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Guide to Asotin County, Washington genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records, since 1883, when the county was formed.
|Asotin County, Washington|
Location in the state of Washington
Location of Washington in the U.S.
|Founded||October 27, 1883|
|Address|| Asotin County Courthouse|
PO Box 159
Asotin, WA 99402-0159
Phone: (509) 243–4181
Asotin County Website
|Before the newly-formed county was fully operational, search records of the parent county(s).|
Dates of Major County Records
|Beginning dates for major county records|
|* For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries|
The name "Asotin" is from the Nez Perce language and means "place of eel" from the abundance of eels caught there.
Below are resources used for family history and genealogy, with dates, value of records, and how to access them for Asotin County, Washington. Internet links may contain names, images, or more information for the county.
|Don't overlook Asotin County, Washington items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see Archives and Libraries.|
Cemetery records often reveal birth, death, relationship, military, and religious information. The spouse and infant children who died are frequently buried nearby.
Cemetery records include tombstones, sextons (caretakers) records, and interment (burial) records, each with slightly different information. See Washington Cemeteries.
- Alpha list of cemeteries in the county with links to online transcripts.
(Several will also link to names)
|FindAGrave (Add a name to the search)||FamilySearch Library Click Cemeteries. Press space bar to select town||FindAGrave|
|WA State Archives - Digital Collections Click any cemetery for search window, select county, enter name(s).||WorldCat||Interment.net|
|Billion Graves Switch to "Person Lookup"||Washington Periodicals||Washington State Digital Archives Put county name in Search box|
|USGenWeb Tombstone Project|
|Find your ancestor in every census taken while he/she was alive. This includes territorial and state-funded censuses. More tips|
|Names, ages, birthplaces|
|Month and year of birth|
|Birthplaces of parents|
|Family and Neighbors|
Federal censuses 1850 and later list names, ages, and places of birth (the state or nation) for everyone in each household in the county. Later censuses give even more information.
Location! Location! Location! Where the family lived is where records about them were created. Censuses play a key roll in locating your ancestors.
Censuses give clues to migration, marriage, and more. See Tips
Links to censuses:
- Washington Online federal census indexes and images found at FamilySearch, Ancestry.com, HeritageQuestOnline and others, including the years:
- 1850 • 1860 • 1870 • 1880
- 1900 • 1910 • 1920 • 1930 • 1940
- 1890 Veterans Schedule
- Statewide printed indexes of federal censuses
- Check county indexes when online indexes fail. Created by people who knew the families of the area, they are often more accurate and they may have added insights. See periodicals and local libraries or other record holders.
- Census indexes at Washington State Digital Archives: (Free)
|Censuses indexed by local societies or groups may be more accurate, due to familiarity with local surnames.|
Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information with maiden names; and death date. For general information about Washington denominations, view the Washington Church Records wiki page.
- Church records (microfilmed originals or published transcripts) for Asotin County, Washington are listed in the FamilySearch catalog. (Press space bar to select town.)
Many of your ancestors may be found in court records as defendants, plaintiffs, witnesses, or jurors. Court records can establish family relationships and places of residence, occupations, and other family history information. See Washington Court Records for the various courts through the years.
Emigration and Immigration
Ethnic, Political or Religious Groups
- World War II Files, 1942-1946. Public Welfare/Social Security Department, (Japanese Internment) Assistance Cases, Evacuee Referrals for Resettlement and Assistance, 1945-1946 from the Washington State Archives – Digital Archives.
Local histories for Asotin County, Washington may include biographies, history of churches, schools, and local government, and military information. See Washington Local Histories.
- "Asotin County -- Thumbnail History" online
- "Asotin County Frontier Justice Records Now Online" online
- "Asotin County (Wash.) -- History" online
- "1889 Asotin County" online
Historical County Boundaries from Newberry Library
Emphasis for this timeline is on events that affected migration, records, or record-keeping. Unless otherwise mentioned, the events below were gleaned from Wilma, David. Asotin County -- Thumbnail History, HistoryLink.org, Essay 7643.
- The Nez Perce Indians lived in Asotin County for many years before Lewis and Clark arrived in 1805.
- 1805 - Lewis and Clark passed through the county on their expedition, both outbound to the Pacific Ocean.
- 1834 - February - Captian Benjamin Bonneville led the next major expedition through Asotin County.
- 1853 - March - 2 - U.S. President Millard Fillmore establishes Washington Territory.
- 1854 - April - 25 - Washington Territorial Legislature creates Walla Walla County.
