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Guide to Pend Oreille County Washington ancestry, family history, and genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records, since 1911, when the county was formed.

Metaline Falls in September, Pend Oreille County,Washington
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Pend Oreille County, Washington
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Map of Washington highlighting Pend Oreille County
Location in the state of Washington
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Facts
Founded March 1, 1911
County Seat Newport
Courthouse
Address Pend Oreille County Courthouse
625 W 4th PO Box 5020
Newport, WA 99156-5000
Phone: 509.447.2435
Pend Oreille County Website


County Overview[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for the Pend d'Oreilles tribe, who in turn was ostensibly named for large shell earrings that members wore. ("Pend d'oreille", while awkward in French, could be translated as "hangs from the ear".) The County is located in the northeast area of the state.[1]

Parent County(s)[edit | edit source]

Pend Oreille, Washington was created 1 March 1911 from Stevens. [2]

County Seat: Newport [3]. See also Towns and Communities in Pend Oreille County, Washington Genealogy. For Courthouse, see Archives, libraries, etc.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Pend Oreille County Courthouse
625 W 4th PO Box 5020
Newport, WA 99156-5000
Phone: 509.447.2435

County Auditor has birth, marriage and land records from 1911.
County Clerk has divorce, probate and court records from 1911. [5]

See also Archives, libraries, etc. in Pend Oreille County, Washington Genealogy.

Dates of Major County Records[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[6]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1911 1911 1911 1911 1911 1911 1850
Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1907.
General compliance by 1917.
Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Topics for Pend Oreille County, Washington Genealogy[edit | edit source]

The topics or headings on this page describe records that are used for genealogy and family history. They include links to web sites with indexes, images, or information about the county.


Bible Records[edit | edit source]

 

Biography[edit | edit source]

Biographical information is often found in state and local histories or genealogies. See also Washington Biography.

Business and Commerce[edit | edit source]

 

  • Patent, 1895-1970 Part of: County Records, 1856-2009 FamilySearch Historical Collections (free)
  • Patent Records, 1911-1970 Part of Washington, County Records, 1856-2009 at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
    • See what genealogical information may be in these records.
    • Includes Patent records transcription 1895-1910; Patents and final receipts-direct index 1911-1947; Patents and final receipts-direct index transcription 1903-1910.

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
FindAGrave Family History Library FindAGrave
Tombstone Project WorldCat Interment.net
Billion Graves (name) Washington Periodicals WA State Digital Archives
WAGenWeb Archives Linkpendium
Billion Graves Genealogy Trails
US GenWeb
See Washington Cemeteries for more information.

Cemetery records often reveal birth, death, relationship, military, and religious information. Tombstones, sextons (caretakers) records, and burial records each have slightly different information. See Washington Cemeteries.


Census[edit | edit source]

Federal Census Contents
Names, ages, birthplaces 1850–1940
Birthplaces of parents 1880–1940
Relationships 1880–1940
Family and Neighbors All years
Immigration year 1900–1930
Citizenship 1910–1940

Censuses 1) Give names, ages, and more about the family; 2) Pinpoint the area to find other records; and 3) Provide clues for further research.



Church Records[edit | edit source]

The information church records provide depends upon the church practices and the record keepers. Records may include names, ages, and dates of events such as baptism, marriage, or burial. See Washington Church Records.

  • Church records (microfilmed originals or published transcripts) for Pend Oreille County, Washington Genealogy may be listed in the FamilySearch catalog.

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Your ancestors may be found in court records as defendants, plaintiffs, witnesses, or jurors. Court records can clarify family relationships, places of residence, occupations, and family history. See Washington Court Records for courts used through the years.

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For specialized court records, see Divorce  · Guardianship  · Land  · Naturalization · Probate

Directories[edit | edit source]

 

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

 

Ethnic, Political or Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

 

American Indian[edit | edit source]

The Kalispel Indian Reservation is located in Pend Oreille County.

Japanese[edit | edit source]

World War II Files, 1942-1946

Public Welfare/Social Security Department, (Japanese Internment) Assistance Cases, Evacuee Referrals for Resettlement and Assistance, 1945-1946 from the Washington State Archives – Digital Archives

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

 

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

 

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Click a neighboring county
for more resources


Genealogy[edit | edit source]

A FamilySearch Community Tree is available for this place.
Many local libraries and societies have collections of family genealogies. County histories or biographies often include brief genealogies of the featured persons. 

Genealogy Research Aids

  • Basic Guide for Genealogy Research in Stevens, Ferry and Pend Oreille Counties by Nancy Wright, Susan DeChant, and Shirley Dodson of NeWGS.

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Guardianship of orphans or adults unable to manage their own affairs were handled by the probate and the District courts. See Washington Court Records.

History[edit | edit source]

Local histories for Pend Oreille County, Washington Genealogy may include biographies, history of churches, schools, local government with names of officials, military information, and more. See Washington Local Histories.

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Historical County Boundaries from Newberry Library[7]

Emphasis for this timeline is on events that affected migration, records, or record-keeping. Unless otherwise mentioned, the events below were gleaned from Arksey, Laura. Pend Oreille County -- Thumbnail History, History Link.org Essay 7618.

