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[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Washington|Washington]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''Stevens County'''  
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[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Washington|Washington]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''Stevens County''' [[Image:{{WAStevensDam}}]]<br><br>Guide to '''{{PAGENAME}} genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records, since 1863, when the [[{{PAGENAME}}#County_Overview|county was formed]].<br><br>
  
Guide to '''Stevens County Washington genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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| building address = Located in Colville (originally founded at Pinkney City)<br> [http://www.co.stevens.wa.us%7C Courthouse Stevens County Courthouse]<br> 215 S. Oak<br> Colville, WA 99114<br>[http://www.Stevenscounty.us/ '''Stevens County Website'''] }}  
 
| building address = Located in Colville (originally founded at Pinkney City)<br> [http://www.co.stevens.wa.us%7C Courthouse Stevens County Courthouse]<br> 215 S. Oak<br> Colville, WA 99114<br>[http://www.Stevenscounty.us/ '''Stevens County Website'''] }}  
  
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=== County Overview  ===
  
=== Historical Facts ===
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{{Tip|Before the newly-formed county was fully operational, search records of the parent county(s).}}
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==== Parent County(s)  ====
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Stevens County, Washington was created 20 January 1863 from [[Walla Walla County, Washington|Walla Walla]] 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>
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'''County Seat:''' Colville <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.]]
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===== Boundary Changes  =====
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*[http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/documents/WA_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm#STEVENS Historical County Boundaries] from Newberry Library<ref>John H. Long, ''Atlas of Historical County Boundaries'' (Chicago: Newberry Library, 2006) [http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/ online].</ref>
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==== Neighboring Counties ====
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{{PAGENAME}} is surrounded by: [[Ferry County, Washington|Ferry]] (west) | [[Lincoln County, Washington|Lincoln]] (southwest) | [[Pend Oreille County, Washington|Pend Oreille]] (east) | [[Spokane County, Washington|Spokane]] (south) | [https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/British_Columbia British Columbia] (north)
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<center>{{WAStevens County Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
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==== Dates of Major County Records  ====
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'''Note''': The dates you see below have '''not yet''' been adapted to {{PAGENAME}}.
  
 
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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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*'''Parent County:''' created from [[Walla Walla County, Washington|Walla Walla]] January 20, 1863 and Spokane County January 19, 1864<ref>Abbott, Newton Carl &amp; Carver, Fred E., The Evolution of Washington Counties by, 1979. Publisher Yakima Valley Genealogical Society and Klickitat County Genealogical Society.</ref>.
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=== Topics ===
*'''County Seat:''' Colville
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*'''Neighboring Counties:''' [[Ferry County, Washington|Ferry]] (west) | [[Lincoln County, Washington|Lincoln]] (southwest) | [[Pend Oreille County, Washington|Pend Oreille]] (east) | [[Spokane County, Washington|Spokane]] (south) | [https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/British_Columbia British Columbia] (north)
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The Oregon Treaty (Buchanan/Pakenham) was signed June 15, 1846 creating a border between the two countries along the 49th parallel. The U.S. portion was organized as the Oregon Territory in August 14, 1848.<br> The Washington Territory was formed February 8, 1853.<br> Washington State was formed November 11, 1889.  
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{{WA Topics Intro}}
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{{Tip|Don't overlook {{FHL|United States, Washington, Stevens|place|disp={{PAGENAME}}}} items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see [[Stevens County, Washington#Archives.2C_Libraries.2C_etc.|Archives and Libraries]].}}
  
==== Boundary Changes ====
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==== Bible Records ====
  
*Prior to 1848, both Great Britain and the United States had joint ownership of the area.
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{{WA Bible Intro}}
*On August 5, 1846, the Oregon Treaty established 49 degrees north as the northern border of the United States and the Oregon Territory was formed.<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><br>
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*On 25 April 1854, Walla Walla County was created 25 April 1954 from Clark County and Skamania County.<ref>Washington State Archives p. 716-717.</ref>
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*On 29 January 1858, Spokane County was created from Walla Walla County. <ref>Washington State Achives, P.621.</ref>
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*On January 20, 1863, Stevens County was created. It covered current Okanogan and Ferry Counties and the portion of current Stevens County between the Kettle River and Columbia River.<ref>Washington State Archives. p. 6.</ref>
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*On 19 January 1864, Spokane County was disorganized and placed under Stevens County. County went from summit of Cascade Mountains to the Wenachee River, to the Columbia River, along the Snake River, to the Idaho Territory, then up to the 49th parallel. <ref>Washington State Archives. p. 70.</ref>
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*On 30 October 1879, Spokane County was re-organized from Stevens County.&nbsp;<ref>Washington State Archives, p. 203-205.</ref> <ref>Washington State Archives. p.70-73.</ref>
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*On 21 February 1899, Ferry County was created from Stevens County.<ref>Washington State Archives, p. 26-29.</ref>
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*Finally on 1 March 1911, Pend Oreille County was created bringing us to what is Stevens County today.<ref>Washington State Archives. p. 98-106.</ref>
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*See Crossroads on the Columbia for a more detailed timeline&nbsp;[http://crossroadsarchive.org/timeline-of-stevens-county-boundary-changes http://crossroadsarchive.org/timeline-of-stevens-county-boundary-changes]
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*[http://crossroadsarchive.org/timeline-of-stevens-county-boundary-changes][http://crossroadsarchive.org/timeline-of-stevens-county-boundary-changes][http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/pages/Washington.html The Newberry Library, Dr. William M. Scholl Center for American History and Culture] has pdf maps of the various boundary changes in its Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. Note: earliest formation of Spokane County is not included.
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*[http://crossroadsarchive.org/timeline-of-stevens-county-boundary-changes](Editor's note: ''An Illustrated History of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan Counties'', author Richard S. Steele, pub. Western Historical Publishing Company, 1904 attributes the 1858 and 1860 descriptions of Spokane County to Stevens County creating some confusion.)<br>
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Detailed history available at [http://www.HistoryLink.org www.HistoryLink.org] essay 7995 Stevens County - Thumbnail History.<br>
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==== Biography  ====
  
See Boundary Changes for parent counties.
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{{WA Biogs Intro}}
  
==== Timeline  ====
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====Business and Commerce====
  
Detailed timeline is available at&nbsp;[http://crossroadsarchive.org/timeline-of-stevens-county-boundary-changes crossroadsarchive.org/timeline-of-stevens-county-boundary-changes]
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{{WA Business Intro}}
 
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:*1811 - David Thompson, Northwest Company visited the area bringing in seed to the Marcus area.<ref>HistoryLink.org Essay 8677</ref>
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:*1825 - Hudson's Bay Company began construction of Fort Colvile.<ref>HistoryLink.org Essay 7993</ref>
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:*1838 - Missionaries Walker and Eells established Tshimakain Mission near present day Ford.<ref>HistoryLink.org Essay 7204</ref>
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:*1845 - Catholic missionaries established a mission near Chewelah.&nbsp;<ref>HistoryLink.org Essay 9534</ref>
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:*1846 - Oregon Treaty ended border dispute between US and Great Britain<ref>HistoryLink.org Essay 5247</ref>
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:*1854 - Area under Walla Walla County, Washington Territory
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:*1858 - A gold strike in British Columbia brought miners through the area, which triggered unrest with the local Indians and started the Indian War of 1858.
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:*1859 - Harney's Depot, US Army Fort Colville established along with Pinkney City and the first post office; Fort Walla Walla Fort Colville Military (Wagon) Road built by Brevet Major Pinkney Lugenbeel and U.S. Army soldiers.<ref>HistoryLink.org Essay 7992</ref>
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:*1860 - Spokane County seat was located near Pinkney City.<ref>HistoryLink.org Essay 7995</ref>
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:*1871 - Hudson's Bay Company Fort Colvile ended its occupation<ref>HistoryLink.org Essay 7993</ref>
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:*1879 - Spokane County broken off from Stevens County
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:*1881 - [http://books.google.com/books?id=MU48AAAAMAAJ&pg=PA3&dq=Thomas+Symons+report&ei=rWrvUKrfDqHYyATi64DYAg&cd=4 1st Lt Thomas Symons examinated the Columbia River]&nbsp;and reported on its navigability.
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:*1882 - US Fort Colville disbanded.<ref>HistoryLink.org Essay 7992</ref>
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:*1909 - 1910 - Colville River dredged opening up agriculture in the area
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==== Bible Records  ====
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==== Cemeteries  ====
  
[http://crossroadsarchive.org/genealogy/cemeteries List of Cemeteries]  
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<br> Crossroads on the Columbia [http://crossroadsarchive.org/genealogy/cemeteries List of Cemeteries]  
  
 
Query cemeteries in the neighboring counties of Ferry, Pend Oreille, and Spokane, for additional burial locations.  
 
Query cemeteries in the neighboring counties of Ferry, Pend Oreille, and Spokane, for additional burial locations.  
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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=2985&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n FindAGrave] (Add a name to the search)
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| bgcolor="#FFFFca" | {{FHL|United States, Washington, Stevens|place||disp=FamilySearch Library}} Click '''Cemeteries.''' Press space bar to select town
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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=Stevens+County%2C+Washington%2C+cemeteries&qt=results_page WorldCat]
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| bgcolor="#FFF8DC" | [http://interment.net/us/wa/stevens.htm Interment.net]
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| bgcolor="#E0FFFF" | [http://billiongraves.com/pages/search/index.php#country=United+States&state=Washington&county=Stevens&search_text=&action=search_cemetery Billion Graves] Switch to "Person Lookup"
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| bgcolor="#FFF8DC" | [http://billiongraves.com/pages/search/index.php#country=United+States&state=Washington&county=Stevens&search_text=&action=search_cemetery Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#FFF8DC" | [http://genealogytrails.com/wash/stevens/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  ====
  
'''1850''' Population Census is available at [http://www.familysearch.org/ FamilySearch] and [http://www.ancestry.com Ancestry.com]$ Search under Washington County, Oregon Territory.
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{{WA Census}}
  
'''1860''' U.S. Federal Population and Mortality Census covering what would become Stevens County is available at [http://ftp.us-census.org/pub/usgenweb/census/wa/spokane/1860/ USGenWeb extraction]. The 1860 Population Census is at [http://www.familysearch.org/ Family Search] and [http://www.ancestry.com Ancestry.com]$ and at Heritage Quest (available through various libraries, including the Libraries of Stevens County). Look for the "Colville Valley". U.S. Non-population schedules (Agricultural and Industry) for 1860 are available at [http://www.ancestry.com Ancestry.com]$ look for "Colville Valley" or "Coleville Valley" under Spokane County.  
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{{FYI|For the 1860 Census, look for Spokane County and the Colville Valley or Coleville Valley. }}<br>
  
'''1870''' U.S. Population and Mortality and Non-population (Agricultural and Industry) Schedules are available at [http://www.ancestry.com Ancestry.com]$ look under Stevens County. The 1870 Population schedule is also available at [http://www.familysearch.org/ FamilySearch] and at Heritage Quest.  
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FM9HM-2J9%3A1035875487%3Fcc%3D1910364 Census Records 1885-1892] Part of: ''County  Records, 1856-2009'' FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
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**See what [[Washington Census#Record Content|genealogical information]] may be in these records.
  
