Snohomish County, Washington Genealogy

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Snohomish County

Guide to Snohomish County Washington ancestry, family history, and genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records, since 1861, when the county was formed.

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Snohomish County, Washington
Map of Washington highlighting Snohomish County
Location in the state of Washington
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Location of Washington in the U.S.
Founded January 14, 1861
County Seat Everett
Address Snohomish County Courthouse
3000 Rockefeller Ave MS 605
Everett, WA 98201-4046
Snohomish County Website

County Overview

Parent County(s)

Snohomish County, Washington was created 14 January 1861 from Island and King counties.[1]

County Seat: Everett [2]. See also Towns and Communities in Snohomish County, Washington Genealogy. For Courthouse, see Archives, libraries, etc.

Boundary Changes


Snohomish County Courthouse,
3000 Rockefeller Ave MS 605;
Everett, Washington 98201-4046;
Phone. 425.388.358

County Auditor has birth and death records1891-1907
and marriage records from 1891.
County clerk has divorce, probate records and court records. [4]

See also Archives, libraries, etc. in Snohomish County, Washington Genealogy.

Dates of Major County Records

Beginning dates for major county records[5]
* For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries
Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Topics for Snohomish County, Washington Genealogy

The topics or headings on this page describe records that are used for genealogy and family history. They include links to web sites with indexes, images, or information about the county.

Bible Records



Biographical information is often found in state and local histories or genealogies. See also Washington Biography.

Business and Commerce



Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
FindAGrave Family History Library FindAGrave
Tombstone Project WorldCat
Billion Graves (name) Washington Periodicals WA State Digital Archives
WAGenWeb Archives Linkpendium
Billion Graves Genealogy Trails
See Washington Cemeteries for more information.

Cemetery records often reveal birth, death, relationship, military, and religious information. Tombstones, sextons (caretakers) records, and burial records each have slightly different information. See Washington Cemeteries.

Purdy & Walters at Floral Hills; 409 Filbert Road; Lynnwood, WA 98036-4934; USA; Phone No: (425) 672-1800

  • Everett
  • Lynnwood

Purdy and Walters at Floral Hills Cemetery is part of the Dignity Memorial® national network of funeral, cremation and cemetery service providers. Some obituaries are online at Making Everlasting Memories for those who paid for the service. Other than that, you should contact the cemetery directly for any inquiries.


Federal Census Contents
Names, ages, birthplaces 1850–1940
Birthplaces of parents 1880–1940
Relationships 1880–1940
Family and Neighbors All years
Immigration year 1900–1930
Citizenship 1910–1940

Censuses 1) Give names, ages, and more about the family; 2) Pinpoint the area to find other records; and 3) Provide clues for further research.

Church Records

The information church records provide depends upon the church practices and the record keepers. Records may include names, ages, and dates of events such as baptism, marriage, or burial. See Washington Church Records.

  • Church records (microfilmed originals or published transcripts) for Snohomish County, Washington Genealogy are listed in the FamilySearch catalog. (Press space bar to select town.)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Everett

Snohomish County

  • Records of the Lutheran Church, Snohomish County, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).

Swans Trail Lutheran Church, Everett

  • Records of Swans Trail Lutheran Church, Everett, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).

Court Records

Your ancestors may be found in court records as defendants, plaintiffs, witnesses, or jurors. Court records can clarify family relationships, places of residence, occupations, and family history. See Washington Court Records for courts used through the years.

For specialized court records, see Divorce  · Guardianship  · Land  · Naturalization · Probate

  • Snohomish Frontier Justice. Part of "Frontier Justice’’: Guide to the Court Records of Washington Territory, 1853-1889 at Washington State Digital Archives. (Free Index, no images)
    • The court procedure of Frontier Justice touch nearly all pioneers of Washington Territory. The index has many abstracts that provide names and what is happening in disputes, settlements in civil and criminal cases as well as probate, equity and admiralty cases.



