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[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Washington|Washington]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'''Clark County'''<br><br>
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''[[United States Genealogy|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Washington Genealogy|Washington]]'' [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''Clark County''' <br><br>Guide to '''Clark County Washington ancestry, family history, and genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records, since 1844, when the [[{{PAGENAME}}#County_Overview|county was formed]].<br><br>
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<br><br>{{DCWAmapbuttonR}} {{Infobox U.S. County
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| county = Clark County
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| state = Washington
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| founded year = 1844
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| founded date = June 27
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| seat =  Vancouver
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| building address = [http://www.clark.wa.gov/courts/ Clark County Courthouse]<br>1200 Franklin Street<br>Vancouver, WA 98660<br>Phone: 360.397.2292&nbsp;<br>[http://www.Clarkcounty.us/ '''Clark County Website'''] }}
  
== County Courthouse  ==
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=== County Overview  ===
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{{Tip|Before the newly-formed county was fully operational, search records of the parent county(s).}}
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==== Parent County(s)  ====
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*Clark County, Washington was created 27 June 1844<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> as an original county in the [[Oregon Territory|Oregon Territory]] and named Vancouver District. Renamed Clark County 3 September 1849<ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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'''County Seat:''' Vancouver '''Parent County:''' Original county, formerly Vancouver District. See also [[{{PAGENAME}}#Towns_and_Communities|Towns and Communities]] in {{PAGENAME}}. For Courthouse, see [[{{PAGENAME}}#Archives.2C_Libraries.2C_etc.|Archives, libraries, etc.]]
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===== Boundary Changes  =====
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*[http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/documents/WA_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm#CLARK Historical County Boundaries] from Newberry Library<ref>John H. Long, ''Atlas of Historical County Boundaries'' (Chicago: Newberry Library, 2006) [http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/ online].</ref>
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For animated maps illustrating Washington County boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/washington/ "Rotating Formation Washington County Boundary Maps"] (1843-1915) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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{{PAGENAME}} is surrounded by: [[Cowlitz County, Washington Genealogy|Cowlitz]] | [[Skamania County, Washington Genealogy|Skamania]] | '''Oregon''' counties: [[Columbia County, Oregon Genealogy|Columbia]] | [[Multnomah County, Oregon Genealogy|Multnomah]]
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<center>{{WAClark County Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
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==== Courthouse  ====
  
 
[http://www.clark.wa.gov/courts/ Clark County Courthouse]<br>1200 Franklin Street<br>Vancouver, WA 98660<br>Phone: 360.397.2292&nbsp;<br><br>County Auditor has birth and death records 1890-1906, <br>marriage records from 1890 and land records from 1850.<br>County Clerk has divorce, probate and court records from 1890. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Clark County, Washington page 732, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
 
[http://www.clark.wa.gov/courts/ Clark County Courthouse]<br>1200 Franklin Street<br>Vancouver, WA 98660<br>Phone: 360.397.2292&nbsp;<br><br>County Auditor has birth and death records 1890-1906, <br>marriage records from 1890 and land records from 1850.<br>County Clerk has divorce, probate and court records from 1890. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Clark County, Washington page 732, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
  
== History  ==
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See also [[{{PAGENAME}}#Archives.2C_Libraries.2C_etc.|Archives, libraries, etc.]] in {{PAGENAME}}.
  
==== Parent County  ====
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==== Dates of Major County Records ====
  
'''27 June 1844:''' Clark County was formed as an original county in the [[Oregon Territory|Oregon Territory]] as Vancouver County.  
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#ccff66" align="center" colspan="6" | '''Beginning dates for major county records'''<ref>Alice Eichholz, ''Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources'', 3rd ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry Pub., 2004), 733-734. {{WorldCat|55947869|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1185723|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27rb 2004}}.</ref>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Birth|Birth]]'''</center>
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#99d6ff" colspan="6" | '''* For earlier dates, try...''' '''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Church_Records|Church]] &#124; [[{{PAGENAME}}#Obituaries|Obituaries]] &#124; [[{{PAGENAME}}#Cemeteries|Cemeteries]]'''
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'''3 September 1849:''' Renamed as Clark County. '''County seat''': Vancouver <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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===== Record Loss  =====
  
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'''1890'''--Clark County Courthouse and Jail destroyed by fire on February 25, 1890. Many county records were destroyed, including probate records, Superior and District court records, and records of the Sheriff, Superintendent of Schools and Surveyor's office. The County Auditor's records were safe from fire. <ref>GenDisasters.com - Vancouver, WA Courthouse Fire, Feb 1890 http://www3.gendisasters.com/washington/7339/vancouver-wa-courthouse-jail-fire-feb-1890</ref>
  
==== Record Loss ====
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=== Topics for {{PAGENAME}} ===
  
'''1890'''--Clark County Courthouse and Jail destroyed by fire on February 25, 1890.&nbsp; Many county records were destroyed, including probate records, Superior and District court records, and records of the Sheriff, Superintendent of Schools and Surveyor's office.&nbsp; The County Auditor's records were safe from fire.&nbsp; <ref>GenDisasters.com - Vancouver, WA Courthouse Fire, Feb 1890 http://www3.gendisasters.com/washington/7339/vancouver-wa-courthouse-jail-fire-feb-1890</ref><br>
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{{WA Topics Intro}} {{Tip|Don't overlook {{FHL|United States, Washington, Clark|place|disp={{PAGENAME}}}} items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see [[{{PAGENAME}}#Archives.2C_Libraries.2C_etc.|Archives and Libraries]].}}
  