'''1871''' Washington Territorial Census is available at the [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/default.aspx Washington State Digital Archives] and [http://www.ancestry.com Ancestry.com]$
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*Census indexes at [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/ Washington State Digital Archives]: (Free)
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**Federal: [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/91 1860]{{•}}[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/350 1870]{{•}} [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/163 1880]{{•}} [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/122 1910]
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**Territorial: [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/180 1871]{{•}} [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/168 1879]{{•}}[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/295 1881]{{•}}[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/154 1882]{{•}}[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/400 1885]{{•}}[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/79 1887]{{•}}[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/737 1889]
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**State-funded: [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/803 1892]{{•}} [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/1224 1894]
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**These were indexed by local societies and individuals.
  
'''1878''' Washington Territorial Census is available at the [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/default.aspx Washington State Digital Archives] and [http://www.ancestry.com Ancestry.com]$
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{{FYI|For Colville and Spokane Indians in the 1917 to 1939 Indian censuses, query on Ancestry.com for the year, search for the first tribal member, then click on Colville and Spokane Reservations. See [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Home Washington State Digitial Archives] and some Indian Censuses. Microfilm held at the FHC Colville.}}
  
'''1880''' U.S. Population and Mortality and Non-population (Agricultural and Manufacturing) Schedules are available at [http://www.ancestry.com Ancestry.com]$. The 1880 Population schedule is also available at [http://www.familysearch.org/ FamilySearch] and Heritage Quest.
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==== Church Records  ====
  
'''1885''' Washington Territorial Census is available at the [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/default.aspx Washington State Digital Archives] and [http://www.ancestry.com Ancestry.com]$
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{{WA Church Intro}}
  
'''1887''' Washington Territorial Census is available at the [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/default.aspx Washington State Digital Archives] and [http://www.ancestry.com Ancestry.com]$
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*Church records (microfilmed originals or published transcripts) for {{PAGENAME}} are listed in the {{FHL|United States, Washington, Stevens|place|disp=FamilySearch catalog}}. (Press space bar to select town.)
  
'''1889''' Washington Territorial Census is available at the [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/default.aspx Washington State Digital Archives]
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'''LDS Ward and Branch Records'''  
  
'''1890''' Veterans Census covering Washington State is available at [http://www.ancestry.com Ancestry.com]$
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*Colville 260 E. Juniper, Colville, WA 99114.
  
'''1892''' Washington State Census is available at the [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/default.aspx Washington State Digital Archives] and [http://www.ancestry.com Ancestry.com]$
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==== Court Records  ====
  
'''1900''' Population Census is available at [http://www.familysearch.org/ Family Search] and [http://www.ancestry.com Ancestry.com]$ and at Heritage Quest.
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{{WACourtIntro}}
  
'''1910''' Population Census is available at [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/default.aspx Washington State Digital Archives], [http://www.familysearch.org/ FamilySearch], and [http://www.ancestry.com Ancestry.com]$ and at Heritage Quest.
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1885–1889 Stevens County Court Case Index is available at the [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/default.aspx Washington State Digital Archives]
  
'''1920''' Population Census is available at [http://www.familysearch.org/ Family Search] and [http://www.ancestry.com Ancestry.com]$ and at Heritage Quest.
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*[http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=28757 ''Inventory of the county archives of Washington, no. 33. Stevens County (Colville)''] (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''')
  
'''1930''' Population Census is available at [http://www.ancestry.com Ancestry.com]$ and at [http://www.familysearch.org/ Family Search] There are 81 enumeration districts for Stevens County in this census, with a few exceptions districts are ordered alphabetically.  
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FM9HM-2J9%3A1035875487%3Fcc%3D1910364 Court Records1882-1983] Part of: ''County Records, 1856-2009'' 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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**Includes Appearance docket 1896-1962; District and Superior Court records 1889-1892; District Court records 1882-1889; Miscellaneous court records 1977-1983.
  
'''1940''' Population Census is available at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com]$ and at [http://www.familysearch.org/ Family Search].
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*[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/241 Stevens 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.
'''1917–1939''' U.S. Indian Censuses covering the Colville and Spokane Tribes of Indians are available at [http://www.ancestry.com Ancestry.com]$. If using this database, neither the Colvilles nor the Spokanes are listed as a choice for tribe. Query for the year 1917 and Washington State, click on the first Colville or Spokane tribal member listed, call up the image, and then click on the hyperlink for "Colville and Spokane Reservations" to limit your search to those tribes. Microfilms of these censuses are also available at the Colville Family History Center.  
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'''LDS Ward and Branch Records'''
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*Colville 260 E. Juniper, Colville, WA 99114.
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1885–1889 Stevens County Court Case Index is available at the [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/default.aspx Washington State Digital Archives]
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==== Directories  ====
 
==== Directories  ====
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{{WA Dirs Intro}}
  
 
*''Pacific Coast Directory, 1867'' is available at [http://www.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] ($).  
 
*''Pacific Coast Directory, 1867'' is available at [http://www.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] ($).  
 
*''R.L. Polk's Directory of Stevens County, Washington, 1909-1910'', at SCHS.  
 
*''R.L. Polk's Directory of Stevens County, Washington, 1909-1910'', at SCHS.  
*''R.L. Polk's Directory of Stevens, Pend Oreille and Ferry Counties 1911-1912'' is available at [http://www.crossroadsarchive.net/items/show/4146 Crossroads on the Columbia]  
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*''R.L. Polk's Directory of Stevens, Pend Oreille and Ferry Counties 1911-1912''&nbsp;at [http://www.crossroadsarchive.net/items/show/4146 Crossroads on the Columbia]  
*''R.L. Polk's Directory of Stevens, Pend Oreille and Ferry Counties 1916-17''  
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*''R.L. Polk's Directory of Stevens, Pend Oreille and Ferry Counties 1916-17, at SCHS.''  
 
*''Telephone Directories for Stevens, Ferry and Pend Oreille Counties for 1929 and 1930''  
 
*''Telephone Directories for Stevens, Ferry and Pend Oreille Counties for 1929 and 1930''  
*''1932 Interstate Telephone Company directory for Davenport, Reardan, Medical Lake, Hunters, and Kettle Falls'' is available at [http://www.crossroadsarchive.net/exhibits/show/direct1/1932teldir Crossroads on the Columbia]
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*''1932 Interstate Telephone Company directory for Davenport, Reardan, Medical Lake, Hunters, and Kettle Falls'' is available at [http://www.crossroadsarchive.net/exhibits/show/direct1/1932teldir Crossroads on the Columbia]
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*Other telephone directories available at&nbsp;[http://www.crossroadsarchive.net/ Crossroads on the Columbia]
  
 
==== Emigration and Immigration  ====
 
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==== Ethnic, Political or Religious Groups  ====
 
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===== American Indian  =====
  
 
Many Indian tribes came to the area to fish at Kettle Falls<ref>HistoryLink.org Essay 7577</ref>. [http://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Colville_Indians Colville Indians] oversaw the salmon catch at Kettle Falls. The [http://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Spokane_Indians Spokane Tribe] and [[Spokane Indian Reservation (Washington)|Spokane Indian Reservation]] is located in southwestern Stevens County. A small group of the [http://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Kalispel_Indians Kalispel Tribe] lived at Indian Ridge south of Chewelah<ref>HistoryLink.org Essay 9534</ref>.  
 
Many Indian tribes came to the area to fish at Kettle Falls<ref>HistoryLink.org Essay 7577</ref>. [http://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Colville_Indians Colville Indians] oversaw the salmon catch at Kettle Falls. The [http://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Spokane_Indians Spokane Tribe] and [[Spokane Indian Reservation (Washington)|Spokane Indian Reservation]] is located in southwestern Stevens County. A small group of the [http://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Kalispel_Indians Kalispel Tribe] lived at Indian Ridge south of Chewelah<ref>HistoryLink.org Essay 9534</ref>.  
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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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*[http://www.danekasfuneralchapel.com Danekas Funeral Chapel and Crematory]. [http://www.newgs.org/ NeWGS] and [http://www.stevenscountyhistoricalsociety.org/pag/home/home.html SCHS] have extractions of these funeral home records.
  
 
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==== Genealogy  ====
 
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'''Genealogy Research Aids'''
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*''Basic Guide for Genealogy Research in Stevens, Ferry and Pend Oreille Counties'' by Nancy Wright, Susan DeChant, and Shirley Dodson of NeWGS.
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==== History  ====
 
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'''Land claimed by British and American governments'''  
 
'''Land claimed by British and American governments'''  
  
With the signing of the Treaty of 1818, British and American jointly claimed the area which includes Stevens County. Prior to 1856, the Hudson's Bay Company controlled most of the land in what is now Stevens County. Their records are available through [http://www.gov.mb.ca/chc/archives/hbca/index.html The Manitoba Archives] and [http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk The National Archives (UK)]. Hudson's Bay Company's Fort Colville existed from 1828 to 1856. A map of the Hudson Bay Company land claims for Fort Colvile and their trappers is available at the [http://www.stevenscountyhistoricalsociety.org/ Stevens County Historical Society].
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*[http://www.sos.wa.gov/history/publications_detail.aspx?p=36 "Illustrated history of the Big Bend country"] by Western Historical Publishing Company [(Spokane, Wash.): Western Historical Pub. Co., 1904]
  
===== Local History  =====
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*[http://www.sos.wa.gov/history/publications_detail.aspx?p=153 Some Pertinent Facts and Information Concerning Stevens County, Washington: For the Homeseeker and the Investor] by C. H. Pierce [S L.: s.m., 1908?]
  
Steele, Richard F. [http://www.sos.wa.gov/history/publications_detail.aspx?p=83 Illustrated History of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan Counties, State of Washington], 1904, is available online at Washington State Library.  
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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.  
  
Numerous local history books are at [http://www.newgs.org/forsale.php NeWGS].<br>
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*[http://books.google.com/books?id=NYEUAAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false ''History Of The City of Spokane and Spokane County, Washington, From Its Earliest Settlement To The Present Time'', volume 1] by Nelson Wayne Durham [Spokane-Chicago-Philadelphia: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1912] (Online from Google Books) First 13 chapters cover Stevens County and is well researched.  
  
