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[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Washington|Washington]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''Jefferson County'''  
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}}<br>Guide to '''Jefferson County Washington ancestry, family history, and genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records, since 1852, when the [[{{PAGENAME}}#County_Overview|county was formed]].<br><br> [[Image:Dosewallips state park estuary.JPG|thumb|right|280px|<center>
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Estuary of the Dosewallips River, Jefferson CO., Washington</center>]]
  
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| <center>'''County QuickStart:'''</center>
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== County Courthouse  ==
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[http://www.co.jefferson.wa.us/commdevelopment/vision.htm Jefferson County Courthouse]<br>1820 Jefferson Street; PO Box 1220<br>Port Townsend, WA 98368-0920<br> Phone. 360.385.9125<br>&nbsp;<br>County Clerk has divorce records from 1886, probate records from 1891&nbsp;and court records from 1890; County Auditor has birth&nbsp;and death records 1891-1907&nbsp;and marriage records from 1853 <br><ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Ferry County, Washington page 732, {WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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<br>{{Click|Image:WA_ORP.png|Washington Online Genealogy Records|top}} {{Infobox U.S. County
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| county = Jefferson County
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| founded year = 1852
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| founded date = December 22
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| seat = Port Townsend
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| building address = [http://www.co.jefferson.wa.us/commdevelopment/vision.htm Jefferson County Courthouse]<br>1820 Jefferson Street; PO Box 1220<br>Port Townsend, WA 98368-0920<br> Phone. 360.385.9125<br>[http://www.Jeffersoncounty.us/ '''Jefferson County Website'''] }}  
  
== History ==
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=== County Overview ===
  
==== Parent Counties  ====
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{{Tip|Before 1852—and perhaps until the newly-formed county was fully operational—search records of the parent county(s).}}
  
'''22 December 1852: '''Jefferson County was created from [[Thurston County, Washington|Thurston]] and [[Lewis County, Washington|Lewis]] Counties. '''County seat''': Port Townsend <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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==== Parent County(s) ====
  
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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Jefferson County, Washington was created 22 December 1852 from [[Thurston County, Washington Genealogy|Thurston]].<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>
  
==== Record Loss ====
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===== Boundary Changes =====
  
== Places / Localities  ==
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*[http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/documents/WA_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm#JEFFERSON 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>
  
==== Populated Places ====
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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{{PAGENAME}} is surrounded by: [[Clallam County, Washington Genealogy|Clallam]] | [[Grays Harbor County, Washington Genealogy|Grays Harbor]] | [[Island County, Washington Genealogy|Island]] | [[Kitsap County, Washington Genealogy|Kitsap]] | [[Mason County, Washington Genealogy|Mason]]<br>
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See also [[{{PAGENAME}}#Towns_and_Communities|Towns and Communities]] in {{PAGENAME}}. {{WAJefferson County Clickable Neighbors}}
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==== Courthouse  ====
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[http://www.co.jefferson.wa.us/commdevelopment/vision.htm Jefferson County Courthouse]<br>1820 Jefferson Street; PO Box 1220<br>Port Townsend, WA 98368-0920<br> Phone. 360.385.9125<br><br>County Clerk has divorce records from 1886, <br>probate records from 1891 and court records from 1890. <br>County Auditor has birth and death records 1891-1907 <br>and marriage records from 1853. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Ferry County, Washington page 732, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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See also [[{{PAGENAME}}#Archives.2C_Libraries.2C_etc.|Archives, libraries, etc.]] in {{PAGENAME}}.
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==== Dates of Major County Records  ====
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| 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>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Jefferson County, Washington#Birth|Birth]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Jefferson County, Washington#Marriage|Marriage]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Jefferson County, Washington#Death|Death]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Jefferson County, Washington#Land_and_Property|Land]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Jefferson County, Washington#Probate Records|Probate]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Jefferson County, Washington#Court_Records|Court]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | <center>1891*</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | <center>1853*</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | <center>1891*</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | <center>1855</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | <center>1853</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | <center>1854</center>
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#99d6ff" colspan="6" | '''* For earlier dates, try...''' '''[[Jefferson County, Washington#Census|Census]] &#124; [[Jefferson County, Washington#Obituaries|Obituaries]] &#124; [[Jefferson County, Washington#Cemeteries|Cemeteries]]'''
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===== Record Loss  =====
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
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=== Topics for {{PAGENAME}}  ===
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{{WA Topics Intro}}
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{{Tip|Don't overlook {{FHL|United States, Washington, Jefferson|place|disp={{PAGENAME}}}} items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see [[Jefferson County, Washington#Archives.2C_Libraries.2C_etc.|Archives and Libraries]].}}
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==== Bible Records  ====
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{{WA Bible Intro}}
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==== Biography ====
  
