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United States Gotoarrow.png Washington Gotoarrow.png Chelan County [[Image:Template:WAChelanStehekin]]

Guide to Chelan County, Washington Genealogy genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records, since 1899, when the county was formed.

County QuickStart:


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Chelan County, Washington
Map
Map of Washington highlighting Chelan County
Location in the state of Washington
Map of the U.S. highlighting Washington
Location of Washington in the U.S.
Facts
Founded March 13, 1899
County Seat Wenatchee
Courthouse
Address Chelan County Courthouse<br>350 Douglas Street<br>Wenatchee, WA 98801<br>Phone: 509.667.6380<br>Chelan County Website


County Overview

Parent County(s)

Chelan County, Washington Genealogy was created 13 March 1899 from Kittitas and Okanogan counties[1]

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

Boundary Changes

Courthouse

Chelan County Courthouse
350 Douglas Street
Wenatchee, WA 98801
Phone: 509.667.6380

County Auditor has birth and death records 1900-1907
and marriage records from 1900.
City Clerk has burial records.
County Clerk has divorce, probate and court records. [4]

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

Dates of Major County Records

Beginning dates for major county records[5]
Birth
Marriage
Death
Land
Probate
Court
1899*
1900*
1900*
1882
1888
1876
* For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries
Notes

"Chelan" derives from a Chelan Indian word meaning "deep water." On 14 Dec 1872, a very powerful earthquake centered near Lake Chelan was felt over 300,000 square miles, extending from Victoria, British Columbia south past Baker City, Oregon, and southwest past Portland, Oregon. There are numerous accounts of the quake in historical books and newspapers. It triggered additional quakes at the Yellowstone National Park. Aftershocks were observed for the next 2 years. Additional information

Neighboring Counties

Chelan County, Washington Genealogy isurrounded by: Douglas | King | Kittitas | Okanogan | Skagit | Snohomish

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Topics for Chelan 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 Records and Comerce

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.


Chelan 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 Chelan County, Washington Genealogy are listed in the FamilySearch catalog. (Press space bar to select town.)

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.

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

Directories

 

Election Records

  • 1923-1923 Part of: County Records, 1856-2009 FamilySearch Historical Collections (free)

Emigration and Immigration

 

Ethnic, Political or Religious Groups

 

American Indian

The Colville Indian Reservation is located in southern Ferry and southern Okanogan Counties, including a small portion of Chelan County.

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.

Gazetteers

 

Genealogy

Many local libraries and societies have collections of family genealogies. County histories or biographies often include brief genealogies of the featured persons.

A FamilySearch Community Tree is available for this place.

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 Chelan 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[6]

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. Chelan County -- Thumbnail History, History Link.org Essay 7624.

  • 1803 - Before this time, the Wenatchi (also spelled Wenatchi) lived along the Wenatchee River, which flowed from the Cascades into the Columbia.
  • 1853 - March 2, U.S. President Millard Fillmore establishes Washington Territory.
  • 1863 - The first non-Indians to live in the Chelan and Wenatchee valleys were Chinese prospectors looking for gold in the rivers and streams, starting in about this time
  • 1886 - Lake Chelan’s first white settlers were William Sanders and William Dumke. They arrived at the south end of the lake the hard way, from the north.
  • 1899 - March 13, Washington State Legislature created Chelan County.

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.

  • 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. This office has county plat records dating back to 1878, prior records having been destroyed in a fire.
  • Land 1888 - 2012 at Washington State Digital Archives Collection. (Free)
  • Plats and Surveys Records at Washington State Digital Archives Collection. (Free)
  • Recorded Agreements and Contracts 1974 - 2008, 1900 - 2008 at Washington State Digital Archives Collection. (Free)

Maps

 

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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.

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.)

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.

Finding More Washington Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Chelan 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)

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.

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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.

School Records

 

  • 1914-1925 Part of: County Records, 1856-2009 FamilySearch Historical Collections (free)

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
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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]

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See Washington Online Genealogy Records for indexes.
Also see Washington Birth Records.

  • 1899-1926 Part of: County Records, 1856-2009 FamilySearch Historical Collections (free)

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


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See Washington Online Genealogy Records for indexes.
Also see Washington Marriage Records.

  • Washington State Digital Archives has a database for Marriage Records.This database is an index to marriage records filed with the Auditor in Chelan County, Washington Genealogy, from 1900 to 1920. The records contained within this index include Marriage Returns (1900-1910) and Marriage Certificates (1911-1920).
  • 1900-2004 Part of: County Records, 1856-2009 FamilySearch Historical Collections (free)
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
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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]

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See Washington Online Genealogy Records for indexes.
Also see Washington Death Records.

  • Washington, Death Certificates, 1907-1960 Washington, Death Certificates, 1907-1960 at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
    • See what genealogical information may be in these records.
    • Includes: 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.

Websites


Sites that search the Internet for Chelan County, Washington Genealogy records online:

Major catalogs to offline genealogical records:
Catalogs refer to books, microfilm, manuscripts, and/or Internet images and indexes for various topics.

Archives, Libraries, etc.

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

Resources for Chelan 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.


Cashmere Community Library, 300 Woodring, Cashmere 98815 Phone: (509) 782-3314
Online Resources: Heritage Quest
Unique Collections:
Chelan Community Library, 417 S Bradley St, Chelan 98816 Phone: (509) 682-5131
Online Resources:
Unique Collections:
Entiat Community Library, 14138 Kinzel St, Entiat 98822 Phone: (509) 784-1517
Online Resources:
Unique Collections:
Leavenworth Community Library, 700 Hwy 2, Leavenworth 98826 Phone: (509) 548-7923
Online Resources:
Unique Collections:
Manson Community Library, , Manson 98831 Phone: (509) 687-3420
Online Resources:
Unique Collections:
Peshastin Community Library, 8396 Main St, Peshastin 98847 Phone: (509) 548-7821
Online Resources:
Unique Collections:
North Central Regional Library, 16 N Columbia St, Wenatchee 98801 Phone: (509) 663-1117
Online Resources:
Unique Collections:
Wenatchee Public Library, 310 Douglas St, Wenatchee 98801 Phone: (509) 662-5021
Online Resources:
Unique Collections:
Museums

 

Societies

 

Towns and Communities

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

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), Chelan 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.