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To inspire and empower every person to discover and engage with their family history.


The GFO welcomes everyone. Click here to read our Diversity and Inclusivity Statement.


  • To serve as a regional resource of genealogical information not geographically limited to the Pacific Northwest.
  • To provide convenient access to a broad range of historical resources for genealogical research in a variety of forms.
  • To identify and satisfy specific research needs, based on input from Library users.

The GFO Research Library has more than 60,000 holdings for all of the United States and many locations around the world, with particular strengths in the Pacific Northwest, Virginia, and French Canada. We also provide access to many popular subscription genealogy websites.

The I.R.S. recognizes the GFO as an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with no paid staff.

All gifts and contributions are tax-deductible and support core operations.

The GFO’s Federal Tax ID is 93-6026015.