Washington County Probate Records - FamilySearch Historical Records

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Washington, County Probate Records, 1853-1929
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Washington, 
United States
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Location of Washington
Record Description
Record Type Probate
Collection years 1853-1929
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State Archives, Northwest Regional Branch, Bellingham, Washington


What is in This Collection?

The collection includes probate case files from 1853 to 1929. The records are from the following counties:

The records were created by county courts and are housed at the Washington State Archives Northwest Regional Branch.

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To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection using the waypoints on the Collection Browse Page for Washington County Probate Records, 1853-1929.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

Probate records include petitions, inventories, accounts, decrees, oaths of executors, forms about guardians and other court documents.

The following information may be found in these records:

  • Name of testator or deceased
  • Names of heirs such as spouse, children, and other relatives or friends
  • Names of witnesses
  • Residence of testator
  • Lists of belongings, property, and so forth
  • Document
  • Recording dates
  • Sometimes the date of death

Collection Content

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How Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • Name of the person
  • The location or date of the event

Search the Index

This collection does not have a searchable index. Only images are available. See View the Images to access them.

View the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page.

  1. Select County
  2. Select Record type, year range and volume number or letter

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?

If these are indexes, the original records may contain additional information than was not indexed, or the information might have been indexed incorrectly. You may want to search for the original record at the Washington Genealogy Records.

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Add any new information to your records
  • Use a Probate record to identify adoptions, guardians, heirs and relatives
  • Use a probate record to approximate a death date then try to locate a death record
  • Use probate information to search for birth, baptism, and marriage records
  • Search for death or burial information in cemetery and newspaper records
  • Use the information to look for land and property records

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?

  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching nearby locations
  • Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names

Research Helps

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Washington.

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