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[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Washington|Washington]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''Whatcom County'''  
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''[[United States Genealogy|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Washington Genealogy|Washington]]'' [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''Whatcom County''' <br><br>Guide to '''Whatcom County Washington ancestry, family history, and genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records, since 1861, when the [[{{PAGENAME}}#County_Overview|county was formed]].<br><br> [[Image:{{WAWhatcomUpper}}]]
  
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:*[[{{PAGENAME}}#Census|Census]]
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:*[[{{PAGENAME}}#Birth|Birth]]
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:*[[{{PAGENAME}}#Divorce|Divorce]]
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:*[[{{PAGENAME}}#Cemeteries|Cemeteries]]
  
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== County Courthouse  ==
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<br><br>{{DCWAmapbuttonR}} {{Infobox U.S. County
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| county = Whatcom County  
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| state = Washington
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| founded year = 1854
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| founded date = March 9
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| seat = Bellingham
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| building address = [http://www.co.whatcom.wa.us/ Whatcom County Courthouse]<br> 311 Grand Avenue; PO Box 1144;<br>&nbsp;Bellingham, WA 98227<br> Phone: 360.676.6777&nbsp;<br>[http://www.Whatcomcounty.us/ '''Whatcom County Website'''] }}
  
[http://www.co.whatcom.wa.us/ Whatcom County Courthouse]<br> 311 Grand Avenue; PO Box 1144;<br>&nbsp;Bellingham, WA 98227<br> Phone: 360.676.6777&nbsp;<br><br>County Auditor has birth and death records 1891-1907, <br>marriage records from 1869 and land records; <br>County Clerk has divorce, probate and court records
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=== County Overview  ===
  
*[http://www.co.whatcom.wa.us/paris/ Whatcom County recorded documents online]
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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)  ====
  
== History  ==
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Whatcom County, Washington was created 9 March 1854<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> from [[Island County, Washington Genealogy|Island]] County.
  
==== Parent County ====
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'''County Seat:''' Bellingham <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.]]
  
*'''1854'''--Whatcom County was created 9 March 1854&nbsp;from [[Island County, Washington|Island ]]County.&nbsp;&nbsp;'''County seat''': Bellingham <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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===== Boundary Changes  =====
  
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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*[http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/documents/WA_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm#WHATCOM 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>
  
==== Record Loss ====
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==== Neighboring Counties ====
  
== Places / Localities ==
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{{PAGENAME}} is surrounded by: [[Okanogan County, Washington Genealogy|Okanogan]] | [[San Juan County, Washington Genealogy|San Juan]] | [[Skagit County, Washington Genealogy|Skagit]]
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<center>{{WAWhatcom County Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
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==== Courthouse ====
  
==== Populated Places  ====
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[http://www.co.whatcom.wa.us/ Whatcom County Courthouse]<br> 311 Grand Avenue; PO Box 1144;<br>&nbsp;Bellingham, WA 98227<br> Phone: 360.676.6777&nbsp;<br><br>County Auditor has birth and death records 1891-1907, <br>marriage records from 1869 and land records; <br>County Clerk has divorce, probate and court records.
  
*[http://www.cob.org Bellingham]
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See also [[{{PAGENAME}}#Archives.2C_Libraries.2C_etc.|Archives, libraries, etc.]] in {{PAGENAME}}.
  
==== Neighboring Counties ====
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==== Dates of Major County Records ====
  
