University of Washington Libraries has Special Collections that are useful for genealogy and family history research. They have both online and onsite collections available for free.

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  • Collection Guides Search (Finding Aids)
    Finding aids are detailed guides to archival and photograph collections.
  • UW Libraries Search
    The library catalog provides brief descriptions about most publications housed in Special Collections, Special Collections’ digital collections, and some archival and manuscript collections.
  • City Directories List
    This list describes the city directories for the Pacific Northwest region that are housed in Special Collections. City directories are comparable to phone directories, but have more information. Also called business directories or gazeteers, they provide information about the occupations, residential addresses, and spouses of city residents, and list employees of businesses. Beginning in 1939, the directories include a “reverse” section describing the residents and businesses on each street.
  • Metsker Atlases 
    List of Metsker atlases for the counties of Washington State that are available in Special Collections.
  • Pacific Northwest Pamphlet Collection Database
    This database searches descriptions of the pamphlet collection housed in Special Collections.
  • Pacific Northwest Photographers Database
    Created by Special Collections, this database provides brief information about photographers who operated in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska between ca.1870 and 1935.
  • Pacific Northwest Reference Collection
    This list is organized according to topic and includes descriptions of reference works about the Pacific Northwest housed in the Special Collection’s Reading Room.
  • Sayre Theatrical and Vaudeville Performers Database
    The J. Willis Sayre collection consists of more than 24,000 photographs of theatrical and vaudeville performers, as well as musicians and motion picture scenes, that played in Seattle between about 1900 and 1955 (some of the materials date back to the 1870s). The collector was J. Willis Sayre: drama critic, journalist, promoter. The database includes the data for all images in the database, but only includes links to digital images that are not under copyright restrictions.
  • University of Washington History: Bibliography 
    A bibliography for print and online resources about the history of University of Washington.
  • Seattle Funeral Home Records Search Request
    • Sessions Funeral Home, 1916-1937
    • Home Undertaking Company, 1918-1977
    • University Funeral Parlor, circa 1920-1968
    • Bothell Funeral Home, 1936-1963
    • Clark-Rafferty & Putnam, 1939-1978
    • Acacia Funeral Home, 1964-1999
    • Forkner Funeral Home, 1971-1974
    • Seattle Mortuary, 1976-1981

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