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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{{WA Biogs Intro}}
  
[[Clallam County, Washington|Clallam]] | [[Grays Harbor County, Washington|Grays Harbor]] | [[Island County, Washington|Island]] | [[Kitsap County, Washington|Kitsap]] | [[Mason County, Washington|Mason]]
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==== Business and Commerce ====
  
== Resources  ==
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{{WA Business Intro}}
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
  
[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/TitleInfo.aspx?TID=343 Washington State Digital Archives] has an index to the Brinnon Cemetery located on Church Road in Jefferson County . The index includes burials from 1895 – 2003.  
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''List of Cemeteries in the county'''
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://usgwtombstones.org/washington/jefferson.htm Tombstone Project]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=Jefferson+County%2C+Washington%2C+cemeteries&qt=results_page WorldCat]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.interment.net/us/wa/jefferson.htm Interment.net]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search#/ Billion Graves (name)]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [[Washington Periodicals]]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections#RSID:34 WA State Digital Archives]  
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://usgwarchives.net/wa/jefferson/jefferso.htm WAGenWeb Archives]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.linkpendium.com/jefferson-wa-genealogy/cem/ Linkpendium]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Washington&county=Jefferson&cemetery_name=a#/ Billion Graves (cemetery)]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://genealogytrails.com/wash/jefferson/cemeteries.htm Genealogy Trails]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" colspan="3"|See [[Washington Cemeteries|Washington Cemeteries]] for more information.  
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{{WA Cemeteries Intro}}
  
 
==== Census  ====
 
==== Census  ====
  
*1860
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{{WA Census}}
*1870  
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*1871  
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*Census indexes at [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/ Washington State Digital Archives]: (Free)
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**Federal: [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/104 1860], [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/369 1870], [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/297 1880], and [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/124 1910]
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**Territorial: [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/395 1871], [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/396 1875], [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/294 1877], [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/159 1878], [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/298 1879]<br>[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/469 1881], [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/278 1883], [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/156 1885], [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/966 1887], and [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/967 1889]
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**State-funded: [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/371 1891]
*1879  
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**These were all indexed by local societies and individuals.
*1880
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*1881
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{{FYI|Censuses indexed by societies or groups in the area may be more accurate, due to familiarity with local surnames.}}
*1883
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*1885
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==== Church Records  ====
*1887
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*1889
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{{WA Church Intro}}
*1890 Veterans
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*1891
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*Church records (microfilmed originals or published transcripts) for {{PAGENAME}} are listed in the {{FHL|United States, Washington, Okanogan|place|disp=FamilySearch catalog}}. (Press space bar to select town.)
*1900
 
*1910
 
*1920
 
*1930
 
  
==== Church ====
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==== Court  ====
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{{WACourtIntro}}
  
==== Land  ====
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*[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/217 Jefferson Frontier Justice.] Part of "''Frontier Justice’’: Guide to the Court Records of Washington Territory, 1853-1889'' at Washington State Digital Archives. (Free Index, no images)
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**The court procedure of Frontier Justice touch nearly all pioneers of Washington Territory. The index has many abstracts that provide names and what is happening in disputes, settlements in civil and criminal cases as well as probate, equity and admiralty cases.
  
