Washington, County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Washington, County Records, 1803-2010 .
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- 1 What Is in the Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 How Do I Search the Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Known Issues With This Collection
- 7 Citing This Collection
- 8 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What Is in the Collection?
The collection consists of various records including official actions, probate records, indexes, etc. The records are from various counties in Washington State, from 1803 to 2010. The counties will be added to the collection as their records are available. Browse the collection to determine current record and county coverage. The following counties are available in the collection at this time:
- Pend Oreille
- Walla Walla
The Washington State Archives maintains the state and local records considered to be permanently valuable. The individual records were made to establish legal rights and to help track the population for health and taxation purposes. The state collection was created to insure that the records are retained and archived properly. The information is generally reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant. Some transcription errors may have occurred.
To Browse This Collection
|You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Washington, County Records, 1803-2010.|
What Can These Records Tell Me?
The county records generally include the following information:
- Date of the event, transaction, or recording with the county
- Names of individual, witnesses, family members, and sometimes neighbors *Ages
- Signature or mark
- Legal descriptions of land
- Amount of money exchanged as part of business transactions
To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of Washington State marriages, click here.
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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View the Images
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- Select County
- 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.
For more tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.
What Do I Do Next?
Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members.
I Found Who I Was Looking For, What Now?
- Copy the citation below, in case you need to find this record again later.
- Use the age or estimated birth date to find other county or Washington Vital Records such as birth, baptism, marriage, and death records.
- Search for death or burial information in Washington Cemeteries and Washington Newspapers.
- Use the information found in the record to find Washington Land and Property records.
- Use the information found in the record to find Washington Probate Records.
- Use the information found in the record to find Washington Emigration and Immigration records.
- Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in the Washington Census records. Witnesses were usually family members.
- Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
- Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.
I Can’t Find Who 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 Oregon Vital Records.
- 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 info box above for additional FamilySearch websites and related websites that may assist you in finding similar records.
|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at Washington, County Records, 1803-2010. Some catalog records link to multiple digital image records. In this case, click on a digital image record to find a camera icon to see images.|
Known Issues With This Collection
For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached Wiki article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.
Citing This Collection
Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.
- Collection Citation
- "Washington, County Records, 1803-2010." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 20 April 2017. State Archives, Puget Sound Regional Branch, Bellevue.
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.
How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
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