== Places / Localities ==
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==== Bible Records ====
  
==== Populated Places  ====
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{{WA Bible Intro}}
  
==== Neighboring Counties ====
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==== Biography ====
  
[[Cowlitz County, Washington|Cowlitz]] | [[Skamania County, Washington|Skamania]] | '''Oregon''' counties: [[Columbia County, Oregon|Columbia]] | [[Multnomah County, Oregon|Multnomah]]
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{{WA Biogs Intro}}
  
== Resources ==
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*For a good look at the pioneers of Clark County, A book "''Clark County Pioneers--A Centennial Salute"'' is a good place to start. The book contains information on the pioneers of Clark County and their families with many photos of those pioneers. The book has 675 pages plus an index. It has a copyright date of 1989.
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*''Clark County Pioneers--Through the turn of the Century''. Available at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. All Clark County books have a catalog number of 979.786.
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**[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~waclark/Aindex.htm Index at RootsWeb]
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==== Business and Commerce ====
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{{WA Business Intro}}
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FM948-QL9%3A1779236667%3Fcc%3D1910364 Mining Claims, 1891-1920] Part of: ''Washington, County Records, 1856-2009'' FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
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**See what [[Washington Business and Commerce#Record_Content|genealogical information]] may be in these records.
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*[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/1240 Recorded Professional Licenses] at Washington State Digital Archives Collection. (Free)
  
 
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==== Cemeteries  ====
  
[http://www.ci.camas.wa.us/index.php/cemetery/records City of Camas Cemetery]: Began in 1883: Courtesy of the City of Camas
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{{WA Cemeteries Intro}}
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*[http://www.ci.camas.wa.us/index.php/cemetery/records City of Camas Cemetery]: Began in 1883: Courtesy of the City of Camas
  
 
'''Evergreen Memorial Gardens Cemetery and Funeral Chapel'''<br>www.evergreenmemorialgardens.com - (360) 892-6060 <br><br>'''City of Vancouver: Park Hill Cemetery'''<br>(360) 696-8156 <br>  
 
'''Evergreen Memorial Gardens Cemetery and Funeral Chapel'''<br>www.evergreenmemorialgardens.com - (360) 892-6060 <br><br>'''City of Vancouver: Park Hill Cemetery'''<br>(360) 696-8156 <br>  
  
 
[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~waclacem/OldCity/oldcity.htm '''The Old City Cemetery'''] - the Old City Cemetery located at the corner of Grand Blvd. and Mill Plain Blvd in Vancouver. <br>The Old City Cemetery is a repository of unique genealogical, historical, religious, cultural and societal information. Many of Clark County’s first pioneers and leaders are buried in this cemetery. The Old City Cemetery use began in 1867. Some of the initial interments were graves that were moved from the Old Post Cemetery on the property of the Vancouver Barracks.<br>CCGS envisions this grant request as the first phase of a longer term effort to restore and rehabilitate the Old City Cemetery. The Historical Promotions grant will provide resources for repair and restoration of stones and markers that have been damaged due to vandalism or through the effects of weather or age.<br>The Old City Cemetery is owned, managed and maintained by the City of Vancouver. <br>  
 
[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~waclacem/OldCity/oldcity.htm '''The Old City Cemetery'''] - the Old City Cemetery located at the corner of Grand Blvd. and Mill Plain Blvd in Vancouver. <br>The Old City Cemetery is a repository of unique genealogical, historical, religious, cultural and societal information. Many of Clark County’s first pioneers and leaders are buried in this cemetery. The Old City Cemetery use began in 1867. Some of the initial interments were graves that were moved from the Old Post Cemetery on the property of the Vancouver Barracks.<br>CCGS envisions this grant request as the first phase of a longer term effort to restore and rehabilitate the Old City Cemetery. The Historical Promotions grant will provide resources for repair and restoration of stones and markers that have been damaged due to vandalism or through the effects of weather or age.<br>The Old City Cemetery is owned, managed and maintained by the City of Vancouver. <br>  
 
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[http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM2A0H_Fisher_Cemetery_Vancouver_Washington_USA '''Fishers Cemetery'''] - 1st Cemetery in Vancouver, WA<br>  
 
[http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM2A0H_Fisher_Cemetery_Vancouver_Washington_USA '''Fishers Cemetery'''] - 1st Cemetery in Vancouver, WA<br>  
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[http://www.columbiariverimages.com/Regions/Places/fishers_landing.html Images] of Fishers and the beach along the Columbia River at this historic spot.<br>  
 
[http://www.columbiariverimages.com/Regions/Places/fishers_landing.html Images] of Fishers and the beach along the Columbia River at this historic spot.<br>  
 
<br>'''Vancouver Funeral Chapel'''<br>www.vancouverfuneralhome.com - (360) 693-3633 <br>
 
  
 
[http://www.genealogyarchives.com/GA.aspx?_act=CemeteryRecords&klp=GA94001&CAM=349&KW2=Vancouver&Location=WA Genealogy Archives - Vancouver Cemeteries]  
 
[http://www.genealogyarchives.com/GA.aspx?_act=CemeteryRecords&klp=GA94001&CAM=349&KW2=Vancouver&Location=WA Genealogy Archives - Vancouver Cemeteries]  
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[http://politicalgraveyard.com/geo/WA/CL.html#CEM '''Cemeteries and Memorial Sites of Politicians in Clark County''']<br>  
 
[http://politicalgraveyard.com/geo/WA/CL.html#CEM '''Cemeteries and Memorial Sites of Politicians in Clark County''']<br>  
  
