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Available and Lost Census Schedules

Washington: Existing and Lost Federal Census Schedules[1][2][3]
Exact Date Population Schedules Veterans/ Pensioners Slave Owners Mortality Agricultural Industrial/ Manufacturers Defective Indian[4]
1940 Apr 1 Public release in 2012 - - - - - - -
1930 Apr 1 Exist - - - - - - -
1920 Jan 1 Exist - - - - - - -
1910 Apr 15 Exist - - - - - - Exist
1900 Jun 1 Exist - - - - - - Exist
1890 Jun 2 Lost Exist - - - - - -
1880 Jun 1 Exist - - Exist Exist Exist Exist -
1870 Jun 1 Exist - - Exist Exist Exist - -
1860 Jun 1 Exist - - Exist Exist Exist - -
1850 Jun 1 Enumerated as part of Oregon Territory. - - See Oregon Territory See Oregon Territory See Oregon Territory - -

Sources and Notes

  1. Anne Bruner Eales, and Robert M Kvasnicka, ed., Guide to Genealogical Research in the National Archives of the United States, 3d ed. (Washington, D.C.: NARA, 2000), pages 40 and 47.
  2. William Thorndale, and William Dollarhide, Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1920 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987), pages 360-366.
  3. William Dollarhide, The Census Book: A Genealogists Guide to Federal Census Facts, Schedules and Indexes (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1999), pages 120-121.
  4. Only for Indian schedules taken along with Federal population schedules.


1850:  Oregon Territory census.

1860 United States Census—A free Internet index and images to the 1860 United States Census can be viewed on the FamilySearch Record Search – Pilot Site. This index includes every name listed on the census and is linked to an image including information about each person’s residence and age in 1860, birthplace, occupation, other family members, whether married or single, and neighbors


1870 United States Territorial Census---A free internet index and images can be viewed on FamilySearch Record Pilot site. This index includes the full name, age, sex, race, birthplace, occupation, month if born in census year, month if married in census year, birth place of father and mother, if born in a foreign country.

1890:  Census destroyed.

1900 Federal Census - A free Internet index and images to the 1900 United States Census can be viewed on the  FamilySearch Record Search – Pilot Site. Important additions to this census are month and year of birth of each household member, number of years married for each married person, number of children born to each mother and the number of those still living, year of immigration, and number of years in the United States.

1900-1930:  Washington State.

Historical Background

1848:  The Oregon Territory was created.  It included what is now Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and parts of Montana and Wyoming.

1853:  Washington Territory was created from the northern part of Oregon Territory.

1859:  Oregon became a state. Washington Territory was enlarged to include the remaining Oregon territory not included in the new state.

1863:  The Idaho Territory was created from lands in eastern Washington Territory.

1889: Washington became a state.


Book Indexes

1860, 1870, 1880:  Indexes in book and microfiche format are available.


1880, 1900, 1920, 1930:  A soundex (phonetic) index is available on microfilm for part of the 1880 and all of the 1900, 1920 and 1930 censuses.

1910:  The Family History Library has a street index for Seattle. (Family History Library fiche 6331481)

Special Censuses

Mortality Schedules

1850-1880:  Mortality schedules exist for Washington (as part of Oregon Territory), censuses. The mortality schedules for 1860 to 1880 are available at the DAR library in Washington D.C. and at the Washington State Library. The Family History Library has copies of the 1860, 1870, and 1880 mortality schedules.

Mortality Schedules 1850-1880

The 1860, 1870, and 1880 Mortality schedules for Washington are on the Washington State Digital Archives site. Searchable by name.

State Censuses

State censuses also exist for a few counties of Washington for various years. These generally include heads of households only. These partial censuses are available at the Washington State Library and the Family History Library (beginning with Family History Library film 1841781).  The years included:

1854, 1857, 1861, 1871, 1875, 1877-1879, 1881, 1883, 1885, 1887, 1890-1892, 1907.

Territorial Censuses

1850:  Part of Oregon Territory

1860-1880:  Washington Territory

Web Sites

Ancestry:  http://www.ancestry.com

Heritage Quest Online:  http://www.heritagequestonline.com

Census Online:  http://www.census-online.com/links/WA/

Genealogy Today:  http://dir.genealogytoday.com/usa/wa/census.html

Access Genealogy:  http://www.accessgenealogy.com/census/washington.htm

Mortality Schedules:  http://mortalityschedules.com/

Record Search: http://labs.familysearch.org


Washington Research Outline. Salt Lake City, Utah: Intellectual Reserve, Inc., Family History Department, 1998, 2001.