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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- 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 Citing This Collection
- 7 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
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.
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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
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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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 Washington State Archives.
I Found Who I Was Looking For, What Now?
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Citing This Collection
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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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