[http://www.genealogia.fi/emi/emi3d20n1e.htm Death Certificates of Finns in Clark County, Washington, 1908-1947]<br>  
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Richard Engstrom<br>Clark County Genealogical Society<br>717 Grand Blvd, Vancouver<br>Phone: 360-750-5668<br>Email: gensoc@ccgs-wa.org
  
Richard Engstrom<br>Clark County Genealogical Society<br>717 Grand Blvd, Vancouver<br>Phone: 360-750-5668<br>Email: gensoc@ccgs-wa.org<br>
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| bgcolor="#E0FFFF" | [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections#RSID:34 WA State Archives - Digital Collections] Click any cemetery for search window, select county, enter name(s).
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| bgcolor="#FFFFca" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=Clark+County%2C+Washington%2C+cemeteries&qt=results_page WorldCat]
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| bgcolor="#FFF8DC" | [http://interment.net/us/wa/clark.htm Interment.net]
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| bgcolor="#E0FFFF" | [http://billiongraves.com/pages/search/index.php#country=United+States&state=Washington&county=Clark&search_text=&action=search_cemetery Billion Graves] Switch to "Person Lookup"
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| bgcolor="#FFF8DC" | [http://billiongraves.com/pages/search/index.php#country=United+States&state=Washington&county=Clark&search_text=&action=search_cemetery Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#FFF8DC" | [http://genealogytrails.com/wash/clark/cemeteries.htm Genealogy Trails]
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==== Census  ====
  
*1849 Territorial Transcription and Index (part of Oregon Census), under the name "Vancouver County"
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*1890 Veterans
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*Census indexes at [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/ Washington State Digital Archives]: (Free)
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**Federal: [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/116 1910]
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**Territorial: [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/1399 1850]{{•}} [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/90 1860]{{•}} [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/349 1870]{{•}}[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/182 1871]{{•}} [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/162 1883]{{•}} [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/340 (County) 1883]{{•}} <br>[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/106 1885]{{•}} [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/106 1887]
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{{FYI|Censuses indexed by societies or groups in the area may be more accurate, due to familiarity with local surnames.}}
  
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==== Local Histories&nbsp;  ====
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{{WA Church Intro}}
  
For a good look at the pioneers of Clark County, A book "''Clark County Pioneers--A Centennial Salute"'' is a good place to start.&nbsp; The book contains information on the pioneers of Clark County and their families with many photos of&nbsp; those pioneers.&nbsp; The book has 675 pages plus an index.&nbsp; It has a copyright date of 1989.  
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*Church records (microfilmed originals or published transcripts) for {{PAGENAME}} are listed in the {{FHL|United States, Washington, Clark|place|disp=FamilySearch catalog}}. (Press space bar to select town.)
  
Two other books in that same series, "''Clark County Washington Territory''" and ''"Clark County Pioneers--Through the turn of the Century"'' both contain valuable information.&nbsp; These books are available at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.&nbsp; All Clark County books have a catalogue number of 979.786.
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*1890 - Clark County Courthouse and Jail destroyed by fire on February 25, 1890. Many county records were destroyed, including probate records, Superior and District court records, and records of the Sheriff, Superintendent of Schools and Surveyor's office. The County Auditor's records were safe from fire.
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{{WA Emig Intro}}
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*[http://www.genealogia.fi/emi/emi3d20n1e.htm Death Certificates of Finns in {{PAGENAME}}, 1908-1947] at Genealogia.fi
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*World War II Files, 1942-1946. Public Welfare/Social Security Department, ([http://digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/486 Japanese Internment]) Assistance Cases, Evacuee Referrals for Resettlement and Assistance, 1945-1946 from the Washington State Archives – Digital Archives.
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*[http://www.dignitymemorial.com/vancouver-funeral-chapel/en-us/index.page '''Vancouver Funeral Chapel'''] Phone (360) 693-3633
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{{WA Gazetteers Intro}}
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{{CommunityTree}} {{WA Genealogy Intro}}
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==== History  ====
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{{WA History Intro}}
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*[http://www.sos.wa.gov/history/publications_detail.aspx?p=60 ''History of Clarke County, Washington Territory''] by B. F. Alley [Portland, Or.&nbsp;: Washington Pub., 1885] full text at WA Office of the Secretary of State "Washington History"
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*[http://www.columbian.com/history/ Clark County History] articles online at The Columbian [newspaper]
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===== History Timeline  =====
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[http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/documents/WA_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm#CLARK Historical County Boundaries] from Newberry Library<ref>John H. Long, ''Atlas of Historical County Boundaries'' (Chicago: Newberry Library, 2006) [http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/ online].</ref>
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Emphasis for this timeline is on events that affected migration, records, or record-keeping. Unless otherwise mentioned, the events below were gleaned from Hanable, William S. ''Clark County -- Thumbnail History'', [http://www.historylink.org/index.cfm?DisplayPage=output.cfm&file_id=5644 History Link.org] Essay 5644.
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*For hundreds of years before Western explorers intruded on their shores, the {{wpd|Chinook people|Chinook}} Indians had lived along the banks of the Columbia River.
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*1792 - The Chinook's first contact with non-Indian people may have occured when the Columbia Rediviva, an American ship captained by Robert Gray (1755-1806), made its way up the river.
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*1805 - November, {{wpd|Lewis and Clark Expedition|Lewis and Clark}} passed through what is now Clark County.
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*1825 - March , The British-owned {{wpd|Hudson's Bay Company|Hudson's Bay Company}} opened {{wpd|Fort Vancouver|Fort Vancouver}} on the future site of the City of Vancouver.
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*1844 - The first American of note in the Fort Vancouver area was Henry Williamson, who laid out his land claim west of the fort.
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*1845 - August 20, Clark County was the first county of Washington. It was created by the provisional government of Oregon Territory, and at that time covered the entire present-day state of Washington.
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*In 1846, Amos Short measured his land claim from a "witness tree" (a tree used by surveyors to establish a corner of a section of land) by carving his initials in a cottonwood that stood near the bank of the Columbia River.
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*1853 - March 2, U.S. President Millard Fillmore establishes {{wpd|Washington Territory|Washington Territory}}.
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*1890 - Clark County Courthouse and Jail destroyed by fire on February 25, 1890. Many county records were destroyed, including probate records, Superior and District court records, and records of the Sheriff, Superintendent of Schools and Surveyor's office. The County Auditor's records were safe from fire. [6]
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==== Land and Property  ====
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{{WA Land Intro}}<br> 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.
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FM93R-NY1%3An1992325343%3Fcc%3D1762885 County Land Records, 1850-1954] at ''Washington, County Land Records, 1850-1954'' at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
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**See what [https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Washington,_County_Land_Records_%28FamilySearch_Historical_Records%29#Record_Content genealogical information] may be in these records.
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 +
*[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FM948-QL9%3A1779236667%3Fcc%3D1910364 Business and Commerce 1891-1920.] Part of: ''Washington County Records, 1856-2009'' FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
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**See what [[Washington Business and Commerce#Record_Content|genealogical information]] may be in these records.
 +
 