[[Okanogan County, Washington|Okanogan]] | [[San Juan County, Washington|San Juan]] | [[Skagit County, Washington|Skagit]]  
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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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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Whatcom County, Washington#Birth|Birth]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Whatcom County, Washington#Marriage|Marriage]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Whatcom County, Washington#Death|Death]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Whatcom County, Washington#Land_and_Property|Land]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Whatcom County, Washington#Probate|Probate]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Whatcom County, Washington#Court_Records|Court]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | <center>1891*</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | <center>1854*</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | <center>1891*</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | <center>1854</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | <center>1872</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | <center>1883</center>
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#99d6ff" colspan="6" | '''* For earlier dates, try...''' '''[[Whatcom County, Washington#Church_Records|Church]] &#124; [[Whatcom County, Washington#Obituaries|Obituaries]] &#124; [[Whatcom County, Washington#Cemeteries|Cemeteries]]'''
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== Resources ==
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===== Record Loss =====
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=== Topics for {{PAGENAME}}  ===
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{{WA Topics Intro}} {{Tip|Don't overlook {{FHL|United States, Washington, Whatcom|place|disp={{PAGENAME}}}} items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see [[Whatcom County, Washington#Archives.2C_Libraries.2C_etc.|Archives and Libraries]].}}
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==== Bible Records  ====
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{{WA Bible Intro}}
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==== Biography  ====
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{{WA Biogs Intro}}
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==== Business and Commerce ====
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{{WA Business Intro}}
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
  
[http://www.cob.org/documents/parks/bayview/whatcom_county_cemeteries.pdf Map of Whatcom County cemeteries (PDF)]  
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{{WA Cemeteries Intro}}
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FM9HM-2J4%3An1406204279%3Fcc%3D1910364 Cemeteries 1884-2007] Part of: ''County Records, 1856-2009'' FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
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**See what [[Washington Cemeteries#Record_Content|genealogical information]] may be in these records.
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**Includes Lot and burial record 1884-1959; Lot purchase record 1887-1904; Woodlawn Cemetery burial list 1886-2007.
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*[http://www.cob.org/documents/parks/bayview/whatcom_county_cemeteries.pdf Map of Whatcom County cemeteries (PDF)]
  
 
*[http://www.bayviewcemetery.com Bayview Cemetery]  
 
*[http://www.bayviewcemetery.com Bayview Cemetery]  
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*Woodlawn Cemetery  
 
*Woodlawn Cemetery  
 
*Zion Lutheran Cemetery
 
*Zion Lutheran Cemetery
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF" | <center>'''Online County-wide Name Searches''' </center>
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#FFFFB8" | <center>'''Published Grave<br> Transcripts''' </center>
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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=2989&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n FindAGrave] (Add a name to the search)
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| bgcolor="#FFFFca" | {{FHL|United States, Washington, Whatcom|place||disp=FamilySearch Library}} Click '''Cemeteries.''' Press space bar to select town
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| bgcolor="#FFF8DC" | [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=50&CScnty=2989 FindAGrave]
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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=Whatcom+County%2C+Washington%2C+cemeteries&qt=results_page WorldCat]
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| bgcolor="#FFF8DC" | [http://interment.net/us/wa/whatcom.htm Interment.net]
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| bgcolor="#E0FFFF" | [http://billiongraves.com/pages/search/index.php#country=United+States&state=Washington&county=Whatcom&search_text=&action=search_cemetery Billion Graves] Switch to "Person Lookup"
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| bgcolor="#FFFFca" | [[Washington Periodicals]]
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| bgcolor="#FFF8DC" | [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections#RSID:34 Washington State Digital Archives] Put county name in '''Search''' box
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| bgcolor="#FFF8DC" | [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/WA/Whatcom/cem/ Linkpendium]
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| bgcolor="#FFF8DC" | [http://billiongraves.com/pages/search/index.php#country=United+States&state=Washington&county=Whatcom&search_text=&action=search_cemetery Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#FFF8DC" | [http://usgwtombstones.org/washington/whatcom.htm USGenWeb Tombstone Project]
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| bgcolor="#FFF8DC" | [http://genealogytrails.com/wash/whatcom/index.html 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  ====
  
*1860
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{{WA Census}}
*1870
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*1871
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FM9HM-2J4%3An1406204279%3Fcc%3D1910364 School Records 1885-1933] Part of: ''County Records, 1856-2009'' FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
*1880
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**See what [[Washington Schools#Record_Content|genealogical information]] may be in these records.
*1885  
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**Includes School census index 1890-1932; School census records 1885-1933.
*1887
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*1889
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*Census indexes at [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/ Washington State Digital Archives]: (Free)
*1890 Veterans
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**Federal: [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/139 1910]
*1900
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**Territorial: [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/505 1871]{{•}} [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/370 1885]{{•}} [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/193 1889]
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**These were indexed by local societies and individuals.
*1920
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*1930
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{{FYI|Censuses indexed by societies or groups in the area may be more accurate, due to familiarity with local surnames.}}
  
