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[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Washington|Washington]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''Okanogan County'''  
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''[[United States Genealogy|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Washington Genealogy|Washington]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''Okanogan County''' '' <br><br>
  
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Guide to '''Okanogan County Washington ancestry, family history, and genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records, since 1888, when the [[{{PAGENAME}}#County_Overview|county was formed]].<br><br> [[Image:{{WAOkanoganCrawfishLake}}]]
  
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== County Courthouse  ==
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[http://www.okanogancounty.org/ Okanogan County Courthouse]<br> 149 3rd N; PO Box 72<br> Okanogan, WA 98840<br> Phone 509.422.7275<br><br> County Auditor has birth and death records<br> 1891-1908, marriage and land records from<br> 1891 & patents from 1892. <br>County Clerk has divorce, probate and court records from 1896. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Okanogan County, Washington page 733, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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<br><br>{{Click|Image:WA_ORP.png|Washington Online Genealogy Records|left}} {{Infobox U.S. County
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| county = Okanogan County
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| state = Washington
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| founded year = 1888
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| founded date = February 2
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| seat = Okanogan
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| building address = [http://www.okanogancounty.org/ Okanogan County Courthouse]<br> 149 3rd N; PO Box 72<br> Okanogan, WA 98840<br> Phone 509.422.7275<br>[http://www.Okanogancounty.us/ '''Okanogan County Website'''] }}  
  
== History ==
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=== County Overview ===
  
==== Parent County  ====
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{{Tip|Before 1888—and perhaps until the newly-formed county was fully operational—search records of the parent county(s).}}
  
'''1888'''--Okanogan County was created 2&nbsp;February 1888&nbsp;from [[Stevens County, Washington|Stevens]] County.<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>&nbsp; '''County seat''': Okanogan <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) ====
  
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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Okanogan County, Washington was created 2 February 1888 from [[Stevens County, Washington Genealogy|Stevens]] County.<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>
  
==== Record Loss  ====
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'''County Seat:''' Okanogan <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.]]
  
== Places / Localities ==
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===== Boundary Changes =====
  
==== Populated Places  ====
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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>
  
==== Indian Reservation ====
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==== Neighboring Counties ====
  
The [[Colville Indian Reservation (Washington)|Colville Indian Reservation]] is located in southern Ferry and southern Okanogan Counties.  
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Below are resources used for family history and genealogy, with dates, value of records, and how to access them for {{PAGENAME}}. Internet links may contain names, images, or more information for the county.  
  
==== Neighboring Counties ====
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See also [[{{PAGENAME}}#Towns_and_Communities|Towns and Communities]] in {{PAGENAME}}.
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<center>{{WAOkanogan County, Washington Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
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==== Courthouse ====
  
[[Chelan County, Washington|Chelan]] | [[Douglas County, Washington|Douglas]] | [[Ferry County, Washington|Ferry]] | [[Grant County, Washington|Grant]] | [[Lincoln County, Washington|Lincoln]] | [[Skagit County, Washington|Skagit]] | [[Whatcom County, Washington|Whatcom]]
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[http://www.okanogancounty.org/ Okanogan County Courthouse]<br>149 3rd N; PO Box 72<br> Okanogan, WA 98840<br> Phone 509–422–7275
  
