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[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Washington|Washington]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''Columbia County'''  
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}}<br>Guide to '''Columbia County Washington ancestry, family history, and genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records, since 1875, when the [[{{PAGENAME}}#County_Overview|county was formed]].<br><br> [[Image:Historic railway depot in Dayton, WA.jpg|thumb|right|280px|<center>
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Historic railway depot in Dayton, Columbia County, Washington</center>]]
  
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== County Courthouse ==
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<br><br>{{Click|Image:WA_ORP.png|Washington Online Genealogy Records|top}} {{Infobox U.S. County
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| county = Columbia County
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| state = Washington
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| founded year = 1875
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| founded date = 11 November
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| seat Dayton
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| building address = [http://www.clark.wa.gov/courts/ Columbia County Courthouse]<br>341 E Main Street<br>Dayton, WA 99328-1361<br>Phone: 509.382.4321<br>[http://www.Columbiacounty.us/ '''Columbia County Website'''] }}
  
[http://www.clark.wa.gov/courts/ Columbia County Courthouse]<br>341 E Main Street<br>Dayton, WA 99328-1361<br>Phone: 509.382.4321<br><br>County Clerk has probate, divorce and court records from 1891.<br>County Auditor has birth and death records 1891-1906, <br>marriage records from 1876, land records from 1864 <br>and military discharge records. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Clark County, Washington page 732, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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=== County Overview  ===
  
== History  ==
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{{Tip|Before the newly-formed county was fully operational, search records of the parent county(s).}} <br>
  
==== Parent County  ====
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==== Parent County(s) ====
  
'''1875'''--Columbia County was created 11 November&nbsp;1875 from [[Walla Walla County, Washington|Walla Walla]] County. &nbsp;'''County seat''': Dayton <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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Columbia County, Washington was created 11 November 1875 from [[Walla Walla County, Washington Genealogy|Walla Walla]] County.<ref>The Evolution of Washington Counties by Newton Carl Abbott, Fred E. Carver, 1979. Published by the Yakima Valley Genealogical Society and Klickitat County Genealogical Society.</ref>  
  
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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'''County seat''': Dayton <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref> See also [[{{PAGENAME}}#Towns_and_Communities|Towns and Communities]] in {{PAGENAME}}. For Courthouse, see [[{{PAGENAME}}#Archives.2C_Libraries.2C_etc.|Archives, libraries, etc.]]
  
==== Record Loss ====
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===== Boundary Changes =====
  
== Places / Localities  ==
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*[http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/documents/WA_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm#Columbia Historical County Boundaries] from Newberry Library<ref>John H. Long, ''Atlas of Historical County Boundaries'' (Chicago: Newberry Library, 2006) [http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/ online].</ref>
  
==== Populated Places  ====
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For animated maps illustrating Washington County boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/washington/ "Rotating Formation Washington County Boundary Maps"] (1843-1915) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
  
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
[[Franklin County, Washington|Franklin]] | [[Garfield County, Washington|Garfield]] | [[Walla Walla County, Washington|Walla Walla]] | [[Whitman County, Washington|Whitman]] | '''Oregon''' counties: [[Umatilla County, Oregon|Umatilla]] | [[Wallowa County, Oregon|Wallowa]]  
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{{PAGENAME}} is surrounded by: [[Franklin County, Washington Genealogy|Franklin]] | [[Garfield County, Washington Genealogy|Garfield]] | [[Walla Walla County, Washington Genealogy|Walla Walla]] | [[Whitman County, Washington Genealogy|Whitman]] | '''Oregon''' counties: [[Umatilla County, Oregon Genealogy|Umatilla]] | [[Wallowa County, Oregon Genealogy|Wallowa]]  
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<center>{{WAColumbia County Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
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==== Courthouse  ====
  
