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== Record Description  ==
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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, 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.
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| title = Washington, County Records, 1803-2010
 
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| location = Washington
The following counties are available in the collection at this time:
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| LOC_01 = Washington
 
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| LOC_02 =
*Adams
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*Asotin
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| LOC_03 =
*Benton
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*Chelan
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*Columbia
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| State_flag = Washington flag.png
*Douglas
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| record_type = County
*Franklin
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| start_year = 1803
*Lincoln
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| end_year = 2010
*Pend Oreille
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| FS_URL_01 = [[GuidedResearch:Washington|Washington Guided Research]]
*Pierce
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| FS_URL_02 = [[Washington Record Finder]]
*Spokane
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| FS_URL_03 = [[Washington Research Tips and Strategies|Research Tips and Strategies]]
*Stevens
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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]]
*Walla Walla
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| FS_URL_05 = [[Washington Vital Records]]
*Whitman
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| FS_URL_06 = [[Washington Land and Property]]
 
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| FS_URL_07 = [[Washington Probate Records]]
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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| FS_URL_08 = [[Washington Military Records]]
 
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| FS_URL_09 = [[FamilySearch Catalog]]
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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{{Collection citation
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|text = <!--bibdescbegin-->Various county clerks throughout Washington. "Washington, County Records, 1856-2009." Washington State Archives. Puget Sound Regional Branch, Bellevue, Washington.<!--bibdescend-->}}
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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]].
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| RW_URL_01 = [http://www.secstate.wa.gov/archives/ Washington State Archives]
=== Record Content  ===
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The records generally include the following information:
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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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{{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, and sometimes neighbors  
 
*Names of individual, witnesses, family members, and sometimes neighbors  
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*Legal descriptions of land  
 
*Legal descriptions of land  
 
*Amount of money exchanged as part of business transactions
 
*Amount of money exchanged as part of business transactions
 
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== How to Use the Record ==
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== Collection Content ==
 
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===Coverage Table ===
To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:  
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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]]
 
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=== Sample Images ===
*The type of event
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*The place where the event occurred
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*The approximate date the event occurred
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Image:Washington State County Records (11-0002) Probate DGS 4734397 51.jpg|Probate Record
*The name of the individual or individuals such as the names of the soldier, the deceased, or grantor and grantees
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== How Do I Search This Collection? ==
==== Search the Collection  ====
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Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
 
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*Name of the person
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
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*The location or date of the event  
 
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=== View 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.  
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==== Using the Information ====
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| browse_1 = County
 
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| browse_2 = Record type, year range and volume number or letter
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.
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The following examples show ways you can use the information:
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=== How Do I Analyze the Results? ===
*Use the age to calculate a birth date.
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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]].
*Use the names along with the residences to find&nbsp;church and census records.
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== What Do I Do Next? ==
*Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.
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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.
*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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=== I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now? ===
*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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*Use the information to search for birth, baptism, marriage, and death records
*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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*Use the information found in the record to find land, property and probate records
*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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*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
==== Tips to Keep in Mind  ====
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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
*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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*If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching a nearby locality
*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.
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*Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name
*There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.
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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 ===
If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:
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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]]
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
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* [[Washington Record Finder]]
*Search the indexes and records of individual counties and nearby states.
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* [[Washington Research Tips and Strategies|Research Tips and Strategies]]
 
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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]]
== Record History  ==
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== Known Issues ==
 
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The Washington State Archives maintains the state and local records considered to be permanently valuable.
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== Citing This Collection ==
 
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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.
=== Why the Record Was Created  ===
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{{Image_Citation}}
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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== How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki? ==
 
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=== Record Reliability  ===
 
 
 
The information is generally reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant. Some transcription errors may have occurred.  
 
 
 
== Related Websites  ==
 
 
 
[http://www.secstate.wa.gov/archives/ Washington State Archives]  
 
 
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
 
 
*[[Washington Vital Records]]  
 
*[[Washington Land and Property]]  
 
*[[Washington Probate Records]]  
 
*[[Washington Military Records]]
 
 
 
== Contributions to This Article  ==
 
 
 
{{Contributor invite}}  
 
 
 
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
 
 
 
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]].&nbsp;
 
 
 
==== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ====
 
 
 
"Washington State County Records, King, Kinsap, and Pierce Counties, 1954-1950." index and images, ''FamilySearch'' ([https://www.familysearch.org https://www.familysearch.org]): accessed April 13, 2011. entry for Caroline T. Lincoln and A. U. Miller. deed dated 10 February 1899; citing County Records, Pierce, Deeds, 1899,v.146, Images 3 &amp; 4; Washington State Archives, Puget Sound Regional Branch, Bellevue, Washington.
 
 
 
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
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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.