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[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Washington|Washington]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''Douglas County'''  
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}}<br>Guide to '''Douglas County Washington ancestry, family history, and genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records, since 1883, when the [[{{PAGENAME}}#County_Overview|county was formed]].<br><br> [[Image:3-Devils-grade-Moses-Coulee-Cattle-Feed-Lot-PB110016.JPG|thumb|right|250px|<center>
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Three Devils grade Moses Coulee, Douglas County, Washington</center>]]
  
Guide to '''Douglas County Washington genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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<br><br><div id="fsButtons"><span class="online_records_button">[[Washington Online Genealogy Records]]</span></div> {{Infobox U.S. County  
 
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| building address = [http://www.douglascountywa.net/ Douglas County Courthouse]<br>213 South Rainier<br> Waterville, WA 98858 <br>Phone: 509.745.8529 <br>[http://www.Douglascounty.us/ '''Douglas County Website'''] }}  
 
| building address = [http://www.douglascountywa.net/ Douglas County Courthouse]<br>213 South Rainier<br> Waterville, WA 98858 <br>Phone: 509.745.8529 <br>[http://www.Douglascounty.us/ '''Douglas County Website'''] }}  
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=== County Overview  ===
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{{Tip|Before the newly-formed county was fully operational, search records of the parent county(s).}}
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==== Description ==== 
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The County was named for American statesman Stephen A. Douglas. The County is located in the northcentral area of the state.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Douglas County, Washington," in ''https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_County,_Washington.'' accessed 15/07/2019</ref> 
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==== Parent County(s)  ====
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Douglas County, Washington was created 28 November 1883 from [[Lincoln County, Washington Genealogy|Lincoln]] County.<ref>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.</ref>.<ref>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.</ref>
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'''County Seat:''' Waterville <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>. See also [[{{PAGENAME}}#Towns_and_Communities|Towns and Communities]] in {{PAGENAME}}. For Courthouse, see [[{{PAGENAME}}#Archives.2C_Libraries.2C_etc.|Archives, libraries, etc.]]
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===== Boundary Changes  =====
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[[Lincoln County, Washington Genealogy|Lincoln County]] was created from [[Spokane County, Washington Genealogy|Spokane County ]] four days prior to the creation of [[Douglas County, Washington|Douglas County]]. Prior records would be held at [[Spokane County, Washington Genealogy|Spokane County]] for 1879 to 1883, and Stevens County for 1860 to 1879. [[Stevens County, Washington Genealogy|Stevens County]] holds the Spokane County commissioner and earliest land records.
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See [http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/documents/WA_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm#DOUGLAS Historical County Boundaries] from Newberry Library<ref>John H. Long, ''Atlas of Historical County Boundaries'' (Chicago: Newberry Library, 2006) [http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/ online].</ref>
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For animated maps illustrating Washington County boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/washington/ "Rotating Formation Washington County Boundary Maps"] (1843-1915) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
  
 
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=== Historical Facts ===
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==== Neighboring Counties ====
  
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{{PAGENAME}} is surrounded by: [[Chelan County, Washington Genealogy|Chelan]] | [[Grant County, Washington Genealogy|Grant]] | [[Kittitas County, Washington Genealogy|Kittitas]] | [[Okanogan County, Washington Genealogy|Okanogan]]
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==== Courthouse  ====
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[http://www.douglascountywa.net/ Douglas County Courthouse]<br>213 South Rainier<br> Waterville, WA 98858 <br>Phone: 509.745.8529 <br><br>County Auditor has marriage records from 1907<br>burial records to 1909, land records to 1925, <br>marriage, death, divorce, probate and court records. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Clark County, Washington page 732, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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See also [[{{PAGENAME}}#Archives.2C_Libraries.2C_etc.|Archives, libraries, etc.]] in {{PAGENAME}}.
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==== Dates of Major County Records  ====
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| bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="7" | <center>'''Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Douglas County, Washington . Page 732-735 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=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.</ref></center>
 
