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Washington State Vital Records

Washington State Vital Records Office
Washington Department of Health
P.O. Box 9709
Olympia, WA 98507-9709
(360) 236-4300
They have birth and death records since July 1907, and marriage and divorce records since January 1968.

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Articles

Washington Territory, 1876

Indian Nations of Washington and Nebraska Territories, 1857

Seattle, Washington and Environs, Bird's-eye View, 1891

Databases

Washington Census, 1850-90

Thurston County, Washington Census, 1900

Seattle, Washington City Directories, 1888-90

Spokane, Washington Directories, 1889-93

Tacoma, Washington Directories, 1889-91

Search Aids

Arizona, Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oregon, & Washington, 1727-1900 Marriage Index

Family History Centers

What is a Family History Center?
Family History Centers are branches of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.
Centers provide access to many of the microfilms and microfiche in the Family History Library to help you identify your ancestors.

Location and Hours
There are more than 3,400 centers worldwide. To find a Family History Center near you, see the list of addresses below.
Before you visit, you should contact the center to verify when it is open.

Services
Staff members will show you around the center, answer some research questions (research expertise in each center varies), help you use center resources, and order microfilms and microfiche from the Family History Library.
Many centers offer classes on different genealogical research topics.

Resources
Most centers have a computer with FamilySearch, which helps you search for information about your ancestors. FamilySearch includes Family History Library Catalog, International Genealogical Index, Ancestral File, Social Security Death Index, Scottish Church Records and the United States Military Index
Most also have Personal Ancestral File, a computer program that allows you to organize your family history information.
Most centers also have a variety of resource files, microfilms, microfiche and published material such as genealogies, histories, gazetteers, atlases and maps at your disposal.

Family History Centers Near You

Other Resources

Information about state archives and libraries:

Write to:
Division of Archives
Office of the Secretary of State
Washington State Archives and Records Center Building
1129 Washington Street S.E.
Olympia, WA 98504-0238
Telephone: (360) 586-1492
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30, closed Saturday, Sunday, and state holidays
They have territorial census records from 1871-1892, death records, property records, indexes to birth records from 1890-1920, naturalization records, a map collection, probate records for 1854-1889, World War I service cards, federal census records from 1850-1910, donation land grants, and tax records.

Information about state genealogical societies:

Write to:
Washington State Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 1422
Olympia, WA 98507
Publication: Washington State Genealogical Society Newsletter

Seattle Genealogical Society
8511 15th Ave. NE
P.O. Box 75388
Seattle, WA 98125-0388
Telephone: (206) 522-8658

 

See also: Washington Genealogy at Live Roots, and Original Washington Documents

 

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