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 collection now!

Search archives of newspapers
We have electronically searchable newspapers from the Granite Falls area. Search our newspapers online! . . . or ask for help while 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 postage.

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!

Special Projects
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 Falls."

"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.