 
==== Church Records  ====
 
==== Church Records  ====
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{{WA Church Intro}}
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*Church records (microfilmed originals or published transcripts) for {{PAGENAME}} are listed in the {{FHL|United States, Washington, Whatcom|place|disp=FamilySearch catalog}}. (Press space bar to select town.)
  
 
*[http://wagenweb.org/whatcom/churchrecords.htm Records From Some Early Bellingham Churches]
 
*[http://wagenweb.org/whatcom/churchrecords.htm Records From Some Early Bellingham Churches]
  
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints  
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===== The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints =====
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===== Lutheran  =====
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:*Records of Central Lutheran Church, Bellingham, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at [http://www.archives.com Archives.com] ($).
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==== Court Records  ====
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{{WACourtIntro}}
  
==== Court ====
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*[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/239 Whatcom 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.
  
==== '''Directories''' ====
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==== Directories  ====
  
*[http://wagenweb.org/whatcom/directories.htm Earliest Directories for Fairhaven, Bellingham, Whatcom and New Whatcom/Sehome]
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{{WA Dirs Intro}}
  
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*[http://wagenweb.org/whatcom/directories.htm Earliest Directories for Fairhaven, Bellingham, Whatcom and New Whatcom/Sehome]
 
*[http://www.cob.org/documents/library/books/1905-polk-directory.pdf 1905-1906 Bellingham / Whatcom&nbsp;Directory&nbsp;(28,300K PDF)]  
 
*[http://www.cob.org/documents/library/books/1905-polk-directory.pdf 1905-1906 Bellingham / Whatcom&nbsp;Directory&nbsp;(28,300K PDF)]  
 
*[http://www.cob.org/documents/library/books/1915-polk-directory.pdf 1915 Bellingham / Whatcom&nbsp;Directory (44,200K PDF)]
 
*[http://www.cob.org/documents/library/books/1915-polk-directory.pdf 1915 Bellingham / Whatcom&nbsp;Directory (44,200K PDF)]
  
==== Land ====
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==== Emigration and Immigration ====
  
==== Local Histories ====
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{{WA Emig Intro}}
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{{WA Ethnic etc. Intro}}
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===== American Indian  =====
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===== Japanese  =====
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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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==== Funeral Homes ====
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{{WA Funeral Homes Intro}}
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==== Gazetteers  ====
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{{WA Gazetteers Intro}}
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==== Genealogy  ====
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{{CommunityTree}} {{WA Genealogy Intro}}
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*[http://www.kindredtrails.com/WA_Whatcom.html "Whatcom County Genealogy &amp; Family History"] resources at KindredTrails.com
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==== Guardianship  ====
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{{WAGuardianshipIntro}}
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==== History  ====
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{{WA History Intro}}
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*[http://www.stateofus.com/washington/whatcom-county/ "Whatcom County, Washington Facts"] at StateOfUS.com (it is mis-labeled as Whatcom County, Alabama)
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===== History Timeline  =====
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[http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/documents/WA_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm#WHATCOM 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><br><br> Emphasis for this timeline is on events that affected migration, records, or record-keeping. Unless otherwise mentioned, the events below were gleaned from Janet Oakley. ''Whatcom County -- Thumbnail History'', [http://www.historylink.org/index.cfm?DisplayPage=output.cfm&file_id=7327 History Link.org] Essay 7327.
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*In historic times there were three tribal groups in the county: the Lummi, Nooksack, and Semiahmoo.
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*1791 - Spanish explorer Manuel Quimper sent a sloop into the Strait of San Juan de Fuca and "discovered" Mount Baker.
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*1827 - The Hudson’s Bay Company established Fort Langley north of modern day Lynden.
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*1853 - Edward Eldridge arrived in Whatcom from California to work at the mill, bringing sawmill machinery.
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*1853 - March 2, U.S. President Millard Fillmore establishes {{wpd|Washington Territory|Washington Territory}}.
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*1854 - Settlers filed claims on the south end of the bay, setting the future site of Fairhaven, one of four towns that would develop on the shoreline.
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*1854 - March 9, Whatcom County was established by the Washington territorial government from a portion of Island County.
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*1857-1858 - Survey work began on the international boundary at the 49th parallel.
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*1859 - John Tennant and his Lummi wife Clara filed the first official claim on the Nooksack River.
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*1881 - The "Washington Colony," a group of utopian Kansans, re-established the mill at Whatcom Creek.
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*1899 - Whatcom County boomed when the Pacific American Fisheries (PAC) organized in Fairhaven.
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==== Land and Property  ====
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{{WA Land Intro}}
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FM9HM-2J4%3An1406204279%3Fcc%3D1910364 Cemeteries 1884-2007] Part of: ''County Records, 1856-1959'' FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
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**See what [[Washington Cemeteries#Record_Content|genealogical information]] may be in these records.
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**Includes Lot and burial record 1884-1959; Lot purchase record 1887-1904.
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
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{{WA Maps Intro}}
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[[Image:Wawhatcom.jpg|300px|Wawhatcom.jpg]] <br>{{WAMapInfo}}
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==== Migration  ====
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{{WA Migration Intro}}
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
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{{WA Military Intro}}
  
