Washington County Divorce Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Washington, County Divorce Records, 1852-1950 .
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Washington, United States
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Location of Washington
Record Description
Record Type Divorce
Collection years 1852-1950
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What is in the Collection?

This collection includes digital images of divorce records from the civil courts in the following counties:

  • Clark
  • Cowlitz
  • Grays Harbor
  • Lewis
  • Mason
  • Pacific
  • Thurston
  • Wahkiakum

The records are arranged by year and then in boxed files, alphabetically by name.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Washington, County Divorce Records, 1852-1950.

Collection Content

Sample Image

What Can this Collection Tell Me?

These records contain the following information:

  • Names of interested parties
  • Divorce date
  • Name of court
  • County of court
  • Conditions of the divorce decree

In addition the records may also contain:

  • Ages or calculated birth year of husband and wife
  • Names of minor children
  • Names of other relatives
  • Court costs

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know at least some of the following:

  • The name of the parties involved in the divorce.
  • The approximate date of divorce.
  • The place where the divorce occurred.
  • The names of family members who may be named in the divorce decree.

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 "County"
⇒Select the "Case File Number Range"


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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, marriage, 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.

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.

Collection Citation:

"Washington, County Divorce Records, 1852-1950" Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Washington State Regional Archives, SouthWest Region, Olympia, Washington.

Image citation:

The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Washington, County Divorce Records, 1852-1950.


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