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This table can help you decide which records to search in Washington for your ancestors.

1. In column 1 select a goal.
2. In column 2 find the types of records most likely to have the information you need and click for details.
3. In column 3 find additional record types that may be useful.
4. Then look on the county Wiki pages and the FamilySearch Catalog for collections.

Names and Relationships[edit | edit source]

If You Need Look First In Then Search
Parents, children, spouses, and other family members

1.Vital Records
2.Church Records

4.Probate Records

Maiden name 1. Vital Records
2. Church Records
3. Newspapers
4. Bible Records
Living relatives (and adoptions) 1. Genealogy
2. Directories
3. Court Records
4. Obituaries
5. Internet
6. Adoptions

Event Dates and Places[edit | edit source]

If You Need Look First In Then Search
Birth date 1. Vital Records
2.Church Records
3.Bible Records
Birthplace 1. Vital Records
2. Church Records
3. Census
Country of foreign birth 1. Emigration and Immigration
2. Census
3. Naturalization and Citizenship
4. Church Records
City or parish of foreign birth 1. Church Records
2. Genealogy, Biography
3. Naturalization and Citizenship
4. Societies
Marriage place and date Vital Records, Church Records, Census, Newspapers, Bible Records Cemeteries, Military Records, Probate Records, Naturalization and Citizenship, Land and Property
Places family has lived Census, Land and Property, History, Directories Military Records, Taxation, Obituaries
Place (town) of residence when you know only the state Census (indexed), Genealogy, Military Records, Vital Records, and other records with a statewide index, Soundex Biography, Probate Records, History, Directories, Societies, Taxation

Immigration date Emigration and Immigration, Naturalization and Citizenship, Genealogy, Societies Census, Newspapers, Biography
Death/burial Vital Records, Cemeteries, Probate Records, Church Records, Obituaries, Societies Newspapers, Bible Records, Military Records
Description and Identity
Previous research (compiled genealogy) Genealogy, Periodicals, Societies History, Biography
Age Census, Vital Records, Cemeteries Military Records, Taxation
Ethnicity Minorities, American Indians, Societies Church Records, Emigration and Immigration, Naturalization and Citizenship, Periodicals
Occupation Census, Directories, Emigration and Immigration Newspapers, Court Records, Biography
Religion Church Records, History, Biography Bible Records, Cemeteries, Genealogy
Social activities History, Biography Newspapers, Societies Obituaries, Court Records, Cemeteries, Directories
Physical description Military Records, Biography Naturalization and Citizenship, Vital Records, Emigration and Immigration, Genealogy
Reference Aids
Historical background History, Periodicals Minorities
County origins and boundary changes History, Maps, Historical Geography Gazetteers
Place-finding aids Gazetteers, Maps, Historical Geography History, Periodicals
Record-finding aids Archives and Libraries, Societies Periodicals