 
*[http://wagenweb.org/whatcom/militaryindex.htm Some Whatcom County Military Records] Mostly Civil War related
 
*[http://wagenweb.org/whatcom/militaryindex.htm Some Whatcom County Military Records] Mostly Civil War related
  
==== Naturalization  ====
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==== Naturalization and Citizenship ====
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{{WA Naturalization Intro}}
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FM948-QG9%3An1406204279%3Fcc%3D1910364 Petitions, Declarations, Indexes 1872-1947] Part of: ''County Records, 1856-2009'' FamilySearch Historical Collections (free)
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FM9HM-2J4%3An1406204279%3Fcc%3D1910364 Naturalization and Citizenship 1884-1947] 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 Applications to take oath of allegiance 1921-1945; Certificate of citizenship 1892; Citizenship petitions granted 1930-1947; Declarations of intention 1872-1947; Final citizenship record 1890-1906; Index to declarations of intention 1884-1945; Index to naturalization certificates 1890-1896; Index to naturalizations 1884-1945; Memorandum of declarations of intention 1906-1907; Minors final citizenship record 1896-1902; Naturalization final record 1890-1906; Petition and record 1906-1946.
  
[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. Depending on the county, records range from 1854-1988. <br>
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*[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/312 Naturalization Records, 1872-1988] at Washington State Digital Archives Collection. (Free)
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
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{{WA Newspapers Intro}}
  
 
*[http://wagenweb.org/whatcom/npaperindex.htm Extractions From Old Whatcom County Newspapers]
 
*[http://wagenweb.org/whatcom/npaperindex.htm Extractions From Old Whatcom County Newspapers]
  
==== Probate  ====
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*[[{{PAGENAME}} Newspapers]] (Sortable by towns, years, and titles)
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{{WA Newspaper abstracts|Whatcom}}
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==== Obituaries  ====
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{{WA Obituaries Intro}}
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FM948-QG9%3An1406204279%3Fcc%3D1910364 1889-1995] Part of: ''County Records, 1856-2009'' FamilySearch Historical Collections (free)
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==== Periodicals  ====
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{{WA Periodicals Intro}}
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==== Probate Records ====
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{{WA Probate Intro|Whatcom}}
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1979435 County Probate Records, 1853-1929] FamilySearch Historical Collections (free)
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**See what [https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Washington,_County_Probate_Case_Files_(FamilySearch_Historical_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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*[http://www.co.whatcom.wa.us/paris/ Whatcom County recorded documents online]
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*Whatcom [https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-22029-20572-10?cc=1404287&wc=12809239 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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==== Repositories  ====
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*[http://wagenweb.org/whatcom/WGS/wgs.htm Whatcom Genealogical Society]
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==== School Records ====
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{{WA School Intro}}
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School Censuses provide name of parent or guardian, name and age of child, and residence.
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FM9HM-2J4%3An1406204279%3Fcc%3D1910364 School Records 1885-1933] 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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**Includes School census index 1890-1932; School census records 1885-1933.
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
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{{WA Tax Intro}}
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
  
