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[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Washington|Washington]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''King County'''  
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''[[United States Genealogy|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Washington Genealogy|Washington]] ''[[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''King County'''
  
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Guide to '''King County Washington ancestry, family history, and genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records, since 1852, when the [[{{PAGENAME}}#County_Overview|county was formed]].<br><br> [[Image:{{WAKingLibrary}}]]<br><br>
  
[[Image:Wa-king.png|thumb|right|400px|Wa-king.png]]  
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| <center>'''County QuickStart:'''</center>
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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]]
  
== County Courthouse  ==
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[http://www.kingcounty.gov/courts/SuperiorCourt/kcch.asp King County Courthouse]<br>516 3rd Avenue<br>Seattle, WA 98104<br>Phone: 206.296.1020 <br><br>Records and Elections Division, Records Section has<br>birth, marriage, death and land records from 1853. <br>Clerk of the Superior Court has divorce, probate and county records. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Ferry 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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| county = King County
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| state = Washington
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| founded year = 1852
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| founded date = December 22
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| seat = Seattle
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| building image = King County Courthouse 01.jpg
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| building address = [http://www.kingcounty.gov/courts/SuperiorCourt/kcch.asp King County Courthouse]<br>516 3rd Avenue<br>Seattle, WA 98104<br>Phone: 206.296.1020 <br>[http://www.Kingcounty.us/ '''King County Website''']}}  
  
== History ==
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=== County Overview ===
  
==== Parent County  ====
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{{Tip|Before 1852—and perhaps until the newly-formed county was fully operational—search records of the parent county(s).}}
  
'''1852'''--King County was created 22 December 1852&nbsp;from [[Thurston County, Washington|Thurston]] County.&nbsp; '''County seat''': Seattle <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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==== Parent County(s)  ====
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King County, Washington was created 22 December 1852 from [[Thurston County, Washington Genealogy|Thurston]].<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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'''County Seat:''' Seattle <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>. 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  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
==== Record Loss  ====
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*[http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/documents/WA_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm#KING 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 ====
  
==== Populated Places ====
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{{PAGENAME}} is surrounded by: [[Chelan County, Washington Genealogy|Chelan]] | [[Kitsap County, Washington Genealogy|Kitsap]] | [[Kittitas County, Washington Genealogy|Kittitas]] | [[Pierce County, Washington Genealogy|Pierce]] | [[Snohomish County, Washington Genealogy|Snohomish]] | [[Yakima County, Washington Genealogy|Yakima]]
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<center>{{WAKing County Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
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==== Courthouse ====
  
'''<u>Incorporated Cities</u>'''  
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[http://www.kingcounty.gov/courts/SuperiorCourt/kcch.asp King County Courthouse]<br>516 3rd Avenue<br>Seattle, WA 98104<br>Phone: 206.296.1020<br><br>County Clerk has divorce records from 1886, <br>probate records from 1891 and court records from 1890. <br>County Auditor has birth and death records 1891-1907 <br>and marriage records from 1853. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Ferry County, Washington page 732, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
Algona - 2,775
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See also [[{{PAGENAME}}#Archives.2C_Libraries.2C_etc.|Archives, libraries, etc.]] in {{PAGENAME}}.
  
Auburn - 68,270 (Orig. Slaughter)
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===== Dates of Major County Records  =====
  
Beaux Arts Village - 320<br>Bellevue - 122,900<br>Black Diamond - 4,190<br>Bothell - 33,430
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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>'''[[King County, Washington#Birth|Birth]]'''</center>  
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[King County, Washington#Marriage|Marriage]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[King County, Washington#Death|Death]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[King County, Washington#Land_and_Property|Land]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[King County, Washington#Probate|Probate]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[King County, Washington#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>1866*</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>1853</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>1864</center>
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#99d6ff" colspan="6" | '''* For earlier dates, try...''' '''[[King County, Washington#Church_Records|Church]] &#124; [[King County, Washington#Obituaries|Obituaries]] &#124; [[King County, Washington#Cemeteries|Cemeteries]]'''
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Burien - 31,730<br>Carnation - 1,915<br>Clyde Hill - 2,845<br>Covington - 17,640<br>Des Moines - 29,290<br>Duvall - 5,990<br>Enumclaw - 11,490<br>Federal Way - 88,760<br>Hunts Point - 470<br>Issaquah - 27,160 (Orig. Gilman)<br>Kenmore - 20,650<br>Kent - 88,760<br>Kirkland - 84,830<br>Lake Forest Park - 12,840<br>Maple Valley - 21,130<br>Medina 2,980<br>Mercer Island - 22,280<br>New Castle - 9,955<br>Normandy Park - 6,540<br>North Bend - 5,665<br>Pacific - 6,305
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===== Record Loss  =====
  
