Washington, County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Washington, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Marriage
Collection years 1855-2008
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What Is in the Collection?

This collection contains marriage returns, certificates and a few affidavits depending on the county. Most of the records are pre-printed forms filled in by hand or typewritten. Some of the certificates are handwritten entries recorded in registers. The time period covered by this collection includes the years 1855 to 2008.

County officials began recording marriages in 1853 or soon after the counties were organized. Information was filled in by the minister, priest, or official performing the marriage ceremony and then returned to the county auditor of the county in which the marriage took place. Statewide registration of marriages began in 1968.

Marriage records legalize marital relationships and validate a wife’s legal claim to property.

County marriage records are considered a reliable source in family history research because they contain a record of an event usually registered very near the time the event occurred. The reliability, of course, depends on the accuracy of the informant.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Washington, County Marriages, 1855-2008.

What Can These Records tell Me?

Information that may be found in the marriage records are:

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Names, ages and races of bride and groom
  • Residences and occupation of bride and groom
  • Number of groom's marriages
  • Number of bride's marriages
  • Birthplaces of bride and groom
  • Names of bride and groom's parents
  • Maiden names of bride and groom's mothers
  • Names of witnesses
  • Name of person performing the marriage

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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 or date of the event

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

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  2. Select Record type, volumes and year range

How Do I Analyze the Results?

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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 National Archives.

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.
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Citing This Collection

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Collection Citation
"Washington, County Marriages, 1855-2008." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 12 July 2017. State Archives, Olympia.

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for Washington, County Marriages, 1855-2008.

Image Citation:

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