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[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Washington|Washington]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''Pierce County'''  
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}}<br>Guide to '''Pierce County Washington ancestry, family history, and genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records, since 1852, when the [[{{PAGENAME}}#County_Overview|county was formed]].<br><br> [[Image:Mount Rainier over Tacoma.jpg |thumb|right|270px|<center>
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Mount Rainier over Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington</center>]]
  
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:*[[{{PAGENAME}}#Census|Census]]
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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://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'''] }}  
 
| 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'''] }}  
  
== County Courthouse  ==
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=== County Overview  ===
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{{Tip|Before 1852—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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Pierce County, Washington was created 22 December 1852 from [[Thurston County, Washington Genealogy|Thurston]].<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>
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'''County Seat:''' Tacoma <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.]]
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===== Boundary Changes =====
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*[http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/documents/WA_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm#PIERCE 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>
  
[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<br> from 1890 and adoptions 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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==== Neighboring Counties ====
  
== History ==
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{{PAGENAME}} is surrounded by: [[King County, Washington Genealogy|King]] | [[Kitsap County, Washington Genealogy|Kitsap]] | [[Kittitas County, Washington Genealogy|Kittitas]] | [[Lewis County, West Virginia|Lewis]] | [[Mason County, Washington Genealogy|Mason]] | [[Thurston County, Washington Genealogy|Thurston]] | [[Yakima County, Washington Genealogy|Yakima]]
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<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> <center>{{WAPierce County Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
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==== Courthouse ====
  
==== Parent County ====
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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>
  
'''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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See also [[{{PAGENAME}}#Archives.2C_Libraries.2C_etc.|Archives, libraries, etc.]] in {{PAGENAME}}.  
  
==== Boundary Changes ====
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==== Dates of Major County Records ====
  
==== Record Loss  ====
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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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| 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 Records|Probate]]'''</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>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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===== Record Loss =====
  
==== Populated Places  ====
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
Tacoma
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=== Topics for {{PAGENAME}}  ===
  
[[Puyallup, Washington|Puyallup]]
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{{WA Topics Intro}}
  
Sumner
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{{Tip|Don't overlook {{FHL|United States, 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]].}}
  
Orting
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==== Bible Records  ====
  
Lakewood
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{{WA Bible Intro}}
  
Edgewood
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==== Biography  ====
  
Fort Lewis
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{{WA Biogs Intro}}
  
==== Neighboring Counties ====
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==== Business and Commerce ====
  
[[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]]
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{{WA Business Intro}}
  
== Resources  ==
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*[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/376 Professional License Records] at Washington State Digital Archives Collection. (Free)
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
  
*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=111907 Sumner Cemetery, Sumner] BillionGraves
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''List of Cemeteries in the county'''
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=50&GScnty=2979&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n FindAGrave] 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|445547|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}} 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=50&CScnty=2979 FindAGrave]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://usgwtombstones.org/washington/pierce.htm Tombstone Project]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=Pierce+County%2C+Washington%2C+cemeteries&qt=results_page WorldCat]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.interment.net/us/wa/pierce.htm Interment.net]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search#/ Billion Graves (name)]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [[Washington Periodicals]]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections#RSID:34 WA State Digital Archives]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://usgwarchives.net/wa/pierce/pierce.htm WAGenWeb Archives]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.linkpendium.com/pierce-wa-genealogy/cem/ Linkpendium]
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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=Pierce&cemetery_name=a#/ Billion Graves (cemetery)]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://genealogytrails.com/wash/pierce/cemetery.html Genealogy Trails]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" colspan="3"|See [[Washington Cemeteries|Washington Cemeteries]] for more information.
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{{WA Cemeteries Intro}}
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*[http://www.tacomamausoleum.com/cemetery.html Tacoma Mausoleum]
  
 
==== Census  ====
 
==== Census  ====
  
*1860
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{{WA Census}}
*1870
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*1878
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*Census indexes at [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/ Washington State Digital Archives]: (Free)
*1879
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**Federal: [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/53 1910]
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**Territorial: [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/185 1854]{{•}} [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/176 1857]{{•}} [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/172 1871]{{•}}[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/184 1879]{{•}} [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/147 1883] {{•}} [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/629 1885] {{•}} [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/144 1887]{{•}}[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/716 1889]
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**State-funded: [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/1750 1892]
*1890 Veterans
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**These were indexed by local societies and individuals.
*1900
 
*1910
 
*1920
 
*1930
 
  
==== Church  ====
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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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==== Church Records ====
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{{WA Church Intro}}
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*Church records (microfilmed originals or published transcripts) for {{PAGENAME}} are listed in the {{FHL|United States, Washington, Pierce|place|disp=FamilySearch catalog}}. (Press space bar to select town.)
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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
  
