Difference between revisions of "Benton County, Washington Genealogy"

From FamilySearch Wiki
Jump to: navigation, search
m
(added ethnic group records)
 
(340 intermediate revisions by 29 users not shown)
Line 1: Line 1:
[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Washington|Washington]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''Benton County'''  
+
''[[United States Genealogy|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Washington, United States Genealogy|Washington]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Benton County''' <br><br>Guide to '''Benton County Washington ancestry, family history, and genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records, since 1905, when the [[{{PAGENAME}}#County_Overview|county was formed]].<br><br>
 +
[[Image:Hot air balloon event in Prosser, Washington.jpg |thumb|right|250px|
 +
Hot air ballon event in Prosser, Benton County, Washington</center>]]
 +
{| width="25%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="5" border="1" style="margin: 1em auto 1em auto;"
 +
|-
 +
| <center>'''County QuickStart:'''</center>
 +
:*[[{{PAGENAME}}#Census|Census]]
 +
:*[[{{PAGENAME}}#Birth|Birth]]
 +
:*[[{{PAGENAME}}#Marriage|Marriage]]
 +
:*[[{{PAGENAME}}#Divorce|Divorce]]
 +
:*[[{{PAGENAME}}#Death|Death]]
 +
:*[[{{PAGENAME}}#Cemeteries|Cemeteries]]
 +
 
 +
|}
 +
 
 +
<br> <br>{{Click|Image:WA_ORP.png|Washington Online Genealogy Records|top}} {{Infobox U.S. County
 +
| county = Benton County
 +
| county_map = Wa-benton.png
 +
| state = Washington
 +
| state_map = Washington.png
 +
| latd =
 +
| longd =
 +
| founded year = 1905
 +
| founded date = March 8
 +
| seat = Prosser
 +
| building image =
 +
| building address = Benton County Courthouse<br>600 Market Street<br> Prosser, WA 99350-0190<br> Phone: 509.786.5624<br>[http://www.co.benton.wa.us/ '''Adams County Website'''] }}
  
[[Image:Wa-benton.png|thumb|right|400px]]
+
=== County Overview  ===
  
== County Courthouse  ==
+
{{Tip|Before the newly-formed county was fully operational, search records of the parent county(s).}}
  
[http://www.co.benton.wa.us/ Benton County Courthouse]<br>&nbsp;600 Market Street<br> Prosser, WA 99350-0190<br> Phone: 509.786.5624&nbsp;<br><br>County Auditor has birth records 1905-1907 <br>and marriage records from 1905; <br>County Clerk has divorce, probate and court records;<br> County Assessor has land records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Benton County, Washington page 732, {WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
+
==== Parent County(s) ====
  
== History  ==
+
{{PAGENAME}} was created 8 March 1905 from [[Klickitat County, Washington Genealogy|Klickitat]] and [[Yakima County, Washington Genealogy|Yakima]] counties<ref>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.</ref>
  
==== Parent County ====
+
'''County Seat:''' Prosser <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>. See also [[{{PAGENAME}}#Towns_and_Communities|Towns and Communities]] in {{PAGENAME}}. For Courthouse, see [[{{PAGENAME}}#Archives.2C_Libraries.2C_etc.|Archives, libraries, etc.]]
  
'''1905--'''Benton County was created 8 March 1905&nbsp;from [[Klickitat County, Washington|Klickitat]] and [[Yakima County, Washington|Yakima]] Counties. '''County seat:''' Prosser <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
+
===== Boundary Changes  =====
  
==== Boundary Changes  ====
+
*[http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/documents/WA_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm#BENTON Historical County Boundaries] from Newberry Library<ref>John H. Long, ''Atlas of Historical County Boundaries'' (Chicago: Newberry Library, 2006) [http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/ online].</ref>
  
*No counties created from the county.
+
For animated maps illustrating Washington County boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/washington/ "Rotating Formation Washington County Boundary Maps"] (1843-1915) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.  
  
==== Record Loss ====
+
==== Courthouse ====
  
== Places / Localities  ==
+
[http://www.co.benton.wa.us/ Benton County Courthouse]<br>600 Market Street<br> Prosser, WA 99350-0190<br> Phone: 509.786.5624<br><br>County Auditor has birth records 1905-1907 <br>and marriage records from 1905.<br>County Clerk has divorce, probate and court records.<br> County Assessor has land records. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Benton County, Washington page 732, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
==== Populated Places  ====
+
*[http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=28751 ''Inventory of the county archives of Washington, no. 3. Benton County (Prosser)''] (If the link does not work, go to [http://www.ancestry.com/ ancestry.com] ($), click '''Search''', select '''Card Catalog''', paste Title into search box, click '''Search''')
  
'''Cities'''
+
See also [[{{PAGENAME}}#Archives.2C_Libraries.2C_etc.|Archives, libraries, etc.]] in {{PAGENAME}}.
  
{| width="80%" class="FCK__ShowTableBorders"
+
==== Dates of Major County Records  ====
 +
 
 +
{| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" border="2"
 
|-
 
|-
| valign="top" |  
+
| width="100%" bgcolor="#ccff66" align="center" colspan="6" | '''Beginning dates for major county records'''<ref>Alice Eichholz, ''Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources'', 3rd ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry Pub., 2004), 733-734. {{WorldCat|55947869|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1185723|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27rb 2004}}.</ref>
*Benton City
+
|-
*Kennewick
+
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Birth|Birth]]'''</center>
 +
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Marriage|Marriage]]'''</center>
 +
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Death|Death]]'''</center>
 +
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Land_and_Property|Land]]'''</center>
 +
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Probate Records|Probate]]'''</center>
 +
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Court Records|Court]]'''</center>
 +
|-
 +
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | <center>1905*</center>
 +
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | <center>1905*</center>
 +
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | <center>1915*</center>
 +
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | <center>1885</center>
 +
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | <center>1884</center>
 +
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | <center>1884</center>
 +
|-
 +
| width="100%" bgcolor="#99d6ff" colspan="6" | '''* For earlier dates, try...''' '''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Church_Records|Church]] &#124; [[{{PAGENAME}}#Obituaries|Obituaries]] &#124; [[{{PAGENAME}}#Cemeteries|Cemeteries]]'''
 +
|}
  
| valign="top" |
+
===== Record Loss  =====
*Prosser
 
  
| valign="top" |
+
There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
*Richland
 
  
| valign="top" |
+
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
*West Richland
 
