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Washington, County Divorce Records, 1852-1950
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Washington, 
United States
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Location of Washington
Record Description
Record Type Divorce
Collection years 1852-1950
FamilySearch Resources
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Archive
State Archives, Olympia, Washington


What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection includes digital images of divorce records from the civil courts in the following counties:

  • Clark
  • Cowlitz
  • Grays Harbor
  • Lewis
  • Mason
  • Pacific
  • Thurston
  • Wahkiakum

The records are arranged by year and then in boxed files, alphabetically by name.

To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Washington, County Divorce Records, 1852-1950.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

Divorce

  • Names of interested parties
  • Divorce date
  • Name of court
  • County of court
  • Conditions of the divorce decree
  • Ages or calculated birth year of husband and wife
  • Names of minor children
  • Names of other relatives
  • Court costs

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Image[edit | edit source]

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

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

View the Images[edit | edit source]

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page.

  1. Select County
  2. Select Case File Number Range to view the images

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

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. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Use the age or estimated birth date to find other county or vital records such as birth, baptism, marriage, and death records
  • Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in the censuses before the divorce
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • 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 nearby locations
  • Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Washington.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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Collection Citation:
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