== Resources ==
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According to Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Okanogan County, Washington page 733, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}:''
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*County Auditor has birth and death records 1891-1908, marriage and land records from 1891, and patents from 1892.
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*County Clerk has divorce, probate and court records from 1896.
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See also [[{{PAGENAME}}#Archives.2C_Libraries.2C_etc.|Archives, libraries, etc.]] in {{PAGENAME}}.
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==== Dates of Major County Records ====
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#ccff66" align="center" colspan="6" | '''Beginning dates for major county records'''<ref>Alice Eichholz, ''Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources'', 3rd ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry Pub., 2004), 733-734. {{WorldCat|55947869|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1185723|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27rb 2004}}.</ref>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Birth|Birth]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Land_and_Property|Land]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Probate Records|Probate]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | <center>1899*</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | <center>1888*</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>1884</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | <center>1888</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | <center>1888</center>
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#99d6ff" colspan="6" | '''* For earlier dates, try...''' '''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Obituaries|Obituaries]] &#124; [[{{PAGENAME}}#Cemeteries|Cemeteries]]'''
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===== Record Loss  =====
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=== Topics for {{PAGENAME}}  ===
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{{WA Topics Intro}}
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{{Tip|Don't overlook {{FHL|United States, Washington, Okanogan|place|disp={{PAGENAME}}}} items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see [[JOkanogan County, Washington#Archives, Libraries, etc.|Archives and Libraries]].}}
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==== Bible Records  ====
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{{WA Bible Intro}}
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==== Biography  ====
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{{WA Biogs Intro}}
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*[http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~heeyjude/Okanogan/okanogan.html "Okanogan County, Washington Biographical Sketches"] online at Rootsweb.
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==== Business and Commerce  ====
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{{WA Business Intro}}
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*[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/1784 Professional License Records 1998 - 2012] at Washington State Digital Archives Collection (Free)
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
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{{WA Cemeteries Intro}}
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*[[Okanogan County, Washington Cemeteries|Combined list of cemeteries]] in the county with links to online transcripts. (Sortable by town and cemetery name)
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| bgcolor="#B2B2FF" colspan="3" | <center>'''{{PAGENAME}}''' cemeteries from [[Washington Cemeteries|state]] and [[United States Cemeteries|national]] resources</center>
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF" | <center>'''Online County-wide Name Searches''' </center>
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#FFFFB8" | <center>'''Published Grave<br> Transcripts''' </center>
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| bgcolor="#FFF1DC" | <center>'''Lists of Cemeteries'''<br>(Several will also link to names)</center>
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| bgcolor="#E0FFFF" | [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=50&GScnty=2976&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n FindAGrave] (Add a name to the search)
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| bgcolor="#FFFFca" | {{FHL|United States, Washington, Okanogan|place||disp=FamilySearch Library}} Click '''Cemeteries.''' Press space bar to select town
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| bgcolor="#FFF8DC" | [[{{PAGENAME}} Cemeteries|Combined list]] (Sortable by town, cemetery name)
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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=Okanogan+County%2C+Washington%2C+cemeteries&qt=results_page WorldCat]
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| bgcolor="#FFF8DC" | [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=50&CScnty=2976 FindAGrave]
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| bgcolor="#E0FFFF" | [http://billiongraves.com/pages/search/index.php#country=United+States&state=Washington&county=Okanogan&search_text=&action=search_cemetery Billion Graves] Switch to "Person Lookup"
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| bgcolor="#FFF8DC" | [http://interment.net/us/wa/okanogan.htm Interment.net]
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| bgcolor="#FFF8DC" | [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections#RSID:34 Washington State Digital Archives] Put county name in '''Search''' box
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| bgcolor="#FFF8DC" | [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/WA/Okanogan/cem/ Linkpendium]
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| bgcolor="#FFF8DC" | [http://billiongraves.com/pages/search/index.php#country=United+States&state=Washington&county=Okanogan&search_text=&action=search_cemetery Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#FFF8DC" | [http://usgwtombstones.org/washington/okanogan.htm USGenWeb Tombstone Project]
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| bgcolor="#FFF8DC" | [http://genealogytrails.com/wash/okanogan/cemeteries.htm 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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==== Census  ====
 
==== Census  ====
  
*1890 Veterans
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{{WA Census Intro}}
*1900
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*1910
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*1920
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*1930
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==== Church  ====
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*Census indexes at [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/ Washington State Digital Archives]: (Free)
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**Includes [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/109 1910 federal census] (no territorial censuses listed)
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**These censuses were indexed by local societies and individuals.
  
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{{FYI|Censuses indexed by societies or groups in the area may be more accurate, due to familiarity with local surnames.}}
  
==== Land ====
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==== Church Records ====
  
