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}}<br>Guide to '''Lewis County Washington ancestry, family history, and genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records, since 1845, when the [[{{PAGENAME}}#County_Overview|county was formed]].<br><br> [[Image:Lower Falls Lewis River.jpg |thumb|right|270px|<center>Lower Falls Lewis River, Lewis County, Washington</center>]]
  
Guide to '''Lewis County Washington genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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<br><br>{{Click|Image:WA_ORP.png|Washington Online Genealogy Records|top}} {{Infobox U.S. County  
 
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| building address = [http://lewiscountywa.gov/ Lewis County Courthouse]<br> 351 NW North Street<br> Chehalis, WA 98532<br> Phone 360.740.2704<br> [http://www.Lewiscounty.us/ '''Lewis County Website'''] }}  
 
| building address = [http://lewiscountywa.gov/ Lewis County Courthouse]<br> 351 NW North Street<br> Chehalis, WA 98532<br> Phone 360.740.2704<br> [http://www.Lewiscounty.us/ '''Lewis County Website'''] }}  
  
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=== County Overview  ===
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{{Tip|Before 1845—and perhaps until the newly-formed county was fully operational—search records of the parent county(s).}}
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==== Parent County(s)  ====
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Lewis County, Washington was created 21 December 1845<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> from Vancouver District, (later [[Clark County, Washington Genealogy|Clark County]]). Lewis was an original county in the [[Oregon Territory|Oregon Territory]].
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'''County Seat:''' Chehalis <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.]]
  
=== Historical Facts ===
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===== Boundary Changes  =====
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*[http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/documents/WA_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm#LEWIS 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>
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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{{PAGENAME}} is surrounded by: [[Cowlitz County, Washington Genealogy|Cowlitz]] | [[Grays Harbor County, Washington Genealogy|Grays Harbor]] | [[Pacific County, Washington Genealogy|Pacific]] | [[Pierce County, Washington Genealogy|Pierce]] | [[Skamania County, Washington Genealogy|Skamania]] | [[Thurston County, Washington Genealogy|Thurston]] | [[Wahkiakum County, Washington Genealogy|Wahkiakum]] | [[Yakima County, Washington Genealogy|Yakima]]
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<center>{{WALewis County Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
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==== Courthouse  ====
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*[http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=28754 ''Inventory of the county archives of Washington, no. 21. Lewis County (Chehalis)''] (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://lewiscountywa.gov/ Lewis County Courthouse]<br> 351 NW North Street<br> Chehalis, WA 98532<br> Phone 360.740.2704<br>
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County Auditor has birth and death records 1891-1907<br> and marriage records from 1850. <br>County Clerk has divorce, probate and court records from 1870’s. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Lewis 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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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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*'''Parent County:''' organized 21 December 1845 as an original county in the [[Oregon Territory|Oregon Territory]].
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===== Record Loss  =====
*'''County seat''': Chehalis <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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*'''Neighboring Counties:''' [[Cowlitz County, Washington|Cowlitz]] | [[Grays Harbor County, Washington|Grays Harbor]] | [[Pacific County, Washington|Pacific]] | [[Pierce County, Washington|Pierce]] | [[Skamania County, Washington|Skamania]] | [[Thurston County, Washington|Thurston]] | [[Wahkiakum County, Washington|Wahkiakum]] | [[Yakima County, Washington|Yakima]]
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
==== Boundary Changes ====
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=== Topics for {{PAGENAME}} ===
  
==== Record Loss  ====
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{{WA Topics Intro}}
  
=== Resources  ===
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{{Tip|Don't overlook {{FHL|United States, Washington, Lewis|place|disp={{PAGENAME}}}} items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see [[Lewis County, Washington#Archives.2C_Libraries.2C_etc.|Archives and Libraries]].}}
  
 
==== Bible Records  ====
 
==== Bible Records  ====
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{{WA Bible Intro}}
  
 
==== Biography  ====
 
==== Biography  ====
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{{WA Biogs Intro}}
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==== Business and Commerce  ====
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*[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/1550 Recorded Professional Licenses] at Washington State Digital Archives Collection. (Free)
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*{{RecordSearch|1910364|Mining Claims, 1882-1920, index 1880-1920|access=browse}} Part of ''Washington, County Records, 1856-2009'' at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''List of Cemeteries in the county'''
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://usgwtombstones.org/washington/lewis.htm Tombstone Project]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=Lewis+County%2C+Washington%2C+cemeteries&qt=results_page WorldCat]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.interment.net/us/wa/lewis.htm Interment.net]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search#/ Billion Graves (name)]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://usgwarchives.net/wa/lewis/lewis.htm WAGenWeb 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=Lewis&cemetery_name=a#/ Billion Graves (cemetery)]
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{{WA Cemeteries Intro}}
  