== Resources ==
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[http://www.clark.wa.gov/courts/ Columbia County Courthouse]<br>341 E Main Street<br>Dayton, WA 99328-1361<br>Phone: 509.382.4321<br><br>County Clerk has divorce records from 1886, <br>probate records from 1891 and court records from 1890. <br>County Auditor has birth and death records 1891-1907 <br>and marriage records from 1853. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Ferry County, Washington page 732, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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See also [[{{PAGENAME}}#Archives.2C_Libraries.2C_etc.|Archives, libraries, etc.]] in {{PAGENAME}}.
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==== Dates of Major County Records  ====
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#ccff66" align="center" colspan="6" | '''Beginning dates for major county records'''<ref>Alice Eichholz, ''Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources'', 3rd ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry Pub., 2004), 733-734. {{WorldCat|55947869|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1185723|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27rb 2004}}.</ref>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Birth|Birth]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Marriage|Marriage]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Death|Death]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Land_and_Property|Land]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Probate_Records|Probate]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Court_Records|Court]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | <center>1891*</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | <center>1876*</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | <center>1891*</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | <center>1864</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | <center>1878</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | <center>1874</center>
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#99d6ff" colspan="6" | '''* For earlier dates, try...''' '''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Church_Records|Church]] &#124; [[{{PAGENAME}}#Obituaries|Obituaries]] &#124; [[{{PAGENAME}}#Cemeteries|Cemeteries]]'''
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===== Record Loss  =====
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
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=== Topics for {{PAGENAME}}  ===
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{{WA Topics Intro}} {{Tip|Don't overlook {{FHL|United States, Washington, Columbia|place|disp={{PAGENAME}}}} items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see [[{{PAGENAME}}#Archives.2C_Libraries.2C_etc.|Archives and Libraries]].}}
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==== Bible Records  ====
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{{WA Bible Intro}}
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==== Biography  ====
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{{WA Biogs Intro}}
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==== Business and Commerce ====
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{{WA Business Intro}}
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''List of Cemeteries in the county'''
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=50&GScnty=2959&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n FindAGrave] 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|435125|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}} 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=50&CScnty=2959 FindAGrave]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://usgwtombstones.org/washington/columbia.htm  Tombstone Project]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=Columbia+County%2C+Washington%2C+cemeteries&qt=results_page WorldCat]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.interment.net/us/wa/columbia.htm Interment.net]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search#/ Billion Graves (name)]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [[Washington Periodicals]]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections#RSID:34 WA State Digital Archives]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Washington&county=Columbia#/ Billion Graves (cemetery)]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.linkpendium.com/columbia-wa-genealogy/ Linkpendium]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://genealogytrails.com/wash/columbia/cemeteries.html Genealogy Trails]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=23015&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=5&stateAbbv=&stateName= EPodunk]
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{{WA Cemeteries Intro}}
  
 
==== Census  ====
 
==== Census  ====
  
*1880
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{{WA Census}}
*1889  
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*1890 Veterans
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*{{RecordSearch|1910364|Census Rolls, 1885-1892|access=browse}}
*1900
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*1910
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Part of ''Washington, County Records, 1856-2009'' at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
*1920
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*1930
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*{{RecordSearch|1910364|School census, 1912-1932|access=browse}}
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Part of ''Washington, County Records, 1856-2009'' at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
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**See what [[Washington School#Record_content|genealogical information]] may be in these records.
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*Census indexes at [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/ Washington State Digital Archives]: (Free)
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**Federal: [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/117 1910]
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**Territorial: [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/329 1883]{{•}}[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/272 1885]{{•}}[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/165 1887]{{•}}[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/429 1889]{{•}}[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/801 1892] **These were indexed by local societies and individuals.{{RecordSearch|1910364|School census, 1912-1932|access=browse}}
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Part of ''Washington, County Records, 1856-2009'' at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
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{{FYI|Censuses indexed by societies or groups in the area may be more accurate, due to familiarity with local surnames.}}
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==== Church Records  ====
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{{WA Church Intro}}
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*Church records (microfilmed originals or published transcripts) for {{PAGENAME}} are listed in the {{FHL|United States, Washington, Okanogan|place|disp=FamilySearch catalog}}. (Press space bar to select town.)
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==== Court Records  ====
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{{WACourtIntro}}
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*[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/225 Columbia Frontier Justice]. Part of "''Frontier Justice’’: Guide to the Court Records of Washington Territory, 1853-1889'' at Washington State Digital Archives. (Free Index, no images)
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**The court procedures of Frontier Justice touch nearly all pioneers of the Washington Territory. The index has many abstracts that provide names and what is happening in disputes, settlements in civil and criminal cases as well as probate, equity and admiralty cases.
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*{{RecordSearch|1910364|Territorial Probate Court Records, 1876-1889|access=browse}} Part of ''Washington, County Records, 1856-2009'' at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
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**See what [[Washington Court Records#Record_content|genealogical information]] may be in these records.
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==== Directories  ====
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{{WA Dirs Intro}}
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==== Emigration and Immigration  ====
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{{WA Emig Intro}}
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==== Ethnic, Political and Religious Groups  ====
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{{WA Ethnic etc. Intro}}
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===== American Indian  =====
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*'''1911 - 1919''' - {{RecordSearch|2300675|Washington, Applications for Enrollment and Adoption of Washington Indians, 1911-1919}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — images
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===== Japanese  =====
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*World War II Files, 1942-1946. 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.
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==== Funeral Homes  ====
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{{WA Funeral Homes Intro}}
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==== Gazetteers  ====
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{{WA Gazetteers Intro}}
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==== Genealogy  ====
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{{CommunityTree}} {{WA Genealogy Intro}}
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*[http://content.lib.washington.edu/pioneerlifeweb/collections.html "Japanese Internment Collection Summaries"] online
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==== Guardianship  ====
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{{WAGuardianshipIntro}}
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==== History  ====
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{{WA History Intro}}
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*[http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=26155 ''Historic sketches of Walla Walla, Whitman, Columbia and Garfield Counties, Washington Territory, and Umatilla County, Oregon''] (If the link does not work, go to [http://www.ancestry.com/ ancestry.com] ($), click '''Search''', select '''Card Catalog''', paste Title into search box, click '''Search''')
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*[http://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/008653293 ''Lyman's history of old Walla Walla County, embracing Walla Walla, Columbia, Garfield and Asotin counties''], by W.D. Lyman online at Hathi Trust Digital Library.
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*[http://www.stateofus.com/washington/columbia-county/ ''Columbia County, Washington Facts''] online (mis-labeled as Columbia County, Alabama)
  
