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Collection Time Period

This index covers events from 1880 through 1952.

Record History

For over 30 years, volunteer indexers extracted this information from microfilm copies of the original records. In 1998, a few of the entries were published on 7 CDs by the Family History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as the "North America Vital Records Index." This index is an index of the births, marriages, and deaths throughout Washington. The index is not necessarily complete for any particular place or region.

Why This Record Was Created

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sponsored this index to help individuals find information about their ancestors.

Record Reliability

Church records and civil registration were official records and are some of the most reliable sources of information available for those who were born, married, or died in Washington.

Record Description

The index is an electronic database of information transcribed from original records.

Record Content

The key genealogical facts found in birth index entries may include:

  • Name of the child
  • Gender
  • Names of the parents
  • Birth date
  • Birthplace
  • Christening date (if the source is a church record)
  • Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials

The key genealogical facts found in marriage index entries may include:

  • Name of the bride and groom
  • Names of the parents
  • Marriage date
  • Marriage place
  • Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials

The key genealogical facts found in death or burial index entries may include:

  • Name of the deceased
  • Gender
  • Names of the parents
  • Name of the spouse (if married)
  • Death or burial date
  • Death or burial place
  • Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials

Coverage Table

This collection is a partial index of records for the localities listed below as of April 2010. The table below shows the number of records by locality. Localities not listed may not have any records in this collection.

Most of these records date from the time period indicated in the columns below; however, there may be records before and after these dates. Record counts where the locality information was incomplete are included below under the country name. Because of this, you may wish to search only by state.

As this is an index of records compiled from various sources, it is strongly recommended that you verify the information in original records. Due to privacy laws not all records may be displayed.

Locality Birth Marriage Death
Adams 0 0 960
Asotin 0 0 1,706
Benton 0 0 1,700
Chehalis 0 0 0
Chelan 0 0 8,412
Clallam 0 0 5,075
Clark 0 11 13,901
Columbia 0 0 1,495
Cowlitz 0 0 7,064
Douglas 0 0 725
Ferry 0 0 487
Franklin 0 0 2,459
Garfield 0 0 898
Grant 0 0 743
Grays Harbor 523 0 14,255
Island 0 0 824
Jefferson 0 0 2,100
King 2,992 881 190,682
Kitsap 196 0 10,667
Kittitas 1,043 0 6,144
Klickitat 0 0 1,415
Lewis 0 5 12,208
Lincoln 0 0 2,392
Mason 0 0 2,042
Okanogan 0 0 3,458
Pacific 0 0 2,925
Pend Oreille 0 0 858
Pierce 248 21 75,460
San Juan 0 0 313
Skagit 0 0 12,863
Skamania 0 0 208
Snohomish 0 6 25,976
Spokane 15,280 912 89,826
Stevens 267 0 4,373
Thurston 0 6 8,933
Wahkiakum 0 0 168
Walla Walla 0 373 14,018
Washington 454 493 2,243
Whatcom 1,209 0 20,673
Whitman 104 0 6,809
Yakima 0 881 26,464
Total 22,316 3,589 583,922

How to Use the Record

Use this index to help you learn more about your ancestors. The information could help you identify family relationships and lineages as well as direct you to original records of your ancestors, which may contain additional information.

In birth or christening records, if a surname is not listed for the child, the indexer often assigns the father’s surname to the child. This surname may not be correct. So if you are looking for a birth or christening, search by the given name of the child, adding parents' names and as much locality information as is permitted.

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Sources of This Collection

"Washington Vital Records Index," database, FamilySearch. Index entries derived from digital copies of originals housed in various repositories throughout Washington.

Each entry in this index has a source listed. The index may be a compilation of records from a variety of sources, including the following:

  • Family Records
  • Church Records
  • Civil Registration

How to Cite This Source

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