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[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Washington|Washington]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''Cowlitz County'''  
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''[[United States Genealogy|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Washington Genealogy|Washington]]'' [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] '''{{PAGENAME}}''' <br><br>Guide to '''Cowlitz County Washington ancestry, family history, and genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records, since 1861, when the [[{{PAGENAME}}#County_Overview|county was formed]].<br><br>
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:*[[{{PAGENAME}}#Census|Census]]
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:*[[{{PAGENAME}}#Birth|Birth]]
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:*[[{{PAGENAME}}#Marriage|Marriage]]
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:*[[{{PAGENAME}}#Divorce|Divorce]]
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:*[[{{PAGENAME}}#Death|Death]]
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:*[[{{PAGENAME}}#Cemeteries|Cemeteries]]
  
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== County Courthouse ==
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<br><br>{{DCWAmapbuttonR}} {{Infobox U.S. County
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| county = Cowlitz County  
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| state = Washington
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| founded year = 1854
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| founded date = April 21
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| seat = Kelso
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[http://www.co.cowlitz.wa.us/ Cowlitz County Courthouse]<br>207 4th Ave North<br>Kelso, WA 98626-1798<br>Phone 360.577.3016<br>[http://www.Cowlitzcounty.us/ '''Cowlitz County Website'''] }}
  
[http://www.co.cowlitz.wa.us/ Cowlitz County Courthouse]<br>207 4th Ave North<br>Kelso, WA 98626-1798<br>Phone 360.577.3016
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=== County Overview  ===
  
<br>County Auditor has marriage record from 1867,<br> death record 1891-1907 and land records; <br>County Clerk has divorce, probate&nbsp;and court records from 1874,<br> naturalization&nbsp;and adoption records from 1869<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>
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{{Tip|Before the newly-formed county was fully operational, search records of the parent county(s).}}  
  
== History ==
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==== Parent County(s) ====
  
==== Parent County ====
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'''Parent County:''' created 21 April 1854 from [[Lewis County, Washington Genealogy|Lewis ]]
  
'''1854'''--Cowlitz County was formed&nbsp; 21 April 1854 from [[Lewis County, Washington|Lewis ]]County. &nbsp;'''County seat''': Kelso <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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'''County Seat:''' Kelso. See also [[{{PAGENAME}}#Towns_and_Communities|Towns and Communities]] in {{PAGENAME}}. For Courthouse, see [[{{PAGENAME}}#Archives.2C_Libraries.2C_etc.|Archives, libraries, etc.]]
  
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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===== Boundary Changes  =====
  
==== Record Loss  ====
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*[http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/documents/WA_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm#COWLITZ 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>
  
== Places / Localities ==
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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{{PAGENAME}}
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is surrounded by: [[Clark County, Washington Genealogy|Clark]] | [[Lewis County, Washington Genealogy|Lewis]] | [[Skamania County, Washington Genealogy|Skamania]] | [[Wahkiakum County, Washington Genealogy|Wahkiakum]] | [[Columbia County, Oregon Genealogy|Columbia County, Oregon]]
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<center>{{WACowlitz County Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
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==== Courthouse ====
  
==== Populated Places  ====
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[http://www.co.cowlitz.wa.us/ Cowlitz County Courthouse]<br>207 4th Ave North<br>Kelso, WA 98626-1798<br>Phone 360.577.3016<br><br>County Auditor has marriage record from 1867,<br> death record 1891-1907 and land records. <br>County Clerk has divorce, probate and court records from 1874,<br> naturalization and adoption records from 1869. <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>
  
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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*[http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=28594 ''Inventory of the county archives of Washington, no. 8. Cowlitz County (Kelso)''] (If the link does not work, go to [http://www.ancestry.com/ ancestry.com] ($), click '''Search''', select '''Card Catalog''', paste Title into search box, click '''Search''')
  
[[Clark County, Washington|Clark]] | [[Lewis County, Washington|Lewis]] | [[Skamania County, Washington|Skamania]] | [[Wahkiakum County, Washington|Wahkiakum]] | [[Columbia County, Oregon|Columbia County]], Oregon
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See also [[{{PAGENAME}}#Archives.2C_Libraries.2C_etc.|Archives, libraries, etc.]] in {{PAGENAME}}.
  