==== Church ====
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===== History Timeline =====
  
==== Court  ====
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[http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/documents/WA_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm#COLUMBIA Historical County Boundaries] from Newberry Library<ref>John H. Long, ''Atlas of Historical County Boundaries'' (Chicago: Newberry Library, 2006) [http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/ online].</ref><br><br> Emphasis for this timeline is on events that affected migration, records, or record-keeping. Unless otherwise mentioned, the events below were gleaned from Phil Dougherty. ''Columbia County -- Thumbnail History'', [http://www.historylink.org/index.cfm?DisplayPage=output.cfm&file_id=7801] Essay 7801.
  
==== Land  ====
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*The lower Snake River was home to bands of {{wpd|Palus people|Palouse}} and other Sahaptin-speaking people, including {{wpd|Nez Perce people|Nez Perce}}, {{wpd|Yakama Indian Reservqtion|Yakama}}, {{wpd|Walla Walla people|Walla Walla}}, {{wpd|Umatilla people|Umatilla}}, and {{wpd|Wanapum|Wanapum}}.
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*1805 - October 12-13, {{wpd|Lewis and Clark Expedition|Lewis and Clark}} canoed on the Snake River along the boundary separating Columbia and Whitman counties.
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*1834 - Captain B. L. E. Bonneville crossed Columbia County on the {{wpd|Nez Perce National Historic Trail|Nez Perce Trail}}, surveying the Northwest on behalf of the United States government.
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*1853 - March 2, U.S. President Millard Fillmore establishes {{wpd|Washington Territory|Washington Territory}}.
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*1855 - One of the first white settlers in Columbia County was Henry M. Chase. Chase and another man, P. M. Lafontain, built cabins and possibly a small fort early in 1855 at the site of present day Dayton.
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*1859 - Permanent settlement reached Columbia County with claims taken up along the Touchet and Tucannon rivers and along Patit Creek.
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*1859 - Frederick Schnebley homesteaded at the Dayton site of the former Chase homestead, which had been destroyed in the 1855 Indian attack.
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*1860s - Settlers slowly drifted into the county, but in the early 1870s settlement rapidly increased.
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*1875 - November 29, Columbia County officially came into existence.
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*1881 - July, The railroad arrived in Dayton.
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*1934 - The Blue Mountain Cannery was built in Dayton.
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*1935 - As part of Franklin Roosevelt's {{wpd|New Deal|New Deal}}, two Civilian Conservation Camps were established in Columbia County.
  
==== Local Histories ====
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==== Land and Property ====
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{{WA Land Intro}}
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*County Recorder's Office: check deeds, file mining claims, get assistance in finding ownership of a particular property, and obtain copies of county plat maps. This office has county plat records dating back to 1878, prior records having been destroyed in a fire.
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
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{{WA Maps Intro}}
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[[Image:Wacolumbia.jpg|300px|Wacolumbia.jpg]] <br>{{WAMapInfo}}
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==== Migration  ====
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{{WA Migration Intro}}
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
  
==== Naturalization  ====
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{{WA Military Intro}}
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/wa/okanogan/military/ww2/service/armyenlists.txt World War II (1941–1945) army enlistments] at the [http://www.usgwarchives.net/wa/okanogan/okanogan.htm county GenWeb site] has about 400 entries, mostly from Okanogan and other counties. Key (at end of the list) explains codes and columns. Gives year and state of birth. Free.
  