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Douglas County, Washington#Birth|Birth]]'''</center>
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Douglas County, Washington Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Douglas County, Washington#Marriage|Marriage]]'''</center>
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Douglas County, Washington Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Douglas County, Washington#Death|Death]]'''</center>
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Douglas County, Washington Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Douglas County, Washington#Land_and_Property|Land]]'''</center>
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Douglas County, Washington Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Douglas County, Washington#Probate|Probate]]'''</center>
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Douglas County, Washington Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Douglas County, Washington#Court_Records|Court]]'''</center>
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Douglas County, Washington Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Douglas County, Washington Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
 
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1891
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1887
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1891
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1888
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1884
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1887
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1850
 
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#99d6ff" colspan="6" | '''* For earlier dates, try...''' '''[[Douglas County, Washington#Church_Records|Church]] &#124; [[Douglas County, Washington#Obituaries|Obituaries]] &#124; [[Douglas County, Washington#Cemeteries|Cemeteries]]'''
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| colspan="7"| <center>Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1907. <br>General compliance by 1917.</center>
 
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*'''Parent County:''' created 28 November 1883 from [[Lincoln County, Washington|Lincoln]] County.<ref>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.</ref>
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===== Record Loss  =====
*'''County Seat:''': Waterville <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
 
*'''Neighboring Counties:''' [[Chelan County, Washington|Chelan]] | [[Grant County, Washington|Grant]] | [[Kittitas County, Washington|Kittitas]] | [[Okanogan County, Washington|Okanogan]]
 
  
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
[[Lincoln County, Washington|Lincoln County]] was created from [[Spokane County, Washington|Spokane County ]] four days prior to the creation of [[Douglas_County,_Washington|Douglas County]]. Prior records would be held at [[Spokane County, Washington|Spokane County]] for 1879 to 1883, and Stevens County for 1860 to 1879. [[Stevens County, Washington|Stevens County]] holds the Spokane County commissioner and earliest land records.
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=== Topics for {{PAGENAME}}  ===
  
==== Record Loss  ====
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{{WA Topics Intro}}
  
=== Resources  ===
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{{Tip|Don't overlook {{FHL|United States, Washington, Douglas|place|disp={{PAGENAME}}}} items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see [[Douglas County, Washington Genealogy#Archives.2C_Libraries.2C_etc.|Archives and Libraries]].}}
  
 
==== Bible Records  ====
 
==== Bible Records  ====
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{{WA Bible Intro}}
  
 
==== Biography  ====
 
==== Biography  ====
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{{WA Biogs Intro}}
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==== Business and Commerce  ====
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{{WA Business Intro}}
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''List of Cemeteries in the county'''
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://www.findagrave.com/memorial FindAGrave] 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|476397 |subject-id|disp=Family History Library}} 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery-browse/USA/Washington/Douglas-County?id=county_2961 FindAGrave]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://usgwtombstones.org/washington/douglas.htm  Tombstone Project]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=Douglas+County%2C+Washington%2C+cemeteries&qt=results_page WorldCat]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.interment.net/us/wa/douglas.htm Interment.net]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search#/ Billion Graves (name)]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [[Washington Periodicals]]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections#RSID:34 WA State Digital Archives]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://usgwarchives.net/wa/douglas/douglas.htm WAGenWeb Archives]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.linkpendium.com/douglas-wa-genealogy/cem/ Linkpendium]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search/cemetery Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://genealogytrails.com/wash/douglas/cemeteries.html Genealogy Trails]
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{{WA Cemeteries Intro}}
  
 
==== Census  ====
 
==== Census  ====
  
*1885
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{{WA Census}}
*1887
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*1890 Veterans
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*Census indexes at [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/ Washington State Digital Archives]: (Free)
*1900
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**Federal: [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/119 1910]
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**Territorial: [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/399 1885]{{•}} [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/148 1887]{{•}} [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/401 1892]
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{{FYI|Censuses indexed by societies or groups in the area may be more accurate, due to familiarity with local surnames.}}
  