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===== Lutheran  =====
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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] ($).
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==== Correctional Institutions  ====
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*[http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1253 ''McNeil Island, Washington, U.S. Penitentiary, Photos and Records of Prisoners Received, 1875-1939''] (If the link does not work, go to [http://www.ancestry.com/ ancestry.com] ($), click '''Search''', select '''Card Catalog''', paste Title into search box, click '''Search''')
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==== Court Records  ====
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{{WACourtIntro}}
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*[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/33 Power of Attorney Records 1984 - present] at Washington State Digital Archives Collection. (Free)
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*[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/233 Pierce 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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{{WA Dirs Intro}}
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*[http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4860 ''Tacoma, Washington Directories, 1889-91''] (If the link does not work, go to [http://www.ancestry.com/ ancestry.com] ($), click '''Search''', select '''Card Catalog''', paste Title into search box, click '''Search''')
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==== Emigration and Immigration  ====
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{{WA Emig Intro}}
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*[http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2250 ''Seattle and Tacoma, Washington, Passenger and Crew Lists of Airplane Departures, 1947-1957''] (If the link does not work, go to [http://www.ancestry.com/ ancestry.com] ($), click '''Search''', select '''Card Catalog''', paste Title into search box, click '''Search''')
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==== Ethnic, Political or Religious Groups  ====
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{{WA Ethnic etc. Intro}}
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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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===== 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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==== Funeral Homes  ====
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{{WA Funeral Homes Intro}}
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==== Gazetteers  ====
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{{WA Gazetteers Intro}}
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==== Genealogy  ====
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{{CommunityTree}} {{WA Genealogy Intro}}
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==== Guardianship  ====
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{{WAGuardianshipIntro}}
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==== History  ====
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{{WA History Intro}}
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*[http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=26110 ''Commemorative celebration at Sequalitchew Lake, Pierce County, Washington, July 5th, 1906''] (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.piercecountylibrary.org/services/research-corner/subject-links/history-local.htm "History - Local"] at Pierce County Library
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*''History of the Puget Sound Country'', [http://www.sos.wa.gov/history/publications.aspx Volume 1], [http://www.sos.wa.gov/history/publications_detail.aspx?p=15 Volume 2] by William Farrand Prosser [New York, Chicago, The Lewis publishing company, 1903]
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*[http://www.sos.wa.gov/history/publications_detail.aspx?p=302 Three Cities Of Washington; Origin Of Their Names...] by Edmond Stephen Meany [Seattle: Washington University State Historical Society, 1917?] at Washington History covers the origins of the city names Seattle, Spokane and Tacoma
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===== History Timeline  =====
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[http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/documents/WA_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm#PIERCE 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 Paula Becker. ''Pierce County -- Thumbnail History'', [http://www.historylink.org/index.cfm?DisplayPage=output.cfm&file_id=8001 History Link.org] Essay 8001.
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*The land that would become Pierce County was home to the present day Nisqually, Puyallup, Squaxin, Steilacoom, and Muckleshoot tribes.
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*1833 April - Hudson's Bay Company employee Archibald McDonald established Fort Nisqually.
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*1841 May 11 - The crews of the U.S. Navy ships Vincennes and Porpoise, dropped anchor near Fort Nisqually during the first American charting of Puget Sound.
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*1849 - In response to increasing tensions between Indians and settlers, the United States Army established Fort Steilacoom.
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*1852 December 22 - Pierce County was established.
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*1853 - March 2, U.S. President Millard Fillmore establishes {{wpd|Washington Territory|Washington Territory}}.
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*1854 December 26 - Leaders of major Western Washington tribes, met with Territorial Governor Isaac Stevens and signed a treaty relinquishing their land.
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*1855 April 30 - The United States Congress ratified the Treaty of Medicine Creek.
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*Family farming was essential to the survival of early Pierce County pioneers.
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*Commercial farming in Pierce County has over time included hops, flower bulbs, berries, dairy cattle, and Christmas trees.
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==== Land and Property ====
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{{WA Land Intro}}
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FM93R-NBW%3A2025500373%3Fcc%3D1762885 Land Records, 1883-1919] at ''Washington, County Land Records, 1850-1954'' 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 Deeds, 1883-1919 (vols 107-398); Patents, 1886-1901 (vol 192)
  
==== Land ====
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FM9HM-2NR%3An1760869902%3Fcc%3D1910364 Land Records 1859-1935] Part of ''Washington, County Records, 1856-2009'' at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
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**Includes Deeds 1883-1931 (vols 107-524); Direct index to mortgages 1859-1895; General index grantors 1859-1935; General index grantees 1888-1889; Patents 1886-1901; Reverse index to mortgages 1859-1895.
  
==== Local Histories  ====
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*[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/27 Land Records 1984 - 2009] at Washington State Digital Archives Collection. (Free)
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*[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/28 Plats and Surveys Records 1980 present] at Washington State Digital Archives Collection. (Free)
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*[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/32 Recorded Agreements and Contracts 1984 - present] at Washington State Digital Archives Collection. (Free)
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
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{{WA Maps Intro}}
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[[Image:Wapierce.jpg|300px|Wapierce.jpg]] <br>{{WAMapInfo}}
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==== Migration  ====
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{{WA Migration Intro}}
  
 
==== 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].  
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{{WA Military Intro}}
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*[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/375 Military Records] at Washington State Digital Archives Collection. (Free)
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==== Naturalization and Citizenship  ====
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{{WA Naturalization Intro}}
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FM9M2-JC9%3A198943923%3Fcc%3D1932554 County Naturalization Records, 1850-1982]. at ''Washington, County Naturalization Records, 1850-1982'' at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
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**See what [https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Washington,_County_Naturalization_Records_%28FamilySearch_Historical_Records%29#Record_Content genealogical information] may be in these records.
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**Included in the collection: Certificate of citizenship 1889-1906; Declaration of intention 1884-1924; Index to declarations and final decrees of citizenship 1854-1906; Index 1854-1911 vol 3; Petitions 1906-1912.
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
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{{WA Newspapers Intro}}
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*[[{{PAGENAME}} Newspapers]] (Sortable by towns, years, and titles)
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{{WA Newspaper abstracts|Pierce}}
  
 
The News Tribune (Tacoma)<br>  
 
The News Tribune (Tacoma)<br>  
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Puyallup Herald (formerly Pierce County Herald)  
 
Puyallup Herald (formerly Pierce County Herald)  
  
==== '''Obituaries'''  ====
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==== Obituaries  ====
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{{WA Obituaries Intro}}
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*[http://search.tacomapubliclibrary.org/obits/obit2about.asp Tacoma Obituary Index] at Tacoma Public Library contains more than 350,000 entries. File is complete from 1984 to the present day.
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*[http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=70049 ''Web: Tacoma, Washington, Obituary Index, 1939-2010''] (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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'''Also check:'''  
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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]]
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==== Periodicals  ====
 +
 
 +
{{WA Periodicals Intro}}
 +
 
 +
==== Probate Records ====
 +
 
 +
{{WA Probate Intro|Pierce}}
 +
 
 +
==== Public Records  ====
 +
 
 +
{{WA Public Records}}
 +
 
 +
*Pierce [https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-22029-15167-16?cc=1404287&wc=12809227 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://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.
+
==== School Records  ====
  
==== Probate  ====
+
{{WA School Intro}}
 +
 
 +
*[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FM9HM-2NR%3An1760869902%3Fcc%3D1910364 Tacoma School Records] Part of ''Washington, County Records, 1856-2009'' at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
 +
**See what [[Washington Schools#Record_content|genealogical information]] may be in these records.
 +
**Includes: Tacoma District school registers 1895-1896; Tacoma school register 1888-1889.
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
 +
 +
{{WA Tax Intro}}
 +
 +
*[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FM948-QLK%3An1760869902%3Fcc%3D1910364 Assessment Rolls] part of ''Washington, County Records, 1856-2009'' at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
 +
**Includes Assessment Rolls, 1881-1885; Duplicate assessment rolls, 1877, 1884-1886; Original assessment rolls, 1886; Property assessment and tax rolls, 1859-1869
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
  
