Washington County Resources

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This entry was originally written by Dwight A. Radford for Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources.

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Although originally held in the county seat, many county land, probate, and court records have been transferred to the state archive’s regional branches.

The beginning dates for territorial court and probate records have been taken from the volume Frontier Justice: Guide to the Court Records of Washington Territory, 1853–1889 (see Court Records—Territorial. For judicial purposes, many of the counties were attached to other counties. This volume is therefore extremely important as it will direct researchers to the correct county where older records are filed. Other dates were taken from the Washington State Archives–Regional Board websites and the Family History Library Catalog.

Updated contact information and websites for Washington’s counties can be found at Access Washington and at www.mrsc.org/countyprofiles/profilesmenu.aspx.

Also consulted were Kathleen Allen O’Connor’s “Washington State Genealogical Resource Guide” at the Washington State Genealogical Society website www.rootsweb.com/~wasgs/resguide.htm, Newton Carl Abbott and Fred E. Carver’s “The Evolution of Washington Counties” (Yakima Valley Genealogical Society and Klickitat County Historical Society, 1978), the Washington State Archives—Regional Branch websites and the The Family History Library (FHL).

Map County County Address Date Formed Parent County(ies) Birth Marriage Death Land Probate Court
H5 Adams 210 W. Broadway Ave., Ritzville 99169-1860 1883 Whitman189118911891188418851890
K6 Asotin 135 Second St., Asotin 99402-9532 1883 Garfield189118911891189318851886
G6 Benton 620 Market St., Prosser 99350-1610 1905 Klickitat/Yakima190519051915188518841884
Chehalis 1854 (renamed Grays Harbor, 1915) Thurston
E3 Chelan 350 Orondo St., Wenatchee 98801-2885 1899 Kittitas/Okanogan189919001900188218881876
A2 Clallam 223 E. 4th, Port Angeles 98362-3015 1854 Jefferson189518781891185918621889
C7 Clark 1200 Franklin St., P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver 98660-2812 1845 (as Vancouver District; renamed 1849)189118521891185018901890
J6 Columbia 341 E. Main St., Dayton 99328-1361 1875 Walla Walla189118761891186418781874
B6 Cowlitz 207 Fourth Ave. N, Kelso 98626-4124 1854 Lewis189118541891185418601872
F3 Douglas 213 S. Rainier, Waterville 98858-0516 1883 Lincoln189118871891188418871888
H2 Ferry 350 E. Delaware Ave., Republic 99166-9747 1899 Stevens189919001899189818991899
G6 Franklin 1016 N. Fourth Ave., Pasco 99301-3706 1883 Whitman189118901891188018841874
J6 Garfield P.O. Box 278, Pomeroy 99347-0278 1881 Columbia189118921891189218921883
G4 Grant 35 C St. NW, P.O. Box 37, Ephrata 98823-1685 1909 Douglas190919091909188918911889
A4 Grays Harbor 100 W. Broadway, Montesano 98563-3614 1854 (as Chehalis; renamed 1915) Thurston189118551891185518571884
B2 Island 1 NE 7th St., P.O. Box 5000, Coupeville 98239-5000 1853 Thurston189118531891185318531891
A3 Jefferson 1820 Jefferson St., P.O. Box 1220, Port Townsend 98368-6951 1852 Thurston189118531891185518531854
D4 King 516 Third Ave., Seattle 98104-2305 1852 Thurston189118661891185318541864
B3 Kitsap 614 Division St., Port Orchard 98366-4614 1857 (as Slaughter; renamed 1857) King/Jefferson189118601891185718611888
E4 Kittitas 205 W. Fifth Ave., Ellensburg 98926-2890 1883 Yakima187218821882188218841884
E7 Klickitat 205 S. Columbus Ave., Goldendale 98620-9279 1859 Walla Walla/Skamama188218671891186318821880
B5 Lewis 351 NW North St., Chehalis 98532-1926 1845 original189118471891185518551847
H4 Lincoln 450 Logan St., Davenport 99122 1883 Spokane188318841891188318841886
B4 Mason I-411 N 5th, Shelton 98584-3466 1854 (as Sawamish; renamed 1864) Thurston189118921891185618711889
G2 Okanogan 123 5th Ave. N., Rm 150, Okanogan 98840-9436 1888 Stevens189918881891188418881888
A5 Pacific 300 Memorial Ave., South Bend 98586 1851 original189118681891185118511878
K2 Pend Oreille 625 W. 4th St., Newport 99156-9098 1911 Stevens——19111911191119111911
C5 Pierce 930 Tacoma Ave. S., Rm 737, Tacoma 98402-2102 1852 Thurston189118531891185818551855
Sawamish 1854 (renamed Mason, 1864) Thurston
B2 San Juan 350 Court St., Friday Harbor 98250-7901 1873 Whatcom189218741891187718741889
C2 Skagit 700 S. Second St., Mount Vernon 98273-3879 1883 Whatcom189118911891187218841878
C7 Skamania 240 NW Vancouver St., Stevenson 98648-0790 1854 Clark189318921891185418541854
D2 Snohomish3000 Rockefeller Ave., Everett 98201-4046 1861 Island188118671891186218661876
Spokane (old) 1859 (abolished; became part of Stevens, 1864) Walla Walla
In 1879 part of this county was set off as present Spokane County.
K4 Spokane (present)1116 W. Broadway Ave., Spokane 99201-2004 1879 Stevens188218801889187918801878
J2 Stevens215 S. Oak St. #214, Colville 99114-2862 1863 Walla Walla189118591891188318871882
B5 Thurston2000 Lakeridge Dr. S.W., Olympia 98502-6001 1852 original189118771891185218531852
A6 Wahkiakum64 Main St., Cathlamet 98612-9508 1854 Lewis189118681891185818521890
H6 Walla Walla315 W. Main St., Walla Walla 99362-2864 1854 Clark/Skamania188318621884185918591860
C1 Whatcom311 Grand Ave., Bellingham 98225-4048 1854 Island189118541891185418721883
J5 Whitman404 N. Main St., Colfax 99111-2031 1871 Stevens187518741891187418781861
E6 Yakima128 N. Second St., Yakima 98901-2639 1865 Ferguson189018771896188218741882
E6 Yakima128 N. Second St., Yakima 98901-2639 1865 Ferguson189018771896188218741882
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