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[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Washington|Washington]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''Thurston County'''  
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[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Washington|Washington]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''Thurston County'''
  
 
Guide to '''Thurston County Washington genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.  
 
Guide to '''Thurston County Washington genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.  
  
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*[[Thurston County, Washington#Census|Census]]
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*[[Thurston County, Washington#Birth|Birth]]
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*[[Thurston County, Washington#Marriage|Marriage]]
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*[[Thurston County, Washington#Death|Death]]
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*[[Thurston County, Washington#Churches_and_Religious_Groups|Church]]
  
 
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| building address = [http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/clerk/ Thurston County Courthouse]<br> 2000 Lakeridge Dr SW; <br>Olympia, WA 98502<br> Phone: 360.786.5438<br>[http://www.Thurstoncounty.us/ '''Thurston County Website'''] }}  
 
| building address = [http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/clerk/ Thurston County Courthouse]<br> 2000 Lakeridge Dr SW; <br>Olympia, WA 98502<br> Phone: 360.786.5438<br>[http://www.Thurstoncounty.us/ '''Thurston County Website'''] }}  
  
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=== Historical Facts  ===
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In August 1848 Congress established Oregon Territory, which included the future state of Washington. By 1850 there were more than 300 non-Indian inhabitants north of the Columbia River, and as the new communities on and near the southern shores of Puget Sound began to grow, so grew the need for a local organized government and a new county. Simmons (in honor of Michael Simmons) was proposed as the name of the new county.
  
=== Historical Facts  ===
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Instead, Thurston was chosen as the new county’s name and Olympia was chosen as the county seat. The Oregon Territorial Legislature carved the new county out of Lewis County on January 12, 1852. The early Thurston County was considerably larger than it is today, covering territory from west of the Cascades to the coast and north to the Canadian border. However, other counties were quickly formed from parts of Thurston County and by 1877 it had been reduced to its present size.  
In August 1848 Congress established Oregon Territory, which included the future state of Washington. By 1850 there were more than 300 non-Indian inhabitants north of the Columbia River, and as the new communities on and near the southern shores of Puget Sound began to grow, so grew the need for a local organized government and a new county. Simmons (in honor of Michael Simmons) was proposed as the name of the new county.
 
  
Instead, Thurston was chosen as the new county’s name and Olympia was chosen as the county seat. The Oregon Territorial Legislature carved the new county out of Lewis County on January 12, 1852. The early Thurston County was considerably larger than it is today, covering territory from west of the Cascades to the coast and north to the Canadian border. However, other counties were quickly formed from parts of Thurston County and by 1877 it had been reduced to its present size.
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Thurston County’s name came from Samuel R. Thurston (1816-1851), the first delegate to Congress in 1849 from the new Oregon Territory, who had made a name for himself during his brief tenure in office defending the territorial rights of the northern part of Oregon Territory against the claims of the Hudson’s Bay Company.<ref>HistoryLink.org - The Free Onlline Encyclopedia of Washington State History</ref>
  
Thurston County’s name came from Samuel R. Thurston (1816-1851), the first delegate to Congress in 1849 from the new Oregon Territory, who had made a name for himself during his brief tenure in office defending the territorial rights of the northern part of Oregon Territory against the claims of the Hudson’s Bay Company.<ref>HistoryLink.org - The Free Onlline Encyclopedia of Washington State History</ref>
 
 
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*'''County Seat:''' Olympia <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
 
*'''County Seat:''' Olympia <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
 
*'''Neighboring Counties:''' [[Grays Harbor County, Washington|Grays Harbor]] | [[Lewis County, Washington|Lewis]] | [[Mason County, Washington|Mason]] | [[Pierce County, Washington|Pierce]]
 
*'''Neighboring Counties:''' [[Grays Harbor County, Washington|Grays Harbor]] | [[Lewis County, Washington|Lewis]] | [[Mason County, Washington|Mason]] | [[Pierce County, Washington|Pierce]]
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==== American Indians  ====
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*[[Indians of the United States and Their Records|Indians of the Untied States and Their Records]]
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*[http://www.genealogybranches.com/nativeamericans.html Online Native American Indian Genealogy Records &amp; Databases]
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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=== Resources  ===
 