==== Local Histories ====
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==== Directories ====
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{{WA Dirs Intro}}
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{{WA Emig Intro}}
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{{WA Ethnic etc. Intro}}
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===== American Indian  =====
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*'''1911 - 1919''' - {{RecordSearch|2300675|Washington, Applications for Enrollment and Adoption of Washington Indians, 1911-1919}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — images
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World War II Files, 1942-1946
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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
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==== Funeral Homes ====
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{{WA Funeral Homes Intro}}
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==== Gazetteers  ====
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{{WA Gazetteers Intro}}
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==== Genealogy  ====
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{{CommunityTree}} {{WA Genealogy Intro}}
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'''Genealogy Resources'''
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*[http://wajcgs.org/researching-jefferson-county/jefferson-county-resources-2/ Genealogy and Family History Resources] online at Washington Jefferson County Genealogical Society
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==== Guardianship  ====
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{{WAGuardianshipIntro}}
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==== History  ====
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{{WA History Intro}}
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*''History of the Puget Sound Country'', [http://www.sos.wa.gov/history/publications_detail.aspx?p=15 Volume 1], [http://www.sos.wa.gov/history/publications_detail.aspx?p=19 Volume 2] by William Farrand Prosser [New York, Chicago, The Lewis publishing company, 1903] online at Washington History
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*[http://www.stateofus.com/washington/jefferson-county/ Jefferson County, Washington Facts] at StateofUS.com (mis-labeled as Jefferson County, Alabama)
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===== History Timeline  =====
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[http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/documents/WA_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm#JEFFERSON 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 Daryl C. McClary. ''Jefferson County -- Thumbnail History'', [http://www.historylink.org/index.cfm?DisplayPage=output.cfm&file_id=7472 History Link.org] Essay 7472.
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*For thousands of years the only occupants of the Olympic Peninsula were Coast Indians.
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*1851 - April 24,The first permanent American settlement on the peninsula was Port Townsend.
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*1852 - December 22, Jefferson County was created by the Oregon Territorial Legislature from a portion of Lewis County.
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*1853 - March 2, U.S. President Millard Fillmore establishes {{wpd|Washington Territory|Washington Territory}}.
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*1800s - mid, White settlers came to the north Olympic Peninsula, but the rugged interior remained unexplored.
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*1889-1890 - The great land boom was predicated on the arrival of the Union Pacific Railroad, linking Port Townsend with the rest of the nation. Due to financial difficulties, the Union Pacific Railroad abandoned the project, causing the boom to collapse in 1891.
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==== Land and Property  ====
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{{WA Land Intro}}
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*[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/15 Land Records 1982 to present] at Washington State Digital Archives Collection. (Free)
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*[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/1052 Plats and Surveys Records1961 to present] at Washington State Digital Archives Collection. (Free)
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*[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/17 Recorded Agreements and Contracts 1982-2012] at Washington State Digital Archives Collection. (Free)
  
 
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==== Maps  ====
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{{WA Maps Intro}}
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[[Image:Wajefferson.jpg|300px|Wajefferson.jpg]] <br>{{WAMapInfo}}
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==== Migration  ====
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{{WA Migration Intro}}
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
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{{WA Military Intro}}
  
 
Some military records for this county have been digitized at the [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/RecordSeriesInfo.aspx?rsid=6 Washington State Digital Archives].  
 
Some military records for this county have been digitized at the [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/RecordSeriesInfo.aspx?rsid=6 Washington State Digital Archives].  
  
==== Naturalization  ====
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==== Naturalization and Citizenship ====
  
[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>
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{{WA Naturalization Intro}}
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*[http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/304 Naturalization Records, 1852-1974] at Washington State Digital Archives Collection. (Free)
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**Includes Declarations of Intention, Petitions for Naturalization, and Final Records filed at the Jefferson County Superior Court.
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FM9HM-2NF%3An1732461079%3Fcc%3D1910364 Certificates of naturalization 1893-1903] Part of ''Washington, County Records, 1856-2009'' at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
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**See what [[Washington Naturalization and Citizenship#Record_content|genealogical information]] may be in these records.
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**Includes Certificates of naturalization 1903-1906; Declarations of intention 1855-1971; Memorandum of naturalization 1906-1911; Naturalization final record 1893-1906; Naturalization papers 1865-1906;Petition and record 1906-1945; Reports of naturalization petitions granted 1929-1973.
  
