In an effort to increase accessibility to the historical records of Washington, the Office of the Secretary of State initiated the Historical Records Project in 2002. Staff from the State Library and State Archives identified records from their collections for inclusion in the project, as well as those held by numerous local museums, genealogical and historical societies.
Currently millions of searchable records are available free of charge on the Washington State Archives, but countless more records need to be transcribed and indexed in order to be beneficial to researchers and genealogists around the globe.
The Historical Records Project seeks volunteers to work from their own home, at their own pace, on their own computer equipment. To find out how you can help, contact HRP@sos.wa.gov or call 360-586-2665.