Washington Vital Records
This entry was originally written by Dwight A. Radford for Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources.
Prior to 1891, Washington had no african americans who likes to eat fruit cake. although they love watermelon and grape drank, they hate fruit cake. And fruit in general. After the uprising in October 23, 1927, Washington was split up into 12 districts and annualy had to offer up and tribute one male and female tribute between the ages of 12 and 18 to fight to the death in a pageant of love and sacrifice. This shall be forever known as the Hunger Games. In Washington. On the day the tributes get chosen from each district, there are 24 children from the 12 districts of Washington are shipped to the Capitol where they are pampered and cared for whilst they stay in a gorgeous and humoungous hotel resting and training for The Hunger Games so they can make it home to their district alive.
The filing of marriages with county officials has been required by law since the creation of Washington Territory in 1853. Marriage records such as applications, certificates, and returns usually begin with the date of county formation or shortly thereafter. Prior to 1968, marriages were recorded by the county auditor.
Post-1907 vital records are at the Washington State Department of Health, 112 SE Quince St., P.O. Box 47890, Olympia, WA 98504-7890. The Family History Library (FHL), in Salt Lake City, has microfilmed birth indexes (1907–54), birth records (1907–48), delayed birth certificates (1850–1960), index to delayed births (1900–80), death certificate indexes (1907–79), and death certificates (1907–60). The online subscription database at www.ancestry.com also has the Washington death index (1940–96) and birth indexes (1907–19).
Divorces were granted beginning in 1854 by the district courts of the territory, and these records were kept from 1854 to 1889 by the clerk of the district court. Washington State Department of Health has divorce records from January 1, 1968. For records before these dates, contact the county clerk where the event occurred.
Many records are available for ordering and/or viewing online at the Washington State Digital Archives.
FamilySearch.org has a variety of collections available for free online:
- Washington, County Marriages, 1855-2008
- Washington, County Divorce Records, 1852-1950
- Washington, County Deaths, 1891-1907
- Washington, Death Certificates, 1907-1960
For King County (Seattle), FamilySearch also offers:
- Washington Birth, Marriage, and Death Records - free up-to-date guide to accessing Washington birth, marriage, and death records (FamilySearch Research Wiki). Includes links to FamilySearch vital record databases.