became a Non-Profit.
 
OLD LINCOLN SCHOOL CAMPUS
 
When the County needed more space in the Courthouse, the Genealogical Society was asked to move. CCGS relocated to the old Lincoln School Campus, renting one third of the portable building from the Clallam County Historical Society. The old school was built in 1916, and the portable building was erected in 1929. The Clallam County Historical Society purchased the campus in 1991 and moved its research materials into the portable building in 1998.
 
The original plan was that when the Lincoln School was renovated, the Genealogy Society would be able to occupy the second floor of the school house. However, the renovation has never come to fruition.
 
LAURIDSEN BLVD
 
 By 2011, we had outgrown the space available at the old Lincoln   School campus. Thanks to a large   bequest that had been invested,   generous donations by the membership, and a member who was   willing to  privately carry a mortgage for us, CCGS purchased the   building at 402 E. Lauridsen Blvd in Port Angeles from the North   Olympic Library System in 2012. Cosmetic alterations provided space   for a library, a computer room, an office and a small classroom.   Meetings were held off site, and parking was limited.  
 
8TH & PEABODY STREETS
 
After seven years, the Lauridsen location was too small. In 2020, an angel donor offered to purchase larger quarters for CCGS, so we found a new location at 403 E. 8th Street in Port Angeles. Using funds from the sale of our old building, we installed new floors, painted the interior, and made other changes to our new home. Our spacious library is the heart of the building. We can now have meetings in our own facility. There is a Board room, classroom, reception area, and business office space for both our treasurer and our librarian. Our public computer area is large enough for social distancing. We also have a kitchenette and snack area. Most important, is plenty of storage and a large parking lot. An added bonus is the office facing Peabody Street, which we rent out. This provides us with a monthly income to cover the cost of insurance, taxes, and utilities.  
  
RESOURCES

LIBRARY

The library is the heart of the Research Center.  It contains genealogical information from the United States, Canada, and the world with over 4,165  books,  plus  periodicals,   microfilms,  and microfiche. We have resources on immigration, the military, and religious records. Our collection continues to grow with books donated by members and other libraries.

In the Clallam County Records Section:  Obituraries, Pioneer family files, Native American census and school census records, Probate Index.

Obituaries:  Our collection includes obituaries from the earliest newpapers to the latest publications.  In the absence of a published obituary, we also collect death or funeral notices, and newspaper accounts of deaths resulting from accidents.  We have some obituaries for Clallam County residents who died elsewhere.  Check our online index.  Go to obituraries to print an order form.

Pioneer Family Files:  Our collection of nearly 500 Pioneer Family files is constantly expanding.  The pioneer files include information on those families who were here in Clallam County on or before 1889 when Washington achived statehood. We also have information on Early Families (those here before 1900). All files were developed by Society staff, family descendants and genealogists.  The content and size varies widely but often includes primary and original documents such as vital records, letters, documents, photographs, narratives, homestead records, newspaper articles and donated research of various family researchers.  Go to Local Resources, click on Clallam County records for the index link. 

Probate Index:  Abstracts of Clallam County original probate records from 1857 to 1965.  Full probate packets are available at the courthouse

We are fortunate to have a professional retired Librarian to oversee our growing collection. Browse our library database by clicking the LibraryThing link. Then, come in and review the books you found of interest in our collection, and use one of our convenient research areas.

A separate lending library houses books for members to check out.

 

Courthouse Research:  We offer research at the county courthouse for those records we don’t have in our library - civil court cases, early land records, full probate files, etc.

Surname Indexes:  Indexes for various organizations and events such as  the Port Angeles Reserve Jumpers, early Elk Club members, county school graduates and censuses, Puget Sound Cooperative Colony, Civilian Conservation Corps, Spruce Railroad Division, Naturalization and Probate Records.

Early Vital Records:  Early birth and death records from many sources prior to 1907 - newspapers, early county records, midwives’ records, etc.  After 1907, vital records were sent to the Department of Health at our state capital at Olympia, Washington.

ONGOING PROJECTS:  

Obituary and Naturalization indexing

Deaths:  We have plans to index death certificates from 1910-1930's.  This project will not be started until some of these previous projects are completed.



Operating Year: January - December 2022


Board of Directors
President: Paul Wessel
Vice President: Vacant
Secretary: Consuelo White
Treasurer: Virginia Majewski
Member At Large #1: Carol Foss
Member At Large #2: Jim Hindes
Past President: Karen Mitchell
 
Committees
Education: Roberta Griset
Finance: Paul Wessel
Fund Raising: Roberta Griset
Library: Karen Mitchell
Membership: Vacant
Newsletter: Consuelo White
Obituary: Carol Foss
Pioneer Families: Gail Porter
Research Coordinator: Virginia Majewski
Technology: Benjamin Rowland
Volunteer Coordinator: Roberta Griset
Webmaster: Consuelo White