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  • Adams County, Washington —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 3, 2011
  • Formed from:  portions of Whitman County.
    Established:  28-Nov-1883
    County Seat:  Ritzville, Washington

    County history - Adams County is named in honor of the second President of the United States, John Adams (1735-1826).

    Adams Courthouse
    GHLL Adams County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Adams County AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Adams County, WA Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Adams County Historical Society / Lind, WA)
    6. US/WAGenWeb site - Adams County Archives
    7. US/WAGenWeb - Adams County Genealogy & History
    8. Adams County Vital Records - Adams County Health District, 108 West Main, Ritzville, WA 99169-1860.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Lincoln County (north), Whitman County (east), Franklin County (south),
             Grant County (west).

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       Adams County Land Records - Washington State Archives; Digital Archives.
        Germans from Russia - Adams County (The Volga Valley).

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  • Asotin County, Washington —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 22, 2013
  • Formed from:  portions of Garfield County.
    Established:  27-Sep-1883
    County Seat:  Asotin, Washington

    County history - Asotin County is named from the Nez Perce Native American language and means "eel creek", from the abundance of eels caught there.

    Asotin Courthouse
    GHLL Asotin County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Asotin County AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Asotin County, WA Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Asotin County Historical & Genealogy Library / Asotin, WA)
    6. US/WAGenWeb site - Asotin County Archives
    7. US/WAGenWeb - Asotin County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Asotin County Auditor/Clerk, PO Box 129, Asotin, WA 99402-0069.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Whitman County(north), Nez Perce County, Idaho (east), Wallowa County, Oregon
             (south), Garfield County (west).
               Note:  County names in gray print are not yet linked, those in blue are
                  clickable (meaning linked)
    .

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        Genealogical Trails - Asotin County topics:  Biographies, Births, Cemeteries, Census, Church Histories / Records,
             County Records, Death Records, Family Bibles, County History, Marriages, Military, Miscellaneous Data,
             Newspaper Data, Obituaries, School Records, Wills/Probate Records.
        Washington State Archives, Eastern Region Branch - Asotin County Sheriff, Jail Register, 1877-1950.

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  • Benton County, Washington —
    Information Updated for:  May 18, 2012
  • Formed from:  portions of Yakima and Klickitat Counties.
    Established:  08-Mar-1905
    County Seat:  Prosser, Washington

    County history - Benton County is named in honor of Thomas Hart Benton (1782 - 1858), a Missouri U.S. Senator.

    Benton Courthouse
    1. Benton County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Benton County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Society/Museum/Assn - (East Benton County Historical Society & Museum / Kennewick, WA)
    4. Society/Museum/Assn - (Richland Genealogy Library / Richland, WA)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Tri-City Genealogical Society / Richland, WA)
    6. Benton County - US/WAGenWeb site (Archives) (None found online at the time of this update.)
    7. Benton County - US/WAGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    8. Benton County - US/WAGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    9. Benton County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    10. Benton County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    11. Benton County Vital Records - Benton-Franklin Health District, 7102 West Okanogan Place, Kennewick, WA 99336.

    12. Kennewick Genealogy (Benton County) - An extensive directory of Washington genealogy records


  • Chelan County, Washington —
    Information Updated for:  Oct 28, 2013
  • Formed from:  portions of Okanogan and Kittitas Counties.
    Established:  13-Mar-1899
    County Seat:  Wenatchee, Washington

    County history - Chelan County is a Native American word meaning "deep water", likely referring to Lake Chelan.

    Chelan Courthouse
    GHLL Chelan County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Chelan County AHGP and / or ALHN
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Chelan County, WA Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Chelan Valley Genealogical Society / Cashmere, WA)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Cashmere History Museum & Pioneer Village / Cashmere, WA)
    7. US/WAGenWeb site - Chelan County Archives
    8. US/WAGenWeb - Chelan County Genealogy & History
    9. Vital Records - Free Public Records Directory, Chelan County.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Okanogan County (northeast), Douglas County (east), Kittitas County (south), King
                County
    (southwest), Snohomish County (west), Skagit County (northwest).
               Note:  County names in gray print are not yet linked, those in blue are linked.


        Chelan County Superior Court - Case Files 1900-2013.

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  • Clallam County, Washington —
    Information Updated for:  Dec 1, 2014
  • Formed from:  portions of Jefferson County.
    Established:  26-Apr-1854
    County Seat:  Port Angeles, Washington

    County history - Clallam County is named using a Klallam word meaning "the strong people". (Clallam, although the spelling with "K" is preferred in all four modern Klallam communities) refers to four related indigenous Native American / First Nations communities from the Pacific Northwest of North America.

