Seattle Genealogical Society

Research Services

Volunteers will conduct lookups in the following:
  • ‚ÄčKing County Court Case Index (KC3I), 1881-1980:  Index of probate and divorce in King County from 1891 to 1980.  More Information about this unique collection, including fees, and how to submit a lookup request can be found on the King County Court Cases Index Page.
  • Seattle Obituary Lookup:  In The Seattle Times (1895-1984, 2018-current), Seattle Post-Intelligencer (1901-2009) or the Christine Pulliam Obituary Collection (1996-2006).
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Membership Cards: Approximately 25,000 original membership cards from 2 Seattle area VFW posts. The typical membership card provides the veteran's name, birth date, address and details of their military service. Some cards may also provide the specific location(s) of the veterans service, occupation (in and out of the military) and name(s) of relatives.  
  • 1890 Seattle Substitute Census:  Includes transcription and index of the 1889 Washington Territorial Censes for residents of the City of Seattle, also incorporates the 1888-1889 Seattle City Directory and the 1890 census for the City of Ballard
  • SGS will also complete a lookup in materials listed in the SGS Library catalog and articles appearing in the Journal of Seattle Genealocal Society (formerly SGS Bulletin)
The fee for non-members is $15 per name/lookup. Please note that we don't offer in-depth research beyond a lookup.
To request a lookup, please send an email to
Research fees help the Society maintain and ensure continued access to our outstanding research library, and are charged whether or not the search is successful.
Although we will consult available indexes, we regret that we are unable to obtain copies of vital records, court action, land, or similar records outside of the SGS collection. You may obtain a list of professional researchers in the Seattle area, who can provide more extensive research services for a fee, at the Puget Sound Chapter-Association of Professional Genealogists.