*Washington State Digital Archives has a database of [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov./TitleInfo.aspx?TID=432 Whatcom County Birth Records]. This database contains the names and birth records of people who were born or whose births were recorded in Whatcom County from 1891 to 1907. The names were transcribed and images scanned from the Whatcom County Birth Returns.
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{{WA vital intro}}
  
*Washington State Digital Archives also has a&nbsp;database of [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/TitleInfo.aspx?TID=431 Whatcom County Death Records] containing the names and death records of people who died or whose deaths were recorded in Whatcom County from 1891 to 1907.
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===== Birth  =====
*&nbsp;'''[[Washington Statewide Death Certificates (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Washington Death Certificates 1907-1960]] '''A free internet index to the 1907-1960 death certificates can be&nbsp;found at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1454923 FamilySearch Record Search], no images are available. A&nbsp;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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== Societies and Libraries  ==
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{{WA Birth Intro}}
  
*[http://wagenweb.org/whatcom/WGS/wgs.htm Whatcom Genealogical Society]
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FM9HM-2J4%3An1406204279%3Fcc%3D1910364 Birth Records 1871-1907] Part of: ''County Records, 1856-2009'' FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
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**Includes Birth registers 1891-1907; Birth returns 1891-1907; Births (delayed) 1871-1907.
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*[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/432 Birth Returns, 1891-1907] at Washington State Digital Archives Collection. (Free)
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{{WA Birth Other Records}}
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===== Marriage  =====
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{{WA Marriage Intro}}
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FM9S4-736%3A1049350679%3Fcc%3D1534448 County Marriages,1855-2008] at ''Washington, County Marriages, 1855-2008'' at FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
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**See what [https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Washington,_County_Marriages_%28FamilySearch_Historical_Records%29#Record_Content genealogical information] may be in these records.
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**Includes Index to Certificates 1870-1984; Affidavits 1883-1939; Marriage and Miscellaneous Business Licenses 1879-1917; Applications and Affidavits, Probate Bonds 1869-1877; Certificates 1890-1928; License Applications 1890-2011; Licenses 1900-1971; Returns 1891-1947.
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*[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/433 Marriage returns (1891-1947) and marriage certificates (1899-1995] with images, at Washington State Digital Archives Collection.(Free)
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{{Tip|Witnesses may be relatives or close family friends.|small=left}} <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-2J4%3An1406204279%3Fcc%3D1910364 Death Records 1890-1907] 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 Death registers 1890-1904; Death returns 1891-1907; Bellingham death registers 1904-1915; Obituaries 1889-1995.
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*Washington State Digital Archives also has a database of [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/TitleInfo.aspx?TID=431 Whatcom County Death Records] containing the names and death records of people who died or whose deaths were recorded in Whatcom County from 1891 to 1907.
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1454923 Washington, Death Certificates, 1907-1960] ''Washington, Death Certificates, 1907-1960'' at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
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**See what [https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Washington_County_Deaths_%28FamilySearch_Historical_Records%29#Record_Content genealogical information] may be in these records.
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==== Websites  ====
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{{WA Websites Intro}}
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| width="30%" | [http://wagenweb.org/whatcom/ WAGenWeb] Whatcom 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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| width="30%" | [http://usgwarchives.net/wa/whatcom/whatcom.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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| 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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| 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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| width="30%" | [http://resources.rootsweb.ancestry.com/USA/WA/Whatcom/ Web Sites at RootsWeb -Whatcom 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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| width="30%" | [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/WA/Whatcom/ Linkpendium]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
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| width="30%" | [http://www.cyndislist.com/us/wa/counties/whatcom/ CyndisList]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
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| width="30%" | [http://www.stateofus.com/washington/whatcom-county/ StateofUS.com]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | "Whatcom County, Washington Facts" (mis-labeled "Whatcom County, Alabama Facts")
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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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| width="30%" | {{FHL|United States, Washington, Whatcom|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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| width="30%" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=whatcom+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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| width="30%" | [http://smartcat.acpl.lib.in.us/?q=whatcom+county+Washington Allen County Public Library] (Indiana)
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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, Whatcom|place|disp=FamilySearch Library}} (Utah) or [http://smartcat.acpl.lib.in.us/?q=whatcom+county+Washington Allen County Public Library] (Indiana) for {{PAGENAME}}. {{GetACopy tip}}
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
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*[[Bellingham Washington Family History Center]] 2925 James St, Bellingham, WA 98225
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{{WALibraries Intro}}
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*Bellingham Public Library
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**[http://www.bellinghampubliclibrary.org/yourlibrary/locations.aspx Branches and Locations]
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**[http://www.bellinghampubliclibrary.org/research/Weblinks/Genealogy.aspx Database Tools]
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**Special or Unique Collections (help needed from each branch)
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*Whatcom County Library System
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**[http://www.wcls.org/locations Branches and Locations]
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**[http://www.wcls.org/genealogy-a-local-history Genealogy / Database Tools]
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**Special or Unique Collections (help needed from each branch)
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*Maple Falls Library
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**[http://www.wcls.org/locations Branches and Locations]
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**[http://www.wcls.org/genealogy-a-local-history Genealogy / Database Tools]  
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**Special or Unique Collections (help needed from each branch)
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==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
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{{WA Museums Intro}}
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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*[[Bellingham Washington Family History Center]]
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== Web Sites  ==
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{{WA Societies Intro}}
  
