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[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Washington|Washington]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''Pierce County'''
  
== County Courthouse  ==
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Guide to '''Pierce County Washington genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
  
== History  ==
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<br><br><br>{{DCWAmapbuttonleft}}<br>
  
==== Parent County ====
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<br><br><br><br>'''Quick start:'''
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*[[Pierce County, Washington#Census|Census]]
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*[[Pierce County, Washington#Birth|Birth]]
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*[[Pierce County, Washington#Marriage|Marriage]]
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*[[Pierce County, Washington#Death|Death]]
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*[[Pierce County, Washington#Churches_and_Religious_Groups|Church]]
  
'''1852'''--Pierce County was created 22 December 1852&nbsp;from [[Thurston County, Washington|Thurston]] County. '''County seat:''' Tacoma <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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{{Infobox U.S. County
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| county = Pierce County  
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| county_map = Wa-pierce.png
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| state = Washington
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| founded year = 1852
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| founded date = December 22
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| seat = Tacoma
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| building address = [http://www.co.pierce.wa.us/pc/ Pierce County Courthouse]<br> 930 Tacoma Ave South<br> Tacoma, WA 98402<br> Phone: 253.798.7455<br>[http://www.Piercecounty.us/ '''Pierce County Website'''] }}
  
==== Boundary Changes ====
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=== Historical Facts ===
  
==== Record Loss  ====
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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>'''[[Pierce County, Washington#Birth|Birth]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Pierce County, Washington#Marriage|Marriage]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Pierce County, Washington#Death|Death]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Pierce County, Washington#Land_and_Property|Land]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Pierce County, Washington#Probate|Probate]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Pierce 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>1853*</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>1858</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>1855</center>
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#99d6ff" colspan="6" | '''* For earlier dates, try...''' '''[[Pierce County, Washington#Church_Records|Church]] &#124; [[Pierce County, Washington#Obituaries|Obituaries]] &#124; [[Pierce County, Washington#Cemeteries|Cemeteries]]'''
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== Places / Localities  ==
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*'''Parent County:''' created 2 December 1852 from [[Thurston County, Washington|Thurston]] County
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*'''County Seat:''' Tacoma <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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*'''Neighboring Counties:''' [[King County, Washington|King]] | [[Kitsap County, Washington|Kitsap]] | [[Kittitas County, Washington|Kittitas]] | [[Lewis County, West Virginia|Lewis]] | [[Mason County, Washington|Mason]] | [[Thurston County, Washington|Thurston]] | [[Yakima County, Washington|Yakima]] <ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Pierce County, Washington" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pierce_County,_Washington (accessed 15 Feb 2013).</ref>
  
==== Populated Places ====
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==== Boundary Changes ====
  
Tacoma
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==== Record Loss  ====
  
[[Puyallup, Washington|Puyallup]]
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=== Resources  ===
  
Sumner
 
  
Orting
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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.
  
Lakewood
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{{Tip|Don't overlook {{FHL|Washington, Pierce|place|disp={{PAGENAME}}}} items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see [[Pierce County, Washington#Archives.2C_Libraries.2C_etc.|Archives and Libraries]].}}
 
 
Edgewood
 
  
Fort Lewis
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==== Bible Records  ====
  
==== Neighboring Counties ====
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==== Biography ====
 
 
[[King County, Washington|King]] | [[Kitsap County, Washington|Kitsap]] | [[Kittitas County, Washington|Kittitas]] | [[Lewis County, West Virginia|Lewis]] | [[Mason County, Washington|Mason]] | [[Thurston County, Washington|Thurston]] | [[Yakima County, Washington|Yakima]]
 
 
 
== Resources  ==
 
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
  
*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=111907 Sumner Cemetery, ] BillionGraves
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*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=111907 Sumner Cemetery, Sumner] BillionGraves
  
 
==== Census  ====
 
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*1920  
 
*1920  
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*1930  
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*1940
  
==== Church  ====
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==== Church Records ====
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===== The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints  =====
  
 
LDS Ward and Branch Records  
 
LDS Ward and Branch Records  
  
 
*Lincoln (Tacoma)  
 
*Lincoln (Tacoma)  
*Tacoma 6
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*Tacoma  
 
*Tacoma Central
 
*Tacoma Central
  
==== Court ====
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===== Lutheran =====
  
==== Land  ====
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:*Records of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Tacoma, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at [http://www.archives.com Archives.com] ($).
  