Redmond - 53,680<br>Renton - 86,230<br>Sammamish - 41,070<br>SeaTac - 25,890<br>Seattle - 612,000 (Largest City and County Seat)<br>Shoreline - 54,580<br>Skykomish - 225<br>Snoqualmie 9,850<br>Tukwila - 18,190 (Orig. Foster)<br>Woodinville - 11,350<br>Yarrow Point - 995<br>
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=== Topics for {{PAGENAME}}  ===
  
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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{{WA Topics Intro}}
  
[[Chelan County, Washington|Chelan]] | [[Kitsap County, Washington|Kitsap]] | [[Kittitas County, Washington|Kittitas]] | [[Pierce County, Washington|Pierce]] | [[Snohomish County, Washington|Snohomish]] | [[Yakima County, Washington|Yakima]]  
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{{Tip|Don't overlook {{FHL|United States, Washington, King|place|disp={{PAGENAME}}}} items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see [[King County, Washington#Archives.2C_Libraries.2C_etc.|Archives and Libraries]].}}
  
== Records and Resources ==
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==== Bible Records  ====
  
=== Biography  ===
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{{WA Bible Intro}}
  
=== Cemeteries ===
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==== Biography ====
  
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{{WA Biogs Intro}}
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*[http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=27216 ''A Volume of memoirs and genealogy of representative citizens of the city of Seattle and county of King, Washington: including''] (If the link does not work, go to [http://www.ancestry.com/ ancestry.com] ($), click '''Search''', select '''Card Catalog''', paste Title into search box, click '''Search''')
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*[http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=28609 ''History of Seattle, Washington: with illustrations and biographical sketches of some of its prominent men and pioneers''] (If the link does not work, go to [http://www.ancestry.com/ ancestry.com] ($), click '''Search''', select '''Card Catalog''', paste Title into search box, click '''Search''')
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*[http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=28595 ''Puget Sound and western Washington''] (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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==== Business and Commerce ====
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{{WA Business Intro}}
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==== Cemeteries  ====
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{{WA Cemeteries Intro}}
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*Kolb, Alexis Ann Alexander, ''Black Diamond Cemetery, Black Diamond, Washington'', (Auburn, Washington: A.A.A. Kolb, 1980). Book online at {{FHL|101124|item|disp=FHL book 979.777/B3 V3k}} Includes map of cemetery plots.
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*Fort Lawn Cemetery -- [http://robert-crouch.com/ftlawcem.htm Burial Index]
 
*[http://www.lakeviewcemeteryassociation.com/ Lake View Cemetery main site]  
 
*[http://www.lakeviewcemeteryassociation.com/ Lake View Cemetery main site]  
*[http://www.lakeviewcemeteryassociation.com/burials.php Lake View Cemetery Burial Search]
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*[http://www.lakeviewcemeteryassociation.com/burials.php Lake View Cemetery Burial Search]
*Fort Lawn Cemetery -- [http://robert-crouch.com/ftlawcem.htm Burial Index]
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*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=111962 White Lake Cemetery, Auburn]
 
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=111962 White Lake Cemetery, Auburn]
  
=== Census  ===
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[http://www.findagrave.com/ Find A Grave]: search and contribute to 168 [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=50&CScnty=2969 King County cemeteries]
  
==== Federal  ====
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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=2969&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n FindAGrave] (Add a name to the search)
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| bgcolor="#FFFFca" | {{FHL|United States, Washington, King|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=2969 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=King+County%2C+Washington%2C+cemeteries&qt=results_page WorldCat]
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| bgcolor="#FFF8DC" | [http://interment.net/us/wa/king.htm Interment.net]
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| bgcolor="#E0FFFF" | [http://billiongraves.com/pages/search/index.php#country=United+States&state=Washington&county=King&search_text=&action=search_cemetery Billion Graves] Switch to "Person Lookup"
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| bgcolor="#FFF8DC" | [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/WA/King/cem/ Linkpendium]
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| bgcolor="#FFF8DC" | [http://billiongraves.com/pages/search/index.php#country=United+States&state=Washington&county=King&search_text=&action=search_cemetery Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#FFF8DC" | [http://usgwtombstones.org/washington/king.htm USGenWeb Tombstone Project]
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| bgcolor="#FFF8DC" | [http://genealogytrails.com/wash/king/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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*1860
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==== Census  ====
*1870
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*1880
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*1890
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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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==== State  ====
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{{WA Census}}
  
*1889  
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*Census indexes at [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/ Washington State Digital Archives]: (Free)
*1907
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**Federal: [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/54 1910]{{•}}
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**Territorial: [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/190 1857]{{•}}
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**State-funded: [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/596 1871]{{•}}[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/1746 1877]{{•}} [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/331 1883]{{•}} [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/105 1885]{{•}}[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/727 1887]{{•}} [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/816 1889]
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**These were indexed by local societies and individuals.
  