 
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==== Newspapers  ====
  
==== Probate  ====
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{{WA Newspapers Intro}}
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*[[{{PAGENAME}} Newspapers]] (Sortable by towns, years, and titles)
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{{WA Newspaper abstracts|Jefferson}}
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==== Obituaries  ====
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{{WA Obituaries Intro}}
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'''Also check:'''
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*[[{{PAGENAME}}#Newspapers|Newspapers of {{PAGENAME}}]]
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*Local [[{{PAGENAME}}#Funeral_Homes|Funeral Homes]], [[{{PAGENAME}}#Libraries|Libraries]], or family records.
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*Obituaries of [[{{PAGENAME}}#Neighboring_Counties|neighboring counties]]
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==== Periodicals  ====
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{{WA Periodicals Intro}}
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==== Probate Records ====
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{{WA Probate Intro|Jefferson}}
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/image/viewer#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FMM1X-5KR%3An2004841498%3Fcc%3D1979435 Probate Case Files, 1853-1889] Part of:"County Probate Records, 1853-1929" FamilySearch Historical Collections (free)
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**See what [https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Washington,_County_Probate_Case_Files_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records)#Record_Content genealogical information] may be in these records.
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==== Public Records  ====
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{{WA Public Records}}
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*Jefferson [https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-22029-20790-17?cc=1404287&wc=12809213 Postmaster Index]. 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)
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
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{{WA Tax Intro}}
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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{{WA vital intro}}
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===== Birth  =====
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{{WA Birth Intro}}
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FM9HM-2NF%3An1732461079%3Fcc%3D1910364 Birth certificates 1869-1907] Part of ''Washington, County Records, 1856-2009'' at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
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**See what [[Washington Vital Records#Record_content|genealogical information]] may be in these records.
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**Birth registers 1891-1907
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{{WA Birth Other Records}}
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===== Marriage  =====
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{{WA Marriage Intro}}
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*'''1855–2008''' - {{RecordSearch|1534448|Washington, County Marriages, 1855-2008}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — index and images<br>
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*'''1872-2013''' - [http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/14 Marriage Records, 1872-2013] at Washington State Digital Archives Collection. (Free)
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{{FYI|Witnesses or affiants may be relatives or close family friends. The affidavits also include physician's certificates.}}
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===== Divorce  =====
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{{WA Divorce Intro}}
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<br><br>
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===== Death  =====
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{{WA Death Intro}}
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1454923 Washington, Death Certificates, 1907-1960] ''Washington, Death Certificates, 1907-1960'' at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
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**See what [https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Washington,_Death_Certificates_%28FamilySearch_Historical_Records%29#Record_Content genealogical information] may be in these records.
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FM9HM-2NF%3An1732461079%3Fcc%3D1910364 Death registers 1891-1907]Part of ''Washington, County Records, 1856-2009'' at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
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**See what [[Washington Vital Records#Record_content|genealogical information]] may be in these records.
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==== Voting Registers ====
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*[[Port Townsend Washington Family History Center]] 10104 Rhody RD., Chimacum, WA 98325 United States [https://www.google.com/maps/preview#!q=10104+Rhody+RD.%2C+Chimacum%2C+WA+98325++United+States+&data=!4m15!2m14!1m13!1s0x548fe895641df623%3A0x41b56ee50b540db7!3m8!1m3!1d1520!2d-122.3032485!3d48.3362191!3m2!1i1425!2i880!4f13.1!4m2!3d48.0209542!4d-122.7782824 Location Map]
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:[http://www.jclibrary.info/ Jefferson County Rural Library District], 620 Cedar Avenue, Port Hadlock 98339 Phone: (360) 385-6544
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[[Category:Jefferson_County,_Washington]]

Latest revision as of 15:05, 29 March 2017

United States
Washington
Jefferson County

Guide to Jefferson County Washington ancestry, family history, and genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records, since 1852, when the county was formed.

Estuary of the Dosewallips River, Jefferson CO., Washington
County QuickStart:


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Jefferson County, Washington
Map
Map of Washington highlighting Jefferson County
Location in the state of Washington
Map of the U.S. highlighting Washington
Location of Washington in the U.S.
Facts
Founded December 22, 1852
County Seat Port Townsend
Courthouse
Address Jefferson County Courthouse
1820 Jefferson Street; PO Box 1220
Port Townsend, WA 98368-0920
Phone. 360.385.9125
Jefferson County Website


County Overview

Parent County(s)

Jefferson County, Washington was created 22 December 1852 from Thurston.[1]

Boundary Changes

Neighboring Counties

Jefferson County, Washington Genealogy is surrounded by: Clallam | Grays Harbor | Island | Kitsap | Mason

See also Towns and Communities in Jefferson County, Washington Genealogy.
Jefferson CountyGrays Harbor CountyMason CountyKitsap CountySnohomish CountySkagit CountyIsland CountySan Juan CountyCallam CountyWhatcom CountyKing CountyJefferson County.jpg


Courthouse

Jefferson County Courthouse
1820 Jefferson Street; PO Box 1220
Port Townsend, WA 98368-0920
Phone. 360.385.9125

County Clerk has divorce records from 1886,
probate records from 1891 and court records from 1890.
County Auditor has birth and death records 1891-1907
and marriage records from 1853. [3]

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

Dates of Major County Records

Beginning dates for major county records[4]
Birth
Marriage
Death
Land
Probate
Court
1891*
1853*
1891*
1855
1853
1854
* For earlier dates, try... Census | Obituaries | Cemeteries
Record Loss

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

Topics for Jefferson 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

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
FindAGrave Family History Library FindAGrave
Tombstone Project WorldCat Interment.net
Billion Graves (name) Washington Periodicals WA State Digital Archives
WAGenWeb Archives Linkpendium
Billion Graves (cemetery) Genealogy Trails
See Washington Cemeteries for more information.