== Resources ==
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==== Dates of Major County Records ====
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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="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Marriage|Marriage]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Death|Death]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Land_and_Property|Land]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Probate|Probate]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Court_Records|Court]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | <center>1891*</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | <center>1854*</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | <center>1891*</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | <center>1854</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | <center>1860</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | <center>1872</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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===== Record Loss  =====
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=== Topics for {{PAGENAME}}  ===
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{{WA Topics Intro}}
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{{Tip|Don't overlook {{FHL|United States, Washington, Cowlitz|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]].}}
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==== Bible Records  ====
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{{WA Bible Intro}}
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==== Biography  ====
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{{WA Biogs Intro}}
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==== Business and Commerce  ====
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{{WA Business Intro}}
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
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{{WA Cemeteries Intro}}
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| bgcolor="#B2B2FF" colspan="3" | <center>'''{{PAGENAME}}''' cemeteries from [[Washington Cemeteries|state]] and [[United States Cemeteries|national]] resources</center>
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF" | <center>'''Online County-wide Name Searches''' </center>
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#FFFFB8" | <center>'''Published Grave<br> Transcripts''' </center>
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| bgcolor="#FFF1DC" | <center>'''Lists of Cemeteries'''<br>(Several will also link to names)</center>
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| bgcolor="#E0FFFF" | [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=50&GScnty=2960&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n FindAGrave] (Add a name to the search)
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| bgcolor="#FFFFca" | {{FHL|United States, Washington, Cowlitz|place||disp=FamilySearch Library}} Click '''Cemeteries.''' Press space bar to select town
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| bgcolor="#FFF8DC" | [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=50&CScnty=2960 FindAGrave]
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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=Cowlitz+County%2C+Washington%2C+cemeteries&qt=results_page WorldCat]
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| bgcolor="#FFF8DC" | [http://interment.net/us/wa/cowlitz.htm Interment.net]
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| bgcolor="#E0FFFF" | [http://billiongraves.com/pages/search/index.php#country=United+States&state=Washington&county=Cowlitz&search_text=&action=search_cemetery Billion Graves] Switch to "Person Lookup"
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| bgcolor="#FFFFca" | [[Washington Periodicals]]
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| bgcolor="#FFF8DC" | [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections#RSID:34 Washington State Digital Archives] Put county name in '''Search''' box
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| bgcolor="#E0FFFF" | [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~walcolgs/cowlitz.htm Cowlitz County Genealogical Society] online and available books
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| bgcolor="#FFF8DC" | [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/WA/Cowlitz Linkpendium]
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| bgcolor="#FFF8DC" | [http://billiongraves.com/pages/search/index.php#country=United+States&state=Washington&county=Cowlitz&search_text=&action=search_cemetery Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#FFF8DC" | [http://usgwtombstones.org/washington/cowlitz.htm USGenWeb Tombstone Project]
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| bgcolor="#FFF8DC" | [http://genealogytrails.com/wash/cowlitz/index.html Genealogy Trails]
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| colspan="3" | <center>See [[Washington Cemeteries#Online_Resources|Washington Cemeteries]] for details about these and other sites. </center>
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*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=111972 Whittle and Hubbard Cemetery, Castle Rock] BillionGraves
 
*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=111972 Whittle and Hubbard Cemetery, Castle Rock] BillionGraves
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==== Census  ====
 
==== Census  ====
  
*1860
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{{WA Census}}
*1870
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*1880
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*1883
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*1885
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*1890 Veterans
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*1900
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*1910
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*1920
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*1930
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==== Church  ====
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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/118 1910]
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**Territorial: [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/348 1870], [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/179 1871]{{•}} [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/142 1883]{{•}} [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/382 1885]{{•}}[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/398 1887]
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**These were indexed by local societies and individuals.
  