  
 +
{{PAGENAME}} isurrounded by:[[Franklin County, Washington Genealogy|Franklin]] | [[Grant County, Washington Genealogy|Grant]] | [[Klickitat County, Washington Genealogy|Klickitat]] | [[Walla Walla County, Washington Genealogy|Walla Walla]] | [[Yakima County, Washington Genealogy|Yakima]] | Oregon counties: [[Morrow County, Oregon Genealogy|Morrow]] | [[Umatilla County, Oregon Genealogy|Umatilla]]
 +
<center>{{ WABenton County Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
 +
=== Topics for {{PAGENAME}}  ===
 +
 +
{{WA Topics Intro}} {{Tip|Don't overlook {{FHL|United States, Washington, Benton|place|disp={{PAGENAME}}}} items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see [[Benton County, Washington Genealogy#Archives.2C_Libraries.2C_etc.|Archives and Libraries]].}}
 +
 +
==== Bible Records  ====
 +
 +
{{WA Bible Intro}}
 +
 +
==== Biography  ====
 +
 +
{{WA Biogs Intro}}
 +
 +
==== Business and Commerce ====
 +
 +
{{WA Business Intro}}
 +
 +
==== Cemeteries  ====
 +
 +
{{WA Cemeteries Intro}}
 +
 +
{| width="89%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="5" border="1" style="margin: 1em auto 1em auto;"
 +
|-
 +
| bgcolor="#B2B2FF" colspan="3" | <center>'''{{PAGENAME}}''' cemeteries from [[Washington Cemeteries|state]] and [[United States Cemeteries|national]] resources</center>
 +
|-
 +
| width="30%" bgcolor="#CCFFFF" | <center>'''Online County-wide Name Searches''' </center>
 +
| width="30%" bgcolor="#FFFFB8" | <center>'''Published Grave<br> Transcripts''' </center>
 +
| bgcolor="#FFF1DC" | <center>'''Lists of Cemeteries'''<br>(Several will also link to names)</center>
 +
|-
 +
| bgcolor="#E0FFFF" | [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=50&GScnty=2955&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n FindAGrave] (Add a name to the search)
 +
| bgcolor="#FFFFca" | {{FHL|United States, Washington, Benton|place||disp=FamilySearch Library}} Click '''Cemeteries.''' Press space bar to select town
 +
| bgcolor="#FFF8DC" | [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=50&CScnty=2955 FindAGrave]
 +
|-
 +
| bgcolor="#E0FFFF" | [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections#RSID:34 WA State Archives - Digital Collections] Click any cemetery for search window, select county, enter name(s).
 +
| bgcolor="#FFFFca" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=Benton+County%2C+Washington%2C+cemeteries&qt=results_page WorldCat]
 +
| bgcolor="#FFF8DC" | [http://interment.net/us/wa/benton.htm Interment.net]
 +
|-
 +
| bgcolor="#E0FFFF" | [http://billiongraves.com/pages/search/index.php#country=United+States&state=Washington&county=Benton&search_text=&action=search_cemetery Billion Graves] Switch to "Person Lookup"
 +
| bgcolor="#FFFFca" | [[Washington Periodicals]]
 +
| bgcolor="#FFF8DC" | [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections#RSID:34 Washington State Digital Archives] Put county name in '''Search''' box
 +
|-
 +
| bgcolor="#E0FFFF" |
 +
| bgcolor="#FFFFca" |
 +
| bgcolor="#FFF8DC" | [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/WA/Benton Linkpendium]
 +
|-
 +
| bgcolor="#E0FFFF" |
 +
| bgcolor="#FFFFca" |
 +
| bgcolor="#FFF8DC" | [http://billiongraves.com/pages/search/index.php#country=United+States&state=Washington&county=Benton&search_text=&action=search_cemetery Billion Graves]
 +
|-
 +
| bgcolor="#E0FFFF" |
 +
| bgcolor="#FFFFca" |
 +
| bgcolor="#FFF8DC" | [http://usgwtombstones.org/washington/benton.htm USGenWeb Tombstone Project]
 +
|-
 +
| bgcolor="#E0FFFF" |
 +
| bgcolor="#FFFFca" |
 +
| bgcolor="#FFF8DC" | [http://genealogytrails.com/wash/benton/cemeteries.htm Genealogy Trails]
 +
|-
 +
| bgcolor="#E0FFFF" |
 +
| bgcolor="#FFFFca" |
 +
| bgcolor="#FFF8DC" |
 +
|-
 +
| colspan="3" | <center>See [[Washington Cemeteries#Online_Resources|Washington Cemeteries]] for details about these and other sites. </center>
 
|}
 
|}
  
'''Communities'''  
+
==== Census  ====
 +
 
 +
{{WA Census}}
 +
 
 +
*[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/ Washington State Digital Archives Census indexes]: (Free)
 +
**Federal [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/113 1910]
 +
**These were indexed by local societies and individuals.
 +
 
 +
*[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FM948-Q2Y%3An1501346423%3Fcc%3D1910364 School census record 1910-1926] Part of: ''Washington County Records, 1856-2009'' at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images) [http://tcgs.3rivs.org An index] is available from the Tri-City Genealogical Society
 +
**See what [[Washington Schools#Record_Content|genealogical information]] may bee in these records.
 +
 
 +
{{FYI|Censuses indexed by societies or groups in the area may be more accurate, due to familiarity with local surnames.}}
 +
 
 +
==== Church Records  ====
 +
 
 +
{{WA Church Intro}}
 +
 
 +
*Church records (microfilmed originals or published transcripts) for {{PAGENAME}} are listed in the {{FHL|United States, Washington, Benton|place|disp=FamilySearch catalog}}.
 +
 
 +
==== Court Records  ====
 +
 
 +
{{WACourtIntro}}
 +
 
 +
==== Directories  ====
 +
 
 +
{{WA Dirs Intro}}
 +
 
 +
==== Emigration and Immigration  ====
 +
 
 +
{{WA Emig Intro}}
 +
 
 +
==== Ethnic, Political and Religious Groups  ====
 +
=====American Indian=====
 +
*'''1911 - 1919''' - {{RecordSearch|2300675|Washington, Applications for Enrollment and Adoption of Washington Indians, 1911-1919}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — images
 +
===== Japanese  =====
 +
 
 +
*World War II Files, 1942-1946. Public Welfare/Social Security Department, ([http://digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/486 Japanese Internment]) Assistance Cases, Evacuee Referrals for Resettlement and Assistance, 1945-1946 from the Washington State Archives – Digital Archives.
 +
 
 +
==== Funeral Homes ====
 +
 
 +
{{WA Funeral Homes Intro}}
 +
 
 +
==== Gazetteers  ====
 +
 
 +
{{WA Gazetteers Intro}}
 +
 
 +
==== Genealogy  ====
 +
 
 +
{{CommunityTree}} {{WA Genealogy Intro}}
 +
 
 +
==== Guardianship  ====
 +
 
 +
{{WAGuardianshipIntro}}
 +
 
 +
==== History  ====
 +
 
 +
{{WA History Intro}}<br><br> '''Local Histories'''
 +
 
 +
*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/washington/benton-county/ ''Benton County, Washington Facts''] at Genealogyinc.com (mis-labeled as Benton County, Alabama)
 +
 