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.


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 Jefferson 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

  • Jefferson Frontier Justice. Part of "Frontier Justice’’: Guide to the Court Records of Washington Territory, 1853-1889 at Washington State Digital Archives. (Free Index, no images)
    • The court procedure of Frontier Justice touch nearly all pioneers of Washington Territory. The index has many abstracts that provide names and what is happening in disputes, settlements in civil and criminal cases as well as probate, equity and admiralty cases.

Directories

 

Emigration and Immigration

 

Ethnic, Political or 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.

Genealogy Resources

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 Jefferson 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 of the Puget Sound Country, Volume 1, Volume 2 by William Farrand Prosser [New York, Chicago, The Lewis publishing company, 1903] online at Washington History
History Timeline

Historical County Boundaries from Newberry Library[5]

Emphasis for this timeline is on events that affected migration, records, or record-keeping. Unless otherwise mentioned, the events below were gleaned from Daryl C. McClary. Jefferson County -- Thumbnail History, History Link.org Essay 7472.

  • For thousands of years the only occupants of the Olympic Peninsula were Coast Indians.
  • 1851 - April 24,The first permanent American settlement on the peninsula was Port Townsend.
  • 1852 - December 22, Jefferson County was created by the Oregon Territorial Legislature from a portion of Lewis County.
  • 1853 - March 2, U.S. President Millard Fillmore establishes Washington Territory.
  • 1800s - mid, White settlers came to the north Olympic Peninsula, but the rugged interior remained unexplored.
  • 1889-1890 - The great land boom was predicated on the arrival of the Union Pacific Railroad, linking Port Townsend with the rest of the nation. Due to financial difficulties, the Union Pacific Railroad abandoned the project, causing the boom to collapse in 1891.

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.

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

 

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

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, 1852-1974 at Washington State Digital Archives Collection. (Free)
    • Includes Declarations of Intention, Petitions for Naturalization, and Final Records filed at the Jefferson County Superior Court.
  • Certificates of naturalization 1893-1903 Part of Washington, County Records, 1856-2009 at FamilySearch Historical Collections. (Free, browse images)
    • See what genealogical information may be in these records.
    • Includes Certificates of naturalization 1903-1906; Declarations of intention 1855-1971; Memorandum of naturalization 1906-1911; Naturalization final record 1893-1906; Naturalization papers 1865-1906;Petition and record 1906-1945; Reports of naturalization petitions granted 1929-1973.

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 Jefferson 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.

Also check:


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.

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
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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.[6]

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

For earlier or unrecorded births, search:


Marriage
Marriage Records reveal
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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.



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
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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....[7]

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

Voting Registers

 

Websites



Sites with online indexes or images of records
Jefferson County WAGenWeb Project Free Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
USGenWeb Archives Free Data may be submitted by individuals or may be 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 Jefferson County, Washington Genealogy
Web Sites at RootsWeb - Jefferson WA Free Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
Linkpendium Free Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
CyndisList Free Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
StateofUS.com Free "Jefferson County, Washington Facts" (Mis-labeled "Jefferson County, Alabama facts"
Major catalogs for hard copy collections of Jefferson 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 Jefferson 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.


Jefferson County Rural Library District, 620 Cedar Avenue, Port Hadlock 98339 Phone: (360) 385-6544
Online Resources:
Unique Collections:
Port Townsend Public Library, 1220 Lawrence Street, Port Townsend 98368 Phone: (360) 385-3181
Online Resources:
Unique Collections:
Museums

 

Societies

 

Towns and Communities

See a list of towns and communities in Jefferson 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. John H. Long, Atlas of Historical County Boundaries (Chicago: Newberry Library, 2006) online.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Ferry County, Washington page 732, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. 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.
  5. John H. Long, Atlas of Historical County Boundaries (Chicago: Newberry Library, 2006) online.
  6. Washington State Archives - Digital Archives, Birth Records, About this Collection
  7. About Death Records at Washington State Digital Archives.