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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]]'' [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''Thurston County'''<br>
Guide to '''Thurston County Washington genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.  
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Guide to '''Thurston County Washington genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.<br> [[Image:{{WAThurstonPercival}}]]
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{{Infobox U.S. County
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| county = Thurston County
 
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| state = Washington
 
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| founded year = 1852
 
| founded year = 1852
 
| founded date = 12 January
 
| founded date = 12 January
 
| seat = Olympia
 
| seat = Olympia
 
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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'''] }}  
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| building address = [http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/clerk/ Thurston County Courthouse| 2000 Lakeridge Dr SW; Olympia, WA 98502 Phone: 360.786.5438 [http://www.Thurstoncounty.us/ '''Thurston County Website'''] }}  
=== 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.
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=== County Overview ===
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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>. For Courthouse, see [[{{PAGENAME}}#Archives.2C_Libraries.2C_etc.|Archives, libraries, etc.]]
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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.  
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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.
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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>
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==== County Formation  ====
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*Thurston County, Washington was created 12 January 1852.<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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{{Tip|Before 1888—and perhaps until the newly-formed county was fully operational—search records of the parent county(s).}} <br>
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*'''Parent County:''' created 12 January 1852 from [[Lewis County, Washington|Lewis]]
  
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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===== Boundary Changes  =====
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[http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/documents/WA_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm#OKANOGAN 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>
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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*'''Neighboring Counties:''' [[Grays Harbor County, Washington|Grays Harbor]] | [[Lewis County, Washington|Lewis]] | [[Mason County, Washington|Mason]] | [[Pierce County, Washington|Pierce]]
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==== Dates of Major County Records  ====
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'''Note''': The dates you see below have '''not yet''' been adapted to {{PAGENAME}}.
  
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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*'''Parent County:''' created 12 January 1852 from [[Lewis County, Washington|Lewis]]
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==== Record Loss  ====
*'''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]]
 
  
==== American Indians ====
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=== Topics ===
*[[Indians of the United States and Their Records|Indians of the Untied States and Their Records]]
 
*[http://www.genealogybranches.com/nativeamericans.html Online Native American Indian Genealogy Records &amp; Databases]
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
  
==== Record Loss  ====
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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.
  
=== Resources  ===
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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]].}}
*[https://www.familysearch.org/catalog-search FamilySearch Catalog]
 
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.
 
 
 
*[[United States|United States]]
 
*[https://www.familysearch.org/catalog-search Family History Library Catalog]
 
*[http://www.google.com/ Google]
 
*[http://www.germanroots.com/wee-monster-genealogy.html Wee Monster] Genealogy Webpages
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/ Linkpendium]
 
*[http://www.progenealogists.com/genealogysleuthb.htm ProGenealogist]&nbsp;~part of this site is free~
 
*[http://cyndislist.com/ Cyndislist]
 
*[http://usgenweb.org/ US GenWeb][http://www.google.com/]
 
*[http://www.genealogy-links.org/ Genealogy Links]
 
*[http://sos.georgia.gov/archives/what_do_we_have/other_state_archives/default.htm State Archives]  
 
*[http://www.genealogylinks.net/ Genealogylinks.net]
 
*[http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/ The Online Books Page], Click on Books Online, click on Subjects at the bottom of the page.
 
*[http://stevemorse.org/ One Step] ~&nbsp;Stephen P. Morse
 
*[http://www.olivetreegenealogy.com/index.shtml Olive Tree Genealogy]  
 
*[http://www.archive.org/ Internet Archive]: Digital Library of Free Books ~ In the search widow type in a subject or surname.
 
*[http://www.familyhistory101.com/ FamilyHistory 101]
 
*[https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch]
 
*[http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] ~pay for site~ free patron use in most Family History Centers
 
*[http://www.footnote.com/ Footnote.com] ~pay for site~ free patron use in most Family History Centers
 
