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{{FamilySearch Collection
 
{{FamilySearch Collection
 
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|CID=CID1910364
|title=Washington State County Records, 1885-1950
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|title=Washington, County Records, 1865-2009
|location=United States
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== Collection Time Period ==
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== Record Description ==
  
This collection contains records for the years 1854 to 1975.  
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The collection consists of various records including official actions, probate records, indexes, etc. The records are from various counties in Washington State, 1865-2009. This is an ongoing collection. The counties will be added to the collection as their records are available. Browse the collection to determine current record and county coverage. The following counties are available in the collection at this time:
  
== Record Description  ==
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*Adams
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*Asotin
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*Benton
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*Chelan
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*Columbia
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*Douglas
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*Franklin
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*Grant
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*Kittitas
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*Klickitat
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*Lincoln
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*Okanogan
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*Pend Oreille
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*Pierce
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*Spokane
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*Stevens
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*Walla Walla
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*Whitman
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*Yakima
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The Washington State Archives maintains the state and local records considered to be permanently valuable.&nbsp; 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.&nbsp; The information is generally reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant. Some transcription errors may have occurred.&nbsp;
  
[[Image:Washington State County Records (11-0002) Deed DGS 4700010 3.jpg|thumb|right]]  
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For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in this collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1910364/waypoints Browse]link from the collection landing page.
  
[[Image:Washington State County Records (11-0002) Probate DGS 4734397 51.jpg|thumb|right]]
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=== Citation for This Collection  ===
  
The records in this collection are digital images of county records at the Washington State Archives, Puget Sound Regional Branch, Bellevue, Washington. The collection includes the following types of records along with some indexes:
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The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.
  
*Land Records
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{{Collection citation | text= "Washington, County Records, 1856-2009." Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing State Archives, Puget Sound Regional Branch, Bellevue.}}
*School Records
 
*Probate Records
 
*Wills
 
*Citizenship Records
 
*Military Records
 
  
The counties will be added to the collection as their records are available. The following counties are available in the collection at this time:
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<br> [[Washington State County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
  
*Adams
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== Record Content  ==
*Asotin
 
*Lincoln
 
*Pend Oreille
 
*Pierce
 
  
=== Record Content  ===
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<gallery>
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Image:Washington State County Records (11-0002) Deed DGS 4700010 3.jpg|Deed
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Image:Washington State County Records (11-0002) Probate DGS 4734397 51.jpg|Probate Record
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</gallery>
  
 
The records generally include the following information:  
 
The records generally include the following information:  
  
 
*Date of the event, transaction, or recording with the county  
 
*Date of the event, transaction, or recording with the county  
*Names of individual, witnesses, family members, and sometimes neighbors  
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*Names of individual, witnesses, family members, and sometimes neighbors *Ages  
*Ages  
 
 
*Relationships  
 
*Relationships  
 
*Residences  
 
*Residences  
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== How to Use the Record  ==
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
  
The records in this collection are arranged by type of record and then by date. To begin searching these records you need to know the following:  
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To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:<br>⇒ Select the ''"Browse"'' link in the initial collection page<br>⇒ Select the ''"County"'' category<br>⇒ Select the ''"Record Type, Date Range and Volume"'' category which takes you to the images.
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Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.  
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To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:  
  
 
*The type of event  
 
*The type of event  
 
*The place where the event occurred  
 
*The place where the event occurred  
 
*The approximate date the event occurred  
 
*The approximate date the event occurred  
*The name of the individual or individuals such as the names of the soldier, the deceased, or grantor and grantees
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*The name of the individual or individuals such as the names of the soldier, the deceased, or grantor and grantees.
  
Compare the information you find in the records to what you already know about your ancestors to determine which record is about your ancestor. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.
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==== Using the Information  ====
  
Next, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. For example:  
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When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors. The following examples show ways you can use the information: *Use the age to calculate a birth date.
  
*Use the age to calculate a birth date.
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*Use the names along with the residences to find&nbsp;church and census records.  
*Use the names alonh with the residences to find&nbsp;church and census records.  
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*Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.  
*Occupations listed can lead you to employment records or other types of records such as military records.  
 
 
*The name of the officiator at a christening, marriage, or burial may be a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county.  
 
*The name of the officiator at a christening, marriage, or burial may be a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county.  
 
*Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname as the bride or groom; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.  
 
*Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname as the bride or groom; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.  
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*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
 
*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  
Keep in mind:
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==== Tips to Keep in Mind  ====
 
 
*The information in the records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
 
*Earlier records may not contain as much information.
 
*There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.
 
 
 
If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:
 
  
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*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
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*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.
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*There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record. If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:
 
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.  
 
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.  
 
*Search the indexes and records of individual counties and nearby states.
 
*Search the indexes and records of individual counties and nearby states.
  
== Record History  ==
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== Known Issues with This Collection ==
 
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{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[Washington State County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.  
The Washington State Archives maintains the state and local records considered to be permanently valuable.  
 