 +
'''History Resources'''
 +
 
 +
*[http://www.tricitygenealogicalsociety.org/wiki/doku.php/tcgs:search2 "TCGS Digital Collections"] online at Tri-Cities Genealogical Society
 +
 
 +
===== History Timeline  =====
 +
 
 +
[http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/documents/WA_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm#BENTON Historical County Boundaries] from Newberry Library<ref>John H. Long, ''Atlas of Historical County Boundaries'' (Chicago: Newberry Library, 2006) [http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/ online].</ref><br><br> Emphasis for this timeline is on events that affected migration, records, or record-keeping. Unless otherwise mentioned, the events below were gleaned from Elizabeth Gibson. ''Benton County -- Thumbnail History'', [http://www.historylink.org/index.cfm?DisplayPage=output.cfm&file_id=5671 HistoryLink.org], Essay 5671.
 +
 
 +
*1803 - The first inhabitants were the {{wpd|Yakima Indians|Yakima Indians}}, Umatillas, Klickitats, and Wallulas.
 +
*1853 - March 2, U.S. President Millard Fillmore establishes {{wpd|Washington Territory|Washington Territory}}.
 +
*1858 - A gold rush to British Columbia brought the first influx of white people, as rushers traveled through on their way north.
 +
*1880s - Steamboats and railroads connected what would become known as Kennewick to the other settlements along the Columbia River.
 +
*1880s and earlier - Benton County has very little rainfall, and some farmers had been successful at dryland farming.
 +
*1890s - Irrigation came to the county and brought many changes.
 +
*1905 - March 6, Washington State Legislature creates Benton County (out of Klickitat).
 +
*1942 - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Manhattan District, surveyed the northern part of the county for a secret government project.
 +
*1943 - The government ordered everyone living in the town sites of Hanford and White Bluffs to evacuate. Shortly thereafter, a huge government construction project began, known only as the {{wpd|Manhattan Project|Matthattan Project}}. Thousands of people moved to the Eastern Washington desert. No one knew what they were building, just that it would help the war effort. Only when they heard the news of the devastation caused by the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6, 1945, did the workers know what they had built. "Our bomb clinched it!" read the Richland Villager.
 +
 
 +
==== Land and Property  ====
 +
 
 +
{{WA Land Intro}}
 +
 
 +
*County Recorder's Office: check deeds, file mining claims, get assistance in finding ownership of a particular property, and obtain copies of county plat maps, 1878-present (prior records having been destroyed in a fire).
 +
**[http://64.146.238.12/recorder/web/ Online Document Searching] Deeds, mortgages, etc. from 1985
 +
 
 +
==== Maps  ====
 +
 
 +
{{WA Maps Intro}}
 +
 
 +
[[Image:Wabenton.jpg|300px|Wabenton.jpg]] <br>{{WAMapInfo}}
 +
 
 +
==== Migration  ====
 +
 
 +
{{WA Migration Intro}}
 +
 
 +
==== Military  ====
 +
 
 +
{{WA Military Intro}}
 +
 
 +
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/wa/okanogan/military/ww2/service/armyenlists.txt World War II (1941–1945) army enlistments] at the [http://www.usgwarchives.net/wa/okanogan/okanogan.htm county GenWeb site] has about 400 entries, mostly from Okanogan and other counties. Key (at end of the list) explains codes and columns. Gives year and state of birth. Free.
 +
 
 +
==== Naturalization and Citizenship  ====
 +
 
 +
{{WA Naturalization Intro}}
 +
 
 +
*[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/300 Naturalization Records, 1905-1954] at Washington State Digital Archives Collection. (Free index, no images)
 +
**Includes Declarations of Intention, Petitions for Naturalization and Certificate Stubs.
 +
 
 +
*[https://familysearch.org/search/image/viewer#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FM948-Q2Y%3An1501346423%3Fcc%3D1910364 Naturalization and Citizenship 1901-1954] Part of: ''Washington County Records, 1856-2009'' FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
 +
**See what [[Washington Naturalization and Citizenship#Record_Content|genealogical information]] may be in these records.
 +
**Includes Declarations of intention 1901-1954; Petitions 1907-1954; Naturalization Records 1907-1929.
 +
 
 +
==== Newspapers  ====
 +
 
 +
{{WA Newspapers Intro}}
 +
 
 +
*[[{{PAGENAME}} Newspapers]] (Sortable by towns, years, and titles)
 +
 
 +
==== Obituaries  ====
  
{| width="80%" class="FCK__ShowTableBorders"
+
{{WA Obituaries Intro}}
|-
+
 
| valign="top" |  
+
==== Periodicals  ====
*Finley
+
 
 +
{{WA Periodicals Intro}}
 +
 
 +
==== Probate Records  ====
 +
 
 +
{{WA Probate Intro|Benton}}
 +
 
 +
*[https://familysearch.org/search/image/viewer#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FM948-Q2Y%3An1501346423%3Fcc%3D1910364 Probate case files 1895-1930] Part of: ''Washington County Records, 1856-2009'' at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
 +
**See what [[Washington Probate Records#Record_Content|genealogical information]] may be in these records.
 +
 
 +
==== Public Records  ====
 +
 
 +
{{WA Public Records}}
 +
 
 +
*Benton [https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-22029-16595-88?cc=1404287&wc=12809197 Postmaster Index}. Prior to 1965] Part of ''Washington, Postmaster Indexes, Prior to 1965'', [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/list#page=1&countryId=58 FamilySearch Historical Collections] for Washington. (Free, browse images)
 +
 
 +
*[https://familysearch.org/search/image/viewer#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FM948-Q2Y%3An1501346423%3Fcc%3D1910364 Petition Records 1912-1984] Part of ''Washington, County Records, 1856-2009'' FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
 +
**See what [[Washington Public Records#Record_Content|genealogical information]] may be in these records.
 +
**Petitions for roads, courthouse removal, other civil matters.
 +
 
 +
*[https://familysearch.org/search/image/viewer#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FM948-Q2Y%3An1501346423%3Fcc%3D1910364 Mother's pension records 1913-1937] Part of ''Washington, County Records, 1856-2009'' FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
 +
**See what [[Washington Public Records#Record_Content|genealogical information]] may be in these records.
 +
**These were single mothers trying to qualify for welfare support.
 +
 
 +
==== School Records  ====
 +
 
 +
{{WA School Intro}}
 +
 
 +
*[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FM948-Q2Y%3An1501346423%3Fcc%3D1910364 School census record 1910-1926] Part of: ''Washington County Records, 1856-2009'' at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
 +
**See what [[Washington Schools#Record_Content|genealogical information]] may be in these records. These give exact birth dates of the children.
 +
 