==== Local Histories ====
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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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==== Court Records  ====
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{{WACourtIntro}}
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FM9HM-2NG%3A1174996843%3Fcc%3D1910364 Transcripts of judgements 1889-1903] Part of ''Washington, County Records, 1856-2009'' at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
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**See what [[Washington Court Records#Record_content|genealogical information]] may be in these records.
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*[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/235 Okanogan 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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{{WA Dirs Intro}}
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==== Emigration and Immigration  ====
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{{WA Emig Intro}}
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{{WA Ethnic etc. Intro}}
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===== American Indian  =====
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The [[Colville Indian Reservation (Washington)|Colville Indian Reservation]] is located in southern Ferry and southern Okanogan Counties.
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===== Japanese  =====
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*World War II Files, 1942-1946. Public Welfare/Social Security Department, ([http://digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/486 Japanese Internment]) Assistance Cases, Evacuee Referrals for Resettlement and Assistance, 1945-1946 from the Washington State Archives – Digital Archives.
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==== Funeral Homes ====
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{{WA Funeral Homes Intro}}
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==== Gazetteers  ====
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{{WA Gazetteers Intro}}
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==== Genealogy  ====
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{{CommunityTree}} {{WA Genealogy Intro}}
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==== Guardianship  ====
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{{WAGuardianshipIntro}}
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==== History  ====
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{{WA History Intro}}
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*[http://www.sos.wa.gov/history/publications_detail.aspx?p=151 ''Early Okanogan history''] by William Compton Brown [Okanogan: Press of the Okanogan Independent, (1911)] online at Washington History
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*[http://www.sos.wa.gov/history/publications_detail.aspx?p=145 ''Glimpses of pioneer life… Okanogan County''] [Okanogan: Okanogan Independent, 1924] online at Washington History
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*[http://www.sos.wa.gov/history/publications_detail.aspx?p=83 ''Illustrated History of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan Counties, State of Washington''] by Richard F. Steele [(Spokane, Wash.): Western Historical Pub. Co., 1904] Commonly known by title History of North Washington. Online at Washington Secretary of State site (Free).
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**This book has numerous errors and its facts should viewed with circumspection.
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===== History Timeline  =====
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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><br><br> Emphasis for this timeline is on events that affected migration, records, or record-keeping. Unless otherwise mentioned, the events below were gleaned from Wilma, David. ''Okanogan County -- Thumbnail History'', [http://www.historylink.org/index.cfm?DisplayPage=output.cfm&file_id=7608 History Link.org] Essay 7608.
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*Prior to 1805 - For at least several hundred years prior to contact with Europeans, the indigenous peoples of the Okanogan consisted of three major bands of a group called the Northern Okanogans or Sinkaiek, the Tokoratums, the Kartars, and the Konkonelps.
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*1782-1783 - A smallpox epidemic may have cost the lives of a third to a half of the people in the Okanogan.
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*1805 - William Clark of the (Lewis and Clark expedition) Corps of Discovery was the first to map the Okanogan River.
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*1811 - July, David Thompson was the first European to visit the Okanogan River.
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*1811 - David Stuart and Alexander Ross built a log cabin at the mouth of the Okanogan River and called it {{wpd|Fort_Okanogan|Fort Okanogan}}.
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*1814 - Fort Okanogan was taken over by the {{wpd|North_West_Company|North West Company}}.
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*1821 - Fort Okanogan was sold to the {{wpd|Hudson%27s_Bay_Company|Hudson Bay Company}}.
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*1853 - March 2, U.S. President Millard Fillmore establishes {{wpd|Washington Territory|Washington Territory}}.
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*1855 - May, Territorial Governor Issac Stevens signed the {{wpd|Walla_Walla_Council_%281855%29|Walla Walla Treaty}}.
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*1858 - Gold strikes in New Caledonia in British Columbia attracted prospectors from California to the aea.
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*1859 - The Army established {{wpd|Fort_Colville|Fort Colville}} at Mill Creek in the Colville Valley.
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*1858-1861 - Surveyors from the Royal Engineers and the U.S. Army established a boundary between Canada and the U.S.A.
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*1871 - Congress authorized the president to establish reservations by executive order.
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*1872 - Pres. Ulysses Grant created the {{wpd|Colville_Indian_Reservation| Colville Indian Reservation}}.
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*1886 - Colville Indian Reservation was reduced in size to its current size making possible non Indian settlement.
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*1888 - Feb 2, Okanogan County came into being.
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*1888 - {{wpd|Ruby,_Washington|Ruby}} was the first county seat of Okanogan County.
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*1888 - The county seat was moved to {{wpd|Conconully,_Washington|Conconully}}.
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*1893 - Repeal of the {{wpd|Sherman_Silver_Purchase_Act|Sherman Silver Purchase Act}}/ ended the mining boom in Okanogan County.
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*1890-1900 - The population nearly tripled
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*1900-1910 - The population nearly tripled again.
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*1906 - The first rail service came into Okanogan County.
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*1914 - Okanogan became the county seat of Okanogan County.
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*1934-1942 - A big spurt to the economy of the county and the state of Washington was the construction of {{wpd|Grand_Coulee_Dam|Grand Coulee Dam}}.
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==== Land and Property ====
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{{WA Land Intro}}
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*The County Recorder's Office has deeds, mining claims, copies of county plat maps and records dating back to 1878, prior records having been destroyed in a fire.
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*[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/1778 Land Records 1993-present] at Washington State Digital Archives, indexes and images (free)
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*[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/1780 Plats and Survey Records1993 - 2012] at Washington State Digital Archives Collection (Free)
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
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{{WA Maps Intro}}
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*[http://washington.hometownlocator.com/maps/countymap,cfips,047,c,okanogan.cfm Map from HomeTownLocator]
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==== Migration  ====
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{{WA Migration Intro}}
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
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{{WA Military Intro}}
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/wa/okanogan/military/ww2/service/armyenlists.txt World War II (1941–1945) army enlistments] at the [http://www.usgwarchives.net/wa/okanogan/okanogan.htm county GenWeb site] has about 400 entries, mostly from Okanogan and other counties. Key (at end of the list) explains codes and columns. Gives year and state of birth. (Free)
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*[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/1782 Military Separation and discharge records] (no dates mentioned) at Washington State Digital Archives Collection (Free)
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==== Naturalization and Citizenship  ====
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{{WA Naturalization Intro}}
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*[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/820 Naturalization Records 1890 - 1968] at Washington State Digital Archives Collection (Free)
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FM9HM-2NG%3A1174996843%3Fcc%3D1910364 Declarations of intention 1890-1945] Part of ''Washington, County Records, 1856-2009'' 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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**Includes Declarations of intention, petition evidence 1899-1916; Depositions 1915-1922; Petition evidence 1902-1947; Petitions for naturalization 1900-1945.
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
  