*'''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.
+
{{WA vital intro}}
 +
 
 +
===== Birth  =====
 +
 
 +
{{WA Birth Intro}}
 +
 
 +
*[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/1153 Birth Returns, 1891-1907] at Washington State Digital Archives Collection.(Free)
 +
 
 +
*[http://www.archives.com/genealogy/records-pierce-county-washington-birth-index.html Pierce County Birth Records] at Archives.com ($) 127 entries.
 +
 
 +
{{WA Birth Other Records}}
 +
 
 +
===== Marriage  =====
 +
 
 +
{{WA Marriage Intro}}
 +
*'''1855–2008''' - {{RecordSearch|1534448|Washington, County Marriages, 1855-2008}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — index and images<br>
 +
 
 +
*'''1876-2013''' - [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/29 Marriage Records, 1876-2013] at Washington State Digital Archives Collection.(Free)
 +
 
 +
*'''1885-1959''' - [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FMMYK-4W7%3An1176527781%3Fcc%3D1924073 Marriage Returns, 1885-1959]. Part of: ''Washington, Pierce County Marriage Returns, 1891-1950'' at FamilySearch Historical Collections''. (Free, browse images) ''
 +
**See what [https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Washington,_Pierce_County_Marriage_Returns_%28FamilySearch_Historical_Records%29#Record_Content genealogical content] may be in these records.
 +
**Includes marriage certificate information, dates, names, and witlessness.
 +
 
 +
*'''1969-2014''' - {{RecordSearch|2761120|Washington Marriage Index, 1969-2014}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/hr/search FamilySearch] — index
 +
 
 +
{{FYI|Witnesses or affiants may be relatives or close family friends. The affidavits also include physician's certificates.}}
 +
 
 +
===== Divorce  =====
 +
 
 +
{{WA Divorce Intro}}
 +
 
 +
'''''Online Records'''''
 +
*'''1969 - 2014''' - {{RecordSearch|2759158|Washington Divorce Index, 1969-2014}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/hr/search FamilySearch] — index
 +
 
 +
===== Death  =====
 +
 
 +
{{WA Death Intro}}
 +
 
 +
*[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/1152 Pierce County Death Records] at Washington State Digital Archives Collection.(Free)
 +
 
 +
*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1454923 Washington, Death Certificates, 1907-1960] ''Washington, Death Certificates, 1907-1960'' at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
 +
**See what [https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Washington_County_Deaths_%28FamilySearch_Historical_Records%29#Record_Content genealogical information] may be in these records.
 +
 
 +
==== Voting Registers  ====
 +
 
 +
{{WA Voting Intro}}
 +
 
 +
==== Websites  ====
 +
 
 +
{{WA Websites Intro}}
 +
 
 +
{| width="100%" border="1" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="5"
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|-
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#ADFF85" colspan="3" | <center>'''Sites with online indexes or images of records''' </center>
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|-
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| width="30%" | [http://wagenweb.org/pierce/ WAGenWeb] for Pierce County
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
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|-
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| width="30%" | [http://usgwarchives.net/wa/pierce/pierce.htm USGenWeb]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
 +
|-
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| width="30%" | [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections#RSID:5 Washington State Digital Archives]  
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| width="10%" | Free
 +
| width="60%" | 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.
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 +
|-
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| width="30%" | [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/list#page=1&countryId=58 FamilySearch Historical Collections]
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| width="10%" | Free
 +
| width="60%" | 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.
 +
 
 +
|}
 +
 
 +
{| width="100%" border="1" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="5"
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|-
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#94FFFF" colspan="3" | <center>'''Sites that search for links pertaining to {{PAGENAME}}''' </center>
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|-
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| width="30%" | [http://resources.rootsweb.ancestry.com/USA/WA Pierce/ Websites at RootsWeb - Pierce WA]
 +
| width="10%" | Free
 +
| width="60%" | Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
 +
|-
 +
| width="30%" | [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/WA/Pierce/ Linkpendium]
 +
| width="10%" | Free
 +
| width="60%" | Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
 +
|-
 +
| width="30%" | [http://www.cyndislist.com/us/wa/counties/pierce/ CyndisList]
 +
| width="10%" | Free
 +
| width="60%" | Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
 +
|-
 +
| width="30%" | [http://www.stateofus.com/washington/pierce-county/ StateofUS.com]
 +
| width="10%" | Free
 +
| width="60%" | "Pierce County, Washington Facts" (mis-labeled "Pierce County, Alabama Facts")
 +
|}
 +
 
 +
{| width="100%" border="1" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="5"
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|-
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#FFFF66" colspan="2" | <center>'''Major catalogs for ''hard copy'' collections of {{PAGENAME}}''' <br>Books, microfilm, or manuscripts of genealogical records</center>
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|-
 +
| width="30%" | {{FHL|United States, Washington, Pierce|place|disp=FamilySearch catalog}}
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| width="70%" | Select topics. To select towns, add a comma to the search box.
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|-
 +
| width="30%" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=pierce+county+washington&dblist=638&fq=s0%3A28000000&qt=facet_s0%3A WorldCat]
 +
| width="70%" | To find nearby libraries that have specific items, see [[WorldCat Online Catalog]].
 +
|-
 +
| width="30%" | [http://smartcat.acpl.lib.in.us/?q=pierce+county+Washington Allen County Public Library] (Indiana)
 +
|
 +
|-
 +
| width="100%" colspan="2" | <center>'''See also''' [[{{PAGENAME}}#Libraries|local libraries]] and [[Washington Archives and Libraries]]</center>
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|}
 +
 
 +
=== Archives, Libraries, etc.  ===
 +
 
 +
Resources for {{PAGENAME}} are available in libraries, archives, and other repositories at all levels: the town, the county, the [[Washington Archives and Libraries|state]] (including [[Washington Archives and Libraries#University_Libraries_and_Special_Collections|universities]]), and the [[United States Archives and Libraries|nation]].
 +
 