 +
==== Taxation  ====
 +
 
 +
{{WA Tax Intro}}
 +
 
 +
==== Vital Records  ====
 +
 
 +
{{WA vital intro}}
 +
 
 +
===== Birth  =====
 +
 
 +
{{WA Birth Intro}}
 +
 
 +
*Washington State Digital Archives has a database of [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/TitleInfo.aspx?TID=471 Benton County Birth Register].
 +
**For FHL entries, 1905-1907, click {{FHL|567116|title-id|disp=here}}.
 +
 
 +
*[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/689 Birth Returns, 1905-1907] at Washington State Digital Archives Collection. (Free)
 +
 
 +
*[https://familysearch.org/search/image/viewer#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FM948-Q2Y%3An1501346423%3Fcc%3D1910364 Birth Returns, Register, Index, 1905-1907] Part of: ''Washington County Records, 1856-2009'' at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
 +
**See what [[Washington Vital Records#Record_Content|genealogical information]] may be in these records.
 +
 
 +
{{WA Birth Other Records}}
 +
 
 +
===== Marriage  =====
 +
 
 +
{{WA Marriage Intro}}
 +
*'''1855–2008''' - {{RecordSearch|1534448|Washington, County Marriages, 1855-2008}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — index and images<br>
 +
 
 +
*'''1905-1920''' - Washington State Digital Archives has a database of [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/TitleInfo.aspx?TID=274 Benton County Marriages] from 1905 to 1920. This database is an index to marriage certificates filed with the Auditor in Benton County, Washington. For FHL entries, click {{FHL|217999|title-id|disp=here}}{{LQL}}.
  
| valign="top" |
+
*'''1905-1980''' - [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/274 Marriage Records, 1905-1980] at Washington State Digital Archives Collection. (Free)
*Highland
 
  
| valign="top" |  
+
*'''1901-1954''' - [https://familysearch.org/search/image/viewer#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FM948-Q2Y%3An1501346423%3Fcc%3D1910364 Marriage Records 1901-1954] Part of: ''Washington County Records, 1856-2009'' FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
*Kiona
+
**See what [[Washington Vital Records#Record_content|genealogical information]] may bee in these records.
 +
**Includes Marriage license applications 1939-1980, certificates 1905-2008 , license index 1906-1926; Marriage affidavits 1905-1922.
  
| valign="top" |
+
{{FYI|Witnesses or affiants may be relatives or close family friends. The affidavits also include physician's certificates.}}
*Paterson
 
  
|}
+
===== Divorce  =====
  
'''Extinct Communities'''
+
{{WA Divorce Intro}}
  
{| cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" border="0" style="width: 574px; height: 53px" class="FCK__ShowTableBorders"
+
===== Death  =====
|-
 
|
 
*Hanford
 
  
|
+
{{WA Death Intro}}
*White Bluffs
 
  
|
+
*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1454923 Washington, Death Certificates, 1907-1960] ''Washington, Death Certificates, 1907-1960'' at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)  
*Richland (Original Site)
+
**See what [https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Washington,_Death_Certificates_%28FamilySearch_Historical_Records%29#Record_Content genealogical information] may be in these records.
  
| <br>
+
==== Voting Registers ====
|}
 
  
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
+
{{WA Voting Intro}}
  
[[Franklin County, Washington|Franklin]] | [[Grant County, Washington|Grant]] | [[Klickitat County, Washington|Klickitat]] | [[Walla Walla County, Washington|Walla Walla]] | [[Yakima County, Washington|Yakima]] | '''Oregon counties:''' [[Morrow County, Oregon|Morrow]] | [[Umatilla County, Oregon|Umatilla]]
+
<br>
  
== Resources ==
+
==== Websites ====
  
==== Cemeteries<br>  ====
+
{{WA Websites Intro}}
  
The links are to volunteer submitted tombstone lists and may be incomplete. In addition to these links try [http://usgwtombstones.org/washington/benton.htm USGenWeb Tombstone Project - Benton County, Washington] for tombstone lists and photos.<br>
+
{| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="5" border="1"
 +
|-
 +
| width="100%" colspan="3" bgcolor="#ADFF85" | <center>'''Sites with online indexes or images of records''' </center>
 +
|-
 +
| width="30%" | [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wabenton/ The Benton County WAGenWeb Project]
 +
| width="10%" | Free
 +
| width="60%" | Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
 +
|-
 +
| width="30%" | [http://usgwarchives.net/wa/benton/benton.htm The USGenWeb Archives Project]
 +
| width="10%" | Free
 +
| width="60%" | Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
 +
|-
 +
| width="30%" | [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections#RSID:5 Washington State Digital Archives]  
 +
| width="10%" | Free
 +
| width="60%" | Includes indexes, some linked to images.
 +
*Type county name, click '''Search''', then select a collection.
 +
*Collections were posted to the appropriate headings for this Wiki page in December, 2013.
  
{| width="700" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" border="0" align="center" class="FCK__ShowTableBorders"
 
 
|-
 
|-
|  
+
| width="30%" | [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/list#page=1&countryId=58 FamilySearch Historical Collections]
'''Cemetery<br>'''
+
| width="10%" | Free
 +
| width="60%" | Search indexes or browse images at FamilySearch.org.
 +
*Click "Last Updated." Collections through December 2013 have been posted to the appropriate topics for this Wiki page.
 +
 
 +
|}
  
| '''Nearest Town'''<br>
+
{| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="5" border="1"
| '''Address'''<br>
 
 
|-
 
|-
| [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=76757&CScn=desert+lawn&CScntry=4&CSst=50& Desert Lawn Memorial Park]<br>
+
| width="100%" colspan="3" bgcolor="#94FFFF" | <center>'''Sites that search for links pertaining to {{PAGENAME}}''' </center>
| Kennewick<br>  
 
| 1401 South Union St., Kennewick<br>
 
 
|-
 
|-
| [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=76781&CScn=evergreen&CScntry=4&CSst=50& Evergreen Cemetery]<br>
+
| width="30%" | [http://resources.rootsweb.ancestry.com/USA/WA/Benton/ Web Sites at RootsWeb - Benton WA]  
| Benton City<br>
+
| width="10%" | Free
| Horn Road, Benton City<br>
+
| width="60%" | Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
 
|-
 
|-
| [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=2172933&CScn=horse+heaven+hills&CScntry=4&CSst=50& Horse Heaven Hills Cemetery]<br>
+
| width="30%" | [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/WA/Benton/ Linkpendium]  
| Benton City<br>
+
| width="10%" | Free
| Cemetery Rd. between Travis Rd and Clodius Rd, Prosser (11 miles south of Benton City)<br>
+
| width="60%" | Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
 
|-
 
|-
| [http://usgwarchives.net/wa/benton/photos/tombstones/paterson/paterson.htm Paterson Cemetery]<br>
+
| width="30%" | [http://www.cyndislist.com/us/wa/counties/benton/ CyndisList]
| Prosser<br>
+
| width="10%" | Free
| <br>
+
| width="60%" | Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
 +
|-
 +
| width="30%" | [http://www.genealogyinc.com/washington/benton-county/ Genealogyinc.com]
 +
| width="10%" | Free
 +
| width="60%" | "Benton County, Washington Facts"
 +
|-
 +
| width="30%" | [https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/100011493983065364950 google.com]  
 +
| width="10%" | Free
 +
| width="60%" | "Washington Genealogy Network Community on Google+"
 