 
==== Church Records  ====
 
==== Church Records  ====
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{{WA Church Intro}}
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*Church records (microfilmed originals or published transcripts) for {{PAGENAME}} are listed in the {{FHL|United States, Washington, Douglas|place|disp=FamilySearch catalog}}. (Press space bar to select town.)
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'''List of Churches and Church Parishes'''
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*'''[https://www.familysearch.org/research/places/?reqParents=395090&reqParentsLabel=Douglas%2C%20Washington%2C%20United%20States&reqParentsType=209&reqTypeGroups=3&reqTypeLabel=Churches%20and%20Church%20Parishes FamilySearch Places]''' <br>
  
 
==== Court Records  ====
 
==== Court Records  ====
  
==== Directories ====
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{{WACourtIntro}}
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*[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/227 Douglas Frontier Justice]Part of "''Frontier Justice": Guide to the Court Records of Washington Territory, 1853-1888'' at Washington State Digital Archives. (Free Index, no images)
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**The court procedures of Frontier Justice touch nearly all pioneers of the Washington Territory. The index has many abstracts that provide names and what is happening in disputes, settlements in civil and criminal cases as well as probate, equity and admiralty cases.
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==== Directories ====
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{{WA Dirs Intro}}
  
 
==== Emigration and Immigration  ====
 
==== Emigration and Immigration  ====
  
==== Ethnic, Political or Religious Groups ====
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{{WA Emig Intro}}
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{{WA Ethnic etc. Intro}}
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===== American Indian  =====
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*'''1911 - 1919''' - {{RecordSearch|2300675|Washington, Applications for Enrollment and Adoption of Washington Indians, 1911-1919}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — images
  
 
===== Japanese  =====
 
===== Japanese  =====
  
World War II Files, 1942-1946  
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*World War II Files, 1942-1946. Public Welfare/Social Security Department, ([http://digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/486 Japanese Internment]) Assistance Cases, Evacuee Referrals for Resettlement and Assistance, 1945-1946 from the Washington State Archives – Digital Archives.
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==== Funeral Homes  ====
  
Public Welfare/Social Security Department, ([http://digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/486 Japanese Internment]) Assistance Cases, Evacuee Referrals for Resettlement and Assistance, 1945-1946 from the Washington State Archives – Digital Archives
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{{WA Funeral Homes Intro}}
  
 
==== Gazetteers  ====
 
==== Gazetteers  ====
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{{WA Gazetteers Intro}}
  
 
==== Genealogy  ====
 
==== Genealogy  ====
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{{CommunityTree}} {{WA Genealogy Intro}}
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==== Guardianship  ====
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{{WAGuardianshipIntro}}
  
 
==== History  ====
 
==== History  ====
  
==== Land and Property ====
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{{WA History Intro}}
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*[http://www.stateofus.com/washington/douglas-county/ Douglas County, Washington Facts] at StateofUS (mis-labeled as Douglas County, Alabama)
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*[http://www.sos.wa.gov/history/publications_detail.aspx?p=36 ''Illustrated history of the Big Bend country''] by Western Historical Publishing Company [(Spokane, Wash.) Western Historical Pub. Co., 1904] at Washington History
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[http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/documents/WA_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm#DOUGLAS Historical County Boundaries] from Newberry Library<ref>John H. Long, ''Atlas of Historical County Boundaries'' (Chicago: Newberry Library, 2006) [http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/ online].</ref><br><br> Emphasis for this timeline is on events that affected migration, records, or record-keeping. Unless otherwise mentioned, the events below were gleaned from Paula Becker. ''Douglas County -- Thumbnail History'', [http://www.historylink.org/index.cfm?DisplayPage=output.cfm&file_id=7961 History Link.org] Essay 7961.
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*The {{wpd|Colville tribe|Colville tribe}}, a Salishan people, inhabited much of the area that would become Douglas County.
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*1860s - Chinese immigrants placer-mined for gold along the banks of the Columbia River.
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*1875 - Indians from the Methow River attacked these Chinese miners, killing an unknown number of miners and driving many others away from their mining operations.
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*1877 - Phillip McEntee, a member of a surveying party that was determining the boundary line between the United States and British Columbia, traveled through the future Douglas County.
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*1881 - McEntee returned to the area and settled near present-day Coulee City (now part of Grant County) and began a cattle ranching operation. He was one of the first permanent non-Indian residents of the region.
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*1883 - November 28, Douglas County was carved out of Lincoln County.
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==== Land and Property ====
  