*[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  ====
  
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wathurst/thur-cem.htm Thurston County, Washington Cemeteries - USGenWeb project].
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{{WACemeteriesBlurb}}
*[http://www.idreamof.com/cemetery/wa/thurston.html Thurston County, Washington Cemeteries].
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/wa/thurston/cemeteries/ruddell.txt Ruddel Cemetery, Lacey, 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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| bgcolor="#B0E0E6" colspan="3" | <center>State and national resources for '''{{PAGENAME}}''' cemeteries</center>
*[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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| width="30%" bgcolor="#B0FFFF" | <center>'''Online Transcripts <br>(names) or Images''' </center>
*[http://africanamericancemeteries.com/tx/ African American Cemeteries Online]&nbsp;~ Partial index/transcriptions of African American cemeteries
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#ffffbb" | <center>'''Published Grave<br> Transcripts''' </center>
*[http://www.findagrave.com/ Find-A-Grave]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; search by locations&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;
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| bgcolor="#FFEBCD" | <center>'''Lists of Cemeteries<br>in the County'''</center>
*About.com Genealogy ~ [http://genealogy.about.com/od/cemeteries_online/Cemeteries_Online_Cemetery_Transcriptions_Tombstone_Photos.htm Cemeteries Online]
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| bgcolor="#E0FFFF" | [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=50&GScnty=2976&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n FindAGrave]
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| bgcolor="#FFFFca" | {{FHL|Washington, Okanogan|place|disp=FamilySearch Library}} select '''Cemeteries''' or add a space to select town
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| bgcolor="#FFF8DC" | [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=50&CScnty=2976 FindAGrave]
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| bgcolor="#E0FFFF" | [http://interment.net/us/wa/okanogan.htm Interment.net]
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| bgcolor="#FFF8DC" | [http://usgwtombstones.org/washington/okanogan.htm USGenWeb Tombstone Project]
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| bgcolor="#E0FFFF" | [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections#RSID:34 Washington Cemeteries and Burial Data(Select the county)]  
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| bgcolor="#FFFFca" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=Okanogan+County%2C+Washington%2C+cemeteries&qt=results_page WorldCat]
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| bgcolor="#FFF8DC" | [http://wagenweb.org/cems.htm WAGenWeb Cemeteries]
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| bgcolor="#E0FFFF" | [http://www.wastatecem.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=10&Itemid=14 Washington Gravestones]
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| bgcolor="#FFFFca" | [[Washington Periodicals]]
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| bgcolor="#FFF8DC" | [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=23032&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=5&stateAbbv=&stateName= Epodunk]
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| bgcolor="#E0FFFF" | [http://wagenweb.org/cems.htm WAGenWeb Cemeteries]
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| bgcolor="#FFF8DC" | [http://washington.hometownlocator.com/wa/okanogan/ Washington Hometown Locator Cemeteries]
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| bgcolor="#E0FFFF" | [http://billiongraves.com/pages/search/index.php#country=United+States&state=Washington&county=Okanogan&search_text=&action=search_cemetery Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#FFF8DC" | [http://history.washington.gov/burials/execute/searchcemetery Washington Cemeteries Search] (Select the county)
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| bgcolor="#E0FFFF" | [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/WA/Okanogan/cem/ Linkpendium]
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| bgcolor="#FFF8DC" | [http://genealogytrails.com/wash/ Genealogy Trails]
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| colspan="3" | <center>See [[Washington Cemeteries#Online_Resources|Washington Cemeteries]] for details about each site. </center>
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==== Census  ====
 
==== Census  ====
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{{WA Census}}
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*See [[Washington Census|Washington Census]] for online indexes and images of US federal censuses. of: 1856, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, and 1940.
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*See [[Washington Population Schedule Indexes: Fiche, Film, or Book|statewide printed indexes]], including 1856.
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*Check county indexes when online indexes fail. Created by people who knew the families of the area, they are often more accurate and they may have added insights. See [[Washington Periodicals|periodicals]] and [[{{PAGENAME}}#Archives.2C_Libraries.2C_etc.|local libraries]] or other record holders.
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*1890 Veterans
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*1910
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1473181 United States Census 1860]  
 
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1473181 United States Census 1860]  
 
*[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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{{WA Church Intro}}
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*Church records (microfilmed originals or published transcripts) for {{PAGENAME}} are listed in the {{FHL|Washington, Thurston|place|disp=FamilySearch catalog}}. (Press space bar to select town.)
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*[[United States Church Records|United States Church Records]]  
 
*[[United States Church Records|United States Church Records]]  
 
*[https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog Family History Library Catalog]  
 