Local histories are available [http://thelosc.org/ Libraries of Stevens County]. Query for local history, Stevens County, or specific towns.  
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*[http://books.google.com/books?id=hH9RAAAAcAAJ&pg=PA33&dq=reports+of+explorations+and+surveys,+to+ascertain+the+most+practical+and+economical+route+for+a+railroad+from+the+mississippi+river+to+the+pacific+ocean&hl=en&sa=X&ei=kDrgUtvNM5GDogSHwILwDg&ved=0CDYQ6AEwAg#v=onepage ''Reports of Explorations and Surveys, to Ascertain the Most Practicable and Economical Route for a Railroad from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean'', vol. 1] [http://books.google.com/books/reader?id=475SbkpRQFQC&printsec=frontcover&output=reader&source=gbs_atb_hover&pg=GBS.PP3 Vol. 2]  Made Under The Direction Of The Secretary Of War, In 1853-54 [Washington: Beverley Tucker, Printer, 1855] Vol. 2 provides the exploration reports of Gov. Stevens and the Army officers serving under him (Zoological Report; Route near the Forty-Seventh and Forty-Ninth Parallels). online at Google Books
  
Reports of Explorations and Surveys, to Ascertain the Most Practicable and Economical Route for a Railroad from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean. Zoological Report; Route Near the Forty-Seventh and Forty-Ninth Parallels, Explored by I.I. Stevens available on Google Books provides the exploration reports of Gov. Stevens and the Army officers serving under him.
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*[http://www.historylink.org/index.cfm The Free Online Encyclopedia of Washington State History]&nbsp;(History Link)
  
[http://books.google.com/books/download/History_of_the_city_of_Spokane_and_Spoka.pdf?id=NYEUAAAAYAAJ&hl=en&capid=AFLRE70mWQBd883EMGqCcNWTMeKf8At6b39xDQQ3mISMZi4uLpYUkf-qJ90cYcHtUuw2D3rSkLPuQASikdJ25ASnqdYhLhF_QA&continue=http://books.google.com/books/download/History_of_the_city_of_Spokane_and_Spoka.pdf%3Fid%3DNYEUAAAAYAAJ%26output%3Dpdf%26hl%3Den The History of city of Spokane and Spokane County,] by N. W. Durham, Volume 1. First 13 chapters cover Stevens County.  
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*[http://www.theheritagenetwork.org/pages/default.asp The Heritage Network] volunteer, non-profit organization formed to assist heritage groups discover and preserve historical resources within their respective communities in Northeast Washington and British Columbia Canada
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*[http://www.westernersspokane.org/ The Westerner Spokane Corral]
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*[http://www.westernersspokane.org/][http://wagenweb.org/stevens/ "Stevens County GenWeb"] online
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wasteve2/stevens.html "Stevens County Washington American History and Genealogy Project"] online
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*[http://www.newgs.org/links.php "NeWGS"] online
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*Numerous local history books are available through Libraries of Stevens County, for purchase from [http://www.newgs.org/forsale.php NeWGS ]and
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[http://www.stevenscountyhistoricalsociety.org/pag/home/home.html SCHS]. Query World Cat.com for&nbsp;[http://www.worldcat.org/search?qt=worldcat_org_bks&q=Stevens+County+%28Wash.%29+History&fq=dt%3Abks Stevens County (Wash.) History ]for a list of titles.
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===== History Timeline  =====
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See also [http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/documents/WA_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm#STEVENS Historical County Boundaries] from Newberry Library<ref>John H. Long, ''Atlas of Historical County Boundaries'' (Chicago: Newberry Library, 2006) [http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/ online].</ref>,
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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. ''Stevens County -- Thumbnail History'', [http://www.historylink.org/index.cfm?DisplayPage=output.cfm&file_id=7995 History Link.org] Essay 7995.
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{{FYI|A detailed timeline is also available at [http://crossroadsarchive.org/timeline-of-stevens-county-boundary-changes crossroadsarchive.org] }}
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:*1811 - David Thompson, Northwest Company visited the area bringing in seed to the Marcus area.<ref>HistoryLink.org Essay 8677</ref>
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:*1814 - [http://books.google.com/books/download/Adventures_on_the_Columbia_River.pdf?id=ZhYTAAAAYAAJ&output=pdf&sig=ACfU3U1TY0oP4BRkVvGKwdYNRee8N--M3A Ross Cox visits the area and local tribes]
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:*1818 - With the signing of the Treaty of 1818, British and American jointly claimed the area which includes Stevens County.
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:*1825 - Hudson's Bay Company began construction of Fort Colvile.<ref>HistoryLink.org Essay 7993</ref>
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:*1828 - Hudson's Bay Company's Fort Colville existed from 1828 to 1856. A map of the Hudson Bay Company land claims for Fort Colvile and their trappers is available at the [http://www.stevenscountyhistoricalsociety.org/ Stevens County Historical Society].
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:*1838 - Missionaries Walker and Eells established Tshimakain Mission near present day Ford.<ref>HistoryLink.org Essay 7204</ref>
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:*1845 - Catholic missionaries established a mission near Chewelah.<ref>HistoryLink.org Essay 9534</ref>
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:*1846 Aug 5 - Oregon Treaty ended border dispute between US and Great Britain<ref>HistoryLink.org Essay 5247</ref> creating a border between the two countries along the 49th parallel.
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:*1848 Aug 14 - The U.S. portion was organized as the Oregon Territory
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:*1853 Feb 8 - The Washington Territory was formed February 8, 1853.
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:*1854 Apr 25 - Walla Walla County was created 25 April 1954 from Clark County and Skamania County. The area included current Stevens County.<ref>Washington State Archives p. 716-717.</ref>
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:*1856 - Prior to 1856, the Hudson's Bay Company controlled most of the land in what is now Stevens County. Their records are available through [http://www.gov.mb.ca/chc/archives/hbca/index.html The Manitoba Archives] and [http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk The National Archives (UK)]. Map showing [http://www.crossroadsarchive.net/exhibits/show/maps/hbcsec/hbcpg HBC Fort Colvile] holdings at Crossroads on the Columbia.
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:*1858 Jan 29 - Spokane County (including current area of Stevens County) was created from Walla Walla County. <ref>Washington State Achives, P.621.</ref>
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:*1858 - A gold strike in British Columbia brought miners through the area, which triggered unrest with the local Indians and started the Indian War of 1858.
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:*1859 - Harney's Depot, US Army Fort Colville established along with Pinkney City and the first post office; Fort Walla Walla Fort Colville Military (Wagon) Road built by Brevet Major Pinkney Lugenbeel and U.S. Army soldiers.<ref>HistoryLink.org Essay 7992</ref>
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:*1859 - U. S. Northwest Boundary Commission moved to Pinkney City and the British Boundary Commission moved to Marcus for their respective portions of the boundary survey from Port Roberts to the summit of the Rocky Mountains.&nbsp;<ref>Joseph S. Harris and the U. S. Northwest Boundary Commission 1857-61, Streeter, Anne P., Trafford On Demand Publication, 2012.</ref>
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:*1860 - Spokane County seat was located near Pinkney City.<ref>HistoryLink.org Essay 7995</ref>
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:*1863 Jan 20 - Stevens County was created. It covered current Okanogan and Ferry Counties and the portion of current Stevens County between the Kettle River and Columbia River.<ref>Washington State Archives. p. 6.</ref>
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:*1864 Jan 19 - Spokane County was disorganized and placed under Stevens County. County went from summit of Cascade Mountains to the Wenachee River, to the Columbia River, along the Snake River, to the Idaho Territory, then up to the 49th parallel. <ref>Washington State Archives. p. 70.</ref>
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:*1871 - Hudson's Bay Company Fort Colvile ended its occupation<ref>HistoryLink.org Essay 7993</ref>
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:*1879 - Spokane County broken off from Stevens County
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:*1881 - [http://books.google.com/books?id=MU48AAAAMAAJ&pg=PA3&dq=Thomas+Symons+report&ei=rWrvUKrfDqHYyATi64DYAg&cd=4 1st Lt Thomas Symons examinated the Columbia River] and reported on its navigability.
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:*1882 - US Fort Colville disbanded.<ref>HistoryLink.org Essay 7992</ref>
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:*1889 Nov 11 - Washington State was formed November 11, 1889.
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:*1892-1893 - The railroad was completed in 1892-93.<ref>Basic Guide for Genealogy Research in Stevens, Ferry and Pend Oreille Counties by Nancy Wright, Susan DeChant, and Shirley Dodson of NeWGS.</ref>
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:*1899 Feb 21 - Ferry County was created from Stevens County.<ref>Washington State Archives, p. 26-29.</ref>
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:*1909-1910 - Colville River dredged opening up agriculture in the area
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:*1911 Mar 1 - Pend Oreille County was created bringing us to what is Stevens County today.<ref>Washington State Archives. p. 98-106.</ref>
  
 
==== Land and Property  ====
 
==== Land and Property  ====
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Stevens County Auditor's Office land records start 1862. Earliest land records were recorded under the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Preemption_Act_of_1841 Preemption Art of 1841]. All the county land records have been digitized and available upon request.
  
 
Original homestead records are available at the Bureau of Land Management [http://www.glorecords.blm.gov%7COfficial Federal Land Records Website]. The first general land office patent listed on this website was granted May 1884.<br>To view a Township, Range, Section map within Stevens County *Go to the [http://stevenswa.taxsifter.com/Disclaimer.aspx Stevens County Assessor's website] *Look for Parcel Information on Assessor's/Treasurer's Site" and click on it. Agree to the terms of use, click on "I Agree" at least twice when first using this feature. *Enter a parcel number, legal description, or address. In Mapsifter, zoom in close enough to see the blue lines indicating property lines. If not sure of the specific Township/Range, Parcel number, or legal description, click on the Mapsifter tab and it will call up a map of the county. Click on it and then either use the mouse or the control device on the bottom right to zoom and move about the map. These records are current to five years back and provide a lot of detail about the property and current owners.  
 
Original homestead records are available at the Bureau of Land Management [http://www.glorecords.blm.gov%7COfficial Federal Land Records Website]. The first general land office patent listed on this website was granted May 1884.<br>To view a Township, Range, Section map within Stevens County *Go to the [http://stevenswa.taxsifter.com/Disclaimer.aspx Stevens County Assessor's website] *Look for Parcel Information on Assessor's/Treasurer's Site" and click on it. Agree to the terms of use, click on "I Agree" at least twice when first using this feature. *Enter a parcel number, legal description, or address. In Mapsifter, zoom in close enough to see the blue lines indicating property lines. If not sure of the specific Township/Range, Parcel number, or legal description, click on the Mapsifter tab and it will call up a map of the county. Click on it and then either use the mouse or the control device on the bottom right to zoom and move about the map. These records are current to five years back and provide a lot of detail about the property and current owners.  
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[http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/ Bureau of Land Managment General Land Records Office] has an explanation of the township/range system, as does [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_Land_Survey_System Wikipedia];as well as Family Search Wiki.  
 
[http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/ Bureau of Land Managment General Land Records Office] has an explanation of the township/range system, as does [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_Land_Survey_System Wikipedia];as well as Family Search Wiki.  
  
The BLM also has Cadastral and other survey information at [http://www.blm.gov/or/landrecords/survey/ySrvy1.php Oregon and Washington Land Status and Cadastral Record], please note this is separate from the survey dropdown on the main glorecords.blm.gov page. To aid in search, the northwest corner of the county is in township 40N Range 36E; the northeast corner is township 40N range 42E; the southwest corner is township 28N range 35E; and the southeast corner is in township 27N range 42E. Per the records clerk at the [http://www.blm.gov/or/districts/spokane/index.php BLM Spokane Office (Fancher Road)] they have NARA microfilms of the railroad land transactions for their assigned area to include Stevens County. Convert latitude and longitude of the desired location to township/range using the converter at [http://www.earthpoint.us/Townships.aspx Earthpoint].  
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The BLM also has Cadastral and other survey information at [http://www.blm.gov/or/landrecords/survey/ySrvy1.php Oregon and Washington Land Status and Cadastral Record], please note this is separate from the survey dropdown on the main glorecords.blm.gov page. To aid in search, the northwest corner of the county is in township 40N Range 36E; the northeast corner is township 40N range 42E; the southwest corner is township 28N range 35E; and the southeast corner is in township 27N range 42E. Per the records clerk at the [http://www.blm.gov/or/districts/spokane/index.php BLM Spokane Office (Fancher Road)] they have NARA microfilms of the railroad land transactions for their assigned area to include Stevens County. Convert latitude and longitude of the desired location to township/range using the converter at [http://www.earthpoint.us/Townships.aspx Earthpoint].
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FM9HM-2J9%3A1035875487%3Fcc%3D1910364 Land  and Property 1860-1984] Part of: ''County  Records, 1856-2009'' FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
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**See what [[Washington Land and Property#Record Content|genealogical information]] may be in these records.
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**Includes Chattel mortgage index 1886-1984; Inventory of separate property of women 1887-1904; Miscellaneous clerk records 1860-1976.
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
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[[Image:Wastevens.jpg|280px|Wastevens.jpg]] <br>{{WAMapInfo}}
  
 
*Downloadable current maps in PDF are available at the [http://www.co.stevens.wa.us/GIS/Maps/StartMapbook.html Stevens County GIS Mapbook] page.
 