|-
 
|-
| [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=732916&CScn=east+prosser&CScntry=4&CSst=50& Prosser Cemetery]<br>
+
| width="30%" | [https://www.facebook.com/groups/222494824442130/ Facebook.com]  
| Prosser<br>
+
| width="10%" | Free
| 1601 Paterson Avenue, PO Box 1439, Prosser<br>
+
| width="60%" | "Washington Genealogy Network Group on Facebook"
 
|-
 
|-
| [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=77012&CScn=resthaven&CScntry=4&CSst=50& Resthaven Cemetery (Find a Grave)], [http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=111872 Resthaven Cemetery (BillionGraves)]<span style="text-decoration: underline;" /><br>
+
| width="30%" | [http://www.tricitygenealogicalsociety.org/wiki/doku.php/ Tri-City Genealogical Society]
| Richland<br>
+
| width="10%" | Free
| Williams Blvd between Goethals Dr and Kimball Ave in RIchland<br>
+
| width="60%" | Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
 +
|}
 +
 
 +
{| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="5" border="1"
 
|-
 
|-
| [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=77020&CScn=riverview&CScntry=4&CSst=50& Riverview Heights Cemetery]<br>  
+
| width="100%" colspan="2" bgcolor="#FFFF66" | <center>'''Major catalogs for ''hard copy'' collections of {{PAGENAME}}''' <br>Books, microfilm, or manuscripts of genealogical records</center>
| Kennewick<br>  
 
| 1200 S. Olympia, Kennewick<br>
 
 
|-
 
|-
| [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=77075&CScn=sunset+memorial&CScntry=4&CSst=50& Sunset Memorial Cemetery (Findagrave)] [http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=111912 Sunset Memorial Cemetery (BillionGraves)]<br>
+
| width="30%" | {{FHL|United States, Washington, Benton|place|disp=FamilySearch catalog}}
| Richland<br>
+
| width="70%" | Select topics. To select towns, add a comma to the search box.
| 915 By-Pass-Highway, Richland<br>
 
 
|-
 
|-
| [http://files.usgwarchives.net/wa/benton/cemeteries/wpross.txt West Prosser (IOOF) Cemetery]<br>
+
| width="30%" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=benton+county+washington&dblist=638&fq=s0%3A28000000&qt=facet_s0%3A WorldCat]  
| Prosser<br>
+
| width="70%" | To find nearby libraries that have specific items, see [[WorldCat Online Catalog]].
| Richards Rd and Byron Rd, west of Prosser<br>
 
 
|-
 
|-
| [http://www.interment.net/data/us/wa/benton/white_bluffs.htm White Bluffs Cemetery]<br>
+
| width="30%" | [http://smartcat.acpl.lib.in.us/?q=benton+county+Washington Allen County Public Library] (Indiana)
| of White Bluffs, currently in Prosser<br>
 
 
|  
 
|  
When White Bluffs was depopulated for the Hanford Project the 133 caskets were moved to the Prosser Cemetery.<br>  
+
|-
 +
| width="100%" colspan="2" | <center>'''See also''' [[{{PAGENAME}}#Libraries|local libraries]] and [[Washington Archives and Libraries]]</center>
 +
|}
 +
 
 +
=== Archives, Libraries, etc.  ===
 +
 
 +
{{WA Archives Intro}}
  
|}
+
Resources for {{PAGENAME}} are available in libraries, archives, and other repositories at all levels: the town, the county, the [[Washington Archives and Libraries|state]] (including [[Washington Archives and Libraries#University_Libraries_and_Special_Collections|universities]]), and the [[United States Archives and Libraries|nation]].
 +
 
 +
*Check websites and catalogs, such as items in {{FHL|United States, Washington, Benton|place|disp=FamilySearch Library}} (Utah) or [http://smartcat.acpl.lib.in.us/?q=benton+county+Washington Allen County Public Library] (Indiana) for {{PAGENAME}}. {{GetACopy tip}}
  
==== Census ====
+
===== Family History Centers =====
  
*1910
+
{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
*1920
 
*1930
 
  
==== Church  ====
+
*[[Kennewick Washington Family History Center]] 895 W Gage Blvd, Richland, WA United States [https://www.google.com/maps/preview#!q=895+W+Gage+Blvd%2C+Richland%2C+WA+United+States&data=!4m15!2m14!1m13!1s0x549870a5a5c3d19b%3A0x593abd1b828a1d91!3m8!1m3!1d3088!2d-119.7778721!3d48.0981486!3m2!1i1398!2i890!4f13.1!4m2!3d46.2266195!4d-119.2734903 Location Map.]<br>
  
==== Court  ====
+
*[[Prosser Washington Family History Center]] 1835 Highland Dr., Prosser, WA United States [https://www.google.com/maps/preview#!q=1835+Highland+Dr.%2C+Prosser%2C+WA+United+States&data=!4m15!2m14!1m13!1s0x549810f30b6b5e15%3A0x44ba6a066df6a195!3m8!1m3!1d1582!2d-119.1582346!3d46.8330287!3m2!1i1398!2i890!4f13.1!4m2!3d46.2085!4d-119.758742 Location Map]
  
==== Land  ====
+
*[[Richland Washington Family History Center|Richland Family History Center]] 1314 Jadwin Ave., Richland WA 99352 United States [https://www.google.com/maps/preview#!q=1314+Goethals+Richland+WA+99352-2218+United+States+&data=!4m15!2m14!1m13!1s0x54987ace2c04dcff%3A0x5cafb64ea9559ad9!3m8!1m3!1d3053!2d-123.385132!3d48.096297!3m2!1i880!2i880!4f13.1!4m2!3d46.288056!4d-119.279383 Location Map]
  
==== Local Histories ====
+
===== Libraries =====
  
==== Maps  ====
+
{{WALibraries Intro}}
  
==== Military  ====
+
*Mid-Columbia Public Libraries -
 +
**[http://www.midcolumbialibraries.org Branches and Locations]
 +
**[http://www.midcolumbialibraries.org/research-tools Genealogy Research Tools]
 +
**Special or unique Collections: collections of genealogical value are available from 1800s to the present. (Ancestry.com, Heritage Quest and others)
  
==== Naturalization ====
+
===== Museums =====
  
[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/RecordSeriesInfo.aspx?rsid=2 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. <br>
+
{{WA Museums Intro}}
  
==== Newspapers  ====
+
*[http://ebchs.org/ East Benton County Historical Museum] is located at 205 Keewaydin Drive, Kennewick, WA 99336-0602 (509) 582-7704 / ebchs @ frontier.com
 +
*The Reach is the new museum that has replaced CREHST. Visit: [http://www.visitthereach.org/ www.visitthereach.org/] The museum is located in Columbia Park West. The photo collections are no longer available.<br>
 +
*CLOSED** [http://www.crehst.org/ The Columbia River Exhibition of History, Science, and Technology] (CREHST) is a museum and science center created to tell the dynamic story of the Columbia Basin and surrounding region." It features an excellent exhibit and materials available on the Hanford project and the huge influx of people to support it in the 1940's. Two collections of interest specifically to genealogists are their photos collections (indexes for [http://www.tricitygenealogicalsociety.org/PUBLICATIONS/Marlins/Marlins.shtml Marlin's Columbia Photography], [http://www.tricitygenealogicalsociety.org/PUBLICATIONS/Northlight/Northlight.shtml North Light Studio] and [http://www.tricitygenealogicalsociety.org/PUBLICATIONS/Wendland/Wendland.shtml Wendland Studio]) and their collection of General Electric Company newsletters.
  
