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Guide to Okanogan County, Washington genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records since 1888, when the county was formed.

County QuickStart:

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Okanogan County, Washington
Map of Washington highlighting Okanogan County
Location in the state of Washington
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Location of Washington in the U.S.
Founded February 2, 1888
County Seat Okanogan
Address Okanogan County Courthouse
149 3rd N; PO Box 72
Okanogan, WA 98840
Phone 509.422.7275
Okanogan County Website

County Overview

Parent County(s)

Okanogan County, Washington was created 2 February 1888 from Stevens County.[1]

County Seat: Okanogan [2]. For Courthouse, see Archives, libraries, etc.

Neighboring Counties

Okanogan County, Washington Genealogy is surrounded by: Chelan  · Douglas  · Ferry  · Grant  · Lincoln  · Skagit · Whatcom
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Boundary Changes

Dates of Major County Records

Note: The dates you see below have not yet been adapted to Okanogan County, Washington Genealogy.

Beginning dates for major county records
* For earlier dates, try... Obituaries | Cemeteries


Below are resources used for family history and genealogy, with dates, value of records, and how to access them for Okanogan County, Washington Genealogy. Internet links may contain names, images, or more information for the county.

Bible Records




Cemetery Records reveal
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State and national resources for Okanogan County, Washington Genealogy cemeteries
Online County-wide Name Searches
Published Grave
Cemeteries in the County
Several link to names
FindAGrave Add the names to search FamilySearch Library Click Cemeteries. Press space bar to select town FindAGrave
Interment.net USGenWeb Tombstone Project
Washington Cemeteries and Burial Data(Select the county) WorldCat WAGenWeb Cemeteries
Washington Gravestones Washington Periodicals Epodunk
WAGenWeb Cemeteries Washington Hometown Locator Cemeteries
Billion Graves Washington Cemeteries Search (Select the county)
Linkpendium Genealogy Trails
See Washington Cemeteries for details about each site.


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.

  • See Washington Census for online indexes and images of US federal censuses. of: 1856, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, and 1940.
  • See statewide printed indexes, including 1856.
  • Check county indexes when online indexes fail. Created by people who knew the families of the area, they are often more accurate and they may have added insights. See periodicals and local libraries or other record holders.
  • 1890 Veterans
  • 1900
  • 1910
  • 1920
  • 1930
  • 1940

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 Okanogan 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.

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


Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political or Religious Groups

American Indian

The Colville Indian Reservation is located in southern Ferry and southern Okanogan Counties.

  • 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.




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


Local histories for Okanogan 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[4]

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. Okanogan County -- Thumbnail History, History Link.org Essay 7608.

  • Prior to 1805 - For at least several hundred years prior to contact with Europeans, the indigenous peoples of the Okanogan consisted of three major bands of a group called the Northern Okanogans or Sinkaiek, the Tokoratums, the Kartars, and the Konkonelps.
  • 1782-1783 - A smallpox epidemic may have cost the lives of a third to a half of the people in the Okanogan.
  • 1805 - William Clark of the (Lewis and Clark expedition) Corps of Discovery was the first to map the Okanogan River.
  • 1811 July - David Thompson was the first European to visit the Okanogan River.
  • 1811 - David Stuart and Alexander Ross built a log cabin at the mouth of the Okanogan River and called it Fort Okanogan.
  • 1814 - Fort Okanogan was taken over by the North West Company.
  • 1821 - Fort Okanogan was sold to the Hudson Bay Company.
  • 1855 May - Territorial Governor Issac Stevens signed the Walla Walla Treaty.
  • 1858 - Gold strikes in New Caledonia in British Columbia attracted prospectors from California to the aea.
  • 1859 - The Army established Fort Colville at Mill Creek in the Colville Valley.
  • 1858-1861 - Surveyors from the Royal Engineers and the U.S. Army established a boundary between Canada and the U.S.A.
  • 1871 - Congress authorized the president to establish reservations by executive order.
  • 1872 - Pres. Ulysses Grant created the Colville Indian Reservation.
  • 1886 - Colville Indian Reservation was reduced in size to its current size making possible non Indian settlement.
  • 1888 Feb 2 - Okanogan County came into being.
  • 1888 - Ruby was the first county seat of Okanogan County.
  • 1888 - The county seat was moved to Conconully.
  • 1893 - Repeal of the Sherman Silver Purchase Act ended the mining boom in Okanogan County.
  • 1890 - 1900 - The population nearly tripled
  • 1900 - 1910 - The population nearly tripled again.
  • 1906 - The first rail service came into Okanogan County.
  • 1914 - Okanogan became the county seat of Okanogan County.
  • 1934 - 1942 - A big spurt to the economy of the county and the state of Washington was the construction of Grand Coulee Dam.

Land and Property

Land Records reveal
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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.




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.


Finding More Washington Newspapers

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



Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

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


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. .


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.

  • 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.


Archives, Libraries, etc.

Resources for Okanogan 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.

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


Okanogan County Courthouse
149 3rd N; PO Box 72
Okanogan, WA 98840
Phone 509–422–7275

According to Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Okanogan County, Washington page 733, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002:

  • County Auditor has birth and death records 1891-1908, marriage and land records from 1891, and patents from 1892.
  • County Clerk has divorce, probate and court records from 1896.

FamilySearch Centers




Towns and Communities

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

Indian Reservation

The Colville Indian Reservation is located in southern Ferry and southern Okanogan Counties


  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. John H. Long, Atlas of Historical County Boundaries (Chicago: Newberry Library, 2006) online.