{{WA Land Intro}}
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{{WA Land Intro}}  
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*County Recorder's Office: check deeds, file mining claims, get assistance in finding ownership of a particular property, and obtain copies of county plat maps. This office has county plat records dating back to 1878, prior records having been destroyed in a fire.
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
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{{WA Maps Intro}}
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*[http://www.historygeo.com/v3/search/ Family Maps of Douglas County, Washington] (land patent maps) at HistoryGeo.com ($). Free surname search.
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{{WA Neighboring Counties Intro|county={{WA Douglas County}}}}
  
*[http://www.historygeo.com/search/ Family Maps of Douglas County, Washington] (land patent maps) at HistoryGeo.com ($). Free surname search.
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==== Migration  ====
  
==== Migration ====
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{{WA Migration Intro}}
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
  
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{{WA Military Intro}}
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*{{RecordSearch|1878898|Washington, World War I Veteran's Compensation Fund Application Records, 1921-1925}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*[https://aad.archives.gov/aad/series-description.jsp?s=3360&cat=all&bc=sl World War II enlistments]. Select search codes for state and county.  These are partial lists. The NARA website cautions: "This series does not contain records of all World War II Army enlistees."
 
==== Naturalization and Citizenship  ====
 
==== Naturalization and Citizenship  ====
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{{WA Naturalization Intro}}
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*{{RecordSearch|1910364|Naturalization and Citizenship, 1891-1945|access=browse}}, Part of: ''County Records, 1856-2009'' FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
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**See what [[Washington Naturalization and Citizenship#Record_Content|genealogical information]] may be in these records.
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**Includes Citizenship petitions granted 1930-1945; Records 1891-1906; Declarations of Intention certificates 1888-1895; Declarations of intent 1891-1945; Certificate stubs A-Z 1892-1945; Correspondence 1889-1945; Proceedings memorandum 1906-1916; Notices of admission to citizenship 1907-1915; Petition and record 1906-1945.
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*[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/812 Naturalization Records, 1891-1973] at Washington State Digital Archives Collection. (Free)
  
 
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==== Newspapers  ====
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{{WA Newspapers Intro}}
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*[[{{PAGENAME}} Newspapers]] (Sortable by towns, years, and titles)
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{{WA Newspaper abstracts|Douglas}}
  
 
==== Obituaries  ====
 
==== Obituaries  ====
  
==== Periodicals  ====
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{{WA Obituaries Intro}}
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==== Probate ====
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*[[{{PAGENAME}}#Newspapers|Newspapers of {{PAGENAME}}]]
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*Local [[{{PAGENAME}}#Funeral_Homes|Funeral Homes]], [[{{PAGENAME}}#Libraries|Libraries]], or family records.
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*Obituaries of [[{{PAGENAME}}#Neighboring_Counties|neighboring counties]]
  
{{WA Probate Intro|Douglas}}
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==== Periodicals  ====
  
==== Public Records  ====
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{{WA Periodicals Intro}}
  
==== Repositories ====
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==== Probate Records ====
  
===== Courthouse  =====
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{{WA Probate Intro}}
  
[http://www.douglascountywa.net/ Douglas County Courthouse]<br>213 South Rainier<br> Waterville, WA 98858 <br>Phone: 509.745.8529 <br><br>County Auditor has marriage records from 1907<br>burial records to 1909, land records to 1925, <br>marriage, death, divorce, probate and court records. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Clark County, Washington page 732, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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==== Public Records  ====
  
===== Family History Centers  =====
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{{WA Public Records}}
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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*Douglas [https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-22029-18576-76?cc=1404287&wc=12809204 Postmaster Index]. Part of ''Washington, Postmaster Indexes, Prior to 1965'', [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/list#page=1&countryId=58 FamilySearch Historical Collections] for Washington. (Free, browse images)
  