*[https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog Family History Library Catalog]  
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==== 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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Many of your ancestors may be found in court records as defendants, plaintiffs, witnesses, or jurors. Court records can establish family relationships and places of residence, occupations, and other family history information. See [[Washington Court Records]] for the various courts through the years.
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For specialized court records, see [[Thurston County, Washington#Divorce|Divorce]] {{·}} [[Thurston County, Washington#Guardianship|Guardianship]] {{·}} [[Thurston County, Washington#Land_and_Property|Land]] {{·}} [[Thurston County, Washington#Naturalization_and_Citizenship|Naturalization]] {{·}} [[Thurston County, Washington#Probate_Records|Probate]]
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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]]
 
*[[United States Emigration and Immigration|United States Emigration and Immigration]]
  
==== Ethnic, Political or Religious Groups ====
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==== Ethnic, Political or Religious Groups ====
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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]
  
 
===== Japanese  =====
 
===== Japanese  =====
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==== Genealogy  ====
 
==== Genealogy  ====
*[http://www.kindredtrails.com/WA_Thurston.html Thurston County Washington Genealogy & Family History Resources]
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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}}
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{{CommunityTree}}
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==== Guardianship  ====
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Guardianship of orphans or adults unable to manage their own affairs were handled by the [[Adams County, Washington#Probate_Records|probate]] and the Federal District courts. See [[Washington Court Records]].
  
 
==== History  ====
 
==== History  ====
*{{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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{{WA History Intro}}
*{{FHL|606342|item|disp=Poncin estate, Johnson Point}}
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*[http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/history/ Thurston County History, People and Places]
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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}}  
*[http://www.historylink.org/index.cfm?DisplayPage=output.cfm&file_id=7979 Thumbnail History of Thurston County, Washington]
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*{{FHL|213132|item|disp=History of Thurston County, Washington}}  
*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thurston_County,_Washington Thurston County, Washington - Wikipedia]
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*{{FHL|606342|item|disp=Poncin estate, Johnson Point}}  
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*[http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/history/ Thurston County History, People and Places]  
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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]
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===== History Timeline  =====
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[http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/documents/WA_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm#THURSTON Historical County Boundaries] from Newberry Library<ref>John H. Long, ''Atlas of Historical County Boundaries'' (Chicago: Newberry Library, 2006) [http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/ online].</ref><br><br> Emphasis for this timeline is on events that affected migration, records, or record-keeping. Unless otherwise mentioned, the events below were gleaned from Wilma, David. ''Thurston County -- Thumbnail History'', [http://www.historylink.org/index.cfm?DisplayPage=output.cfm&file_id=7979 History Link.org] Essay 7979.
  
 
==== Land and Property  ====
 
==== Land and Property  ====
  
{{WA Land Intro}}
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{{WA Land Intro}}  
  
 
*{{FHL|2152373|item|disp=Washington Territory donation land claim}}
 
*{{FHL|2152373|item|disp=Washington Territory donation land claim}}
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==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
  
Area map and other information from 1895: [http://www.livgenmi.com/1895/WA/ http://www.livgenmi.com/1895/WA/]  
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[[Image:Wathurston.jpg|300px|Wathurston.jpg]] <br>{{WAMapInfo}} 
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Area map and other information from 1895: [http://www.livgenmi.com/1895/WA/ http://www.livgenmi.com/1895/WA/]
  
 
==== Migration  ====
 
==== Migration  ====
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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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Declarations of Intent before 1906 often include the nation of origin, his
*{{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}}
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*foreign and "Americanized" names, residence, and date of arrival. See [[Washington Naturalization and Citizenship]] for more information.
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*Women were not naturalized until 1922 in the United States.
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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}}  
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*{{FHL|1234692|item|disp=Naturalization index (Thurston County, Washington)}}  
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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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{{WA Newspaper abstracts|Thurston}}
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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]
==== Funeral Homes  ====
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===== Funeral Homes  =====
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*[http://www.us-funerals.com/funeral-homes.html US Funerals Online]  
 
*[http://www.us-funerals.com/funeral-homes.html US Funerals Online]  
 
*[http://www.usafuneralhomesonline.com/ USA Funeral Homes Online]  
 
*[http://www.usafuneralhomesonline.com/ USA Funeral Homes Online]  
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==== Periodicals  ====
 
==== Periodicals  ====
  
==== Probate ====
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==== Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc. ====
  
{{WA Probate Intro|Thurston}}
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==== Probate Records  ====
  
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{{WA Probate Intro|Thurston}}
  
