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''[[United States|United States]] > [[Washington|Washington]] > Grays Harbor County'' [[Image:Wa-graysharbor.png|thumb|right|400px|Wa-graysharbor.png]]  
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[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Washington|Washington]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''Grays Harbor County'''
  
== County Courthouse  ==
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Guide to '''Grays Harbor County Washington genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.<br>[[Image:{{WAGraysHarborAllieMay}}]]
  
[http://www.co.grays-harbor.wa.us/Index.asp Grays Harbor County Courthouse]<br>102 West Broadway Room 203<br> Montesano, WA 98563<br> Phone 360.249.3842<br><br>County Clerk has probate, divorce and court records from 1860;<br> County Auditor has marriage records from 1891; County Assessor<br> has land records from 1855; County Health Department has birth<br> and death records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Grays Harbor County, Washington page 733, {WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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== Quick History  ==
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<br><br><br><br>'''Quick start:'''
  
'''15 March 1915:''' Renamed from [[Chehalis County, Washington|Chehalis]] County.
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*[[Grays Harbor County, Washington#Census|Census]]  
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*[[Grays Harbor County, Washington#Birth|Birth]]
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*[[Grays Harbor County, Washington#Marriage|Marriage]]
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*[[Grays Harbor County, Washington#Death|Death]]
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*[[Grays Harbor County, Washington#Churches_and_Religious_Groups|Church]]
  
==== Parent County  ====
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{{Infobox U.S. County
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| county = Grays Harbor County
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| county_map = Wa-graysharbor.png
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| state = Washington
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| state_map = Washington.png
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| latd =  
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| longd =  
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| founded year = 1907
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| founded date = february 27
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| seat = Montesanno
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| building image =  
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| building address = [http://www.co.grays-harbor.wa.us/Index.asp Grays Harbor County Courthouse]<br>102 West Broadway Room 203<br> Montesano, WA 98563<br> Phone 360.249.3842<br>[http://www.Graysharborcounty.us/ '''Grays Harbor County Website'''] }}
  
'''14 April 1854:''' Grays Harbor was created 14 April 1854 the Washington Territory. '''County seat''': Montesano <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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=== Historical Facts  ===
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#cccc99" align="center" colspan="6" | '''Beginning dates for major county records'''
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Grays Harbor County, Washington#Birth|Birth]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Grays Harbor County, Washington#Marriage|Marriage]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Grays Harbor County, Washington#Death|Death]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Grays Harbor County, Washington#Land_and_Property|Land]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Grays Harbor County, Washington#Probate|Probate]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Grays Harbor County, Washington#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>1855*</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>1855</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | <center>1857</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | <center>1884</center>
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#99d6ff" colspan="6" | '''* For earlier dates, try...''' '''[[Grays Harbor County, Washington#Church_Records|Church]] &#124; [[Grays Harbor County, Washington#Obituaries|Obituaries]] &#124; [[Grays Harbor County, Washington#Cemeteries|Cemeteries]]'''
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*'''Parent County:''' created 15 March 1915 and renamed from [[Chehalis County, Washington|Chehalis]]. Chehalis County was created from [[Thurston County, Washington|ThurstonCounty]] 14 April 1854.<ref>The Evolution of Washington Counties by Newton Carl Abbott, pg 41.</ref>&nbsp;Grays Harbor County '''was created from Chehalis County February 27, 1907.<ref>The Evolution of Washington Counties by Newton Carl Abbott, pg 41.</ref> '''
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*'''Neighboring Counties:''' [[Jefferson County, Washington|Jefferson]] | [[Mason County, Washington|Mason]] | [[Pacific County, Washington|Pacific]] | [[Thurston County, Washington|Thurston]]
  
 
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==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
  
== Places / Localities ==
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=== Resources ===
  
==== Populated Places  ====
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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 {{PAGENAME}} entries with names, images, or information.
  
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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{{Tip|Don't overlook {{FHL|Washington, Grays Harbor|place|disp={{PAGENAME}}}} items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see [[Grays Harbor County, Washington#Archives.2C_Libraries.2C_etc.|Archives and Libraries]].}}
  
[[Jefferson County, Washington|Jefferson]] | [[Lewis County, Washington|Lewis]] | [[Mason County, Washington|Mason]] | [[Pacific County, Washington|Pacific]] | [[Thurston County, Washington|Thurston]]
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==== Bible Records  ====
  
== Resources ==
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==== Biography ====
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Commercial fishing, the lumber industry were major industries historically. Tourism is more recent.
  
 
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==== Census  ====
 
==== Census  ====
  
Prior to renaming in 1915, the census can be found under the name of Chehalis County.
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1473181 United States Census 1860]
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1438024 United States Census 1870]
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1417683 United States Census 1880]
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*1889
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1610551 United States Cenus 1890 Veterans]
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1325221 United States Cenus 1900]
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1727033 United States Cenus 1910]
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1488411 United States Census 1920]
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1810731 United States Cenus 1930]
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==== Church Records  ====
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'''LDS Ward and Branch Records'''
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*Montesano
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==== Directories  ====
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==== Emigration and Immigration  ====
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*1860
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===== Japanese  =====
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*1880
 
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*1890 Veterans
 
*1900
 
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*1920
 
*1930
 
  
==== Church  ====
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World War II Files, 1942-1946
  
LDS Ward and Branch Records
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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
  
*Harbor (Grays)
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==== Gazetteers  ====
  
==== Court ====
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==== Genealogy ====
  
==== Land ====
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==== History ====
  
==== Local Histories ====
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==== Land and Property ====
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{{WA Land Intro}}
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
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Area map and other information from 1895:
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[http://www.livgenmi.com/1895/WA/ http://www.livgenmi.com/1895/WA/]
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The BLM also has Cadastral and other survey information at [http://www.blm.gov/or/landrecords/survey/ySrvy1.php Oregon and Washington Land Status and Cadastral Record], please note this is separate from the survey dropdown on the main glorecords.blm.gov page.
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==== Migration  ====
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
  
 
Some military records for this county have been digitized at the [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/RecordSeriesInfo.aspx?rsid=6 Washington State Digital Archives].  
 