==== Probate  ====
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{{WA Newspapers Intro}}
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*[[{{PAGENAME}} Newspapers]] Sortable by towns, years, and titles
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{{WA Newspaper abstracts|Okanogan}}
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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}}
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/image/viewer#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FM948-QLN%3A1174996843%3Fcc%3D1910364 1888-1903] Part of: ''County Records, 1856-2009'' FamilySearch Historical Collections (free)
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FM9HM-2NG%3A1174996843%3Fcc%3D1910364 Probate case files 1888-1953] Part of ''Washington, County Records, 1856-2009'' at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
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**See what [[Washington Probate Records#Record_content|genealogical information]] may be in these records.
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**Includes Probate petitions 1888-1894; Special Naturalization 1944-1953.
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==== Public Records  ====
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{{WA Public Records}}
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*[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/1777 Okanogan County Auditor, Miscellaneous Recordings 1998-2012] (Free index, with images of non-sensitive items) Includes a variety of records, such as child support liens, community property agreements, and an occasional will.
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*[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/1777 Power of Attorney 1998 - 2012] at Washington State Digital Archives Collection (Free)
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*Okanogan [https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-22029-24714-21?cc=1404287&wc=12809223 Postmaster Index A-L] • [https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-22029-16450-20?cc=1404287&wc=12809224 Postmaster Index L-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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*[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FM9HM-2NG%3A1174996843%3Fcc%3D1910364 Miscellaneous public records 1888-1985] Part of ''Washington, County Records, 1856-2009'' at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
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**See what [[Washington Public Records#Record_content|genealogical information]] may be in these records.
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==== Schools ====
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{{WA School Intro}}
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School records vary from yearbooks, class photos, and more. School censuses were taken to plan and fill educational needs, and include names and birth dates of the children, residences, and the names of the parents or guardians.
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
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{{WA Tax Intro}}
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
  
