Source Information

Ancestry.com. Washington, U.S.A., County Birth Records, 1870-1935 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010.
Original data: Washington Births, 1891-1929. Various county birth registers. Microfilm. Washington State Archives, Olympia, Washington.

About Washington, U.S.A., County Birth Records, 1870-1935

Counties in the state of Washington were required to keep birth records from 1891-1907. However, many counties began keeping these records earlier than 1891, with some records dating from as early as 1836. The mandatory recording of births and deaths at the state level began on 1 July 1907.

This database contains birth registers, returns, certificates, and affidavits from various counties in Washington. The majority of these records are from 1883-1935. Images of the microfilmed records are included in this database.

Information contained in this database can include:

  • Name of child
  • Gender
  • Birth date
  • Birthplace
  • Race
  • Mother’s name
  • Mother’s age
  • Mother’s birthplace
  • Father’s name
  • Father’s age
  • Father’s birthplace
  • Residence

Not all of the above information may be available for every individual listed in this database. The amount of information available for a person varies according to the type of form used as the original record.

Additional information may be available on the original record and can be obtained by viewing the image.

*Due to the quality of the film, some images may appear out of focus. The images included in this collection are the best images available at the present time.

Some of the above information was taken from:

  • Dwight A. Radford, “Washington,” in Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, 3d ed., ed. Alice Eichholz. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004).