Welcome to the Pierce County, Washington GenWeb, a part of the USGenWeb project designed to assist genealogy researchers in finding clues about ancestors both on and off the web.

Lots of updating has been done, with many more detailed Pierce County Links available.

Background

Pierce County is the second most populous county in Washington. Created from Thurston County on December 22, 1852 by the Oregon Territory legislature, it was named for U.S. President Franklin Pierce. King County to the north, created at the same time, was named for Vice-President Rufus King.

As of 2010, the population was 795,225 according to the U.S. census. The county seat is Tacoma, which is also the county's largest city, located on Commencement Bay. The original county seat was Steilacoom, the first Town in Washington Territory. The county has the highest elevation change in the state, from sea level to 14,410 feet.


Pierce County, home of Mount Tacoma
(some call it Mount Rainier)

WAGenweb County sites adjoining Pierce include: King; Kitsap; Mason; Thurston; Lewis and Yakima.
Or select your county from the map below:

Do you know why Steilacoom was the first county seat?
One reason is because it had the only jail in the Territory...


courtesy UW digital collections

Select a topic below, or at the top of this page for further genealogy research in Pierce County.