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Washington, County Birth Registers, 1873-1965
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Washington, 
United States
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Location of Washington
Record Description
Record Type Birth registers
Collection years 1873-1965
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Washington State Archives, Southwest Region, Olympia


What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection contains county birth registers from the state of Washington for the years 1873-1965. These records could also include delayed birth certificates and justifications. Some volumes include an index. The register and returns were created by the county auditor in each county. The birth records list the name of the child, date of birth, place of birth, sex, race, the status of birth, name of mother, her age and race, name of the father, and his age, race, occupation, and state of birth, date of return and name of the person returning information. Microfilm of original records is located at the Washington State Archives in Olympia, Washington.

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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

Birth Certificate

  • Name of child
  • Date of Birth and place
  • Parents name

Delayed Birth Certificate

  • Name of person
  • Birth date and place
  • Parents name and place of birth


  • Name of doctor at birth
  • Signature of applicant

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

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How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

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  • Name of the person
  • Approximate date of the event

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

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
  • Continue to search the index for family members
  • Use the information to search in censuses, marriage, and other pertinent records

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Check for variants of given names and surnames. It was not uncommon for an individual to be listed under a nickname, middle name, or abbreviation of their given name (Do not include the nickname instructions to foreign collections as the list is US-oriented)
  • Search the records of nearby locations

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Washington.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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