*Washington State Digital Archives has a database of&nbsp;[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov./TitleInfo.aspx?TID=507 Okanogan County Birth Records]. This database contains the names of people who were born in&nbsp;Okanogan County from June 1891 – August 1913. The names were taken from the Okanogan County Register of Births.
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{{WA vital intro}}
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{{WA Birth Intro}}
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/image/viewer#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FM948-QLN%3A1174996843%3Fcc%3D1910364 1884-1907] Part of: ''County Records, 1856-2009'' FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse)
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*[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/507 Okanogan County Auditor, Birth Returns, 1891-1913] ("O" surnames only) at Washington State Digital Archives Collection (Free)
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FM9HM-2NG%3A1174996843%3Fcc%3D1910364 Delayed birth registrations 1884-1907] Part of ''Washington, County Records, 1856-2009'' at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
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**See what [[Washington Vital Records#Record_content|genealogical information]] may be in these records.
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{{WA Birth Other Records}}
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===== Marriage  =====
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{{WA Marriage Intro}}
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*'''1855–2008''' - {{RecordSearch|1534448|Washington, County Marriages, 1855-2008}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — index and images<br>
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*'''1888-1985''' - [https://familysearch.org/search/image/viewer#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FM948-QLN%3A1174996843%3Fcc%3D1910364 Marriage affidavits 1888-1985] Part of: ''County Records, 1856-2009'' FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free to browse images)
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**The affidavits start on image 31. Images 10-30 are an index to the groom.
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*'''1998-2013''' - [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/1781 Marriage Records, 1998-2013] Okanogan County Auditor, at Washington State Digital Archives Collection (Free, index only)
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*'''1888-1985''' - [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FM9HM-2NG%3A1174996843%3Fcc%3D1910364 Marriage affidavits 1888-1985] Part of ''Washington, County Records, 1856-2009'' at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
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**See what [[Washington Vital Records#Record_content|genealogical information]] may be in these records.
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{{FYI|Witnesses or affiants may be relatives or close family friends. The affidavits also include physician's certificates.}}
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{{WA Divorce Intro}}
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{{WA Death Intro}}
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*[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/472 Death Index,1907 -1960] (statewide, can select the county) at Washington State Digital Archives Collection (Free, no images)
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1454923 Washington, Death Certificates, 1907-1960] ''Washington, Death Certificates, 1907-1960'' at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
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**See what [https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Washington_County_Deaths_%28FamilySearch_Historical_Records%29#Record_Content genealogical information] may be in these records.
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{{WA Voting Intro}}
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{{WA Websites Intro}}
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| width="30%" | [http://www.wagenweb.org/okanogan/ WAGenWeb] for Okanogan County
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| width="60%" | Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
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| width="30%" | [http://usgwarchives.net/wa/okanogan/okanogan.htm USGenWeb]
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| width="60%" | Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
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| width="30%" | [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections#RSID:5 Washington State Digital Archives]
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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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| width="30%" | [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/list#page=1&countryId=58 FamilySearch Historical Collections]
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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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| width="30%" | [http://resources.rootsweb.ancestry.com/USA/WA/Okanogan/ Web Sites at RootsWeb - Okanogan WA] (Free)
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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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| width="30%" | [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/WA/Okanogan/ Linkpendium]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
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| width="30%" | [http://www.cyndislist.com/us/wa/counties/okanogan/ CyndisList]
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| width="60%" | Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
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| width="30%" | [http://www.stateofus.com/washington/okanogan-county/ StateofUS.com]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | "Okanogan County, Washington Facts" (mis-labeled "Okanogan County, Alabama Facts")
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{| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="5" border="1"
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| width="100%" colspan="2" bgcolor="#FFFF66" | <center>'''Major catalogs for ''hard copy'' collections of {{PAGENAME}}''' <br>Books, microfilm, or manuscripts of genealogical records</center>
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| width="30%" | {{FHL|United States, Washington, Okanogan|place|disp=FamilySearch catalog}}
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| width="70%" | Select topics. To select towns, add a comma to the search box.
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| width="30%" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=okanogan+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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| width="30%" | [http://smartcat.acpl.lib.in.us/?q=okanogan+county+Washington Allen County Public Library] (Indiana)
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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, Okanogan|place|disp=FamilySearch Library}} (Utah) or [http://smartcat.acpl.lib.in.us/?q=okanogan+county+Washington Allen County Public Library] (Indiana) for {{PAGENAME}}.
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*{{GetACopy tip}}
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See also [[{{PAGENAME}}#Courthouse|Courthouse]]{{·}}[[{{PAGENAME}}#FamilySearch_Centers|FamilySearch Centers]]{{·}}[[{{PAGENAME}}#Libraries|Libraries]]{{·}}[[{{PAGENAME}}#Museums|Museums]]{{·}}[[{{PAGENAME}}#Other_Repositories|Other Repositories]]{{·}}[[{{PAGENAME}}#Societies|Societies]]
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==== Family History Centers  ====
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*[[Brewster Washington Family History Center]] 410 SW first St., Brewster, WA United States [http://Maps.Google.com/maps?q=410+SW+First+St.,+Brewster,+Washington&hl=en&sll=47.039333,-122.893869&sspn=0.198877,0.488205& Location Map]
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*[[Coulee Dam Washington Family History Center]] 806 Spruce St., Coulee Dam WA United States [https://www.google.com/maps/preview#!q=806+Spruce+St.%2C+Coulee+Dam+WA&data=!4m15!2m14!1m13!1s0x549c463b8665e4cd%3A0xa9ee4889a2c8d7ef!3m8!1m3!1d2453!2d-122.0256721!3d47.3609422!3m2!1i1536!2i697!4f13.1!4m2!3d47.969857!4d-118.973282 Location Map]
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*[[Omak Washington Family History Center]] Engh and Keller Rd, Omak WA 98841 United States [https://www.google.com/maps/preview#!q=6+Engh+Rd%2C+Omak+WA+98841+United+States&data=!2m8!2m7!1syuKSUjyAwM6d1nU7mpJmfA!2e0!5s6+Engh+Rd!6f425.19467!8s%2F%2Fgeo0.ggpht.com%2Fcbk%3Fcb_client%3Dmaps_sv.tactile%26output%3Dthumbnail%26thumb%3D2%26panoid%3DyuKSUjyAwM6d1nU7mpJmfA%26w%3D374%26h%3D75%26yaw%3D89%26pitch%3D0%26ll%3D48.416726%2C-119.507607!9m1!6sEngh+Road!4m15!2m14!1m13!1s0x549ce8598e3e894d%3A0x9b036ae6c225a6ac!3m8!1m3!1d3307!2d-120.1821757!3d48.4712812!3m2!1i1101!2i960!4f13.1!4m2!3d48.4167274!4d-119.50598 Location Map]
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*[[Oroville Washington Family History Center]] Highway 97 N, Oroville, WA United States [https://www.google.com/maps/preview#!q=Highway+97+N%2C+Oroville%2C+WA+98823&data=!4m15!2m14!1m13!1s0x549d2c7f1af5a29d%3A0x5099a473c5f1232d!3m8!1m3!1d26483!2d-119.5303185!3d48.4125307!3m2!1i1600!2i960!4f13.1!4m2!3d48.7818862!4d-119.4246357 Location Map]
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*Online Resources: The public libraries in Okanogan County are part of [http://www.ncrl.org North Central Regional Library]. Their [http://www.ncrl.org/research.htm Research and Homework Center] includes Heritage Quest. Library cards and passwords may be required for access.
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:[http://www.brewsterlibrary.org/ '''Brewster Community Library'''], 108 S Third Brewster 98812 (509) 689-4046
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::Unique Collections:
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:[http://www.ncrl.org/okanogan.htm '''Okanogan Library'''], 228 Pine Okanogan 98840 (509) 422-2609
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::Unique Collections:
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:[http://www.omakcity.com/library.html '''Omak Community Library'''], 30 S Ash Omak 98841 (509) 826-1820
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::Unique Collections:
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:[http://www.ncrl.org/oroville.htm '''Oroville Community Library'''], 1276 Main St Oroville 98844 (509) 476-2662
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::Unique Collections:
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:[http://www.ncrl.org/pateros.htm '''Pateros Community Library'''], 174 Pateros Mall Pateros 98846 (509) 923-2298
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::Unique Collections:
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:[http://www.ncrl.org/tonasket.htm '''Tonasket Community Library'''], 209 S Whitcomb Tonasket 98855 (509)486-2366
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::Unique Collections:
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:[http://www.ncrl.org/twisp.htm '''Twisp Community Library'''], 201 N Methow Valley Hwy Twisp 98856 (509) 997-4681
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::Unique Collections:
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:[http://www.ncrl.org/Winthrop.htm '''Winthrop Community Library'''], 509 State Rt 20 Winthrop 98862 (509) 996-2685
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::Unique Collections:
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==== Museums  ====
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{{WA Museums Intro}}
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==== Societies  ====
  
