Washington, Cowlitz County Civil Court Dockets (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Washington, Cowlitz County Civil Court Dockets, 1876-1951 .
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Cowlitz, Washington, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Court
Collection years 1876-1951
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What Is in the Collection?

This collection contains docket books from the Cowlitz County Superior Court and from the Territory of Washington, Second Judicial District Court. The dockets are a calendar of court actions in civil cases including primarily divorces and disputed estates. The page numbers refer to pages in the docket book, the file number range refers to the cases included in the docket book. There is no name index to these records.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Washington, Cowlitz County Civil Court Dockets, 1876-1951.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The records generally contain the following information:

  • Names of interested parties
  • Date of court proceeding or transaction
  • Details of the case
  • Amount of money exchanged or paid
  • Names of witnesses

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How Do I Search the Collection?

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What Do I Do Next?

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Collection Citation
"Washington, Cowlitz County Civil Court Dockets, 1876-1951." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Washington State Archives, Olympia.
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