[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/RecordSeriesInfo.aspx?rsid=2 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. <br>
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==== Naturalization and Citizenship  ====
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{{WA Naturalization Intro}}
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*{{RecordSearch|1910364|Naturalization and Citizenship, 1890-1955|access=browse}} Part of ''Washington, County Records, 1856-2009''at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
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**See what [[Washington Naturalization and Citizenship#Record_content|genealogical information]] may be in these records.
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**Includes Journal of naturalization 1890-1906; Letters of administration 1887-1965; Naturalization correspondence 1908-1955; Naturalization depositions 1910-1920; Orders of the court 1925-1950; Petition and record 1908-1928.
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*[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/1940 Journals of Naturalization Orders, 1890-1906] at Washington State Digital Archives Collection. (Free) Part of ''Washington, County Records, 1856-2009'' at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
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**See what [[Washington Naturalization and Citizenship#Record_content|genealogical information]] may be in these records.
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*[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/289 Naturalization Records, 1908-1953] at Washington State Digital Archives Collection. (Free)
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*[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/1941 Registers of Declarations of Intent, 1890-1941] at Washington State Digital Archives Collection. (Free)
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
  
==== Probate  ====
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{{WA Newspapers Intro}}
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*[[{{PAGENAME}} Newspapers]] (Sortable by towns, years, and titles)
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{{WA Newspaper abstracts|Columbia}}
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==== Obituaries  ====
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{{WA Obituaries Intro}}
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==== Periodicals  ====
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{{WA Periodicals Intro}}
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==== Probate Records ====
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{{WA Probate Intro|Columbia}}
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*{{RecordSearch|1910364|Probate Records, 1896-1943|access=browse}}
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Part of ''Washington, County Records, 1856-2009'' at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
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**See what [[Washington Probate Records#Record_content|genealogical information]] may be in these records.
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**Includes Clerks files of wills ca 1896-1917; Declarations of intention 1890; 1890-1906; 1890-1941; Estate files 1877-1915; Facts for declarations of intention 1901-1907; Homestead records 1882-1898; Probate case files 1878-1943; Probate fee books 1891-1898; Probate journal 1891-1932; Territorial letters of administration of wills annexed ca 1876-1877.
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==== Public Records  ====
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{{WA Public Records}}
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*Columbia [https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-22029-19305-60?cc=1404287&wc=1280920 Postmaster Index A-M] • [https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-22029-14446-16?cc=1404287&wc=12809202 Postmaster Index M-Z]. Part of ''Washington, Postmaster Indexes, Prior to 1965'', [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/list#page=1&countryId=58 FamilySearch Historical Collections] for Washington. (Free, browse images)
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*{{RecordSearch|1910364|Public Records, 1923-1945|access=browse}}
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Part of ''Washington, County Records, 1856-2009'' at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
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==== School Records  ====
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{{WA School Intro}}
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*{{RecordSearch|1910364|School census, 1912-1932|access=browse}}
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Part of: ''Washington County Records, 1856-2009'' FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
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**See what [[Washington Public Records#Record_content|genealogical information]] may be in these records.
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
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{{WA Tax Intro}}
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
  