*'''Washington Death Certificates 1907-1960 '''A free internet index to the 1907-1960 death certificates can be&nbsp;found at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1454923 FamilySearch Record Search], no images are available. A&nbsp;transcribed death certificate may contain such information as name of the deceased, date and place of death, age, gender, birth date and birth place, mother’s maiden name and name of spouse, place of residence, occupation and certificate numbers.
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{{WA Societies Intro}}
  
== Societies and Libraries ==
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=== Towns and Communities ===
  
==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
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See a list of towns and communities in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Okanogan_County,_Washington#Census-recognized_communities Okanogan County] per Wikipedia.
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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*[http://www.ghosttownsusa.com/tales.htm Boom Town Tales] at GhostTownsUSA.com
*[[Brewster Washington Family History Center]]
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*[[Coulee Dam Washington Family History Center]]
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*[[Omak Washington Family History Center]]
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*[[Oroville Washington Family History Center]]
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== Web Sites  ==
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'''Indian Reservation'''
  
*{{FHL|Washington%2C+Okanogan|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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The [[Colville Indian Reservation (Washington)|Colville Indian Reservation]] is located in southern Ferry and southern Okanogan Counties
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/WA/Okanogan/ Okanogan County, Washington Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
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== References  ==
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United States Gotoarrow.png Washington Gotoarrow.png Okanogan County

Guide to Okanogan County Washington ancestry, family history, and genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records, since 1888, when the county was formed.

