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1850:  Oregon Territory census.

1860-1880:  Washington Territory census.

1890:  Census destroyed.

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.


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