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Access the records: Washington, Cowlitz County Civil Court Dockets, 1876-1951 .
This collection contains docket books from the Cowlitz County Superior Court and from the Territory of Washington, Second Judicial District Court. The dockets are a calendar of court actions in civil cases including primarily divorces and disputed estates. The page numbers refer to pages in the docket book, the file number range refers to the cases included in the docket book. There is no name index to these records.
Citation for This Collection
- Cowlitz County Superior Court. Washington, Cowlitz County Civil Court Records. Washington State Archives, Olympia, Washington, United States.
The records generally contain the following information:
- Names of interested parties
- Date of court proceeding or transaction
- Details of the case
- Amount of money exchanged or paid
- Names of witnesses
How to Use the Record
To begin your search it is helpful to know:
- The place of residence
- The court date
- The names of interested individuals
Search the Collection
To search the collection, select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒ Select the Record Category
⇒ Select the Record Type, Volume, and Year Range which takes you to the images.
Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you Compare the information you find in the probate records to what you already know about your ancestors to determine which record is about your ancestor. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.
Using the Information
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. For example:
- Use the date and locality to search for census and church records.
- Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname as the deceased; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
- Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have been in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
- When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
Tips to Keep in Mind
- Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after 1900.
- There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.
- Witnesses in court cases may be close relatives.
Unable to Find Your Ancestor?
- Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
- Check for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. Local historical and genealogical groups also compile indexes to local records .
- Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
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