Washington, United States Genealogy

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Guide to Washington state ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records


Welcome to Washington, The Evergreen State[edit | edit source]

Created 11 November 1889 from Washington Territory

Mt. Adams reflection at Takhlakh Lake
Washington State
How to Find Your
Washington Ancestors
1. Birth Information
2. Marriage Information
3. Death Information


Counties[edit | edit source]

Click on the map below to go to a county page.
Adams CountyAsotin CountyBenton CountyChelan CountylCallam CountyClark CountyColumbia CountyCowlitz CountyDouglas CountyFerry CountyFranklin CountyGarfield CountyGrant CountyGrays Harbor CountyIsland CountyJefferson CountyKing CountyKitsap CountyKittitas CountyKlickitat CountyLewis CountyLincoln CountyMason CountyOkanogan CountyPend Oreille CountyPacific CountyPierce CountySan Juan CountySkagit CountySkamania CountySnohomish CountySpokane CountyStevens CountyThurston CountyWahkiakum CountyWalla Walla CountyWhatcom CountyWhitman CountyYakima CountyWAmap1.JPG

Extinct or Renamed Counties:
Chehalis |Sawamish | Slaughter | Vancouver

Major Repositories[edit | edit source]

Washington State Archives · Washington State Library · Seattle Public Library · Tacoma Public Library · Washington State Historical Society · National Archives at Seattle · Family History Library

Migration Routes[edit | edit source]

Columbia River · Snake River · Oregon Trail · Great Northern Railway (U.S.) · Northern Pacific Railroad

Featured Content[edit | edit source]

Did You Know?[edit | edit source]

  • Washington is a public land state. The area that now comprises the state was part of the public domain and was administered by the federal government through local land offices under the direction of the General Land Office (GLO), later known as the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The first land office in Washington was established at Olympia in 1855.
  • In the early 1800s, traders and trappers came from Canada, Russia, Latin America, and the United States into what is now Oregon and Washington. Most well-known was David Thompson starting in 1809.
  • In 1811 The American Fur Company, owned by John Jacob Astor, an American, established the first white settlement at Astoria, Oregon.
  • Protesant missionaries settled in Walla Walla and Tshimakain in 1836 until the Whitman Massacre in 1847.
  • Washington Territory was created February 8, 1853 from northern part of  Oregon Territory north of the Columbia River in the west, and north of the 46th parallel east of the Columbia River.
  • Gretna Greens. When a Washington State couple's marriage is not in their home county, search for it in alternate places like Port Orchard for the greater Seattle area, Coeur d'Alene ID for Spokane and eastern Washington, and Canadian communities on the border.[1]

Research Tools[edit | edit source]

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Sources[edit | edit source]

  1. Arlene H. Eakle, "Have you searched and searched for a marriage without finding it?" in Genealogy Blog at http://www.arleneeakle.com/wordpress/2007/02/19/have-you-searched-and-searched-for-the-marriage-without-finding-it/ (accessed 8 January 2011).