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Guide to '''Adams County Washington genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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<br><br><br><br>'''Quick start:'''
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*[[Adams County, Washington#Census|Census]]
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*[[Adams County, Washington#Birth|Birth]]
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=== Historical Facts  ===
 
=== Historical Facts  ===
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#cccc99" align="center" colspan="6" | '''Beginning dates for major county records'''
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Adams County, Washington#Land_and_Property|Land]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Adams County, Washington#Probate|Probate]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | <center>1891*</center>
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#99d6ff" colspan="6" | '''* For earlier dates, try...''' '''[[Adams County, Washington#Church_Records|Church]] &#124; [[Adams County, Washington#Obituaries|Obituaries]] &#124; [[Adams County, Washington#Cemeteries|Cemeteries]]'''
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*'''Parent County:''' created 28 November 1883 from [[Whitman County, Washington|Whitman County]]  
 
*'''Parent County:''' created 28 November 1883 from [[Whitman County, Washington|Whitman County]]  
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=== Resources  ===
 
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The types of records that follow are used for genealogy and family history. Most tell what you may learn and how to locate the records. Links to Internet sites usually go directly to {{PAGENAME}} entries with names, images, or information.
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{{Tip|Don't overlook {{FHL|Washington, Adams|place|disp={{PAGENAME}}}} items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see [[Adams County, Washington#Archives.2C_Libraries.2C_etc.|Archives and Libraries]].}}
  
 
==== Bible Records  ====
 
==== Bible Records  ====
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==== Church Records  ====
 
==== Church Records  ====
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{{WA Church Intro}}
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===== Lutheran  =====
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:*Records of Emanuel Lutheran Church, Adams County, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at [http://www.archives.com Archives.com] ($).<ref name="ev">"Evangelical Lutheran Church in America: An Inventory of Selected Congregational Records of the American Lutheran Church in Minnesota at the Minnesota Historical Society," Collection Finding Aids, ''Minnesota Historical Society,'' http://www.mnhs.org/library/findaids/01009.xml, accessed 10 June 2013.</ref>
  
 
==== Court Records  ====
 
==== Court Records  ====
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Many of your ancestors may be found in court records as defendants, plaintiffs, witnesses, or jurors. Court records can establish family relationships and places of residence, occupations, and other family history information. See [[Washington Court Records]] for the various courts through the years.
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For specialized court records, see [[Adams County, Washington#Divorce|Divorce]] {{·}} [[Adams County, Washington#Guardianship|Guardianship]] {{·}} [[Adams County, Washington#Land_and_Property|Land]] {{·}} [[Adams County, Washington#Naturalization_and_Citizenship|Naturalization]] {{·}} [[Adams County, Washington#Probate Records|Probate]]
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==== Directories  ====
  
 
==== Emigration and Immigration  ====
 
==== Emigration and Immigration  ====
  
 
==== Ethnic, Political or Religious Groups  ====
 
==== Ethnic, Political or Religious Groups  ====
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World War II Files, 1942-1946
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Public Welfare/Social Security Department, ([http://digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/486 Japanese Internment]) Assistance Cases, Evacuee Referrals for Resettlement and Assistance, 1945-1946 from the Washington State Archives – Digital Archives
  
 
==== Gazetteers  ====
 
==== Gazetteers  ====
  
==== Genealogy  ====
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==== Guardianship ====
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Guardianship of orphans or adults unable to manage their own affairs were handled by the [[Adams County, Washington#Probate Records|probate]] and the Federal District courts. See [[Washington Court Records]].
  
 
==== History  ====
 
==== History  ====
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==== Land and Property  ====
 
==== Land and Property  ====
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==== Maps  ====
 
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==== Newspapers  ====
 
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==== Obituaries  ====
 
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==== Periodicals  ====
 
==== Periodicals  ====
  
==== Probate ====
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==== Probate Records ====
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{{WA Probate Intro|Adams}}
  
 
==== Public Records  ====
 
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==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
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===== Birth  =====
 
===== Birth  =====
  
*Washington State Digital Archives has a database of [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/TitleInfo.aspx?TID=76 Adams County Birth Records]. This database contains the names of people who were born in Adams County from 1893-1907, 1910-1915, (several delayed birth returns: 1942). Their names were transcribed from the Adams County Birth Returns. For FHL entries, 1892-1907, click {{FHL|1242513|title-id|disp=here}}
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*Washington State Digital Archives has a database of [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/TitleInfo.aspx?TID=76 Adams County Birth Records]. This database contains the names of people who were born in Adams County from 1893-1907, 1910-1915, (several delayed birth returns: 1942). Their names were transcribed from the Adams County Birth Returns. For FHL entries, 1892-1907, click {{FHL|1242513|title-id|disp=here}}{{LQL}}
  
 
===== Marriage  =====
 
===== Marriage  =====
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*Marriages from 12 Jun 1884 to 12 May 1892 are available on the '''[http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/Search.cfm Western States Marriage Index]''' website.  
 