Emigration and Immigration


Ethnic, Political or Religious Groups


American Indian

World War II Files, 1942-1946

Public Welfare/Social Security Department, (Japanese Internment) Assistance Cases, Evacuee Referrals for Resettlement and Assistance, 1945-1946 from the Washington State Archives – Digital Archives

Funeral Homes


Maps and Gazetteers


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A FamilySearch Community Tree is available for this place.
Many local libraries and societies have collections of family genealogies. County histories or biographies often include brief genealogies of the featured persons.


Guardianship of orphans or adults unable to manage their own affairs were handled by the probate and the District courts. See Washington Court Records.


Local histories for Snohomish County, Washington Genealogy may include biographies, history of churches, schools, local government with names of officials, military information, and more. See Washington Local Histories.

  • History of the Puget Sound Country, Volume 1, Volume 2 by William Farrand Prosser [New York, Chicago, The Lewis publishing company, 1903] online at Washington History.
History Timeline

Historical County Boundaries from Newberry Library[6]

Emphasis for this timeline is on events that affected migration, records, or record-keeping. Unless otherwise mentioned, the events below were gleaned from Margaret Riddle. Snohomish County -- Thumbnail History, History Essay 7877.

  • The Snohomish Tribe comprised the largest Native American population in this county area.
  • 1792 - June 4, British Captain George Vancouver landed on the beach south of Hebolb, claiming the Puget Sound region for King George III.
  • 1853 - The Tulalip Bay settlement has been described as the birthplace of Snohomish County.
  • 1853 - March 2, U.S. President Millard Fillmore establishes Washington Territory.
  • 1855 - January 22, Governor Isaac Stevens and 81 tribal leaders met at Point Elliott (now Mukilteo) to sign a treaty between regional tribes and the U.S. government.
  • 1861 - January 14, As the population grew, local settlers petitioned the territorial legislature to develop a separate county, and Snohomish County, originally part of Island County, was formed
  • 1860s-1870s - Rich farmland and easy water access attracted homesteaders, and settlements also began at Lowell, Monroe, Stanwood, and Edmonds.
  • 1889 - Snohomish County grew, as did all the Pacific Northwest, with the arrival of the railroad.
  • 1889 - July 4, Joseph Pearsall struck gold and staked a claim at Monte Cristo. This drew prospectors to the area and helped solidify plans for the development of an industrial city at Port Gardner Bay.
  • 1914-1918 - World War I dashed the hopes of radicals, and Snohomish County solidly backed the war effort. The predominant economy now was lumbering,

Land and Property

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Land records (especially deeds) may give the name of a spouse, heirs, and witnesses, who may be relatives or in-laws.

County deeds, mortgages, and leases show transfers from person to person. See also Court Records for actions involving real estate. See Washington Land for government-to-person records.



This map highlights the county within the state of Washington. The map soon will have inter-active links.


Most residents came to Washington from other states or crossed the border from Canada. (See Seattle Passenger Lists for those who came from other countries.) Although few other migration records exist, try:

Censuses (use birthdates and places of children as clues)
Land (1st deed may reveal previous residence)
Death-related records of children may give town or county of birth
• Records of relatives and neighbors



Naturalization and Citizenship

Declarations of Intent before 1906 often include the nation of origin, his* foreign and "Americanized" names, residence, and date of arrival. See Washington Naturalization and Citizenship for more information.     *Women were not naturalized until 1922 in the United States.

  • Naturalization and Citizenship records 1890-1973 Part of Washington, County Records, 1856-2009 at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
    • See what genealogical information may be in these records.
    • Includes Affidavits for issuing new naturalization certificates 1918-1919; Certificates of citizenship 1890-1903; Certificates of naturalization 1907-1926; Citizenship petitions granted/denied 1929-1945; Citizenship record 1903-1906; Declarations of intention 1890-1973; Index to declarations and petitions for naturalization 1913-1963; Miscellaneous letters 1907-1910; Monthly report of naturalization papers forwarded 1943; Naturalization depositions 1908-1945; Naturalization record index 1928-1945; Overseas naturalization petition 1956; Petition and record 1906-1974; Transferred naturalization petitions 1953-1973.