=== Church  ===
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{{FYI|Censuses indexed by societies or groups in the area may be more accurate, due to familiarity with local surnames.}}
  
LDS Ward and Branch Records  
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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'''
  
 
*Queen Anne (Seattle)  
 
*Queen Anne (Seattle)  
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*University (Seattle)
 
*University (Seattle)
  
=== Court  ===
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===== Lutheran  =====
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'''Denny Park Lutheran Church'''
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:*Records of Denny Park Lutheran Church, Seattle, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at [http://www.archives.com Archives.com] ($).
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'''Immanuel Lutheran Church'''
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:*Records of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Seattle, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at [http://www.archives.com Archives.com] ($).
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==== Court Records ====
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{{WACourtIntro}}
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*[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/229 King 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 procedure of Frontier Justice touch nearly all pioneers of 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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==== Directories  ====
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*[http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4517 ''Seattle, Washington City Directories, 1888-90''] (If the link does not work, go to [http://www.ancestry.com/ ancestry.com] ($), click '''Search''', select '''Card Catalog''', paste Title into search box, click '''Search''')
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*[https://sites.google.com/site/onlinedirectorysite/Home/usa/wa/king "King County, Washington Online Historical Directories"] by google.com
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==== Emigration and Immigration  ====
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{{WA Emig Intro}}
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1916081 Seattle Passenger Lists, 1890-1957]. ''Washington, Seattle, Passenger Lists, 1890-1957'' at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free)
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**Search by name has links to images. Unclear if search is complete. [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/records/collection/1916081/waypoints Browse images] available
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*[http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8945 ''Seattle, Washington, Passenger and Crew Lists, 1882-1957''] (If the link does not work, go to [http://www.ancestry.com/ ancestry.com] ($), click '''Search''', select '''Card Catalog''', paste Title into search box, click '''Search''')
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*[http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2250 ''Seattle and Tacoma, Washington, Passenger and Crew Lists of Airplane Departures, 1947-1957''] (If the link does not work, go to [http://www.ancestry.com/ ancestry.com] ($), click '''Search''', select '''Card Catalog''', paste Title into search box, click '''Search''')
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==== Ethnic, Political or Religious Groups  ====
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{{WA Ethnic etc. Intro}}
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===== African Americans =====
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*Mumford, Esther Hall. Seattle's Black Victorians, 1852-1901. Seattle&nbsp;: Ananse. c1980. F899.S49 N45
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===== American Indian  =====
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===== Japanese  =====
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World War II Files, 1942-1946
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Public Welfare/Social Security Department, ([http://digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/486 Japanese Internment]) Assistance Cases, Evacuee Referrals for Resettlement and Assistance, 1945-1946 from the Washington State Archives – Digital Archives
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==== Funeral Homes ====
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{{WA Funeral Homes Intro}}
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==== Gazetteers  ====
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{{WA Gazetteers Intro}}
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==== Genealogy  ====
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{{CommunityTree}} {{WA Genealogy Intro}}
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*[http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=27216 ''A Volume of memoirs and genealogy of representative citizens of the city of Seattle and county of King, Washington: including''] (If the link does not work, go to [http://www.ancestry.com/ ancestry.com] ($), click '''Search''', select '''Card Catalog''', paste Title into search box, click '''Search''')
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==== Guardianship  ====
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{{WAGuardianshipIntro}}
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==== History  ====
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{{WA History Intro}}
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*[http://www.archive.org/details/historyprogresso00pigo ''History and Progress of King County, Washington...''] by Henry C. Pigott, from archive.org.
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*[http://www.sos.wa.gov/history/publications_detail.aspx?p=302 ''Three Cities Of Washington; Origin Of Their Names...''] by Edmond Stephen Meany [Seattle: Washington University State Historical Society, 1917?] at Washington History. Covers the origins of the city names Seattle, Spokane and Tacoma
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*[http://www.sos.wa.gov/history/publications.aspx ''History of the Puget Sound country, Volume 1''] [http://www.sos.wa.gov/history/publications_detail.aspx?p=15 '',Volume 2''] by William Farrand Prosser [New York, Chicago, The Lewis publishing company, 1903] at Washington History
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*[http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=28609 ''History of Seattle, Washington: with illustrations and biographical sketches of some of its prominent men and pioneers''] (If the link does not work, go to [http://www.ancestry.com/ ancestry.com] ($), click '''Search''', select '''Card Catalog''', paste Title into search box, click '''Search''')
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*[http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=28595 ''Puget Sound and western Washington''] (If the link does not work, go to [http://www.ancestry.com/ ancestry.com] ($), click '''Search''', select '''Card Catalog''', paste Title into search box, click '''Search''')
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=28594 ''A history of central Washington&nbsp;: including the famous Wenatchee, Entiat, Chelan and the Columbia Valleys....''] (If the link does not work, go to ancestry.com ($), click Search, select Card Catalog, paste Title into search box, click Search)
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'''Oral History'''
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*Olson, Diane and Cory, comp. and ed., ''Black Diamond: Mining the Memories, An oral history of life in a company town'', (Seaside, Oregon: Frontier Publishing, 1988). {{FHL|981958|item|disp=FHL Book 979.777/B1 H2o}} The 1989 Washington Centennial project of the [http://www.blackdiamondmuseum.org/ Black Diamond Historical Society], this book is a compilation of historical photographs and selections from the transcripts of over fifty oral history interviews.
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*University of Washington, Urban Design and Planning, ''Mining the Memories II, Black Diamond Oral History Project'', (University of Washington: 2011). Summary of 2010 oral history project [http://urbdp.be.washington.edu/documents/chalana/mining_memory_exec_summ.pdf pdf] for the [http://www.blackdiamondmuseum.org/ Black Diamond Historical Society]. A follow-up to the 1988 centennial project, students interviewed another twenty-two residents capturing the history of Black Diamond as the area transitioned from a coal mining company town, 1950s to present.
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[http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/documents/WA_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm#KING 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 Priscilla Long. ''King County -- Thumbnail History'', [http://www.historylink.org/index.cfm?DisplayPage=output.cfm&file_id=7905 History Link.org] Essay 7905.
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*The area's indigenous peoples included the Duwamish, the Snoqualmies,and the Muckleshoots.
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*1850 - Early explorers were Colonel Isaac Ebey and later, the gold-seeker John Holgate.
