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Birth Records (385)
Cemetery Records (2,972)
Census Records (2,809)
Church Records (492)
City Directories (1,083)
Court Records (43)
Death Records (573)
Histories and Genealogies (429)
Immigration Records (291)
Land Records (194)
Map Records (1,106)
Marriage Records (547)
Military Records (259)
Minority Records (46)
Miscellaneous Records (196)
Newspapers and Obituaries (2,819)
Probate Records (193)
School Records (1,573)
Tax Records (34)

By County

Adams County (281)
Asotin County (189)
Benton County (234)
Chelan County (293)
Clallam County (319)
Clark County (486)
Columbia County (193)
Cowlitz County (376)
Douglas County (230)
Ferry County (122)
Franklin County (175)
Garfield County (136)
Grant County (237)
Grays Harbor County (386)
Island County (215)
Jefferson County (243)
King County (1,985)
Kitsap County (380)
Kittitas County (384)
Klickitat County (265)
Lewis County (527)
Lincoln County (340)
Mason County (195)
Okanogan County (322)
Pacific County (288)
Pend Oreille County (165)
Pierce County (939)
San Juan County (171)
Skagit County (390)
Skamania County (151)
Snohomish County (744)
Spokane County (1,052)
Stevens County (397)
Thurston County (440)
Wahkiakum County (134)
Walla Walla County (474)
Whatcom County (541)
Whitman County (529)
Yakima County (530)

By City

Aberdeen (in Grays Harbor County) (81)
Addy (in Stevens County) (42)
Albion (in Whitman County) (30)
Almira (in Lincoln County) (39)
Amboy (in Clark County) (41)
Anacortes (in Skagit County) (76)
Anatone (in Asotin County) (36)
Anderson Island (in Pierce County) (29)
Arlington (in Snohomish County) (85)
Asotin (in Asotin County) (38)
Auburn (in King County) (67)
Bainbridge Island (in Kitsap County) (47)
Battle Ground (in Clark County) (50)
Bay Center (in Pacific County) (32)
Belfair (in Mason County) (43)
Bellevue (in King County) (98)
Bellingham (in Whatcom County) (174)
Benton (in Benton County) (33)
Bickleton (in Klickitat County) (35)
Bingen (in Klickitat County) (32)
Black Diamond (in King County) (35)
Blaine (in Whatcom County) (57)
Bossburg (in Stevens County) (38)
Bothell (in King County) (45)
Bremerton (in Kitsap County) (118)
Brewster (in Okanogan County) (44)
Bridgeport (in Douglas County) (38)
Brush Prairie (in Clark County) (43)
Buckley (in Pierce County) (45)
Bucoda (in Thurston County) (39)
Burbank (in Walla Walla County) (42)
Burien (in King County) (33)
Burlington (in Skagit County) (54)
Camano (in Island County) (39)
Camas (in Clark County) (58)
Carbonado (in Pierce County) (30)
Carnation (in King County) (35)
Carson (in Skamania County) (37)
Cashmere (in Chelan County) (43)
Castle Rock (in Cowlitz County) (48)
Cathlamet (in Wahkiakum County) (44)
Centralia (in Lewis County) (100)
Charleston (in Kitsap County) (25)
Chattaroy (in Spokane County) (43)
Chehalis (in Lewis County) (94)
Chelan (in Chelan County) (45)
Cheney (in Spokane County) (97)
Chewelah (in Stevens County) (59)
Chimacum (in Jefferson County) (24)
Chinook (in Pacific County) (28)
Clallam Bay (in Clallam County) (31)
Clarkston (in Asotin County) (59)
Clayton (in Stevens County) (38)
Cle Elum (in Kittitas County) (49)
Clear Lake (in Skagit County) (42)
Cloverland (in Asotin County) (28)
Colbert (in Spokane County) (41)
Colfax (in Whitman County) (67)
College Place (in Walla Walla County) (56)
Colton (in Whitman County) (47)
Colville (in Stevens County) (79)
Conconully (in Okanogan County) (28)
Concrete (in Skagit County) (48)
Connell (in Franklin County) (38)
Cosmopolis (in Grays Harbor County) (46)
Coulee City (in Grant County) (41)
Coulee Dam (in Douglas County) (36)
Coupeville (in Island County) (52)
Cowiche (in Yakima County) (38)
Creston (in Lincoln County) (39)
Cunningham (in Adams County) (42)