 +
*Check websites and catalogs, such as items in {{FHL|United States, Washington, Pierce|place|disp=FamilySearch Library}} (Utah) or [http://smartcat.acpl.lib.in.us/?q=pierce+county+Washington Allen County Public Library] (Indiana) for {{PAGENAME}}. {{GetACopy tip}}
 +
 
 +
===== Family History Centers  =====
 +
 
 +
{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
 +
 
 +
*[https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Tacoma_Washington_Family_History_Center Tacoma Washington Family History Center] 5915 S 12th St., Tacoma, WA 98466 United States [https://www.google.com/maps/preview#!q=5915+S+12th+St.%2C+Tacoma%2C+WA+98466&data=!4m15!2m14!1m13!1s0x5491ab2a60dbce99%3A0x467e579780cdd1c!3m8!1m3!1d3137!2d-123.736835!3d46.676513!3m2!1i1387!2i880!4f13.1!4m2!3d47.2507459!4d-122.5173536 Location Map]
 +
 
 +
*[[Puyallup Washington Family History Center]]512 Valley Ave., Sumner WA 98390 United States [https://www.google.com/maps/preview#!q=512+Valley+Ave.%2C+Sumner+WA+98390&data=!4m15!2m14!1m13!1s0x5490fbd1fc368e23%3A0x5845d4964841c7b8!3m8!1m3!1d3103!2d-122.5173536!3d47.2507459!3m2!1i1387!2i880!4f13.1!4m2!3d47.198808!4d-122.230365 Location Map]
 +
 
 +
*[https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Federal_Way_Washington_Family_History_Center Federal Way Washington Family History Center] 34815 Weyerhaeuser Way S., Federal Way, WA 98003 United States [https://www.google.com/maps/preview#!q=34815+Weyerhaeuser+Way+S.%2C+Federal+Way%2C+WA+98003&data=!4m15!2m14!1m13!1s0x549057e88a8f9175%3A0xed290911fc1bdd88!3m8!1m3!1d3106!2d-122.230365!3d47.198808!3m2!1i1387!2i880!4f13.1!4m2!3d47.289398!4d-122.2922875 Location Map]
 +
 
 +
*[https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Puyallup_Washington_South_Family_History_Center Puyallup Washington South Family History Center] 13420 94th Avenue East, Puyallup, WA 98373 United States [https://www.google.com/maps/preview#!q=13420+94th+Avenue+East%2C+Puyallup%2C+WA+98373&data=!4m15!2m14!1m13!1s0x5490fd0584245aa9%3A0x1d84eec37492534!3m8!1m3!1d3101!2d-122.2922782!3d47.2893979!3m2!1i1387!2i880!4f13.1!4m2!3d47.1344186!4d-122.3049116 Location Map]
 +
 
 +
===== Libraries  =====
 +
 
 +
{{WALibraries Intro}}
 +
 
 +
:[http://www.tacomapubliclibrary.org/ Tacoma Public Library], 1102 Tacoma Ave S, Tacoma 98402 Phone: (253) 591-5606
 +
::Online Resources: [http://search.tacomapubliclibrary.org/obits/obit2about.asp Tacoma Obituary Index] contains more than 350,000 entries. File is complete from 1984 to the present day.
 +
::Unique Collections:
 +
 
 +
Other Libraries:
 +
 
 +
:[http://www.piercecountylibrary.org/branches/north-east-county/buckley/buckley-library.htm Bonney Lake Library], 18501 90th Street East, Bonney Lake 98390 Phone: (253) 863-5867
 +
::Online Resources:
 +
::Unique Collections:
 +
 
 +
:[http://www.piercecountylibrary.org/ Buckley Library], 123 South River Avenue, Buckley 98321 Phone: (253) 829-0300
 +
::Online Resources:
 +
::Unique Collections:
 +
 
 +
:[http://www.piercecountylibrary.org/ Eatonville Library], 205 Center Street, Eatonville 98328 Phone: (360) 832-6011
 +
::Online Resources:
 +
::Unique Collections:
 +
 
 +
:[http://www.piercecountylibrary.org/ Peninsula Library], 4424 Point Fosdick Drive Nw, Gig Harbor 98335 Phone: (253) 851-3793
 +
::Online Resources:
 +
::Unique Collections:
 +
 
 +
:[http://www.piercecountylibrary.org/ Graham Library], 9202 224th Street East, Graham 98338 Phone: (253) 847-4030
 +
::Online Resources:
 +
::Unique Collections:
 +
 
 +
:[http://www.piercecountylibrary.org/ Key Center Library], 8905 Key Peninsula Hwy N, Lakebay 98349 Phone: (253) 884-2242
 +
::Online Resources:
 +
::Unique Collections:
 +
 
 +
:[http://www.piercecountylibrary.org/ Tillicum Library], 14916 Washington Avenue Sw, Lakewood 98498 Phone: (253) 588-1014
 +
::Online Resources:
 +
::Unique Collections:
 +
 
 +
:[http://www.piercecountylibrary.org/ Lakewood Library], 6300 Wildaire Road Sw, Lakewood 98499 Phone: (253) 582-6040
 +
::Online Resources:
 +
::Unique Collections:
 +
 
 +
:[http://www.piercecountylibrary.org/ Milton Library], 1000 Laurel St., Milton 98354 Phone: (253) 922-2870
 +
::Online Resources:
 +
::Unique Collections:
 +
 
 +
:[http://www.piercecountylibrary.org/ Orting Library], 202 Washington Avenue, Orting 98360 Phone: (360) 893-2661
 +
::Online Resources:
 +
::Unique Collections:
 +
 
 +
:[http://www.puyalluplibrary.org/ Puyallup Public Library], 324 S Meridian, Puyallup 98371 Phone: (253) 841-5454
 +
::Online Resources:
 +
::Unique Collections:
 +
 
 +
:[http://www.piercecountylibrary.org/ South Hill Library], 15420 Meridian East, Puyallup 98375 Phone: (253) 848-8686
 +
::Online Resources:
 +
::Unique Collections:
 +
 
 +
:[http://roylibrary.home.comcast.net/ Roy City Library], 122 3rd St. E, Roy 98580 Phone: (253) 843-2331
 +
::Online Resources:
 +
::Unique Collections:
 +
 
 +
:[http://www.piercecountylibrary.org/ Steilacoom Library], 2950 Steilacoom Boulevard Sw, Steilacoom 98388 Phone: (253) 588-1452
 +
::Online Resources:
 +
::Unique Collections:
 +
 