=== Resources  ===
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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.
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{{Tip|Don't overlook {{FHL|Washington, Thurston|place|disp={{PAGENAME}}}} items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see [[Thurston County, Washington#Archives.2C_Libraries.2C_etc.|Archives and Libraries]].}}
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/catalog-search FamilySearch Catalog]
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Following is list of sites where you might find county-specific information that you could add to your county page, as well as general links you might wish to include as further research resources.
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*[[United States|United States]]
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/catalog-search Family History Library Catalog]
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*[http://www.google.com/ Google]
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*[http://www.germanroots.com/wee-monster-genealogy.html Wee Monster] Genealogy Webpages
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/ Linkpendium]
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*[http://www.progenealogists.com/genealogysleuthb.htm ProGenealogist]&nbsp;~part of this site is free~
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*[http://cyndislist.com/ Cyndislist]
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*[http://usgenweb.org/ US GenWeb][http://www.google.com/]
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*[http://www.genealogy-links.org/ Genealogy Links]
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*[http://sos.georgia.gov/archives/what_do_we_have/other_state_archives/default.htm State Archives]
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*[http://www.genealogylinks.net/ Genealogylinks.net]
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*[http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/ The Online Books Page], Click on Books Online, click on Subjects at the bottom of the page.
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*[http://stevemorse.org/ One Step] ~&nbsp;Stephen P. Morse
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*[http://www.olivetreegenealogy.com/index.shtml Olive Tree Genealogy]
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*[http://www.archive.org/ Internet Archive]: Digital Library of Free Books ~ In the search widow type in a subject or surname.
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*[http://www.familyhistory101.com/ FamilyHistory 101]
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*[https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch]
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*[http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] ~pay for site~ free patron use in most Family History Centers
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*[http://www.footnote.com/ Footnote.com] ~pay for site~ free patron use in most Family History Centers
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*[http://www.heritagequestonline.com/hqoweb/library/do/index Heritagequest.com] ~pay for site~ free patron use in most Family History Centers
  
 
==== Bible Records  ====
 
==== Bible Records  ====
  
 
==== Biography  ====
 
==== Biography  ====
{{FHL|213109|item|disp=Early history of Thurston County, Washington : together with biographies and reminiscences of those identified with pioneer days}}
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{{FHL|213109|item|disp=Early history of Thurston County, Washington : together with biographies and reminiscences of those identified with pioneer days}}  
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wathurst/thur-cem.htm Thurston County, Washington Cemeteries - USGenWeb project].  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wathurst/thur-cem.htm Thurston County, Washington Cemeteries - USGenWeb project].  
 
*[http://www.idreamof.com/cemetery/wa/thurston.html Thurston County, Washington Cemeteries].  
 
*[http://www.idreamof.com/cemetery/wa/thurston.html Thurston County, Washington Cemeteries].  
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/wa/thurston/cemeteries/ruddell.txt Ruddel Cemetery, Lacey, Thurston County, Washington].
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/wa/thurston/cemeteries/ruddell.txt Ruddel Cemetery, Lacey, Thurston County, Washington].  
*{{FHL|749968|item|disp=Cemetery records of Thurston County, Washington}}
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*{{FHL|749968|item|disp=Cemetery records of Thurston County, Washington}}  
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*[[United States Cemeteries|United States Cemeteries]]
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*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/texas/texas.html Tombstone Transcription Project] ~ Partial transcription of cemetery tombstones ~&nbsp; search on your&nbsp;county&nbsp;USGenWeb
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*[http://www.interment.net/ Interment.net]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Cemetery listing and transcriptions&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Search on your county&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;
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*[http://africanamericancemeteries.com/tx/ African American Cemeteries Online]&nbsp;~ Partial index/transcriptions of African American cemeteries
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/ Find-A-Grave]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; search by locations&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;
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*About.com Genealogy ~ [http://genealogy.about.com/od/cemeteries_online/Cemeteries_Online_Cemetery_Transcriptions_Tombstone_Photos.htm Cemeteries Online]
  
 
==== Census  ====
 
==== Census  ====
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1438024 United States Census 1870]  
 
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1438024 United States Census 1870]  
 
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1417683 United States Census 1880]  
 
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1417683 United States Census 1880]  
*{{FHL|448854|item|disp=1889 census, Thurston County, Washington Territory}}
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*{{FHL|448854|item|disp=1889 census, Thurston County, Washington Territory}}  
 
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1610551 United States Cenus 1890 Veterans]  
 
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1610551 United States Cenus 1890 Veterans]  
 
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1325221 United States Cenus 1900]  
 
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1325221 United States Cenus 1900]  
*{{FHL|788509|item|disp=Index to the 1910 federal census of Thurston County, Washington}}
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*{{FHL|788509|item|disp=Index to the 1910 federal census of Thurston County, Washington}}  
 