*Downloadable current maps in PDF are available at the [http://www.co.stevens.wa.us/GIS/Maps/StartMapbook.html Stevens County GIS Mapbook] page.
  
*An extensive collection of Oregon Territory, Washington Territory, and Washington State maps is available [http://alabamamaps.ua.edu/index.html Department of Geography University of Alabama Map Library]
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*An extensive collection of Oregon Territory, Washington Territory, and Washington State maps is available [http://alabamamaps.ua.edu/index.html Department of Geography University of Alabama Map Library]  
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*[http://www.sos.wa.gov/history/maps_detail.aspx?m=124 1883 Map of the Colville agricultural area] from the Washington State Library
  
 
*[http://nationalmap.gov/historical/ Historic USGS topographical maps]. The 1941 maps along the Columbia River show the river and towns prior to Lake Roosevelt forming as well as the lake after it forms.
 
*[http://nationalmap.gov/historical/ Historic USGS topographical maps]. The 1941 maps along the Columbia River show the river and towns prior to Lake Roosevelt forming as well as the lake after it forms.
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==== Military  ====
 
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The [http://museum.washingtonguard.org/history.shtml Washington State Department of Military Museum] details the formation and history of the territorial militia and national guard units in seven pdf files.  
 
The [http://museum.washingtonguard.org/history.shtml Washington State Department of Military Museum] details the formation and history of the territorial militia and national guard units in seven pdf files.  
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More information about the U.S. troops and members of the American Border Commission is available in Colville Collection Book Two: Military Fort Colville by Patrick J. Graham A history of Military Fort Colville (1859-1882) including its officers, and historical manuscripts of events of that period in Colville and northeastern Washington. ....169 pages plus index. Book is available [http://www.newgs.org/forsale.php at NeWGS]  
 
More information about the U.S. troops and members of the American Border Commission is available in Colville Collection Book Two: Military Fort Colville by Patrick J. Graham A history of Military Fort Colville (1859-1882) including its officers, and historical manuscripts of events of that period in Colville and northeastern Washington. ....169 pages plus index. Book is available [http://www.newgs.org/forsale.php at NeWGS]  
  
A [http://ia600200.us.archive.org/2/items/cihm_08025/cihm_08025.pdf report] to Congress regarding expenditures of the Northwest Boundary Commission details all the vendors throughout the Northwest Territory for items and services purchased and employees from 1857 to 1869. Another version is available on Google Books, search for 40th Congress 3d Session House of Representatives Ex. Doc No. 86 Northwest Boundary Commission. &nbsp;Colville Valley merchants and farmers provided support to the commission.  
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A [http://ia600200.us.archive.org/2/items/cihm_08025/cihm_08025.pdf report] to Congress regarding expenditures of the Northwest Boundary Commission details all the vendors throughout the Northwest Territory for items and services purchased and employees from 1857 to 1869. Another version is available on Google Books, search for 40th Congress 3d Session House of Representatives Ex. Doc No. 86 Northwest Boundary Commission. Colville Valley merchants and farmers provided support to the commission.  
  
 
Civil War Veterans Buried in Stevens County by Roger W. May Information on almost 300 veterans who are buried in or have lived in Stevens County ….219 pages with 217 photos. Book is available [http://www.newgs.org/forsale.php at NeWGS]  
 
Civil War Veterans Buried in Stevens County by Roger W. May Information on almost 300 veterans who are buried in or have lived in Stevens County ….219 pages with 217 photos. Book is available [http://www.newgs.org/forsale.php at NeWGS]  
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"World War II Honor List of Dead and Missing Army and Army Air Forces Personnel from Washington" at the [http://arcweb.archives.gov National Archives]. Query for the exact title; go to the Digital Copies tab, and page through to Stevens County to view those service members who died during WWII.  
 
"World War II Honor List of Dead and Missing Army and Army Air Forces Personnel from Washington" at the [http://arcweb.archives.gov National Archives]. Query for the exact title; go to the Digital Copies tab, and page through to Stevens County to view those service members who died during WWII.  
  
Stevens County Vietnam War Casualties [http://www.facesfromthewall.com/ffwstev.html at USGenWeb.]  
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Stevens County Vietnam War Casualties [http://www.facesfromthewall.com/ffwstev.html at USGenWeb.]
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FM9HM-2J9%3A1035875487%3Fcc%3D1910364 Military Records 1892-1928] Part of: ''County  Records, 1856-2009'' FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
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**See what [[Washington Military Records#Record Content|genealogical information]] may be in these records.
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**Includes Certificates of adjustment for veterans 1925-1928; Military register 1892-1893.
  
 
==== Naturalization and Citizenship  ====
 
==== Naturalization and Citizenship  ====
  
[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. Stevens County&nbsp;Naturalization, Declarations of Intentions, and Petition for Naturalization records range from 1908-1973.  
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*[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/RecordSeriesInfo.aspx?rsid=2 Washington State Digital Archives] has digitized various types of naturalization-related records for {{PAGENAME}}:
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**[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/467 Naturalization Records, 1906-1974] at Washington State Digital Archives Collection. (Free)
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**[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/1946 Register of Petitions for Naturalization, 1929-1951] at Washington State Digital Archives Collection. (Free)
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**[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/1963 Registers of Applications and Orders of Naturalization, 1888-1906] at Washington State Digital Archives Collection. (Free)
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**[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/1960 Registers of Declarations of Intention, 1886-1973] 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-2J9%3A1035875487%3Fcc%3D1910364 Naturalization and Citizenship 1868-1950] Part of: ''County  Records, 1856-2009'' 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 Affidavits of petitioner and witnesses 1868-1906; Declarations of intention 1886-1946; Declarations of intention, petition evidence 1885-1946; Naturalization index 1882-1907; Petition evidence, special naturalizations, orders of the court 1914-1950; Petitions for naturalization 1888-1951; Petitions for naturalization and petition evidence 1890-1929.
  
 
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*[[{{PAGENAME}} Newspapers]] (Sortable by towns, years, and titles)
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*Early Washington newspapers covered the Colville area, particularly the Walla Walla Statesman. Query "Colville" in the [http://www.sos.wa.gov/history/newspapers.aspx Washington State Library's online historical newspaper collection].
 
*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn88085318 Colville Examiner] 1907-1922 is available online thanks to the Washington State Library, Library of Congress, and the U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities.
 
*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn88085318 Colville Examiner] 1907-1922 is available online thanks to the Washington State Library, Library of Congress, and the U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities.
  
 
*The [http://wiki.sos.wa.gov/ndnp/MainPage.ashx WA National Digital Newspaper Program wiki] part of the [http://www.neh.gov/projects/ndnp.html National Digital Newspaper Project] provides the digitization status of state newspapers.
 
*The [http://wiki.sos.wa.gov/ndnp/MainPage.ashx WA National Digital Newspaper Program wiki] part of the [http://www.neh.gov/projects/ndnp.html National Digital Newspaper Project] provides the digitization status of state newspapers.
  
*The [http://www.crossroadsarchive.net/ Loon Lake Times] 1911 to 1913 edtions. Query [http://www.loonlakehistoricalsociety.com/ Loon Lake Historical Society] Collection and keyword of newspaper.
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*The [http://www.crossroadsarchive.net/ Loon Lake Times] 1911 to 1913 editions. Query [http://www.loonlakehistoricalsociety.com/ Loon Lake Historical Society] Collection and keyword of newspaper.
  
 
*[http://www.statesmanexaminer.com%7C The Statesman-Examiner] is published weekly in Colville. Precursors to this newspaper, the Colville Republican, Stevens County Standard, the Colville Index, and the Stevens County Statesman-Index for the 1892 to 1897 time frame are available in pdf format at [http://www.crossroadsarchive.net/items Crossroads on the Columbia] items 12945 to 13949.
 
*[http://www.statesmanexaminer.com%7C The Statesman-Examiner] is published weekly in Colville. Precursors to this newspaper, the Colville Republican, Stevens County Standard, the Colville Index, and the Stevens County Statesman-Index for the 1892 to 1897 time frame are available in pdf format at [http://www.crossroadsarchive.net/items Crossroads on the Columbia] items 12945 to 13949.
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==== Obituaries  ====
 
==== 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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The [http://www.stevenscountyhistoricalsociety.org/ Stevens County Historical Society] and the [http://www.newgs.org/ Northeast Washington Genealogical Society] maintain separate newspaper obituary lists for deaths recorded for Stevens County-connected individuals. The [http://www.loonlakehistoricalsociety.com/ Loon Lake Historical Society] maintains obituary listings for the Loon Lake and Deer Lake area residents.
  
 
==== Periodicals  ====
 
==== Periodicals  ====
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{{WA Periodicals Intro}}
  
 
The Northeast Washington Genealogical Society (NeWGS) publication, ''Pioneer Branches'' is available at the Colville Public Library (part of the Libraries of Stevens County), [http://www.acpl.lib.in.us/genealogy/index.html Allen County Public Library], and through the society. Indexes are available on Persi from 1986 to 2007.  
 
The Northeast Washington Genealogical Society (NeWGS) publication, ''Pioneer Branches'' is available at the Colville Public Library (part of the Libraries of Stevens County), [http://www.acpl.lib.in.us/genealogy/index.html Allen County Public Library], and through the society. Indexes are available on Persi from 1986 to 2007.  
  
==== Probate  ====
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==== Probate Records ====
  
Stevens County Probate records are available at the courthouse. Authorized members of the [http://www.newgs.org/ NeWGS] can research microfilms of these records.
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{{WA Probate Intro|Stevens}}
  
==== Public Records  ====
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Stevens County Probate records are available at the courthouse. Authorized members of the [http://www.newgs.org/ NeWGS] can research microfilms of these records.
  
