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United States Gotoarrow.png Washington Gotoarrow.png Adams County

Guide to Adams County Washington genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Adams County, Washington
Map
Map of Washington highlighting Adams County
Location in the state of Washington
Map of the U.S. highlighting Washington
Location of Washington in the U.S.
Facts
Founded November 28, 1883
County Seat Ritzville
Courthouse
Address Adams County, Washington Courthouse
210 W. Broadway
Ritzville, WA
Phone: (509) 659–3240

Contents

Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Land
Probate
Court
1891*
1891*
1891*
1884
1885
1890
* For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries
  • Parent County: created 28 November 1883 from Whitman County
  • County Seat: Ritzville
  • Named for John Adams, 2nd President of the United States.
  • Originally mostly cattle ranching, the big wheat crop shifted the agriculture from cattle to wheat farming in 1897.
  • Neighboring Counties: Franklin | Grant | Lincoln | Whitman
  • Boundary Changes: No counties created from Adams County. [1]

Record Loss

Resources

Bible Records

Biography

Cemeteries

Listings for Adam's County Cemeteries can be found at the following websites:

Interment.net

Findagrave.com

USGenWeb Archives

Individual Cemeteries

BillionGraves:

Census

  • 1889
  • 1890 Veterans
  • 1900
  • 1910
  • 1920
  • 1930
  • 1940

Church Records

Lutheran
  • Records of Emanuel Lutheran Church, Adams County, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).[2]

Court Records

Directories

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political or Religious Groups

Gazetteers

Genealogy

History

Land and Property

Maps

Migration

Military

Some military records for this county have been digitized at the Washington State Digital Archives.

Naturalization and Citizenship

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.

Newspapers

Obituaries

Periodicals

Probate

Public Records

Repositories

Courthouse

Adams County Courthouse
210 W Broadway Avenue
Ritzville, WA 99169-1860
Phone: (509) 659–3257

County Auditor has birth and death records to 1907 and marriage records.
County Clerk has divorce and probate records.
County assessor has land records[3]

Family History Centers
Libraries
Museums
Societies

Taxation

Vital Records

Birth
  • Washington State Digital Archives has a database of Adams County Birth Records. This database contains the names of people who were born in Adams County from 1893-1907, 1910-1915, (several delayed birth returns: 1942). Their names were transcribed from the Adams County Birth Returns. For FHL entries, 1892-1907, click here[low quality link]
Marriage
Death
  • Washington State Digital Archives has a database of Adams County Death Returns. This database contains names of people who died in Adams County from 1893-1907; 1910, 1913.  For FHL entries, 1891-1907, 1929, click here[low quality link].
  • 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 and occupation.

Websites

Places

Cities
  • Othello
  • Ritzville
Towns
  • Hatton
  • Lind
  • Washtucna
Community
  • Benge

Adams County Washington Genealogy References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. "Evangelical Lutheran Church in America: An Inventory of Selected Congregational Records of the American Lutheran Church in Minnesota at the Minnesota Historical Society," Collection Finding Aids, Minnesota Historical Society, http://www.mnhs.org/library/findaids/01009.xml, accessed 10 June 2013.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Adams County, Washington page 732, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.