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==== Parent County  ====
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'''14 April 1854:''' Grays Harbor was created 14 April 1854 the Washington Territory. '''County seat''': Montesano <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
'''Chehalis County was created from Thurston County 14 April 1854.<ref>The Evolution of Washington Counties by Newton Carl Abbott.</ref>&nbsp;'''
==== Boundary Changes  ====
==== Boundary Changes  ====

Revision as of 01:32, 22 November 2012

United States Gotoarrow.png Washington Gotoarrow.png Grays Harbor County


County Courthouse

Grays Harbor County Courthouse
102 West Broadway Room 203
Montesano, WA 98563
Phone 360.249.3842

County Clerk has probate, divorce and court records from 1860;
County Auditor has marriage records from 1891; County Assessor
has land records from 1855; County Health Department has birth
and death records[1]

Quick History

15 March 1915: Renamed from Chehalis County.

Parent County

Chehalis County was created from Thurston County 14 April 1854.[2] 

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Jefferson | Lewis | Mason | Pacific | Thurston




Prior to renaming in 1915, the census can be found under the name of Chehalis County.

  • 1860
  • 1870
  • 1880
  • 1885
  • 1887
  • 1890 Veterans
  • 1900
  • 1910
  • 1920
  • 1930


LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Harbor (Grays)



Local Histories



Some military records for this county have been digitized at the Washington State Digital Archives.




Vital Records

Marriages from 9 May 1855 to 11 Apr 2000 are available on the Western States Marriage Index website.

Societies and Libraries

Grays Harbor Genealogy Society

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Grays Harbor County, Washington page 733, {WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Evolution of Washington Counties by Newton Carl Abbott.