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== What Is in the Collection? ==
== What is in This Collection? ==The collection consists of various records including official actions, probate records, indexes, etc. The records are from various counties in Washington State, from 1803 to 2010. The counties will be added to the collection as their records are available. Browse the collection to determine current record and county coverage. The following counties are available in the collection at this time:  *Adams *Asotin *Benton *Chelan *Columbia *Douglas *Franklin *Grant *Kittitas *Klickitat *Lincoln *Okanogan *Pend Oreille *Pierce *Spokane *Stevens *Walla Walla *Whitman *Yakimaa
The Washington State Archives maintains the state and local records considered to be permanently valuable. The individual records were made to establish legal rights and to help track the population for health and taxation purposes. The state collection was created to insure that the records are retained and archived properly. The information is generally reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant. Some transcription errors may have occurred.
=== Image Visibility ==={{Image Visibility}}===To Browse This Collection==={{Collection_Browse_Link|CID=CID1910364|title=Washington, County Records, 1803-2010}}
== What Can These Records Tell Me? ==
 The county records generally include the following informationmay be found in these records: {{columns-list|2|
*Date of the event, transaction, or recording with the county
*Names of individual, witnesses, family members, and sometimes neighbors *Ages
*Relationships
*Residences
*Legal descriptions of land
*Amount of money exchanged as part of business transactions
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== Collection Content ==
=== Coverage Map Table === To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings which counties are included in the collection, the type of record, and the years covered see: [[http://user.xmission.com/~jsvare/FR/WA_FRM.html Coverage Table for Washington State marriages, click hereCounty Records, 1803-2010]]. 
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== How Do I Search the This Collection? == You can search the index or view the images or both. Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
*Name of the person
*The location or date of the event
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=== How Do I Analyze the Results? ===
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== What Do I Do Next? ==
Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members.
=== I Found Who the Person I Was Looking For, What Now? === *Copy the citation below, in case you need to find this record again later. *Use the age or estimated birth date to find other county or [[Washington Vital Records]] such as birth, baptism, marriage, and death records. *Search for death or burial information in [[Washington Cemeteries]] and [[Washington Newspapers]].*Use the information found in the record to find [[Washington Land and Property]] records.*Use the information found in the record to find [[Washington Probate Records]].*Use the information found in the record to find [[Washington Emigration and Immigration]] records.*Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in the [[Washington Census]] records. Witnesses were usually family members.*Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family. *[[New Mexico Church Records|Church Records]] often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900. 
=== I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking For*Use the information to search for birth, What Now? === baptism, marriage, and death records *If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has Use the information found in the same surname. This list can help you record to find possible relatives.land, property and probate records*If you cannot locate your ancestor Use the information found in the locality record to find additional family members in which you believe they lived, then try searching a nearby locality [[Oregon Vital Records]].the censuses*Try different spellings Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of your ancestor’s name.*Remember that sometimes individuals went by [http://usgenweb.org/research/nicknames.html nicknames] or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for [http://genealogy.about.com/od/first_names/fl/nickname-given-name-equivalents.htm these names] as well. *Check the info box above for additional FamilySearch websites and related websites that may assist you in finding similar records.family
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=== Research Helps ===
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of [[Washington, United States Genealogy|Washington]].
* [[GuidedResearch:Washington|Washington Guided Research]]
* [[Washington Record Finder]]
* [[Washington Research Tips and Strategies|Research Tips and Strategies]]
* Step-by-Step Research: [[Step-by-Step Washington Research, 1850-1907|1850-1907]] &#124; [[Step-by-Step Washington Research, 1907--Present|1907-Present]]
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