*Marriages from 4 Jan 1876 to 2 Nov 1912 are available from the '''[http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/Search.cfm Western States Marriage Index]''' website.  
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*'''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, occupation and certificate numbers.
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{{WA Birth Intro}}
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*Washington State Digital Archives has a free database of [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov./TitleInfo.aspx?TID=507 Columbia County Birth Records]. This database contains the names of people who were born in Columbia County from June 1891 – August 1913. The names were taken from the Columbia County Register of Births.
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*{{RecordSearch|1910364|Index to marriage licenses (direct and indirect) 1922-1939|access=browse}} Part of ''Washington, County Records, 1856-2009'' at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
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**See what [[Washington Vital Records#Record_content|genealogical information]] may be in these records.
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**Includes Marriage affidavits 1904-1961; Marriage certificates 1885-1946; Marriage licenses index-direct 1922-1939; Marriage licenses index-direct 1922-1939; Marriage licenses index-indirect 1922-1939; Marriage returns 1902-1947; Marriage statistics 1891-1910; Register of marriages 1891-1910; Territorial marriage certificates 1876-1890.
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{{WA Birth Other Records}}
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===== Marriage  =====
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{{WA Marriage Intro}}
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*'''1855–2008''' - {{RecordSearch|1534448|Washington, County Marriages, 1855-2008}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — index and images<br>
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*'''1876-1912''' - Marriages from 4 Jan 1876 to 2 Nov 1912 are available from the '''[http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/Search.cfm Western States Marriage Index]''' website.
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*'''1904-1939''' - [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/1907 Marriage Affidavits, 1904-1939] at Washington State Digital Archives Collection.(Free)
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*'''1888-1914''' - [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/1935 Marriage Certificate Volumes, 1888-1914] at Washington State Digital Archives Collection. (Free)
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*'''1876-2003''' - [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/75 Marriage Records, 1876-2003] at Washington State Digital Archives Collection. (Free)
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*'''1878-1890''' - [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/1936 Probate Marriage Records, 1878-1890] at Washington State Digital Archives Collection. (Free)
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*'''1922-1939''' - {{RecordSearch|1910364|Marriage Records, 1922-1939|access=browse}} Part of ''Washington, County Records, 1856-2009'' at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
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*'''1969-2014''' - {{RecordSearch|2761120|Washington Marriage Index, 1969-2014}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/hr/search FamilySearch] — index
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**See what [[Washington Vital Records#Record_content|genealogical information]] may be in these records.
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**Includes Marriage affidavits 1904-1961; Marriage certificates 1885-1946; Marriage licenses index-direct 1922-1939; Marriage licenses index-direct 1922-1939; Marriage licenses index-indirect 1922-1939; Marriage returns 1902-1947; Marriage statistics 1891-1910; Register of marriages 1891-1910; Territorial marriage certificates 1876-1890.
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{{FYI|Witnesses or affiants may be relatives or close family friends. The affidavits also include physician's certificates.}}
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===== Divorce  =====
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{{WA Divorce Intro}}
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'''''Online Records'''''
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*'''1969 - 2014''' - {{RecordSearch|2759158|Washington Divorce Index, 1969-2014}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/hr/search FamilySearch] — index
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===== Death  =====
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{{WA Death Intro}}
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1454923 Washington, Death Certificates, 1907-1960] ''Washington, Death Certificates, 1907-1960'' at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
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**See what [https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Washington,_Death_Certificates_%28FamilySearch_Historical_Records%29#Record_Content genealogical information] may be in these records.
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| width="30%" | [http://wagenweb.org/columbia/ WAGenWeb] for Columbia County
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
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| width="30%" | [http://usgwarchives.net/wa/columbia/columbia.htm USGenWeb Archives Project]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
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| width="30%" | [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections#RSID:5 Washington State Digital Archives]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Includes indexes, some linked to images.
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*Type county name, click '''Search''', then select a collection.
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*Collections were posted to the appropriate headings for this Wiki page in December, 2013.
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| width="30%" | [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/list#page=1&countryId=58 FamilySearch Historical Collections]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Search indexes or browse images at FamilySearch.org.
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*Click "Last Updated." Collections through December 2013 have been posted to the appropriate topics for this Wiki page.
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| width="30%" | [http://resources.rootsweb.ancestry.com/USA/WA/Columbia/ Websites at RootsWeb - Columbia WA]
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| width="60%" | Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
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| width="30%" | [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/WA/Columbia/ Linkpendium]
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| width="60%" | Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
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| width="30%" | [http://www.cyndislist.com/us/wa/counties/columbia/ CyndisList]
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| width="30%" | [http://www.genealogyinc.com/washington/columbia-county/ Genealogyinc.com]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Columbia County, Washington Facts
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| width="30%" | [https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/100011493983065364950 google.com]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Washington Genealogy Network Community on Google+
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| width="30%" | [https://www.facebook.com/groups/222494824442130/ Facebook.com]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Washington Genealogy Network Group on Facebook
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| width="30%" | {{FHL|United States, Washington, Columbia|place|disp=FamilySearch catalog}}
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| width="70%" | Select topics. To select towns, add a comma to the search box.
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| width="30%" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=columbia+county+washington&dblist=638&fq=s0%3A28000000&qt=facet_s0%3A WorldCat]
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| width="70%" | To find nearby libraries that have specific items, see [[WorldCat Online Catalog]].
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| width="30%" | [http://smartcat.acpl.lib.in.us/?q=columbia+county+Washington Allen County Public Library] (Indiana)
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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|United States, Washington, Columbia|place|disp=FamilySearch Library}} (Utah) or [http://smartcat.acpl.lib.in.us/?q=columbia+county+Washington Allen County Public Library] (Indiana) for {{PAGENAME}}.
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*{{GetACopy tip}}
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See also [[{{PAGENAME}}#Courthouse|Courthouse]]{{·}}[[{{PAGENAME}}#FamilySearch_Centers|FamilySearch Centers]]{{·}}[[{{PAGENAME}}#Libraries|Libraries]]{{·}}[[{{PAGENAME}}#Museums|Museums]]{{·}}[[{{PAGENAME}}#Other_Repositories|Other Repositories]]{{·}}[[{{PAGENAME}}#Societies|Societies]]
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
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*[[Dayton Washington Family History Center]] 1114 S 3rd St., Dayton, Wa 99328 United States [https://www.google.com/maps/preview#!q=1114+S+3rd+St.%2C+Dayton%2C+Wa+99328+United+States+&data=!4m15!2m14!1m13!1s0x54a1f7f07a41cd89%3A0xeb443780003fa55e!3m8!1m3!1d3192!2d-122.5583352!3d45.7078799!3m2!1i1425!2i880!4f13.1!4m2!3d46.311125!4d-117.9675723 Location Map]
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:[http://www.ccrld.lib.wa.us/index.php/component/search/?searchword=Genealogy&ordering=&searchphrase=all Columbia County Rural Library District], 111 S 3rd St., Dayton 99328 Phone: (509) 382-4131
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::Online Resources: Heritage Quest and other genealogical links
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::Unique Collections: Revolutionary War records and Bounty-Land Warrant Application files
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:[http://www.ccrld.lib.wa.us/index.php/digital-collections Dayton Memorial Library], 111 S 3rd St, Dayton 99328 Phone: (509) 382-4131
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== Societies and Libraries  ==
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{{WA Museums Intro}}
  