Curlew (in Ferry County) (23)
Curtis (in Lewis County) (42)
Cusick (in Pend Oreille County) (33)
Darrington (in Snohomish County) (52)
Davenport (in Lincoln County) (61)
Dayton (in Columbia County) (88)
Deer Park (in Spokane County) (62)
Deming (in Whatcom County) (48)
Des Moines (in King County) (32)
Dixie (in Walla Walla County) (41)
Dryad (in Lewis County) (41)
Duvall (in King County) (37)
East Wenatchee (in Douglas County) (43)
Easton (in Kittitas County) (38)
Eastsound (in San Juan County) (40)
Eatonville (in Pierce County) (48)
Edison (in Skagit County) (48)
Edmonds (in Snohomish County) (79)
Edwall (in Lincoln County) (36)
Elk (in Spokane County) (41)
Ellensburg (in Kittitas County) (145)
Elma (in Grays Harbor County) (58)
Eltopia (in Franklin County) (30)
Endicott (in Whitman County) (37)
Entiat (in Chelan County) (36)
Enumclaw (in King County) (52)
Ephrata (in Grant County) (45)
Everett (in Snohomish County) (218)
Everson (in Whatcom County) (46)
Fairfield (in Spokane County) (53)
Fairhaven (in Whatcom County) (57)
Fall City (in King County) (38)
Farmington (in Whitman County) (40)
Federal Way (in King County) (48)
Ferndale (in Whatcom County) (63)
Fife (in Pierce County) (29)
Ford (in Stevens County) (39)
Forks (in Clallam County) (39)
Fort Lewis (in Pierce County) (39)
Franklin (in King County) (29)
Freeland (in Island County) (37)
Freeman (in Spokane County) (43)
Friday Harbor (in San Juan County) (65)
Fruitland (in Stevens County) (48)
Garfield (in Whitman County) (42)
Gig Harbor (in Pierce County) (55)
Glenoma (in Lewis County) (41)
Glenwood (in Klickitat County) (32)
Goldendale (in Klickitat County) (72)
Grand Coulee (in Grant County) (38)
Grandview (in Yakima County) (44)
Granger (in Yakima County) (39)
Granite Falls (in Snohomish County) (55)
Grayland (in Pacific County) (27)
Greenacres (in Spokane County) (46)
Hamilton (in Skagit County) (47)
Hanson (in Grant County) (33)
Harrington (in Lincoln County) (45)
Hartline (in Grant County) (37)
Hatton (in Adams County) (43)
Hillyard (in Spokane County) (43)
Home (in Pierce County) (29)
Hoquiam (in Grays Harbor County) (70)
Hunters (in Stevens County) (40)
Ilwaco (in Pacific County) (39)
Ione (in Pend Oreille County) (48)
Issaquah (in King County) (47)
Joyce (in Clallam County) (32)
Kahlotus (in Franklin County) (31)
Kalama (in Cowlitz County) (42)
Kapowsin (in Pierce County) (33)
Kelso (in Cowlitz County) (86)
Kenmore (in King County) (29)
Kennewick (in Benton County) (86)
Kent (in King County) (108)
Kettle Falls (in Stevens County) (56)
Kingston (in Kitsap County) (24)
Kirkland (in King County) (52)
Kittitas (in Kittitas County) (35)
La Center (in Clark County) (50)
La Conner (in Skagit County) (59)
La Crosse (in Whitman County) (40)
Lacey (in Thurston County) (57)
Lake Stevens (in Snohomish County) (51)
Lakewood (in Pierce County) (46)
Lamont (in Whitman County) (28)
Langley (in Island County) (46)
Latah (in Spokane County) (51)
Leavenworth (in Chelan County) (56)
Lebam (in Pacific County) (27)
Lind (in Adams County) (58)
Long Beach (in Pacific County) (27)
Longview (in Cowlitz County) (64)
Loomis (in Okanogan County) (27)
Loon Lake (in Stevens County) (39)
Lopez Island (in San Juan County) (38)
Lyle (in Klickitat County) (38)
Lyman (in Skagit County) (45)
Lynden (in Whatcom County) (74)
Lynnwood (in Snohomish County) (66)
Mabton (in Yakima County) (44)
Mansfield (in Douglas County) (40)
Manson (in Chelan County) (31)
Maple Falls (in Whatcom County) (41)
Maple Valley (in King County) (31)
Marcus (in Stevens County) (42)
Marlin (in Grant County) (31)
Marysville (in Snohomish County) (79)
Mattawa (in Grant County) (31)
McCleary (in Grays Harbor County) (40)
McNeil Island (in Pierce County) (31)
Mead (in Spokane County) (46)