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1727033 United States Cenus 1910]  
 
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1727033 United States Cenus 1910]  
 
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1488411 United States Census 1920]  
 
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1488411 United States Census 1920]  
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==== Church Records  ====
 
==== Church Records  ====
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*[[United States Church Records|United States Church Records]]
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog Family History Library Catalog]
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/church/ USGenWeb Church Records Project]&nbsp;
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*Search at [http://www.churchangel.com/ Church Directory of the United States]
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*Search at [http://netministries.org/ch_srch.htm Net Ministries]&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;
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*Search at [http://www.usachurch.com/ USA Church]&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;
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*Yellowbook [http://www.yellowbook.com/ Business, People Search, Reverse lookup]
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*Google "church&nbsp;and your county name"
  
 
==== Court Records  ====
 
==== Court Records  ====
*{{FHL|1352916|item|disp=Civil minutes (Thurston County, Washington), 1863-1867}}
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*{{FHL|777473|item|disp=Court dockets, 1861-1888}}
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*{{FHL|1352916|item|disp=Civil minutes (Thurston County, Washington), 1863-1867}}  
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*{{FHL|777473|item|disp=Court dockets, 1861-1888}}  
 
*{{FHL|777468|item|disp=Court journal, 1891-1892; indexes, 1891-1966}}
 
*{{FHL|777468|item|disp=Court journal, 1891-1892; indexes, 1891-1966}}
  
==== Directories ====
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==== Directories ====
*{{FHL|1126858|item|disp=Olympia (Washington) city directories}}
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*{{FHL|94732|item|disp=Olympia city and Thurston and Mason counties directory : containing an alphabetical list of business firms and private citizens of the cities of Olympia and Shelton and a complete business directory of Thurston and Mason counties}}
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*{{FHL|1126858|item|disp=Olympia (Washington) city directories}}  
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*{{FHL|94732|item|disp=Olympia city and Thurston and Mason counties directory : containing an alphabetical list of business firms and private citizens of the cities of Olympia and Shelton and a complete business directory of Thurston and Mason counties}}  
 
*{{FHL|299974|item|disp=Olympia, Thurston County, Wash. city directory : including Tumwater, Lacey and rurals, contains buyers guide and a complete classified business directory}}
 
*{{FHL|299974|item|disp=Olympia, Thurston County, Wash. city directory : including Tumwater, Lacey and rurals, contains buyers guide and a complete classified business directory}}
  
 
==== Emigration and Immigration  ====
 
==== Emigration and Immigration  ====
  
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*[[United States Emigration and Immigration|United States Emigration and Immigration]]
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==== Ethnic, Political or Religious Groups ====
  
 
===== Japanese  =====
 
===== Japanese  =====
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World War II Files, 1942-1946  
 
World War II Files, 1942-1946  
  
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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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  
  
 
==== Gazetteers  ====
 
==== Gazetteers  ====
  
 
==== Genealogy  ====
 
==== Genealogy  ====
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*[http://www.kindredtrails.com/WA_Thurston.html Thurston County Washington Genealogy &amp; Family History Resources]
 
*{{FHL|448843|item|disp=Newspaper genealogical abstracts, the Morning Daily Olympian, Thurston County, Washington, 1891-1907}}
 
*{{FHL|448843|item|disp=Newspaper genealogical abstracts, the Morning Daily Olympian, Thurston County, Washington, 1891-1907}}
  
 
==== History  ====
 
==== History  ====
*{{FHL|213109|item|disp=Early history of Thurston County, Washington : together with biographies and reminiscences of those identified with pioneer days}}
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*{{FHL|213132|item|disp=History of Thurston County, Washington}}
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*{{FHL|213109|item|disp=Early history of Thurston County, Washington : together with biographies and reminiscences of those identified with pioneer days}}  
*{{FHL|606342|item|disp=Poncin estate, Johnson Point}}
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*{{FHL|213132|item|disp=History of Thurston County, Washington}}  
*[http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/history/ Thurston County History, People and Places]
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*{{FHL|606342|item|disp=Poncin estate, Johnson Point}}  
*[http://www.historylink.org/index.cfm?DisplayPage=output.cfm&file_id=7979 Thumbnail History of Thurston County, Washington]
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*[http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/history/ Thurston County History, People and Places]  
*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thurston_County,_Washington Thurston County, Washington - Wikipedia]
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*[http://www.historylink.org/index.cfm?DisplayPage=output.cfm&file_id=7979 Thumbnail History of Thurston County, Washington]  
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thurston_County,_Washington Thurston County, Washington - Wikipedia]  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wathurst/thurston.htm Thruston County, Washington - USGen Web project]
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wathurst/thurston.htm Thruston County, Washington - USGen Web project]
  
