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Research tools for finding your family history
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Ancestry Library Edition is a genealogical toolkit that includes a broad range of genealogical resources and guidance on how to use those resources. Find links to vital records, property records, census information, city directories, and much more. Ancestry Library Edition is only available at the library.

  • U.S. Federal Censuses
  • Digitized genealogy and local history books
  • Periodical Source Index (PERSI)
  • Revolutionary War records
  • Freedman’s Bank Records
  • U.S. Congressional Serial Set

The Washington State Digital Archives provides access to online collections of historical value. In some cases you will be able to view a digital copy of selected records. Records that have not been digitized can be ordered online.

Access to Archival Databases (AAD) resource provides online access to records in a small selection of historic databases preserved permanently in NARA. Out of the nearly 200,000 data files in its holdings, NARA has selected approximately 475 of them for public searching through AAD because the records identify specific persons, geographic areas, organizations, and dates. The records cover a wide variety of civilian and military functions and have many genealogical, social, political, and economic research uses. AAD provides:

  • Access to over 85 million historic electronic records created by more than 30 agencies of the U.S. federal government and from collections of donated historical materials.
  • Both free-text and fielded searching options.
  • The ability to retrieve, print, and download records with the specific information that you seek.
  • Information to help you find and understand the records.

In the Area


The Relander Collection at Yakima Central Library holds many unique local history resources. These early photographs, maps, letters and newspapers name names and tell stories about those who first populated the Yakima Valley and about the communities they built. Although these materials cannot be checked out, you may schedule an appointment to browse the collection by calling (509) 575-3429.

Yakima Valley
Genealogical Library

The Yakima Valley Genealogical Society's library is located on West Washington at 1901 S 12th Avenue in Union Gap. They offer specialized genealogy resources and a community of skilled researchers.

Yakima Valley Historical Society

The Yakima Valley Museum is the home of the Yakima Valley Historical Society. The Museum is located at 2105 Tieton Drive in Yakima. The Museum Library & Archives contain city directories, historic photographs and maps, school yearbooks, and hard copy early Yakima Valley Newspapers. It is a rich repository of community history.

Washington State Archives
Central Region

Yakima County Auditor's Office
Yakima County
Auditor's Office