==== Local Histories ====
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==== Court Records ====
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==== Directories  ====
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==== Emigration and Immigration  ====
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===== Japanese  =====
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World War II Files, 1942-1946
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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
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==== Gazetteers  ====
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==== Genealogy  ====
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==== History  ====
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==== Land and Property  ====
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{{WA Land Intro}}
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
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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  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
  
The News Tribune (Tacoma)<br>
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The News Tribune (Tacoma)<br>  
  
 
Puyallup Herald (formerly Pierce County Herald)  
 
Puyallup Herald (formerly Pierce County Herald)  
  
==== '''Obituaries''' ====
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==== Obituaries  ====
  
 
[http://search.tacomapubliclibrary.org/obits/obit2about.asp Tacoma Obituary Index] contains more than 350,000 entries.&nbsp; File is complete from 1984 to the present day.  
 
[http://search.tacomapubliclibrary.org/obits/obit2about.asp Tacoma Obituary Index] contains more than 350,000 entries.&nbsp; File is complete from 1984 to the present day.  
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==== Periodicals  ====
  
 
==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
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{{WA Probate Intro|Pierce}}
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==== Public Records  ====
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==== Repositories  ====
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===== Courthouse  =====
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[http://www.co.pierce.wa.us/pc/ Pierce County Courthouse]<br> 930 Tacoma Ave South<br> Tacoma, WA 98402<br> Phone: 253.798.7455<br><br>County Auditor has marriage and land records.<br>County Clerk has divorce, probate and court records from 1890 and adoption records. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Skamania  County, Washington page 734, {{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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*[[Puyallup Washington Family History Center]]
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===== Museums  =====
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===== Societies  =====
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
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==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
  
*'''Washington Death Certificates 1907-1960 '''A free internet index to the 1907-1960 death certificates can be&nbsp;found at [http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#c=1454923;p=collectionDetails;t=searchable FamilySearch Record Search], no images are available. A&nbsp;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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===== Birth  =====
  
== Societies and Libraries ==
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===== Marriage =====
  
==== Family History Centers<br> ====
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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&nbsp;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&nbsp;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.
*[[Puyallup Washington Family History Center]]
 
  
== Web Sites ==
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==== Websites ====
  
 
*{{FHL|Washington%2C+Pierce|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
 
*{{FHL|Washington%2C+Pierce|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/WA/Pierce/ Pierce County, Washington Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/WA/Pierce/ Pierce County, Washington Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
  
== References  ==
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=== Places  ===
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'''Populated Places'''
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Tacoma
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[[Puyallup, Washington|Puyallup]]
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Sumner
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Orting
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Lakewood
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Edgewood
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Fort Lewis
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=== Pierce County Washington Genealogy References  ===
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Revision as of 14:13, 17 July 2013

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Guide to Pierce County Washington genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.




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Quick start:


Pierce County, Washington
Map
Map of Washington highlighting Pierce County
Location in the state of Washington
Map of the U.S. highlighting Washington
Location of Washington in the U.S.
Facts
Founded December 22, 1852
County Seat Tacoma
Courthouse
Address Pierce County Courthouse
930 Tacoma Ave South
Tacoma, WA 98402
Phone: 253.798.7455
Pierce County Website


Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Land
Probate
Court
1891*
1853*
1891*
1858
1855
1855
* 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 Pierce County, Washington Genealogy entries with names, images, or information.

Bible Records

Biography

Cemeteries

Census

  • 1860
  • 1870
  • 1878
  • 1879
  • 1880
  • 1889
  • 1890 Veterans
  • 1900
  • 1910
  • 1920
  • 1930
  • 1940

Church Records

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Lincoln (Tacoma)
  • Tacoma
  • Tacoma Central
Lutheran
  • Records of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Tacoma, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).

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
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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

Migration

Military

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

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

The News Tribune (Tacoma)

Puyallup Herald (formerly Pierce County Herald)

Obituaries

Tacoma Obituary Index contains more than 350,000 entries.  File is complete from 1984 to the present day.

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

Pierce County Courthouse
930 Tacoma Ave South
Tacoma, WA 98402
Phone: 253.798.7455

County Auditor has marriage and land records.
County Clerk has divorce, probate and court records from 1890 and adoption records. [3]

Family History Centers
Libraries
Museums
Societies

Taxation

Vital Records

Birth
Marriage
Death
  • 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.

Websites

Places

Populated Places

Tacoma

Puyallup

Sumner

Orting

Lakewood

Edgewood

Fort Lewis

Pierce County Washington Genealogy References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Pierce County, Washington" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pierce_County,_Washington (accessed 15 Feb 2013).
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Skamania County, Washington page 734, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.