Small town newspapers provide historical content and contain obituaries, birth or death notices, legal notices, and community news, such as visits to or from out-of-town relatives. See Washington Newspapers for tips, resources, and details.

Finding More Washington Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Snohomish County, Washington Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

  • WorldCat (For instructions see WorldCat Online Catalog).
  • Do a search for these and other records in the FamilySearch Catalog. To select a county in Washington, add a comma, slide way down to the county list, then click Search. (Almost every state seems to have a Washington County)
  • Arlington Times - full-text digital issues in Google News Archive; covers 1945-2009


Obituaries may mention birth, marriage, spouse, parents, living family members, education, occupation, and more. See Washington Obituaries for state level collections and United States Obituaries for tips and insights.

See also: NewspapersLibrariesSocietiesFuneral Homes • Obituaries of neighboring counties or of the person's previous residence • Family records.

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Probate Records

Probate records identify heirs of the decedents, give the (approximate) death dates, and provide specifics about property holdings. The records were kept by the county judge.

These include wills, inheritance records, dockets, and other documents regarding property and estates of individuals who have died. See also Court Records for civil actions involving estates. Also see Washington Probate Records.

Public Records

Public records are documents created by civil authorities that either don't fit comfortably in another topic, or that could fit in several topics.


Washington tax records complement land records and can supplement the years between censuses. There may be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties. For more information, see the wiki page Washington Taxation.

Vital Records

The county auditors in Washington kept records of birth, marriage, and death. The county clerk has the divorce records - the earliest dates to the present.

See also How to order Washington Vital Records, order electronically online or download an application for Washington Birth or Death Certificate and Marriage or Divorce Certificate Applications to mail. See Washington Vital Records for details and history of the records. .

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In 1891, coroners, physicians, and midwives were to "return" births and deaths to the county auditor. Many went unrecorded. In 1907, the State Center for Health Statistics assumed this responsibility.[7]

See Washington Online Genealogy Records for indexes.
Also see Washington Birth Records.

  • Birth records 1891-1907 Part of Washington, County Records, 1856-2009 at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
    • See what genealogical information may be in these records.
    • Includes Birth register index 1891-1907; Birth registers 1891-1907; Birth returns 1891-1906.

For earlier or unrecorded births, search:

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Marriage records include certificates, marriage returns, license applications or affidavits. Counties kept the records until 1968, when the state took over.

See Washington Online Genealogy Records for indexes.
Also see Washington Marriage Records.

  • 1855-2008 - County Marriages,1855-2008 at Washington, County Marriages, 1855-2008 at FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
    • See what genealogical information may be in these records.
    • Includes Index to Records 1867-1934 Vol 1,2,3;` License Application Index 1944-1945 Vol 1; Certificates 1891-1919; License and Certificates 1873-1891; Records 1875-1945.

Divorce records give the names of the parties and may give the date and place of their marriage. See Washington Vital Records for excellent information.

Online Records

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In 1891, coroners, physicians and midwives were to report (or return) all births and deaths under their supervision to County Auditors. On July 1, 1907, the State took over....[8]

See Washington Online Genealogy Records for indexes.
Also see Washington Death Records.