 +
:[http://www.piercecountylibrary.org/ Sumner Library], 1116 Fryar Avenue, Sumner 98390 Phone: (253) 863-0441
 +
::Online Resources:
 +
::Unique Collections:
 +
 
 +
:[http://www.tacomapubliclibrary.org/ Tacoma Public Library], 1102 Tacoma Ave S, Tacoma 98402 Phone: (253) 591-5606
 +
::Online Resources:
 +
::Unique Collections:
 +
 
 +
:[http://www.tpl.lib.wa.us/ Mottet Branch Library], 3523 East G Street, Tacoma 98404 Phone: (253) 591-5660
 +
::Online Resources:
 +
::Unique Collections:
 +
 
 +
:[http://www.tpl.lib.wa.us/ Swan Creek Branch Library], 3828 Portland Avenue, Tacoma 98404 Phone: (253) 591-7805
 +
::Online Resources:
 +
::Unique Collections:
 +
 
 +
:[http://www.tpl.lib.wa.us/ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Branch Library], 1902 South Cedar, Tacoma 98405 Phone: (253) 591-5166
 +
::Online Resources:
 +
::Unique Collections:
 +
 
 +
:[http://www.tpl.lib.wa.us/ Swasey Branch Library], 7001 Sixth Avenue, Tacoma 98406 Phone: (253) 591-5680
 +
::Online Resources:
 +
::Unique Collections:
 +
 
 +
:[http://www.tpl.lib.wa.us/ Wheelock Branch Library], 3722 North 26th, Tacoma 98407 Phone: (253) 591-5640
 +
::Online Resources:
 +
::Unique Collections:
 +
 
 +
:[http://www.tpl.lib.wa.us/ Moore Branch Library], 215 South 56th Street, Tacoma 98408 Phone: (253) 591-5650
 +
::Online Resources:
 +
::Unique Collections:
 +
 
 +
:[http://www.tpl.lib.wa.us/ South Tacoma Branch Library], 3411 South 56th Street, Tacoma 98409 Phone: (253) 591-5670
 +
::Online Resources:
 +
::Unique Collections:
 +
 
 +
:[http://www.tpl.lib.wa.us/ Kobetich Branch Library], 212 Browns Point Blvd. Ne, Tacoma 98422 Phone: (253) 591-5630
 +
::Online Resources:
 +
::Unique Collections:
 +
 
 +
:[http://www.tpl.lib.wa.us/ Fern Hill Branch Library], 765 South 84th, Tacoma 98444 Phone: (253) 591-5620
 +
::Online Resources:
 +
::Unique Collections:
 +
 
 +
:[http://www.piercecountylibrary.org/ Parkland-Spanaway Library], 13718 Pacific Avenue South, Tacoma 98444 Phone: (253) 531-4656
 +
::Online Resources:
 +
::Unique Collections:
 +
 
 +
:[http://www.piercecountylibrary.org/ Summit Library], 5107 112th Street East, Tacoma 98445 Phone: (253) 536-6186
 +
::Online Resources:
 +
::Unique Collections:
 +
 
 +
:[http://www.piercecountylibrary.org/ Pierce County Library System], 3005 112th Street East, Tacoma 98446 Phone: (253) 536-6500
 +
::Online Resources:
 +
::Unique Collections:
 +
 
 +
:[http://www.piercecountylibrary.org/ University Place Library], 3605 Bridgeport Way West, University Place 98466 Phone: (253) 565-9447
 +
::Online Resources:
 +
::Unique Collections:
 +
 
 +
:[http://www.piercecountylibrary.org/ Buckley Library], 123 South River Avenue, Buckley 98321 Phone: (253) 829-0300
 +
::Online Resources:
 +
::Unique Collections:
 +
 
 +
:[http://www.piercecountylibrary.org/ Eatonville Library], 205 Center Street, Eatonville 98328 Phone: (360) 832-6011
 +
::Online Resources:
 +
::Unique Collections:
 +
 
 +
:[http://www.piercecountylibrary.org/ Peninsula Library], 4424 Point Fosdick Drive Nw, Gig Harbor 98335 Phone: (253) 851-3793
 +
::Online Resources:
 +
::Unique Collections:
 +
 
 +
:[http://www.piercecountylibrary.org/ Graham Library], 9202 224th Street East, Graham 98338 Phone: (253) 847-4030
 +
::Online Resources:
 +
::Unique Collections:
 +
 
 +
:[http://www.piercecountylibrary.org/ Key Center Library], 8905 Key Peninsula Hwy N, Lakebay 98349 Phone: (253) 884-2242
 +
::Online Resources:
 +
::Unique Collections:
 +
 
 +
:[http://www.piercecountylibrary.org/ Tillicum Library], 14916 Washington Avenue Sw, Lakewood 98498 Phone: (253) 588-1014
 +
::Online Resources:
 +
::Unique Collections:
 +
 
 +
:[http://www.piercecountylibrary.org/ Lakewood Library], 6300 Wildaire Road Sw, Lakewood 98499 Phone: (253) 582-6040
 +
::Online Resources:
 +
::Unique Collections:
 +
 
 +
:[http://www.piercecountylibrary.org/ Milton Library], 1000 Laurel St., Milton 98354 Phone: (253) 922-2870
 +
::Online Resources:
 +
::Unique Collections:
 +
 
 +
:[http://www.piercecountylibrary.org/ Orting Library], 202 Washington Avenue, Orting 98360 Phone: (360) 893-2661
 +
::Online Resources:
 +
::Unique Collections:
 +
 
 +
:[http://www.puyalluplibrary.org/ Puyallup Public Library], 324 S Meridian, Puyallup 98371 Phone: (253) 841-5454
 +
::Online Resources:
 +
::Unique Collections:
 +
 
 +
:[http://www.piercecountylibrary.org/ South Hill Library], 15420 Meridian East, Puyallup 98375 Phone: (253) 848-8686
 +
::Online Resources:
 +
::Unique Collections:
 +
 
 +
:[http://roylibrary.home.comcast.net/ Roy City Library], 122 3rd St. E, Roy 98580 Phone: (253) 843-2331
 +
::Online Resources:
 +
::Unique Collections:
 +
 
