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Online Federal Censuses[edit | edit source]

Population Schedules[edit | edit source]

Starting in 1790, federal population schedules were taken every 10 years in the United States. Click here for more information about federal census records.

Washington was admitted to the Union as the 42nd state on 11 Nov 1889. However, it appeared in the 1850 Census as Oregon territory and the 1860-1880 Censuses as Washington terrritory.

United States Federal Censuses with Online Links[edit | edit source]
1850 1860 1870 1880 1890
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1900 1910 1920 1930 1940
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Non-Population Schedules for Washington[edit | edit source]

Federal non-population schedules included such things as mortality schedules, agriculture schedules, slave schedules, and manufacturing schedules.

Year Type of Census Links
1890 Veterans at Ancestry
1880 Defective at Ancestry
1880 Mortality at Ancestry
1880 Manufacturing at Ancestry
1880 Agriculture at Ancestry
1870 Social Statistics at Ancestry
1870 Mortality at Ancestry
1870 Industry at Ancestry
1870 Agriculture at Ancestry
1870 Social Statistics at Ancestry
1860 Mortality at Ancestry
1860 Industry at Ancestry
1860 Agriculture at Ancestry
1850 Mortality (as part of Oregon Territory) at Ancestry

Existing and Lost Censuses[edit | edit source]

Online State and Territorial Censuses[edit | edit source]

State censuses are census records that were taken at the state-level rather than at the federal. Often, but not always, a state took their census in ten year increments 5 years from when the Federal Census was taken, such as 1885. State censuses can even serve as substitutes for missing federal censuses. For more information on state censuses, visit United States Census Bureau.

Territorial censuses were taken by the federal government to count the population in federal territories. The government needed to count the population in the territory to see if it could qualify for statehood. For more information on territorial censuses, visit the US Territorial Census page.

Washington took a territorial census at various times between 1857 and 1892. These censuses were enumerated by county officials and information collected varies slightly from county to county. Images of these censuses can be viewed in the following FamilySearch Catalog Collections.

Ancestry has a limited collection of state and territorial census records.

Year Type of Census Links
1856 Territorial (King County) at Ancestry
1857 Territorial (limited counties) at Ancestry
1860 Territorial (limited counties) at Ancestry
1871 Territorial (limited counties) at Ancestry
1873 Territorial (Jefferson and Thurston Counties) at Ancestry
1875 Teritorial (Jefferson and Thurston Counties) at Ancestry
1877 Territorial (Jefferson and Thurston Counties) at Ancestry
1878 Territorial (limited counties) at Ancestry
1879 Territorial Census (limited counties) at Ancestry
1880 Territorial (limited counties) at Ancestry
1881 Territorial (limited counties) at Ancestry
1883 Territorial at Ancestry
1885 Territorial at Ancestry
1887 Territorial at Ancestry
1889 Territorial at Ancestry
1891 Territorial (Jefferson) at Ancestry
1892 Territorial (limited counties) at Ancestry
1898 Garfield at Ancestry

FamilySearch and the Washington State Archives have state and territorial census records organized by county.

County Year Links
Yakima 1887 at Washington State Archives - index and images
Yakima 1885 at Washington State Archives - index and images
Yakima 1883 at Washington State Archives - index and images
Yakima 1871 at Washington State Archives - index and images
Whitman 1889 at Washington State Archives - index and images
Whitman 1887 at Washington State Archives - index and images
Whitman 1885 at Washington State Archives - index and images
Whitman 1883 at Washington State Archives - index and images
Whatcom 1889 at FamilySearch - images

at Washington State Archives - index and images

Whatcom 1887 at FamilySearch - images
Whatcom 1885 at FamilySearch - images

at Washington State Archives - index and images

Whatcom 1881 at FamilySearch - images
Whatcom 1871 at Washington State Archives - index and images
Whatcom 1870 at FamilySearch - images
Whatcom 1860 at FamilySearch - book

at FamilySearch - images

Walla Walla 1887 at FamilySearch - book

at Washington State Archives - index and images

Walla Walla 1885 at Washington State Archives - index and images
Wahkiakum 1926 at FamilySearch - images
Wahkiakum 1892 at FamilySearch - images

at Washington State Archives - index and images

Wahkiakum 1887 at FamilySearch - images

at Washington State Archives - index and images

Wahkiakum 1885 at FamilySearch - images

at Washington State Archives - index and images

Wahkiakum 1857 at Washington State Archives - index and images
Thurston 1892 at FamilySearch - images

at Washington State Archives - index and images

Thurston 1889 at FamilySearch - images

at Washington State Archives - index and images

Thurston 1887 at FamilySearch - images

at Washington State Archives - index and images

Thurston 1885 at Washington State Archives - index and images
Thurston 1881 at FamilySearch - images
Thurston 1880 at FamilySearch - images