LDS Ward and Branch Records  
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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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==== Church Records  ====
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{{WA Church Intro}}
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*Church records (microfilmed originals or published transcripts) for {{PAGENAME}} are listed in the {{FHL|United States, Washington, Okanogan|place|disp=FamilySearch catalog}}. (Press space bar to select town.)
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===== The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints  =====
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'''LDS Ward and Branch Records'''
  
 
*Kelso
 
*Kelso
  
==== Court ====
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===== Lutheran =====
  
==== Land  ====
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:*Records of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Castle Rock, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at [http://www.archives.com Archives.com] ($).
  
==== Local Histories ====
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==== Court Records ====
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{{WACourtIntro}}
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2002293 Cowlitz County Civil Court Dockets, 1876-1951] ''Cowlitz County Civil Court Dockets, 1876-1951'' at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
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**See what [https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Washington,_Cowlitz_County_Civil_Court_Dockets_%28FamilySearch_Historical_Records%29#Record_Content genealogical information] may be in these records.
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*[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/214 Cowlitz Frontier Justice.] Part of "''Frontier Justice’’: Guide to the Court Records of Washington Territory, 1853-1889'' at Washington State Digital Archives. (Free Index, no images)
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*The court procedures of Frontier Justice touch nearly all pioneers of the Washington Territory. The index has many abstracts that provide names and what is happening in disputes, settlements in civil and criminal cases as well as probate, equity and admiralty cases.
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*[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/1288 Power of Attorney Records 1986 - present] at Washington State Digital Archives Collection. (Free)
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*[http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=28753 ''Inventory of the county archives of Washington, no. 8. Cowlitz County (Kelso)''] (If the link does not work, go to [http://www.ancestry.com/ ancestry.com] ($), click '''Search''', select '''Card Catalog''', paste Title into search box, click '''Search''')
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==== Directories  ====
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{{WA Dirs Intro}}
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==== Emigration and Immigration  ====
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{{WA Emig Intro}}
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==== Ethnic, Political or Religious Groups  ====
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{{WA Ethnic etc. Intro}}
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===== American Indian  =====
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===== Japanese  =====
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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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==== Funeral Homes ====
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{{WA Funeral Homes Intro}}
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==== Gazetteers  ====
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{{WA Gazetteers Intro}}
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==== Genealogy  ====
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{{CommunityTree}} {{WA Genealogy Intro}}
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==== Guardianship  ====
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{{WAGuardianshipIntro}}
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==== History  ====
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{{WA History Intro}}
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*[http://jtenlen.drizzlehosting.com/wacowlitz/logging.html "Logging Industry in Cowlitz Co., Washington "] online at DrizzleHosting.com
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*[http://jtenlen.drizzlehosting.com/wacowlitz/data.html "Cowlitz Co., WA Databases "] at DrizzleHosting.com
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*[http://www.stateofus.com/washington/cowlitz-county/ Cowlitz County, Washington Facts] at StateofUS.com (mis-labeled as Cowlitz County, Alabama)
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===== History Timeline  =====
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[http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/documents/WA_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm#COWLITZ 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><br><br> 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. ''Cowlitz County -- Thumbnail History'', [http://www.historylink.org/index.cfm?DisplayPage=output.cfm&file_id=7482 History Link.org] Essay 7482.
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*The original inhabitants of the lands drained by the Cowlitz River were variously called The {{wpd|Cowlitz people|Cawalitz}}, Cow-a-lidsk, Cowalitsk, Cow-e-lis-kee, Cowelits, Cowlitch, Co-litsick, Kawelitsk, Cowalitsk, Kowlitz, Kowlitz.
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*1792 - The first Europeans to visit the county were British seafarers.
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*1805 - November 5, Lewis and Clark camped at the mouth of the Kalama River, under orders from President Thomas Jefferson.
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*1825 - Permanent settlers arrived from the Hudson's Bay Company (HBC) at Fort Vancouver.
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*1828 - The first white man credited with ascending the Cowlitz River was HBC Factor George Simpson.
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*1820s (late)- 1830s - The Cowlitz became an important artery for trappers and for communication with Fort Vancouver subposts at Cowlitz Farms and Nisqually Farms.
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*1847 - December 25, The first American to settle in the future Cowlitz County was Scotsman Peter W. Crawford (1822-1889), who took a {{wpd|Donation Land Claim Act|Donation Claim}} on the left bank of the Cowlitz near the mouth of the Coweeman.
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*1853 - March 2, U.S. President Millard Fillmore establishes {{wpd|Washington Territory|Washington Territory}}.
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*1854 - April 21, The Washington Territorial Legislature formed Cowlitz County.
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==== Land and Property  ====
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{{WA Land Intro}}
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*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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*[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/1285 Recorded Land Records 1986-2012] at Washington State Digital Archives Collection. (Free)
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*[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/1287 Recorded Plats and Surveys 1986 - 2012] at Washington State Digital Archives Collection. (Free)
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*[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/1290 Recorded Agreements and Contracts 1986 - 2012] at Washington State Digital Archives Collection. (Free)
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
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{{WA Maps Intro}}
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[[Image:Wacowlitz.jpg|300px|Wacowlitz.jpg]] <br>{{WAMapInfo}}
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==== Migration  ====
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{{WA Migration Intro}}
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
  
