Jefferson County, Washington

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=== County Overview  ===
 
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*'''County Seat:''' Port Townsend <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>. For Courthouse, see [[{{PAGENAME}}#Archives.2C_Libraries.2C_etc.|Archives, libraries, etc.]]
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Jefferson County, Washington was created 22 December 1852.<ref>The Evolution of Washington Counties by Newton Carl Abbott, Fred E. Carver, 1979. Published by the Yakima Valley Genealogical Society and Klickitat County Genealogical Society.</ref>
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*'''Parent Counties:''' created 22 December 1852 from [[Thurston County, Washington|Thurston]] and [[Lewis County, Washington|Lewis]] counties
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[http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/documents/WA_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm#OKANOGAN 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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*'''Neighboring Counties:''' [[Clallam County, Washington|Clallam]] | [[Grays Harbor County, Washington|Grays Harbor]] | [[Island County, Washington|Island]] | [[Kitsap County, Washington|Kitsap]] | [[Mason County, Washington|Mason]]
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*'''Parent Counties:''' created 22 December 1852 from [[Thurston County, Washington|Thurston]] and [[Lewis County, Washington|Lewis]] counties
 
*'''County seat''': Port Townsend <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
 
*'''Neighboring Counties:''' [[Clallam County, Washington|Clallam]] | [[Grays Harbor County, Washington|Grays Harbor]] | [[Island County, Washington|Island]] | [[Kitsap County, Washington|Kitsap]] | [[Mason County, Washington|Mason]]
 
 
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*Check websites and catalogs, such as items in {{FHL|Washington, Jefferson|place|disp=FamilySearch Library}} (Utah) or [http://smartcat.acpl.lib.in.us/?q=jefferson+county+Washington Allen County Public Library] (Indiana) for {{PAGENAME}}. {{GetACopy tip}}
 
*Check websites and catalogs, such as items in {{FHL|Washington, Jefferson|place|disp=FamilySearch Library}} (Utah) or [http://smartcat.acpl.lib.in.us/?q=jefferson+county+Washington Allen County Public Library] (Indiana) for {{PAGENAME}}. {{GetACopy tip}}
  
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Revision as of 11:49, 20 August 2013

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Guide to Jefferson County Washington genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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Jefferson County, Washington
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Map of Washington highlighting Jefferson County
Location in the state of Washington
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Location of Washington in the U.S.
Facts
Founded December 22, 1852
County Seat Port Townsend
Courthouse
Address Jefferson County Courthouse
1820 Jefferson Street; PO Box 1220
Port Townsend, WA 98368-0920
Phone. 360.385.9125
Jefferson County Website

Contents

County Overview

County Formation

Jefferson County, Washington was created 22 December 1852.[2]


  • Parent Counties: created 22 December 1852 from Thurston and Lewis counties
Boundary Changes

Historical County Boundaries from Newberry Library[3]

Neighboring Counties

Dates of Major County Records

Beginning dates for major county records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Land
Probate
Court
1891*
1853*
1891*
1855
1853
1854
* For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries

Record Loss

Topics

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 Jefferson County, Washington entries with names, images, or information.

Bible Records

Biography

Cemeteries

Washington State Digital Archives has an index to the Brinnon Cemetery located on Church Road in Jefferson County . The index includes burials from 1895 – 2003.

Census

  • 1860
  • 1870
  • 1871
  • 1875
  • 1877
  • 1878
  • 1879
  • 1880
  • 1881
  • 1883
  • 1885
  • 1887
  • 1889
  • 1890 Veterans
  • 1891
  • 1900
  • 1910
  • 1920
  • 1930
  • 1940

Church Records

The information church records provide depends upon the church practices and the record keepers. Records may include names, ages, and dates of events such as baptism, marriage, or burial. See Washington Church Records.

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

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

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

History Timeline

Historical County Boundaries from Newberry Library[4]

Emphasis for this timeline is on events that affected migration, records, or record-keeping. Unless otherwise mentioned, the events below were gleaned from Wilma, David. 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.

Local Histories

Maps

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Migration

Military

Some military records for this county have been digitized at the Washington State Digital Archives.

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 Jefferson County, Washington newspapers in online catalogs like:

Obituaries

Periodicals

Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

Probate Records

Probate records identify heirs of the decedents, give the (approximate) death dates, and provide specifics about property holdings. The records were kept by the county judge.

These include wills, inheritance records, dockets, and other documents regarding property and estates of individuals who have died. See also Court Records for civil actions involving estates. Also see Washington Probate Records.

Public Records

Taxation

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

Vital Records

The county auditors in Washington kept records of birth, marriage, and death. The county clerk has the divorce records - the earliest dates to the present.

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

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.

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


Courthouse

Jefferson County Courthouse
1820 Jefferson Street; PO Box 1220
Port Townsend, WA 98368-0920
Phone. 360.385.9125

County Clerk has divorce records from 1886,
probate records from 1891 and court records from 1890.
County Auditor has birth and death records 1891-1907
and marriage records from 1853. [5]

Family History Centers
Libraries
Museums
Societies

Towns and Communities

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

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, Fred E. Carver, 1979. Published by the Yakima Valley Genealogical Society and Klickitat County Genealogical Society.
  3. John H. Long, Atlas of Historical County Boundaries (Chicago: Newberry Library, 2006) online.
  4. John H. Long, Atlas of Historical County Boundaries (Chicago: Newberry Library, 2006) online.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Ferry County, Washington page 732, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.