==== Probate ====
+
===== Societies =====
  
==== Taxation  ====
+
{{WA Societies Intro}}
  
==== Vital Records  ====
+
*[http://ebchs.org/ East Benton County Historical Society] primarily runs a museum of local history and a research library. The museum features local history, from the ancient petrified forests to the Native Americans to the pioneers and settlers. Of special note is an extensive photograph collection depicting life in Kennewick, Richland, Finley, Hover, Hanford, White Bluffs and surrounding areas. "The museum library houses an extensive collection of materials including obituaries, local history files, family history information, high school annuals and books of local and regional interest. There are also 121 books from Dr. Glen Axford's Audubon Collection." (From the http://ebchs.org/ website under Museum Info: Research Library)<br><br>
 +
*[http://www.tricitygenealogicalsociety.org The Tri-City Genealogical Society] has an extensive collection of local and regional resources as well as references for other areas. Check their [http://www.tricitygenealogicalsociety.org/wiki/doku.php/tcgs:libraries resources page] for an updated list of their holdings. They also provide genealogical help at the Mid-Columbia Library, have [http://www.tricitygenealogicalsociety.org/wiki/doku.php?id=tcgs:search2 online resources], and [http://www.tricitygenealogicalsociety.org/wiki/doku.php/tcgs:research conduct local research] for a small fee.
  
*Washington State Digital Archives has a database of&nbsp;[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/TitleInfo.aspx?TID=471 Benton County Birth Records]. This database contains the names of people who were born in&nbsp;Benton County from 1905-1907. For FHL entries, 1905-1907, click {{FHL|567116|title-id|disp=here}}.
+
=== Towns and Communities  ===
*Washington State Digital Archives has a database of [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/TitleInfo.aspx?TID=274 Benton County Marriages]&nbsp;from&nbsp;1905 to 1920.&nbsp;This database is an index to marriage certificates filed with the Auditor in Benton County, Washington.&nbsp; For FHL entries, click {{FHL|217999|title-id|disp=here}}.
 
*'''Washington Death Certificates 1907-1960 '''A free internet index to the 1907-1960 death certificates can be&nbsp;found at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1454923 FamilySearch Record Search], no images are available. A&nbsp;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.
 
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
+
See a list of towns and communities in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benton_County,_Washington#Cities Benton County] per Wikipedia.
  
*[http://www.tricitygenealogicalsociety.org The Tri-City Genealogical Society] has an extensive collection of local and regional resources as well as references for other areas. Check their [http://www.tricitygenealogicalsociety.org/wiki/doku.php/tcgs:libraries resources page] for an updated list of their holdings. They also provide genealogical help at the Mid-Columbia Library, have [http://www.tricitygenealogicalsociety.org/wiki/doku.php?id=tcgs:search online resources], and [http://www.tricitygenealogicalsociety.org/wiki/doku.php/tcgs:research conduct local research] for a small fee.<br>
+
'''Extinct Communities'''
*Richland Family History Center located at 1314 Jadwin Ave., Richland WA 99352; phone (509) 946-6637 houses the collection of the Tri-City Genealogical Society. It also has helpful staff, free family history classes, some online databases, and access to the normal family history center resources.<br>
 
*[http://www.midcolumbialibraries.org/ Mid-Columbia Library System] has many books of genealogical value, maps, and many local newspapers on microfilm dating from the late 1800s to the present. In the library there is also access to online databases and volunteers from the TCGS.<br>
 
*[http://www.richland.lib.wa.us/ Richland Public Library] has access to online databases, some books of genealogical value, and the local Tri-City Herald newspaper on microfilm.<br>
 
*[http://ebchs.org/ East Benton County Historical Society] primarily runs a museum of local history and a research library. The museum features local history, from the ancient petrified forests to the Native Americans to the pioneers and settlers. Of special note is an extensive photograph collection depicting life in Kennewick, Richland, Finley, Hover, Hanford, White Bluffs and surrounding areas. "The museum library houses an extensive collection of materials including obituaries, local history files, family history information, high school annuals and books of local and regional interest. There are also 121 books from Dr. Glen Axford's Audubon Collection." (From the http://ebchs.org/ website under Museum Info: Research Library)<br>
 
*[http://www.crehst.org/ The Columbia River Exhibition of History, Science, and Technology] (CREHST) is a museum and science center created to tell the dynamic story of the Columbia Basin and surrounding region." It features an excellent exhibit and materials available on the Hanford project and the huge influx of people to support it in the 1940's.&nbsp; Two collections of interest specifically to genealogists are their photos collections (indexes for [http://www.tricitygenealogicalsociety.org/PUBLICATIONS/Marlins/Marlins.shtml Marlin's Columbia Photography], [http://www.tricitygenealogicalsociety.org/PUBLICATIONS/Northlight/Northlight.shtml North&nbsp;Light Studio] and [http://www.tricitygenealogicalsociety.org/PUBLICATIONS/Wendland/Wendland.shtml Wendland Studio]) and their collection of General&nbsp;Electric Company newsletters.<br>
 
  
==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
+
{| cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" border="0" style="width: 574px; height: 53px" class="FCK__ShowTableBorders"
 +
|-
 +
|
 +
*Hanford
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
+
|
*[[Kennewick Washington Family History Center]]
+
*White Bluffs
*[[Prosser Washington Family History Center]]
 
  
== Web Sites  ==
+
|
 +
*Richland (Original Site)
  
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wabenton/ The Benton County WAGenWeb Project], a member of [[WAGenWeb|The WAGenWeb Project]], an affiliate of [[USGenWeb|The USGenWeb Project]].
+
| <br>
*[http://usgwarchives.net/wa/benton/benton.htm The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Benton County.
+
|}
*[http://usgwarchives.org/wa/benton/benton.htm The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Benton County. (Mirror site)
 
*{{FHL|Washington%2C+Benton|subject|disp=FamilySearch.org}} Family History Library Catalog for Benton County.
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/WA/Benton/ Benton County, Washington Genealogy and Family History<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1284214746890_278" />] (Linkpendium)
 
*[http://www.tricitygenealogicalsociety.org Tri-City Genealogical&nbsp;Society] has online data for Benton and Franklin Counties.<br>
 
  
== References  ==
+
=== References  ===
  
 
<references />  
 
<references />  
  
{{Washington|Washington}} {{Washington-stub}}  
+
{{Washington|Washington}}  
  
 
[[Category:Benton_County,_Washington]]
 
[[Category:Benton_County,_Washington]]

Latest revision as of 19:18, 26 October 2016

United States Gotoarrow.png Washington Gotoarrow.png Benton County

Guide to Benton County Washington ancestry, family history, and genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records, since 1905, when the county was formed.