 
==== Census  ====
 
==== Census  ====
  
*1849 Territorial Transcription and Index (part of Oregon Census)  
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{{WA Census}}
*1850
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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/128 1910]
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**Territorial: [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/405 1847]{{•}} [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/1398 1850] {{•}} [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/411 1851]{{•}} [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/187 1857]{{•}} [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/170 1871] {{•}} [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/160 1883]{{•}} [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/413 1887] {{•}} [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/404 1889]
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**State-funded: [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/868 1892]
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**These were indexed by local societies and individuals.
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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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*1920
 
*1930
 
*1940
 
  
 
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===== The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints  =====
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{{WA Church Intro}}
  
'''LDS Ward and Branch Records'''
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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.)
  
*Chehalis
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===== Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints  =====
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'''LDS Ward and Branch Records:''' Chehalis  
  
 
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==== Court Records  ====
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*[http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=28754 ''Inventory of the county archives of Washington, no. 21. Lewis County (Chehalis)''] (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://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/1549 Power of Attorney Records 1968 - present] at Washington State Digital Archives Collection. (Free)
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*[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/210 Lewis 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 procedure of Frontier Justice touch nearly all pioneers of 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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==== Directories  ====
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*[https://sites.google.com/site/onlinedirectorysite/Home/usa/wa/lewis "Lewis County, Washington Online Historical Directories"] online
  
 
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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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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  
 
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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==== Gazetteers  ====
 
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{{WA Gazetteers Intro}}
  
 
==== Genealogy  ====
 
==== Genealogy  ====
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{{CommunityTree}}
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*[http://www.mygenealogist.com/washington-genealogy/lewis-county.htm "Genealogy Research in Lewis County, Washington"] online
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==== Guardianship  ====
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Guardianship of orphans or adults unable to manage their own affairs were handled by the [[Adams County, Washington#Probate_Records|probate]] and the Federal District courts. See [[Washington Court Records]].
  
 
==== History  ====
 
==== History  ====
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{{WA History Intro}}
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*[http://www.stateofus.com/washington/lewis-county/ "Lewis County, Washington Facts"] online
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*[http://jtenlen.drizzlehosting.com/walewis/resources.html "Lewis County Resources and Links "] online
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<br> '''Online County Histories'''
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*[http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=28742 ''A history of Winlock, Washington''] (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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===== History Timeline  =====
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[http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/documents/WA_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm#LEWIS 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 Wilma, David. ''Lewis County -- Thumbnail History'', [http://www.historylink.org/index.cfm?DisplayPage=output.cfm&file_id=7449 History Link.org] Essay 7449.
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*Native Americans calling themselves Chehalis and Meshall lived along the banks of the Chehalis River.
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*1818-1846 - The United States and Great Britain jointly occupied Oregon and the Pacific Northwest.
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*1838 - The Hudson's Bay Company established the Puget Sound Agricultural Company.
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*1838 - Late, Cowlitz Farms, a part of the Puget Sound Agricultural Company, represented the first white settlement in the future Lewis County.
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*1845 - December 21, The Oregon Territorial Legislature delineated Lewis County.
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*1853 - March 2, U.S. President Millard Fillmore establishes {{wpd|Washington Territory|Washington Territory}}.
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*1855 - February, Washington Territorial Governor Isaac Stevens convinced coastal tribes to sign the Quinault Treaty with the U.S. government.
  
 
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==== Land and Property  ====
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{{WA Land Intro}}
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*{{RecordSearch|1762885|County Land records, 1850-1954|access=browse}} Part of:"Washington County Land Records, 1850-1954" FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
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**'''NOTE''': These are labeled as direct (grantor/seller) and indirect (grantee/buyer) indexes, yet several include copies of the deed books. After selecting the years you need, explore various images to determine if the deeds are included.
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*{{RecordSearch|1910364|Mining Claims, 1880-1920|access=browse}} Part of ''Washington, County Records, 1856-2009'' at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
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**See what [[Washington Land and Property#Record_content|genealogical information]] may be in these records.
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**Includes Mining claims index 1880-1920.
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*Items at Washington State Digital Archives Collection (Free)
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**[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/1545 Recorded Land Records 1974 to the present]
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**[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/1548 Recorded Plats 1974 - present]
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**[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/1546 Recorded Agreements and Contracts 1968-2012]
  
