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Crawfish Lake, Okanogan National Forest, Okanogan County, Washington


Guide to Okanogan County, Washington genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records, since 1888, when the county was formed.

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Founded February 2, 1888
County Seat Okanogan
Courthouse
Address Okanogan County Courthouse
149 3rd N; PO Box 72
Okanogan, WA 98840
Phone 509.422.7275
Okanogan County Website

Contents

County Overview

Parent County(s)

Okanogan County, Washington was created 2 February 1888 from Stevens County.[1]

County Seat: Okanogan [2]. See also Towns and Communities in Okanogan County, Washington. For Courthouse, see Archives, libraries, etc.

Boundary Changes

Neighboring Counties

Below are resources used for family history and genealogy, with dates, value of records, and how to access them for Okanogan County, Washington. Internet links may contain names, images, or more information for the county.

See also Towns and Communities in Okanogan County, Washington.

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Courthouse

Okanogan County Courthouse
149 3rd N; PO Box 72
Okanogan, WA 98840
Phone 509–422–7275

According to Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Okanogan County, Washington page 733, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002:

  • County Auditor has birth and death records 1891-1908, marriage and land records from 1891, and patents from 1892.
  • County Clerk has divorce, probate and court records from 1896.

See also Archives, libraries, etc. in Okanogan County, Washington.

Dates of Major County Records

Beginning dates for major county records[4]
Birth
Marriage
Death
Land
Probate
Court
1899*
1888*
1891*
1884
1888
1888
* For earlier dates, try... Obituaries | Cemeteries
Record Loss

Topics for Okanogan County, Washington

The topics or headings on this page describe records that are used for genealogy and family history. They include links to web sites with indexes, images, or information about the county.


Bible Records

 

Biography

Biographical information is often found in state and local histories or genealogies. See also Washington Biography.

Business and Commerce

 

Cemeteries

Cemetery records often reveal birth, death, relationship, military, and religious information. Tombstones, sextons (caretakers) records, and burial records each have slightly different information. See Washington Cemeteries.


Okanogan County, Washington cemeteries from state and national resources
Online County-wide Name Searches
Published Grave
Transcripts
Lists of Cemeteries
(Several will also link to names)
FindAGrave (Add a name to the search) FamilySearch Library Click Cemeteries. Press space bar to select town Combined list (Sortable by town, cemetery name)
WA State Archives - Digital Collections Click any cemetery for search window, select county, enter name(s). WorldCat FindAGrave
Billion Graves Switch to "Person Lookup" Washington Periodicals Interment.net
Washington State Digital Archives Put county name in Search box
Linkpendium
Billion Graves
USGenWeb Tombstone Project
Genealogy Trails
See Washington Cemeteries for details about these and other sites.

Census


Federal Census Contents
Names, ages, birthplaces 1850–1940
Birthplaces of parents 1880–1940
Relationships 1880–1940
Family and Neighbors All years
Immigration year 1900–1930
Citizenship 1910–1940

Censuses 1) Give names, ages, and more about the family; 2) Pinpoint the area to find other records; and 3) Provide clues for further research.

  • Washington online census links to FamilySearch, Ancestry.com, Heritage Quest and others.
    • Includes: Federal Censuses, 1860–1940; 1890 Veterans Schedule; Territorial and State Censuses, 1847–1898

Church Records

The information church records provide depends upon the church practices and the record keepers. Records may include names, ages, and dates of events such as baptism, marriage, or burial. See Washington Church Records.

  • Church records (microfilmed originals or published transcripts) for Okanogan County, Washington are listed in the FamilySearch catalog. (Press space bar to select town.)

Court Records

Your ancestors may be found in court records as defendants, plaintiffs, witnesses, or jurors. Court records can clarify family relationships, places of residence, occupations, and family history. See Washington Court Records for courts used through the years.

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For specialized court records, see Divorce  · Guardianship  · Land  · Naturalization · Probate

  • Okanogan Frontier Justice. Part of "Frontier Justice’’: Guide to the Court Records of Washington Territory, 1853-1889 at Washington State Digital Archives. (Free Index, no images)
    • The court procedure of Frontier Justice touch nearly all pioneers of Washington Territory. The index has many abstracts that provide names and what is happening in disputes, settlements in civil and criminal cases as well as probate, equity and admiralty cases.

Directories

 

Emigration and Immigration

 

Ethnic, Political or Religious Groups

 


American Indian

The Colville Indian Reservation is located in southern Ferry and southern Okanogan Counties.

Japanese
  • 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.

Funeral Homes

 

Gazetteers

 

Genealogy

A FamilySearch Community Tree is available for this place.

Many local libraries and societies have collections of family genealogies. County histories or biographies often include brief genealogies of the featured persons.

Guardianship

Guardianship of orphans or adults unable to manage their own affairs were handled by the probate and the District courts. See Washington Court Records.

