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|title=Washington State County Records, 1885-1950
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== Collection Time Period ==
Compare the information you find in the records to what you already know about your ancestors to determine which record is about your ancestor. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.
Next, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family.  For example:
*Use the age to calculate a birth date.
*Use the names alonh along with the residences to find&nbsp;church and census records. *Occupations listed can lead you to employment records or other types of records such as employment or military records.
*The name of the officiator at a christening, marriage, or burial may be a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county.
*Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname as the bride or groom; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
The Washington State Archives maintains the state and local records considered to be permanently valuable.
=== Why this the Record Was Created ===
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.
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections ==
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A suggested format for citing FamilySearch Historical Collections, including how to cite individual archives is found in the following link: [[How to Cite FamilySearch Collections|How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
== Sources of Information for This Collection ==
<!--bibdescbegin-->Washington. State County Records, 1854-1975. Washington State Archives. Puget Sound Regional Branch, Bellevue, Washington. <!--bibdescend-->
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