 
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{{WA Maps Intro}}
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==== Migration  ====
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{{WA Migration Intro}}
  
 
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==== Military  ====
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{{WA Military Intro}}
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*[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/1547 Recorded Military Records] at Washington State Digital Archives Collection. (Free)
  
 
==== Naturalization and Citizenship  ====
 
==== Naturalization and Citizenship  ====
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{{WA Naturalization Intro}}
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*{{RecordSearch|1932554|County Naturalization Records, 1850-1982|access=browse}}, part of ''Washington, County Naturalization Records, 1850-1982'' at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
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**Included in this collection: Application &amp; oaths (Repatriation) 1937-1965 no 1-26; Certificate of citizenship 1903-1906; Citizenship papers 1874-1896; Declaration of intention (Invalid) Depositions 1884-1921; Declaration of intention 1887-1972; Depositions 1907-1963; Card index 1930-1979; Certificate receipts 1907-1927; Index 1888-1962; Notices of application for citizenship 1909-1924; Petition records 1886-1947.
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*[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/1556 Naturalization Records, 1853-1971] at Washington State Digital Archives Collection. (Free)
  
 
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==== Newspapers  ====
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{{WA Newspapers Intro}}
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*[http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=51233 ''Daily Chronicle (Centralia, Washington)''] (If the link does not work, go to [http://www.ancestry.com/ ancestry.com] ($), click '''Search''', select '''Card Catalog''', paste Title into search box, click '''Search''')
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*[http://commons.wikimedia.org/ ''Chehalis Bee-Nugget (Chehalis, Washington)''] (If the link does not work, go to [http://www.ancestry.com/ ancestry.com] ($), click '''Search''', select '''Card Catalog''', paste Title into search box, click '''Search''')
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*[http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=6671 ''Centralia Chronicle Advertiser (Centralia, Washington)''] ($), click '''Search''', select '''Card Catalog''', paste Title into search box, click '''Search''')
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*[http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=6670 ''Centralia Chronicle (Centralia, Washington)''] ($), click '''Search''', select '''Card Catalog''', paste Title into search box, click '''Search''')
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*[[{{PAGENAME}} Newspapers]] (Sortable by towns, years, and titles)
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{{WA Newspaper abstracts|Lewis}}
  
 
==== Obituaries  ====
 
==== Obituaries  ====
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{{WA Obituaries Intro}}
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*[[{{PAGENAME}}#Newspapers|Newspapers of {{PAGENAME}}]]
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*Local [[{{PAGENAME}}#Funeral_Homes|Funeral Homes]], [[{{PAGENAME}}#Libraries|Libraries]], or family records.
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*Obituaries of [[{{PAGENAME}}#Neighboring_Counties|neighboring counties]]
  
 
==== Periodicals  ====
 
==== Periodicals  ====
  
==== Probate  ====
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{{WA Periodicals Intro}}
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==== Probate Records ====
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{{WA Probate Intro|Lewis}}
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1454946 County Probate Case Files, 1832-1950] Part of ''Washington, County Probate Case Files, 1832-1950'', at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free indexes and images)
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**See what [https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Washington,_County_Probate_Case_Files_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records)#Record_Content genealogical information] may be in these records.
  
 
==== Public Records  ====
 
==== Public Records  ====
  
==== Repositories  ====
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{{WA Public Records}}
  
===== Courthouse  =====
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*Lewis [https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-22029-22321-84?cc=1404287&wc=12809220 Postmaster Index]. 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)
  
[http://lewiscountywa.gov/ Lewis County Courthouse]<br> 351 NW North Street<br> Chehalis, WA 98532<br> Phone 360.740.2704<br>
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==== Taxation  ====
  
County Auditor has birth and death records 1891-1907<br> and marriage records from 1850. <br>County Clerk has divorce, probate and court records from 1870’s. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Lewis 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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{{WA Tax Intro}}  
  
===== Family History Centers =====
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==== Vital Records ====
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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{{WA vital intro}}
*[[Centralia Washington Family History Center]]
 
*[[Morton Washington Family History Center]]
 
  
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*[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/1925 Birth Returns, 1891-1894] at Washington State Digital Archives Collection. (Free)
  
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*[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/867 Birth Register, 1891-1907] at Washington State Digital Archives Collection. (Free)
  
