Adams County, Washington Genealogy

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This article is about a southwestern Washington county. For other uses, see Adams.

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Online Records


County 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 andprobate records.
County assessor has land records[1]


  • Named for John Adams, the 2nd President of the United States.
  • Originally mostly cattle ranching, the big wheat crop shifted the agriculture from cattle to wheat farming in 1897.

Parent County

  • 1883--Adams County was created 28 November 1883 from Whitman County.  County seat:  Ritzville [2]

Boundary Changes

  • No counties created from Adams County.

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

  • Othello
  • Ritzville
  • Hatton
  • Lind
  • Washtucna
  • Benge

Neighboring Counties

Franklin | Grant | Lincoln | Whitman



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

USGenWeb Archives

Individual Cemeteries



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




Local Histories



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


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.




Vital Records

  • 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
  • Marriages from 12 Jun 1884 to 12 May 1892 are available on the Western States Marriage Index website.
  • Washington State Digital Archives has a database of Adams County Marriage Records.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. 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.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).