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

Latest revision as of 11:28, 18 August 2010

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

This article is part of
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the Washington Family History Research series.
History of Washington
Washington Vital Records
Census Records for Washington
Background Sources for Washington
Washington Maps
Washington Land Records
Washington Probate Records
Washington Court Records
Washington Tax Records
Washington Cemetery Records
Washington Church Records
Washington Military Records
Washington Periodicals, Newspapers, and Manuscript Collections
Washington Archives, Libraries, and Societies
Washington Immigration
Ethnic Groups of Washington
Washington County Resources
Map of Washington
County Map of Washington

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 Whitman 1891 1891 1891 1884 1885 1890
K6 Asotin 135 Second St., Asotin 99402-9532 1883 Garfield 1891 1891 1891 1893 1885 1886
G6 Benton 620 Market St., Prosser 99350-1610 1905 Klickitat/Yakima 1905 1905 1915 1885 1884 1884
Chehalis 1854 (renamed Grays Harbor, 1915) Thurston
E3 Chelan 350 Orondo St., Wenatchee 98801-2885 1899 Kittitas/Okanogan 1899 1900 1900 1882 1888 1876
A2 Clallam 223 E. 4th, Port Angeles 98362-3015 1854 Jefferson 1895 1878 1891 1859 1862 1889
C7 Clark 1200 Franklin St., P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver 98660-2812 1845 (as Vancouver District; renamed 1849) 1891 1852 1891 1850 1890 1890
J6 Columbia 341 E. Main St., Dayton 99328-1361 1875 Walla Walla 1891 1876 1891 1864 1878 1874
B6 Cowlitz 207 Fourth Ave. N, Kelso 98626-4124 1854 Lewis 1891 1854 1891 1854 1860 1872
F3 Douglas 213 S. Rainier, Waterville 98858-0516 1883 Lincoln 1891 1887 1891 1884 1887 1888
H2 Ferry 350 E. Delaware Ave., Republic 99166-9747 1899 Stevens 1899 1900 1899 1898 1899 1899
G6 Franklin 1016 N. Fourth Ave., Pasco 99301-3706 1883 Whitman 1891 1890 1891 1880 1884 1874
J6 Garfield P.O. Box 278, Pomeroy 99347-0278 1881 Columbia 1891 1892 1891 1892 1892 1883
G4 Grant 35 C St. NW, P.O. Box 37, Ephrata 98823-1685 1909 Douglas 1909 1909 1909 1889 1891 1889
A4 Grays Harbor 100 W. Broadway, Montesano 98563-3614 1854 (as Chehalis; renamed 1915) Thurston 1891 1855 1891 1855 1857 1884
B2 Island 1 NE 7th St., P.O. Box 5000, Coupeville 98239-5000 1853 Thurston 1891 1853 1891 1853 1853 1891
A3 Jefferson 1820 Jefferson St., P.O. Box 1220, Port Townsend 98368-6951 1852 Thurston 1891 1853 1891 1855 1853 1854
D4 King 516 Third Ave., Seattle 98104-2305 1852 Thurston 1891 1866 1891 1853 1854 1864
B3 Kitsap 614 Division St., Port Orchard 98366-4614 1857 (as Slaughter; renamed 1857) King/Jefferson 1891 1860 1891 1857 1861 1888
E4 Kittitas 205 W. Fifth Ave., Ellensburg 98926-2890 1883 Yakima 1872 1882 1882 1882 1884 1884
E7 Klickitat 205 S. Columbus Ave., Goldendale 98620-9279 1859 Walla Walla/Skamama 1882 1867 1891 1863 1882 1880
B5 Lewis 351 NW North St., Chehalis 98532-1926 1845 original 1891 1847 1891 1855 1855 1847
H4 Lincoln 450 Logan St., Davenport 99122 1883 Spokane 1883 1884 1891 1883 1884 1886
B4 Mason I-411 N 5th, Shelton 98584-3466 1854 (as Sawamish; renamed 1864) Thurston 1891 1892 1891 1856 1871 1889
G2 Okanogan 123 5th Ave. N., Rm 150, Okanogan 98840-9436 1888 Stevens 1899 1888 1891 1884 1888 1888
A5 Pacific 300 Memorial Ave., South Bend 98586 1851 original 1891 1868 1891 1851 1851 1878
K2 Pend Oreille 625 W. 4th St., Newport 99156-9098 1911 Stevens —— 1911 1911 1911 1911 1911
C5 Pierce 930 Tacoma Ave. S., Rm 737, Tacoma 98402-2102 1852 Thurston 1891 1853 1891 1858 1855 1855
Sawamish 1854 (renamed Mason, 1864) Thurston
B2 San Juan 350 Court St., Friday Harbor 98250-7901 1873 Whatcom 1892 1874 1891 1877 1874 1889
C2 Skagit 700 S. Second St., Mount Vernon 98273-3879 1883 Whatcom 1891 1891 1891 1872 1884 1878
C7 Skamania 240 NW Vancouver St., Stevenson 98648-0790 1854 Clark 1893 1892 1891 1854 1854 1854
D2 Snohomish 3000 Rockefeller Ave., Everett 98201-4046 1861 Island 1881 1867 1891 1862 1866 1876
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 Stevens 1882 1880 1889 1879 1880 1878
J2 Stevens 215 S. Oak St. #214, Colville 99114-2862 1863 Walla Walla 1891 1859 1891 1883 1887 1882
B5 Thurston 2000 Lakeridge Dr. S.W., Olympia 98502-6001 1852 original 1891 1877 1891 1852 1853 1852
A6 Wahkiakum 64 Main St., Cathlamet 98612-9508 1854 Lewis 1891 1868 1891 1858 1852 1890
H6 Walla Walla 315 W. Main St., Walla Walla 99362-2864 1854 Clark/Skamania 1883 1862 1884 1859 1859 1860
C1 Whatcom 311 Grand Ave., Bellingham 98225-4048 1854 Island 1891 1854 1891 1854 1872 1883
J5 Whitman 404 N. Main St., Colfax 99111-2031 1871 Stevens 1875 1874 1891 1874 1878 1861
E6 Yakima 128 N. Second St., Yakima 98901-2639 1865 Ferguson 1890 1877 1896 1882 1874 1882
E6 Yakima 128 N. Second St., Yakima 98901-2639 1865 Ferguson 1890 1877 1896 1882 1874 1882