History

Local histories for Okanogan County, Washington may include biographies, history of churches, schools, local government with names of officials, military information, and more. See Washington Local Histories.

  • Early Okanogan history by William Compton Brown [Okanogan: Press of the Okanogan Independent, (1911)] online at Washington History
History Timeline

Historical County Boundaries from Newberry Library[5]

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. Okanogan County -- Thumbnail History, History Link.org Essay 7608.

  • Prior to 1805 - For at least several hundred years prior to contact with Europeans, the indigenous peoples of the Okanogan consisted of three major bands of a group called the Northern Okanogans or Sinkaiek, the Tokoratums, the Kartars, and the Konkonelps.
  • 1782-1783 - A smallpox epidemic may have cost the lives of a third to a half of the people in the Okanogan.
  • 1805 - William Clark of the (Lewis and Clark expedition) Corps of Discovery was the first to map the Okanogan River.
  • 1811 - July, David Thompson was the first European to visit the Okanogan River.
  • 1811 - David Stuart and Alexander Ross built a log cabin at the mouth of the Okanogan River and called it Fort Okanogan.
  • 1814 - Fort Okanogan was taken over by the North West Company.
  • 1821 - Fort Okanogan was sold to the Hudson Bay Company.
  • 1853 - March 2, U.S. President Millard Fillmore establishes Washington Territory.
  • 1855 - May, Territorial Governor Issac Stevens signed the Walla Walla Treaty.
  • 1858 - Gold strikes in New Caledonia in British Columbia attracted prospectors from California to the aea.
  • 1859 - The Army established Fort Colville at Mill Creek in the Colville Valley.
  • 1858-1861 - Surveyors from the Royal Engineers and the U.S. Army established a boundary between Canada and the U.S.A.
  • 1871 - Congress authorized the president to establish reservations by executive order.
  • 1872 - Pres. Ulysses Grant created the Colville Indian Reservation.
  • 1886 - Colville Indian Reservation was reduced in size to its current size making possible non Indian settlement.
  • 1888 - Feb 2, Okanogan County came into being.
  • 1888 - Ruby was the first county seat of Okanogan County.
  • 1888 - The county seat was moved to Conconully.
  • 1893 - Repeal of the Sherman Silver Purchase Act/ ended the mining boom in Okanogan County.
  • 1890-1900 - The population nearly tripled
  • 1900-1910 - The population nearly tripled again.
  • 1906 - The first rail service came into Okanogan County.
  • 1914 - Okanogan became the county seat of Okanogan County.
  • 1934-1942 - A big spurt to the economy of the county and the state of Washington was the construction of Grand Coulee Dam.

Land and Property

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Tips -or- Land Contents

Land records (especially deeds) may give the name of a spouse, heirs, and witnesses, who may be relatives or in-laws.

County deeds, mortgages, and leases show transfers from person to person. See also Court Records for actions involving real estate. See Washington Land for government-to-person records.

  • The County Recorder's Office has deeds, mining claims, copies of county plat maps and records dating back to 1878, prior records having been destroyed in a fire.

Maps

 

Migration

Most residents came to Washington from other states or crossed the border from Canada. (See Seattle Passenger Lists for those who came from other countries.) Although few other migration records exist, try:

Censuses (use birthdates and places of children as clues)
Land (1st deed may reveal previous residence)
Death-related records of children may give town or county of birth
• Records of relatives and neighbors

Military

 

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.

  • Declarations of intention 1890-1945 Part of Washington, County Records, 1856-2009 at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
    • See what genealogical information may be in these records.
    • Includes Declarations of intention, petition evidence 1899-1916; Depositions 1915-1922; Petition evidence 1902-1947; Petitions for naturalization 1900-1945.

Newspapers

Small town newspapers provide historical content and contain obituaries, birth or death notices, legal notices, and community news, such as visits to or from out-of-town relatives. See Washington Newspapers for tips, resources, and details.

Finding More Washington Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Okanogan County, Washington newspapers in online catalogs like:

Obituaries

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.

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See also: NewspapersLibrariesSocietiesFuneral Homes • Obituaries of neighboring counties or of the person's previous residence • Family records.

Also check:

Periodicals

 

Probate Records

Probate records identify heirs of the decedents, give the (approximate) death dates, and provide specifics about property holdings. The records were kept by the county judge.

These include wills, inheritance records, dockets, and other documents regarding property and estates of individuals who have died. See also Court Records for civil actions involving estates. Also see Washington Probate Records.

  • 1888-1903 Part of: County Records, 1856-2009 FamilySearch Historical Collections (free)
  • Probate case files 1888-1953 Part of Washington, County Records, 1856-2009 at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
    • See what genealogical information may be in these records.
    • Includes Probate petitions 1888-1894; Special Naturalization 1944-1953.

Public Records

Public records are documents created by civil authorities that either don't fit comfortably in another topic, or that could fit in several topics.

