Ferry County, Washington Genealogy

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*On 19 January 1864, Spokane County was disorganized and placed under Stevens County. County went from summit of Cascade Mountains to the Wenachee River, to the Columbia River, along the Snake River, to the Idaho Territory, then up to the 49th parallel.&nbsp;<ref>The Evolution of Washington Counties by Newton Carl Abbott, pg. 54.</ref><br>On 21 February 1899, Ferry County was created from Stevens County.<ref>The Evolution of Washington Counties by Newton Carl Abbott, pg. 87.</ref><br>
 
*On 19 January 1864, Spokane County was disorganized and placed under Stevens County. County went from summit of Cascade Mountains to the Wenachee River, to the Columbia River, along the Snake River, to the Idaho Territory, then up to the 49th parallel.&nbsp;<ref>The Evolution of Washington Counties by Newton Carl Abbott, pg. 54.</ref><br>On 21 February 1899, Ferry County was created from Stevens County.<ref>The Evolution of Washington Counties by Newton Carl Abbott, pg. 87.</ref><br>
  
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Guide to Ferry County Washington genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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Ferry County, Washington
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Location in the state of Washington
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Location of Washington in the U.S.
Facts
Founded February 18, 1899
County Seat Republic
Courthouse
Address Ferry County Courthouse
350 East Delaware; PO Box 302
Republic, WA 99166
Phone: 509.775.5232
Ferry County Website

Contents

County Overview

Beginning dates for major county records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Land
Probate
Court
1899*
1900*
1899*
1898
1899
1899
* For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries

Boundary Changes

  • Prior to 1848, both Great Britain and the United States had joint ownership of the area.
  • On July 4, 1843 a provisional government for the Oregon Territory was formed. Of the four districts created, current Ferry County was in the Clackamas District.[2]
  • On August 18, 1845, the Vancouver District was created.[3]
  • On December 22, 1845, districts were changed to counties. [4]
  • On August 5, 1846, the Treaty of Ghent established 49 degrees north as the northern border of the United States and the Oregon Territory was formed.[5]
  • On September 3, 1849, Vancouver County was changed to Clark County.[6]
  • On 2 March 1853, the Washington Territory was created by President Millard Fillmore. The Washington Territory included current Idaho, parts of Montana and Wyoming. Washington became a state 11 November 1889 under President Benjamin Harrison. Clark County contained current Ferry County.[7]
  • On 25 April 1854, Walla Walla County was created 25 April 1954 from Clark County and Skamania County.[8]
  • On January 20, 1863, Stevens County was created. It covered current Okanogan and Ferry Counties.[9]
  • In 4 March 1863, Idaho Territory was created.[10]
  • On 19 January 1864, Spokane County was disorganized and placed under Stevens County. County went from summit of Cascade Mountains to the Wenachee River, to the Columbia River, along the Snake River, to the Idaho Territory, then up to the 49th parallel. [11]
    On 21 February 1899, Ferry County was created from Stevens County.[12]

Record Loss

Resources

The types of records that follow are used for genealogy and family history. Most tell what you may learn and how to locate the records. Links to Internet sites usually go directly to Ferry County, Washington Genealogy entries with names, images, or information.

Bible Records

Biography

Cemeteries

Census

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.

Court Records

Many of your ancestors may be found in court records as defendants, plaintiffs, witnesses, or jurors. Court records can establish family relationships and places of residence, occupations, and other family history information. See Washington Court Records for the various courts through the years.

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

Directories

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political or Religious Groups

Indian Reservation

The Colville Indian Reservation is located in southern Ferry and southern Okanogan counties.

Japanese

World War II Files, 1942-1946

Public Welfare/Social Security Department, (Japanese Internment) Assistance Cases, Evacuee Referrals for Resettlement and Assistance, 1945-1946 from the Washington State Archives – Digital Archives

Gazetteers

Genealogy

A FamilySearch Community Tree is available for this place.

Guardianship

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

History

Local histories for Ferry 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[13]

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. Okanogan County -- Thumbnail History, History Link.org Essay 7608.

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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Migration

Military

Naturalization and Citizenship

Declarations of Intent before 1906 often include the nation of origin, his* foreign and "Americanized" names, residence, and date of arrival. See Washington Naturalization and Citizenship for more information.    (*Women were not naturalized until 1922 in the United States.)

Washington State Digital Archives has digitized various types of naturalization-related records, including declarations of intentions, delayed birth files, naturalization affidavits, notifications of application for admission to US citizenship, orders fixing naturalization terms, petitions and records, petitions, receipts for certificates of citizenship, record of final decrees of citizenship and record of petitions dockets. Depending on the county, records range from 1854-1988.

Newspapers

Finding More Washington Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Ferry 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

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

Ferry County Board of Commissioners, Minutes, 1899-1952, 1983-2006 available online at www.digitalarchives.wa.gov.

Repositories

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.

The SCHS has the county assessor's personal property tax assessment ledgers for 1898. Images of the ledger are viewable on the Crossroads on the Columbia project.

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
Marriage
Divorce

Divorce records give the names of the parties and may give the date and place of their marriage. See Washington Vital Records for excellent information.

Death
  • Washington Death Certificates 1907-1960 A free internet index to the 1907-1960 death certificates can be found at FamilySearch Record Search, no images are available. A transcribed death certificate may contain such information as name of the deceased, date and place of death, age, gender, birth date and birth place, mother’s maiden name and name of spouse, place of residence, occupation and certificate numbers.

Websites

Archives, Libraries, etc.

Courthouse

Ferry County Courthouse
350 East Delaware; PO Box 302
Republic, WA 99166
Phone: 509.775.5232

County Clerk has divorce, probate and court records from 1899. [14]

Family History Centers
Libraries
Museums
Societies

Resources for Ferry 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.

Towns and Communities

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

Indian Reservation

The Colville Indian Reservation is located in southern Ferry and southern Okanogan counties.


References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. The Evolution of Washington Counties by Newton Carl Abbott, pg. 2
  3. The Evolution of Washington Counties by Newton Carl Abbott, pg. 4
  4. The Evolution of Washington Counties by Newton Carl Abbott, pg. 5
  5. The Evolution of Washington Counties by Newton Carl Abbott, pg. 35.
  6. The Evolution of Washington Counties by Newton Carl Abbott, pg. 36.
  7. The Evolution of Washington Counties by Newton Carl Abbott, pg. 40.
  8. The Evolution of Washington Counties by Newton Carl Abbott, pg. 9.
  9. The Evolution of Washington Counties by Newton Carl Abbott, pg. 53.
  10. The Evolution of Washington Counties by Newton Carl Abbott, pg. 54.
  11. The Evolution of Washington Counties by Newton Carl Abbott, pg. 54.
  12. The Evolution of Washington Counties by Newton Carl Abbott, pg. 87.
  13. John H. Long, Atlas of Historical County Boundaries (Chicago: Newberry Library, 2006) online.
  14. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Ferry County, Washington page 732, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.