==== Family History Centers<br> ====
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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{{WA Societies Intro}}
*[[Dayton Washington Family History Center]]
 
  
== Web Sites ==
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=== Towns and Communities ===
  
*{{FHL|Washington%2C+Columbia|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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See a list of towns and communities in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbia_County,_Washington#Census-recognized_communities Columbia County] per Wikipedia.
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/WA/Columbia/ Columbia County, Washington Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
 
  
== References  ==
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[[Category:Columbia_County,_Washington]]

Latest revision as of 18:23, 20 September 2017

United States
Washington
Columbia County

Guide to Columbia County Washington ancestry, family history, and genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records, since 1875, when the county was formed.

Historic railway depot in Dayton, Columbia County, Washington
County QuickStart:



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Columbia County, Washington
Map
Map of Washington highlighting Columbia County
Location in the state of Washington
Map of the U.S. highlighting Washington
Location of Washington in the U.S.
Facts
Founded 11 November, 1875
County Seat Dayton
Courthouse
Address Columbia County Courthouse
341 E Main Street
Dayton, WA 99328-1361
Phone: 509.382.4321
Columbia County Website


County Overview


Parent County(s)

Columbia County, Washington was created 11 November 1875 from Walla Walla County.[1]

County seat: Dayton [2] See also Towns and Communities in Columbia County, Washington Genealogy. For Courthouse, see Archives, libraries, etc.

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating Washington County boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Washington County Boundary Maps" (1843-1915) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Neighboring Counties

Columbia County, Washington Genealogy is surrounded by: Franklin | Garfield | Walla Walla | Whitman | Oregon counties: Umatilla | Wallowa

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Courthouse

Columbia County Courthouse
341 E Main Street
Dayton, WA 99328-1361
Phone: 509.382.4321

County Clerk has divorce records from 1886,
probate records from 1891 and court records from 1890.
County Auditor has birth and death records 1891-1907
and marriage records from 1853. [4]

See also Archives, libraries, etc. in Columbia County, Washington Genealogy.

Dates of Major County Records

Beginning dates for major county records[5]
Birth
Marriage
Death
Land
Probate
Court
1891*
1876*
1891*
1864
1878
1874
* For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries
Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Topics for Columbia County, Washington Genealogy

The topics or headings on this page describe records that are used for genealogy and family history. They include links to web sites with indexes, images, or information about the county.

Bible Records

 

Biography

Biographical information is often found in state and local histories or genealogies. See also Washington Biography.

Business and Commerce

 

Cemeteries

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
FindAGrave Family History Library FindAGrave
Tombstone Project WorldCat Interment.net
Billion Graves (name) Washington Periodicals WA State Digital Archives
Billion Graves (cemetery) Linkpendium
Genealogy Trails
EPodunk
See Washington Cemeteries for more information.

Cemetery records often reveal birth, death, relationship, military, and religious information. Tombstones, sextons (caretakers) records, and burial records each have slightly different information. See Washington Cemeteries.


Census

Federal Census Contents
Names, ages, birthplaces 1850–1940
Birthplaces of parents 1880–1940
Relationships 1880–1940
Family and Neighbors All years
Immigration year 1900–1930
Citizenship 1910–1940

Censuses 1) Give names, ages, and more about the family; 2) Pinpoint the area to find other records; and 3) Provide clues for further research.



Part of Washington, County Records, 1856-2009 at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)

Part of Washington, County Records, 1856-2009 at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)

Part of Washington, County Records, 1856-2009 at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)

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.

  • Church records (microfilmed originals or published transcripts) for Columbia County, Washington Genealogy are listed in the FamilySearch catalog. (Press space bar to select town.)

Court Records

Your ancestors may be found in court records as defendants, plaintiffs, witnesses, or jurors. Court records can clarify family relationships, places of residence, occupations, and family history. See Washington Court Records for courts used through the years.

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

  • Columbia Frontier Justice. Part of "Frontier Justice’’: Guide to the Court Records of Washington Territory, 1853-1889 at Washington State Digital Archives. (Free Index, no images)
    • The court procedures of Frontier Justice touch nearly all pioneers of the Washington Territory. The index has many abstracts that provide names and what is happening in disputes, settlements in civil and criminal cases as well as probate, equity and admiralty cases.