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==== School Records ====
  
===== Museums  =====
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{{WA School Intro}}
  
===== Societies  =====
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*{{RecordSearch|1910364|School census records, 1893-1925|access=browse}} Part of: 'Washington County Records, 1856-2009''at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)''
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**See what [[Washington Schools#Record_Content|genealogical information]] may be in these records.
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
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{{WA Tax Intro}}
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
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{{WA vital intro}}
  
 
===== Birth  =====
 
===== Birth  =====
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{{WA Birth Intro}}
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*[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/726 Birth Returns, 1891-1907, 1911] at Washington State Digital Archives Collection. (Free)
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*{{RecordSearch|1910364|Birth returns 1891-1943|access=browse}} Part of: ''Washington County Records, 1856-2009'' at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
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{{WA Birth Other Records}}
  
 
===== Marriage  =====
 
===== Marriage  =====
  
*Marriages from 10 Dec 1877 to 22 Nov 1900 are available on the '''[http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/Search.cfm Western States Marriage Index]''' website.
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{{WA Marriage Intro}}
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*'''1801-1962''' - [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-records/united-states-marriages?state=washington%2cwa Washington, United States Marriages] at [http://findmypast.com/ FindMyPast] — index $
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*'''1855–2008''' - {{RecordSearch|1534448|Washington, County Marriages, 1855-2008}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch] — index and images<br>
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*'''1877-1900''' - Marriages from 10 Dec 1877 to 22 Nov 1900 are available on the '''[http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/Search.cfm Western States Marriage Index]''' website.
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*'''1884-1975''' - [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/579 Marriage Records, 1884-1975] at Washington State Digital Archives Collection. (Free)
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*'''1884-1975''' - {{RecordSearch|1910364|Marriage Records, 1884-1975|access=browse}} Part of: ''Washington County Records, 1856-2009'' at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
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*'''1969-2014''' - {{RecordSearch|2761120|Washington Marriage Index, 1969-2014}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/hr/search FamilySearch] — index
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**See what [[Washington Vital Records#Record_Content|genealogical information]] may be in these records.
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**Includes Marriage certificates 1892-1975; certificates and returns 1900-1946; license applications 1939-1970; licenses 1884-1899; returns and license applications 1939-1970.
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{{FYI|Witnesses or affiants may be relatives or close family friends. The affidavits also include physician's certificates.}}
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===== Divorce  =====
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{{WA Divorce Intro}}
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'''''Online Records'''''
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*'''1969 - 2014''' - {{RecordSearch|2759158|Washington Divorce Index, 1969-2014}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/hr/search FamilySearch] — index
  
 
===== Death  =====
 
===== Death  =====
  
*'''[[Washington Statewide Death Certificates (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Washington Death Certificates 1907-1960]] '''A free internet index to the 1907-1960 death certificates can be found at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1454923 FamilySearch Record Search], no images are available. A transcribed death certificate may contain such information as name of the deceased, date and place of death, age, gender, birth date and birth place, mother’s maiden name and name of spouse, place of residence, occupation and certificate numbers.
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{{WA Death Intro}}
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*{{RecordSearch|1454923|Washington, Death Certificates, 1907-1960}} at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
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**See what [https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/Washington,_Death_Certificates_%28FamilySearch_Historical_Records%29#Record_Content genealogical information] may be in these records.
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*[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/719 Death Returns 1891 - 1907] at Washington State Digital Archives Collection. (Free)
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*{{RecordSearch|1910364|Death Records, 1891-1907|access=browse}} Part of: ''Washington County Records, 1856-2009'' at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
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**See what [[Washington Vital Records#Record_Content|genealogical information]] may be in these records.
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==== Voting Registers  ====
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{{WA Voting Intro}}
  
