Washington, United States Genealogy

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In the early 1800s, traders and trappers came from Canada, Russia, Latin America, and the United States into what is now Oregon and Washington. In 1811 John Jacob Astor, an American, established the first white settlement in Oregon. Most early settlements of the 1830s and 1840s were in the Willamette River Valley. In 1843 more than 900 emigrants came to Washington from Arkansas, Illinois, Missouri, and Iowa.

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  • Washington is a public land state. The area that now comprises the state was part of the public domain and was administered by the federal government through local land offices under the direction of the General Land Office (GLO), later known as the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The first land office in Washington was established at Olympia in 1855.

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Washington Counties

 'Adams' Asotin Benton''''''' Chehalis
 Chelan 'Clallam' 'Clark' Columbia
Cowlitz 'Douglas' Ferry Franklin
Garfield 'Grant' Grays Harbor Island
 'Jefferson' King Ktitsap Kittitas
Okanogan Pacific Pend Oreille Pierce
San Juan Skagit Skamania Snohomish
Spokane Stevens Thurston Wahkiakum
 Walla Walla Whatcom Whitman Yakima