Washington Research Tips and Strategies

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Washington Research Strategies[edit | edit source]

Below are links to different research strategy pages to help you locate your ancestors in Washington

Washington Research Tips[edit | edit source]

These tips will help you as you research your ancestors in Washington.

  • Birth information: Statewide registration of births in Washington began in 1907. A helpful substitute record to find birth information is a death record. However, date and place of birth on a death record is considered secondary information, as it was not recorded at the time of the birth event. The birth information should be corroborated with other substitute records to improve accuracy.
  • Finding Parents: Statewide registration of deaths in Washington began in 1907.  They often will list the parents of the deceased and their birth information. Search Washington death records
  • Look in all censuses: Always look for your ancestor in every possible census. There are clues regarding immigration, naturalization, and occupation that can lead to other records. Sometimes parents can be found living with their children later in life. Search U.S. Censuses.

Washington Record Finder[edit | edit source]

This brief Record Finder is designed to help you determine the best record to search for the type of information you are looking for. It is most helpful for post-1850 research. For a more complete Record Finder, covering additional research needs, see Washington Record Finder.

1. What you are looking for: 2. Try these records first: 3. Other useful records

Birth information

Marriage information
Death information
Parents

Maiden name

Immigration date

Naturalization

Physical description

Further Washington Research[edit | edit source]