 
==== Websites  ====
 
==== Websites  ====
  
*{{FHL|Washington%2C+Douglas|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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{{WA Websites Intro}}
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/WA/Douglas/ Douglas County, Washington Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
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| width="30%" | [http://www.wags-web.org/collections.html Wenatchee Area Genealogical Society]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
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| width="30%" | [http://wagenweb.org/douglas/ Douglas County WAGenWeb Project]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
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| width="30%" | [http://usgwarchives.net/wa/douglas/douglas.htm USGenWeb Archives Project]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
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|-
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| width="30%" | [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections#RSID:5 Washington State Digital Archives]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Includes indexes, some linked to images.
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*Type county name, click '''Search''', then select a collection.
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*Collections were posted to the appropriate headings for this Wiki page in December, 2013.
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| width="30%" | [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/list#page=1&countryId=58 FamilySearch Historical Collections]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Search indexes or browse images at FamilySearch.org.
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*Click "Last Updated." Collections through December 2013 have been posted to the appropriate topics for this Wiki page.
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|}
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{| cellspacing="1" cellpadding="5" border="1" width="100%"
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|-
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| bgcolor="#94FFFF" width="100%" colspan="3" | <center>'''Sites that search for links pertaining to {{PAGENAME}}''' </center>
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| width="30%" | [http://resources.rootsweb.ancestry.com/USA/WA/Douglas/ Websites at RootsWeb - Douglas WA]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
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| width="30%" | [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/WA/Douglas/ Linkpendium]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
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| width="30%" | [http://www.cyndislist.com/us/wa/counties/douglas/ CyndisList]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
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| width="30%" | [http://www.genealogyinc.com/washington/douglas-county/ Genealogyinc.com]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Douglas County, Washington Facts
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|-
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| width="30%" | [https://www.facebook.com/groups/222494824442130/ Facebook.com]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Washington Genealogy Network Group on Facebook
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|}
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{| cellspacing="1" cellpadding="5" border="1" width="100%"
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|-
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| bgcolor="#FFFF66" width="100%" colspan="2" | <center>'''Major catalogs for ''hard copy'' collections of {{PAGENAME}}''' <br>Books, microfilm, or manuscripts of genealogical records</center>
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|-
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| width="30%" | {{FHL|United States, Washington, Douglas|place|disp=FamilySearch catalog}}
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| width="70%" | Select topics. To select towns, add a comma to the search box.
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| width="30%" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=douglas+county+washington&dblist=638&fq=s0%3A28000000&qt=facet_s0%3A WorldCat]
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| width="70%" | To find nearby libraries that have specific items, see [[WorldCat Online Catalog]].
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| width="30%" | [http://smartcat.acpl.lib.in.us/?q=Douglas+county+Washington Allen County Public Library] (Indiana)
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|
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|-
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| width="100%" colspan="2" | <center>'''See also''' [[{{PAGENAME}}#Libraries|local libraries]] and [[Washington Archives and Libraries]]</center>
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=== Archives, Libraries, etc.  ===
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{{WA Archives Intro}}
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Resources for {{PAGENAME}} are available in libraries, archives, and other repositories at all levels: the town, the county, the [[Washington Archives and Libraries|state]] (including [[Washington Archives and Libraries#University_Libraries_and_Special_Collections|universities]]), and the [[United States Archives and Libraries|nation]].
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*Check websites and catalogs, such as items in {{FHL|United States, Washington, Douglas|place|disp=FamilySearch Library}} (Utah) or [http://smartcat.acpl.lib.in.us/?q=douglas+county+Washington Allen County Public Library] (Indiana) for {{PAGENAME}}. {{GetACopy tip}}
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===== Family History Centers  =====
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{{Family History Centers Intro}}
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===== Libraries  =====
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{{WALibraries Intro}}
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'''Online Resources:'''<br> The public libraries in Douglas County are part of [http://www.ncrl.org North Central Regional Library]. Their [http://www.ncrl.org/research.htm Research and Homework Center] includes Heritage Quest. Library cards and passwords may be required for access.
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:[http://www.ncrl.org/research.htm Bridgeport Community Library]<br> 1206 Columbia Street<br> Bridgeport, WA 98813<br>Phone: 509-686-7281
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:[http://www.ncrl.org/research.htm East Wenatchee Community Library]<br> 271 9th St NE<br> East Wenatchee, WA 98802<br> Phone: 509-886-7404
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:[http://www.ncrl.org/research.htm Waterville Community Library]<br> 107 W. Locust Street<br> Waterville, WA 98858<br> Phone: 509-745-8354
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===== Museums  =====
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{{WA Museums Intro}}
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===== Societies  =====
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{{WA Societies Intro}}
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=== Populated Places  ===
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For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit [https://Washington.hometownlocator.com/wa/Douglas Hometown Locator]. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Douglas County, Washington," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_County,_Washington,
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accessed 13 March 2019.</ref>
  