==== Naturalization  ====
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{{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>
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/wa/Cowlitz/military/ww2/service/armyenlists.txt World War II (1941–1945) army enlistments] at the [http://www.usgwarchives.net/wa/Cowlitz/Cowlitz.htm county GenWeb site] has about 400 entries, mostly from Cowlitz and other counties. Key (at end of the list) explains codes and columns. Gives year and state of birth. Free.
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*[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/1286 Recorded Military Records] at Washington State Digital Archives Collection. (Free)
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==== Naturalization and Citizenship  ====
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{{WA Naturalization Intro}}
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FM9M2-JH5%3A1617680570%3Fcc%3D1932554 Washington County Naturalization Records, 1850-1982] at ''Washington, County Naturalization Records, 1850-1982'' 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.
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**Included in this collection: Application &amp; oaths 1938-1950; Declaration on intention 1906-1951; Final record 1890-1916, Vol 1 &amp; 2; Index cards 1930-1979 Aalberberg, Gerardus Johannes Marinus-Riney, Inez Marie; Index cards 1930-1979 Riney, Inez Marie-Zybach, Mrs Lenora Christine; Jouranl of citizenship 1886-1890; Petition records 1906-1950; Petition records index 1910-1950.
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*[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/454 Naturalization Records, 1856-1980] at Washington State Digital Archives Collection. (Free)
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**The records include petitions, declarations of intention, certificates, depositions and final papers.
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
  
==== Probate  ====
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{{WA Newspapers Intro}}
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*[[{{PAGENAME}} Newspapers]] (Sortable by towns, years, and titles)
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{{WA Newspaper abstracts|Cowlitz}}
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==== Obituaries  ====
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{{WA Obituaries Intro}}
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==== Periodicals  ====
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{{WA Periodicals Intro}}
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==== Probate Records  ====
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{{WA Probate Intro|Cowlitz}}
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/image/viewer#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FM9HM-2NH%3A1972273221%3Fcc%3D1910364 Will index 1882-1914] Part of ''Washington, County Records, 1856-2009'' at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
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**See what [[Washington Probate Records#Record_Content|genealogical information]] may be in these records.
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1454946 County Probate Case Files, 1832-1950] Part of: ''Washington, County Probate Records, 1853-1929'' at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
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**See what [https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Washington,_County_Probate_Case_Files_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records)#Record_Content genealogical information] may be in these records.
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==== Public Records  ====
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{{WA Public Records}}
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*Cowlitz [https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-22029-19107-23?cc=1404287&wc=12809203 Prior to 1965 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)
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==== School Records ====
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{{WA School Intro}}
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1910364 County Records, 1856-2009] ''Washington, County Records, 1856-2009'' at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
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**See what [https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Washington,_County_Records_%28FamilySearch_Historical_Records%29#Record_Content genealogical information] may be in these records.
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**Includes collections of various records: vital, probate, '''school''', tax, naturalization and other records.
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**School Registers are arranged by grade and gives names, ages, attendance.
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**School Censuses include names, birth dates, parents or guardians.
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
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{{WA Tax Intro}}
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1910364 County Records, 1856-2009] ''Washington, County Records, 1856-2009'' at FamilySearch Historical Collections. <br>(Free, browse images)
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**See what [https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Washington,_County_Records_%28FamilySearch_Historical_Records%29#Record_Content genealogical information] may be in these records.
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**Includes collections of various records: vital, probate, school, '''tax''', naturalization and other records.
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
  
