Our purpose since our founding in 1984 has been to create, stimulate and maintain interest in all matters pertaining to genealogical and historical knowledge. Our goal is to collect and preserve genealogical and historical records, and to promote interest in family history. To help accomplish this, seminars are regularly held for the purpose of assisting members in acquiring genealogical research techniques. Great effort is also put into publishing bulletins, papers and articles on a regular basis.
Six Great Reasons to Join our Society
- Our excellent newsletter. Our award-winning newsletter, published six times a year, is jam-packed with transcribed records, articles on Whitman County ancestors, general genealogy articles, and research tips.
- Our thorough researchers. Through the efforts of dedicated volunteers, our Society is able to offer very reasonably priced research services for your Whitman County ancestors.
- Our extensive library. Our Society shares library space with the Whitman County Historical Society in Room 103A of the Gladish Community & Cultural Center, 115 NW State in Pullman, WA. Our library houses the largest collection in Whitman County of Whitman County-related material such as books, indexes, transcribed records, cemetery and census information, articles, memorabilia, photographs, maps, oral histories, and other materials. Use of the library is free, and it is open to the general public on Wednesday mornings(except holidays) from 9:00am-Noon. Staffed by knowledgeable volunteers ready to help you, it is also available by appointment (please contact the research coordinator who will get you in contact with the appropriate person).
- Our informative program meetings and seminars. Program meetings are held in March, May, September, and November on a day and time announced in our newsletter. Topics in the past have included computer classes, military veteran talks, tips on how to research at the LDS in Salt Lake City, and other topics as suggested by our members. Seminars with quality speakers are held twice a year (in the fall and spring). We hold an annual picnic each summer at various locations in Whitman County.
- Our publications. Our volunteers are continually working on transcription projects that we either publish or make available online through such places as the Washington State Digital Archives. While we try to make as much information available online as possible, the sale of publications is important to our Society in that it allows us to pay our recurring expenses such as library space rent, internet fee, etc., and to ensure funds for the cost of printing future publications.
- Our mission. Your contribution as a member or donator helps our Society to continue its mission of collecting and preserving Whitman County records, transcribing records, and promoting interest in family history through our newsletters, meetings, and seminars. In return, we hope our efforts will assist you in your quest for information on your own ancestors.