 +
*[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/1241 Recorded Land Records 1984 - 2012] at Washington State Digital Archives Collection. (Free)
 +
 
 +
*[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/1243 Recorded Agreements and Contracts] at Washington State Digital Archives Collection. (Free)
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
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{{WA Maps Intro}}
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[[Image:Waclark.jpg|300px|Waclark.jpg]] <br>{{WAMapInfo}}
  
 
==== Migration  ====
 
==== Migration  ====
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{{WA Migration Intro}}
  
 
Early migration routes to and from {{PAGENAME}} for European and African American settlers included:  
 
Early migration routes to and from {{PAGENAME}} for European and African American settlers included:  
  
 
:*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbia_River Columbia River]  
 
:*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbia_River Columbia River]  
:*[[York Factory Express]] 1824 from Fort Vancouver to York Factory, Manitoba, Canada  
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:*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/York_Factory_Express York Factory Express] 1824 from Fort Vancouver to York Factory, Manitoba, Canada  
 
:*[[Oregon Trail]] 1830s to 1890s from western Missouri to Oregon City, Oregon<ref>Jim Tompkins, "The Oregon Trail 1841-1848 Map VI" in ''Oregon Trail Landmarks'' at http://www.oregonpioneers.com/OTMap6.jpg  (accessed 18 July 2011).</ref>  
 
:*[[Oregon Trail]] 1830s to 1890s from western Missouri to Oregon City, Oregon<ref>Jim Tompkins, "The Oregon Trail 1841-1848 Map VI" in ''Oregon Trail Landmarks'' at http://www.oregonpioneers.com/OTMap6.jpg  (accessed 18 July 2011).</ref>  
 
:*[[Applegate Trail]] 1846 from Winnemucca, Nevada to Oregon City, Oregon  
 
:*[[Applegate Trail]] 1846 from Winnemucca, Nevada to Oregon City, Oregon  
:*[[Barlow Road]] 1846 from The Dalles to Oregon City
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:*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barlow_Road Barlow Road] 1846 from The Dalles to Oregon City
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
  
==== Naturalization  ====
+
{{WA Military Intro}}
  
[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/RecordSeriesInfo.aspx?rsid=2 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. <br>
+
*[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FM9M2-JHP%3An1633559271%3Fcc%3D1932554 County Naturalization Records, 1850-1982 - Military petitions 1919]. at ''Washington, County Naturalization Records, 1890-1982'' at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
 +
**See what [https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Washington,_County_Naturalization_Records_%28FamilySearch_Historical_Records%29#Record_Content genealogical information] may be in these records.
  
==== Newspapers&nbsp;  ====
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/wa/okanogan/military/ww2/service/armyenlists.txt World War II (1941–1945) army enlistments] at the [http://www.usgwarchives.net/wa/okanogan/okanogan.htm 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.
  
Newspapers for Vancouver, Washington can be seen at the&nbsp;e-mail address&nbsp;for "The Columbian" , [mailto:columbian@newsbank.com columbian@newsbank.com]&nbsp; for the years after 1994.&nbsp; For years prior to 1994, you can go to the Ft. Vancouver Library.
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==== Naturalization and Citizenship  ====
  
==== Probate  ====
+
{{WA Naturalization Intro}}
 +
 
 +
*[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/1685 Declarations of Intention, 1890-1982] at Washington State Digital Archives Collection. (Free)
 +
 
 +
*[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/453 Naturalization Records, 1909-1954] at Washington State Digital Archives Collection. (Free).
 +
 
 +
*[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FM9M2-JHP%3An1633559271%3Fcc%3D1932554 County Naturalization Records, 1850-1982]. at ''Washington, County Naturalization Records, 1890-1982]'' at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
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**See what [https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Washington,_County_Naturalization_Records_%28FamilySearch_Historical_Records%29#Record_Content genealogical information] may be in these records.
 +
**Includes name, age, gender, birth place, arrival at port, etc.
 +
**Included in this collection: Application &amp; oaths 1939-1965; Declaration on intention 1906-1982; Declaration of intention index 1890-1937; Depositions 1933-1953; Final record 1880-1906; Military petitions 1919; Naturalization certificate receipts 1907-1926; Petition records 1906-1940; Petition records index Miscellaneous naturalization records 1924-1929 vol 5.
 +
 