at Washington State Archives - index and images

Thurston 1879 at FamilySearch - images

at Washington State Archives - index and images

Thurston 1878 at FamilySearch - images

at Washington State Archives - index and images

Thurston 1877 at FamilySearch - images

at Washington State Archives - index and images

Thurston 1875 at FamilySearch - images

at Washington State Archives - index and images

Thurston 1873 at FamilySearch - images
Thurston 1871 at FamilySearch - images

at Washington State Archives - index and images

Stevens 1892 at FamilySearch - images

at Washington State Archives - index and images

Stevens 1887 at FamilySearch - images

at Washington State Archives - index and images

Stevens 1885 at FamilySearch - images

at Washington State Archives - index and images

Stevens 1878 at Washington State Archives - index and images
Stevens 1871 at Washington State Archives - index and images
Spokane 1887 at Washington State Archives - index and images
Spokane 1885 at Washington State Archives - index and images
Spokane 1880 at FamilySearch - book, images
Snohomish 1966 at FamilySearch - images
Snohomish 1958 at FamilySearch - images
Snohomish 1887 at Washington State Archives - index and images
Snohomish 1889 at FamilySearch - book

at Washington State Archives - index and images

Snohomish 1885 at Washington State Archives - index and images
Snohomish 1883 at Washington State Archives - index and images
Snohomish 1870 at FamilySearch - book
Skamania 1934 at FamilySearch - images

at Washington State Archives - index and images

Skamania 1887 at FamilySearch - book

at Washington State Archives - index and images

Skamania 1885 at FamilySearch - book

at Washington State Archives - index and images

Skamania 1871 at FamilySearch - book

at Washington State Archives - index and images

Skamania 1860 at FamilySearch - book
Skagit 1892 at FamilySearch - book
Skagit 1889 at FamilySearch - book, microfilm

at FamilySearch - book
at Washington State Archives - index and images

Skagit 1887 at FamilySearch - book

at Washington State Archives - index and images

Skagit 1885 at FamilySearch - book, microfilm

at Familysearch - book
at Washington State Archives - index and images

San Juan 1889 at FamilySearch - book

at Washington State Archives - index and images

San Juan 1887 at Washington State Archives - index and images
San Juan 1885 at Washington State Archives - index and images
Pierce 1892 at FamilySearch - book

at Washington State Archives - index and images

Pierce 1889 at FamilySearch - book

at Washington State Archives - index and images

Pierce 1887 at Washington State Archives - index and images
Pierce 1885 at Washington State Archives - index and images
Pierce 1883 at Washington State Archives - index and images
Pierce 1879 at FamilySearch - book

at Washington State Archives - index and images

Pierce 1878 at FamilySearch - book
Pierce 1871 at Washington State Archives - index and images
Pierce 1857 at Washington State Archives - index and images
Pacific 1887 at FamilySearch - book, microfilm

at Washington State Archives - index and images

Pacific 1885 at Washington State Archives - index and images
Pacific 1883 at Washington State Archives - index and images
Mason 1966 at FamilySearch - images
Mason 1946 at FamilySearch - images
Mason 1892 at FamilySearch - images

at Washington State Archives - index and images

Mason 1889 at Washington State Archives - index and images
Mason 1887 at FamilySearch - images

at Washington State Archives - index and images

Mason 1885 at FamilySearch - images

at Washington State Archives - index and images

Mason 1883 at Washington State Archives - index and images
Mason 1881 at FamilySearch - images

at Washington State Archives - index and images

Mason 1880 at FamilySearch - images

at Washington State Archives - index and images

Mason 1879 at FamilySearch - images

at Washington State Archives - index and images

Mason 1871 at Washington State Archives - index and images
Mason 1857 at Washington State Archives - index and images
Lincoln 1889 at FamilySearch - book, microfilm

at Washington State Archives - index and images

Lincoln 1887 at Washington State Archives - index and images
Lincoln 1885 at Washington State Archives - index and images
Lewis 1892 at FamilySearch - book

at at Washington State Archives - index and images

Lewis 1889 at FamilySearch - book

at at Washington State Archives - index and images

Lewis 1887 at FamilySearch - book
Lewis 1885 at FamilySearch - book
Lewis 1883 at FamilySearch - book

at Washington State Archives - index and images

Lewis 1871 at FamilySearch - book

at Washington State Archives - index and images

Lewis 1857 at Washington State Archives - index and images
Lewis 1851 at FamilySearch - images

at Washington State Archives - index and images

Lewis 1850 at FamilySearch - images

at Washington State Archives - index and images

Klickitat 1892 at Washington State Archives - index and images
Klickitat 1889 at FamilySearch - book

at Washington State Archives - index and images

Klickitat 1887 at FamilySearch - book

at Washington State Archives - index and images

Klickitat 1885 at FamilySearch - book

at Washington State Archives - index and images

Klickitat 1883 at FamilySearch - book

at Washington State Archives - index and images

Klickitat 1871 at FamilySearch - book

at Washington State Archives - index and images

Kittitas 1889 at FamilySearch - book

at Washington State Archives - index and images

Kittitas 1887 at FamilySearch - book

at Washington State Archives - index and images

Kittitas 1885 at FamilySearch - book

at Washington State Archives - index and images

Kitsap 1889 at Washington State Archives - index and images
Kitsap 1885 at Washington State Archives - index and images
Kitsap 1883 at Washington State Archives - index and images
Kitsap 1871 at Washington State Archives - index and images
Kitsap 1857 at Washington State Archives - index and images
King 1889 at Washington State Archives - index and images
King 1887 at Washington State Archives - index and images
King 1885 at Washington State Archives - index and images
King 1883 at Washington State Archives - index and images
King 1879 at FamilySearch - book
King 1871 at Washington State Archives - index and images
Jefferson 1891 at FamilySearch - images