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*1850 - The great spur to settlement was the Donation Land Claims Act of 1850, which granted 320 acres to each adult U.S. citizen who arrived in Oregon Territory before December 1850, and resided on their claim for four years.
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*1851 - September 14, The first settlers were farmers led by Luther Collins.
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*1852 - December 22, The Oregon Territorial Legislature created King County.
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*1853 - March 2, U.S. President Millard Fillmore establishes {{wpd|Washington Territory|Washington Territory}}.
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*1889 - June 6, The Great Seattle Fire wiped the downtown slate clean.
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*1890s - Immigrants into King County included Russians, Greeks, and Serbs.
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==== Land and Property  ====
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 +
{{WA Land Intro}}
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FM93R-NB9%3A2026672831%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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==== Maps  ====
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{{WA Maps Intro}}
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[[Image:Waking.jpg|300px|Waking.jpg]] <br>{{WAMapInfo}}
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==== Migration  ====
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{{WA Migration Intro}}
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==== Military  ====
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{{WA Military Intro}}
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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-JHT%3An834245534%3Fcc%3D1932554 King County Naturalization records] at ''Washington, County Naturalization Records, 1850-1982'' at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
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**See what [[Washington Naturalization and Citizenship#Record_Content|genealogical information]] may be in these records.
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**Included in the collection: Declaration of intention 1854-1924; Case files 1883-1927; Case files index 1864-1889 (box 1-3); Petitions 1906-1910; Records finding aid 1866-1924.
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*[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/305 Naturalization Records, 1906-1928] at Washington State Digital Archives Collection. (Free)
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==== Newspapers  ====
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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|King}}
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==== Obituaries  ====
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{{WA Obituaries Intro}}
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'''Also check:'''
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*[[{{PAGENAME}}#Newspapers|Newspapers of {{PAGENAME}}]]
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*Local [[{{PAGENAME}}#Funeral_Homes|Funeral Homes]], [[{{PAGENAME}}#Libraries|Libraries]], or family records.
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*Obituaries of [[{{PAGENAME}}#Neighboring_Counties|neighboring counties]]
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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|King}}
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2F12951542%3Fcc%3D1454946 Probate Case Files, 1903-1917] Part of ''Washington, County Probate Case Files, 1832-1950'' at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free)
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2F13886006%3Fcc%3D1878788 Probate Records, Estate Files,1854-1927]. Part of ''Washington, King County Probate Records, 1854-1927 at FamilySearch Historical Collections''. (Free, browse images)
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**See what [https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Washington_County_Probate_Records_%28FamilySearch_Historical_Records%29#Record_Content genealogical information] may be in these records.
 +
**Includes a variety of documents Estate Files created during the probate process.
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==== Public Records  ====
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{{WA Public Records}}
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*King [https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-22029-20233-29?cc=1404287&wc=12809214 Postmaster Index A-Mc] • [https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-22029-19494-81?cc=1404287&wc=12809215 Postmaster Index Mc-Z]. 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/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FM948-QLZ%3An1253625499%3Fcc%3D1910364 School Registers1892-1958] Part of ''Washington, County Records, 1856-2009'' at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
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**See what [[Washington Schools#Record_Content|genealogical information]] may be in these records.
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**includes Snoqualmie Valley 1892-1943 and Tukwila District 1909-1927.
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==== Taxation  ====
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 +
{{WA Tax Intro}}
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==== Vital Records  ====
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 +
{{WA vital intro}}
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===== Birth  =====
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 +
{{WA Birth Intro}}
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*[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/569 Birth Register, 1877-1907] at Washington State Digital Archives Collection. (Free)
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1463676 Delayed Birth Certificates, 1941-1942]. ''Washington, King County Delayed Births, 1941-1942'' at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
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**Includes Application for Delayed Certificate of Birth, evidence of support of birth, etc.
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 +
{{WA Birth Other Records}}
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===== Marriage  =====
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 +
{{WA Marriage Intro}}
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[[Image:ArrowGreen.svg.png|left|20x20px|ArrowGreen.svg.png]] To obtain copies of marriage records, go to [http://www.kingcounty.gov/courts/marriage/Licensecopies.aspx Kingcounty.gov]. <br><br>
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*[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/1921 Marriage License Registers, 1880-1894] at Washington State Digital Archives Collection. (Free)
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 +
*[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/717 Marriage Records, 1855-1990] at Washington State Digital Archives Collection. (Free)
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 +
===== Divorce  =====
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 +
{{WA Divorce Intro}}
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===== Death  =====
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{{WA Death Intro}}
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*[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/688 Death Register 1891 - 1907] at Washington State Digital Archives Collection. (Free)
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*[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/1555 Seattle Death Registers Index, 1881-1907] at Washington State Digital Archives Collection (Free)
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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/king/ King County WAGenWeb 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/king/king.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.
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*Type county name, click '''Search''', then select a collection.
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*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/King/ Web Sites at RootsWeb - King 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/King/ 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/king/ 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.stateofus.com/washington/king-county/ StateofUS.com]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | "King County, Washington Facts" (Mis-labeled " King County, Alabama facts"
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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, King|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=king+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=king+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, King|place|disp=FamilySearch Library}} (Utah) or [http://smartcat.acpl.lib.in.us/?q=king+county+Washington Allen County Public Library] (Indiana) for {{PAGENAME}}. {{GetACopy tip}}
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*[http://www.kingcounty.gov/operations/archives.aspx "King County Archives"]
  