Crawfish Lake, Okanogan National Forest, Okanogan County, Washington
County QuickStart:



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Okanogan County, Washington
Map
Map of Washington highlighting Okanogan County
Location in the state of Washington
Map of the U.S. highlighting Washington
Location of Washington in the U.S.
Facts
Founded February 2, 1888
County Seat Okanogan
Courthouse
Address Okanogan County Courthouse
149 3rd N; PO Box 72
Okanogan, WA 98840
Phone 509.422.7275
Okanogan County Website

Contents

County Overview

Parent County(s)

Okanogan County, Washington was created 2 February 1888 from Stevens County.[1]

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

Boundary Changes

Neighboring Counties

Below are resources used for family history and genealogy, with dates, value of records, and how to access them for Okanogan County, Washington Genealogy. Internet links may contain names, images, or more information for the county.

See also Towns and Communities in Okanogan County, Washington Genealogy.

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Courthouse

Okanogan County Courthouse
149 3rd N; PO Box 72
Okanogan, WA 98840
Phone 509–422–7275

According to Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Okanogan County, Washington page 733, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002:

  • County Auditor has birth and death records 1891-1908, marriage and land records from 1891, and patents from 1892.
  • County Clerk has divorce, probate and court records from 1896.

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

Dates of Major County Records

Beginning dates for major county records[4]
Birth
Marriage
Death
Land
Probate
Court
1899*
1888*
1891*
1884
1888
1888
* For earlier dates, try... Obituaries | Cemeteries
Record Loss

Topics for Okanogan 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.


Okanogan 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 Combined list (Sortable by town, cemetery name)
WA State Archives - Digital Collections Click any cemetery for search window, select county, enter name(s). WorldCat FindAGrave
Billion Graves Switch to "Person Lookup" Washington Periodicals Interment.net
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.

  • Washington online census links to FamilySearch, Ancestry.com, Heritage Quest and others.
    • Includes: Federal Censuses, 1860–1940; 1890 Veterans Schedule; Territorial and State Censuses, 1847–1898


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 Okanogan County, Washington Genealogy are listed in the FamilySearch catalog. (Press space bar to select town.)

Court Records

Your ancestors may be found in court records as defendants, plaintiffs, witnesses, or jurors. Court records can clarify family relationships, places of residence, occupations, and family history. See Washington Court Records for courts used through the years.

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

  • Okanogan 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

 


American Indian

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.

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

  • Early Okanogan history by William Compton Brown [Okanogan: Press of the Okanogan Independent, (1911)] online at Washington History
History Timeline

Historical County Boundaries from Newberry Library[5]

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.

  • Prior to 1805 - For at least several hundred years prior to contact with Europeans, the indigenous peoples of the Okanogan consisted of three major bands of a group called the Northern Okanogans or Sinkaiek, the Tokoratums, the Kartars, and the Konkonelps.
  • 1782-1783 - A smallpox epidemic may have cost the lives of a third to a half of the people in the Okanogan.
  • 1805 - William Clark of the (Lewis and Clark expedition) Corps of Discovery was the first to map the Okanogan River.
  • 1811 - July, David Thompson was the first European to visit the Okanogan River.
  • 1811 - David Stuart and Alexander Ross built a log cabin at the mouth of the Okanogan River and called it Fort Okanogan.
  • 1814 - Fort Okanogan was taken over by the North West Company.
  • 1821 - Fort Okanogan was sold to the Hudson Bay Company.
  • 1853 - March 2, U.S. President Millard Fillmore establishes Washington Territory.
  • 1855 - May, Territorial Governor Issac Stevens signed the Walla Walla Treaty.
  • 1858 - Gold strikes in New Caledonia in British Columbia attracted prospectors from California to the aea.
  • 1859 - The Army established Fort Colville at Mill Creek in the Colville Valley.
  • 1858-1861 - Surveyors from the Royal Engineers and the U.S. Army established a boundary between Canada and the U.S.A.
  • 1871 - Congress authorized the president to establish reservations by executive order.
  • 1872 - Pres. Ulysses Grant created the Colville Indian Reservation.
  • 1886 - Colville Indian Reservation was reduced in size to its current size making possible non Indian settlement.
  • 1888 - Feb 2, Okanogan County came into being.
  • 1888 - Ruby was the first county seat of Okanogan County.
  • 1888 - The county seat was moved to Conconully.
  • 1893 - Repeal of the Sherman Silver Purchase Act/ ended the mining boom in Okanogan County.
  • 1890-1900 - The population nearly tripled
  • 1900-1910 - The population nearly tripled again.
  • 1906 - The first rail service came into Okanogan County.
  • 1914 - Okanogan became the county seat of Okanogan County.
  • 1934-1942 - A big spurt to the economy of the county and the state of Washington was the construction of Grand Coulee Dam.

