Washington Vital Records Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)

From FamilySearch Wiki
Jump to: navigation, search

United States Gotoarrow.png Washington

Access the Records
CID1675548
CID1675553
CID1675552
{{{CID4}}}
{{{CID5}}}
{{{CID6}}}
{{{CID7}}}
{{{CID8}}}
{{{CID9}}}
This article describes a collection of records scheduled to become available at FamilySearch.org.
Washington, United States
Washington flag.png
Flag of Washington
US Locator Washington.png
Location of Washington
Record Description
Record Type Vital
Collection years 1880-1952
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites



What is in the Collection?

This index is not complete for any particular place, region or time period. This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index or Vital Records Index collections. This index covers events from 1880 through 1952. It may also include indexes generated by the internet indexing project sponsored by the LDS Church.

There may be entries that cite a specific source such as:

  • "Vital Record of Rhode Island, 1636-1850: a Family Register for the People" by James Arnold
  • "Paul Dingwell Genealogical Collection" by Paul Dingwell
  • A county or state vital record registration

These entries are in this collection for one of the following reasons:

  • They were submitted by private individuals to the LDS Church and as such are part of the IGI resulting in their inclusion in this index.
  • They have been indexed through the internet indexing project sponsored by the LDS Church. If this is the case, the index they are a part of has been included as part of this database.

The Vital Record Index databases are not necessarily intended to index any specific set of records although some sub-indexes (an index to a set of records within the database) have been found. When we identify a sub-index, we remove it from the database and post it separately on FamilySearch under its appropriate title.

This index is not complete for any particular place or region.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Washington Vital Records Index.

Collection Content

For over 30 years, volunteer indexers extracted this information from microfilm copies of the original records. In 1998, a few of the entries were published on 7 CDs by the Family History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as the "North America Vital Records Index." This index is an index of the births, marriages, and deaths throughout Washington. The index is not necessarily complete for any particular place or region.

Coverage Map

To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of Washington marriages click here.

Coverage Table

This collection is a partial index of records for the localities listed below as of April 2010. The table below shows the number of records by locality. Localities not listed may not have any records in this collection.

Most of these records date from the time period indicated in the columns below; however, there may be records before and after these dates. Record counts where the locality information was incomplete are included below under the country name. Because of this, you may wish to search only by state.

As this is an index of records compiled from various sources, it is strongly recommended that you verify the information in original records. Due to privacy laws not all records may be displayed.

Locality Birth Marriage Death
Adams 0 0 960
Asotin 0 0 1,706
Benton 0 0 1,700
Chehalis 0 0 0
Chelan 0 0 8,412
Clallam 0 0 5,075
Clark 0 11 13,901
Columbia 0 0 1,495
Cowlitz 0 0 7,064
Douglas 0 0 725
Ferry 0 0 487
Franklin 0 0 2,459
Garfield 0 0 898
Grant 0 0 743
Grays Harbor 523 0 14,255
Island 0 0 824
Jefferson 0 0 2,100
King 2,992 881 190,682
Kitsap 196 0 10,667
Kittitas 1,043 0 6,144
Klickitat 0 0 1,415
Lewis 0 5 12,208
Lincoln 0 0 2,392
Mason 0 0 2,042
Okanogan 0 0 3,458
Pacific 0 0 2,925
Pend Oreille 0 0 858
Pierce 248 21 75,460
San Juan 0 0 313
Skagit 0 0 12,863
Skamania 0 0 208
Snohomish 0 6 25,976
Spokane 15,280 912 89,826
Stevens 267 0 4,373
Thurston 0 6 8,933
Wahkiakum 0 0 168
Walla Walla 0 373 14,018
Washington 454 493 2,243
Whatcom 1,209 0 20,673
Whitman 104 0 6,809
Yakima 0 881 26,464
Total 22,316 3,589 583,922

What Can this Collection Tell Me?

The key genealogical facts found in birth index entries may include:

  • Name of the child
  • Gender
  • Names of the parents
  • Birth date
  • Birthplace
  • Christening date (if the source is a church record)
  • Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials

The key genealogical facts found in marriage index entries may include:

  • Name of the bride and groom
  • Names of the parents
  • Marriage date
  • Marriage place
  • Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials

The key genealogical facts found in death or burial index entries may include:

  • Name of the deceased
  • Gender
  • Names of the parents
  • Name of the spouse (if married)
  • Death or burial date
  • Death or burial place
  • Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials

How Do I Search the Collection?

To search the collection it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor.
  • The approximate date of an event, such as birth, marriage or death.
  • The residence where the event occurred.

Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information in the list to what you already know about your ancestor to determine if it is the correct family or person. You may need to compare several persons in the list before you find your ancestor.

Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:


Each entry in this index has a source listed which includes a batch number. You will need to trace the batch number for the individual entry to learn its source. Please see the following wiki articles for more information on batch numbers:

IGI

IGI Batch Number Descriptions

IGI Batch Numbers for the British Isles and North America


For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

What Do I Do Next?

Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Use the information to find other records such as birth, christening, census, land and death records.
  • Use the information to find additional family members.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.

I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking for, What Now?

  • Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search.
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Search the indexes and records of Washington, United States Genealogy.
  • Search in the Washington Archives and Libraries.

Citing this Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.

Collection Citation:

"Washington Vital Records Index," index, "FamilySearch" (https://www.familysearch.org). Index based on the International Genealogical Index, Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah. FHL digital index. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.


Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record will be available with each record once the collection is published.



How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.