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<p>‡This populated place also has portions in an adjacent county or counties</p>
  
=== Douglas County Washington Genealogy References  ===
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=== References  ===
  
 
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[[Category:Douglas_County,_Washington]]
 
[[Category:Douglas_County,_Washington]]

Latest revision as of 20:22, 19 May 2020


Guide to Douglas County Washington ancestry, family history, and genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records, since 1883, when the county was formed.

Three Devils grade Moses Coulee, Douglas County, Washington
County QuickStart:



Douglas County, Washington
Map
Map of Washington highlighting Douglas County
Location in the state of Washington
Map of the U.S. highlighting Washington
Location of Washington in the U.S.
Facts
Founded November 28, 1883
County Seat Waterville
Courthouse
Address Douglas County Courthouse
213 South Rainier
Waterville, WA 98858
Phone: 509.745.8529
Douglas County Website


County Overview[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for American statesman Stephen A. Douglas. The County is located in the northcentral area of the state.[1]

Parent County(s)[edit | edit source]

Douglas County, Washington was created 28 November 1883 from Lincoln County.[2].[3]

County Seat: Waterville [4]. See also Towns and Communities in Douglas County, Washington Genealogy. For Courthouse, see Archives, libraries, etc.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Lincoln County was created from Spokane County four days prior to the creation of Douglas County. Prior records would be held at Spokane County for 1879 to 1883, and Stevens County for 1860 to 1879. Stevens County holds the Spokane County commissioner and earliest land records.

See Historical County Boundaries from Newberry Library[5]

For animated maps illustrating Washington County boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Washington County Boundary Maps" (1843-1915) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.


Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Douglas County, Washington Genealogy is surrounded by: Chelan | Grant | Kittitas | Okanogan

Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Douglas County Courthouse
213 South Rainier
Waterville, WA 98858
Phone: 509.745.8529

County Auditor has marriage records from 1907
burial records to 1909, land records to 1925,
marriage, death, divorce, probate and court records. [6]

See also Archives, libraries, etc. in Douglas County, Washington Genealogy.

Dates of Major County Records[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[7]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1891 1887 1891 1888 1884 1887 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 Douglas 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]

 

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
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 Douglas County, Washington Genealogy are listed in the FamilySearch catalog. (Press space bar to select town.)


List of Churches and Church Parishes

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

  • Douglas Frontier JusticePart of "Frontier Justice": Guide to the Court Records of Washington Territory, 1853-1888 at Washington State Digital Archives. (Free Index, no images)
    • The court procedures of Frontier Justice touch nearly all pioneers of the Washington Territory. The index has many abstracts that provide names and what is happening in disputes, settlements in civil and criminal cases as well as probate, equity and admiralty cases.

Directories[edit | edit source]

 

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

 

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

 

American Indian[edit | edit source]
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]

 

Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

 

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. 

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 Douglas 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[8]

Emphasis for this timeline is on events that affected migration, records, or record-keeping. Unless otherwise mentioned, the events below were gleaned from Paula Becker. Douglas County -- Thumbnail History, History Link.org Essay 7961.