Medical Lake (in Spokane County) (61)
Menlo (in Pacific County) (33)
Mercer Island (in King County) (35)
Metaline (in Pend Oreille County) (31)
Metaline Falls (in Pend Oreille County) (36)
Milan (in Spokane County) (41)
Moclips (in Grays Harbor County) (38)
Molson (in Okanogan County) (35)
Monroe (in Snohomish County) (66)
Montesano (in Grays Harbor County) (64)
Morton (in Lewis County) (50)
Moses Lake (in Grant County) (51)
Mossyrock (in Lewis County) (51)
Mount Vernon (in Skagit County) (82)
Mountlake Terrace (in Snohomish County) (56)
Moxee City (in Yakima County) (44)
Mukilteo (in Snohomish County) (57)
Naches (in Yakima County) (49)
Napavine (in Lewis County) (45)
Naselle (in Pacific County) (32)
Neah Bay (in Clallam County) (32)
Nespelem (in Okanogan County) (31)
New Tacoma (in Pierce County) (30)
New Whatcom (in Whatcom County) (49)
Newcastle (in King County) (32)
Newport (in Pend Oreille County) (52)
Nooksack (in Whatcom County) (48)
North Bend (in King County) (37)
North Yakima (in Yakima County) (61)
Northport (in Stevens County) (49)
Oak Harbor (in Island County) (55)
Oakesdale (in Whitman County) (40)
Oakville (in Grays Harbor County) (52)
Odessa (in Lincoln County) (52)
Okanogan (in Okanogan County) (41)
Olympia (in Thurston County) (210)
Omak (in Okanogan County) (47)
Onalaska (in Lewis County) (47)
Opportunity (in Spokane County) (41)
Orient (in Ferry County) (19)
Oroville (in Okanogan County) (50)
Orting (in Pierce County) (49)
Othello (in Adams County) (57)
Otis Orchard (in Spokane County) (43)
Oysterville (in Pacific County) (27)
Palouse (in Whitman County) (50)
Parkland (in Pierce County) (33)
Pasco (in Franklin County) (59)
Pataha (in Garfield County) (28)
Pateros (in Okanogan County) (33)
Pe Ell (in Lewis County) (51)
Peshastin (in Chelan County) (34)
Pomeroy (in Garfield County) (59)
Port Angeles (in Clallam County) (126)
Port Gamble (in Kitsap County) (23)
Port Madison (in Kitsap County) (23)
Port Orchard (in Kitsap County) (52)
Port Townsend (in Jefferson County) (110)
Porter (in Grays Harbor County) (38)
Poulsbo (in Kitsap County) (41)
Prescott (in Walla Walla County) (50)
Preston (in King County) (31)
Prosser (in Benton County) (59)
Pullman (in Whitman County) (95)
Puyallup (in Pierce County) (65)
Quilcene (in Jefferson County) (27)
Quincy (in Grant County) (44)
Rainier (in Thurston County) (43)
Randle (in Lewis County) (47)
Ravensdale (in King County) (29)
Raymond (in Pacific County) (59)
Reardan (in Lincoln County) (46)
Redmond (in King County) (49)
Renton (in King County) (77)
Republic (in Ferry County) (31)
Rice (in Stevens County) (38)
Richland (in Benton County) (50)
Ridgefield (in Clark County) (54)
Ritzville (in Adams County) (97)
Riverside (in Okanogan County) (31)
Roche Harbor (in San Juan County) (38)
Rochester (in Thurston County) (39)
Rockford (in Spokane County) (63)
Rosalia (in Whitman County) (43)
Rosburg (in Wahkiakum County) (34)
Roslyn (in Kittitas County) (119)
Roy (in Pierce County) (37)
Royal City (in Grant County) (35)
Saint Andrews (in Douglas County) (32)
Saint John (in Whitman County) (29)
Salkum (in Lewis County) (40)
Salmon Creek (in Clark County) (37)
Satsop (in Grays Harbor County) (41)
Seattle (in King County) (1,056)
Sedro-Woolley (in Skagit County) (57)
Selah (in Yakima County) (45)
Sequim (in Clallam County) (45)
Shelton (in Mason County) (79)
Shoreline (in King County) (36)
Silverdale (in Kitsap County) (35)
Skamokawa (in Wahkiakum County) (33)
Snohomish (in Snohomish County) (84)
Snoqualmie (in King County) (34)
Soap Lake (in Grant County) (33)
South Bend (in Pacific County) (40)
Spanaway (in Pierce County) (36)
Spangle (in Spokane County) (51)
Spokane (in Spokane County) (582)
Spokane Valley (in Spokane County) (52)
Sprague (in Lincoln County) (58)