Hot air ballon event in Prosser, Benton County, Washington
County QuickStart:



WA ORP.png

Benton County, Washington
Map
Map of Washington highlighting Benton County
Location in the state of Washington
Map of the U.S. highlighting Washington
Location of Washington in the U.S.
Facts
Founded March 8, 1905
County Seat Prosser
Courthouse
Address Benton County Courthouse
600 Market Street
Prosser, WA 99350-0190
Phone: 509.786.5624
Adams County Website


County Overview

Parent County(s)

Benton County, Washington Genealogy was created 8 March 1905 from Klickitat and Yakima counties[1]

County Seat: Prosser [2]. See also Towns and Communities in Benton County, Washington Genealogy. For Courthouse, see Archives, libraries, etc.

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating Washington County boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Washington County Boundary Maps" (1843-1915) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Courthouse

Benton County Courthouse
600 Market Street
Prosser, WA 99350-0190
Phone: 509.786.5624

County Auditor has birth records 1905-1907
and marriage records from 1905.
County Clerk has divorce, probate and court records.
County Assessor has land records. [4]

See also Archives, libraries, etc. in Benton County, Washington Genealogy.

Dates of Major County Records

Beginning dates for major county records[5]
Birth
Marriage
Death
Land
Probate
Court
1905*
1905*
1915*
1885
1884
1884
* For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries
Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Neighboring Counties

Benton County, Washington Genealogy isurrounded by:Franklin | Grant | Klickitat | Walla Walla | Yakima | Oregon counties: Morrow | Umatilla

Benton CountyBenton Countykittitas CountyChelan CountyGrant CountyAdams CountyFranklin CountyWalla Walla CountyColumbia CountyWhitman CountyUmatilla CountyMorrow CountyGillian CountySherman CountyBenton County.JPG

Topics for Benton County, Washington Genealogy

The topics or headings on this page describe records that are used for genealogy and family history. They include links to web sites with indexes, images, or information about the county.

Bible Records

 

Biography

Biographical information is often found in state and local histories or genealogies. See also Washington Biography.

Business and Commerce

 

Cemeteries

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.


Benton County, Washington Genealogy cemeteries from state and national resources
Online County-wide Name Searches
Published Grave
Transcripts
Lists of Cemeteries
(Several will also link to names)
FindAGrave (Add a name to the search) FamilySearch Library Click Cemeteries. Press space bar to select town FindAGrave
WA State Archives - Digital Collections Click any cemetery for search window, select county, enter name(s). WorldCat Interment.net
Billion Graves Switch to "Person Lookup" Washington Periodicals Washington State Digital Archives Put county name in Search box
Linkpendium
Billion Graves
USGenWeb Tombstone Project
Genealogy Trails
See Washington Cemeteries for details about these and other sites.

Census

Federal Census Contents
Names, ages, birthplaces 1850–1940
Birthplaces of parents 1880–1940
Relationships 1880–1940
Family and Neighbors All years
Immigration year 1900–1930
Citizenship 1910–1940

Censuses 1) Give names, ages, and more about the family; 2) Pinpoint the area to find other records; and 3) Provide clues for further research.



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.

  • Church records (microfilmed originals or published transcripts) for Benton County, Washington Genealogy are listed in the FamilySearch catalog.

Court Records

Your ancestors may be found in court records as defendants, plaintiffs, witnesses, or jurors. Court records can clarify family relationships, places of residence, occupations, and family history. See Washington Court Records for courts used through the years.

ArrowGreen.svg.png
For specialized court records, see Divorce  · Guardianship  · Land  · Naturalization · Probate

Directories

 

Emigration and Immigration

 

Ethnic, Political and Religious Groups

American Indian
Japanese
  • 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.

Funeral Homes

 

Gazetteers

 

Genealogy

A FamilySearch Community Tree is available for this place.
Many local libraries and societies have collections of family genealogies. County histories or biographies often include brief genealogies of the featured persons.

Guardianship

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

History

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

Local Histories

History Resources

History Timeline

Historical County Boundaries from Newberry Library[6]

Emphasis for this timeline is on events that affected migration, records, or record-keeping. Unless otherwise mentioned, the events below were gleaned from Elizabeth Gibson. Benton County -- Thumbnail History, HistoryLink.org, Essay 5671.

  • 1803 - The first inhabitants were the Yakima Indians, Umatillas, Klickitats, and Wallulas.
  • 1853 - March 2, U.S. President Millard Fillmore establishes Washington Territory.
  • 1858 - A gold rush to British Columbia brought the first influx of white people, as rushers traveled through on their way north.
  • 1880s - Steamboats and railroads connected what would become known as Kennewick to the other settlements along the Columbia River.
  • 1880s and earlier - Benton County has very little rainfall, and some farmers had been successful at dryland farming.
  • 1890s - Irrigation came to the county and brought many changes.
  • 1905 - March 6, Washington State Legislature creates Benton County (out of Klickitat).
  • 1942 - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Manhattan District, surveyed the northern part of the county for a secret government project.
  • 1943 - The government ordered everyone living in the town sites of Hanford and White Bluffs to evacuate. Shortly thereafter, a huge government construction project began, known only as the Matthattan Project. Thousands of people moved to the Eastern Washington desert. No one knew what they were building, just that it would help the war effort. Only when they heard the news of the devastation caused by the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6, 1945, did the workers know what they had built. "Our bomb clinched it!" read the Richland Villager.

Land and Property

Land Records reveal
Yes or Maybe  Y  M
Seller (Grantor) Green check.png]]  
Seller's Spouse Green check.png]]  
Buyer (Grantee) Green check.png]]  
Heirs   Green check.png]]
Witnesses Green check.png]]  
Land Description and Dates Green check.png]]  
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.

  • County Recorder's Office: check deeds, file mining claims, get assistance in finding ownership of a particular property, and obtain copies of county plat maps, 1878-present (prior records having been destroyed in a fire).

Maps

 

Wabenton.jpg
This map highlights the county within the state of Washington. The map soon will have inter-active links.