=== Emigration and Immigration ===
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===== Courthouse =====
  
=== Ethnic Research  ===
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[http://www.kingcounty.gov/courts/SuperiorCourt/kcch.asp King County Courthouse]<br>516 3rd Avenue<br>Seattle, WA 98104<br>Phone: 206.296.1020 <br><br>Records and Elections Division, Records Section has birth, marriage, death and land records from 1853. Clerk of the Superior Court has divorce, probate and county records. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Ferry County, Washington page 732, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
=== Land ===
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===== Family History Centers =====
  
=== Local Histories  ===
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
  
*''History and Progress of King County, Washington...'' 1916, by Henry C. Pigott. [http://www.archive.org/details/historyprogresso00pigo Digitalized book online] from archive.org.<br>
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*[[Auburn Washington Family History Center]]625 M ST. NE., Auburn, WA 98002 United States [https://www.google.com/maps/preview#!q=625+M+ST.+NE.%2C+Auburn%2C+WA+98002+United+States+&data=!4m15!2m14!1m13!1s0x549058883b445895%3A0x4f1a53aa4d5dd9be!3m8!1m3!1d3058!2d-122.7782914!3d48.020953!3m2!1i1425!2i880!4f13.1!4m2!3d47.3141197!4d-122.2144031 Location Map]
  
=== Maps  ===
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*[[Bellevue Washington Family History Center]]10675 NE 20th St.,Bellevue, WA 98004 United States [https://www.google.com/maps/preview#!q=10675+NE+20th+St.%2CBellevue%2C+WA+98004+United+States++United+States+&data=!4m15!2m14!1m13!1s0x54906c934c1b50f9%3A0xc931a9f5e74f4393!3m8!1m3!1d3099!2d-122.2144031!3d47.3141197!3m2!1i1425!2i880!4f13.1!4m2!3d47.6277789!4d-122.197873 Location Map]
  
=== Military  ===
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*[[Bellevue Washington South Family History Center]] 15205 SE 28th St., Bellevue, WA 98007 United States [https://www.google.com/maps/preview#!q=15205+SE+28th+St.%2C+Bellevue%2C+WA+98007+United+States+United+States++United+States+&data=!4m15!2m14!1m13!1s0x54906e9faef04a1d%3A0x7b58b5d2373fd967!3m8!1m3!1d3081!2d-122.197873!3d47.6277789!3m2!1i1425!2i880!4f13.1!4m2!3d47.5847575!4d-122.13883 Location Map]
  
=== Naturalization and Citizenship  ===
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*[[Federal Way Washington Family History Center]] 34815 Weyerhaeuser Way S., Federal Way, WA 98003 United States [https://www.google.com/maps/preview#!q=34815+Weyerhaeuser+Way+S.%2C+Federal+Way%2C+WA+98003+United+States+United+States++United+States+&data=!4m15!2m14!1m13!1s0x549057e88a8f9175%3A0xed290911fc1bdd88!3m8!1m3!1d3084!2d-122.13883!3d47.5847575!3m2!1i1259!2i880!4f13.1!4m2!3d47.289398!4d-122.2922875 Location Map]
  
