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Guide to Asotin County Washington genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Asotin County, Washington
Map of Washington highlighting Asotin County
Location in the state of Washington
Map of the U.S. highlighting Washington
Location of Washington in the U.S.
Founded October 27, 1883
County Seat Asotin
Address Asotin County Courthouse
PO Box 159
Asotin, WA 99402-0159
Phone: (509) 243–4181
Asotin County Website

County Overview

County Formation

Asotin County, Washington was created 27 October 1883.[2]

Boundary Changes
  • Boundary Changes: No counties created from Asotin County.[1]

Neighboring Counties

Dates of Major County Records

Beginning dates for major county records
* For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries
  • Parent County: created 27 October 1883 from Garfield County
  • County Seat: Asotin
  • The name "Asotin" is from the Nez Perce language and means "place of eel" from the abundance of eels caught there.

Record Loss


Below are resources used for family history and genealogy, with dates, value of records, and how to access them for Asotin County, Washington Genealogy. Internet links may contain names, images, or more information for the county.

Bible Records



Cemetery records often reveal birth, death, relationship, military, and religious information. Tombstones, sextons (caretakers) records, and burial records each have slightly different information. See Washington Cemeteries.

Transcriptions of several cemeteries in Asotin County, many with a single burial, are available online at Interment.net. A listing of some additional cemeteries of Asotin County, along with some photographs of headstones, is also available online.


  • 1889
  • 1890 Veterans
  • 1900
  • 1910
  • 1920
  • 1930
  • 1940

Church Records

The information church records provide depends upon the church practices and the record keepers. Records may include names, ages, and dates of events such as baptism, marriage, or burial. See Washington Church Records.

Court Records

Many of your ancestors may be found in court records as defendants, plaintiffs, witnesses, or jurors. Court records can establish family relationships and places of residence, occupations, and other family history information. See Washington Court Records for the various courts through the years.

For specialized court records, see Divorce  · Guardianship  · Land  · Naturalization  · Probate


Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political or Religious Groups

American Indian

World War II Files, 1942-1946

Public Welfare/Social Security Department, (Japanese Internment) Assistance Cases, Evacuee Referrals for Resettlement and Assistance, 1945-1946 from the Washington State Archives – Digital Archives



A FamilySearch Community Tree is available for this place.


Guardianship of orphans or adults unable to manage their own affairs were handled by the probate and the Federal District courts. See Washington Court Records.


Local histories for Asotin County, Washington Genealogy may include biographies, history of churches, schools, local government with names of officials, military information, and more. See Washington Local Histories.

History Timeline

Historical County Boundaries from Newberry Library[4]

Emphasis for this timeline is on events that affected migration, records, or record-keeping. Unless otherwise mentioned, the events below were gleaned from Wilma, David. Okanogan County -- Thumbnail History, History Link.org Essay 7608.

  • The Nez Perce tribes lived in Asotin County for many years before Lewis and Clark arrived in 1805.
  • Lewis and Clark passed through the county on their expedition, both outbound to the Pacific Ocean in 1805
  • Captain B. L. E. Bonneville led the next major expedition through Asotin County in February 1834
  • U.S. President Millard Fillmore establishes Washington Territory on March 2, 1853.
  • Washington Territorial Legislature creates Walla Walla County on April 25, 1854
  • In the mid-1850s part of what would later become Asotin County (as well as part of adjoining Idaho) became an Indian reservation, resulting in the relocation of a fairly significant number of Native Americans to the future Asotin County
  • Whites made a few tentative settlements in Asotin County during the 1860s. The first settler, Sam Smith, arrived near the confluence of Alpowa Creek and the Snake River on June 10, 1861
  • Severe winter of 1861/1862 devastates Eastern Washington settlers
  • President Abraham Lincoln signs law separating new Idaho Territory from Washington on March 4, 1863.
  • Washington Territorial Legislature creates Columbia County (out of Walla Walla) on November 11, 1875
  • Washington Territorial Legislature creates Garfield County (out of Columbia County) on November 29, 1881
  • Washington Territorial Legislature creates Asotin County (out of Garfield) on October 27, 1883.
Local Histories

Land and Property

Land Records reveal
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Tips -or- Land Contents

Land records (especially deeds) may give the name of a spouse, heirs, and witnesses, who may be relatives or in-laws.

County deeds, mortgages, and leases show transfers from person to person. See also Court Records for actions involving real estate. See Washington Land for government-to-person records.





Naturalization and Citizenship

Declarations of Intent before 1906 often include the nation of origin, his* foreign and "Americanized" names, residence, and date of arrival. See Washington Naturalization and Citizenship for more information.    (*Women were not naturalized until 1922 in the United States.)

Washington State Digital Archives has digitized various types of naturalization-related records, including declarations of intentions, delayed birth files, naturalization affidavits, notifications of application for admission to US citizenship, orders fixing naturalization terms, petitions and records, petitions, receipts for certificates of citizenship, record of final decrees of citizenship and record of petitions dockets. Depending on the county, records range from 1854-1988.


Finding More Washington Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Asotin County, Washington Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

  • WorldCat (For instructions see WorldCat Online Catalog).
  • Do a search for these and other records in the FamilySearch Catalog. To select a county in Washington, add a comma, slide way down to the county list, then click Search. (Almost every state seems to have a Washington County)



Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

Probate Records

Probate records identify heirs of the decedents, give the (approximate) death dates, and provide specifics about property holdings. The records were kept by the county judge.

These include wills, inheritance records, dockets, and other documents regarding property and estates of individuals who have died. See also Court Records for civil actions involving estates. Also see Washington Probate Records.

Public Records


Washington tax records complement land records and can supplement the years between censuses. There may be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties. For more information, see the wiki page Washington Taxation.

Vital Records

The county auditors in Washington kept records of birth, marriage, and death. The county clerk has the divorce records - the earliest dates to the present.

See also How to order Washington Vital Records, order electronically online or download an application for Washington Birth or Death Certificate and Marriage or Divorce Certificate Applications to mail. See Washington Vital Records for details and history of the records. .


Divorce records give the names of the parties and may give the date and place of their marriage. See Washington Vital Records for excellent information.

  • Washington Death Certificates 1907-1960 A free internet index to the 1907-1960 death certificates can be found at FamilySearch Record Search, no images are available. A transcribed death certificate may contain such information as name of the deceased, date and place of death, age, gender, birth date and birth place, mother’s maiden name and name of spouse, place of residence, occupation and certificate numbers.

Archives, Libraries, etc.


Asotin County Courthouse
PO Box 159
Asotin, WA 99402-0159
Phone: (509) 243–4181

County Auditor has birth and marriage records
from 1891 and death records 1891-1907.
County Clerk has divorce and probate records.
County Assessor has land records from 1891. [5]

Family History Centers

Resources for Asotin County, Washington Genealogy are available in libraries, archives, and other repositories at all levels: the town, the county, the state (including universities), and the nation.

Towns and Communities

See a list of towns and communities in Asotin County ] per Wikipedia.


  1. 1.0 1.1 The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. The Evolution of Washington Counties by Newton Carl Abbott, Fred E. Carver, 1979. Published by the Yakima Valley Genealogical Society and Klickitat County Genealogical Society.
  3. John H. Long, Atlas of Historical County Boundaries (Chicago: Newberry Library, 2006) online.
  4. John H. Long, Atlas of Historical County Boundaries (Chicago: Newberry Library, 2006) online.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Asotin County, Washington page 732, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.