Washington County Divorce Records - FamilySearch Historical Records
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Washington, County Divorce Records, 1852-1950
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|State Archives, Olympia, Washington|
What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]
This collection includes digital images of divorce records from the civil courts in the following counties:
The records are arranged in boxes with files organized by year and alphabetically by name.
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To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]
|You can browse through images in this collection using the waypoints on the Collection Browse Page for Washington, County Divorce Records, 1852-1950.|
What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]
The following information may be found in these records:
- Names of interested parties
- Divorce date
- Name of court
- County of court
- Conditions of the divorce decree
- Ages or calculated birth year of husband and wife
- Names of minor children
- Names of other relatives
- Court costs
Collection Content[edit | edit source]
Sample Image[edit | edit source]
How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]
Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
- Name of the person
- The location or date of the event
Search the Index[edit | edit source]Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
- Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
- Click Search to show possible matches
View the Images[edit | edit source]View images in this collection by visiting the Collection Browse Page:
- Select County
- Select Case File Number Range to view the images
How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]
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What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Add any new information to your records
- Use the age or estimated birthdate to find other county or vital records such as birth, baptism, marriage, and death records
- Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in the censuses before the divorce
- Repeat this process with additional family members found to find more generations of the family
I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives
- If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching nearby locations
- Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name
- Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names
Research Helps[edit | edit source]
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Washington.
- Washington Guided Research
- Washington Record Finder
- Washington Research Tips and Strategies
- Step-by-Step Research: 1850-1907 1907-Present
Other FamilySearch Collections[edit | edit source]
These collections may have additional materials to help you with your research.
FamilySearch Catalog[edit | edit source]
- Washington territorial divorces extracted from territorial laws, 1854-1871
- Washington, marriage records, 1940-1959
- Clark County, divorce case files, 1890-1920
FamilySearch Historical Records[edit | edit source]
FamilySearch Digital Library[edit | edit source]
Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]
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