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*{{RecordSearch|1910364|Birth Register, 1891-1907|access=browse}} Part of ''Washington, County Records, 1856-2009'' at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
  
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*'''1847-2012''' - [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/1020 Marriage Records, 1847-2012] at Washington State Digital Archives Collection. (Free)
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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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*'''1914-1950''' - {{RecordSearch|1534448|Marriage Returns,1914-1950|access=browse}}, part of ''Washington, County Marriages, 1855-2008'' at FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
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*'''1847-1900''' - {{RecordSearch|1910364|Marriage Returns, 1847-1991|access=browse}} Part of ''Washington, County Records, 1856-2009'' at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
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**Includes:Marriage applications 1939-1991; Marriage certificates 1847-1900; Marriage register 1891-1938; Marriage returns 1914-1968.
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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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{{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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*{{RecordSearch|1930340|County Divorce Records, 1852-1950|access=browse}} Part of "County Divorce Records, 1880-1924" FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
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**See what [https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Washington_County_Divorce_Records_%28FamilySearch_Historical_Records%29#Record_Content genealogical information] may be in these records.
  
 
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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/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1454923 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.
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*{{RecordSearch|1910364|Corner's record, 1913-1944|access=browse}} Part of ''Washington, County Records, 1856-2009'' at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
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**Includes Death records (transcription) 1891-1906; Death register 1891-1906.
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*{{FHL|Washington%2C+Lewis|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/WA/Lewis/ Lewis County, Washington Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
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| width="30%" | [http://jtenlen.drizzlehosting.com/walewis/walewis.html WAGenWeb] for Lewis County
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| width="30%" | [http://usgwarchives.net/wa/lewis/lewis.htm USGenWeb]
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| width="30%" | [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections#RSID:5 Washington State Digital Archives]
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| width="30%" | [http://resources.rootsweb.ancestry.com/USA/WA/Lewis/ RootsWeb - Lewis WA]
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| width="30%" | [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/WA/Lewis/ Linkpendium]
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| width="30%" | [http://www.stateofus.com/washington/lewis-county/ StateofUS.com]
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*[[Centralia Washington Family History Center]] 59 Miller Rd, Omak, WA 98841 United states [https://www.google.com/maps/preview#!q=59+Miller+Rd%2C+Omak%2C+WA+98841+United+States+&data=!4m15!2m14!1m13!1s0x549ce833e82df9bd%3A0xdf2b9bb6c37954b7!3m8!1m3!1d3033!2d-119.542664!3d48.43201!3m2!1i1259!2i880!4f13.1!4m2!3d48.4318359!4d-119.537477 Location Map]
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*[[Morton Washington Family History Center]] 103 Duck Lake Rd, Omak, WA 98841 United States [https://www.google.com/maps/preview#!q=103+Duck+Lake+Rd%2C+Omak%2C+WA+98841+United+States+&data=!4m15!2m14!1m13!1s0x549ce833b7b25463%3A0x258bd65925027e12!3m8!1m3!1d3033!2d-119.537477!3d48.4318359!3m2!1i1259!2i880!4f13.1!4m2!3d48.432272!4d-119.539067 Location Map]
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**[http://www.trl.org/Locations/Pages/Locations.aspx Branches and Locations]
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Latest revision as of 18:22, 20 September 2017

United States
Washington
Lewis County
United States
Oregon
Lewis County

Guide to Lewis County Washington ancestry, family history, and genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records, since 1845, when the county was formed.

Lower Falls Lewis River, Lewis County, Washington
County QuickStart:



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Lewis County, Washington
Map
Map of Washington highlighting Lewis County
Location in the state of Washington
Map of the U.S. highlighting Washington
Location of Washington in the U.S.
Facts
Founded December 21, 1845
County Seat Chehalis
Courthouse
Address Lewis County Courthouse
351 NW North Street
Chehalis, WA 98532
Phone 360.740.2704
Lewis County Website


County Overview

Parent County(s)

Lewis County, Washington was created 21 December 1845[1] from Vancouver District, (later Clark County). Lewis was an original county in the Oregon Territory.

County Seat: Chehalis [2]. See also Towns and Communities in Lewis County, Washington Genealogy. For Courthouse, see Archives, libraries, etc.

