Clallam County, Washington

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Revision as of 15:03, 12 October 2013

United States Gotoarrow.pngWashington Gotoarrow.png Clallam County
Cape Olympic National Park, Hon Rain Forest, Calallam County, Washington.


Guide to Clallam County, Washington genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records, since 1861, when the county was formed.

County QuickStart:




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Clallam County, Washington
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Location in the state of Washington
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Facts
Founded April 26, 1854
County Seat Port Angeles
Courthouse
Address Clallam County Courthouse;223 E 4th Street PO Box 863; Port Angeles, WA 98362-3025;Phone: 360.417.2508&lt;br&gt;Clallam County Website

Contents

County Overview


Neighboring Counties

Clallam County, Washington was created 26 April 1854 from Jefferson County [1] [2]

County Seat: Port Angeles [1]. For Courthouse, see Archives, libraries, etc.

Neighboring Counties

Clallam County, Washington is surrounded by: Jefferson

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Boundary Changes

29 January 1868, Quillehute County was created, but it reverted back to Clallam and Jefferson counties in 1870. Records created in both counties.

Dates of Major County Records

Note: The dates you see below have not yet been adapted to Clallam County, Washington.

Note: The dates you see below have not yet been adapted to Clallam County, Washington.

Beginning dates for major county records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Land
Probate
Court
1895*
1878*
1891*
1859
1862
1889
* For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries

Topics

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

Bible Records

Biography

TatooshLighthouse, Clallam County. Washington

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.



Clallam 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 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
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.



  • See Washington Census for online indexes and images of US federal censuses. of: 1856, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, and 1940.
  • See statewide printed indexes, including 1856.
  • 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.
  • 1890 Veterans
  • 1900
  • 1910
  • 1920
  • 1930
  • 1940

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 Clallam County, Washington are listed in the FamilySearch catalog. (Press space bar to select town.)

Court Records

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.

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

Directories

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political or Religious Groups

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.

Gazetteers

Genealogy

A FamilySearch Community Tree is available for this place.

Guardianship

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

History

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

History Timeline

Historical County Boundaries from Newberry Library[4]

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. Clallam County -- Thumbnail History, HistoryLink.org,  Essay 7576.

  • The county is composed of the traditional lands of the Klallam (for whom it is named), Makah, and Quileute people.
  • It was one of the first parts of Washington contacted by European explorers in the late 1700s, but did not see permanent settlement until after 1850.
  • The explorers brought European diseases that devastated Klallam, Makah, and Quileute populations, as they did all Northwest peoples.
  • Beginning around 1851, the first settlers in the future Clallam County staked claims at New Dungeness.
  • 1853 - March - 2 - U.S. President Millard Fillmore establishes Washington Territory.
  • 1854 - April - 26 - Washington Territorial Legislature creates Clallam County.
  • 1857 - Henry R. Webster and others succeeded in establishing a trading post at Neah Bay.
  • In 1878, Luther and Esther Ford and their children settled 15 miles inland from La Push on the fertile open ground known as Indian Prairie.
  • President Benjamin Harrison (1833-1901) created the Quiluete Reservation at La Push by executive order.

Land and Property

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Land Records reveal
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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.

  • 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.

Maps

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This map highlights the county within the state of Washington. The map soon will have inter-active links.

Migration

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.)

Newspapers

Finding More Washington Newspapers

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

Obituaries

Periodicals

Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

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.

Public Records

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. . See also How to order Washington Vital Records, order electronically online or download an application for Washington Birth or Death Certificate and Marriage or Divorce Certificate Applications to mail.

Birth
  • Washington State Digital Archives has a database of Clallam County Birth Records. This database contains the names of people who were born in Clallam County from June 1891 – August 1913. The names were taken from the Clallam County Register of Births.
Marriage
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
  • 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.

Websites

Archives, Libraries, etc.

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

Courthouse

Clallam County Courthouse
223 E 4th Street PO Box 863
Port Angeles, WA 98362-3025
Phone: 360.417.2508

County Auditor has marriage and land records.
County Clerk has probate records. [5]

FamilySearch Centers

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.


Clallam Bay Public Library, 16990 Hwy 112, Clallam Bay 98326 Phone: (360) 963-2414
Online Resources: Heritage Quest
Unique Collections:
Forks Public Library, 171 Forks Avenue, Forks 98331 Phone: (360) 374-6424
Online Resources: Heritage Quest
Unique Collections:
North Olympic Library System, 2210 South Peabody Street, Port Angeles 98362 Phone: (360) 417-8500
Online Resources: Public Records
Unique Collections:
Port Angeles Public Library, 2210 S. Peabody Street, Port Angeles 98362 Phone: (360) 417-8500
Online Resources: Heritage Quest
Unique Collections:
Sequim Public Library, 630 N. Sequim Avenue, Sequim 98382 Phone: (360) 683-1161
Online Resources: Heritage Quest
Unique Collections:
Museums
Societies

Towns and Communities

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

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. 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.
  3. John H. Long, Atlas of Historical County Boundaries (Chicago: Newberry Library, 2006) online.
  4. John H. Long, Atlas of Historical County Boundaries (Chicago: Newberry Library, 2006) online.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Clallam County, Washington page 732, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.