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  • Franklin County, Washington —
    Information Updated for:  Oct 4, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Whitman County.
    Established:  28-Nov-1883
    County Seat:  Pasco, Washington

    County history - Franklin County is named in honor of Benjamin Franklin.

    Franklin Courthouse
    1. Franklin County - American History & Genealogy Project
    2. Franklin County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Society/Museum/Assn - (Franklin County Historical Society & Museum (Pasco, WA)
    4. Society/Museum/Assn - (Tri-City Genealogical Society (Richland, WA)
    5. Franklin County - US/WAGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    6. Franklin County - US/WAGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    7. Franklin County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    8. Franklin County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    9. Franklin County Vital Records - Franklin County Clerk, 1016 North Fourth Avenue, Pasco, WA 99301-3706.


  • Grant County, Washington —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 19, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Douglas County.
    Established:  24-Feb-1909
    County Seat:  Ephrata, Washington

    County history - Grant County is named in honor of Ulysses S. Grant, born (Hiram Ulysses Grant) (April 27, 1822  July 23, 1885), was the dominant military and political leader of the United States during the Civil War and Reconstruction. He defeated the Confederacy and served two terms as President, during which the main issues of Reconstruction were resolved. His image as a great war hero was long besmirched by the corruption he tolerated during his presidency.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Grant County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Grant County Vital Records - Grant County Clerk, P.O. Box 37, Ephrata, WA 98823-0037.


  • Grays Harbor County, Washington —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 6, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Thurston County (then named Chehalis County).
    Established:  14-Apr-1854
    County Seat:  Montesano, Washington

    County history - Grays Harbor County, originally named Chehalis County, it took its present name in 1915 from Captain Robert Gray who discovered the harbor in 1792.

    Grays Harbor Courthouse
    1. Grays Harbor County - American History & Genealogy Project
    2. Grays Harbor County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Society/Museum/Assn - (Aberdeen Museum of History / Aberdeen, WA)
    4. Society/Museum/Assn - (Grays Harbor Genealogical Society / Cosmopolis, WA)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Moclips by the Sea Historical Society and Museum / Moclips, WA)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Polson Museum / Hoquiam, WA)
    7. Grays Harbor County - US/WAGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    8. Grays Harbor County - US/WAGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    9. Grays Harbor County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    10. Grays Harbor County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    11. Grays Harbor County Vital Records - Grays Harbor County Public Health and Social Services Department, 2109 Sumner Avenue, Aberdeen, WA 98520.

      Census Information:
    12. 1860 Census (T) - Federal Census, Chehalis (now Grays Harbor) County, Washington Territory (Text: 1 page).
    13. 1870 Census (T) - Federal Census Chehalis (now Grays Harbor) County (Text: 1 page).


  • Jefferson County, Washington —
    Information Updated for:  Jul 19, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Thurston County.
    Established:  22-Dec-1852
    County Seat:  Port Townsend, Washington

    County history - Jefferson County is named in honor of Thomas Jefferson (April 13, 1743  July 4, 1826)[2] was the third President of the United States (1801 1809), the principal author of the Declaration of Independence (1776), and for his promotion of the ideals of republicanism in the United States one of the most influential Founding Fathers.

    Jefferson Courthouse
    GHLL Jefferson County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Jefferson County AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Jefferson County, WA Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Jefferson County Genealogical Society / Port Townsend, WA)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Jefferson County Historical Society / Port Townsend, WA)
    7. US/WAGenWeb site - Jefferson County Archives
    8. US/WAGenWeb - Jefferson County Genealogy & History
    9. Vital Records - Jefferson County Clerk, P.O. Box 1220, Port Townsend, WA 98368.


    Census Information:
        1860 Census (T) - Federal Census, Jefferson County (Text: 1 page).


  • King County, Washington —
    Information Updated for:  Oct 23, 2013
  • Formed from:  portions of Thurston County.
    Established:  22-Dec-1852
    County Seat:  Seattle, Washington

    County history - King County is named in honor of Alabama resident William Rufus King, Vice President under President Franklin Pierce.

    King Courthouse
    GHLL King County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - King 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 - King County, GA Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Association of King County Historical Organizations / Seattle, WA)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Eastside Genealogical Society / Bellevue, WA)
    7. Society/Museum/Assn - (Seattle Genealogical Society / Seattle, WA)
    8. Society/Museum/Assn - (South King County Genealogical Society / Kent, WA)
    9. US/GAGenWeb site - King County Archives
    10. US/GAGenWeb - King County Genealogy & History
    11. Vital Records - Seattle-King County Department of Public Health, Vital Statistics -- Birth and Death Records, King County Administration Bldg., Rm 214, 500 4th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Snohomish County (north), Pierce County (south), Chelan County (east/northeast),
             Kittitas County (east/southeast), Kitsap County (west).

        King County - Index of the East Side Journal newspaper 1918-1975 (Kirkland, WA)

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

    Please report links or information that should be updated or added:
        Correction or addition Report for this county - just copy/paste the URL for this page and the item which concerns you.


  • Kitsap County, Washington —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 19, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of King and Jefferson Counties.
    Established:  16-Jan-1857
    County Seat:  Port Orchard, Washington

    County history - Kitsap County is named in honor of Kitsap or Ktsap was a war chief of the Suquamish Tribe. Born 1770/80(?)-Died April 18, 1860. One source says that he was the most powerful chief on Puget Sound from 1790 to 1845. The Kitsap Peninsula is also named for him.

    Kitsap Courthouse
    1. Kitsap County - American History & Genealogy Project
    2. Kitsap County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Society/Museum/Assn - (Bainbridge Island Historical Society / Bainbridge Island, WA)
    4. Society/Museum/Assn - (Kitsap County Historical Society & Museum / Bremerton, WA)
    5. Kitsap County - US/WAGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    6. Kitsap County - US/WAGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    7. Kitsap County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    8. Kitsap County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    9. Kitsap County Vital Records - Kitsap County Clerk, 614 Division Street, Port Orchard, WA 98366-4614.


  • Kittitas County, Washington —
    Information Updated for:  May 2, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Yakima and Klickitat Counties.
    Established:  24-Nov-1883
    County Seat:  Ellensburg, Washington

    County history - Kittitas County is of Kittitas Indian origin. Meaning everything from 'white chalk' to 'shale rock' to 'shoal people' to 'land of plenty'. Most anthropologists and historians concede that each interpretation has some validity depending upon the particular dialect spoken.

    Kittitas Courthouse
    1. Kittitas County - American History & Genealogy Project
    2. Kittitas County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Society/Museum/Assn - (Kittitas County Genealogical Society (Ellensburg, WA)
    4. Kittitas County - US/WAGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Kittitas County - US/WAGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Kittitas County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Kittitas County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Kittitas County Vital Records - Kittitas County Clerk, 205 West Fifth Avenue, Ellensburg, WA 98926-2887.


  • Klickitat County, Washington —
    Information Updated for:  May 2, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Klickitat Indian lands.
    Established:  20-Dec-1859
    County Seat:  Goldendale, Washington

    County history - Klickitat County is named in honor of the Klickitat tribe of the Yakama Indian Nation.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Klickitat County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Klickitat County Vital Records - Klickitat County Clerk, 205 South Columbus, Room 204 MS-CH-3, Goldendale, WA 98620-9286.

      Census Information:
    9. 1860 Census (T) - (entire County)


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