Boundary Changes

Neighboring Counties

Lewis County, Washington Genealogy is surrounded by: Cowlitz | Grays Harbor | Pacific | Pierce | Skamania | Thurston | Wahkiakum | Yakima

Lewis CountyPierce CountyYakima CountyKittitas CountyKing CountyKitsap CountyMason CountyGrays Harbor CountyPacific CountyWahkiakum CountyCowlitz CountySkamania CountyThurston CountyJefferson CountyLewis County.jpg

Courthouse

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.

Lewis County Courthouse
351 NW North Street
Chehalis, WA 98532
Phone 360.740.2704

County Auditor has birth and death records 1891-1907
and marriage records from 1850.
County Clerk has divorce, probate and court records from 1870’s. [4]

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

Dates of Major County Records

Beginning dates for major county records[5]
Birth
Marriage
Death
Land
Probate
Court
1891*
1847*
1891*
1855
1855
1847
* For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries
Record Loss

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

Topics for Lewis 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
WAGenWeb Archives Linkpendium
Billion Graves (cemetery) Genealogy Trails
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.



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 Lewis County, Washington Genealogy are listed in the FamilySearch catalog. (Press space bar to select town.)
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

LDS Ward and Branch Records: Chehalis

Lutheran
  • Records of the America Lutheran Church, Alpha, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).

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

  • Lewis 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 procedure of Frontier Justice touch nearly all pioneers of 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 or 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

Many local libraries and societies have collections of family genealogies. County histories or biographies often include brief genealogies of the featured persons.

A FamilySearch Community Tree is available for this place.

Guardianship

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

History

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


Online County 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 Wilma, David. Lewis County -- Thumbnail History, History Link.org Essay 7449.

  • Native Americans calling themselves Chehalis and Meshall lived along the banks of the Chehalis River.
  • 1818-1846 - The United States and Great Britain jointly occupied Oregon and the Pacific Northwest.
  • 1838 - The Hudson's Bay Company established the Puget Sound Agricultural Company.
  • 1838 - Late, Cowlitz Farms, a part of the Puget Sound Agricultural Company, represented the first white settlement in the future Lewis County.
  • 1845 - December 21, The Oregon Territorial Legislature delineated Lewis County.
  • 1853 - March 2, U.S. President Millard Fillmore establishes Washington Territory.
  • 1855 - February, Washington Territorial Governor Isaac Stevens convinced coastal tribes to sign the Quinault Treaty with the U.S. government.

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 Land records, 1850-1954 Part of:"Washington County Land Records, 1850-1954" FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
    • NOTE: These are labeled as direct (grantor/seller) and indirect (grantee/buyer) indexes, yet several include copies of the deed books. After selecting the years you need, explore various images to determine if the deeds are included.

Maps

 

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.

  • County Naturalization Records, 1850-1982, part of Washington, County Naturalization Records, 1850-1982 at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
    • Included in this collection: Application & oaths (Repatriation) 1937-1965 no 1-26; Certificate of citizenship 1903-1906; Citizenship papers 1874-1896; Declaration of intention (Invalid) Depositions 1884-1921; Declaration of intention 1887-1972; Depositions 1907-1963; Card index 1930-1979; Certificate receipts 1907-1927; Index 1888-1962; Notices of application for citizenship 1909-1924; Petition records 1886-1947.

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 Lewis 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.

Also check:

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.

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.

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
Yes or Maybe
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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.

  • Birth Register, 1891-1907 Part of Washington, County Records, 1856-2009 at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)

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.

  • 1914-1950 - Marriage Returns,1914-1950, part of Washington, County Marriages, 1855-2008 at FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
  • 1847-1900 - Marriage Returns, 1847-1991 Part of Washington, County Records, 1856-2009 at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
    • Includes:Marriage applications 1939-1991; Marriage certificates 1847-1900; Marriage register 1891-1938; Marriage returns 1914-1968.
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
Yes or Maybe
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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.

  • Corner's record, 1913-1944 Part of Washington, County Records, 1856-2009 at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
    • Includes Death records (transcription) 1891-1906; Death register 1891-1906.

Voting Registers

 

Websites



Sites with online indexes or images of records
WAGenWeb for Lewis County Free Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
USGenWeb 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 Lewis County, Washington Genealogy
RootsWeb - Lewis 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 ($)
CyndisList Free Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
StateofUS.com Free "Lewis County, Washington Facts"
Major catalogs for hard copy collections of Lewis 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.

Resources for Lewis 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.

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.


Museums

 

Societies

 

Towns and Communities

See a list of towns and communities in Lewis 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), Lewis County, Washington page 733, 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.