Washington, County Land Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Washington, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Land
Collection years 1850-1954
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What is in This Collection?

This collection includes land and property records with indexes for the years 1850 to 1954. The following counties are included:

  • Clark
  • Grays Harbor
  • King
  • Kitsap
  • Lewis
  • Mason
  • Pacific
  • Pierce
  • Thurston
  • Wahkiakum

Some of the Lewis County deed indexes include deed records.

Pierce and Thurston county deed indexes are not found in this collection. They may be found in "Washington, County Records, 1856-2009."

After the county's creation, a county land office was formed. Land transactions among private owners were then recorded by the registrar of deeds in the county office.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Washington, County Land Records, 1850-1954.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The Washington State, County Land Records may include the following information:

  • Name of Grantor
  • Name of Grantee
  • Nature of Instrument
  • Date of Transaction
  • Legal description of the Property
  • Amount of Money exchanged
  • Details of the Transaction

Collection Content

Sample Image

How Do I Search This Collection?

You can search the index or view the images or both. Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • Name of the person
  • The location of property or date of the transaction

View the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page.

  1. Select County
  2. Select Record type, date range and volume to view the images

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and census records
  • Search for the land transactions of a couple and their children. The parents may have sold or given property to a son or daughter. Such transactions confirm relationships that might not be found in other records
  • Search for records of people in the county who shared a surname. These may have been the couple’s parents, uncles, or other relatives. Your ancestor may have been an heir who sold inherited land that had belonged to parents or grandparents
  • To find later generations, search the land records a few years before and after a person’s death. Your ancestor may have sold or given land to his or her heirs before death, or the heirs may have sold the land after the individual died. For daughters, the names of their husbands are often provided. For sons, the given names of their wives may be included. Heirs may have sold their interest in the land to another heir even though the record may not indicate this. Continue this process for identifying each succeeding generation
  • One deed does not usually give sufficient information about a couple and their children. A careful study of all deeds for the person or the family will yield a richer return of information
  • For each parcel of land owned, you should obtain two documents:
  1. The deed that documents when ownership transferred to the individual or the family and
  2. The deed that documents when ownership was transferred to someone else


I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?

  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives
  • Some counties were subdivided or the boundaries may have changed. Consider searching neighboring counties as well since that courthouse may have been more convenient for the person
  • Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names

Citing This Collection

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation
"Washington, County Land Records, 1850-1954." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. State Archives, Bellevue.
Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.

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