- In the mid-1850s part of what would later become Asotin County (as well as part of adjoining Idaho) became an Indian reservation, resulting in the relocation of a fairly significant number of Native Americans to the future Asotin County.
- 1861 - June - 10 - Whites made a few tentative settlements in Asotin County during the 1860s. The first settler, Sam Smith, arrived near the confluence of Alpowa Creek and the Snake River.
- Severe winter of 1861/1862 devastates Eastern Washington settlers
- 1863 - March - 4 - President Abraham Lincoln signs law separating new Idaho Territory from Washington.
- 1875 - November - 11 - Washington Territorial Legislature creates Columbia County (out of Walla Walla).
- 1881 - November - 29 - Washington Territorial Legislature creates Garfield County (out of Columbia County).
- 1883 - October - 27 - Washington Territorial Legislature creates Asotin County (out of Garfield).
Land and Property
|Usually or Maybe||U||M|
|Land Description and Dates|
Land records (especially deeds) may give the name of a spouse, heirs, and witnesses, who may be relatives or in-laws.
Land records recorded at the county courthouse include deeds, indexes, mortgages, and leases. For transfers from government to private ownership (grant or patent), see Washington Land and Property.
Specific records for Asotin County, Washington:
- County Recorder's Office: check deeds, file mining claims, get assistance in finding ownership of a particular property, and obtain copies of county plat maps. This office has county plat records dating back to 1878, prior records having been destroyed in a fire.
- Family Maps of Asotin County, Washington (land patent maps) at HistoryGeo.com ($). Free surname search.
- 1888-1897 Part of: County Records, 1856-2009 FamilySearch Historical Collections (free)
- World War II (1941–1945) army enlistments at the county GenWeb site has about 400 entries, mostly from Okanogan and other counties. Key (at end of the list) explains codes and columns. Gives year and state of birth. Free.
Naturalization and Citizenship
Declarations of Intent before 1906 often include the nation of origin, his* foreign and "Americanized" names, residence, and date of arrival. See Washington Naturalization and Citizenship for more information. (*Women were not naturalized until 1922 in the United States.)
Washington State Digital Archives has digitized various types of naturalization-related records, including declarations of intentions, delayed birth files, naturalization affidavits, notifications of application for admission to US citizenship, orders fixing naturalization terms, petitions and records, petitions, receipts for certificates of citizenship, record of final decrees of citizenship and record of petitions dockets. Depending on the county, records range from 1854-1988.
- 1906-1976 Part of: County Records, 1856-2009 FamilySearch Historical Collections (free)
- Naturalization Records, 1906-1974 at Washington State Digital Archives Collection. (Free)
- Petitions for Naturalization, 1924-1936 at Washington State Digital Archives Collection. (Free)
- Petitions Granted, 1930-1974 at Washington State Digital Archives Collection. (Free)
- Register of Applications and Orders of Naturalization, 1885-1906 at Washington State Digital Archives Collection. (Free)
This key is a list of sites used when the list was originally compiled in November, 2013. As you find other early newspapers, please update the key as well as the sortable table.
|CA||Chronicling America||Select State, then County, and click Search. Click on a title, then on "Libraries that have it"|
|GB||Genealogy Bank||Click "List of Titles"|
|NA||Newspaper Archive||($) Slide down and click Browse by location. Under "United States," select "Washington"|
|NP.com||Newspapers.com||Click "See papers by location," click "List" (very small lettering, next to Newspapers Map), type "Washington" in the search box|
|Own||The link is to the newspaper's own site|
|SOS||Washington Secretary of State|
- Asotin County, Washington Newspapers (Sortable by towns, years, and titles)
Finding More Washington Newspapers
Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Asotin County, Washington newspapers in online catalogs like:
Obituaries may mention birth, marriage, spouse, parents, living family members, education, occupation, and more. See Washington Obituaries for state level collections and United States Obituaries for tips and insights.
- Newspapers of Asotin County, Washington
- Local Funeral Homes, Libraries, or family records.
- Obituaries of neighboring counties
Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.
Probate records in Washington have been kept by the county judge at the courthouse. They include wills, fee books, claim registers, legacy records, inheritance records, probate ticklers, and dockets—documents created regarding property and estates of individuals who have died.
Probate records may locate relatives, provide death dates, and identify property. See Washington Probate Records for more information.
- 1885-1972 Part of: County Records, 1856-2009 FamilySearch Historical Collections (free)
- Prior to 1965 Part of: County Records, Prior to 1965 FamilySearch Historical Collections (free)
Washington tax records complement land records and can supplement the years between censuses. There may be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties. For more information, see the wiki page Washington Taxation.
See Washington Vital Records for details and history of the records.
