The Granite Falls Historical Museum offers research assistance to anyone wanting to learn more
about the history of Granite Falls and the valley of the South Fork of the Stilliguamish river.
Search our online collection
You can easily search our online collection for people, places, photos,
documents, and more through the PastPerfect database. Search our
Search archives of newspapers
We have electronically searchable newspapers from the Granite Falls
area. Search our newspapers online! For information on more efficient
newspaper searching at the Museum, click here.
Overlay historic maps of Snohomish County
Wonder who homesteaded your property? Where railroads ran? Where
your ancestors lived? Use our mapping system to compare everything
from homestead lines to modern aerial photographs! For more
information, click here.
Read About Granite Falls "Back in the Day"
Museum volunteers write a column for the Granite Falls Press (the town's
local newspaper) describing what Granite Falls was like "Back in the Day."
Click to travel back in time!
You can do your own research or get help from a volunteer. There is no charge for doing the
research yourself. If a museum volunteer does the research for you, there is a fee based on the
amount of time required.
If coming to the museum for research is not convenient, we will work with you to identify the
information you want to find, search our collections database for relevant items, and send you a
CD or DVD containing the items we found. There is a $15 fee to cover the cost of the CD and
Volunteers can print high-resolution photos or large photos. Cost depends on the size and number
of images being printed.
To request assistance, contact the museum at (360)-691-2603 to leave a voicemail, or send email to
Look through even more research resources
Still can't find what you're looking for? We're here to help! To learn more
about other local museums in the area, access additional articles, read
research papers, and more, click here!
New Zealander Learns Family History
A gentleman wandered in one
afternoon and said, “My name is Parr
and I believe I may have had some
relatives in this area."
"I just flew in this morning from New
Zealand, and I’m on my way to visit my
cousin (also named Parr) in British
Columbia. The kind people in Everett [a
large town about 20 miles from Granite
Falls] did have evidence of one of the
matriarchs in our family dying there, but
they said she was buried in Granite
"I decided to drive up here and see what
I could find, although my cousin said
he’d been here and I wouldn’t find
much in a small logging town.
Trace Your Family's Land Holdings
A local fellow walked in one day and
asked, “Can you confirm that my
ancestors homesteaded the property
on which the Twin Cities Food plant now
sits in Stanwood, WA?”.
While it was clearly a matter of some
family pride, our search took a
surprising turn. By turning on the “cities
1910” layer, it was easy to find and zoom
in around the city of Stanwood.