[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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*[[Kirkland Washington Family History Center]] 7910 NE 132nd St., Kirkland, WA 98034 United States [https://www.google.com/maps/preview#!q=7910+NE+132nd+St.%2C+Kirkland%2C+WA+98034+United+States++WA+98003+United+States+United+States++United+States+&data=!4m15!2m14!1m13!1s0x54901217c67fbcb3%3A0x8c4ec30cac1b0a6d!3m8!1m3!1d3101!2d-122.2922782!3d47.2893979!3m2!1i1259!2i880!4f13.1!4m2!3d47.719245!4d-122.235432 Location Map]
  
=== Newspapers  ===
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*[[Maple Valley Washington Family History Center]] 26800 236th Pl SE, Maple Valley, WA 98038 United States [https://www.google.com/maps/preview#!q=26800+236th+Pl+SE%2C+Maple+Valley%2C+WA+98038+United+States++United+States++WA+98003+United+States+United+States++United+States+&data=!4m15!2m14!1m13!1s0x54908aa7877ee771%3A0x16a803a0a9b2d2c9!3m8!1m3!1d3076!2d-122.235432!3d47.719245!3m2!1i1259!2i880!4f13.1!4m2!3d47.3609422!4d-122.0256721 Location Map]
  
=== Probate  ===
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*[[Issaquah Washington Family History Center]]
  
'''A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:'''
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*[[Redmond Washington Family History Center]]10115 172nd Ave. NE, Redmond, WA 98052 United States [https://www.google.com/maps/preview#!q=10115+172nd+Ave.+NE%2C+Redmond%2C+WA+98052+United+States++United+States++WA+98003+United+States+United+States++United+States+&data=!4m15!2m14!1m13!1s0x54900d310e9a695f%3A0xb0a620f527df99f4!3m8!1m3!1d3097!2d-122.0256721!3d47.3609422!3m2!1i1259!2i880!4f13.1!4m2!3d47.690417!4d-122.111481 Location Map]
  
[[Washington, King County Probate Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Washington, King County Probate Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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===== Libraries  =====
  
=== Taxation  ===
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{{WALibraries Intro}}
  
=== Vital Records  ===
+
*Seattle Public Library -
 +
**[http://www.spl.org/locations Branches and Locations]
 +
**[http://www.spl.org/library-collection/articles-and-research/genealogy Genealogy / Data Base Tools]
 +
**Special or Unique Collections (help needed from each branch)
  
==== Births  ====
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*King County Library System -
 +
**[http://www.kcls.org/locations/index.cfm#alphalist Branches and Locations]
 +
**[http://www.kcls.org/databases/subject_categories.cfm#9 Genealogy / Data Base Tools]
 +
**Special or Unique Collections (help needed from each branch)
  
Washington State Digital Archives has a database of [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/TitleInfo.aspx?TID=569 King County Birth Records]. This database contains the names of people who were born in King County from 1891-1907.<br>
+
===== Museums  =====
  
==== Marriages  ====
+
{{WA Museums Intro}}
  
To obtain copies of marriage records from King County, go to the following website:&nbsp;[http://www.kingcounty.gov/courts/marriage/Licensecopies.aspx www.kingcounty.gov/courts/marriage/Licensecopies.aspx]. The website offers a link to an online search for marriage records 1855-1989, which includes images.<br>  
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*[http://www.blackdiamondmuseum.org/ Black Diamond Historical Depot Museum]<br> 32627 Railroad Ave<br> Black Diamond WA 98010<br> 360–886–2142<br> Franklin Tours: 253–852–6763<br>Transit: Baker St and 3rd Ave<br>Send e-mail to: museum@blackdiamondmuseum.org<br><br> Hours:<br> Thursday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.<br> Saturday and Sunday (Summer) 12 to 4 p.m.<br> Saturday and Sunday (Winter) 12 to 3 p.m.
  
==== Deaths ====
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===== Societies =====
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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{{WA Societies Intro}}
  