- Washington State Digital Archives has a database of free Asotin County Birth Records. This database contains the names of people who were born in Asotin County from June 1891 – August 1913. The names were taken from the Asotin County Register of Births.
For earlier or unrecorded births, search:
- Death Records to learn birth date, place, parents
- Census to learn age, family members, etc.
- Cemeteries for birth date
- Obituaries for even more
- See also Neighboring and Parent counties and How to Find Washington Birth Records.
|To learn a maiden name, check records of her children.|
- Marriages from 3 Feb 1884 to 6 Jun 1907 are available on the Western States Marriage index website.
- Washington State Digital Archives has a database of Asotin Marriage Records from 1900 to 2003.
- Marriage Records, 1899-2003 at Washington State Digital Archives Collection. (Free)
|Witnesses or affiants may be relatives or close family friends. The affidavits also include physician's certificates.|
Divorce records give the names of the parties and may give the date and place of their marriage. See Washington Vital Records for excellent information.
- Divorce records (microfilmed originals or published transcripts) are listed in the FamilySearch Library Catalog for Asotin County, Washington. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see Archives, Libraries, etc.
- Washington Death Certificates 1907-1960 A free internet index to the 1907-1960 death certificates can be found at FamilySearch Record Search, no images are available. A transcribed death certificate may contain such information as name of the deceased, date and place of death, age, gender, birth date and birth place, mother’s maiden name and name of spouse, place of residence, occupation and certificate numbers.
|Check back often with these websites. Internet offerings are growing at record rates.|
Sites with online indexes or images of records:
- The Asotin County WAGenWeb Project (Free), a member of The WAGenWeb Project, an affiliate of The USGenWeb Project.
- The USGenWeb Archives Project (Free) for Asotin County. Mirror site
- Web Sites at RootsWeb - Asotin WA (Free)
- Current Collections at Washington State Digital Archives (Free) Type county name, click Search, then select a collection. Collections were posted to the appropriate headings for this Wiki page in November, 2013.
- Historical Collections at FamilySearch.org. (Free) Click "Last Updated." Collections through October 2013 have been posted to the appropriate headings for this Wiki page.
Sites that search the Internet for Asotin County, Washington records online:
Major catalogs to offline genealogical records:
Indexes, books, or microfilm of genealogical records
|FamilySearch catalog||Select topics. To select towns, add a comma to the search box.|
|WorldCat||To find libraries near you that have items of interest, see WorldCat Online Catalog.|
|Allen County Public Library (Indiana)|
Archives, Libraries, etc.
Asotin County Courthouse
PO Box 159
Asotin, WA 99402-0159
Phone: (509) 243–4181
County Auditor has birth and marriage records
from 1891 and death records 1891-1907.
County Clerk has divorce and probate records.
County Assessor has land records from 1891. 
Family History Centers
The goal of Family History Centers is to provide resources to assist you in the research and study of your genealogy and family history. For more information, see Introduction to LDS Family History Centers.
Centers in Asotin County, Washington: If no centers are listed, see Neighboring Counties.
Local public libraries—even smaller ones—may have histories, genealogies, indexes of cemeteries, copies of local newspapers, or other records that are not online for the area they serve. Many libraries in Washington have an area dedicated to local history and genealogy.
|A library's Unique Collections may include card indexes, obituary scrapbooks, genealogy papers, and other unpublished manuscripts.|
- Asotin County Library, 417 Sycamore, Clarkston 99403 Phone: (509) 758-5454
- Online Resources: (None seen Oct., 2013)
- Unique Collections:
- Heights Branch Library, 2036 4th Ave., Clarkston 99403 Phone: (509) 758-4601
- Online Resources: Genealogy Bank
- Unique Collections: Historical Newspaper Collections
- Check websites and catalogs, such as items in FamilySearch Library (Utah) or Allen County Public Library (Indiana) for Asotin County, Washington. When you find items you'd like to access, see Get a Copy
Towns and Communities
See a list of towns and communities in Asotin County ] per Wikipedia.
- ↑ The Evolution of Washington Counties by Newton Carl Abbott, Fred E. Carver, 1979. Published by the Yakima Valley Genealogical Society and Klickitat County Genealogical Society.
- ↑ The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
- ↑ John H. Long, Atlas of Historical County Boundaries (Chicago: Newberry Library, 2006) online.
- ↑ Alice Eichholz, Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, 3rd ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry Pub., 2004), 733-734. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 2004.
- ↑ John H. Long, Atlas of Historical County Boundaries (Chicago: Newberry Library, 2006) online.
- ↑ Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Asotin County, Washington page 732, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
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