 
*{{FHL|663648|item|disp=Probate records, 1853-1963; indexes, 1887-1949, 1853-1963}}  
 
*{{FHL|663648|item|disp=Probate records, 1853-1963; indexes, 1887-1949, 1853-1963}}  
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==== Public Records  ====
 
==== Public Records  ====
  
==== Repositories ====
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==== Taxation ====
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{{WA Tax Intro}}
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==== Vital Records  ====
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{{WA vital intro}}
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===== Birth  =====
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*{{FHL|433620|item|disp=Register of births, Thurston County, State of Washington, 1891-1907}}
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===== Marriage  =====
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*{{FHL|1155075|item|disp=Marriage records, 1891-1950}}
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===== Death  =====
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*'''Washington Death Certificates 1907-1960''' A free internet index to the 1907-1960 death certificates can be found at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1454923 FamilySearch Record Search], no images are available. A transcribed death certificate may contain such information as name of the deceased, date and place of death, age, gender, birth date and birth place, mother’s maiden name and name of spouse, place of residence, occupation and certificate numbers.
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*{{FHL|448848|item|disp=Register of deaths, Thurston County, State of Washington, 1891-1907}}
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*{{FHL|1439393|item|disp=Washington, Thurston County, death returns, 1892-1907}}
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===== Divorce  =====
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Divorce records give the names of the parties and may give the date and place of their marriage. See [[Washington Vital Records#Divorce_Records|Washington Vital Records]] for excellent information.
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*{{FHL|761108|item|disp=Divorce case files, 1889-1952}}
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==== Websites  ====
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*{{FHL|Washington%2C+Thurston|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/WA/Thurston/ Thurston County, Washington Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
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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
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=== Archives, Libraries, etc.  ===
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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]].
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*Check websites and catalogs, such as items in {{FHL|Washington, Thurston|place|disp=FamilySearch Library}} (Utah) or [http://smartcat.acpl.lib.in.us/?q=thurston+county+Washington Allen County Public Library] (Indiana) for {{PAGENAME}}. {{GetACopy tip}}
  
 
===== Courthouse  =====
 
===== Courthouse  =====
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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 http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/clerk/citizens%20guide.html]  
 
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 http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/clerk/citizens%20guide.html]  
  
===== Family History Centers  =====
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===== FamilySearch Centers  =====
  
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]  
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]  
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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]  
 
*[[United States Archives and Libraries|United States Archives and Libraries]]  
 
*[[United States Archives and Libraries|United States Archives and Libraries]]  
 
*[http://libraries.com/ Libraries.com]&nbsp;~Lists public libraries by state/county~  
 
*[http://libraries.com/ Libraries.com]&nbsp;~Lists public libraries by state/county~  
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===== Societies  =====
 
===== Societies  =====
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~waogs/ http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~waogs/ Olympia Genealogical Society]
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wasgs/wsgssocs.htm List of other Washington State      Genealogical Societies]
 
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
  
==== Vital Records  ====
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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]
===== Birth  =====
 
*{{FHL|433620|item|disp=Register of births, Thurston County, State of Washington, 1891-1907}}
 
 
 
===== Marriage  =====
 
*{{FHL|1155075|item|disp=Marriage records, 1891-1950}}
 
 
 
===== Death  =====
 
*{{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}}
 
 
 
=====Divorce=====
 
*{{FHL|761108|item|disp=Divorce case files, 1889-1952}}
 
 
 
==== Websites  ====
 
 
 
*{{FHL|Washington%2C+Thurston|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/WA/Thurston/ Thurston County, Washington Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
 
  
=== Places ===
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=== Towns and Communities ===
  
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thurston_County,_Washington Thurston County, Washington]. Geographic features, communities, populated places.
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See a list of towns and communities in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thurston_County,_Washington#Census-recognized_communities Thurston County] per Wikipedia.  
  
=== Thurston County Washington Genealogy References  ===
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=== References  ===
  
 
<references /> {{Washington|Washington}}  
 
<references /> {{Washington|Washington}}  
  
 
[[Category:Thurston_County,_Washington]]
 
[[Category:Thurston_County,_Washington]]

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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 [http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/clerk/ Thurston County Courthouse


County Overview

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.[2]

County Formation

  • Thurston County, Washington was created 12 January 1852.[3]

  • Parent County: created 12 January 1852 from Lewis
Boundary Changes

Historical County Boundaries from Newberry Library[4]

Neighboring Counties

Dates of Major County Records

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

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

Record Loss

Topics

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.