  • The area that became Pend Oreille County was in many ways the last frontier in the state. Its inhabitants were first the indigenous peoples, then fur traders and explorers, followed by missionaries, then miners, loggers, and homesteaders.
  • 1850s - late, The first substantial influx of non-Indians came with the discovery of gold in the Metaline area.
  • 1853 - March 2, U.S. President Millard Fillmore establishes Washington Territory.
  • 1850s-1860s - Timber was the other major extractive industry in the area that became Pend Oreille County.
  • 1906 - The Forest Homestead Act was passed. Under its provisions, 160-acre plots judged to have agricultural potential were released from the reserved forests.
  • 1900-1910 - The population of the area, still part of Stevens County, grew from roughly 1,200 to 5,900.
  • 1911 - March 1, Pend Oreille County was the last county created in the state.

Land and Property[edit | edit source]

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Land records (especially deeds) may give the name of a spouse, heirs, and witnesses, who may be relatives or in-laws.

County deeds, mortgages, and leases show transfers from person to person. See also Court Records for actions involving real estate. See Washington Land for government-to-person records.

  • Land records prior to 1911 are held by the Stevens County Auditor. Records have been digitized and are available upon request.
  • Washington State Archives, Cheney holds the 1912-1919 plat books and description and the list of forest lands and Indian lands acquired by the Federal government, 1913-1939, Board of Equalization correspondence and assessment review.
  • County Land records, 1850-1954 Part of:"Washington County Land Records, 1850-1954" FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
    • NOTE: These are labeled as direct (grantor/seller) and indirect (grantee/buyer) indexes, yet several include copies of the deed books. After selecting the years you need, explore various images to determine if the deeds are included.

Maps[edit | edit source]

 

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This map highlights the county within the state of Washington. The map soon will have inter-active links.

Migration[edit | edit source]

Most residents came to Washington from other states or crossed the border from Canada. (See Seattle Passenger Lists for those who came from other countries.) Although few other migration records exist, try:

Censuses (use birthdates and places of children as clues)
Land (1st deed may reveal previous residence)
Death-related records of children may give town or county of birth
• Records of relatives and neighbors

Military[edit | edit source]

 

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Declarations of Intent before 1906 often include the nation of origin, his* foreign and "Americanized" names, residence, and date of arrival. See Washington Naturalization and Citizenship for more information.     *Women were not naturalized until 1922 in the United States.

  • Declaration of Intention, 1911-1954 Part of Washington, County Records, 1856-2009 at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
    • See what genealogical information may be in these records.
    • Includes Marriage affidavits 1911-1996; Marriage affidavits Marriage applications 1933-1935; Marriage certificates 1911-2004; Marriage registers 1911-1947; Naturalization certificate stubs 1912-1927; Naturalization records Naturalization petitions 1911-1921, 1921-1952; Naturalization records-miscellaneous 1912-1945.

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Small town newspapers provide historical content and contain obituaries, birth or death notices, legal notices, and community news, such as visits to or from out-of-town relatives. See Washington Newspapers for tips, resources, and details.

Finding More Washington Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Pend Oreille County, Washington Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

  • WorldCat (For instructions see WorldCat Online Catalog).
  • Do a search for these and other records in the FamilySearch Catalog. To select a county in Washington, add a comma, slide way down to the county list, then click Search. (Almost every state seems to have a Washington County)

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Obituaries may mention birth, marriage, spouse, parents, living family members, education, occupation, and more. See Washington Obituaries for state level collections and United States Obituaries for tips and insights.

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See also: NewspapersLibrariesSocietiesFuneral Homes • Obituaries of neighboring counties or of the person's previous residence • Family records.

Also check:

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

 

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Probate records identify heirs of the decedents, give the (approximate) death dates, and provide specifics about property holdings. The records were kept by the county judge.

These include wills, inheritance records, dockets, and other documents regarding property and estates of individuals who have died. See also Court Records for civil actions involving estates. Also see Washington Probate Records.

  • Probate Records, 1889-1974 Part of Washington, County Records, 1856-2009 at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
    • See what genealogical information may be in these records.
    • Includes Probate case files 1912-1931; Probate fee book 1889-1937; Probate Journals 1911-1936; Will records 1907-1974.; Letters testamentary 1911-1968.

Public Records[edit | edit source]

Public records are documents created by civil authorities that either don't fit comfortably in another topic, or that could fit in several topics.

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School Records[edit | edit source]

 

Taxation[edit | edit source]

Washington tax records complement land records and can supplement the years between censuses. There may be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties. For more information, see the wiki page Washington Taxation.

The SCHS has the Stevens County Assessor's personal property tax assessment ledgers for 1898 to 1906. Images of the 1898 ledger are viewable on the Crossroads on the Columbia project.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

The county auditors in Washington kept records of birth, marriage, and death. The county clerk has the divorce records - the earliest dates to the present.

Visit the Washington State Department of Health website to order a Washington Birth, Death, Marriage or Divorce Certificate. See Washington Vital Records for details and history of the records. .