    Clallam Courthouse
    GHLL Clallam County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project; Clallam County AHGP and / or ALHN (Not found online at this update.)
      Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    2. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    3. Genealogy Forum - Clallam County, WA Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    4. Society/Museum/Assn - (Clallam County Genealogical Society / Port Angeles, WA)
    5. US/WAGenWeb site - Clallam County Archives
    6. US/WAGenWeb - Clallam County Genealogy & History
    7. Vital Records (Free Public Records)  |  Clallam County (Local Records)  |  Port Angeles, WA (County Seat Records).
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Jefferson County (south & east), Capital Regional District, British Columbia (north),
             Cowichan Valley Regional District, British Columbia (northwest).

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        County-Clerks.com - A directory of every county clerk's office in the USA. - web site quote.
        Directory of Superior Courts - This directory lists court locations in Washington County, WA.

    Census Information Clallam County):
  • 1860 Census

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  • Clark County, Washington —
    Information Updated for:  Mar 3, 2014
  • Formed from:  portions of Oregon Territory lands [an original County].
    Established:  20-Aug-1844
    County Seat:  Vancouver, Washington

    County history - Clark County originally named Vancouver County, honoring Captain George Vancouver, a British explorer, (changed to Clark in 1849) is now named in honor of William Clark (1770  1838), the co-captain of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

    Clark Courthouse
    GHLL Clark County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project; Clark County AHGP and / or ALHN (Not found online at this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Clark County, WA Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Clark County Genealogical Society [Facebook] / township, WA)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Clark County Historical Society & Museum / Vancouver, WA)
    7. US/WAGenWeb site - Clark County Archives
    8. US/WAGenWeb - Clark County Genealogy & History
    9. Vital Records (Free Public Records)  |  Clark County (Local Records)  |  Vancouver, WA (County Seat Records).
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Cowlitz County (north), Skamania County, east), Multnomah County, Oregon south),
             Columbia County, Oregon southwest).

    Clark County - 1921 Vancouver High School Yearbook Photos
    Clark County - Vancouver area, Maps and Index about 1884
    Genealogy Trails History Group - Genealogy and History

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    Census Information:
  • 1850 Federal Census

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        Correction or addition Report for this county - just copy/paste the URL for this page & the item(s) which concern you.


  • Columbia County, Washington —
    Information Updated for:  May 2, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Walla Walla County.
    Established:  01-Nov-1875
    County Seat:  Dayton, Washington

    County history - Columbia County was previously named Ping County until 1875, when it was renamed after the Columbia River.

    Columbia Courthouse
    1. Columbia County - American History & Genealogy Project
    2. Columbia County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Columbia County - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
    4. Columbia County - US/WAGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Columbia County - US/WAGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Columbia County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Columbia County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Columbia County Vital Records - Columbia County Clerk, 341 East Main Street, Dayton, WA 99328-1361.

      Census Information:
    9. 1880 Census (T) - Mortality Census


  • Cowlitz County, Washington —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 2, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Native American territorial lands (Lewis County) [an original County.
    Established:  21-Apr-1854
    County Seat:  Kelso, Washington

    County history - Cowlitz County is named in honor of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe. They are a group of Native American peoples from what is now western Washington state in the United States. The Cowlitz tribe actually consists of two distinct groups: the Upper Cowlitz, or Taidnapam, and the Lower Cowlitz, or Kawlic.
             The County name derives from the anglicized version of the Cowlitz Indian term, Cow-e-liske, meaning either river of shifting sands  or capturing the medicine spirit. 

    Cowlitz Courthouse
    1. Cowlitz County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cowlitz County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Society/Museum/Assn - (Cowlitz County Historical Society & Museum / Kelso, WA)
    4. Society/Museum/Assn - (Lower Columbia Genealogical Society / Longview, WA)
    5. Cowlitz County - US/WAGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    6. Cowlitz County - US/WAGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    7. Cowlitz County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    8. Cowlitz County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    9. Cowlitz County Vital Records - Cowlitz County Heath Department, 1952 9th Avenue, Longview, WA 98632.

      Census Information:
    10. 1860 Census (T) - Federal Census, Cowlitz County, Washington Territory (Text: 1 page).


  • Douglas County, Washington —
    Information Updated for:  Mar 3, 2014
  • Formed from:  portions of Lincoln County.
    Established:  28-Nov-1883
    County Seat:  Waterville, Washington

    County history - Douglas County is named in honor of American statesman, Stephen A. Douglas.

    Douglas Courthouse
    GHLL Douglas County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Douglas County AHGP and / or ALHN
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Douglas County, WA Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Wenatchee Area Genealogical Society / (Wenatchee, WA))
          Douglas County Historical Society
          P.O. Box 63
          Waterville, WA 98858

    6. US/WAGenWeb site - Douglas County Archives
    7. US/WAGenWeb - Douglas County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records (Free Public Records)  |  Douglas County (Local Records)  |  Waterville, WA (County Seat Records).
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Okanogan County (north), Grant County south), Kittitas County southwest),
             Chelan County west).

        Volga Germans - Germans who settled in the Volga Valley of Russia

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    Census Information:
    1855 Territorial Census

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