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Template:Washington-stubUnited States > Washington > Chelan County

County Courthouse

350 Orondo St
Wenatachee, WA 98801


  • "Chelan" derives from a Chelan Indian word meaning "deep water,"
  • 14 Dec 1872, a very powerful earthquake centered near Lake Chelan was felt over 300,000 square miles, extending from Victoria, British Columbia south past Baker City, Oregon, southwest past Portland, Oregon. There are many small accounts of the quake in historical books and historical newspapers. It triggered additional quakes at the Yellowstone National Park. Aftershocks were observed for next 2 years. Additional information

Parent County

1899-- Chelan County was created 13 March 1899 from Kittitas and Okanogan Counties.
County seat: Wenatchee [1]

Boundary Changes

No new counties created from this county.

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places


  • Cashmere
  • Chelan
  • Entiat
  • Leavenworth
  • Wenatchee


  • Appleyard
  • Ardenvoir
  • Blewett
  • Chelan Falls
  • Chiwaukum
  • Chumstick
  • Dryden
  • Grant Road Addition
  • Holden Village
  • Kenroy
  • Lakeside
  • Lucerne
  • Malaga
  • Manson
  • Merritt
  • Mission Square
  • Monitor
  • Pearcot
  • Peshastin
  • Plain
  • Stehekin
  • South Wenatchee
  • Sunnyslope
  • Telma
  • Wenatchee Heights
  • West Wenatchee
  • Winton

Neighboring Counties

Douglas | King | Kittitas | Okanogan | Skagit | Snohomish




  • 1900
  • 1910
  • 1920
  • 1930




Local Histories






Vital Records

  • Washington State Digital Archives has a database for Marriage Records.This database is an index to marriage records filed with the Auditor in Chelan County, Washington, from 1900 to 1920. The records contained within this index include Marriage Returns (1900-1910) and Marriage Certificates (1911-1920).
  • 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, occupation and certificate numbers.

Societies and Libraries

Web Sites


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