Birth[edit | edit source]
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In 1891, coroners, physicians, and midwives were to "return" births and deaths to the county auditor. Many went unrecorded. In 1907, the State Center for Health Statistics assumed this responsibility.[8]

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See Washington Online Genealogy Records for indexes.
Also see Washington Birth Records.

  • Birth Records, 1912-1948 Part of: Washington, County Records, 1856-2009 FamilySearch Historical Collections (free)
    • See what genealogical information may be in these records.
    • Includes: Certificates, 1912-1948; Delayed applications, 1941-1943; Miscellaneous, 1914-1916

For earlier or unrecorded births, search:


Marriage[edit | edit source]
Marriage Records reveal
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Marriage records include certificates, marriage returns, license applications or affidavits. Counties kept the records until 1968, when the state took over.


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See Washington Online Genealogy Records for indexes.
Also see Washington Marriage Records.

  • 1911-2004 - Marriage Records, 1911-2004 Part of: Washington, County Records, 1856-2009 FamilySearch Historical Collections (free)
    • Includes: Marriage affidavits 1911-1996; Applications, 1933-1935; Certificates, 1911-2004; Registers, 1911-1947
Divorce[edit | edit source]

Divorce records give the names of the parties and may give the date and place of their marriage. See Washington Vital Records for excellent information.

Online Records

Death[edit | edit source]
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In 1891, coroners, physicians and midwives were to report (or return) all births and deaths under their supervision to County Auditors. On July 1, 1907, the State took over....[9]

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See Washington Online Genealogy Records for indexes.
Also see Washington Death Records.

  • Death Records at Washington State Digital Archives Collection. (Free)

Voting Registers[edit | edit source]

 


Websites[edit | edit source]



Sites with online indexes or images of records
Northeast Washington Genealogical Society includes Pend Oreille County. Free Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
Pend Oreille County WAGenWeb Project Free Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
USGenWeb Archives Project Free Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
Washington State Digital Archives Free Includes indexes, some linked to images.
  • Type county name, click Search, then select a collection.
  • Collections were posted to the appropriate headings for this Wiki page in December, 2013.
FamilySearch Historical Collections Free Search indexes or browse images at FamilySearch.org.
  • Click "Last Updated." Collections through December 2013 have been posted to the appropriate topics for this Wiki page.
Sites that search for links pertaining to Pend Oreille County, Washington Genealogy
Websites at RootsWeb - Pend Oreille WA Free Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
Linkpendium Free Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
CyndisList Free Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
StateofUS.com Free "Pend Oreille County, Washington Facts" (mis-labeled "Pend Oreille County, Alabama Facts")
Major catalogs for hard copy collections of Pend Oreille County, Washington Genealogy
Books, microfilm, or manuscripts of genealogical records
FamilySearch catalog Select topics. To select towns, add a comma to the search box.
WorldCat To find nearby libraries that have specific items, see WorldCat Online Catalog.
Allen County Public Library (Indiana)
See also local libraries and Washington Archives and Libraries

Archives, Libraries, etc.[edit | edit source]

Resources for Pend Oreille County, Washington Genealogy are available in libraries, archives, and other repositories at all levels: the town, the county, the state (including universities), and the nation.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Local public libraries—even smaller ones—often have Unique Genealogical Collections that are not online for the area they serve. Many libraries in Washington have an area dedicated to local history and genealogy.


  • Pend Oreille County Library District has branches at the following locations:
  • Calispel Valley Branch Library
    107 1st Avenue
    Cusick, WA 99119
    Phone: 509-445-1215
    Website
  • Ione Branch Library
    210 Blackwell, Suite 1
    Ione, WA 99139
    Phone: 509-442-3030
    Website
  • Metaline Falls Branch Library
    302 Park Street
    Metaline Falls, WA 99153
    Phone: 509-446-3232
    Website
  • Newport Branch Library
    116 S Washington Avenue
    Newport, WA 99156
    Phone: 509-447-2111
    Website
Museums[edit | edit source]

 

Societies[edit | edit source]

 

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[10]

Cities
Towns
Unincorporated communities
  • Jared
  • Ruby
  • Sacheen Lake
  • Native American communities


    Indian Reservation

    The Kalispel Indian Reservation is located in Pend Oreille County.

    References[edit | edit source]

    1. Wikipedia contributors, "Pend Oreille County, Washington," in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pend_Oreille_County,_Washington. accessed 18/07/2019
    2. The Evolution of Washington Counties by Newton Carl Abbott, Fred E. Carver, 1979. Published by the Yakima Valley Genealogical Society and Klickitat County Genealogical Society.
    3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
    4. John H. Long, Atlas of Historical County Boundaries (Chicago: Newberry Library, 2006) online.
    5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Pend Oreille County, Washington page 734, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
    6. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Pend Oreille County, Washington . Page 732-735 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 733-734.
    7. John H. Long, Atlas of Historical County Boundaries (Chicago: Newberry Library, 2006) online.
    8. Washington State Archives - Digital Archives, Birth Records, About this Collection
    9. About Death Records at Washington State Digital Archives.
    10. Wikipedia contributors, "Pend Oreille County, Washington," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pend_Oreille_County,_Washington, accessed 20 March 2019.

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