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wakcegs/ Eastside Genealogical Society] - Library holdings are located at the Bellevue Regional Library, a part of the [http://www.kcls.org/ King County Library System]. Meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. on the 2nd Thursday of the month at the Bellevue Regional Library at 1111 110th Ave. N.E., Bellevue, WA 98004. Check the website for more information on the various interest groups that meet as a part of EGS.
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*[http://www.blackdiamondmuseum.org/ Black Diamond Historical Society] – The mission of the Black Diamond Historical Society shall be the discovery, preservation, and dissemination of the history of Black Diamond and environs, as it relates to King County and the State of Washington. Like us on [http://www.facebook.com/BlackDiamondHistory facebook] Black Diamond History
*[http://www.fiskelibrary.org/ Fiske Genealogical Foundation and Library] - Located at 1644 43rd Ave. E., Seattle, WA 98112. Hours:&nbsp;Monday &amp; Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Wednesday 12:00 - 8:00 p.m.; Thursday 3:00 - 8:00 p.m.; Friday by appt; 2nd Sunday from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Phone:&nbsp;206-328-2716.
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~waseags/ Seattle Genealogical Society]&nbsp;- Library located at 6200 Sand Point Way N.E., #101, Seattle, WA&nbsp;98115. Hours:&nbsp;Tuesday - Saturday 10:00&nbsp;a.m.&nbsp;- 3:00 p.m. and Wednesday until 8:00 p.m. Check the website for the society meeting schedule and a listing of the various interest groups that meet as a part of SGS.  
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~waskcgs/ South King County Genealogical Society]&nbsp;- Library holdings are located at the Auburn branch of the [http://www.kcls.org/ King County Library System]. Meetings are held from 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. on the 3rd Saturday of the month at the First Baptist Church of Kent, 11420 S.E. 248th St., Kent, WA&nbsp;98030.
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==== Family History Centers  ====
+
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wakcegs/ Eastside Genealogical Society] – Library holdings are located at the Bellevue Regional Library, a part of the [http://www.kcls.org/ King County Library System]. Meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. on the 2nd Thursday of the month at the Bellevue Regional Library at 1111 110th Ave. N.E., Bellevue, WA 98004. Check the website for more information on the various interest groups that meet as a part of EGS.<br>
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]<br>
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~waskcgs/ South King County Genealogical Society] – Library holdings are located at the Auburn branch of the [http://www.kcls.org/ King County Library System]. Meetings are held from 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. on the 3rd Saturday of the month at the First Baptist Church of Kent, 11420 S.E. 248th St., Kent, WA 98030.<br>
*[[Auburn Washington Family History Center]]<br>  
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*[[Bellevue Washington Family History Center]]
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*[[Bellevue Washington South Family History Center]]
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*[[Federal Way Washington Family History Center]]
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*[[Kirkland Washington Family History Center]]
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*[[Maple Valley Washington Family History Center]]
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*[[North Bend Washington Family History Center]]
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*[[Redmond Washington Family History Center]]
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~waseags/ Seattle Genealogical Society] – Library located at 6200 Sand Point Way N.E., #101, Seattle, WA 98115. Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10:00a.m. - 3:00 p.m. and Wednesday until 8:00 p.m. Check the website for the society meeting schedule and a listing of the various interest groups that meet as a part of SGS.
  
== Web Sites ==
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=== Towns and Communities ===
  
*{{FHL|Washington%2C+King|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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See a list of towns and communities in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_County,_Washington#Census-recognized_communities King County] per Wikipedia.
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/WA/King/ King County, Washington Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
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== References  ==
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=== References  ===
  
 
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[[Category:King_County,_Washington]]
 
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Latest revision as of 03:07, 6 February 2015

United States Gotoarrow.png Washington Gotoarrow.png King County

Guide to King County Washington ancestry, family history, and genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records, since 1852, when the county was formed.

Seattle Central Library, King County, Washington


County QuickStart:




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Online Records
King County, Washington
Map
Map of Washington highlighting King County
Location in the state of Washington
Map of the U.S. highlighting Washington
Location of Washington in the U.S.
Facts
Founded December 22, 1852
County Seat Seattle
Courthouse
King County Courthouse 01.jpg
Address King County Courthouse
516 3rd Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: 206.296.1020
King County Website

Contents

County Overview

Parent County(s)

King County, Washington was created 22 December 1852 from Thurston.[1]

County Seat: Seattle [2]. See also Towns and Communities in King County, Washington Genealogy. For Courthouse, see Archives, libraries, etc.

Boundary Changes

Neighboring Counties

King County, Washington Genealogy is surrounded by: Chelan | Kitsap | Kittitas | Pierce | Snohomish | Yakima

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Courthouse

King County Courthouse
516 3rd Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: 206.296.1020

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. [4]

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

Dates of Major County Records
Beginning dates for major county records[5]
Birth
Marriage
Death
Land
Probate
Court
1891*
1866*
1891*
1853
1854
1864
* For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries
Record Loss

Topics for King 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.


BillionGraves:

Find A Grave: search and contribute to 168 King County cemeteries

King 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 King 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

  • Queen Anne (Seattle)
  • Renton
  • Seattle S.
  • Seattle W.
  • University (Seattle)
Lutheran

Denny Park Lutheran Church

  • Records of Denny Park Lutheran Church, Seattle, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).

Immanuel Lutheran Church

  • Records of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Seattle, 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

  • King 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 procedure of Frontier Justice touch nearly all pioneers of 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

 

African Americans
  • Mumford, Esther Hall. Seattle's Black Victorians, 1852-1901. Seattle : Ananse. c1980. F899.S49 N45
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 King County, Washington Genealogy may include biographies, history of churches, schools, local government with names of officials, military information, and more. See Washington Local Histories.