 +
==== Newspapers  ====
 +
 
 +
{{WA Newspapers Intro}}
 +
 
 +
*[[{{PAGENAME}} Newspapers]] (Sortable by towns, years, and titles)
 +
 
 +
{{WA Newspaper abstracts|Clark}}
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 +
Newspapers for Vancouver, Washington can be seen at the e-mail address for "The Columbian", [mailto:columbian@newsbank.com columbian@newsbank.com] for the years after 1994. For years prior to 1994, go to the Ft. Vancouver Library.
 +
 
 +
==== Obituaries  ====
 +
 
 +
{{WA Obituaries Intro}}
 +
 
 +
==== Periodicals  ====
 +
 
 +
{{WA Periodicals Intro}}
 +
 
 +
==== Probate Records ====
 +
 
 +
{{WA Probate Intro|Clark}}
 +
 
 +
*1890 - Clark County Courthouse and Jail destroyed by fire on February 25, 1890. Many county records were destroyed, including probate records, Superior and District court records, and records of the Sheriff, Superintendent of Schools and Surveyor's office. The County Auditor's records were safe from fire. [6]
 +
 
 +
*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1454946 County Probate Case Files, 1832-1950] Part of: ''Washington, County Probate Records, 1832-1950'' at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
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**(A search of this collection did not bring up any Clark County records, Feb, 2014)
 +
 
 +
*[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FM9HM-2NW%3A1779236667%3Fcc%3D1910364 Wills 1890-1929.] Part of: ''Washington, County Records, 1856-2009'' FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
 +
**See what [[Washington Probate Records#Record_Content|genealogical information]] may be in these records.
 +
 
 +
==== Public Records  ====
 +
 
 +
{{WA Public Records}}
 +
 
 +
*Clark [https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-22029-15227-10?cc=1404287&wc=12809200 Postmaster Index]. Part of ''Washington, Postmaster Indexes, Prior to 1965'', [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/list#page=1&countryId=58 FamilySearch Historical Collections] for Washington. (Free, browse images)
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
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{{WA Tax Intro}}
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
  
*Marriages from 11 Jun 1840-1 Aug 1903 are available at the '''[http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/Search.cfm Western States Marriage Index]''' website.
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{{WA vital intro}}
*'''Washington Death Certificates 1907-1960 '''A free internet index to the 1907-1960 death certificates can be&nbsp;found at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1454923 FamilySearch Record Search], no images are available. A&nbsp;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.
+
  
== Societies and Libraries ==
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===== Birth =====
  
==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
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{{WA Birth Intro}}
 +
 
 +
*[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/793 Birth Register, 1884, 1891-1907] at Washington State Digital Archives Collection. (Free)
 +
 
 +
{{WA Birth Other Records}}
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 +
===== Marriage  =====
 +
 
 +
{{WA Marriage Intro}}
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 +
*Marriages from 11 Jun 1840-1 Aug 1903 are available at the '''[http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/Search.cfm Western States Marriage Index]''' website.
 +
 
 +
*[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/451 Marriage Records, 1843-2012] at Washington State Digital Archives Collection (Free)
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 +
*[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FM9HM-2NW%3A1779236667%3Fcc%3D1910364 Marriage 1889-2000] Part of: ''Washington, County Records, 1856-2009'' FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
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**See what [[Washington Vital Records#Record_Content|genealogical information]] may be in these records.
 +
**Includes Marriage affidavits index 1900-1913; Marriage applications 1939-1979; certificates 1889-2000; Marriage register 1891-1914.
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{{FYI|Witnesses or affiants may be relatives or close family friends. The affidavits also include physician's certificates.}}
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===== Divorce  =====
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 +
{{WA Divorce Intro}}
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 +
*[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FMMB4-BQ2%3An674437040%3Fcc%3D1930340 County Divorce Records, 1852-1950]. ''Washington, County Divorce Records, 1852-1950'' at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
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**See what [https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Washington_County_Divorce_Records_%28FamilySearch_Historical_Records%29#Record_Content genealogical information] may be in these records.
 +
 
 +
===== Death  =====
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 +
{{WA Death Intro}}
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 +
*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1389738 County Deaths, 1891-1907]. Part of: ''Washington, County Deaths, 1891-1907'' statewide search at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, index plus images)
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**See what [https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Washington_County_Deaths_%28FamilySearch_Historical_Records%29#Record_Content genealogical information] may be in these records.
 +
 
 +
*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1454923 Washington, Death Certificates, 1907-1960] ''Washington, Death Certificates, 1907-1960'' statewide search at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, index plus images)
 +
**See what [https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Washington,_Death_Certificates_%28FamilySearch_Historical_Records%29#Record_Content genealogical information] may be in these records.
 +
 
