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  • Lewis County, Washington —
    Information Updated for:  Oct 4, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Oregon Territorial lands [an original County].
    Established:  19-Dec-1845
    County Seat:  Chehalis, Washington

    County history - Lewis County is named in honor of Meriwether Lewis (1774  1809), the co-captain of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    8. Lewis County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    9. Lewis County Vital Records - Lewis County Clerk, 344 West Main, Chehalis, WA 98532-1922.

    10. Lewis County Historical Museum - housed in the historic, 1912 turn of the century, Northern Pacific Railway Depot.
               Operated by the Lewis County Historical Society.

      Census Information:
    11. 1850 Census (T) - Federal Census of Lewis County, Oregon Territory, now Lewis County, Oregon (Text: 1 pg)
    12. 1860 Census (T) - Federal Census of Lewis County, Oregon Territory, now Lewis County, Oregon (Text: 1 pg)


  • Lincoln County, Washington —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 20, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Whitman County.
    Established:  24-Nov-1883
    County Seat:  Davenport, Washington

    County history - Lincoln County is named in honor of Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 - April 15, 1865) served as the 16th President of the United States from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. He successfully led his country through its greatest internal crisis, the American Civil War, preserving the Union and ending slavery.

    Lincoln Courthouse
    1. Lincoln County - American History & Genealogy Project
    2. Lincoln County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Society/Museum/Assn - (Davenport Historical Society & Museum / Davenport, WA)
    4. Society/Museum/Assn - (Yaquina Pacific Railroad Historical Society / Toledo, WA)
    5. Lincoln County - US/WAGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    6. Lincoln County - US/WAGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    7. Lincoln County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    8. Lincoln County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    9. Lincoln County Vital Records - Lincoln County Clerk, 450 Logan Street, Davenport, WA 99122-9501.


  • Mason County, Washington —
    Information Updated for:  May 2, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of King County [named Sahewamish County until 1864].
    Established:  13-Mar-1854
    County Seat:  Shelton, Washington

    County history - Mason County is named in honor of he first Secretary of Washington Territory, C.H. Mason.

    Mason Courthouse
    1. Mason County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Mason County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Mason County - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
          Mason County Historical Society
          P.O. Box 1366
          Shelton, WA 98584

    4. Mason County - US/WAGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Mason County - US/WAGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Mason County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Mason County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Mason County Vital Records - Mason County Clerk, Fourth and Alder, Shelton, WA 98584.

      Census Information:
    9. 1870 Census - Mortality Schedule


  • Okanogan County, Washington —
    Information Updated for:  May 2, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Stevens County on 02-Feb-1888.
    Established:  09-Feb-1888
    County Seat:  Okanogan, Washington

    County history - Okanogan County's name derives from a Salish Indian word meaning "rendezvous".

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Okanogan County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Okanogan County Vital Records - Okanogan County Clerk, P.O. Box 72, Okanogan, WA 98840-0072.

    9. Local Genealogy & History - A portion of Judi's Genealogy
      Obituaries - transcribed obituaries from various Okanogan County newspapers.
      Okanogan County - Marriage indexes 1888-1930


  • Pacific County, Washington —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 19, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Lewis County
    Established:  xx-xxx-1851
    County Seat:  South Bend, Washington

    County history - Pacific County is named for the Pacific Ocean, which is the largest of the Earth's oceanic divisions. It extends from the Arctic in the north to the Southern Ocean in the south, bounded by Asia and Australia in the west, and the Americas in the east.
             The Pacific Ocean was sighted by Europeans early in the 16th century, first by the Spanish explorer Vasco Nx ez de Balboa who crossed the Isthmus of Panama in 1513 and named it Mar del Sur (South Sea). Its current name is however derived from the Luso-Latin macaronic Tepre Pacificum, "peaceful sea", bestowed upon it by the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Pacific County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Pacific County Vital Records - Pacific County Clerk, P.O. Box 67, South Bend, WA 98586-0067.


  • Pend Oreille County, Washington —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 20, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Stevens County.
    Established:  01-Mar-1911
    County Seat:  Newport, Washington

    County history - Pend Oreille County is named in honor of The Pend d'Oreille Native American tribe.
             The Pend d'Oreilles, also known as the Kalispel, are a tribe of Native Americans who lived around Lake Pend Oreille, as well as the Pend Oreille River, and Priest Lake although some of them live spread throughout Montana and eastern Washington.
             The name Pend Oreille is of French origin, meaning "hangs from ears", which refers to the large shell earrings that these people wore. The main part of the reservation on which these Native Americans live is northwest of Newport, Washington, in central Pend Oreille County.



    Pend Oreille Courthouse
    1. Pend Oreille County - American History & Genealogy Project
    2. Pend Oreille County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Pend Oreille County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Pend Oreille Co. Historical Soc. & Museum / Newport, WA)
    4. Pend Oreille County - US/WAGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Pend Oreille County - US/WAGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Pend Oreille County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Pend Oreille County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Pend Oreille County Vital Records - Pend Oreille County Clerk, P.O. Box 5000, Newport, WA 99156-5000.


  • Pierce County, Washington —
    Information Updated for:  Jan 24, 2011
  • Formed from:  portions of Thurston County.
    Established:  22-Dec-1852
    County Seat:  Tacoma, Washington

    County history - Pierce County is named in honor of the fourteenth President of the United States, Franklin Pierce.

    Pierce Courthouse
    GHLL Pierce County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Pierce County AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Pierce County, WA Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical Society / Tacoma, WA)
    6. US/WAGenWeb site - Pierce County Archives
    7. US/WAGenWeb - Pierce County Genealogy & History
    8. Pierce County Vital Records - Pierce County Clerk, 3701 Pacific Avenue, Suite 100, Tacoma, WA 98418.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             King County (north), Yakima County (east), Lewis County (south), Thurston County
             (west/southwest), Mason County (west/northwest), Kitsap County (north/northwest).

        Kindred Trails - Pierce County, Washington Genealogy.

    Census Information:
        1860 Census (T) - Pierce County, Washington Territory. 1115 persons total.


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