Adams County, Washington Genealogy

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County Courthouse

Adams County
210 W Broadway
Ritzville, WA 99169


  • 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 [1]

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




  • 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
  • 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

Web Sites


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