Voting Registers



Sites with online indexes or images of records
WAGenWeb Snohomish County Free Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
USGenWeb Free Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
Washington State Digital Archives Free Includes indexes, some linked to images.
  • Type county name, click Search, then select a collection.
  • Collections were posted to the appropriate headings for this Wiki page in December, 2013.
FamilySearch Historical Collections Free Search indexes or browse images at
  • Click "Last Updated." Collections through December 2013 have been posted to the appropriate topics for this Wiki page.
Sites that search for links pertaining to Snohomish County, Washington Genealogy
Websites at RootsWeb - Snohomish WA Free Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
Linkpendium Free Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
CyndisList Free Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($) Free ""Snohomish County, Washington Facts" (mis-labeled "Snohomish County, Alabama Facts")
Major catalogs for hard copy collections of Snohomish County, Washington Genealogy
Books, microfilm, or manuscripts of genealogical records
FamilySearch catalog Select topics. To select towns, add a comma to the search box.
WorldCat To find nearby libraries that have specific items, see WorldCat Online Catalog.
Allen County Public Library (Indiana)
See also local libraries and Washington Archives and Libraries

Archives, Libraries, etc.

See also a List of Washington Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies  

Resources for Snohomish County, Washington Genealogy are available in libraries, archives, and other repositories at all levels: the town, the county, the state (including universities), and the nation.

Family History Centers

Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.


Local public libraries—even smaller ones—often have Unique Genealogical Collections that are not online for the area they serve. Many libraries in Washington have an area dedicated to local history and genealogy.

Arlington Library, 135 N. Washington Ave., Arlington 98223 Phone: (360) 435-3033
Online Resources:
Unique Collections:
Brier Library, 23303 Brier Rd., Brier 98036 Phone: (425) 483-0888
Online Resources:
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Darrington Library, 1005 Cascade St., Darrington 98241 Phone: (360) 436-1600
Online Resources:
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Edmonds Library, 650 Main St., Edmonds 98020 Phone: (425) 771-1933
Online Resources:
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Everett Public Library, 2702 Hoyt Ave, Everett 98201 Phone: (425) 257-7620
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Evergreen Branch Library, 9512 Evergreen Way, Everett 98204 Phone: (425) 257-8260
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Granite Falls Library, 815 East Galena, Granite Falls 98252 Phone: (360) 691-6087
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Lake Stevens Library, 1804 Main St., Lake Stevens 98258 Phone: (425) 334-1900
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Lynnwood Library, 19200 44th Ave. W, Lynnwood 98036 Phone: (425) 778-2148
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Marysville Library, 6120 Grove Street, Marysville 98270 Phone: (360) 658-5000
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Sno-Isle Libraries, 7312 35th Avenue Ne, Marysville 98271 Phone: (360) 651-7000
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Mill Creek Library, 15429 Bothell-Everett Hwy, Mill Creek 98012 Phone: (425) 337-4822
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Monroe Library, 1070 Village Way, Monroe 98272 Phone: (360) 794-7851
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Mountlake Terrace Library, 23300 58th Ave. W, Mountlake Terrace 98043 Phone: (425) 776-8722
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Mukilteo Public Library, 4675 Harbour Pointe Blvd., Mukilteo 98275 Phone: (425) 493-8202
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Snohomish Library, 311 Maple Avenue, Snohomish 98290 Phone: (360) 568-2898
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Stanwood Library, 9701 271st St. Nw, Stanwood 98292 Phone: (360) 629-3132
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Sultan Library, 319 Main St., Suite 100, Sultan 98294 Phone: (360) 793-1695
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Towns and Communities

See a list of towns and communities in Snohomish County per Wikipedia.


  1. The Evolution of Washington Counties by Newton Carl Abbott, Fred E. Carver, 1979. Published by the Yakima Valley Genealogical Society and Klickitat County Genealogical Society.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. John H. Long, Atlas of Historical County Boundaries (Chicago: Newberry Library, 2006) online.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Spokane County, Washington page 734, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. Alice Eichholz, Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, 3rd ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry Pub., 2004), 733-734. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 2004.
  6. John H. Long, Atlas of Historical County Boundaries (Chicago: Newberry Library, 2006) online.
  7. Washington State Archives - Digital Archives, Birth Records, About this Collection
  8. About Death Records at Washington State Digital Archives.