*Marriages from 9 Nov 1854 to 18 Sep 1887 are available on 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.
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===== Birth  =====
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{{WA Birth Intro}}
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*[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/947 Birth Register, 1891-1907] at Washington State Digital Archives Collection.(Free)
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{{WA Birth Other Records}}
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===== Marriage  =====
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{{WA Marriage Intro}}
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*Marriages from 9 Nov 1854 to 18 Sep 1887 are available on the '''[http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/Search.cfm Western States Marriage Index]''' website
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*[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/1158 Marriage Records, 1986-2012] at Washington State Digital Archives Collection (Free)
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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-BQL%3A458679640%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.
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===== Death  =====
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{{WA Death Intro}}
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1454923 Washington, Death Certificates, 1907-1960] ''Washington, Death Certificates, 1907-1960'' at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
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**See what [https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Washington,_Death_Certificates_%28FamilySearch_Historical_Records%29#Record_Content genealogical information] may be in these records.
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*[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/334 Death Returns 1898-1907] at Washington State Digital Archives Collection. (Free)
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{{WA Voting Intro}}
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{{WA Websites Intro}}
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| width="30%" | [http://jtenlen.drizzlehosting.com/wacowlitz/wacowlitz.html Cowlitz WAGenWeb Project]
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| width="30%" | [http://usgwarchives.net/wa/cowlitz/cowlitz.htm USGenWeb Archives Project]
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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.
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*Collections were posted to the appropriate headings for this Wiki page in December, 2013.
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| width="30%" | [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/list#page=1&countryId=58 FamilySearch Historical Collections]  
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| width="30%" | [http://resources.rootsweb.ancestry.com/USA/WA/Cowlitz/ Web Sites at RootsWeb - Cowlitz WA]
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| width="60%" | Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
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| width="30%" | [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/WA/Cowlitz/ Linkpendium]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="30%" | [http://www.cyndislist.com/us/wa/counties/cowlitz/ CyndisList]
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| width="30%" | [http://www.stateofus.com/washington/cowlitz-county/ StateofUS.com]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | "CowlitzCounty, Washington Facts" (mis-labeled "Cowlitz County, Alabama Facts")
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{| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="5" border="1"
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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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| width="30%" | {{FHL|United States, Washington, Cowlitz|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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| width="30%" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=cowlitz+county+washington&dblist=638&fq=s0%3A28000000&qt=facet_s0%3A WorldCat]
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| width="30%" | [http://smartcat.acpl.lib.in.us/?q=cowlitz+county+Washington Allen County Public Library] (Indiana)
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*Check websites and catalogs, such as items in {{FHL|United States, Washington, Cowlitz|place|disp=FamilySearch Library}} (Utah) or [http://smartcat.acpl.lib.in.us/?q=cowlitz+county+Washington Allen County Public Library] (Indiana) for {{PAGENAME}}. {{GetACopy tip}}
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
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*[[Longview Washington Family History Center]] 1721 30th Ave., Longview, WA 98632-340 United States [https://www.google.com/maps/preview#!q=+1721+30th+Ave.%2C+Longview%2C+WA+98632-340+United+States+&data=!4m15!2m14!1m13!1s0x54946c599fadf149%3A0xea758992e4a10504!3m8!1m3!1d3158!2d-117.9675647!3d46.3111286!3m2!1i1425!2i880!4f13.1!4m2!3d46.143231!4d-122.963393 Location Map]
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*[http://ci.castle-rock.wa.us/library.htm Castle Rock Public Library]
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**Unique Collections: (help needed from each branch)
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:[http://www.everylibrary.com/Kalama-WA/Kalama-Public-Library.html/ Kalama Public Library], 312 N 1st, Kalama 98625 Phone: (360) 673-4568
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:[http://www.kelso.gov/departments-services/library Kelso Public Library], 314 Academy St., Kelso 98626 Phone: (360) 423-8110
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:[http://www.longviewlibrary.org/genealogy/index.php Longview Public Library], 1600 Louisiana Street, Longview 98632 Phone: (360) 442-5300
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:[http://fvrl.ent.sirsi.net/client/default/?rm=GENEALOGY1%7C%7C%7C1%7C%7C%7C0%7C%7C%7Ctrue Woodland Community Library], 770 Park Street, Woodland 98674 Phone: (360) 225-2115
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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{{WA Societies Intro}}
*[[Longview Washington Family History Center]]
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*{{FHL|Washington%2C+Cowlitz|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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See a list of towns and communities in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cowlitz_County,_Washington#Cities Cowlitz County] per Wikipedia.
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/WA/Cowlitz/ Cowlitz County, Washington Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
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[[Category:Cowlitz_County,_Washington]]