==== Repositories ====
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FM9HM-2J9%3A1035875487%3Fcc%3D1910364 Probate Records 1915-1916] Part of: ''County  Records, 1856-2009'' 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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====Public Records====
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{{WA Public Records}}
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*Stevens [https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-22029-23018-84?cc=1404287&wc=12809235 Postmaster Index]. Part of ''Washington, Postmaster Indexes, Prior to 1965'', [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/list#page=1&countryId=58 FamilySearch Historical Collections] for Washington. (Free, browse images)
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==== Schools  ====
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{{WA School Intro}}
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All schools in Stevens County are under the [http://www.esd101.net Northeast Washington Educational Service District 101] located at Regal Center 4202 S. Regal Street, Spokane, WA 99223-7738, phone number (p.) 509-789-3800
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FM9HM-2J9%3A1035875487%3Fcc%3D1910364 School Records 1915-1932] Part of: ''County  Records, 1856-2009'' 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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*ESD 101 records at the [http://www.sos.wa.gov/archives/archives_eastern.aspx%7C Washington State Archives] at Cheney include item EA801-36-14 Pioneer Interviews (Stevens County) for 1933-47; item EA801-36-1 School Census (Stevens County) school census records for 1915-32, and other early school records. The Digital Archives also has a 1927 [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/ViewRecord.aspx?RID=67592270421650CE5AC56C04A26BF028 Spokane County School District] map.
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*The Last Bell by Alpha Naff (reprinted 2005 by NeWGS) A history of the rural schools in Stevens County ….152 pages, indexed. Available at [http://www.newgs.org/forsale.php at NeWGS] and the [http://thelosc.org Libraries of Stevens County].
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*The [http://www.crossroadsarchive.net Crossroads on the Columbia] project has school records for Chewelah, Hunters, and Loon Lake.
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*The Stevens County Historical Society [http://www.stevenscountyhistoricalsociety.org/ (SCHS)] has the October 1897 to June 1904 bound ledger record of teachers' contracts.
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*[http://www.stevenscountyhistoricalsociety.org/ SCHS] has the August 1891 to 1901 School District No. 32, Pleasant Valley Pupil Attendence Binder.
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*[http://www.stevenscountyhistoricalsociety.org/ SCHS] has the School District No. 2 Colville Schools Board of Director Minutes, May 15, 1903 – April 8, 1920
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 +
*The Internet Archives has an article about [http://www.archive.org/details/teacherscottages00presrich Washington State Teacher's Cottages] in 1915 by Josephine Corliss Preston
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'''Online Catalogs'''
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*[http://www.whitworth.edu/Library/Index.aspx Whitworth University Catalog]<br><br>
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'''Digital Collections'''
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*[http://econtent.library.ewu.edu/ Eastern Washington University Digital Collection]
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*[http://contentdm.gonzaga.edu/ Gonzaga University Digital Collection]
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*[http://content.lib.washington.edu/ University of Washington Digital Collection]
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*[http://content.wsulibs.wsu.edu/ Washington State University Digital Collection]
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==== Taxation  ====
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{{WA Tax Intro}}
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The [http://www.stevenscountyhistoricalsociety.org/ SCHS] has the county assessor's personal property tax ledgers for 1898 to 1906, 1912 to 1935, and 1931 to 1935. Images of the 1898 to 1906 ledgers are viewable on the [http://www.crossroadsarchive.net/ Crossroads on the Columbia] project.
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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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*[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FM9HM-2J9%3A1035875487%3Fcc%3D1910364 Birth Records 1891-1907] Part of: ''County  Records, 1856-2009'' 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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**Includes Birth register 1891-1907; Births 1891-1907.
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*[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/1959 Register of Births, 1891-1907] at Washinton State Digital Archives Collection (Free)
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*'''1891–1907 and 1907-1919''' Washington State Births are available at [http://www.ancestry.com Ancestry.com]$
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{{WA Birth Other Records}}
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===== Marriage  =====
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{{WA Marriage Intro}}
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*'''1859–1891''' Marriages from 3 Jun 1859 to 15 Feb 1891 are available at the [http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/Search.cfm Western States Marriage Index] website.
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*'''1860–2008''' Marriages are available at [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/default.aspx Washington State Digital Archives].
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FM9HM-2J9%3A1035875487%3Fcc%3D1910364 Marriage Records 1885-2002] Part of: ''County  Records, 1856-2009'' 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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**Includes Marriage affidavits 1886-1939; applications index 1939-2002; certificates & index 1889-1944; certificates 1912-1947; Marriage index-direct 1911-1922; Marriage licenses index-direct Marriage statistics 1911-1939; Marriage records index-direct 1885-1947; Marriage statistics 1891-1939.
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*[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/72 Marriage Records, 1859-2008] at Washington State Digital Archives Collection.(Free)
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{{FYI|Early years: People in the south end of the county went to [[Lincoln County, Washington|Lincoln]] or [[Spokane County, Washington|Spokane]] county to get married. Those in the north part of the county caught the ore train to Rossland or Trail, British Columbia.[27] (Check [[British Columbia Online Genealogy Records]].)}}<br>
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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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*[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FM9HM-2J9%3A1035875487%3Fcc%3D1910364 Death Records 1891-1907] Part of: ''County  Records, 1856-2009'' 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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*'''1891–1907''' Washington State Deaths are available at [http://www.ancestry.com Ancestry.com]$
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*'''1940–1996''' Washington State Death Index is available at [http://www.ancestry.com Ancestry.com]$
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 +
*'''Washington Death Certificates 1907-1960''' A free internet index to the 1907-1960 death certificates can be 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 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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[[Image:ArrowGreen.svg.png|left|30x30px]] "Stevens County is long and narrow, bisected by the Huckleberry Mountains running north and south through the middle. <br>
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:In the early days, travel was difficult and there were almost no roads. During the winter it was impossible to go very far, so people often did their "marrying" and "burying" in Lincoln County if they lived along the River at the south end of the county. They also went to Spokane County for supplies or to get married.
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:"The railroad was completed in 1892-93. Lincoln County seat is located in Davenport, WA 99122. The address for the proper office in Rossland is: Vital Record, Court Registry, Box 639, Rossland, B.C. VOG 1YO, phone 604-362-7368."<ref>''Basic Guide for Genealogy Research in Stevens, Ferry and Pend Oreille Counties'' by Nancy Wright, Susan DeChant, and Shirley Dodson of NeWGS.</ref>
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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/stevens/ WAGenWeb] for Stevens County
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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://www.newgs.org/cpage.php?pt=22 Northeast Washington Genealogical Society] includes Stevens County.
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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/stevens/stevens.htm USGenWeb]
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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/Stevens/ Web Sites at RootsWeb - Stevens 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/Stevens/ Linkpendium]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
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|-
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| width="30%" | [http://www.cyndislist.com/us/wa/counties/stevens/ CyndisList]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
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|-
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| width="30%" | [http://www.stateofus.com/washington/stevens-county/ StateofUS.com]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | "Stevens County, Washington Facts"  (mis-labeled "Stevens 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, Stevens|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=stevens+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=stevens+county+Washington Allen County Public Library] (Indiana)
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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, Stevens|place|disp=FamilySearch Library}} (Utah) or [http://smartcat.acpl.lib.in.us/?q=stevens+county+Washington Allen County Public Library] (Indiana) for {{PAGENAME}}. {{GetACopy tip}}
  
 
===== Courthouse  =====
 
===== Courthouse  =====
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Located in Colville (originally founded at Pinkney City)<br> [http://www.co.stevens.wa.us%7C Courthouse Stevens County Courthouse]<br> 215 S. Oak<br> Colville, WA 99114<br> Hours: Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.<br> Information line: 509-684-7512  
 
Located in Colville (originally founded at Pinkney City)<br> [http://www.co.stevens.wa.us%7C Courthouse Stevens County Courthouse]<br> 215 S. Oak<br> Colville, WA 99114<br> Hours: Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.<br> Information line: 509-684-7512  
  
Auditor's Office, Room 106, holds records including military discharges (restricted to family only), homesteads, land records from 1886 to now. Land deed records have been digitized, but they are NOT available online. The auditor staff does have digital images of the deeds and can provide them promptly upon request. Land Deed volume D is missing. For Volume D, the indexes may provide basic data like the surname plus initial of the grantor or grantee and an abbreviated land description, but some only direct the person to the actual record. The Auditor's Office can provide copies of marriage licenses although the actual records were transferred to the State Archives at Cheney.  
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Auditor's Office, Room 106, holds records including military discharges (restricted to family only), homesteads, land records from 1862 to now. Land deed records have been digitized, but they are NOT available online. The auditor staff does have digital images of the deeds and can provide them promptly upon request. Land Deed volume D is missing. For Volume D, the indexes may provide basic data like the surname plus initial of the grantor or grantee and an abbreviated land description, but some only direct the person to the actual record. The Auditor's Office can provide copies of marriage licenses although the actual records were transferred to the State Archives at Cheney.  
  
 
Stevens County Commissioner's Office, 230 East Birch St, Colville, phone 509-684-3751, holds the County Commissioner's minutes.  
 
Stevens County Commissioner's Office, 230 East Birch St, Colville, phone 509-684-3751, holds the County Commissioner's minutes.  
  
Check the inventory collection for the Eastern Washington Region of the&nbsp;[http://www.sos.wa.gov/archives/archives_eastern.aspx%7CWashington State Regional Archives] at Cheney for many of the older records births and deaths from 1886 on, marriage records, mining patents, mortgage recordings, as these have been moved to the archives for safekeeping.  
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Check the inventory collection for the Eastern Washington Region of the [http://www.sos.wa.gov/archives/archives_eastern.aspx%7CWashington State Regional Archives] at Cheney for many of the older records births and deaths from 1886 on, marriage records, mining patents, mortgage recordings, as these have been moved to the archives for safekeeping.  
  
 
Court Clerk Office, phone 509-684-7575 holds records for divorce, naturalization, and court cases from 1889. The [http://www.newgs.org/ NeWGS] volunteers have permission to access the probate microfilms and can make copies of these records upon request.  
 
Court Clerk Office, phone 509-684-7575 holds records for divorce, naturalization, and court cases from 1889. The [http://www.newgs.org/ NeWGS] volunteers have permission to access the probate microfilms and can make copies of these records upon request.  
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===== Family History Centers  =====
 
===== Family History Centers  =====
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
*[[Colville Washington Family History Center]]
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*[[Colville Washington Family History Center]] 260 E Juniper, Colville, WA 99114 United States [https://www.google.com/maps/preview#!q=260+E+Juniper%2C+Colville%2C+WA+99114+&data=!4m15!2m14!1m13!1s0x53627d7ae7e9e4e3%3A0x95732d7c1037ce38!3m8!1m3!1d3173!2d-117.2291567!3d47.6191785!3m2!1i1297!2i906!4f13.1!4m2!3d48.5344674!4d-117.9028586 Location Map]
  
 
===== Libraries  =====
 
===== Libraries  =====
  
The [http://thelosc.org/ Libraries of Stevens County] (formerly the Stevens County Rural Library District) has branches in Chewelah, Colville, Hunters, Kettle Falls, Lakeside, Loon Lake, Northport, Springdale, and a station at Onion Creek.
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{{WALibraries Intro}}
  
===== Museums  =====
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The [http://www.thelosc.org/ Libraries of Stevens County], formerly the Stevens County Rural Library District,&nbsp;manages county branches.
  
===== Societies  =====
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:[http://www.thelosc.org/chewelah Chewelah Public Library], 307 East Clay Ave, Chewelah 99109 Phone: (509) 935-6805
  
'''Genealogical Societies'''
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::Online Resources:
  
*[http://www.ewgsi.org/ Eastern Washington Genealogical Society]
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::Unique Collections: Digital copies of recent Chewelah Independent newspapers.
  
*[http://www.newgs.org Northeast Washington Genealogical Society] assists those researching in Ferry, Pend Oreille, and Stevens County. Classes and meetings are held the second Wednesday of the month. Mailing address is Northeast Washington Genealogical Society, c/o Colville Public Library, 195 S Oak, Colville, WA 99114.
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:[http://www.thelosc.org/colville Colville Public Library], 195 South Oak, Colville 99114 Phone: (509) 684-6620
  
The NeWGS publication, ''Pioneer Branches'' is available at the Colville Public Library (part of the [http://thelosc.org/ Libraries of Stevens County]), [http://www.acpl.lib.in.us/genealogy/index.html Allen County Public Library], and through the society. Indexes are available on PERSI from 1986 to 2007.
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::Online Resources:
  
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wasgs/ Washington State Genealogical Society]
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::Unique Collections: Home for the Northeast Washington Genealogical Society books, many local history books, microfilms of Colville Examiner newspapers, U. S. Fort Colville military records, and Washington State Death Index.
  
