Island County, Washington Genealogy

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Online Records


County Courthouse

Island County Courthouse
NE 6th & Main St; PO Box 5000
Coupeville, WA 98239-5000
Phone 360.679.7359

County Auditor has birth and death records 1870-1907,
marriage records from 1855 & land records from 1853;
County Clerk has divorce, probate and court records[1]


Parent County

1853--Island County was created 6 January 1853 from Thurston County.  County seat: Coupeville [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Jefferson | Kitsap | San Juan | Skagit | Snohomish | Yakima



In 1998 Ralph Seefeld and the Genealogical Society of South Whidbey Island (GSSWI) set out to record the inscriptions on all the gravestones in the cemeteries of Island County, Washington.  These records are now available on the GSSWI website.


  • 1860
  • 1870
  • 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.



Ralph Seefeld, with the help of The Genealogical Society of South Whidbey Island has collected virtually all obituaries for Island County residents from local newspapers. These obituaries range from the 1890s through December 2010; however, there are gaps for The Island County Times in the early 1890’s and the South Whidbey Record before 1935 and during 1944. An index to the obituaries is now available on the GSSWI website.



Vital Records

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Island County, Washington page 733, {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).