 +
*[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/802 Death Register 1891-1907] at Washington State Digital Archives Collection.(Free)
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 +
*[http://www.genealogia.fi/emi/emi3d20n1e.htm Death Certificates of Finns in {{PAGENAME}}, 1908-1947] edited by Merle A. Reinikka, online at Genealogia.fi
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==== Voting Registers ====
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{{WA Voting Intro}}
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==== Websites  ====
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{{WA Websites Intro}}
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{| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="5" border="1"
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|-
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| width="100%" colspan="3" bgcolor="#ADFF85" | <center>'''Sites with online indexes or images of records''' </center>
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|-
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| width="30%" | [http://wagenweb.org/clark/ {{PAGENAME}}--USGenWeb Project]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
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|-
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| width="30%" | [http://usgwarchives.net/wa/clark/clark.htm USGenWeb Archives Project]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
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|-
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| width="30%" | [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections#RSID:5 Washington State Digital Archives]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | 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.
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|-
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| width="30%" | [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/list#page=1&countryId=58 FamilySearch Historical Collections]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Search indexes or browse images at FamilySearch.org.
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*Click "Last Updated." Collections through December 2013 have been posted to the appropriate topics for this Wiki page.
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|}
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{| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="5" border="1"
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|-
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| width="100%" colspan="3" bgcolor="#94FFFF" | <center>'''Sites that search for links pertaining to {{PAGENAME}}''' </center>
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|-
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| width="30%" | [http://resources.rootsweb.ancestry.com/USA/WA/Clark/ Web Sites at RootsWeb - Clark WA]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
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|-
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| width="30%" | [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/WA/Clark/ Linkpendium]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
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|-
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| width="30%" | [http://www.cyndislist.com/us/wa/counties/clark/ CyndisList]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
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|-
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| width="30%" | [http://www.genealogyinc.com/washington/clark-county/ Genealogyinc.com]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Clark County, Washington Facts
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|-
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| width="30%" | [https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/100011493983065364950 google.com]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Washington Genealogy Network Community on Google+
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|-
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| width="30%" | [https://www.facebook.com/groups/222494824442130/ Facebook.com]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Washington Genealogy Network Group on Facebook
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|}
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{| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="5" border="1"
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|-
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| width="100%" colspan="2" bgcolor="#FFFF66" | <center>'''Major catalogs for ''hard copy'' collections of {{PAGENAME}}''' <br>Books, microfilm, or manuscripts of genealogical records</center>
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|-
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| width="30%" | {{FHL|United States, Washington, Clark|place|disp=FamilySearch catalog}}
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| width="70%" | Select topics. To select towns, add a comma to the search box.
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|-
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| width="30%" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=clark+county+washington&dblist=638&fq=s0%3A28000000&qt=facet_s0%3A WorldCat]
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| width="70%" | To find nearby libraries that have specific items, see [[WorldCat Online Catalog]].
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|-
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| width="30%" | [http://smartcat.acpl.lib.in.us/?q=clark+county+Washington Allen County Public Library] (Indiana)
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|
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|-
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| width="100%" colspan="2" | <center>'''See also''' [[{{PAGENAME}}#Libraries|local libraries]] and [[Washington Archives and Libraries]]</center>
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|}
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=== Archives, Libraries, etc. ===
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{{WA Archives Intro}}
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Resources for {{PAGENAME}} are available in libraries, archives, and other repositories at all levels: the town, the county, the [[Washington Archives and Libraries|state]] (including [[Washington Archives and Libraries#University_Libraries_and_Special_Collections|universities]]), and the [[United States Archives and Libraries|nation]].
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*Check websites and catalogs, such as items in {{FHL|United States, Washington, Clark|place|disp=FamilySearch Library}} (Utah) or [http://smartcat.acpl.lib.in.us/?q=clark+county+Washington Allen County Public Library] (Indiana) for {{PAGENAME}}. {{GetACopy tip}}
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===== Family History Centers  =====
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
 
 
*[http://www.ccgs-wa.org/ Clark County Genealogical Society]
 
*[http://www.ccgs-wa.org/ Clark County Genealogical Society]
  
== Web Sites ==
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*[https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Vancouver_Washington_West_Family_History_Center Vancouver Washington West Family History Center] 14400 NW 26 Ave. at NW Bliss Road, Vancouver, WA 98685
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United States [https://www.google.com/maps/preview#!q=14400+NW+26+Ave.+at+NW+Bliss+Road%2C+Vancouver%2C+WA+98685+United+States+&data=!4m15!2m14!1m13!1s0x5495adaeded4b651%3A0xe827a986fdeb090b!3m8!1m3!1d3192!2d-122.5583352!3d45.7078799!3m2!1i1425!2i880!4f13.1!4m2!3d45.7255784!4d-122.6978659 Location Map]
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*[https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Vancouver_Washington_North_Family_History_Center Vancouver Washington North Family History Center]11101 NE 119th St., Vancouver, WA 98682 United States [https://www.google.com/maps/preview#!q=11101+NE+119th+St.%2C+Vancouver%2C+WA+98682+United+States+&data=!4m15!2m14!1m13!1s0x5495b1a36040e751%3A0x168a36d2eba2c451!3m8!1m3!1d3162!2d-119.1224143!3d46.246861!3m2!1i1425!2i880!4f13.1!4m2!3d45.7078735!4d-122.5583348 Location Map]
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*[[Vancouver Washington Family History Center]] 11101 NE 119th St., Vancouver, WA 98684 United States [https://www.google.com/maps/preview#!q=11101+NE+119th+St.%2C+Vancouver%2C+WA+98684+United+States+&data=!4m15!2m14!1m13!1s0x5495b1a36040e751%3A0x168a36d2eba2c451!3m8!1m3!1d3191!2d-122.6978659!3d45.7255784!3m2!1i1425!2i880!4f13.1!4m2!3d45.7078735!4d-122.5583348 Location Map]
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===== Libraries =====
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{{WALibraries Intro}}
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*Fort Vancouver Regional Library District -
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**[http://fvrl.ent.sirsi.net/client/default/?rm=COMMUNITY+LIBR0%7C%7C%7C1%7C%7C%7C1%7C%7C%7Ctrue Branches and Locations]
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**[http://fvrl.ent.sirsi.net/client/default/search/results?qu=Heritage+Quest&rm=COMMUNITY+LIBR0%7C%7C%7C1%7C%7C%7C1%7C%7C%7Ctrue&te= Genealogy / Data Base Tools]
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**Special or Unique Collections (help needed from each branch)
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===== Museums  =====
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{{WA Museums Intro}}
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===== Societies  =====
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{{WA Societies Intro}}
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=== Towns and Communities  ===
  