 
==== Land and Property  ====
 
==== Land and Property  ====
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{{WA Land Intro}}
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*{{FHL|2152373|item|disp=Washington Territory donation land claim}}
 
*{{FHL|2152373|item|disp=Washington Territory donation land claim}}
  
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==== Naturalization and Citizenship  ====
 
==== Naturalization and Citizenship  ====
*{{FHL|1377078|item|disp=Indexes to naturalization records of the Thurston County Territorial and Superior Courts, 1850-1974 : National Archives microfilm publications pamphlet describing M1234}}
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*{{FHL|1234692|item|disp=Naturalization index (Thurston County, Washington)}}
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*{{FHL|1377078|item|disp=Indexes to naturalization records of the Thurston County Territorial and Superior Courts, 1850-1974 : National Archives microfilm publications pamphlet describing M1234}}  
*{{FHL|1234774|item|disp=Naturalization records (Thurston County, Washington)}}
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*{{FHL|1234692|item|disp=Naturalization index (Thurston County, Washington)}}  
*{{FHL|778794|item|disp=Thurston County naturalization records, 1834-1974; index, 1850-1974}}
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*{{FHL|1234774|item|disp=Naturalization records (Thurston County, Washington)}}  
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*{{FHL|778794|item|disp=Thurston County naturalization records, 1834-1974; index, 1850-1974}}  
 
*{{FHL|1937319|item|disp=Washington, Thurston County, naturalization records}}
 
*{{FHL|1937319|item|disp=Washington, Thurston County, naturalization records}}
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
*{{FHL|448843|item|disp=Newspaper genealogical abstracts, the Morning Daily Olympian, Thurston County, Washington, 1891-1907}}
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*[http://www.theolympian.com/ The Olympian]
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*{{FHL|448843|item|disp=Newspaper genealogical abstracts, the Morning Daily Olympian, Thurston County, Washington, 1891-1907}}  
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*[http://www.theolympian.com/ The Olympian]  
 
*[http://www.yelmonline.com/ Nisqually Valley News]
 
*[http://www.yelmonline.com/ Nisqually Valley News]
  
 
==== Obituaries  ====
 
==== Obituaries  ====
*[http://www.sos.wa.gov/library/ObituaryResources.aspx Washington State Cemetery & Obituary Resources]
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*[http://www.sos.wa.gov/library/ObituaryResources.aspx Washington State Cemetery &amp; Obituary Resources]  
 
*[http://www.newspaperobituaries.net/washington/thurston_county_obituaries.htm Thurston County, Washington Obituaries]
 
*[http://www.newspaperobituaries.net/washington/thurston_county_obituaries.htm Thurston County, Washington Obituaries]
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==== Funeral Homes  ====
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*[http://www.us-funerals.com/funeral-homes.html US Funerals Online]
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*[http://www.usafuneralhomesonline.com/ USA Funeral Homes Online]
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*[http://www.americanfuneralhomes.com/ American Funeral Homes]
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*[http://www.funeral-homes.info/ Funeral Homes INFO]
  
 
==== Periodicals  ====
 
==== Periodicals  ====
  
 
==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
*{{FHL|663648|item|disp=Probate records, 1853-1963; indexes, 1887-1949, 1853-1963}}
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{{WA Probate Intro|Thurston}}
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*{{FHL|663648|item|disp=Probate records, 1853-1963; indexes, 1887-1949, 1853-1963}}  
 
*{{FHL|771182|item|disp=Probate records, 1859-1961}}
 
*{{FHL|771182|item|disp=Probate records, 1859-1961}}
  
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===== Libraries  =====
 
===== Libraries  =====
  
*[http://www.trl.org/Pages/default.aspx Olympia Timberland Library]
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*[http://www.trl.org/Pages/default.aspx Olympia Timberland Library]
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*[[United States Archives and Libraries|United States Archives and Libraries]]
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*[http://libraries.com/ Libraries.com]&nbsp;~Lists public libraries by state/county~
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*[https://familysearch.org/locations Family History Centers]&nbsp;
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*[http://www.worldcat.org/ WorldCat Library Catalog]
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*[http://www.acpl.lib.in.us/genealogy/stateres.html Allen County Public Library] Genealogy Center
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*[[National Archives and Records Administration|Nathional Archives and Records Administration]]
  