*Marriages from 12 Jun 1884 to 12 May 1892 are available on the '''[http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/Search.cfm Western States Marriage Index]''' website.  
 
*Washington State Digital Archives has a database of [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/TitleInfo.aspx?TID=78 Adams County Marriage Records].
 
*Washington State Digital Archives has a database of [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/TitleInfo.aspx?TID=78 Adams County Marriage Records].
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===== Divorce  =====
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Divorce records give the names of the parties and may give the date and place of their marriage. See [[Washington Vital Records#Divorce_Records|Washington Vital Records]] for excellent information.
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*{{FHL|450059|subject_id|disp=Divorce records}} {{FHLTopicLinks}}[[Adams County, Washington#Archives.2C_Libraries.2C_etc.|Archives, Libraries, etc.]]
  
 
===== Death  =====
 
===== Death  =====
  
*Washington State Digital Archives has a database of [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/TitleInfo.aspx?TID=77 Adams County Death Returns]. This database contains names of people who died in Adams County from 1893-1907; 1910, 1913.&nbsp; For FHL entries, 1891-1907, 1929, click {{FHL|1242510|title-id|disp=here}}.  
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*Washington State Digital Archives has a database of [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/TitleInfo.aspx?TID=77 Adams County Death Returns]. This database contains names of people who died in Adams County from 1893-1907; 1910, 1913.&nbsp; For FHL entries, 1891-1907, 1929, click {{FHL|1242510|title-id|disp=here}}{{LQL}}.  
 
*'''Washington Death Certificates 1907-1960 '''A free internet index to the 1907-1960 death certificates can be&nbsp;found at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1454923 FamilySearch Record Search], no images are available. A&nbsp;transcribed death certificate may contain such information as name of the deceased, date and place of death, age, gender, birth date and birth place, mother’s maiden name and name of spouse, place of residence and occupation.
 
*'''Washington Death Certificates 1907-1960 '''A free internet index to the 1907-1960 death certificates can be&nbsp;found at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1454923 FamilySearch Record Search], no images are available. A&nbsp;transcribed death certificate may contain such information as name of the deceased, date and place of death, age, gender, birth date and birth place, mother’s maiden name and name of spouse, place of residence and occupation.
  
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*{{FHL|Washington%2C+Adams|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
 
*{{FHL|Washington%2C+Adams|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/WA/Adams/ Adams County, Washington Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/WA/Adams/ Adams County, Washington Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
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=== Archives, Libraries, etc.  ===
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Resources for {{PAGENAME}} are available in libraries, archives, and other repositories at all levels: the town, the county, the [[Washington Archives and Libraries|state]] (including [[Washington Archives and Libraries#University_Libraries_and_Special_Collections|universities]]), and the [[United States Archives and Libraries|nation]].
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*Check websites and catalogs, such as items in {{FHL|Washington, Adams|place|disp=FamilySearch Library}} (Utah) or [http://smartcat.acpl.lib.in.us/?q=adams+county+washington Allen County Public Library] (Indiana) for {{PAGENAME}}. {{GetACopy tip}}
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See these headings for {{PAGENAME}} details: [[Adams County, Washington#Courthouse|Courthouse]]{{·}}[[Adams County, Washington#FamilySearch_Centers|FamilySearch Centers]]{{·}}[[Adams County, Washington#Libraries|Libraries]]{{·}}[[Adams County, Washington#Museums|Museums]]{{·}}[[Adams County, Washington#Other_Repositories|Other Repositories]]{{·}}[[Adams County, Washington#Societies|Societies]]
  
 
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=== Places  ===
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Guide to Adams County Washington genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.




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Quick start:


Adams County, Washington
Map
Map of Washington highlighting Adams County
Location in the state of Washington
Map of the U.S. highlighting Washington
Location of Washington in the U.S.
Facts
Founded November 28, 1883
County Seat Ritzville
Courthouse
Address Adams County, Washington Courthouse
210 W. Broadway
Ritzville, WA
Phone: (509) 659–3240


Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Land
Probate
Court
1891*
1891*
1891*
1884
1885
1890
* For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries
  • Parent County: created 28 November 1883 from Whitman County
  • County Seat: Ritzville
  • Named for John Adams, 2nd President of the United States.
  • Originally mostly cattle ranching, the big wheat crop shifted the agriculture from cattle to wheat farming in 1897.
  • Neighboring Counties: Franklin | Grant | Lincoln | Whitman
  • Boundary Changes: No counties created from Adams County. [1]

Record Loss

Resources

The types of records that follow are used for genealogy and family history. Most tell what you may learn and how to locate the records. Links to Internet sites usually go directly to Adams County, Washington Genealogy entries with names, images, or information.

Bible Records

Biography

Cemeteries

Listings for Adam's County Cemeteries can be found at the following websites:

Interment.net

Findagrave.com

USGenWeb Archives

Individual Cemeteries

BillionGraves:

Census

  • 1889
  • 1890 Veterans
  • 1900
  • 1910
  • 1920
  • 1930
  • 1940

Church Records

The information church records provide depends upon the church practices and the record keepers. Records may include names, ages, and dates of events such as baptism, marriage, or burial. See Washington Church Records.