Directories

 

Emigration and Immigration

 

Ethnic, Political and Religious Groups

 

American Indian
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.

Funeral Homes

 

Gazetteers

 

Genealogy

A FamilySearch Community Tree is available for this place.
Many local libraries and societies have collections of family genealogies. County histories or biographies often include brief genealogies of the featured persons.

Guardianship

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

History

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

History Timeline

Historical County Boundaries from Newberry Library[6]

Emphasis for this timeline is on events that affected migration, records, or record-keeping. Unless otherwise mentioned, the events below were gleaned from Phil Dougherty. Columbia County -- Thumbnail History, [1] Essay 7801.

  • The lower Snake River was home to bands of Palouse and other Sahaptin-speaking people, including Nez Perce, Yakama, Walla Walla, Umatilla, and Wanapum.
  • 1805 - October 12-13, Lewis and Clark canoed on the Snake River along the boundary separating Columbia and Whitman counties.
  • 1834 - Captain B. L. E. Bonneville crossed Columbia County on the Nez Perce Trail, surveying the Northwest on behalf of the United States government.
  • 1853 - March 2, U.S. President Millard Fillmore establishes Washington Territory.
  • 1855 - One of the first white settlers in Columbia County was Henry M. Chase. Chase and another man, P. M. Lafontain, built cabins and possibly a small fort early in 1855 at the site of present day Dayton.
  • 1859 - Permanent settlement reached Columbia County with claims taken up along the Touchet and Tucannon rivers and along Patit Creek.
  • 1859 - Frederick Schnebley homesteaded at the Dayton site of the former Chase homestead, which had been destroyed in the 1855 Indian attack.
  • 1860s - Settlers slowly drifted into the county, but in the early 1870s settlement rapidly increased.
  • 1875 - November 29, Columbia County officially came into existence.
  • 1881 - July, The railroad arrived in Dayton.
  • 1934 - The Blue Mountain Cannery was built in Dayton.
  • 1935 - As part of Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal, two Civilian Conservation Camps were established in Columbia County.

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.

  • County Recorder's Office: check deeds, file mining claims, get assistance in finding ownership of a particular property, and obtain copies of county plat maps. This office has county plat records dating back to 1878, prior records having been destroyed in a fire.

Maps

 

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This map highlights the county within the state of Washington. The map soon will have inter-active links.

Migration

Most residents came to Washington from other states or crossed the border from Canada. (See Seattle Passenger Lists for those who came from other countries.) Although few other migration records exist, try:

Censuses (use birthdates and places of children as clues)
Land (1st deed may reveal previous residence)
Death-related records of children may give town or county of birth
• Records of relatives and neighbors

Military

 

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.

  • Naturalization and Citizenship, 1890-1955 Part of Washington, County Records, 1856-2009at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
    • See what genealogical information may be in these records.
    • Includes Journal of naturalization 1890-1906; Letters of administration 1887-1965; Naturalization correspondence 1908-1955; Naturalization depositions 1910-1920; Orders of the court 1925-1950; Petition and record 1908-1928.

Newspapers

Small town newspapers provide historical content and contain obituaries, birth or death notices, legal notices, and community news, such as visits to or from out-of-town relatives. See Washington Newspapers for tips, resources, and details.

Finding More Washington Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Columbia 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

Obituaries may mention birth, marriage, spouse, parents, living family members, education, occupation, and more. See Washington Obituaries for state level collections and United States Obituaries for tips and insights.

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See also: NewspapersLibrariesSocietiesFuneral Homes • Obituaries of neighboring counties or of the person's previous residence • Family records.

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.

Part of Washington, County Records, 1856-2009 at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)

    • See what genealogical information may be in these records.
    • Includes Clerks files of wills ca 1896-1917; Declarations of intention 1890; 1890-1906; 1890-1941; Estate files 1877-1915; Facts for declarations of intention 1901-1907; Homestead records 1882-1898; Probate case files 1878-1943; Probate fee books 1891-1898; Probate journal 1891-1932; Territorial letters of administration of wills annexed ca 1876-1877.

Public Records

Public records are documents created by civil authorities that either don't fit comfortably in another topic, or that could fit in several topics.

Part of Washington, County Records, 1856-2009 at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)

School Records

 

Part of: Washington County Records, 1856-2009 FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)

Taxation

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.

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
Birth Records reveal
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Parent's Names Green check.png]]  
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In 1891, coroners, physicians, and midwives were to "return" births and deaths to the county auditor. Many went unrecorded. In 1907, the State Center for Health Statistics assumed this responsibility.[7]

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See Washington Online Genealogy Records for indexes.
Also see Washington Birth Records.