Migration

Most residents came to Washington from other states or crossed the border from Canada. (See Seattle Passenger Lists for those who came from other countries.) Although few other migration records exist, try:

Censuses (use birthdates and places of children as clues)
Land (1st deed may reveal previous residence)
Death-related records of children may give town or county of birth
• Records of relatives and neighbors

Military

 

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.

  • Naturalization Records, 1905-1954 at Washington State Digital Archives Collection. (Free index, no images)
    • Includes Declarations of Intention, Petitions for Naturalization and Certificate Stubs.

Newspapers

Small town newspapers provide historical content and contain obituaries, birth or death notices, legal notices, and community news, such as visits to or from out-of-town relatives. See Washington Newspapers for tips, resources, and details.

Obituaries

Obituaries may mention birth, marriage, spouse, parents, living family members, education, occupation, and more. See Washington Obituaries for state level collections and United States Obituaries for tips and insights.

ArrowGreen.svg.png
See also: NewspapersLibrariesSocietiesFuneral Homes • Obituaries of neighboring counties or of the person's previous residence • Family records.

Periodicals

 

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

Public records are documents created by civil authorities that either don't fit comfortably in another topic, or that could fit in several topics.

  • Petition Records 1912-1984 Part of Washington, County Records, 1856-2009 FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
    • See what genealogical information may be in these records.
    • Petitions for roads, courthouse removal, other civil matters.

School Records

 

Taxation

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. .

Birth
Birth Records reveal
Yes or Maybe
 Y  M
Name of Child Green check.png]]  
Birth Date and Place Green check.png]]  
Parent's Names Green check.png]]  
Mother's Maiden Name Green check.png]]  
Parent's Ages   Green check.png]]
Parents' State or Country of Birth Green check.png]]  
Name of Doctor or Midwife Green check.png]]  

In 1891, coroners, physicians, and midwives were to "return" births and deaths to the county auditor. Many went unrecorded. In 1907, the State Center for Health Statistics assumed this responsibility.[7]

ArrowGreen.svg.png
See Washington Online Genealogy Records for indexes.
Also see Washington Birth Records.

For earlier or unrecorded births, search:


Marriage
Marriage Records reveal
Yes or Maybe
 Y  M
Date of Marriage or License Green check.png]]  
Names of Bride and Groom Green check.png]]  
Ages Green check.png]]  
Birth Places Green check.png]]  
Residences Green check.png]]  
Names of Parents   Green check.png]]
Husband's Occupation   Green check.png]]
Witnesses Green check.png]]  
Minister or Officiator Green check.png]]  

Marriage records include certificates, marriage returns, license applications or affidavits. Counties kept the records until 1968, when the state took over.


ArrowGreen.svg.png
See Washington Online Genealogy Records for indexes.
Also see Washington Marriage Records.

  • 1905-1920 - Washington State Digital Archives has a database of Benton County Marriages from 1905 to 1920. This database is an index to marriage certificates filed with the Auditor in Benton County, Washington. For FHL entries, click here[low quality link].
  • 1901-1954 - Marriage Records 1901-1954 Part of: Washington County Records, 1856-2009 FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
    • See what genealogical information may bee in these records.
    • Includes Marriage license applications 1939-1980, certificates 1905-2008 , license index 1906-1926; Marriage affidavits 1905-1922.
Divorce

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.

Death
Death Records reveal
Yes or Maybe
 Y  M
Name of Deceased Green check.png]]  
Death Date and Place Green check.png]]  
Age or Birth Date and Place Green check.png]]  
Parent's Names Green check.png]]  
Mother's Maiden Name Green check.png]]  
Name of Spouse   Green check.png]]
Residence Green check.png]]  
Occupation Green check.png]]  

In 1891, coroners, physicians and midwives were to report (or return) all births and deaths under their supervision to County Auditors. On July 1, 1907, the State took over....[8]

ArrowGreen.svg.png
See Washington Online Genealogy Records for indexes.
Also see Washington Death Records.

Voting Registers

 


Websites



Sites with online indexes or images of records
The Benton County WAGenWeb Project Free Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
The USGenWeb Archives Project Free Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
Washington State Digital Archives Free Includes indexes, some linked to images.
  • Type county name, click Search, then select a collection.
  • Collections were posted to the appropriate headings for this Wiki page in December, 2013.
FamilySearch Historical Collections Free Search indexes or browse images at FamilySearch.org.
  • Click "Last Updated." Collections through December 2013 have been posted to the appropriate topics for this Wiki page.
Sites that search for links pertaining to Benton County, Washington Genealogy
Web Sites at RootsWeb - Benton WA Free Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
Linkpendium Free Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
CyndisList Free Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
Genealogyinc.com Free "Benton County, Washington Facts"
google.com Free "Washington Genealogy Network Community on Google+"
Facebook.com Free "Washington Genealogy Network Group on Facebook"
Tri-City Genealogical Society Free Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
Major catalogs for hard copy collections of Benton County, Washington Genealogy
Books, microfilm, or manuscripts of genealogical records
FamilySearch catalog Select topics. To select towns, add a comma to the search box.
WorldCat To find nearby libraries that have specific items, see WorldCat Online Catalog.
Allen County Public Library (Indiana)
See also local libraries and Washington Archives and Libraries

Archives, Libraries, etc.

See also a List of Washington Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies  

Resources for Benton 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.

Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See Family History Center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Libraries

Local public libraries—even smaller ones—often have Unique Genealogical Collections that are not online for the area they serve. Many libraries in Washington have an area dedicated to local history and genealogy.


Museums

 

Societies

 

  • East Benton County Historical Society primarily runs a museum of local history and a research library. The museum features local history, from the ancient petrified forests to the Native Americans to the pioneers and settlers. Of special note is an extensive photograph collection depicting life in Kennewick, Richland, Finley, Hover, Hanford, White Bluffs and surrounding areas. "The museum library houses an extensive collection of materials including obituaries, local history files, family history information, high school annuals and books of local and regional interest. There are also 121 books from Dr. Glen Axford's Audubon Collection." (From the http://ebchs.org/ website under Museum Info: Research Library)

  • The Tri-City Genealogical Society has an extensive collection of local and regional resources as well as references for other areas. Check their resources page for an updated list of their holdings. They also provide genealogical help at the Mid-Columbia Library, have online resources, and conduct local research for a small fee.

Towns and Communities

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

Extinct Communities

  • Hanford
  • White Bluffs
  • Richland (Original Site)

References

  1. 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.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. John H. Long, Atlas of Historical County Boundaries (Chicago: Newberry Library, 2006) online.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Benton County, Washington page 732, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. Alice Eichholz, Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, 3rd ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry Pub., 2004), 733-734. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 2004.
  6. John H. Long, Atlas of Historical County Boundaries (Chicago: Newberry Library, 2006) online.
  7. Washington State Archives - Digital Archives, Birth Records, About this Collection
  8. About Death Records at Washington State Digital Archives.