Washington County Resources

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This entry was originally written by Dwight Radford, in 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
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Washington County Resources
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).