  • Washington State Digital Archives has a free database of Columbia County Birth Records. This database contains the names of people who were born in Columbia County from June 1891 – August 1913. The names were taken from the Columbia County Register of Births.
  • Index to marriage licenses (direct and indirect) 1922-1939 Part of Washington, County Records, 1856-2009 at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
    • See what genealogical information may be in these records.
    • Includes Marriage affidavits 1904-1961; Marriage certificates 1885-1946; Marriage licenses index-direct 1922-1939; Marriage licenses index-direct 1922-1939; Marriage licenses index-indirect 1922-1939; Marriage returns 1902-1947; Marriage statistics 1891-1910; Register of marriages 1891-1910; Territorial marriage certificates 1876-1890.

For earlier or unrecorded births, search:


Marriage
Marriage Records reveal
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Marriage records include certificates, marriage returns, license applications or affidavits. Counties kept the records until 1968, when the state took over.


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See Washington Online Genealogy Records for indexes.
Also see Washington Marriage Records.

  • 1922-1939 - Marriage Records, 1922-1939 Part of Washington, County Records, 1856-2009 at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
    • See what genealogical information may be in these records.
    • Includes Marriage affidavits 1904-1961; Marriage certificates 1885-1946; Marriage licenses index-direct 1922-1939; Marriage licenses index-direct 1922-1939; Marriage licenses index-indirect 1922-1939; Marriage returns 1902-1947; Marriage statistics 1891-1910; Register of marriages 1891-1910; Territorial marriage certificates 1876-1890.
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. Online Records

Death
Death Records reveal
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In 1891, coroners, physicians and midwives were to report (or return) all births and deaths under their supervision to County Auditors. On July 1, 1907, the State took over....[8]

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See Washington Online Genealogy Records for indexes.
Also see Washington Death Records.

Voting Registers

 


Websites



Sites with online indexes or images of records
WAGenWeb for Columbia County Free Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
USGenWeb Archives Project Free Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
Washington State Digital Archives Free Includes indexes, some linked to images.
  • Type county name, click Search, then select a collection.
  • Collections were posted to the appropriate headings for this Wiki page in December, 2013.
FamilySearch Historical Collections Free Search indexes or browse images at FamilySearch.org.
  • Click "Last Updated." Collections through December 2013 have been posted to the appropriate topics for this Wiki page.
Sites that search for links pertaining to Columbia County, Washington Genealogy
Websites at RootsWeb - Columbia WA Free Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
Linkpendium Free Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
CyndisList Free Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
Genealogyinc.com Free Columbia County, Washington Facts
google.com Free Washington Genealogy Network Community on Google+
Facebook.com Free Washington Genealogy Network Group on Facebook
Major catalogs for hard copy collections of Columbia County, Washington Genealogy
Books, microfilm, or manuscripts of genealogical records
FamilySearch catalog Select topics. To select towns, add a comma to the search box.
WorldCat To find nearby libraries that have specific items, see WorldCat Online Catalog.
Allen County Public Library (Indiana)
See also local libraries and Washington Archives and Libraries

Archives, Libraries, etc.

See also a List of Washington Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies  

Resources for Columbia 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.

  • When you find items you'd like to access, see Get a Copy

See also Courthouse · FamilySearch Centers · Libraries · Museums · Other Repositories · Societies

Family History Centers

Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Libraries

Local public libraries—even smaller ones—often have Unique Genealogical Collections that are not online for the area they serve. Many libraries in Washington have an area dedicated to local history and genealogy.


Columbia County Rural Library District, 111 S 3rd St., Dayton 99328 Phone: (509) 382-4131
Online Resources: Heritage Quest and other genealogical links
Unique Collections: Revolutionary War records and Bounty-Land Warrant Application files
Dayton Memorial Library, 111 S 3rd St, Dayton 99328 Phone: (509) 382-4131
Online Resources: Headstone Images, Whitman County Heritage documents and others.
Unique Collections:
Museums

 

Societies

 

Towns and Communities

See a list of towns and communities in Columbia County per Wikipedia.

References

  1. The Evolution of Washington Counties by Newton Carl Abbott, Fred E. Carver, 1979. Published by the Yakima Valley Genealogical Society and Klickitat County Genealogical Society.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. John H. Long, Atlas of Historical County Boundaries (Chicago: Newberry Library, 2006) online.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Ferry County, Washington page 732, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. Alice Eichholz, Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, 3rd ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry Pub., 2004), 733-734. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 2004.
  6. John H. Long, Atlas of Historical County Boundaries (Chicago: Newberry Library, 2006) online.
  7. Washington State Archives - Digital Archives, Birth Records, About this Collection
  8. About Death Records at Washington State Digital Archives.