*[http://wagenweb.org/whatcom/index.htm Whatcom GenWeb]
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=== Towns and Communities  ===
  
*{{FHL|Washington%2C+Whatcom|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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See a list of towns and communities in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whatcom_County,_Washington#Cities Whatcom County] per Wikipedia.
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/WA/Whatcom/ Whatcom County, Washington Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
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Latest revision as of 03:07, 6 February 2015

United States Gotoarrow.png Washington Gotoarrow.png Whatcom County

Guide to Whatcom County Washington ancestry, family history, and genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records, since 1861, when the county was formed.

Upper Falls in Whatcom Falls Park, Bellingham, Whatcom CO., Washington
County QuickStart:


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Online Records
Whatcom County, Washington
Map
Map of Washington highlighting Whatcom County
Location in the state of Washington
Map of the U.S. highlighting Washington
Location of Washington in the U.S.
Facts
Founded March 9, 1854
County Seat Bellingham
Courthouse
Address Whatcom County Courthouse
311 Grand Avenue; PO Box 1144;
 Bellingham, WA 98227
Phone: 360.676.6777 
Whatcom County Website

Contents

County Overview

Parent County(s)

Whatcom County, Washington was created 9 March 1854[1] from Island County.

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

Boundary Changes

Neighboring Counties

Whatcom County, Washington Genealogy is surrounded by: Okanogan | San Juan | Skagit

Whatcom CountySkagit CountyChelan CountyOkanogan CountySan Juan CountyIsland CountyBritish ColumbiaWhatcom County.JPG

Courthouse

Whatcom County Courthouse
311 Grand Avenue; PO Box 1144;
 Bellingham, WA 98227
Phone: 360.676.6777 

County Auditor has birth and death records 1891-1907,
marriage records from 1869 and land records;
County Clerk has divorce, probate and court records.

See also Archives, libraries, etc. in Whatcom County, Washington Genealogy.

Dates of Major County Records

Beginning dates for major county records[4]
Birth
Marriage
Death
Land
Probate
Court
1891*
1854*
1891*
1854
1872
1883
* For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries
Record Loss

Topics for Whatcom County, Washington Genealogy

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.