 +
:[http://www.piercecountylibrary.org/ Steilacoom Library], 2950 Steilacoom Boulevard Sw, Steilacoom 98388 Phone: (253) 588-1452
 +
::Online Resources:
 +
::Unique Collections:
 +
 
 +
:[http://www.piercecountylibrary.org/ Sumner Library], 1116 Fryar Avenue, Sumner 98390 Phone: (253) 863-0441
 +
::Online Resources:
 +
::Unique Collections:
 +
 
 +
:[http://www.tpl.lib.wa.us/ Mottet Branch Library], 3523 East G Street, Tacoma 98404 Phone: (253) 591-5660
 +
::Online Resources:
 +
::Unique Collections:
 +
 
 +
:[http://www.tpl.lib.wa.us/ Swan Creek Branch Library], 3828 Portland Avenue, Tacoma 98404 Phone: (253) 591-7805
 +
::Online Resources:
 +
::Unique Collections:
 +
 
 +
:[http://www.tpl.lib.wa.us/ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Branch Library], 1902 South Cedar, Tacoma 98405 Phone: (253) 591-5166
 +
::Online Resources:
 +
::Unique Collections:
 +
 
 +
:[http://www.tpl.lib.wa.us/ Swasey Branch Library], 7001 Sixth Avenue, Tacoma 98406 Phone: (253) 591-5680
 +
::Online Resources:
 +
::Unique Collections:
 +
 
 +
:[http://www.tpl.lib.wa.us/ Wheelock Branch Library], 3722 North 26th, Tacoma 98407 Phone: (253) 591-5640
 +
::Online Resources:
 +
::Unique Collections:
 +
 
 +
:[http://www.tpl.lib.wa.us/ Moore Branch Library], 215 South 56th Street, Tacoma 98408 Phone: (253) 591-5650
 +
::Online Resources:
 +
::Unique Collections:
 +
 
 +
:[http://www.tpl.lib.wa.us/ South Tacoma Branch Library], 3411 South 56th Street, Tacoma 98409 Phone: (253) 591-5670
 +
::Online Resources:
 +
::Unique Collections:
 +
 
 +
:[http://www.tpl.lib.wa.us/ Kobetich Branch Library], 212 Browns Point Blvd. Ne, Tacoma 98422 Phone: (253) 591-5630
 +
::Online Resources:
 +
::Unique Collections:
 +
 
 +
:[http://www.tpl.lib.wa.us/ Fern Hill Branch Library], 765 South 84th, Tacoma 98444 Phone: (253) 591-5620
 +
::Online Resources:
 +
::Unique Collections:
 +
 
 +
:[http://www.piercecountylibrary.org/ Parkland-Spanaway Library], 13718 Pacific Avenue South, Tacoma 98444 Phone: (253) 531-4656
 +
::Online Resources:
 +
::Unique Collections:
 +
 
 +
:[http://www.piercecountylibrary.org/ Summit Library], 5107 112th Street East, Tacoma 98445 Phone: (253) 536-6186
 +
::Online Resources:
 +
::Unique Collections:
 +
 
 +
:[http://www.piercecountylibrary.org/ Pierce County Library System], 3005 112th Street East, Tacoma 98446 Phone: (253) 536-6500
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::Online Resources:
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::Unique Collections:
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:[http://www.piercecountylibrary.org/ University Place Library], 3605 Bridgeport Way West, University Place 98466 Phone: (253) 565-9447
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===== Museums  =====
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{{WA Museums Intro}}[http://www.tacomaartmuseum.org/ Tacoma Art Museum]
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[http://www.lemaymarymount.org/ LeMay Family Collection at Marymount Event Center]
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[http://www.buffalosoldierstacoma.org/ Buffalo Soldier's Museum]
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[http://www.playtacoma.org/visit Children's Museum of Tacoma]
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[http://museumofglass.org/ Museum of Glass]
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[http://fosswaterwayseaport.org/ Foss Waterway Seaport]
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[https://www.americascarmuseum.org/ LeMay America's Car Museum]
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===== Societies  =====
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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{{WA Societies Intro}}
  
==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~watpcgs/ Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical Society]
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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=== Towns and Communities  ===
*[[Puyallup Washington Family History Center]]
 
  
== Web Sites  ==
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See a list of towns and communities in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pierce_County,_Washington#Census-recognized_communities PierceCounty] per Wikipedia.
  
*{{FHL|Washington%2C+Pierce|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auburn,_Washington Auburn ](partial)
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/WA/Pierce/ Pierce County, Washington Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonney_Lake,_Washington Bonney Lake]
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buckley,_Washington Buckley]
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbonado,_Washington Carbonado]
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DuPont,_Washington DuPont]
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eatonville,_Washington Eatonville]
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edgewood,_Washington Edgewood<br>]
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enumclaw,_Washington Enumclaw ](partial)
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fife,_Washington Fife]
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fircrest,_Washington Fircrest]
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gig_Harbor,_Washington Gig Harbor]
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lakewood,_Washington Lakewood]
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milton,_Washington Milton ](partial)
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orting,_Washington Orting]
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific,_Washington Pacific ](partial)  
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puyallup,_Washington Puyallup]
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy,_Washington Roy]
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruston,_Washington Ruston]
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Prairie,_Washington South Prairie]
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steilacoom,_Washington Steilacoom]
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sumner,_Washington Sumner]
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tacoma,_Washington Tacoma]
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_Place,_Washington University Place]
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilkeson,_Washington Wilkeson]<br>
  
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Latest revision as of 18:23, 20 September 2017

United States
Washington
Pierce County

Guide to Pierce County Washington ancestry, family history, and genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records, since 1852, when the county was formed.

Mount Rainier over Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington
County QuickStart:



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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


County Overview

Parent County(s)

Pierce County, Washington was created 22 December 1852 from Thurston.[1]

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

Boundary Changes

Neighboring Counties

Pierce County, Washington Genealogy is surrounded by: King | Kitsap | Kittitas | Lewis | Mason | Thurston | Yakima

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Pierce CountyKing CountyKittitas CountyYakima CountySkaminia CountyCowlitz CountyWahkiakum CountyPacific CountyGrays Harbor CountyMason CountyKitsap CountyThurston CountyJefferson CountyChelan CountyPierce County.jpg

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. [5]

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

Dates of Major County Records

Beginning dates for major county records[6]
Birth
Marriage
Death
Land
Probate
Court
1891*
1853*
1891*
1858
1855
1855
* For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries
Record Loss

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

Topics for Pierce 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 Pierce County, Washington Genealogy are listed in the FamilySearch catalog. (Press space bar to select town.)
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 ($).