at Washington State Archives - index and images

Jefferson 1889 at FamilySearch - images

at Washington State Archives - index and images

Jefferson 1887 at FamilySearch - images

at Washington State Archives - index and images

Jefferson 1885 at FamilySearch - images

at Washington State Archives - index and images

Jefferson 1883 at FamilySearch - images

at Washington State Archives - index and images

Jefferson 1881 at FamilySearch - book

at Washington State Archives - index and images

Jefferson 1880 at Familysearch - images

at Washington State Archives - index and images

Jefferson 1878 at Familysearch - images
Jefferson 1860 at Familysearch - images
Jefferson 1875 at FamilySearch - book

at FamilySearch - images

Jefferson 1879 at Familysearch - images

at Washington State Archives - index and images

Jefferson 1877 at FamilySearch - book

at Familysearch - images
at Washington State Archives - index and images

Jefferson 1871 at Washington State Archives - index and images
Island 1908 at FamilySearch - images
Island 1906 at FamilySearch - images
Island 1904 at FamilySearch - images
Island 1889 at FamilySearch - book, images

at Washington State Archives - index and images

Island 1887 at Washington State Archives - index and images
Island 1885 at Washington State Archives - index and images
Island 1883 at Washington State Archives - index and images
Island 1871 at Washington State Archives - index and images
Garfield 1898 at Washington State Archives - index and images
Garfield 1887 at Washington State Archives - index and images
Garfield 1887 at Washington State Archives - index and images
Garfield 1885 at Washington State Archives - index and images
Garfield 1883 at Washington State Archives - index and images
Franklin 1887 at FamilySearch - book

at Washington State Archives - index and images

Franklin 1885 at FamilySearch - book

at Washington State Archives - index and images

Douglas 1892 at Washington State Archives - index and images
Douglas 1887 at FamilySearch - book, microfilm

at Washington State Archives - index and images

Douglas 1885 at Washington State Archives - index and images
Cowlitz 1887 at FamilySearch - book

at Washington State Archives - index and images

Cowlitz 1885 at FamilySearch - book

at Washington State Archives - index and images

Cowlitz 1883 at FamilySearch - book

at Washington State Archives - index and images

Cowlitz 1871 at FamilySearch - book

at Washington State Archives - index and images

Columbia 1889 at FamilySearch - images

at Washington State Archives - index and images

Columbia 1887 at FamilySearch - images

at Washington State Archives - index and images

Columbia 1885 at FamilySearch - images

at Washington State Archives - index and images

Columbia 1883 at Washington State Archives - index and images
Clark 1887 at Washington State Archives - index and images
Clark 1885 at Washington State Archives - index and images
Clark 1883 at Washington State Archives - index and images
Clark 1871 Washington State Archives - index and images
Clallam 1889 at Washington State Archives - index and images
Clallam 1887 at Washington State Archives - index and images
Clallam 1885 at Washington State Archives - index and images
Clallam 1883 at Washington State Archives - index and images
Clallam 1871 at Washington State Archives - index and images
Clallam 1857 at Washington State Archives - index and images
Chehalis (currently Grays Harbor) 1894 at FamilySearch - images
Chehalis (currently Grays Harbor) 1892 at FamilySearch - images
Chehalis (currently Grays Harbor) 1889 at FamilySearch - images
Chehalis (currently Grays Harbor) 1871 at Washington State Archives - index and images
Chehalis (currently Grays Harbor) 1887 at FamilySearch - images

at Washington State Archives - index and images

Asotin 1887 at Washington - index and images
Asotin 1885 at Washington State Archives - index and images
Adams 1887 at Washington State Archives - index and images
Adams 1885 at Washington State Archives - index and images
Adams 1889 at FamilySearch - book, images

at Washington State Archives - index and images

Asotin 1889 at FamilySearch - book, images

at Washington State Archives - index and images

Chehalis (currently Grays Harbor) 1885 at FamilySearch - index and images
Clallam 1889 at FamilySearch - images

Other Census Images[edit | edit source]

Why Use the Census?[edit | edit source]

State census records can be one of the easiest ways to locate where an ancestor's family lived and when they lived there. Information varies based on year and location, but information that may be included in a census can include:

  • Name of each person in the family at the time the census was taken
  • Street or Avenue, or number Rural Free Delivery
  • Sex
  • Age
  • Color
  • Nativity
  • Place of birth of this person
  • Place of birth of Father of this person
  • Place of birth of Mother of this person
  • Period of Residence
  • How long a resident of this State (years and months)
  • How long a resident of this enumeration district (years and months)
  • Regular occupation
  • Military service

References[edit | edit source]