Bible Records

Biography

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

Cemeteries

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.


State and national resources for Thurston County, Washington Genealogy cemeteries
Online Transcripts
(names) or Images
Published Grave
Transcripts
Lists of Cemeteries
in the County
FindAGrave FamilySearch Library select Cemeteries or add a space to select town FindAGrave
Interment.net USGenWeb Tombstone Project
Washington Cemeteries and Burial Data(Select the county) WorldCat WAGenWeb Cemeteries
Washington Gravestones Washington Periodicals Epodunk
WAGenWeb Cemeteries Washington Hometown Locator Cemeteries
Billion Graves Washington Cemeteries Search (Select the county)
Linkpendium Genealogy Trails
See Washington Cemeteries for details about each site.

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.



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

Church Records

The information church records provide depends upon the church practices and the record keepers. Records may include names, ages, and dates of events such as baptism, marriage, or burial. See Washington Church Records.

  • Church records (microfilmed originals or published transcripts) for Thurston County, Washington Genealogy are listed in the FamilySearch catalog. (Press space bar to select town.)

Court Records

Many of your ancestors may be found in court records as defendants, plaintiffs, witnesses, or jurors. Court records can establish family relationships and places of residence, occupations, and other family history information. See Washington Court Records for the various courts through the years.

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

Directories

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political or Religious Groups

American Indians
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

A FamilySearch Community Tree is available for this place.

Guardianship

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

History

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

History Timeline

Historical County Boundaries from Newberry Library[5]

Emphasis for this timeline is on events that affected migration, records, or record-keeping. Unless otherwise mentioned, the events below were gleaned from Wilma, David. Thurston County -- Thumbnail History, History Link.org Essay 7979.

Land and Property

Land Records reveal
Yes or Maybe  Y  M
Seller (Grantor) Green check.png]]  
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Heirs   Green check.png]]
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Tips -or- Land Contents

Land records (especially deeds) may give the name of a spouse, heirs, and witnesses, who may be relatives or in-laws.

County deeds, mortgages, and leases show transfers from person to person. See also Court Records for actions involving real estate. See Washington Land for government-to-person records.

Maps

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

Declarations of Intent before 1906 often include the nation of origin, his

Newspapers

Finding More Washington Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Thurston County, Washington Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

  • WorldCat (For instructions see WorldCat Online Catalog).
  • Do a search for these and other records in the FamilySearch Catalog. To select a county in Washington, add a comma, slide way down to the county list, then click Search. (Almost every state seems to have a Washington County)

Obituaries

Funeral Homes

Periodicals

Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

Probate Records

Probate records identify heirs of the decedents, give the (approximate) death dates, and provide specifics about property holdings. The records were kept by the county judge.

These include wills, inheritance records, dockets, and other documents regarding property and estates of individuals who have died. See also Court Records for civil actions involving estates. Also see Washington Probate Records.

Public Records

Taxation

Washington tax records complement land records and can supplement the years between censuses. There may be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties. For more information, see the wiki page Washington Taxation.

Vital Records

The county auditors in Washington kept records of birth, marriage, and death. The county clerk has the divorce records - the earliest dates to the present.

See also How to order Washington Vital Records, order electronically online or download an application for Washington Birth or Death Certificate and Marriage or Divorce Certificate Applications to mail. See Washington Vital Records for details and history of the records. .

Birth
Marriage
Death
  • Washington Death Certificates 1907-1960 A free internet index to the 1907-1960 death certificates can be found at FamilySearch Record Search, no images are available. A transcribed death certificate may contain such information as name of the deceased, date and place of death, age, gender, birth date and birth place, mother’s maiden name and name of spouse, place of residence, occupation and certificate numbers.
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.

Websites

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.

Archives, Libraries, etc.

Resources for Thurston 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.

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. [6]

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

FamilySearch Centers
Libraries
Museums
Societies

Towns and Communities

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

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. HistoryLink.org - The Free Onlline Encyclopedia of Washington State History
  3. 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.
  4. John H. Long, Atlas of Historical County Boundaries (Chicago: Newberry Library, 2006) online.
  5. John H. Long, Atlas of Historical County Boundaries (Chicago: Newberry Library, 2006) online.
  6. 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.