Correctional Institutions

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

  • Pierce 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

A FamilySearch Community Tree is available for this place.
Many local libraries and societies have collections of family genealogies. County histories or biographies often include brief genealogies of the featured persons.

Guardianship

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

History

Local histories for Pierce 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 of the Puget Sound Country, Volume 1, Volume 2 by William Farrand Prosser [New York, Chicago, The Lewis publishing company, 1903]
History Timeline

Historical County Boundaries from Newberry Library[7]

Emphasis for this timeline is on events that affected migration, records, or record-keeping. Unless otherwise mentioned, the events below were gleaned from Paula Becker. Pierce County -- Thumbnail History, History Link.org Essay 8001.

  • The land that would become Pierce County was home to the present day Nisqually, Puyallup, Squaxin, Steilacoom, and Muckleshoot tribes.
  • 1833 April - Hudson's Bay Company employee Archibald McDonald established Fort Nisqually.
  • 1841 May 11 - The crews of the U.S. Navy ships Vincennes and Porpoise, dropped anchor near Fort Nisqually during the first American charting of Puget Sound.
  • 1849 - In response to increasing tensions between Indians and settlers, the United States Army established Fort Steilacoom.
  • 1852 December 22 - Pierce County was established.
  • 1853 - March 2, U.S. President Millard Fillmore establishes Washington Territory.
  • 1854 December 26 - Leaders of major Western Washington tribes, met with Territorial Governor Isaac Stevens and signed a treaty relinquishing their land.
  • 1855 April 30 - The United States Congress ratified the Treaty of Medicine Creek.
  • Family farming was essential to the survival of early Pierce County pioneers.
  • Commercial farming in Pierce County has over time included hops, flower bulbs, berries, dairy cattle, and Christmas trees.

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.

  • Land Records, 1883-1919 at Washington, County Land Records, 1850-1954 at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
    • See what genealogical information may be in these records.
    • Includes Deeds, 1883-1919 (vols 107-398); Patents, 1886-1901 (vol 192)
  • Land Records 1859-1935 Part of Washington, County Records, 1856-2009 at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
    • Includes Deeds 1883-1931 (vols 107-524); Direct index to mortgages 1859-1895; General index grantors 1859-1935; General index grantees 1888-1889; Patents 1886-1901; Reverse index to mortgages 1859-1895.

Maps

 

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This map highlights the county within the state of Washington. The map soon will have inter-active links.

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. at Washington, County Naturalization Records, 1850-1982 at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
    • See what genealogical information may be in these records.
    • Included in the collection: Certificate of citizenship 1889-1906; Declaration of intention 1884-1924; Index to declarations and final decrees of citizenship 1854-1906; Index 1854-1911 vol 3; Petitions 1906-1912.

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 Pierce 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)

The News Tribune (Tacoma)

Puyallup Herald (formerly Pierce County Herald)

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.

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

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.

School Records

 

  • Tacoma School Records Part of Washington, County Records, 1856-2009 at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
    • See what genealogical information may be in these records.
    • Includes: Tacoma District school registers 1895-1896; Tacoma school register 1888-1889.

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.

  • Assessment Rolls part of Washington, County Records, 1856-2009 at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
    • Includes Assessment Rolls, 1881-1885; Duplicate assessment rolls, 1877, 1884-1886; Original assessment rolls, 1886; Property assessment and tax rolls, 1859-1869

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
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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.[8]

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See Washington Online Genealogy Records for indexes.
Also see Washington Birth Records.

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.

  • 1885-1959 - Marriage Returns, 1885-1959. Part of: Washington, Pierce County Marriage Returns, 1891-1950 at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
    • See what genealogical content may be in these records.
    • Includes marriage certificate information, dates, names, and witlessness.
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....[9]

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See Washington Online Genealogy Records for indexes.
Also see Washington Death Records.

Voting Registers

 

Websites



Sites with online indexes or images of records
WAGenWeb for Pierce 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 Pierce County, Washington Genealogy
Pierce/ Websites at RootsWeb - Pierce 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 "Pierce County, Washington Facts" (mis-labeled "Pierce County, Alabama Facts")
Major catalogs for hard copy collections of Pierce 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 Pierce 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.


Tacoma Public Library, 1102 Tacoma Ave S, Tacoma 98402 Phone: (253) 591-5606
Online Resources: Tacoma Obituary Index contains more than 350,000 entries. File is complete from 1984 to the present day.
Unique Collections:

Other Libraries:

