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{{PAGENAME}} was created 26 April 1854 from [[Jefferson County, Washington|Jefferson]] County <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref> <ref>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.</ref>  
Clallam County, Washington was created 26 April 1854 from [[Jefferson County, Washington|Jefferson]] County <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref> <ref>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.</ref>  
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{{Tip|Don't overlook {{FHL|Washington, Clallam|place|disp={{PAGENAME}}}} items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see [[Clallam County, Washington#Archives.2C_Libraries.2C_etc.|Archives and Libraries]].}}  
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Revision as of 18:01, 12 December 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 1854, 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

Parent County(s)

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

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.

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. [4]

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

Dates of Major County Records

Beginning dates for major county records[5]
Birth
Marriage
Death
Land
Probate
Court
1895*
1878*
1891*
1859
1862
1889
* For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries
Record Loss

Neighboring Counties

Clallam County, Washington is surrounded by: Jefferson

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

Topics for Clallam 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

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Business and Commerce

Cemeteries

  • 1904-1930 Part of: County Records, 1856-2009 FamilySearch Historical Collections (free)

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.


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

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

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[6]

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.

  • 1803 - Before this time, the county was composed of the traditional lands of the Klallam (for whom it is named), Makah, and Quileute people.
  • 1700s - It was one of the first parts of Washington contacted by European explorers.
  • 1850 - The first permanent settlers came to the county.
  • 1850s - The explorers brought European diseases that devastated Klallam, Makah, and Quileute populations, as they did all Northwest peoples.
  • 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.
  • 1878, Luther and Esther Ford and their children settled 15 miles inland from La Push on the fertile open ground known as Indian Prairie.
  • 1889 - November 11, President Benjamin Harrison (1833-1901) created the Quiluete Reservation at La Push by executive order.

Land and Property

Cape Flattery, the northwest-most point in continental US, Clallam CO. WA.
Land Records reveal
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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.

  • 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.
  • Land Records 1987 - 2012 at Washington State Digital Archives Collection. (Free)
  • Plats and Surveys 1987 - 2012 at Washington State Digital Archives Collection. (Free)
  • Recorded Agreements and Contracts 1987-present at Washington State Digital Archives Collection. (Free)

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

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 Clallam 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

Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

  • Prior to 1965 Part of: County Records, Prior to 1965 FamilySearch Historical Collections (free)

Probate Records

  • 1890-1914 Part of:"County Probate Records, 1853-1929" FamilySearch Historical Collections (free)

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.

Birth

The names were taken from the Clallam County Register of Births.

  • Birth Returns, 1891-1907 at Washington State Digital Archives Collection. (Free)
  • 1891-1907 Part of: County Records, 1856-2009 FamilySearch Historical Collections (free)

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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.

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.
  • Death Returns, 1891-1906 at Washington State Digital Archives Collection. (Free)
  • 1891-1906 Part of: County Records, 1856-2009 FamilySearch Historical Collections (free)

Websites

Sites with online indexes or images of records:

Sites that search the Internet for Clallam County, Washington records online:

Major catalogs to offline genealogical records:
Catalogs refer to books, microfilm, manuscripts, and/or Internet images and indexes for various topics.

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.

Family History Centers

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

Port Angeles, WA 98362

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: Newspaper Obituary Index
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. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. John H. Long, Atlas of Historical County Boundaries (Chicago: Newberry Library, 2006) online.