Latest revision as of 03:08, 6 February 2015

United States go to Washington go to Cowlitz County, Washington Genealogy

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

Mount St. Helens, Cowlitz County, Washington, United States Forest Service.
County QuickStart:


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Cowlitz County, Washington
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Map of Washington highlighting Cowlitz County
Location in the state of Washington
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Location of Washington in the U.S.
Facts
Founded April 21, 1854
County Seat Kelso
Courthouse
Address Cowlitz County Courthouse
207 4th Ave North
Kelso, WA 98626-1798
Phone 360.577.3016
Cowlitz County Website

Contents

County Overview

Parent County(s)

Parent County: created 21 April 1854 from Lewis

County Seat: Kelso. See also Towns and Communities in Cowlitz County, Washington Genealogy. For Courthouse, see Archives, libraries, etc.

Boundary Changes

Neighboring Counties

Cowlitz County, Washington Genealogy is surrounded by: Clark | Lewis | Skamania | Wahkiakum | Columbia County, Oregon

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Courthouse

Cowlitz County Courthouse
207 4th Ave North
Kelso, WA 98626-1798
Phone 360.577.3016

County Auditor has marriage record from 1867,
death record 1891-1907 and land records.
County Clerk has divorce, probate and court records from 1874,
naturalization and adoption records from 1869. [2]

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

Dates of Major County Records

Beginning dates for major county records[3]
Birth
Marriage
Death
Land
Probate
Court
1891*
1854*
1891*
1854
1860
1872
* For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries
Record Loss

Topics for Cowlitz 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.

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.


Cowlitz 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
Cowlitz County Genealogical Society online and available books 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 Cowlitz County, Washington Genealogy are listed in the FamilySearch catalog. (Press space bar to select town.)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Kelso
Lutheran
  • Records of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Castle Rock, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).

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

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

Directories

 

Emigration and Immigration

 

Ethnic, Political or Religious Groups

 

American Indian
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 Cowlitz 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[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. Cowlitz County -- Thumbnail History, History Link.org Essay 7482.

  • The original inhabitants of the lands drained by the Cowlitz River were variously called The Cawalitz, Cow-a-lidsk, Cowalitsk, Cow-e-lis-kee, Cowelits, Cowlitch, Co-litsick, Kawelitsk, Cowalitsk, Kowlitz, Kowlitz.
  • 1792 - The first Europeans to visit the county were British seafarers.
  • 1805 - November 5, Lewis and Clark camped at the mouth of the Kalama River, under orders from President Thomas Jefferson.
  • 1825 - Permanent settlers arrived from the Hudson's Bay Company (HBC) at Fort Vancouver.
  • 1828 - The first white man credited with ascending the Cowlitz River was HBC Factor George Simpson.
  • 1820s (late)- 1830s - The Cowlitz became an important artery for trappers and for communication with Fort Vancouver subposts at Cowlitz Farms and Nisqually Farms.
  • 1847 - December 25, The first American to settle in the future Cowlitz County was Scotsman Peter W. Crawford (1822-1889), who took a Donation Claim on the left bank of the Cowlitz near the mouth of the Coweeman.
  • 1853 - March 2, U.S. President Millard Fillmore establishes Washington Territory.
  • 1854 - April 21, The Washington Territorial Legislature formed Cowlitz County.