Oral History

  • Olson, Diane and Cory, comp. and ed., Black Diamond: Mining the Memories, An oral history of life in a company town, (Seaside, Oregon: Frontier Publishing, 1988). FHL Book 979.777/B1 H2o The 1989 Washington Centennial project of the Black Diamond Historical Society, this book is a compilation of historical photographs and selections from the transcripts of over fifty oral history interviews.
  • University of Washington, Urban Design and Planning, Mining the Memories II, Black Diamond Oral History Project, (University of Washington: 2011). Summary of 2010 oral history project pdf for the Black Diamond Historical Society. A follow-up to the 1988 centennial project, students interviewed another twenty-two residents capturing the history of Black Diamond as the area transitioned from a coal mining company town, 1950s to present.
History Timeline

Historical County Boundaries from Newberry Library[6]

Emphasis for this timeline is on events that affected migration, records, or record-keeping. Unless otherwise mentioned, the events below were gleaned from Priscilla Long. King County -- Thumbnail History, History Link.org Essay 7905.

  • The area's indigenous peoples included the Duwamish, the Snoqualmies,and the Muckleshoots.
  • 1850 - Early explorers were Colonel Isaac Ebey and later, the gold-seeker John Holgate.
  • 1850 - The great spur to settlement was the Donation Land Claims Act of 1850, which granted 320 acres to each adult U.S. citizen who arrived in Oregon Territory before December 1850, and resided on their claim for four years.
  • 1851 - September 14, The first settlers were farmers led by Luther Collins.
  • 1852 - December 22, The Oregon Territorial Legislature created King County.
  • 1853 - March 2, U.S. President Millard Fillmore establishes Washington Territory.
  • 1889 - June 6, The Great Seattle Fire wiped the downtown slate clean.
  • 1890s - Immigrants into King County included Russians, Greeks, and Serbs.

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.

  • King County Naturalization records 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 the collection: Declaration of intention 1854-1924; Case files 1883-1927; Case files index 1864-1889 (box 1-3); Petitions 1906-1910; Records finding aid 1866-1924.

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 King 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.

Also check:

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

 

  • School Registers1892-1958 Part of Washington, County Records, 1856-2009 at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
    • See what genealogical information may be in these records.
    • includes Snoqualmie Valley 1892-1943 and Tukwila District 1909-1927.

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. .

Birth
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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.[7]

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

  • Delayed Birth Certificates, 1941-1942. Washington, King County Delayed Births, 1941-1942 at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
    • Includes Application for Delayed Certificate of Birth, evidence of support of birth, etc.

For earlier or unrecorded births, search:


Marriage
Marriage Records reveal
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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.

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To obtain copies of marriage records, go to Kingcounty.gov.

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....[8]

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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
King County 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 King County, Washington Genealogy
Web Sites at RootsWeb - King 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 "King County, Washington Facts" (Mis-labeled " King County, Alabama facts"
Major catalogs for hard copy collections of King 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 King 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.

Courthouse

King County Courthouse
516 3rd Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: 206.296.1020

Records and Elections Division, Records Section has birth, marriage, death and land records from 1853. Clerk of the Superior Court has divorce, probate and county records. [4]

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.


Museums

 

  • Black Diamond Historical Depot Museum
    32627 Railroad Ave
    Black Diamond WA 98010
    360–886–2142
    Franklin Tours: 253–852–6763
    Transit: Baker St and 3rd Ave
    Send e-mail to: museum@blackdiamondmuseum.org

    Hours:
    Thursday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Saturday and Sunday (Summer) 12 to 4 p.m.
    Saturday and Sunday (Winter) 12 to 3 p.m.
Societies

 

  • Black Diamond Historical Society – The mission of the Black Diamond Historical Society shall be the discovery, preservation, and dissemination of the history of Black Diamond and environs, as it relates to King County and the State of Washington. Like us on facebook Black Diamond History
  • Eastside Genealogical Society – Library holdings are located at the Bellevue Regional Library, a part of the King County Library System. Meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. on the 2nd Thursday of the month at the Bellevue Regional Library at 1111 110th Ave. N.E., Bellevue, WA 98004. Check the website for more information on the various interest groups that meet as a part of EGS.
  • Seattle Genealogical Society – Library located at 6200 Sand Point Way N.E., #101, Seattle, WA 98115. Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10:00a.m. - 3:00 p.m. and Wednesday until 8:00 p.m. Check the website for the society meeting schedule and a listing of the various interest groups that meet as a part of SGS.

Towns and Communities

See a list of towns and communities in King 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. 4.0 4.1 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.
  5. Alice Eichholz, Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, 3rd ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry Pub., 2004), 733-734. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 2004.
  6. John H. Long, Atlas of Historical County Boundaries (Chicago: Newberry Library, 2006) online.
  7. Washington State Archives - Digital Archives, Birth Records, About this Collection
  8. About Death Records at Washington State Digital Archives.

 

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