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{{FamilySearch Collection |CID=CID1910364 |title=Washington, County Records, 1856-2009 |location=United States}}
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{{FamilySearch Collection |CID=CID1910364 |title=Washington, County Records, 1856-2009 |location=United States}}  
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== Record Description  ==
  
== Record Description ==
 
 
The collection consists of various records including official actions, probate records, indexes, etc. The records are from various counties in Washington State, 1856-2009. This is an ongoing collection. 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:  
 
The collection consists of various records including official actions, probate records, indexes, etc. The records are from various counties in Washington State, 1856-2009. This is an ongoing collection. 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:  
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*Adams  
 
*Adams  
 
*Asotin  
 
*Asotin  
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*Stevens  
 
*Stevens  
 
*Walla Walla  
 
*Walla Walla  
*Whitman  
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*Whitman
  
 
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.   
 
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.   
  
=== Citation for This Collection ===  
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For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in this collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1910364/waypoints Browse].
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=== Citation for This Collection ===
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The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on FamilySearch.org Historical Records. It may include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.  
 
The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on FamilySearch.org Historical Records. It may include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.  
  
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Information about creating source citations for FamilySearch Historical Collections is listed in the wiki article [[Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections]].  
 
Information about creating source citations for FamilySearch Historical Collections is listed in the wiki article [[Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections]].  
  
=== Record Content ===  
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=== Record Content ===
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Image:Washington State County Records (11-0002) Deed DGS 4700010 3.jpg Image:Washington State County Records (11-0002) Probate DGS 4734397 51.jpg </gallery>  
  
 
The records generally include the following information:  
 
The records generally include the following information:  
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*Date of the event, transaction, or recording with the county  
 
*Date of the event, transaction, or recording with the county  
 
*Names of individual, witnesses, family members, and sometimes neighbors *Ages  
 
*Names of individual, witnesses, family members, and sometimes neighbors *Ages  
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*Signature or mark  
 
*Signature or mark  
 
*Legal descriptions of land  
 
*Legal descriptions of land  
*Amount of money exchanged as part of business transactions  
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*Amount of money exchanged as part of business transactions
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== How to Use the Record  ==
  
== How to Use the Record ==
 
 
To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:  
 
To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:  
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*The type of event  
 
*The type of event  
 
*The place where the event occurred  
 
*The place where the event occurred  
 
*The approximate date the event occurred  
 
*The approximate date the event occurred  
*The name of the individual or individuals such as the names of the soldier, the deceased, or grantor and grantees  
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*The name of the individual or individuals such as the names of the soldier, the deceased, or grantor and grantees
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==== Search the Collection  ====
  
==== Search the Collection ====
 
 
To search the collection select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page ⇒Select the county ⇒Select the Record Type, Date Range and Volume which takes you to the images Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.  
 
To search the collection select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page ⇒Select the county ⇒Select the Record Type, Date Range and Volume which takes you to the images Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.  
  
==== Using the Information ====  
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==== Using the Information ====
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When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors. The following examples show ways you can use the information: *Use the age to calculate a birth date.  
 
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors. The following examples show ways you can use the information: *Use the age to calculate a birth date.  
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*Use the names along with the residences to find&nbsp;church and census records.  
 
*Use the names along with the residences to find&nbsp;church and census records.  
 
*Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.  
 
*Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.  
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*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.  
 
*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.  
 
*Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have been born, married, or died in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.  
 
*Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have been born, married, or died in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.  
*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.  
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*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
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==== Tips to Keep in Mind  ====
  
==== Tips to Keep in Mind ====
 
 
*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.  
 
*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.  
 
*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.  
 
*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.  
 
*There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record. If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:  
 
*There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record. If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:  
 
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.  
 