Land and Property

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.

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

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.

  • Washington County Naturalization Records, 1850-1982 at Washington, County Naturalization Records, 1850-1982 at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
    • See what genealogical information may be in these records.
    • Included in this collection: Application & oaths 1938-1950; Declaration on intention 1906-1951; Final record 1890-1916, Vol 1 & 2; Index cards 1930-1979 Aalberberg, Gerardus Johannes Marinus-Riney, Inez Marie; Index cards 1930-1979 Riney, Inez Marie-Zybach, Mrs Lenora Christine; Jouranl of citizenship 1886-1890; Petition records 1906-1950; Petition records index 1910-1950.
  • Naturalization Records, 1856-1980 at Washington State Digital Archives Collection. (Free)
    • The records include petitions, declarations of intention, certificates, depositions and final papers.

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 Cowlitz 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)

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.

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.

School Records

 

  • County Records, 1856-2009 Washington, County Records, 1856-2009 at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
    • See what genealogical information may be in these records.
    • Includes collections of various records: vital, probate, school, tax, naturalization and other records.
    • School Registers are arranged by grade and gives names, ages, attendance.
    • School Censuses include names, birth dates, parents or guardians.

Taxation

Washington tax records complement land records and can supplement the years between censuses. There may be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties. For more information, see the wiki page Washington Taxation.

  • County Records, 1856-2009 Washington, County Records, 1856-2009 at FamilySearch Historical Collections.
    (Free, browse images)
    • See what genealogical information may be in these records.
    • Includes collections of various records: vital, probate, school, tax, naturalization and other records.

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. .

Birth
Birth Records reveal
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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.[5]

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

For earlier or unrecorded births, search:


Marriage
Marriage Records reveal
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Names of Bride and Groom Green check.png  
Ages Green check.png  
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Residences Green check.png  
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Husband's Occupation   Green check.png
Witnesses Green check.png  
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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
Death Records reveal
Yes or Maybe
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Name of Spouse   Green check.png
Residence Green check.png  
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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....[6]

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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
Cowlitz WAGenWeb 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 Cowlitz County, Washington Genealogy
Web Sites at RootsWeb - Cowlitz 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 ($)
CyndisList Free Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
StateofUS.com Free "CowlitzCounty, Washington Facts" (mis-labeled "Cowlitz County, Alabama Facts")
Major catalogs for hard copy collections of Cowlitz 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 Cowlitz 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.

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.



Kalama Public Library, 312 N 1st, Kalama 98625 Phone: (360) 673-4568
Online Resources: American Ancestry Records, Family History Records and Vital Records
Unique Collections:
Kelso Public Library, 314 Academy St., Kelso 98626 Phone: (360) 423-8110
Online Resources: (None found October 2013)
Unique Collections:
Longview Public Library, 1600 Louisiana Street, Longview 98632 Phone: (360) 442-5300
Online Resources: Lower Columbia Genealogical Society
Unique Collections:
Woodland Community Library, 770 Park Street, Woodland 98674 Phone: (360) 225-2115
Online Resources: Ancestry Library, Heritage Quest and others.
Unique Collections:
Museums

 

Societies

 

Towns and Communities

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

References

  1. John H. Long, Atlas of Historical County Boundaries (Chicago: Newberry Library, 2006) online.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. John H. Long, Atlas of Historical County Boundaries (Chicago: Newberry Library, 2006) online.
  5. Washington State Archives - Digital Archives, Birth Records, About this Collection
  6. About Death Records at Washington State Digital Archives.

 

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