  • The Colville tribe, a Salishan people, inhabited much of the area that would become Douglas County.
  • 1860s - Chinese immigrants placer-mined for gold along the banks of the Columbia River.
  • 1875 - Indians from the Methow River attacked these Chinese miners, killing an unknown number of miners and driving many others away from their mining operations.
  • 1877 - Phillip McEntee, a member of a surveying party that was determining the boundary line between the United States and British Columbia, traveled through the future Douglas County.
  • 1881 - McEntee returned to the area and settled near present-day Coulee City (now part of Grant County) and began a cattle ranching operation. He was one of the first permanent non-Indian residents of the region.
  • 1883 - November 28, Douglas County was carved out of Lincoln County.

Land and Property[edit | edit source]

Land Records reveal
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Tips -or- Land Contents

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.

  • County Recorder's Office: check deeds, file mining claims, get assistance in finding ownership of a particular property, and obtain copies of county plat maps. This office has county plat records dating back to 1878, prior records having been destroyed in a fire.

Maps[edit | edit source]

 

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Click a neighboring county
for more resources


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.

  • Naturalization and Citizenship, 1891-1945, Part of: County Records, 1856-2009 FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
    • See what genealogical information may be in these records.
    • Includes Citizenship petitions granted 1930-1945; Records 1891-1906; Declarations of Intention certificates 1888-1895; Declarations of intent 1891-1945; Certificate stubs A-Z 1892-1945; Correspondence 1889-1945; Proceedings memorandum 1906-1916; Notices of admission to citizenship 1907-1915; Petition and record 1906-1945.

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 Douglas 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.

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.

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.

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]
Birth Records reveal
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Parent's Names Green check.png  
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Parent's Ages   Green check.png
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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.[9]

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

  • Birth returns 1891-1943 Part of: Washington County Records, 1856-2009 at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
    • Includes Delayed births 1941-1943

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.

  • 1884-1975 - Marriage Records, 1884-1975 Part of: Washington County Records, 1856-2009 at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
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]
Death Records reveal
Yes or Maybe
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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....[10]

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

Voting Registers[edit | edit source]

 

Websites[edit | edit source]



Sites with online indexes or images of records
Wenatchee Area Genealogical Society Free Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
Douglas 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 Douglas County, Washington Genealogy
Websites at RootsWeb - Douglas 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 ($)
CyndisList Free Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
Genealogyinc.com Free Douglas County, Washington Facts
Facebook.com Free Washington Genealogy Network Group on Facebook
Major catalogs for hard copy collections of Douglas 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]

See also a List of Washington Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies  

Resources for Douglas 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.


Online Resources:
The public libraries in Douglas County are part of North Central Regional Library. Their Research and Homework Center includes Heritage Quest. Library cards and passwords may be required for access.

Bridgeport Community Library
1206 Columbia Street
Bridgeport, WA 98813
Phone: 509-686-7281
East Wenatchee Community Library
271 9th St NE
East Wenatchee, WA 98802
Phone: 509-886-7404
Waterville Community Library
107 W. Locust Street
Waterville, WA 98858
Phone: 509-745-8354
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:[11]

Cities
Towns
Unincorporated communities
  • Lamoine
  • Leahy
  • Mold
  • Orondo
  • Palisades
  • Saint Andrews
  • Withrow
Ghost towns
  • Bonita
    • Jameson
    • Sanderson

    ‡This populated place also has portions in an adjacent county or counties

    References[edit | edit source]

    1. Wikipedia contributors, "Douglas County, Washington," in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_County,_Washington. accessed 15/07/2019
    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 Evolution of Washington Counties by Newton Carl Abbott, Fred E. Carver, 1979. Published by the Yakima Valley Genealogical Society and Klickitat County Genealogical Society.
    4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
    5. John H. Long, Atlas of Historical County Boundaries (Chicago: Newberry Library, 2006) online.
    6. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Clark County, Washington page 732, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
    7. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Douglas 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.
    8. John H. Long, Atlas of Historical County Boundaries (Chicago: Newberry Library, 2006) online.
    9. Washington State Archives - Digital Archives, Birth Records, About this Collection
    10. About Death Records at Washington State Digital Archives.
    11. Wikipedia contributors, "Douglas County, Washington," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_County,_Washington, accessed 13 March 2019.