Family History and Genealogy. Local. National. International.

**The Jefferson County Genealogical Society library and collections are housed in the Research Center. For hours, fees, and information on the JCGS collections, visit the Research Center page.**

See the Membership page to learn about member benefits and how to join JCGS. Click here for Society contact information.

20140621_095851About Jefferson County Genealogical Society

The Jefferson County Genealogical Society (JCGS) was established in 1983 in Port Townsend, Washington, when a small group of people interested in genealogy met on 15 October to establish a society committed to the collection and preservation of data on Jefferson County inhabitants and support members in their family history research. To that end, an on-going endeavor to “track down” an ever-increasing body of vital records, obituaries and other sources valuable to the genealogist has been undertaken.  We have cataloged and indexed more than 250,000 records. Visit the Free Online Indexes to JCGS  Databases . Please note that not all records have indexed on this website.

Additionally, through educational and library resources, we offer our members an opportunity to expand their research skills to further their own genealogy research. Join us! See our Membership page to find out about becoming a member of JCGS.


The Executive Committee meets the first Thursday of most months at 9:30 a.m., at the Research Center.

  • President: Bill Conklin
  • Vice President: Pam Stinson
  • Recording Secretary: Lorrell Louchard
  • Corresponding Secretary: Mary Stolaas
  • Treasurer: Barb Peterson


Throughout each month, JCGS hosts several Discussion Groups and holds a monthly Resource Corner at the Research Center (see the calendar for details). JCGS convenes its Monthly Meetings on the third Saturday of each month (except August) at the Tri-Area Community Center in Chimacum. Our upcoming meeting schedule is available on the Home Page and on the Calendar.

Our Mission

The purposes of this organization are to:

  • Bring together persons who are researching family history and promote fellowship and cooperation among them.
  • Foster, stimulate and share ideas, information, methods, and practices in family research.
  • Collect, preserve and make available material on family history, with special emphasis on research data concerning past and present families in Jefferson County, Washington.
  • Encourage those officials in charge of public records and genealogical collections to preserve and make them accessible to interested persons.
  • Provide educational opportunities through membership meetings, seminars and special programs.

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Monthly eNews Announcements

As of May 2015, JCGS no longer publishes a formal newsletter. Society information is distributed to JCGS members once or twice a month via MailChimp. This service is reserved for JCGS members only. (Old editions of JCGS newsletters can be read using the Adobe Acrobat reader on your computer. Past copies are found on the Newsletters page.)