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== Collection Time Period ==  
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This collection contains records for the years 1854 to 1975.
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| title = Washington, County Records, 1803-2010
 
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| location = Washington
== Record Description ==
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The records in this collection are digital images of county records at the Washington State Archives, Puget Sound Regional Branch, Bellevue, Washington. They collection includes the following types of records along with some indexes:
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*Land Records
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*School Records
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*Probate Records
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*Wills
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| record_type = County
*Citizenship Records
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| start_year = 1803
*Military Records
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| end_year = 2010
 
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| FS_URL_01 = [[GuidedResearch:Washington|Washington Guided Research]]
=== Record Content ===
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| FS_URL_02 = [[Washington Record Finder]]
 
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| FS_URL_03 = [[Washington Research Tips and Strategies|Research Tips and Strategies]]
The records generally include the following information:
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| FS_URL_04 = Step-by-Step Research: [[Step-by-Step Washington Research, 1850-1907|1850-1907]] | [[Step-by-Step Washington Research, 1907--Present|1907-Present]]
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| FS_URL_05 = [[Washington Vital Records]]
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| FS_URL_06 = [[Washington Land and Property]]
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| FS_URL_07 = [[Washington Probate Records]]
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| FS_URL_08 = [[Washington Military Records]]
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| FS_URL_09 = [[FamilySearch Catalog]]
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| RW_URL_01 = [http://www.secstate.wa.gov/archives/ Washington State Archives]
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| RW_URL_02 = [http://www.courts.wa.gov/appellate_trial_courts/ Washington Courts]
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| custodian =  State Archives, Puget Sound Regional Branch, Bellevue, Washington
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== What is in This Collection?  ==
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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. a
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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.
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=== Image Visibility ===
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=== To Browse This Collection ===
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{{Collection_Browse_Link |CID=CID1910364 |title=Washington, County Records, 1803-2010 }}
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== What Can These Records Tell Me? ==
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The following information may be found in these records:
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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, sometimes neighbors  
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*Names of individual, witnesses, family members, and sometimes neighbors  
 
*Ages  
 
*Ages  
 
*Relationships  
 
*Relationships  
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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 ==
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== Collection Content  ==
The records in this collection are arranged by type of record and then by date. To begin searching these records you need to know the following:  
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===Coverage Table ===
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To see which counties are included in the collection, the type of record, and the years covered see: [[Coverage Table for Washington, County Records, 1803-2010]]
*The type of event.
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=== Sample Images ===
*The place where the event occurred.
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*The approximate date the event occurred.
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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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Image:Washington State County Records (11-0002) Probate DGS 4734397 51.jpg|Probate Record
 
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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.  
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== How Do I Search This Collection? ==
 
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Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
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:
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*Name of the person
*Use the age to calculate a birth date.
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*The location or date of the event  
*Use the names, ages and residence church and census records.
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=== View the Images ===
*Occupations listed can lead you to employment records or other types of records such as military records.
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*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.
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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.
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| browse_1 = County
*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.
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| browse_2 = Record type, year range and volume number or letter
*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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Keep in mind:
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*The information in the records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
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*Earlier records may not contain as much information.
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=== How Do I Analyze the Results? ===
*There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.
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Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.  Keep track of your research in a [[Use_Appropriate_Forms#Prepare_a_Research_Log | research log]].
If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:
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== What Do I Do Next?  ==
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
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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.
*Search the indexes and records of individual counties and nearby states.
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=== I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now? ===
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*Use the information to search for birth, baptism, marriage, and death records
== Record History ==
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*Use the information found in the record to find land, property and probate records
The Washington State Archives maintains the state and local records considered to be permanently valuable.
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*Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in the censuses
 
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*Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family
=== Why this Record Was Created ===
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=== I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now? === 
 
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*If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives
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.
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*If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching a nearby locality
 
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*Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name
=== Record Reliability ===
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*Remember that sometimes individuals went by [http://usgenweb.org/research/nicknames.html nicknames] or alternated between using first and middle names
 
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=== Research Helps ===
The information is generally reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant. Some transcription errors may have occurred.
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The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of [[Washington, United States Genealogy|Washington]].
 
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* [[GuidedResearch:Washington|Washington Guided Research]]
== Related Websites ==
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* [[Washington Record Finder]]
 
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* [[Washington Research Tips and Strategies|Research Tips and Strategies]]
Washington State Archives
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* 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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== Known Issues ==
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
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{{HR KI}}
 
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== Citing This Collection ==
[[Washington Vital Records]]  
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Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.
 
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[[Washington Land and Property]]  
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== How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki? ==
[[Washington Probate Records]]  
 
 
 
[[Washington Military Records]]  
 
 
 
=== Contributions to This Article  ===
 
 
 
 
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== Sources of Information for This Collection ==
 
 
“Washington State County Records, 1854-1975,” database, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org/); from the Washington State Archives, Puget Sound Regional Branch, Bellevue, Washington. FHL digital images, 25,900 pages, Family History Library Salt Lake City, Utah.
 
 
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections ==
 
 
When you copy information from a record, you should also 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 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]]
 
 
====Examples of Source Citations for a Record in This Collection ====
 
 
• United States. Bureau of the Census. 12th census, 1900, digital images, From FamilySearch Internet (www.familysearch.org: September 29, 2006), Arizona Territory, Maricopa, Township 1, East Gila, Salt River Base and Meridian; sheet 9B, line 71
 
• Mexico, Distrito Federal, Catholic Church Records, 1886-1933, digital images, from FamilySearch Internet (www.familysearch.org: April 22, 2010), Baptism of Adolfo Fernandez Jimenez, 1 Feb. 1910, San Pedro Apóstol, Cuahimalpa, Distrito Federal, Mexico, film number 0227023
 
 
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
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Location of Washington
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Record Type County
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What is in This Collection?[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, from 1803 to 2010. a 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[edit | edit source]

Whenever possible FamilySearch makes images and indexes available for all users. However, rights to view these data are limited by contract and subject to change. Because of this there may be limitations on where and how images and indexes are available or who can see them. Please be aware some collections consist only of partial information indexed from the records and do not contain any images.

For additional information about image restrictions see Restrictions for Viewing Images in FamilySearch Historical Record Collections.

To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Washington, County Records, 1803-2010.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

  • 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

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Coverage Table[edit | edit source]

To see which counties are included in the collection, the type of record, and the years covered see: Coverage Table for Washington, County Records, 1803-2010

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • Name of the person
  • The location or date of the event

View the Images[edit | edit source]

View images in this collection by visiting the Collection Browse Page:
  1. Select County
  2. Select Record type, year range and volume number or letter to view the images

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

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 the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Use the information to search for birth, baptism, marriage, and death records
  • Use the information found in the record to find land, property and probate records
  • Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in the censuses
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching a nearby locality
  • Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Washington.

Known Issues[edit | edit source]

Click here for a list of known issues with this collection.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.

How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?[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.