  • Cemeteries 1884-2007 Part of: County Records, 1856-2009 FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
    • See what genealogical information may be in these records.
    • Includes Lot and burial record 1884-1959; Lot purchase record 1887-1904; Woodlawn Cemetery burial list 1886-2007.
  • Bayview Cemetery
  • Bethany Lutheran Cemetery (Bethania/Bethel)
  • Blaine Cemetery
  • Blaine Masonic Cemetery
  • Buchanan Cemetery
  • Case Cemetery
  • Congregation Beth Israel Cemetery
  • Enterprise Cemetery
  • Glacier Cemetery
  • Goshen Cemetery
  • Greenacres Cemetery
  • Greenwood Cemetery
  • Haynie Cemetery
  • Hillsdale Cemetery
  • Hopewell Cemetery
  • Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery
  • Jobe Cemetery
  • Kendall Cemetery
  • King Mountain Cemetery (Terrace Land Memorial Garden of Psalms)
  • Lakeside Cemetery
  • Lummi Tribal Cemetery
  • Lummi Island Cemetery
  • Lynden Cemetery
  • Lynden Jim Cemetery
  • Maple Falls Cemetery
  • Monumenta Cemetery
  • Mount Calvary Cemetery
  • Mount Hope Cemetery
  • Mountain View Cemetery
  • Nooksack Indian Cemetery
  • Old Maple Falls (Cannon) Cemetery
  • Perry Cemetery
  • Point Roberts Cemetery
  • Saint Anne's Cemeter
  • Saint Joseph (Clipper) Cemetery
  • Saint Peter's Catholic Cemetery
  • Saxon Cemetery
  • Semiahmoo Cemetery
  • Sumas Cemetery
  • Ten Mile Cemetery
  • Van Zandt Cemetery
  • Welcome (Kulshan) Cemetery
  • Wickershame Cemetery
  • Woodlawn Cemetery
  • Zion Lutheran Cemetery
Whatcom County, Washington Genealogy 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.



  • School Records 1885-1933 Part of: County Records, 1856-2009 FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
    • See what genealogical information may be in these records.
    • Includes School census index 1890-1932; School census records 1885-1933.

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 Whatcom County, Washington Genealogy are listed in the FamilySearch catalog. (Press space bar to select town.)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Lutheran
  • Records of Central Lutheran Church, Bellingham, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).

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

  • Whatcom 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

 

Emigration and Immigration

 

Ethnic, Political or Religious Groups

 

American Indian
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.

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

History Timeline

Historical County Boundaries from Newberry Library[5]

Emphasis for this timeline is on events that affected migration, records, or record-keeping. Unless otherwise mentioned, the events below were gleaned from Janet Oakley. Whatcom County -- Thumbnail History, History Link.org Essay 7327.

  • In historic times there were three tribal groups in the county: the Lummi, Nooksack, and Semiahmoo.
  • 1791 - Spanish explorer Manuel Quimper sent a sloop into the Strait of San Juan de Fuca and "discovered" Mount Baker.
  • 1827 - The Hudson’s Bay Company established Fort Langley north of modern day Lynden.
  • 1853 - Edward Eldridge arrived in Whatcom from California to work at the mill, bringing sawmill machinery.
  • 1853 - March 2, U.S. President Millard Fillmore establishes Washington Territory.
  • 1854 - Settlers filed claims on the south end of the bay, setting the future site of Fairhaven, one of four towns that would develop on the shoreline.
  • 1854 - March 9, Whatcom County was established by the Washington territorial government from a portion of Island County.
  • 1857-1858 - Survey work began on the international boundary at the 49th parallel.
  • 1859 - John Tennant and his Lummi wife Clara filed the first official claim on the Nooksack River.
  • 1881 - The "Washington Colony," a group of utopian Kansans, re-established the mill at Whatcom Creek.
  • 1899 - Whatcom County boomed when the Pacific American Fisheries (PAC) organized in Fairhaven.

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.