*{{FHL|Washington%2C+Clark|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
+
See a list of towns and communities in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clark_County,_Washington#Cities_and_Towns Clark County] per Wikipedia.  
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/WA/Clark/ Clark County, Washington Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
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*[http://wagenweb.org/clark/ Clark County, Washington--USGenWeb Project]
+
  
== References  ==
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=== References  ===
  
<references />{{Washington|Washington}} {{Washington-stub}}  
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<references />{{Washington|Washington}}  
  
[[Category:Clark_County,_Washington]]
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[[Category:Clark_County,_Washington]] [[Category:Extinct_Counties_of_Oregon]]

Latest revision as of 03:08, 6 February 2015

United States Gotoarrow.png Washington Gotoarrow.png Clark County

Guide to Clark County Washington ancestry, family history, and genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records, since 1844, when the county was formed.

Bridge over the Washougal River
Clark County, Washington State
County QuickStart:


800px-Flag map of Washington.svg.png Washington
Online Records
Clark County, Washington
Map
Map of Washington highlighting Clark County
Location in the state of Washington
Map of the U.S. highlighting Washington
Location of Washington in the U.S.
Facts
Founded June 27, 1844
County Seat Vancouver
Courthouse
Address Clark County Courthouse
1200 Franklin Street
Vancouver, WA 98660
Phone: 360.397.2292 
Clark County Website

Contents

County Overview

Parent County(s)

  • Clark County, Washington was created 27 June 1844[1] as an original county in the Oregon Territory and named Vancouver District. Renamed Clark County 3 September 1849[2]

County Seat: Vancouver Parent County: Original county, formerly Vancouver District. See also Towns and Communities in Clark County, Washington Genealogy. For Courthouse, see Archives, libraries, etc.

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating Washington County boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Washington County Boundary Maps" (1843-1915) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Neighboring Counties

Clark County, Washington Genealogy is surrounded by: Cowlitz | Skamania | Oregon counties: Columbia | Multnomah

Clark CountySkamania CountyCowlitz CountyWahkiakum CountyPacific CountyLewis CountyMultnomah CountyColumbia CountyClatsop CountyClark County.JPG

Courthouse

Clark County Courthouse
1200 Franklin Street
Vancouver, WA 98660
Phone: 360.397.2292 

County Auditor has birth and death records 1890-1906,
marriage records from 1890 and land records from 1850.
County Clerk has divorce, probate and court records from 1890. [4]

See also Archives, libraries, etc. in Clark County, Washington Genealogy.

Dates of Major County Records

Beginning dates for major county records[5]
Birth
Marriage
Death
Land
Probate
Court
1891*
1852*
1891*
1850
1890
1890
* For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries
Record Loss

1890--Clark County Courthouse and Jail destroyed by fire on February 25, 1890. Many county records were destroyed, including probate records, Superior and District court records, and records of the Sheriff, Superintendent of Schools and Surveyor's office. The County Auditor's records were safe from fire. [6]

Topics for Clark County, Washington Genealogy

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.

  • For a good look at the pioneers of Clark County, A book "Clark County Pioneers--A Centennial Salute" is a good place to start. The book contains information on the pioneers of Clark County and their families with many photos of those pioneers. The book has 675 pages plus an index. It has a copyright date of 1989.
  • Clark County Pioneers--Through the turn of the Century. Available at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. All Clark County books have a catalog number of 979.786.

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.


Evergreen Memorial Gardens Cemetery and Funeral Chapel
www.evergreenmemorialgardens.com - (360) 892-6060

City of Vancouver: Park Hill Cemetery
(360) 696-8156

The Old City Cemetery - the Old City Cemetery located at the corner of Grand Blvd. and Mill Plain Blvd in Vancouver.
The Old City Cemetery is a repository of unique genealogical, historical, religious, cultural and societal information. Many of Clark County’s first pioneers and leaders are buried in this cemetery. The Old City Cemetery use began in 1867. Some of the initial interments were graves that were moved from the Old Post Cemetery on the property of the Vancouver Barracks.
CCGS envisions this grant request as the first phase of a longer term effort to restore and rehabilitate the Old City Cemetery. The Historical Promotions grant will provide resources for repair and restoration of stones and markers that have been damaged due to vandalism or through the effects of weather or age.
The Old City Cemetery is owned, managed and maintained by the City of Vancouver.

Fishers Cemetery - 1st Cemetery in Vancouver, WA

Listing of those buried there has been done by the USGS - click here

Images of Fishers and the beach along the Columbia River at this historic spot.