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.

  • The County Recorder's Office has deeds, mining claims, copies of county plat maps and records dating back to 1878, prior records having been destroyed in a fire.

Maps

 

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.

  • Declarations of intention 1890-1945 Part of Washington, County Records, 1856-2009 at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
    • See what genealogical information may be in these records.
    • Includes Declarations of intention, petition evidence 1899-1916; Depositions 1915-1922; Petition evidence 1902-1947; Petitions for naturalization 1900-1945.

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 Okanogan 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.

  • 1888-1903 Part of: County Records, 1856-2009 FamilySearch Historical Collections (free)
  • Probate case files 1888-1953 Part of Washington, County Records, 1856-2009 at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
    • See what genealogical information may be in these records.
    • Includes Probate petitions 1888-1894; Special Naturalization 1944-1953.

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.

Schools

 

School records vary from yearbooks, class photos, and more. School censuses were taken to plan and fill educational needs, and include names and birth dates of the children, residences, and the names of the parents or guardians.

Taxation

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

Vital Records

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

See also How to order Washington Vital Records, order electronically online or download an application for Washington Birth or Death Certificate and Marriage or Divorce Certificate Applications to mail. See Washington Vital Records for details and history of the records. .

Birth
Birth Records reveal
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In 1891, coroners, physicians, and midwives were to "return" births and deaths to the county auditor. Many went unrecorded. In 1907, the State Center for Health Statistics assumed this responsibility.[6]

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

  • 1884-1907 Part of: County Records, 1856-2009 FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse)

For earlier or unrecorded births, search:


Marriage
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Marriage records include certificates, marriage returns, license applications or affidavits. Counties kept the records until 1968, when the state took over.


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

  • 1888-1985 - Marriage affidavits 1888-1985 Part of: County Records, 1856-2009 FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free to browse images)
    • The affidavits start on image 31. Images 10-30 are an index to the groom.
Divorce

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

Death
Death Records reveal
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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....[7]

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

  • Death Index,1907 -1960 (statewide, can select the county) at Washington State Digital Archives Collection (Free, no images)

Voting Registers

 

Websites



Sites with online indexes or images of records
WAGenWeb for Okanogan County Free Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
USGenWeb 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 Okanogan County, Washington Genealogy
Web Sites at RootsWeb - Okanogan WA (Free) 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 "Okanogan County, Washington Facts" (mis-labeled "Okanogan County, Alabama Facts")
Major catalogs for hard copy collections of Okanogan 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 Okanogan 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.

See also Courthouse · FamilySearch Centers · Libraries · Museums · Other Repositories · Societies

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 Center 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.


Brewster Community Library, 108 S Third Brewster 98812 (509) 689-4046
Unique Collections:
Okanogan Library, 228 Pine Okanogan 98840 (509) 422-2609
Unique Collections:
Omak Community Library, 30 S Ash Omak 98841 (509) 826-1820
Unique Collections:
Oroville Community Library, 1276 Main St Oroville 98844 (509) 476-2662
Unique Collections:
Pateros Community Library, 174 Pateros Mall Pateros 98846 (509) 923-2298
Unique Collections:
Tonasket Community Library, 209 S Whitcomb Tonasket 98855 (509)486-2366
Unique Collections:
Twisp Community Library, 201 N Methow Valley Hwy Twisp 98856 (509) 997-4681
Unique Collections:
Winthrop Community Library, 509 State Rt 20 Winthrop 98862 (509) 996-2685
Unique Collections:

Museums

 

Societies

 

Towns and Communities

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

Indian Reservation

The Colville Indian Reservation is located in southern Ferry and southern Okanogan Counties

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

 

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