  • Cemeteries 1884-2007 Part of: County Records, 1856-1959 FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
    • See what genealogical information may be in these records.
    • Includes Lot and burial record 1884-1959; Lot purchase record 1887-1904.

Maps

 

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

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

 

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 1884-1947 Part of: County Records, 1856-2009 FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
    • See what genealogical information may be in these records.
    • Includes Applications to take oath of allegiance 1921-1945; Certificate of citizenship 1892; Citizenship petitions granted 1930-1947; Declarations of intention 1872-1947; Final citizenship record 1890-1906; Index to declarations of intention 1884-1945; Index to naturalization certificates 1890-1896; Index to naturalizations 1884-1945; Memorandum of declarations of intention 1906-1907; Minors final citizenship record 1896-1902; Naturalization final record 1890-1906; Petition and record 1906-1946.

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 Whatcom County, Washington Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

  • WorldCat (For instructions see WorldCat Online Catalog).
  • Do a search for these and other records in the FamilySearch Catalog. To select a county in Washington, add a comma, slide way down to the county list, then click Search. (Almost every state seems to have a Washington County)

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.

  • 1889-1995 Part of: County Records, 1856-2009 FamilySearch Historical Collections (free)

Periodicals

 

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.

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.

Repositories

School Records

 

School Censuses provide name of parent or guardian, name and age of child, and residence.

  • School Records 1885-1933 Part of: County Records, 1856-2009 FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
    • See what genealogical information may be in these records.
    • Includes School census index 1890-1932; School census records 1885-1933.

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.

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 also How to order Washington Vital Records, order electronically online or download an application for Washington Birth or Death Certificate and Marriage or Divorce Certificate Applications to mail. See Washington Vital Records for details and history of the records. .

Birth
Birth Records reveal
Yes or Maybe
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Parent's Names Green check.png  
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Parent's Ages   Green check.png
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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.[6]

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

  • Birth Records 1871-1907 Part of: County Records, 1856-2009 FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
    • Includes Birth registers 1891-1907; Birth returns 1891-1907; Births (delayed) 1871-1907.

For earlier or unrecorded births, search:


Marriage
Marriage Records reveal
Yes or Maybe
 Y  M
Date of Marriage or License Green check.png  
Names of Bride and Groom Green check.png  
Ages Green check.png  
Birth Places Green check.png  
Residences Green check.png  
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Witnesses 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.

  • County Marriages,1855-2008 at Washington, County Marriages, 1855-2008 at FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
    • See what genealogical information may be in these records.
    • Includes Index to Certificates 1870-1984; Affidavits 1883-1939; Marriage and Miscellaneous Business Licenses 1879-1917; Applications and Affidavits, Probate Bonds 1869-1877; Certificates 1890-1928; License Applications 1890-2011; Licenses 1900-1971; Returns 1891-1947.

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
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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....[7]

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

  • Death Records 1890-1907 Part of: County Records, 1856-2009 FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
    • See what genealogical information may be in these records.
    • Includes Death registers 1890-1904; Death returns 1891-1907; Bellingham death registers 1904-1915; Obituaries 1889-1995.
  • Washington State Digital Archives also has a database of Whatcom County Death Records containing the names and death records of people who died or whose deaths were recorded in Whatcom County from 1891 to 1907.

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Websites



Sites with online indexes or images of records
WAGenWeb Whatcom 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 Whatcom County, Washington Genealogy
Web Sites at RootsWeb -Whatcom 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 "Whatcom County, Washington Facts" (mis-labeled "Whatcom County, Alabama Facts")
Major catalogs for hard copy collections of Whatcom County, Washington Genealogy
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.

See also a List of Washington Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies  

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

Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See Family History Centers for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

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.


Museums

 

Societies

 

Towns and Communities

See a list of towns and communities in Whatcom 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. John H. Long, Atlas of Historical County Boundaries (Chicago: Newberry Library, 2006) online.
  6. Washington State Archives - Digital Archives, Birth Records, About this Collection
  7. About Death Records at Washington State Digital Archives.

 

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