Washington, Cowlitz County Civil Court Dockets (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Washington, Cowlitz County Civil Court Dockets, 1876-1951 .
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|Cowlitz, Washington, United States|
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- 1 What is in the Collection?
- 2 Collection Content
- 3 What Can this Collection Tell Me?
- 4 How Do I Search the Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Citing this Collection
- 7 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What is in the Collection?
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.
To Browse This Collection
|You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Washington, Cowlitz County Civil Court Dockets, 1876-1951.|
What Can this Collection Tell Me?
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 Do I Search the Collection?
To begin your search it is helpful to know:
- The names of the individuals involved in the case.
- The place of residence.
- The court date.
Compare the information on the image to what you already know about your ancestor to determine if it is the correct family or person. You may need to compare several images before you find your ancestor.
View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Pagethen select the Record type, year, volume or file number.
What Do I Do Next?
Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members.
I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?
- Use the information to find other records such as birth, christening, census, land and death records.
- Use the information to find additional family members.
- Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
- Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.
I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking for, What Now?
- Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
- Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records.
- If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search.
- Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images.
- Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
- Search the indexes and records of Washington, United States Genealogy.
- Search in the Washington Archives and Libraries.
|Don't overlook FHL Keyword Washington, Cowlitz items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see the wiki article Washington Archives and Libraries. For additional information about this county see the wiki article Cowlitz County, Washington Genealogy.|
|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at Washington, Cowlitz County Civil Court Dockets, 1876-1951. Click on camera icon to see images.|
Citing this Collection
Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.
- "Washington, Cowlitz County Civil Court Dockets, 1876-1951." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Washington State Archives, Olympia.
How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
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