Genealogy Archives - Vancouver Cemeteries

Clark County Cemeteries listed in ROOTSWEB

Vancouver Barracks Cemetery

Clark Co Cemetery Records Online - Intermet.net

  • County Farm Cemetery (Marble Mount Cemetery)
  • La Center Cemetery (Mount Zion Cemetery)
  • Old City Cemetery
  • Park Hill Cemetery, Vancouver BillionGraves
  • Sacred Heart Cemetery (Dublin Cemetery)

Cemeteries and Memorial Sites of Politicians in Clark County

Richard Engstrom
Clark County Genealogical Society
717 Grand Blvd, Vancouver
Phone: 360-750-5668
Email: gensoc@ccgs-wa.org

Clark County, Washington Genealogy 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 Clark County, Washington Genealogy 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

  • 1890 - Clark County Courthouse and Jail destroyed by fire on February 25, 1890. Many county records were destroyed, including probate records, Superior and District court records, and records of the Sheriff, Superintendent of Schools and Surveyor's office. The County Auditor's records were safe from fire.

Directories

 

Emigration and Immigration

 

Ethnic, Political or Religious Groups

 

American Indian
Finns
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 Clark County, Washington Genealogy 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[7]

Emphasis for this timeline is on events that affected migration, records, or record-keeping. Unless otherwise mentioned, the events below were gleaned from Hanable, William S. Clark County -- Thumbnail History, History Link.org Essay 5644.

  • For hundreds of years before Western explorers intruded on their shores, the Chinook Indians had lived along the banks of the Columbia River.
  • 1792 - The Chinook's first contact with non-Indian people may have occured when the Columbia Rediviva, an American ship captained by Robert Gray (1755-1806), made its way up the river.
  • 1805 - November, Lewis and Clark passed through what is now Clark County.
  • 1825 - March , The British-owned Hudson's Bay Company opened Fort Vancouver on the future site of the City of Vancouver.
  • 1844 - The first American of note in the Fort Vancouver area was Henry Williamson, who laid out his land claim west of the fort.
  • 1845 - August 20, Clark County was the first county of Washington. It was created by the provisional government of Oregon Territory, and at that time covered the entire present-day state of Washington.
  • In 1846, Amos Short measured his land claim from a "witness tree" (a tree used by surveyors to establish a corner of a section of land) by carving his initials in a cottonwood that stood near the bank of the Columbia River.
  • 1853 - March 2, U.S. President Millard Fillmore establishes Washington Territory.
  • 1890 - Clark County Courthouse and Jail destroyed by fire on February 25, 1890. Many county records were destroyed, including probate records, Superior and District court records, and records of the Sheriff, Superintendent of Schools and Surveyor's office. The County Auditor's records were safe from fire. [6]

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.
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

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

Early migration routes to and from Clark County, Washington Genealogy for European and African American settlers included:

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.

  • County Naturalization Records, 1850-1982. at Washington, County Naturalization Records, 1890-1982] at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
    • See what genealogical information may be in these records.
    • Includes name, age, gender, birth place, arrival at port, etc.
    • Included in this collection: Application & oaths 1939-1965; Declaration on intention 1906-1982; Declaration of intention index 1890-1937; Depositions 1933-1953; Final record 1880-1906; Military petitions 1919; Naturalization certificate receipts 1907-1926; Petition records 1906-1940; Petition records index Miscellaneous naturalization records 1924-1929 vol 5.

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 Clark County, Washington Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

  • WorldCat (For instructions see WorldCat Online Catalog).
  • Do a search for these and other records in the FamilySearch Catalog. To select a county in Washington, add a comma, slide way down to the county list, then click Search. (Almost every state seems to have a Washington County)

Newspapers for Vancouver, Washington can be seen at the e-mail address for "The Columbian", columbian@newsbank.com for the years after 1994. For years prior to 1994, go to the Ft. Vancouver Library.

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.

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.

  • 1890 - Clark County Courthouse and Jail destroyed by fire on February 25, 1890. Many county records were destroyed, including probate records, Superior and District court records, and records of the Sheriff, Superintendent of Schools and Surveyor's office. The County Auditor's records were safe from fire. [6]
  • County Probate Case Files, 1832-1950 Part of: Washington, County Probate Records, 1832-1950 at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
    • (A search of this collection did not bring up any Clark County records, Feb, 2014)

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.

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

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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.[9]

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

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 1889-2000 Part of: Washington, County Records, 1856-2009 FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
    • See what genealogical information may be in these records.
    • Includes Marriage affidavits index 1900-1913; Marriage applications 1939-1979; certificates 1889-2000; Marriage register 1891-1914.
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....[10]

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

Voting Registers

 

Websites



Sites with online indexes or images of records
Clark County, Washington Genealogy--USGenWeb Project Free Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
USGenWeb Archives Project 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 Clark County, Washington Genealogy
Web Sites at RootsWeb - Clark WA Free Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
Linkpendium Free Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
CyndisList Free Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
Genealogyinc.com Free Clark County, Washington Facts
google.com Free Washington Genealogy Network Community on Google+
Facebook.com Free Washington Genealogy Network Group on Facebook
Major catalogs for hard copy collections of Clark County, Washington Genealogy
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.

See also a List of Washington Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies  

Resources for Clark County, Washington Genealogy 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

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See Family History Centers for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

United States Location Map

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.


Museums

 

Societies

 

Towns and Communities

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

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. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Clark 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. GenDisasters.com - Vancouver, WA Courthouse Fire, Feb 1890 http://www3.gendisasters.com/washington/7339/vancouver-wa-courthouse-jail-fire-feb-1890
  7. John H. Long, Atlas of Historical County Boundaries (Chicago: Newberry Library, 2006) online.
  8. Jim Tompkins, "The Oregon Trail 1841-1848 Map VI" in Oregon Trail Landmarks at http://www.oregonpioneers.com/OTMap6.jpg (accessed 18 July 2011).
  9. Washington State Archives - Digital Archives, Birth Records, About this Collection
  10. About Death Records at Washington State Digital Archives.

 

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