Washington County Deaths (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Washington, County Deaths, 1891-1907 .
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Record Description
Record Type Death
Collection years 1891-1907
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What is in this Collection?

This Collection will include records from 1891 to 1907.

This collection includes an index and images of deaths recorded at the county level before the state records were kept. The counties included in this collection are:

  • Clark
  • Grays Harbor, including the city of Aberdeen
  • Lewis
  • Mason
  • Wahkiakum

Collection Content

The following important biographical facts may be found in the death records:

  • Name and age of deceased
  • Date and place of death
  • Gender, race and occupation of deceased
  • Residence of deceased at time of death
  • Length of residence in current locale
  • Sometimes, marital status is stated
  • Sometimes, name of spouse is given
  • Cause of death; name of attending physician
  • Birth place of deceased; sometimes, date of birth
  • Father's name and birthplace
  • Mother's maiden name and birthplace
  • Sometimes, name of informant
  • Burial information

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search, it will be helpful to know the following:

  • The approximate death date
  • The death place
  • The name of the deceased

Search the Collection

To search the collection by name:
Fill in the requested information in the boxes on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the individuals in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to look at the information on several individuals comparing the information about them to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names, or variations of their name, throughout their life.
  • If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
  • Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.

For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

What do I do Next?

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family.

For example:

  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find or verify their birth records and parents' names.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth or residence to find the family in census records.
  • Use the residence and names of the parents (if the deceased is a child) to locate church and land records.
  • Use the birth place to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records, such as employment records or military records.
  • The name of the officiator may be a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county.
  • The name of the undertaker or mortuary could lead you to funeral and cemetery records, which often include the names and residences of other family members.
  • Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname as the deceased; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have died in the same county or nearby.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • The information is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
  • Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.

What if I Can't Find Who I'm Looking For?

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • Look for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.
  • Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor.

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Citing this Collection

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information; that is, cite your sources. This will help people find the record again and evaluate the reliability of the source. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records. Citations are available for the collection as a whole and each record or image individually.

Collection Citation:

"Washington, County Deaths, 1891-1907." Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing State Archives, Olympia.

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for Washington, County Deaths, 1891-1907.