'''Historical Societies'''
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:[http://www.thelosc.org/onioncreek Onion Creek Library], 2191 Clugston-Onion Cr. Rd., Colville 99114 Phone: (877) 251-3300
  
*[http://www.cdphs.org/ Clayton/Deer Park Historical Society] has records for the Williams Valley area and Town of Clayton.
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::Online Resources:
  
*[http://www.loonlakehistoricalsociety.com/ Loon Lake Historical Society] has an extensive collection of photographs, ledgers, loose papers, and family histories for the Loon Lake and Deer Lake areas, and a number of Clayton documents.
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::Unique Collections:
  
*[http://www.stevenscountyhistoricalsociety.org%7C Stevens County Historical Society] at 700 N Wynne St. P.O. Box 25, Colville, WA 99114 maintains the Keller House and Stevens County Museum. Researchers at the museum's Jim McMillan Research and Reference Library provides detailed reports on research requests.
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:[http://www.thelosc.org/hunters Hunters Public Library], 6209 Columbia River Rd., Hunters 99129 Phone: (509) 233-3016
  
*[http://www.washingtonhistory.org/default.aspx Washington State Historical Society]
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::Online Resources:
  
===== Schools  =====
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::Unique Collections:
  
All schools in Stevens County are under the [http://www.esd101.net Northeast Washington Educational Service District 101] located at Regal Center 4202 S. Regal Street, Spokane, WA 99223-7738, phone number (p.) 509-789-3800
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:[http://www.thelosc.org/kettlefalls Kettle Falls Public Library]<span style="line-height: 1.5em;">, 605 Meyers St., Kettle Falls 99141 Phone: (509) 738-6817</span>
  
*ESD 101 records at the [http://www.sos.wa.gov/archives/archives_eastern.aspx%7C Washington State Archives] at Cheney include item EA801-36-14 Pioneer Interviews (Stevens County) for 1933-47; item EA801-36-1 School Census (Stevens County) school census records for 1915-32, and other early school records. The Digital Archives also has a 1927 [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/ViewRecord.aspx?RID=67592270421650CE5AC56C04A26BF028 Spokane County School District] map.
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::Online Resources:
  
*The Last Bell by Alpha Naff (reprinted 2005 by NeWGS) A history of the rural schools in Stevens County ….152 pages, indexed. Available at [http://www.newgs.org/forsale.php at NeWGS] and the [http://thelosc.org Libraries of Stevens County]. The [http://www.crossroadsarchive.net Crossroads on the Columbia] project has school records for Chewelah, Hunters, and Loon Lake.
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::Unique Collections: Microfilms of local newspapers and large collection of local history books.
  
*The Stevens County Historical Society [http://www.stevenscountyhistoricalsociety.org/ (SCHS)] has the October 1897 to June 1904 bound ledger record of teachers' contracts&nbsp;
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:[http://www.thelosc.org/ Libraries of Stevens County], 4008 Cedar St., Loon Lake 99148 Phone: (509) 233-9621
  
*[http://www.stevenscountyhistoricalsociety.org/ SCHS] has the August 1891 to 1901 School District No. 32, Pleasant Valley Pupil Attendence Binder.
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::Online Resources:
  
*[http://www.stevenscountyhistoricalsociety.org/ SCHS] has the School District No. 2 Colville Schools Board of Director Minutes, May 15, 1903 – April 8, 1920
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::Unique Collections: [http://www.thelosc.org/quicklinks Links to resources]
  
*The Internet Archives has an article about [http://www.archive.org/details/teacherscottages00presrich Washington State Teacher's Cottages] in 1915 by Josephine Corliss Preston
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:[http://www.thelosc.org/loonlake Loon Lake Library,] 4008 Cedar St., Loon Lake 99148 Phone: (509) 233-3016
  
'''Online Catalogs'''
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::Online Resources:
  
*[http://www.whitworth.edu/Library/Index.aspx Whitworth University Catalog]<br><br>
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::Unique Collections:
  
'''Digital Collections'''
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:[http://www.thelosc.org/lakeside Lakeside Community Library], 6176 Hwy 291, Nine Mile Falls 99026 Phone: (509) 276-3329
  
*[http://econtent.library.ewu.edu/ Eastern Washington University Digital Collection]
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::Online Resources:
*[http://contentdm.gonzaga.edu/ Gonzaga University Digital Collection]
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*[http://content.lib.washington.edu/ University of Washington Digital Collection]
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*[http://content.wsulibs.wsu.edu/ Washington State University Digital Collection]
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==== Taxation  ====
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::Unique Collections:
  
The [http://www.stevenscountyhistoricalsociety.org/ SCHS] has the county assessor's personal property tax ledgers for 1898 to 1906, 1912 to 1935, and 1931 to 1935. Images of the 1898 ledger are viewable on the [http://www.crossroadsarchive.net/ Crossroads on the Columbia] project.
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:[http://www.thelosc.org/northport Northport Community Library], 311 Columbia Ave., Northport 99157 Phone: (509) 732-8928
  
==== Vital Records  ====
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::Online Resources:
  
===== Birth  =====
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::Unique Collections:
  
:*'''1891–1907''' Washington State Births are available at [http://www.ancestry.com Ancestry.com]$
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:[http://www.scrld.org/ Wellpinit Library Station], , Wellpinit 99040 Phone: (877) 231-5500
:*'''1907–1919''' Washington State Births are available at [http://www.ancestry.com Ancestry.com]$
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===== Marriage  =====
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::Online Resources:
  
:*'''1859–1891''' Marriages from 3 Jun 1859 to 15 Feb 1891 are available at the [http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/Search.cfm Western States Marriage Index] website.
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::Unique Collections:
:*'''1860–2008''' Marriages are available at [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/default.aspx Washington State Digital Archives].
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===== Death =====
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===== Museums =====
  
:*'''1891–1907''' Washington State Deaths are available at [http://www.ancestry.com Ancestry.com]$
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{{WA Museums Intro}}
:*'''1940–1996''' Washington State Death Index is available at [http://www.ancestry.com Ancestry.com]$
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:*'''Washington Death Certificates 1907-1960''' A free internet index to the 1907-1960 death certificates can be 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 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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:*[http://www.stevenscountyhistoricalsociety.org/ Stevens County Historical Society]
  
Notes from ''Basic Guide for Genealogy Research in Stevens, Ferry &amp; Pend Oreille Counties'' by Nancy Wright, Susan DeChant, and Shirley Dodson of NeWGS:<br>
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===== Societies  =====
  
"Stevens County is long and narrow, bisected by the Huckleberry Mountains running north and south through the middle. In the early days, travel was difficult and there were almost no roads. During the winter it was impossible to go very far, so people often did their "marrying" and "burying" in Lincoln County if they lived along the River at the south end of the county. They also went to Spokane County for supplies or to get married.<br>
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{{WA Societies Intro}}
  
"If they lived in the north end of the county, they caught the ore train going to the smelter in Trail, British Columbia, got off at Rossland, had time to get married and catch the train on its return trip to the states. All this could be done in time to get home for evening chores.<br>
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'''Genealogical Societies'''
  
"The railroad was completed in 1892-93. Lincoln County seat is located in Davenport, WA 99122. The address for the proper office in Rossland is: Vital Record, Court Registry, Box 639, Rossland, B.C. VOG 1YO, phone 604-362-7368."
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*[http://www.ewgsi.org/ Eastern Washington Genealogical Society]
  
==== Websites  ====
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*[http://www.newgs.org Northeast Washington Genealogical Society] assists those researching in Ferry, Pend Oreille, and Stevens County. Classes and meetings are held the second Wednesday of the month. Mailing address is Northeast Washington Genealogical Society, c/o Colville Public Library, 195 S Oak, Colville, WA 99114.
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**The NeWGS publication, ''Pioneer Branches'' is available at the Colville Public Library (part of the [http://thelosc.org/ Libraries of Stevens County]), [http://www.acpl.lib.in.us/genealogy/index.html Allen County Public Library], and through the society. Indexes are available on PERSI from 1986 to 2007.
  
*[http://crossroadsarchive.org Crossroads on the Columbia Preserve America Project Interpretive Section]
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wasgs/ Washington State Genealogical Society]
*[http://crossroadsarchive.net Crossroads on the Columbia Preserve America Project Image Collection Section]
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*[http://www.danekasfuneralchapel.com Danekas Funeral Chapel and Crematory]
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*{{FHL|Washington%2C+Stevens|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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*[http://www.historylink.org/index.cfm The Free Online Encyclopedia of Washington State History]
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*[http://www.theheritagenetwork.org/pages/default.asp The Heritage Network] volunteer, non-profit organization formed to assist heritage groups discover and preserve historical resources within their respective communities in Northeast Washington and British Columbia Canada
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/WA/Stevens/ Stevens County, Washington Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
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*[http://www.wagenweb.org/stevens US GenWeb Stevens County Washington]
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*[http://www.westernersspokane.org/ The Westerner Spokane Corral]
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=== Places  ===
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'''Historical Societies'''
  
'''Incorporated communities'''
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*[http://www.cdphs.org/ Clayton/Deer Park Historical Society] has records for the Williams Valley area and Town of Clayton.
  
*[http://www.cityofchewelah.org Chewelah] zip code 99109, population 2,200
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*[http://www.loonlakehistoricalsociety.com/ Loon Lake Historical Society] has an extensive collection of photographs, ledgers, loose papers, and family histories for the Loon Lake and Deer Lake areas, and a number of Clayton documents.
*[http://www.colville.wa.us/default.htm Colville] zip code 99114, population 5,000
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*[http://www.kettlefalls.com Kettle Falls] zip code 99141, population 1,500
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*[http://www.townofmarcus.com/ Marcus] zip code 99151, population 117
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*[http://www.northportwa.us Northport] zip code 99157, population 336
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Springdale,_Washington Springdale] zip code 99173, population 283<br><br>
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'''Unincorporated communities with a Post Office'''
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*[http://www.stevenscountyhistoricalsociety.org/pag/home/home.html Stevens County Historical Society] at 700 N Wynne St. P.O. Box 25, Colville, WA 99114 maintains the Keller House and Stevens County Museum. Researchers at the museum's Jim McMillan Research and Reference Library provides detailed reports on research requests.
  
*Addy 99109
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*[http://www.washingtonhistory.org/default.aspx Washington State Historical Society]
*Clayton 99110
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*Evans 99126
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*Ford 99013
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*Fruitland 99129
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*Gifford 99131
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*Hunters 99137
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*Loon Lake 99148
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*Rice 99167
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*Tumtum 99034
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*Valley 99181
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*Wellpinit 99040<br><br>
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'''Communities without a Post Office'''
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*Arden
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=== Towns and Communities  ===
*Cedonia
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*Deer Lake
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*Echo
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*Lakeside
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*Onion Creek
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*Suncrest<br><br>
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[http://crossroadsarchive.org/maps/old-towns Historical communities] that no longer exist
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See a list of towns and communities in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stevens_County,_Washington#Census-recognized_communities Stevens County] per Wikipedia.
  
