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Guide to Clallam County Washington genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
|Clallam County, Washington|
Location in the state of Washington
Location of Washington in the U.S.
|Founded||April 26, 1854|
|County Seat||Port Angeles|
|Address||Clallam County Courthouse;223 E 4th Street PO Box 863; Port Angeles, WA 98362-3025;Phone: 360.417.2508<br>Clallam County Website|
- 1 County Overview
- 2 Resources
- 2.1 Bible Records
- 2.2 Biography
- 2.3 Cemeteries
- 2.4 Census
- 2.5 Church Records
- 2.6 Court Records
- 2.7 Directories
- 2.8 Emigration and Immigration
- 2.9 Ethnic, Political or Religious Groups
- 2.10 Gazetteers
- 2.11 Genealogy
- 2.12 Guardianship
- 2.13 History
- 2.14 Land and Property
- 2.15 Maps
- 2.16 Migration
- 2.17 Military
- 2.18 Naturalization and Citizenship
- 2.19 Newspapers
- 2.20 Obituaries
- 2.21 Periodicals
- 2.22 Probate Records
- 2.23 Public Records
- 2.24 Repositories
- 2.25 Taxation
- 2.26 Vital Records
- 2.27 Websites
- 3 Archives, Libraries, etc.
- 4 Places
- 5 Clallam County Washington Genealogy References
|Beginning dates for major county records|
|* For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries|
- Parent County: created 26 April 1854 from Jefferson County 
- County Seat: Port Angeles
- Originally spelled Clalm. Named for the lands of the Klallam (Makah and Quileute tribes.)
- Includes the Olympic Peninsula, home of the Olympic National Park, the Rain Forest of the Pacific Northwest.
- Permament settlement by non-Indians occurred after 1850.
- Port Angeles has been the county seat since 1890 when it was incorporated as a city.
- Additional history of Clallam County at Washington's HistoryLink.org
- Neighboring Counties: Jefferson
- 29 January 1868, Quillehute County was created, but it reverted back to Clallam and Jefferson counties in 1870. Records created in both counties.
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 Clallam County, Washington Genealogy entries with names, images, or information.
|Don't overlook Clallam County, Washington Genealogy items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see Archives and Libraries.|
- 1890 Veterans
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.
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.
Emigration and Immigration
Ethnic, Political or Religious Groups
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
Local histories for Clallam County, Washington Genealogy may include biographies, history of churches, schools, local government with names of officials, military information, and more. See Washington Local Histories.
Historical County Boundaries from Newberry Library
Emphasis for this timeline is on events that affected migration, records, or record-keeping. Unless otherwise mentioned, the events below were gleaned from Wilma, David. Okanogan County -- Thumbnail History, History Link.org Essay 7608.
- The county is composed of the traditional lands of the Klallam (for whom it is named), Makah, and Quileute peoples.
- It was one of the first parts of Washington contacted by European explorers in the late 1700s, but did not see permanent settlement until after 1850.
- The explorers brought European diseases that devastated Klallam, Makah, and Quileute populations, as they did all Northwest peoples.
- Beginning around 1851, the first settlers in the future Clallam County staked claims at New Dungeness.
- U.S. President Millard Fillmore establishes Washington Territory on March 2, 1853.
- Washington Territorial Legislature creates Clallam County on April 26, 1854.
- Henry R. Webster and others succeeded in establishing a trading post at Neah Bay in 1857.
- In 1878, Luther and Esther Ford and their children settled 15 miles inland from La Push on the fertile open ground known as Indian Prairie.
- President Benjamin Harrison (1833-1901) created the Quiluete Reservation at La Push by executive order.
Land and Property
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Land records (especially deeds) may give the name of a spouse, heirs, and witnesses, who may be relatives or in-laws.
Naturalization and Citizenship
Declarations of Intent before 1906 often include the nation of origin, his* foreign and "Americanized" names, residence, and date of arrival. See Washington Naturalization and Citizenship for more information. (*Women were not naturalized until 1922 in the United States.)
Finding More Washington Newspapers
Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Clallam County, Washington Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:
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.
Family History Centers
- Introduction to LDS Family History Centers
- Forks Washington Family History Center
- Port Angeles Washington Family History Center
Washington tax records complement land records and can supplement the years between censuses. There may be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties. For more information, see the wiki page Washington Taxation.
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. .
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.
- 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.
- The Clallam County WAGenWeb Project, a member of The WAGenWeb Project, an affiliate of The USGenWeb Project.
- The USGenWeb Archives Project for Clallam County.
- The USGenWeb Archives Project for Clallam County. (Mirror site)
- FamilySearch.org Family History Library Catalog for Clallam County.
- Clallam County, Washington Genealogy and Family History (Linkpendium)
Archives, Libraries, etc.
Resources for Clallam 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.
- Check websites and catalogs, such as items in FamilySearch Library (Utah) or Allen County Public Library (Indiana) for Clallam County, Washington Genealogy. When you find items you'd like to access, see Get a Copy
Clallam County Washington Genealogy References
- The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
- John H. Long, Atlas of Historical County Boundaries (Chicago: Newberry Library, 2006) online.
- Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Clallam County, Washington page 732, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.