Washington County Probate Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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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 Probate
Collection years 1853-1929
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What is in the Collection?

The collection includes probate case files from 1853 to 1929. The records are from the following counties:

  • Clallam
  • Island
  • Jefferson
  • San Juan
  • Skagit
  • Snohomish
  • Whatcom

The records were created by county courts and are housed at the Washington State Archives Northwest Regional Branch.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Washington County Probate Records, 1853-1929.

Collection Content

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What Can this Collection Tell Me?

Probate records include petitions, inventories, accounts, decrees, oaths of executors, forms about guardians and other court documents. They may include any of the following:

  • Name of testator or deceased
  • Names of heirs such as spouse, children, and other relatives or friends
  • Names of witnesses
  • Residence of testator
  • Lists of belongings, property, and so forth
  • Document
  • Recording dates
  • Sometimes the date of death

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 deceased.
  • The approximate death or probate date.
  • The place of residence.

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 "Record Type, Date Range and Volume"

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 a Probate record to identify adoptions, guardians, heirs and relatives.
  • Use a will to approximate a death date, then find a death certificate.
  • Use the information in the probate record to substitute for civil birth and death records for earlier years.
  • Use the information to locate census, christenings, marriage and land records.
  • Use the occupations to find employment or military records.
  • 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 Probate Records,1853-1929." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing State Archives, Northwest Regional Branch, Bellingham.

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 Probate Records, 1853-1929.


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