Washington, County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Washington, County Records, 1803-2010 .
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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 Known Issues with This Collection
- 7 Citing this Collection
- 8 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What is in the Collection?
The collection consists of various records including official actions, probate records, indexes, etc. The records are from various counties in Washington State, from 1803 to 2010. The counties will be added to the collection as their records are available. Browse the collection to determine current record and county coverage. The following counties are available in the collection at this time:
- Pend Oreille
- Walla Walla
The Washington State Archives maintains the state and local records considered to be permanently valuable. The individual records were made to establish legal rights and to help track the population for health and taxation purposes. The state collection was created to insure that the records are retained and archived properly. The information is generally reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant. Some transcription errors may have occurred.
|You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Washington, County Records, 1803-2010.|
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What Can this Collection Tell Me?
The county records generally include the following information:
- Date of the event, transaction, or recording with the county
- Names of individual, witnesses, family members, and sometimes neighbors *Ages
- Signature or mark
- Legal descriptions of land
- Amount of money exchanged as part of business transactions
How Do I Search the Collection?
To begin your search it is helpful to know:
- The name of the individual or individuals such as the names of the soldier, the deceased, or grantor and grantees.
- The type of event.
- The approximate date the event occurred.
- The place where the event occurred.
- The names of family members and their relationships.
Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information in the list to what you already know about your ancestor to determine if it is the correct family or person. You may need to compare several persons in the list before you find your ancestor.
View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial collection page
⇒Select the "County" category
⇒Select the "Record Type, Date Range and Volume" category which takes you to the images.
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 age to calculate a birth date.
- Use the names along with the residences to find church and census records. These may help you find additional family members.
- Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.
- The name of the officiator at a christening, marriage, or burial may be a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county.
- Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname as the bride or groom; 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 been born, married, or died in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
- When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
- Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.
- There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.
- Continue to search for records of additional family members found. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
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.
- 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 individual counties and nearby states.
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Known Issues with This Collection
For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached Wiki article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.
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, County Records, 1803-2010." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing State Archives, Puget Sound Regional Branch, Bellevue.
|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 Records, 1803-2010.|
How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
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