Washington, County Land Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Washington, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Land
Collection years 1850-1954
FamilySearch Resources
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What Is in the Collection?

This collection includes land and property records with indexes for the years 1850 to 1954. The following counties are included:

  • Clark
  • Grays Harbor
  • King
  • Kitsap
  • Lewis
  • Mason
  • Pacific
  • Pierce
  • Thurston
  • Wahkiakum

Some of the Lewis County deed indexes include deed records.

Pierce and Thurston county deed indexes are not found in this collection. They may be found in "Washington, County Records, 1856-2009."

After the county's creation, a county land office was formed. Land transactions among private owners were then recorded by the registrar of deeds in the county office.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Washington, County Land Records, 1850-1954.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The Washington State, County Land Records may include the following information:

  • Name of Grantor
  • Name of Grantee
  • Nature of Instrument
  • Date of Transaction
  • Legal description of the Property
  • Amount of Money exchanged
  • Details of the Transaction

Collection Content

Sample Image

How Do I Search the Collection?

You can search the index or view the images or both. Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • Name of the person
  • The location of property or date of the transaction

Search the Index

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

View the Images

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  1. Select County
  2. Select Record type, year range and volume number or letter


How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.

What Do I Do Next?

If these are indexes, the original records may contain additional information than was not indexed, or the information might have been indexed incorrectly. You may want to search for the original record at the State Archives in Bellevue.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?

  • 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 a nearby locality.
  • Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Check the infobox above for additional FamilySearch websites and related websites that may assist you in finding similar records.



Citing This Collection

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Collection Citation
"Washington, County Land Records, 1850-1954." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. State Archives, Bellevue.
Image Citation:
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