Whatcom County, Washington Genealogy

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Whatcom County, Washington
Map of Washington highlighting Whatcom County
Location in the state of Washington
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Location of Washington in the U.S.
Founded March 9, 1854
County Seat Bellingham
Address Whatcom County Courthouse
311 Grand Avenue; PO Box 1144;
 Bellingham, WA 98227
Phone: 360.676.6777 
Whatcom County Website

County Courthouse

Whatcom County Courthouse
311 Grand Avenue; PO Box 1144;
 Bellingham, WA 98227
Phone: 360.676.6777 

County Auditor has birth and death records 1891-1907,
marriage records from 1869 and land records;
County Clerk has divorce, probate and court records



Parent County

  • 1854--Whatcom County was created 9 March 1854 from Island County.  County seat: Bellingham [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Okanogan | San Juan | Skagit



Map of Whatcom County cemeteries (PDF)

  • Bayview Cemetery
  • Bethany Lutheran Cemetery (Bethania/Bethel)
  • Blaine Cemetery
  • Blaine Masonic Cemetery
  • Buchanan Cemetery
  • Case Cemetery
  • Congregation Beth Israel Cemetery
  • Enterprise Cemetery
  • Glacier Cemetery
  • Goshen Cemetery
  • Greenacres Cemetery
  • Greenwood Cemetery
  • Haynie Cemetery
  • Hillsdale Cemetery
  • Hopewell Cemetery
  • Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery
  • Jobe Cemetery
  • Kendall Cemetery
  • King Mountain Cemetery (Terrace Land Memorial Garden of Psalms)
  • Lakeside Cemetery
  • Lummi Tribal Cemetery
  • Lummi Island Cemetery
  • Lynden Cemetery
  • Lynden Jim Cemetery
  • Maple Falls Cemetery
  • Monumenta Cemetery
  • Mount Calvary Cemetery
  • Mount Hope Cemetery
  • Mountain View Cemetery
  • Nooksack Indian Cemetery
  • Old Maple Falls (Cannon) Cemetery
  • Perry Cemetery
  • Point Roberts Cemetery
  • Saint Anne's Cemeter
  • Saint Joseph (Clipper) Cemetery
  • Saint Peter's Catholic Cemetery
  • Saxon Cemetery
  • Semiahmoo Cemetery
  • Sumas Cemetery
  • Ten Mile Cemetery
  • Van Zandt Cemetery
  • Welcome (Kulshan) Cemetery
  • Wickershame Cemetery
  • Woodlawn Cemetery
  • Zion Lutheran Cemetery


  • 1860
  • 1870
  • 1871
  • 1880
  • 1885
  • 1887
  • 1889
  • 1890 Veterans
  • 1900
  • 1910
  • 1920
  • 1930

Church Records

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints




Local Histories




Washington State Digital Archives has digitized various types of naturalization-related records, including declarations of intentions, delayed birth files, naturalization affidavits, notifications of application for admission to US citizenship, orders fixing naturalization terms, petitions and records, petitions, receipts for certificates of citizenship, record of final decrees of citizenship and record of petitions dockets. Depending on the county, records range from 1854-1988.




Vital Records

  • Washington State Digital Archives has a database of Whatcom County Birth Records. This database contains the names and birth records of people who were born or whose births were recorded in Whatcom County from 1891 to 1907. The names were transcribed and images scanned from the Whatcom County Birth Returns.
  • Washington State Digital Archives also has a database of Whatcom County Death Records containing the names and death records of people who died or whose deaths were recorded in Whatcom County from 1891 to 1907.
  •  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.

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).