 
=== References  ===
 
=== References  ===

Latest revision as of 23:04, 13 February 2014

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Long Lake Dam, Stevens County, Washington State.


Guide to Stevens County, Washington genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records, since 1863, when the county was formed.

County QuickStart:


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Facts
Founded January 20, 1863
County Seat Colville
Courthouse
Address Located in Colville (originally founded at Pinkney City)
Courthouse Stevens County Courthouse
215 S. Oak
Colville, WA 99114
Stevens County Website

Contents

County Overview

Parent County(s)

Stevens County, Washington was created 20 January 1863 from Walla Walla County.[1]

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

Boundary Changes

Neighboring Counties

Stevens County, Washington is surrounded by: Ferry (west) | Lincoln (southwest) | Pend Oreille (east) | Spokane (south) | British Columbia (north)

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Dates of Major County Records

Note: The dates you see below have not yet been adapted to Stevens County, Washington.

Beginning dates for major county records[4]
Birth
Marriage
Death
Land
Probate
Court
1891*
1859*
1891*
1862
1887
1882
* For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries

Topics

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.



Crossroads on the Columbia List of Cemeteries

Query cemeteries in the neighboring counties of Ferry, Pend Oreille, and Spokane, for additional burial locations.

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

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Colville 260 E. Juniper, Colville, WA 99114.

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

1885–1889 Stevens County Court Case Index is available at the Washington State Digital Archives

  • Court Records1882-1983 Part of: County Records, 1856-2009 FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
    • See what genealogical information may be in these records.
    • Includes Appearance docket 1896-1962; District and Superior Court records 1889-1892; District Court records 1882-1889; Miscellaneous court records 1977-1983.
  • Stevens 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

 

  • Pacific Coast Directory, 1867 is available at Ancestry.com ($).
  • R.L. Polk's Directory of Stevens County, Washington, 1909-1910, at SCHS.
  • R.L. Polk's Directory of Stevens, Pend Oreille and Ferry Counties 1911-1912 at Crossroads on the Columbia
  • R.L. Polk's Directory of Stevens, Pend Oreille and Ferry Counties 1916-17, at SCHS.
  • Telephone Directories for Stevens, Ferry and Pend Oreille Counties for 1929 and 1930
  • 1932 Interstate Telephone Company directory for Davenport, Reardan, Medical Lake, Hunters, and Kettle Falls is available at Crossroads on the Columbia
  • Other telephone directories available at Crossroads on the Columbia

Emigration and Immigration

 

Ethnic, Political or Religious Groups

 

American Indian

Many Indian tribes came to the area to fish at Kettle Falls[5]. Colville Indians oversaw the salmon catch at Kettle Falls. The Spokane Tribe and Spokane Indian Reservation is located in southwestern Stevens County. A small group of the Kalispel Tribe lived at Indian Ridge south of Chewelah[6].

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.

Genealogy Research Aids

  • Basic Guide for Genealogy Research in Stevens, Ferry and Pend Oreille Counties by Nancy Wright, Susan DeChant, and Shirley Dodson of NeWGS.

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

Land claimed by British and American governments

  • The Heritage Network volunteer, non-profit organization formed to assist heritage groups discover and preserve historical resources within their respective communities in Northeast Washington and British Columbia Canada
  • Numerous local history books are available through Libraries of Stevens County, for purchase from NeWGS and

SCHS. Query World Cat.com for Stevens County (Wash.) History for a list of titles.

History Timeline

See also Historical County Boundaries from Newberry Library[7],

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. Stevens County -- Thumbnail History, History Link.org Essay 7995.

  • 1811 - David Thompson, Northwest Company visited the area bringing in seed to the Marcus area.[8]
  • 1814 - Ross Cox visits the area and local tribes
  • 1818 - With the signing of the Treaty of 1818, British and American jointly claimed the area which includes Stevens County.
  • 1825 - Hudson's Bay Company began construction of Fort Colvile.[9]
  • 1828 - Hudson's Bay Company's Fort Colville existed from 1828 to 1856. A map of the Hudson Bay Company land claims for Fort Colvile and their trappers is available at the Stevens County Historical Society.
  • 1838 - Missionaries Walker and Eells established Tshimakain Mission near present day Ford.[10]
  • 1845 - Catholic missionaries established a mission near Chewelah.[11]
  • 1846 Aug 5 - Oregon Treaty ended border dispute between US and Great Britain[12] creating a border between the two countries along the 49th parallel.
  • 1848 Aug 14 - The U.S. portion was organized as the Oregon Territory
  • 1853 Feb 8 - The Washington Territory was formed February 8, 1853.
  • 1854 Apr 25 - Walla Walla County was created 25 April 1954 from Clark County and Skamania County. The area included current Stevens County.[13]
  • 1856 - Prior to 1856, the Hudson's Bay Company controlled most of the land in what is now Stevens County. Their records are available through The Manitoba Archives and The National Archives (UK). Map showing HBC Fort Colvile holdings at Crossroads on the Columbia.
  • 1858 Jan 29 - Spokane County (including current area of Stevens County) was created from Walla Walla County. [14]
  • 1858 - A gold strike in British Columbia brought miners through the area, which triggered unrest with the local Indians and started the Indian War of 1858.
  • 1859 - Harney's Depot, US Army Fort Colville established along with Pinkney City and the first post office; Fort Walla Walla Fort Colville Military (Wagon) Road built by Brevet Major Pinkney Lugenbeel and U.S. Army soldiers.[15]
  • 1859 - U. S. Northwest Boundary Commission moved to Pinkney City and the British Boundary Commission moved to Marcus for their respective portions of the boundary survey from Port Roberts to the summit of the Rocky Mountains. [16]
  • 1860 - Spokane County seat was located near Pinkney City.[17]
  • 1863 Jan 20 - Stevens County was created. It covered current Okanogan and Ferry Counties and the portion of current Stevens County between the Kettle River and Columbia River.[18]
  • 1864 Jan 19 - Spokane County was disorganized and placed under Stevens County. County went from summit of Cascade Mountains to the Wenachee River, to the Columbia River, along the Snake River, to the Idaho Territory, then up to the 49th parallel. [19]
  • 1871 - Hudson's Bay Company Fort Colvile ended its occupation[20]
  • 1879 - Spokane County broken off from Stevens County
  • 1881 - 1st Lt Thomas Symons examinated the Columbia River and reported on its navigability.
  • 1882 - US Fort Colville disbanded.[21]
  • 1889 Nov 11 - Washington State was formed November 11, 1889.
  • 1892-1893 - The railroad was completed in 1892-93.[22]
  • 1899 Feb 21 - Ferry County was created from Stevens County.[23]
  • 1909-1910 - Colville River dredged opening up agriculture in the area
  • 1911 Mar 1 - Pend Oreille County was created bringing us to what is Stevens County today.[24]

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.

Stevens County Auditor's Office land records start 1862. Earliest land records were recorded under the Preemption Art of 1841. All the county land records have been digitized and available upon request.

Original homestead records are available at the Bureau of Land Management Federal Land Records Website. The first general land office patent listed on this website was granted May 1884.
To view a Township, Range, Section map within Stevens County *Go to the Stevens County Assessor's website *Look for Parcel Information on Assessor's/Treasurer's Site" and click on it. Agree to the terms of use, click on "I Agree" at least twice when first using this feature. *Enter a parcel number, legal description, or address. In Mapsifter, zoom in close enough to see the blue lines indicating property lines. If not sure of the specific Township/Range, Parcel number, or legal description, click on the Mapsifter tab and it will call up a map of the county. Click on it and then either use the mouse or the control device on the bottom right to zoom and move about the map. These records are current to five years back and provide a lot of detail about the property and current owners.

Bureau of Land Managment General Land Records Office has an explanation of the township/range system, as does Wikipedia;as well as Family Search Wiki.

The BLM also has Cadastral and other survey information at Oregon and Washington Land Status and Cadastral Record, please note this is separate from the survey dropdown on the main glorecords.blm.gov page. To aid in search, the northwest corner of the county is in township 40N Range 36E; the northeast corner is township 40N range 42E; the southwest corner is township 28N range 35E; and the southeast corner is in township 27N range 42E. Per the records clerk at the BLM Spokane Office (Fancher Road) they have NARA microfilms of the railroad land transactions for their assigned area to include Stevens County. Convert latitude and longitude of the desired location to township/range using the converter at Earthpoint.

  • Land and Property 1860-1984 Part of: County Records, 1856-2009 FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
    • See what genealogical information may be in these records.
    • Includes Chattel mortgage index 1886-1984; Inventory of separate property of women 1887-1904; Miscellaneous clerk records 1860-1976.

Maps

 

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This map highlights the county within the state of Washington. The map soon will have inter-active links.

  • Historic USGS topographical maps. The 1941 maps along the Columbia River show the river and towns prior to Lake Roosevelt forming as well as the lake after it forms.
  • 1880 map of Oregon & Washington Territory, issued by the Oregon Railway and Navigation Co. is available at Ancestry.com$
  • 1890 map of the Northern Pacific Railroad Company including Eastern Washington is available at Ancestry.com$
  • 1910 Map of the Spokane Indian Reservation is available at Ancestry.com$

Atlases, Gazetteers, Maps held by Stevens County Historical Society

  • Two early County Engineer's maps
  • Undated early partly platted lower British Columbia, Columbia River
  • 1810-1871 coast to coast territory covered by artist Paul Kane for Hudson Bay
  • 1863 state map showing which areas have been surveyed
  • 1863 county map showing place names
  • 1870 Colville and north end
  • 1870-1883 Colville area, shows cemeteries, etc.
  • 1887 survey of military Fort Colville
  • 1890 two sections of Meyers Falls
  • 1903 Colville area, shows cemeteries, etc
  • 1910 railroad map, Stevens and Bonner County, Idaho
  • 1911 section map
  • 1912 Original Triplicate Copy of the Northwesten Mutual Fire Association, Seattle Washington (Sanborn Maps) for Colville with viewable corrections.
  • 1929 Original Triplicate Copy of the Northwesten Mutual Fire Association, Seattle Washington (Sanborn Maps) Northport with viewable corrections.
  • 1952 county topography map
  • 1963 Metsker's book of maps
  • Original Stevens County plat maps (complete collection)
  • Colville region topography
  • Old Colville City map
  • City of Colville
  • Map of Kettle Falls
  • Sanborn Insurnance Maps (shows buildings)
  • State Highway Map

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

 

The Washington State Department of Military Museum details the formation and history of the territorial militia and national guard units in seven pdf files.

Fort Colville, located three miles northeast of the current City of Colville, was established June 20, 1859. Initial troops were from the Company A and Company E of the Ninth Infantry under command of Capt. Pinkney Lugenbeel. U.S. Fort Colville was ordered closed September 20, 1882.

More information about the U.S. troops and members of the American Border Commission is available in Colville Collection Book Two: Military Fort Colville by Patrick J. Graham A history of Military Fort Colville (1859-1882) including its officers, and historical manuscripts of events of that period in Colville and northeastern Washington. ....169 pages plus index. Book is available at NeWGS

A report to Congress regarding expenditures of the Northwest Boundary Commission details all the vendors throughout the Northwest Territory for items and services purchased and employees from 1857 to 1869. Another version is available on Google Books, search for 40th Congress 3d Session House of Representatives Ex. Doc No. 86 Northwest Boundary Commission. Colville Valley merchants and farmers provided support to the commission.

