Founded in 1981 by a handful of genealogy enthusiasts, our nonprofit
501 (c)(3) organization is all volunteer. In 2013, we purchased our
building on Peabody Street near the North Olympic Library campus
in Port Angeles, WA.
Our mission is to educate and support individual genealogists and to preserve genealogical materials from Clallam County and beyond.
Membership allows full access to web site databases, discounts on seminars,and our quarterly publication. Manage your account and renew your membership in the member log in section.
You are welcome to visit our Research Center which houses a library of over 3,000 books.
CCGS Research Center is a FamilySearch.org Affiliate
Clallam County Histories: We have a good collection of local histories covering the entire county or focusing on specific areas within the county, as well of the North Olympic Peninsula. We also collect family histories, narratives, and manuscripts written on the early Clallam pioneers.
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.
Obituaries: CCGS maintains a collection of 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 (currently a work in progress). 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 Indexes: Abstracts of Clallam County original probate records from 1857 to 1965. Full probate packets are available at the courthouse.
Native American Records: Our collection includes Indian Census and school census records.
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.
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.