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.  
*Search the indexes and records of individual counties and nearby states.  
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*Search the indexes and records of individual counties and nearby states.
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== Related Websites  ==
  
== Related Websites ==
 
 
[http://www.secstate.wa.gov/archives/ Washington State Archives]  
 
[http://www.secstate.wa.gov/archives/ Washington State Archives]  
  
== Related Wiki Articles ==  
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== Related Wiki Articles ==
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*[[Washington Vital Records]]  
 
*[[Washington Vital Records]]  
 
*[[Washington Land and Property]]  
 
*[[Washington Land and Property]]  
 
*[[Washington Probate Records]]  
 
*[[Washington Probate Records]]  
*[[Washington Military Records]]  
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*[[Washington Military Records]]
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== Contributions to This Article  ==
  
== Contributions to This Article ==
 
 
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{{Contributor invite}}  
  
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections ==  
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections ==
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When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.  
 
When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.  
  
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections|Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections|Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].  
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=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
  
=== Citation Example for Records Found in This Collection ===
 
 
"Washington State County Records, King, Kinsap, and Pierce Counties, 1954-1950." index and images, ''FamilySearch'' (https://familysearch.org https&nbsp;:accessed 25 April 2012). Pierce &gt; Deeds, 1899,v.146 &gt; image 3 of 643; entry for Caroline T. Lincoln and A. U. Millerentry, deed dated 10 February 1899; citing County Records,Images 3 &amp; 4; . Washington State Archives, Puget Sound Regional Branch, Bellevue, Washington.  
 
"Washington State County Records, King, Kinsap, and Pierce Counties, 1954-1950." index and images, ''FamilySearch'' (https://familysearch.org https&nbsp;:accessed 25 April 2012). Pierce &gt; Deeds, 1899,v.146 &gt; image 3 of 643; entry for Caroline T. Lincoln and A. U. Millerentry, deed dated 10 February 1899; citing County Records,Images 3 &amp; 4; . Washington State Archives, Puget Sound Regional Branch, Bellevue, Washington.  
  
 
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Record Description[edit | edit source]

The collection consists of various records including official actions, probate records, indexes, etc. The records are from various counties in Washington State, 1856-2009. This is an ongoing collection. 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
  • Lincoln
  • Pend Oreille
  • Pierce
  • Spokane
  • Stevens
  • Walla Walla
  • Whitman

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. 

For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in this collection, select the Browse.

Citation for This Collection[edit | edit source]

The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on FamilySearch.org Historical Records. It may include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.

Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.

Information about creating source citations for FamilySearch Historical Collections is listed in the wiki article Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections.

Record Content[edit | edit source]

The records generally include the following information:

  • Date of the event, transaction, or recording with the county
  • Names of individual, witnesses, family members, and sometimes neighbors *Ages
  • Relationships
  • Residences
  • Occupations
  • Signature or mark
  • Legal descriptions of land
  • Amount of money exchanged as part of business transactions

How to Use the Record[edit | edit source]

To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:

  • The type of event
  • The place where the event occurred
  • The approximate date the event occurred
  • The name of the individual or individuals such as the names of the soldier, the deceased, or grantor and grantees

Search the Collection[edit | edit source]

To search the collection select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page ⇒Select the county ⇒Select the Record Type, Date Range and Volume which takes you to the images Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.

Using the Information[edit | edit source]

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors. The following examples show ways you can use the information: *Use the age to calculate a birth date.

  • Use the names along with the residences to find church and census records.
  • Occupations listed can lead you to 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.
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have been born, married, or died in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.

Tips to Keep in Mind[edit | edit source]

  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.
  • There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record. If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:
  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
  • Search the indexes and records of individual counties and nearby states.

Related Websites[edit | edit source]

Washington State Archives

Related Wiki Articles[edit | edit source]

Contributions to This Article[edit | edit source]

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Historical Records.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.


Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections[edit | edit source]

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.

Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection[edit | edit source]

"Washington State County Records, King, Kinsap, and Pierce Counties, 1954-1950." index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org https :accessed 25 April 2012). Pierce > Deeds, 1899,v.146 > image 3 of 643; entry for Caroline T. Lincoln and A. U. Millerentry, deed dated 10 February 1899; citing County Records,Images 3 & 4; . Washington State Archives, Puget Sound Regional Branch, Bellevue, Washington.