Civil War Veterans Buried in Stevens County by Roger W. May Information on almost 300 veterans who are buried in or have lived in Stevens County ….219 pages with 217 photos. Book is available at NeWGS

"World War II Honor List of Dead and Missing Army and Army Air Forces Personnel from Washington" at the National Archives. Query for the exact title; go to the Digital Copies tab, and page through to Stevens County to view those service members who died during WWII.

Stevens County Vietnam War Casualties at USGenWeb.

  • Military Records 1892-1928 Part of: County Records, 1856-2009 FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
    • See what genealogical information may be in these records.
    • Includes Certificates of adjustment for veterans 1925-1928; Military register 1892-1893.

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.

  • Naturalization and Citizenship 1868-1950 Part of: County Records, 1856-2009 FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
    • See what genealogical information may be in these records.
    • Includes Affidavits of petitioner and witnesses 1868-1906; Declarations of intention 1886-1946; Declarations of intention, petition evidence 1885-1946; Naturalization index 1882-1907; Petition evidence, special naturalizations, orders of the court 1914-1950; Petitions for naturalization 1888-1951; Petitions for naturalization and petition evidence 1890-1929.

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 Stevens County, Washington newspapers in online catalogs like:

  • The Statesman-Examiner is published weekly in Colville. Precursors to this newspaper, the Colville Republican, Stevens County Standard, the Colville Index, and the Stevens County Statesman-Index for the 1892 to 1897 time frame are available in pdf format at Crossroads on the Columbia items 12945 to 13949.
  • The Chewelah Independent has been published weekly since 1903. Microfilms of the newspaper up to 1960 are available at the Kettle Falls Public Library. The Chewelah Public Library has digital copies of the newpaper from 2010 to current.

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:

The Stevens County Historical Society and the Northeast Washington Genealogical Society maintain separate newspaper obituary lists for deaths recorded for Stevens County-connected individuals. The Loon Lake Historical Society maintains obituary listings for the Loon Lake and Deer Lake area residents.

Periodicals

 

The Northeast Washington Genealogical Society (NeWGS) publication, Pioneer Branches is available at the Colville Public Library (part of the Libraries of Stevens County), Allen County Public Library, and through the society. Indexes are available on Persi from 1986 to 2007.

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.

Stevens County Probate records are available at the courthouse. Authorized members of the NeWGS can research microfilms of these 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.

Schools

 

All schools in Stevens County are under the Northeast Washington Educational Service District 101 located at Regal Center 4202 S. Regal Street, Spokane, WA 99223-7738, phone number (p.) 509-789-3800

  • ESD 101 records at the Washington State Archives at Cheney include item EA801-36-14 Pioneer Interviews (Stevens County) for 1933-47; item EA801-36-1 School Census (Stevens County) school census records for 1915-32, and other early school records. The Digital Archives also has a 1927 Spokane County School District map.
  • The Stevens County Historical Society (SCHS) has the October 1897 to June 1904 bound ledger record of teachers' contracts.
  • SCHS has the August 1891 to 1901 School District No. 32, Pleasant Valley Pupil Attendence Binder.
  • SCHS has the School District No. 2 Colville Schools Board of Director Minutes, May 15, 1903 – April 8, 1920

Online Catalogs

Digital Collections

Taxation

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

The SCHS has the county assessor's personal property tax ledgers for 1898 to 1906, 1912 to 1935, and 1931 to 1935. Images of the 1898 to 1906 ledgers are viewable on the Crossroads on the Columbia project.

Vital Records

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

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

Birth
Birth Records reveal
Yes or Maybe
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Birth Date and Place Green check.png  
Parent's Names Green check.png  
Mother's Maiden Name Green check.png  
Parent's Ages   Green check.png
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Name of Doctor or Midwife Green check.png  

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.[25]

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

  • 1891–1907 and 1907-1919 Washington State Births are available at Ancestry.com$

For earlier or unrecorded births, search:


Marriage
Marriage Records reveal
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Names of Bride and Groom Green check.png  
Ages Green check.png  
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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.

  • Marriage Records 1885-2002 Part of: County Records, 1856-2009 FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
    • See what genealogical information may be in these records.
    • Includes Marriage affidavits 1886-1939; applications index 1939-2002; certificates & index 1889-1944; certificates 1912-1947; Marriage index-direct 1911-1922; Marriage licenses index-direct Marriage statistics 1911-1939; Marriage records index-direct 1885-1947; Marriage statistics 1891-1939.

Divorce

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

Death
Death Records reveal
Yes or Maybe
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Name of Deceased Green check.png  
Death Date and Place Green check.png  
Age or Birth Date and Place Green check.png  
Parent's Names Green check.png  
Mother's Maiden Name Green check.png  
Name of Spouse   Green check.png
Residence Green check.png  
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In 1891, coroners, physicians and midwives were to report (or return) all births and deaths under their supervision to County Auditors. On July 1, 1907, the State took over....[26]

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

  • 1891–1907 Washington State Deaths are available at Ancestry.com$
  • 1940–1996 Washington State Death Index is available at Ancestry.com$
  • Washington Death Certificates 1907-1960 A free internet index to the 1907-1960 death certificates can be found at FamilySearch Record Search, no images are available. A transcribed death certificate may contain such information as name of the deceased, date and place of death, age, gender, birth date and birth place, mother’s maiden name and name of spouse, place of residence, occupation and certificate numbers.
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"Stevens County is long and narrow, bisected by the Huckleberry Mountains running north and south through the middle.
In the early days, travel was difficult and there were almost no roads. During the winter it was impossible to go very far, so people often did their "marrying" and "burying" in Lincoln County if they lived along the River at the south end of the county. They also went to Spokane County for supplies or to get married.
"The railroad was completed in 1892-93. Lincoln County seat is located in Davenport, WA 99122. The address for the proper office in Rossland is: Vital Record, Court Registry, Box 639, Rossland, B.C. VOG 1YO, phone 604-362-7368."[27]

Voting Registers

 

Websites


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

 

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

Courthouse

Located in Colville (originally founded at Pinkney City)
Courthouse Stevens County Courthouse
215 S. Oak
Colville, WA 99114
Hours: Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Information line: 509-684-7512

Auditor's Office, Room 106, holds records including military discharges (restricted to family only), homesteads, land records from 1862 to now. Land deed records have been digitized, but they are NOT available online. The auditor staff does have digital images of the deeds and can provide them promptly upon request. Land Deed volume D is missing. For Volume D, the indexes may provide basic data like the surname plus initial of the grantor or grantee and an abbreviated land description, but some only direct the person to the actual record. The Auditor's Office can provide copies of marriage licenses although the actual records were transferred to the State Archives at Cheney.

Stevens County Commissioner's Office, 230 East Birch St, Colville, phone 509-684-3751, holds the County Commissioner's minutes.

Check the inventory collection for the Eastern Washington Region of the State Regional Archives at Cheney for many of the older records births and deaths from 1886 on, marriage records, mining patents, mortgage recordings, as these have been moved to the archives for safekeeping.

Court Clerk Office, phone 509-684-7575 holds records for divorce, naturalization, and court cases from 1889. The NeWGS volunteers have permission to access the probate microfilms and can make copies of these records upon request.

Family History Centers

Centers in Stevens County, Washington: (If no centers are listed, see Neighboring Counties)

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.


The Libraries of Stevens County, formerly the Stevens County Rural Library District, manages county branches.

Chewelah Public Library, 307 East Clay Ave, Chewelah 99109 Phone: (509) 935-6805
Online Resources:
Unique Collections: Digital copies of recent Chewelah Independent newspapers.
Colville Public Library, 195 South Oak, Colville 99114 Phone: (509) 684-6620
Online Resources:
Unique Collections: Home for the Northeast Washington Genealogical Society books, many local history books, microfilms of Colville Examiner newspapers, U. S. Fort Colville military records, and Washington State Death Index.
Onion Creek Library, 2191 Clugston-Onion Cr. Rd., Colville 99114 Phone: (877) 251-3300
Online Resources:
Unique Collections:
Hunters Public Library, 6209 Columbia River Rd., Hunters 99129 Phone: (509) 233-3016
Online Resources:
Unique Collections:
Kettle Falls Public Library, 605 Meyers St., Kettle Falls 99141 Phone: (509) 738-6817
Online Resources:
Unique Collections: Microfilms of local newspapers and large collection of local history books.
Libraries of Stevens County, 4008 Cedar St., Loon Lake 99148 Phone: (509) 233-9621
Online Resources:
Unique Collections: Links to resources
Loon Lake Library, 4008 Cedar St., Loon Lake 99148 Phone: (509) 233-3016
Online Resources:
Unique Collections:
Lakeside Community Library, 6176 Hwy 291, Nine Mile Falls 99026 Phone: (509) 276-3329
Online Resources:
Unique Collections:
Northport Community Library, 311 Columbia Ave., Northport 99157 Phone: (509) 732-8928
Online Resources:
Unique Collections:
Wellpinit Library Station, , Wellpinit 99040 Phone: (877) 231-5500
Online Resources:
Unique Collections:
Museums

 

Societies

 

Genealogical Societies

  • Northeast Washington Genealogical Society assists those researching in Ferry, Pend Oreille, and Stevens County. Classes and meetings are held the second Wednesday of the month. Mailing address is Northeast Washington Genealogical Society, c/o Colville Public Library, 195 S Oak, Colville, WA 99114.

Historical Societies

  • Loon Lake Historical Society has an extensive collection of photographs, ledgers, loose papers, and family histories for the Loon Lake and Deer Lake areas, and a number of Clayton documents.
  • Stevens County Historical Society at 700 N Wynne St. P.O. Box 25, Colville, WA 99114 maintains the Keller House and Stevens County Museum. Researchers at the museum's Jim McMillan Research and Reference Library provides detailed reports on research requests.

Towns and Communities

See a list of towns and communities in Stevens 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. 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. HistoryLink.org Essay 7577
  6. HistoryLink.org Essay 9534
  7. John H. Long, Atlas of Historical County Boundaries (Chicago: Newberry Library, 2006) online.
  8. HistoryLink.org Essay 8677
  9. HistoryLink.org Essay 7993
  10. HistoryLink.org Essay 7204
  11. HistoryLink.org Essay 9534
  12. HistoryLink.org Essay 5247
  13. Washington State Archives p. 716-717.
  14. Washington State Achives, P.621.
  15. HistoryLink.org Essay 7992
  16. Joseph S. Harris and the U. S. Northwest Boundary Commission 1857-61, Streeter, Anne P., Trafford On Demand Publication, 2012.
  17. HistoryLink.org Essay 7995
  18. Washington State Archives. p. 6.
  19. Washington State Archives. p. 70.
  20. HistoryLink.org Essay 7993
  21. HistoryLink.org Essay 7992
  22. Basic Guide for Genealogy Research in Stevens, Ferry and Pend Oreille Counties by Nancy Wright, Susan DeChant, and Shirley Dodson of NeWGS.
  23. Washington State Archives, p. 26-29.
  24. Washington State Archives. p. 98-106.
  25. Washington State Archives - Digital Archives, Birth Records, About this Collection
  26. About Death Records at Washington State Digital Archives.
  27. Basic Guide for Genealogy Research in Stevens, Ferry and Pend Oreille Counties by Nancy Wright, Susan DeChant, and Shirley Dodson of NeWGS.

 

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