 
 
=== Why this Record Was Created  ===
 
 
 
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.
 
 
 
=== Record Reliability  ===
 
 
 
The information is generally reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant. Some transcription errors may have occurred.  
 
 
 
 
== Related Websites  ==
 
== Related Websites  ==
  
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== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
  
[[Washington Vital Records]]  
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*[[Washington Vital Records]]  
 
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*[[Washington Land and Property]]  
[[Washington Land and Property]]  
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*[[Washington Probate Records]]  
 
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*[[Washington Military Records]]
[[Washington Probate Records]]  
 
 
 
[[Washington Military Records]]  
 
  
=== Contributions to This Article  ===
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== Contributions to This Article  ==
  
 
{{Contributor invite}}  
 
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
 
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
  
When you copy information from a record, you should also list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.  
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When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.  
 
 
A suggested format for citing FamilySearch Historical Collections, including how to cite individual archives is found in the following link: [[How to Cite FamilySearch Collections|How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
 
 
 
==== Examples of Source Citations for a Record in This Collection  ====
 
  
"Washington State County Records, King, Kinsap, and Pierce Counties, 1954-1950." index and images, ''FamilySearch'' ([https://www.familysearch.org https://www.familysearch.org]): accessed April 13, 2011. entry for Caroline T. Lincoln and A. U. Miller. deed dated 10 February 1899; citing County Records, Pierce, Deeds, 1899,v.146, Images 3 &amp; 4; Washington State Archives, Puget Sound Regional Branch, Bellevue, Washington.
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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]]  
  
== Sources of Information for This Collection  ==
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=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
  
<!--bibdescbegin-->Washington. State County Records, 1854-1975. Washington State Archives. Puget Sound Regional Branch, Bellevue, Washington. <!--bibdescend-->
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"Washington State County Records, King, Kinsap, and Pierce Counties, 1954-1950," images, ''FamilySearch'' (https://familysearch.org https&nbsp;:accessed 25 April 2012). Pierce &gt; Deeds, 1899,v.146 &gt; image 3 of 643; entry for Caroline T. Lincoln and A. U. Millerentry, deed dated 10 February 1899; citing County Records,Images 3 &amp; 4; . Washington State Archives, Puget Sound Regional Branch, Bellevue, Washington.&lt;/gallery&gt;
  
 
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Record Description

The collection consists of various records including official actions, probate records, indexes, etc. The records are from various counties in Washington State, 1865-2009. This is an ongoing collection. The counties will be added to the collection as their records are available. Browse the collection to determine current record and county coverage. The following counties are available in the collection at this time:

  • Adams
  • Asotin
  • Benton
  • Chelan
  • Columbia
  • Douglas
  • Franklin
  • Grant
  • Kittitas
  • Klickitat
  • Lincoln
  • Okanogan
  • Pend Oreille
  • Pierce
  • Spokane
  • Stevens
  • Walla Walla
  • Whitman
  • Yakima

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. 

For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in this collection, select the Browselink from the collection landing page.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.

"Washington, County Records, 1856-2009." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing State Archives, Puget Sound Regional Branch, Bellevue.


Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

The records generally include the following information:

  • Date of the event, transaction, or recording with the county
  • Names of individual, witnesses, family members, and sometimes neighbors *Ages
  • Relationships
  • Residences
  • Occupations
  • Signature or mark
  • Legal descriptions of land
  • Amount of money exchanged as part of business transactions

How to Use the Record

To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial collection page
⇒ Select the "County" category
⇒ Select the "Record Type, Date Range and Volume" category which takes you to the images.

Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.

To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:

  • The type of event
  • The place where the event occurred
  • The approximate date the event occurred
  • The name of the individual or individuals such as the names of the soldier, the deceased, or grantor and grantees.

Using the Information

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors. The following examples show ways you can use the information: *Use the age to calculate a birth date.

  • Use the names along with the residences to find church and census records.
  • Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.
  • The name of the officiator at a christening, marriage, or burial may be a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county.
  • Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname as the bride or groom; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have been born, married, or died in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.
  • There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record. If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:
  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
  • Search the indexes and records of individual counties and nearby states.

Known Issues with This Collection

Important.png Problems with this collection?
See a list of known issues, workarounds, tips, restrictions, future fixes, news and other helpful information.

For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached Wiki article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to support@familysearch.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.

Related Websites

Washington State Archives

Related Wiki Articles

Contributions to This Article

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.


Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections

Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

"Washington State County Records, King, Kinsap, and Pierce Counties, 1954-1950," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org https :accessed 25 April 2012). Pierce > Deeds, 1899,v.146 > image 3 of 643; entry for Caroline T. Lincoln and A. U. Millerentry, deed dated 10 February 1899; citing County Records,Images 3 & 4; . Washington State Archives, Puget Sound Regional Branch, Bellevue, Washington.</gallery>