 
===== Museums  =====
 
===== Museums  =====
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===== Societies  =====
 
===== Societies  =====
  
*Olympia Genealogical Society: [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~waogs/ http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~waogs/]
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~waogs/ http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~waogs/ Olympia Genealogical Society]
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wasgs/wsgssocs.htm List of other Washington State Genealogical Societies]
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
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===== Birth  =====
 
===== Birth  =====
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*{{FHL|433620|item|disp=Register of births, Thurston County, State of Washington, 1891-1907}}
 
*{{FHL|433620|item|disp=Register of births, Thurston County, State of Washington, 1891-1907}}
  
 
===== Marriage  =====
 
===== Marriage  =====
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*{{FHL|1155075|item|disp=Marriage records, 1891-1950}}
 
*{{FHL|1155075|item|disp=Marriage records, 1891-1950}}
  
 
===== Death  =====
 
===== Death  =====
*{{FHL|448848|item|disp=Register of deaths, Thurston County, State of Washington, 1891-1907}}
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*{{FHL|448848|item|disp=Register of deaths, Thurston County, State of Washington, 1891-1907}}  
 
*{{FHL|1439393|item|disp=Washington, Thurston County, death returns, 1892-1907}}
 
*{{FHL|1439393|item|disp=Washington, Thurston County, death returns, 1892-1907}}
  
=====Divorce=====
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===== Divorce =====
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*{{FHL|761108|item|disp=Divorce case files, 1889-1952}}
 
*{{FHL|761108|item|disp=Divorce case files, 1889-1952}}
  

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




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Thurston County, Washington
Map
Map of Washington highlighting Thurston  County
Location in the state of Washington
Map of the U.S. highlighting Washington
Location of Washington in the U.S.
Facts
Founded 12 January, 1852
County Seat Olympia
Courthouse
Address Thurston County Courthouse
2000 Lakeridge Dr SW;
Olympia, WA 98502
Phone: 360.786.5438
Thurston County Website


Historical Facts

In August 1848 Congress established Oregon Territory, which included the future state of Washington. By 1850 there were more than 300 non-Indian inhabitants north of the Columbia River, and as the new communities on and near the southern shores of Puget Sound began to grow, so grew the need for a local organized government and a new county. Simmons (in honor of Michael Simmons) was proposed as the name of the new county.

Instead, Thurston was chosen as the new county’s name and Olympia was chosen as the county seat. The Oregon Territorial Legislature carved the new county out of Lewis County on January 12, 1852. The early Thurston County was considerably larger than it is today, covering territory from west of the Cascades to the coast and north to the Canadian border. However, other counties were quickly formed from parts of Thurston County and by 1877 it had been reduced to its present size.

Thurston County’s name came from Samuel R. Thurston (1816-1851), the first delegate to Congress in 1849 from the new Oregon Territory, who had made a name for himself during his brief tenure in office defending the territorial rights of the northern part of Oregon Territory against the claims of the Hudson’s Bay Company.[1]

Beginning dates for major county records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Land
Probate
Court
1891*
1877*
1891*
1852
1853
1852
* For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries

American Indians

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 Thurston County, Washington Genealogy entries with names, images, or information.


Following is list of sites where you might find county-specific information that you could add to your county page, as well as general links you might wish to include as further research resources.

Bible Records

Biography

Early history of Thurston County, Washington : together with biographies and reminiscences of those identified with pioneer days

Cemeteries

Census

Church Records

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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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

Area map and other information from 1895: http://www.livgenmi.com/1895/WA/

Migration

Military

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

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

Obituaries

Funeral Homes

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

Thurston County Courthouse
2000 Lakeridge Dr SW;
Olympia, WA 98502
Phone: 360.786.5438

County Auditor has birth and death records 1891-1907
and marriage records from 1891.
County Clerk has divorce probate and court records. [3]

Many civil records have been digitized and are available through the Thurston County Clerk's Office: http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/clerk/citizens%20guide.html

Family History Centers
Libraries
Museums
Societies

Taxation

Vital Records

Birth
Marriage
Death
Divorce

Websites

Places

Thurston County Washington Genealogy References

  1. HistoryLink.org - The Free Onlline Encyclopedia of Washington State History
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Thurston County, Washington page 734, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.