Schools

 

School records vary from yearbooks, class photos, and more. School censuses were taken to plan and fill educational needs, and include names and birth dates of the children, residences, and the names of the parents or guardians.

Taxation

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.

Vital Records

The county auditors in Washington kept records of birth, marriage, and death. The county clerk has the divorce records - the earliest dates to the present.

See Washington Vital Records for details and history of the records.

Birth
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In 1891, coroners, physicians, and midwives were to "return" births and deaths to the county auditor. Many went unrecorded. In 1907, the State Center for Health Statistics assumed this responsibility.[6]

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See Washington Online Genealogy Records for indexes.
Also see Washington Birth Records.

  • 1884-1907 Part of: County Records, 1856-2009 FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse)

For earlier or unrecorded births, search:


Marriage
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Marriage records include certificates, marriage returns, license applications or affidavits. Counties kept the records until 1968, when the state took over.


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See Washington Online Genealogy Records for indexes.
Also see Washington Marriage Records.

  • Marriage affidavits 1888-1985 Part of: County Records, 1856-2009 FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free to browse images)
    • The affidavits start on image 31. Images 10-30 are an index to the groom.
  • Marriage Records, 1998-2013 Okanogan County Auditor, at Washington State Digital Archives Collection (Free, index only)
Divorce

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.

Death
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In 1891, coroners, physicians and midwives were to report (or return) all births and deaths under their supervision to County Auditors. On July 1, 1907, the State took over....[7]

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See Washington Online Genealogy Records for indexes.
Also see Washington Death Records.

  • Death Index,1907 -1960 (statewide, can select the county) at Washington State Digital Archives Collection (Free, no images)

Voting Registers

 

Websites


Sites with online indexes or images of records
WAGenWeb for Okanogan County Free Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
USGenWeb Free Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
Washington State Digital Archives Free Includes indexes, some linked to images.
  • Type county name, click Search, then select a collection.
  • Collections were posted to the appropriate headings for this Wiki page in December, 2013.
FamilySearch Historical Collections Free Search indexes or browse images at FamilySearch.org.
  • Click "Last Updated." Collections through December 2013 have been posted to the appropriate topics for this Wiki page.
Sites that search for links pertaining to Okanogan County, Washington
Web Sites at RootsWeb - Okanogan WA (Free) Free Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
Linkpendium Free Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
CyndisList Free Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
StateofUS.com Free "Okanogan County, Washington Facts" (mis-labeled "Okanogan County, Alabama Facts")
Major catalogs for hard copy collections of Okanogan County, Washington
Books, microfilm, or manuscripts of genealogical records
FamilySearch catalog Select topics. To select towns, add a comma to the search box.
WorldCat To find nearby libraries that have specific items, see WorldCat Online Catalog.
Allen County Public Library (Indiana)
See also local libraries and Washington Archives and Libraries

Archives, Libraries, etc.

 

Resources for Okanogan County, Washington are available in libraries, archives, and other repositories at all levels: the town, the county, the state (including universities), and the nation.

See also Courthouse · FamilySearch Centers · Libraries · Museums · Other Repositories · Societies

Family History Centers


Centers in Okanogan County, Washington: (If no centers are listed, see Neighboring Counties)

Libraries

Local public libraries—even smaller ones—often have Unique Genealogical Collections that are not online for the area they serve. Many libraries in Washington have an area dedicated to local history and genealogy.


Brewster Community Library, 108 S Third Brewster 98812 (509) 689-4046
Unique Collections:
Okanogan Library, 228 Pine Okanogan 98840 (509) 422-2609
Unique Collections:
Omak Community Library, 30 S Ash Omak 98841 (509) 826-1820
Unique Collections:
Oroville Community Library, 1276 Main St Oroville 98844 (509) 476-2662
Unique Collections:
Pateros Community Library, 174 Pateros Mall Pateros 98846 (509) 923-2298
Unique Collections:
Tonasket Community Library, 209 S Whitcomb Tonasket 98855 (509)486-2366
Unique Collections:
Twisp Community Library, 201 N Methow Valley Hwy Twisp 98856 (509) 997-4681
Unique Collections:
Winthrop Community Library, 509 State Rt 20 Winthrop 98862 (509) 996-2685
Unique Collections:

Museums

 

Societies

 

Towns and Communities

See a list of towns and communities in Okanogan County per Wikipedia.

Indian Reservation

The Colville Indian Reservation is located in southern Ferry and southern Okanogan Counties

References

  1. 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.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. John H. Long, Atlas of Historical County Boundaries (Chicago: Newberry Library, 2006) online.
  4. 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.
  5. John H. Long, Atlas of Historical County Boundaries (Chicago: Newberry Library, 2006) online.
  6. Washington State Archives - Digital Archives, Birth Records, About this Collection
  7. About Death Records at Washington State Digital Archives.

 

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