Bonney Lake Library, 18501 90th Street East, Bonney Lake 98390 Phone: (253) 863-5867
Online Resources:
Unique Collections:
Buckley Library, 123 South River Avenue, Buckley 98321 Phone: (253) 829-0300
Online Resources:
Unique Collections:
Eatonville Library, 205 Center Street, Eatonville 98328 Phone: (360) 832-6011
Online Resources:
Unique Collections:
Peninsula Library, 4424 Point Fosdick Drive Nw, Gig Harbor 98335 Phone: (253) 851-3793
Online Resources:
Unique Collections:
Graham Library, 9202 224th Street East, Graham 98338 Phone: (253) 847-4030
Online Resources:
Unique Collections:
Key Center Library, 8905 Key Peninsula Hwy N, Lakebay 98349 Phone: (253) 884-2242
Online Resources:
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Tillicum Library, 14916 Washington Avenue Sw, Lakewood 98498 Phone: (253) 588-1014
Online Resources:
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Lakewood Library, 6300 Wildaire Road Sw, Lakewood 98499 Phone: (253) 582-6040
Online Resources:
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Milton Library, 1000 Laurel St., Milton 98354 Phone: (253) 922-2870
Online Resources:
Unique Collections:
Orting Library, 202 Washington Avenue, Orting 98360 Phone: (360) 893-2661
Online Resources:
Unique Collections:
Puyallup Public Library, 324 S Meridian, Puyallup 98371 Phone: (253) 841-5454
Online Resources:
Unique Collections:
South Hill Library, 15420 Meridian East, Puyallup 98375 Phone: (253) 848-8686
Online Resources:
Unique Collections:
Roy City Library, 122 3rd St. E, Roy 98580 Phone: (253) 843-2331
Online Resources:
Unique Collections:
Steilacoom Library, 2950 Steilacoom Boulevard Sw, Steilacoom 98388 Phone: (253) 588-1452
Online Resources:
Unique Collections:
Sumner Library, 1116 Fryar Avenue, Sumner 98390 Phone: (253) 863-0441
Online Resources:
Unique Collections:
Tacoma Public Library, 1102 Tacoma Ave S, Tacoma 98402 Phone: (253) 591-5606
Online Resources:
Unique Collections:
Mottet Branch Library, 3523 East G Street, Tacoma 98404 Phone: (253) 591-5660
Online Resources:
Unique Collections:
Swan Creek Branch Library, 3828 Portland Avenue, Tacoma 98404 Phone: (253) 591-7805
Online Resources:
Unique Collections:
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Branch Library, 1902 South Cedar, Tacoma 98405 Phone: (253) 591-5166
Online Resources:
Unique Collections:
Swasey Branch Library, 7001 Sixth Avenue, Tacoma 98406 Phone: (253) 591-5680
Online Resources:
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Wheelock Branch Library, 3722 North 26th, Tacoma 98407 Phone: (253) 591-5640
Online Resources:
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Moore Branch Library, 215 South 56th Street, Tacoma 98408 Phone: (253) 591-5650
Online Resources:
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South Tacoma Branch Library, 3411 South 56th Street, Tacoma 98409 Phone: (253) 591-5670
Online Resources:
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Kobetich Branch Library, 212 Browns Point Blvd. Ne, Tacoma 98422 Phone: (253) 591-5630
Online Resources:
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Fern Hill Branch Library, 765 South 84th, Tacoma 98444 Phone: (253) 591-5620
Online Resources:
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Parkland-Spanaway Library, 13718 Pacific Avenue South, Tacoma 98444 Phone: (253) 531-4656
Online Resources:
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Summit Library, 5107 112th Street East, Tacoma 98445 Phone: (253) 536-6186
Online Resources:
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Pierce County Library System, 3005 112th Street East, Tacoma 98446 Phone: (253) 536-6500
Online Resources:
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University Place Library, 3605 Bridgeport Way West, University Place 98466 Phone: (253) 565-9447
Online Resources:
Unique Collections:
Buckley Library, 123 South River Avenue, Buckley 98321 Phone: (253) 829-0300
Online Resources:
Unique Collections:
Eatonville Library, 205 Center Street, Eatonville 98328 Phone: (360) 832-6011
Online Resources:
Unique Collections:
Peninsula Library, 4424 Point Fosdick Drive Nw, Gig Harbor 98335 Phone: (253) 851-3793
Online Resources:
Unique Collections:
Graham Library, 9202 224th Street East, Graham 98338 Phone: (253) 847-4030
Online Resources:
Unique Collections:
Key Center Library, 8905 Key Peninsula Hwy N, Lakebay 98349 Phone: (253) 884-2242
Online Resources:
Unique Collections:
Tillicum Library, 14916 Washington Avenue Sw, Lakewood 98498 Phone: (253) 588-1014
Online Resources:
Unique Collections:
Lakewood Library, 6300 Wildaire Road Sw, Lakewood 98499 Phone: (253) 582-6040
Online Resources:
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Milton Library, 1000 Laurel St., Milton 98354 Phone: (253) 922-2870
Online Resources:
Unique Collections:
Orting Library, 202 Washington Avenue, Orting 98360 Phone: (360) 893-2661
Online Resources:
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Puyallup Public Library, 324 S Meridian, Puyallup 98371 Phone: (253) 841-5454
Online Resources:
Unique Collections:
South Hill Library, 15420 Meridian East, Puyallup 98375 Phone: (253) 848-8686
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Roy City Library, 122 3rd St. E, Roy 98580 Phone: (253) 843-2331
Online Resources:
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Steilacoom Library, 2950 Steilacoom Boulevard Sw, Steilacoom 98388 Phone: (253) 588-1452
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Sumner Library, 1116 Fryar Avenue, Sumner 98390 Phone: (253) 863-0441
Online Resources:
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Mottet Branch Library, 3523 East G Street, Tacoma 98404 Phone: (253) 591-5660
Online Resources:
Unique Collections:
Swan Creek Branch Library, 3828 Portland Avenue, Tacoma 98404 Phone: (253) 591-7805
Online Resources:
Unique Collections:
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Branch Library, 1902 South Cedar, Tacoma 98405 Phone: (253) 591-5166
Online Resources:
Unique Collections:
Swasey Branch Library, 7001 Sixth Avenue, Tacoma 98406 Phone: (253) 591-5680
Online Resources:
Unique Collections:
Wheelock Branch Library, 3722 North 26th, Tacoma 98407 Phone: (253) 591-5640
Online Resources:
Unique Collections:
Moore Branch Library, 215 South 56th Street, Tacoma 98408 Phone: (253) 591-5650
Online Resources:
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South Tacoma Branch Library, 3411 South 56th Street, Tacoma 98409 Phone: (253) 591-5670
Online Resources:
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Kobetich Branch Library, 212 Browns Point Blvd. Ne, Tacoma 98422 Phone: (253) 591-5630
Online Resources:
Unique Collections:
Fern Hill Branch Library, 765 South 84th, Tacoma 98444 Phone: (253) 591-5620
Online Resources:
Unique Collections:
Parkland-Spanaway Library, 13718 Pacific Avenue South, Tacoma 98444 Phone: (253) 531-4656
Online Resources:
Unique Collections:
Summit Library, 5107 112th Street East, Tacoma 98445 Phone: (253) 536-6186
Online Resources:
Unique Collections:
Pierce County Library System, 3005 112th Street East, Tacoma 98446 Phone: (253) 536-6500
Online Resources:
Unique Collections:
University Place Library, 3605 Bridgeport Way West, University Place 98466 Phone: (253) 565-9447
Online Resources:
Unique Collections:
Museums

 Tacoma Art Museum

LeMay Family Collection at Marymount Event Center

Buffalo Soldier's Museum

Children's Museum of Tacoma

Museum of Glass

Foss Waterway Seaport

LeMay America's Car Museum

Societies

 

Towns and Communities

See a list of towns and communities in PierceCounty 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).
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