Columbia County, Washington Genealogy

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Online Records


County Courthouse

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

County Clerk has probate, divorce and court records from 1891;
County Auditor has birth and death records 1891-1906,
marriage records from 1876, land records from 1864
and military discharge records[1]


Parent County

1875--Columbia County was created 11 November 1875 from Walla Walla County.  County seat: Dayton [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Franklin | Garfield | Walla Walla | Whitman | Oregon counties: Umatilla | Wallowa




  • 1880
  • 1889
  • 1890 Veterans
  • 1900
  • 1910
  • 1920
  • 1930




Local Histories




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

  • Marriages from 4 Jan 1876 to 2 Nov 1912 are available from the Western States Marriage Index website.
  • 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

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. 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 Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).