Washington, County Records - FamilySearch Historical Records
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Washington, County Records, 1803-2010
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|State Archives, Puget Sound Regional Branch, Bellevue, Washington|
- 1 What is in This Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Known Issues
- 7 Citing This Collection
- 8 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What is in This Collection?
The collection consists of various records including official actions, probate records, indexes, etc. The records are from various counties in Washington State, from 1803 to 2010. a The Washington State Archives maintains the state and local records considered to be permanently valuable. The individual records were made to establish legal rights and to help track the population for health and taxation purposes. The state collection was created to insure that the records are retained and archived properly. The information is generally reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant. Some transcription errors may have occurred.
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To Browse This Collection
|You can browse through images in this collection using the waypoints on the Collection Browse Page for Washington, County Records, 1803-2010.|
What Can These Records Tell Me?
The following information may be found in these records:
- Date of the event, transaction, or recording with the county
- Names of individual, witnesses, family members, and sometimes neighbors
- Signature or mark
- Legal descriptions of land
- Amount of money exchanged as part of business transactions
To see which counties are included in the collection, the type of record, and the years covered see: Coverage Table for Washington, County Records, 1803-2010
How Do I Search This Collection?
Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
- Name of the person
- The location or date of the event
View the ImagesView images in this collection by visiting the Collection Browse Page:
- Select County
- Select Record type, year range and volume number or letter 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?
Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members.
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?
- Use the information to search for birth, baptism, marriage, and death records
- Use the information found in the record to find land, property and probate records
- Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in the censuses
- Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family
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
- If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching a nearby locality
- Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name
- Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Washington.
- Washington Guided Research
- Washington Record Finder
- Research Tips and Strategies
- Step-by-Step Research: 1850-1907 | 1907-Present
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.
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.