Springdale (in Stevens County) (45)
Stanwood (in Snohomish County) (87)
Starbuck (in Columbia County) (51)
Steilacoom (in Pierce County) (49)
Stevenson (in Skamania County) (45)
Sultan (in Snohomish County) (57)
Sumas (in Whatcom County) (53)
Sumner (in Pierce County) (45)
Sunnyside (in Yakima County) (56)
Tacoma (in Pierce County) (419)
Tekoa (in Whitman County) (49)
Tenino (in Thurston County) (44)
Thorp (in Kittitas County) (38)
Toledo (in Lewis County) (54)
Tonasket (in Okanogan County) (38)
Toppenish (in Yakima County) (53)
Touchet (in Walla Walla County) (45)
Trout Lake (in Klickitat County) (32)
Tukwila (in King County) (29)
Tumwater (in Thurston County) (53)
Twisp (in Okanogan County) (29)
Uniontown (in Whitman County) (48)
Usk (in Pend Oreille County) (34)
Vader (in Lewis County) (42)
Valley (in Stevens County) (44)
Valleyford (in Spokane County) (44)
Vancouver (in Clark County) (178)
Vashon (in King County) (52)
Waitsburg (in Walla Walla County) (55)
Walla Walla (in Walla Walla County) (221)
Wallula (in Walla Walla County) (45)
Wapato (in Yakima County) (44)
Warden (in Grant County) (38)
Washougal (in Clark County) (51)
Washtucna (in Adams County) (45)
Waterville (in Douglas County) (49)
Waverly (in Spokane County) (41)
Wellpinit (in Stevens County) (43)
Wenatchee (in Chelan County) (83)
West End (in Stevens County) (38)
Whatcom (in Whatcom County) (51)
White Bluffs (in Benton County) (32)
White Salmon (in Klickitat County) (46)
White Swan (in Yakima County) (45)
Wilbur (in Lincoln County) (50)
Wilkeson (in Pierce County) (35)
Wilson Creek (in Grant County) (32)
Winlock (in Lewis County) (62)
Winthrop (in Okanogan County) (31)
Woodinville (in King County) (35)
Woodland (in Cowlitz County) (40)
Yacolt (in Clark County) (40)
Yakima (in Yakima County) (131)
Yelm (in Thurston County) (38)
Zillah (in Yakima County) (43)

Overview of Washington Genealogy Records

  • History: Washington was first settled in 1836, it became part of Oregon Territory in 1848, it became Washington Territory in 1853, and became a state in 1889.
  • Birth records: Most Washington counties began keeping birth records in 1891. Statewide registration of births began in 1907 with complete records by 1917. Birth records from 1907 to the present can be obtained from the Washington State Department of Health.
  • Marriage records: Most Washington counties began keeping marriage records soon after the county was organized. Statewide registration of marriages began in 1968. Copies of marriage certificates can be obtained from the respective county auditor.
  • Death records: Most Washington counties began keeping death records in 1891. Statewide registration of deaths began in 1907 with complete records by 1917. Death records from 1907 to the present can be obtained from the Washington State Department of Health.
  • Divorce records: Divorce records can be obtained from county clerks.
  • Census records: The first federal census available for Washington is 1850. There are federal censuses publicly available for 1850 (listed with Oregon), 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940, and 1950. There were territorial censuses taken in 1871, 1883, 1885, 1887, and 1889.
  • County records: Court, land, probate, naturalization, and tax records were kept by the individual counties.
  • Other records: Many cities and towns kept newspapers, records kept by churches, cemeteries, histories, school, city directories, and other records that can be located by using the city pages on this site. Records specific to minority groups can be found in the Minority Records section.
  • All records: Use the links on this site to locate online indexes and images of many of the above records.
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