Some military records for this county have been digitized at the [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/RecordSeriesInfo.aspx?rsid=6 Washington State Digital Archives].  
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==== Naturalization and Citizenship  ====
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
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==== Obituaries  ====
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==== Probate  ====
 
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{{WA Probate Intro|Grays Harbor}}
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==== Public Records  ====
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===== Courthouse  =====
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[http://www.co.grays-harbor.wa.us/Index.asp Grays Harbor County Courthouse]<br>102 West Broadway Room 203<br> Montesano, WA 98563<br> Phone 360.249.3842<br><br>County Clerk has probate, divorce and court records from 1860.<br> County Auditor has marriage records from 1891. <br>County Assessor has land records from 1855.<br>County Health Department has birth and death records. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Grays Harbor County, Washington page 733, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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===== Family History Centers  =====
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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*[[Elma Washington Family History Center]]
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*[[Ocean Shores Washington Family History Center]]
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*[[Westport Washington Family History Center]]
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===== Libraries  =====
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*[http://library.public-libraries.org/county/WA/GraysHarborCounty.html Grays Harbor County Libraries]
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*[http://www.aberdeen-museum.org/ Aberdeen Museum of History]
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*[http://www.montesano.us/index.aspx?nid=396 Chehalis Valley Historical Museum]
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*[http://www.moclips.org/ Museum of North Beach]
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*[http://polsonmuseum.org/ Polson Museum]
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*[http://www.graysharborgenealogy.com/ghhistory.php Chehalis Valley Historical Society]
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*[http://www.graysharborgenealogy.com/ghhistory.php Grays Harbor Genealogical Society]
  
 
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Marriages from 9 May 1855 to 11 Apr 2000 are available on the '''[http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/Search.cfm Western States Marriage Index]''' website.
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Aberdeen City Clerk, [http://digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/486 Birth Register, 1890-1907] at Washington State Digital Archives
  
[http://users.techline.com/ghgs/ Grays Harbor Genealogy Society]
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===== Death =====
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]  
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*'''Washington Death Certificates 1907-1960 '''A free internet index to the 1907-1960 death certificates can be found at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/1454923 FamilySearch], 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.
*[[Elma Washington Family History Center]]
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*[[Ocean Shores Washington Family History Center]]
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*{{FHL|Washington%2C+Thurston|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/WA/Grays_Harbor/ Grays Harbor County, Washington Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/wa/graysharbor/grays.htm USGenWeb Archives]&nbsp;
  
== Web Sites ==
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*{{FHL|Washington%2C+Grays+Harbor|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grays_Harbor_County,_Washington Grays Harbor County, Washington]. Geographic features, communities, populated places.
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/WA/Grays_Harbor/ Grays Harbor County, Washington Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
 
  
== References  ==
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=== Grays Harbor County Washington Genealogy References  ===
  
 
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Revision as of 12:51, 18 July 2013

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Guide to Grays Harbor County Washington genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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Online Records





Quick start:


Grays Harbor County, Washington
Map
Map of Washington highlighting Grays Harbor County
Location in the state of Washington
Map of the U.S. highlighting Washington
Location of Washington in the U.S.
Facts
Founded february 27, 1907
County Seat Montesanno
Courthouse
Address Grays Harbor County Courthouse
102 West Broadway Room 203
Montesano, WA 98563
Phone 360.249.3842
Grays Harbor County Website


Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Land
Probate
Court
1891*
1855*
1891*
1855
1857
1884
* For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Resources

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 Grays Harbor County, Washington Genealogy entries with names, images, or information.

Bible Records

Biography

Business Records

Commercial fishing, the lumber industry were major industries historically. Tourism is more recent.

Cemeteries

Census

Church Records

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Montesano

Court Records

Directories

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political or Religious Groups

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

Gazetteers

Genealogy

History

Land and Property

Land Records reveal
Yes or Maybe  Y  M
Seller (Grantor) Green check.png]]  
Seller's Spouse Green check.png]]  
Buyer (Grantee) Green check.png]]  
Heirs   Green check.png]]
Witnesses Green check.png]]  
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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.

Maps

Area map and other information from 1895:

http://www.livgenmi.com/1895/WA/

The BLM also has Cadastral and other survey information at Oregon and Washington Land Status and Cadastral Record, please note this is separate from the survey dropdown on the main glorecords.blm.gov page.

Migration

Military

Some military records for this county have been digitized at the Washington State Digital Archives.

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

Obituaries

Periodicals

Probate

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.

Public Records

Repositories

Courthouse

Grays Harbor County Courthouse
102 West Broadway Room 203
Montesano, WA 98563
Phone 360.249.3842

County Clerk has probate, divorce and court records from 1860.
County Auditor has marriage records from 1891.
County Assessor has land records from 1855.
County Health Department has birth and death records. [3]

Family History Centers
Libraries
Museums
Societies

Taxation

Vital Records

Birth

Aberdeen City Clerk, Birth Register, 1890-1907 at Washington State Digital Archives

Marriage
Death
  • Washington Death Certificates 1907-1960 A free internet index to the 1907-1960 death certificates can be found at FamilySearch, 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.

Web Sites

Places

Grays Harbor County Washington Genealogy References

  1. The Evolution of Washington Counties by Newton Carl Abbott, pg 41.
  2. The Evolution of Washington Counties by Newton Carl Abbott, pg 41.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Grays Harbor County, Washington page 733, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.