Lutheran
  • Records of Emanuel Lutheran Church, Adams County, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).[2]

Court Records

Many of your ancestors may be found in court records as defendants, plaintiffs, witnesses, or jurors. Court records can establish family relationships and places of residence, occupations, and other family history information. See Washington Court Records for the various courts through the years.

For specialized court records, see Divorce  · Guardianship  · Land  · Naturalization  · Probate

Directories

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political or Religious Groups

Japanese

World War II Files, 1942-1946

Public Welfare/Social Security Department, (Japanese Internment) Assistance Cases, Evacuee Referrals for Resettlement and Assistance, 1945-1946 from the Washington State Archives – Digital Archives

Gazetteers

Genealogy

Guardianship

Guardianship of orphans or adults unable to manage their own affairs were handled by the probate and the Federal District courts. See Washington Court Records.

History

Local histories for Adams County, Washington Genealogy may include biographies, history of churches, schools, local government with names of officials, military information, and more. See Washington Local Histories.

Land and Property

Land Records reveal
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Tips -or- Land Contents

Land records (especially deeds) may give the name of a spouse, heirs, and witnesses, who may be relatives or in-laws.

County deeds, mortgages, and leases show transfers from person to person. See also Court Records for actions involving real estate. See Washington Land for government-to-person records.

Maps

Migration

Military

Some military records for this county have been digitized at the Washington State Digital Archives.

Naturalization and Citizenship

Washington State Digital Archives has digitized various types of naturalization-related records, including declarations of intentions, delayed birth files, naturalization affidavits, notifications of application for admission to US citizenship, orders fixing naturalization terms, petitions and records, petitions, receipts for certificates of citizenship, record of final decrees of citizenship and record of petitions dockets. Depending on the county, records range from 1854-1988.

Newspapers

Finding More Washington Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Adams County, Washington Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

  • WorldCat (For instructions see WorldCat Online Catalog).
  • Do a search for these and other records in the FamilySearch Catalog. To select a county in Washington, add a comma, slide way down to the county list, then click Search. (Almost every state seems to have a Washington County)

Obituaries

Periodicals

Probate Records

Probate records identify heirs of the decedents, give the (approximate) death dates, and provide specifics about property holdings. The records were kept by the county judge.

These include wills, inheritance records, dockets, and other documents regarding property and estates of individuals who have died. See also Court Records for civil actions involving estates. Also see Washington Probate Records.

Public Records

Repositories

Courthouse

Adams County Courthouse
210 W Broadway Avenue
Ritzville, WA 99169-1860
Phone: (509) 659–3257

County Auditor has birth and death records to 1907 and marriage records.
County Clerk has divorce and probate records.
County assessor has land records[3]

Family History Centers
Libraries
Museums
Societies

Taxation

Vital Records

The county auditors in Washington kept records of birth, marriage, and death. The county clerk has the divorce records - the earliest dates to the present.

See also How to order Washington Vital Records, order electronically online or download an application for Washington Birth or Death Certificate and Marriage or Divorce Certificate Applications to mail. See Washington Vital Records for details and history of the records. .

Birth
  • Washington State Digital Archives has a database of Adams County Birth Records. This database contains the names of people who were born in Adams County from 1893-1907, 1910-1915, (several delayed birth returns: 1942). Their names were transcribed from the Adams County Birth Returns. For FHL entries, 1892-1907, click here[low quality link]
Marriage
Divorce

Divorce records give the names of the parties and may give the date and place of their marriage. See Washington Vital Records for excellent information.

Death
  • Washington State Digital Archives has a database of Adams County Death Returns. This database contains names of people who died in Adams County from 1893-1907; 1910, 1913.  For FHL entries, 1891-1907, 1929, click here[low quality link].
  • Washington Death Certificates 1907-1960 A free internet index to the 1907-1960 death certificates can be found at FamilySearch Record Search, no images are available. A transcribed death certificate may contain such information as name of the deceased, date and place of death, age, gender, birth date and birth place, mother’s maiden name and name of spouse, place of residence and occupation.

Websites

Archives, Libraries, etc.

Resources for Adams County, Washington Genealogy are available in libraries, archives, and other repositories at all levels: the town, the county, the state (including universities), and the nation.

See these headings for Adams County, Washington Genealogy details: Courthouse · FamilySearch Centers · Libraries · Museums · Other Repositories · Societies

Places

Cities
  • Othello
  • Ritzville
Towns
  • Hatton
  • Lind
  • Washtucna
Community
  • Benge

Adams County Washington Genealogy References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. "Evangelical Lutheran Church in America: An Inventory of Selected Congregational Records of the American Lutheran Church in Minnesota at the Minnesota Historical Society," Collection Finding Aids, Minnesota Historical Society, http://www.mnhs.org/library/findaids/01009.xml, accessed 10 June 2013.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Adams County, Washington page 732, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.