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  • San Juan County, Washington —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 20, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Whatcom County.
    Established:  31-Oct-1873
    County Seat:  Friday Harbor, Washington

    County history - San Juan County:  The name "San Juan" comes from the 1791 expedition of Francisco de Eliza, who named the archipelago Isla y Archiepelago de San Juan to honor his patron, Juan Vicente de G"emes Padilla Horcasitas y Aguayo, 2nd Count of Revillagigedo. One of the officers under Eliza's command, Gonzalo L "pez de Haro, was the first European to discover San Juan Island itself. The American explorer Charles Wilkes renamed the island Rodgers Island, but the Spanish name was kept on British charts and became the standard.



    San Juan Courthouse
    San Juan Islands Area - San Juan County consists of five major islands (there are more): 1. San Juan, 2. Orcas, 3. Lopez, 4. Blakely, 5. Shaw).
             The San Juan Islands are a part of the San Juan Archipelago in the northwest corner of the continental United States. The archipelago is split into two groups of islands based on national sovereignty. San Juan Islands are part of the U.S. state of Washington, while the Gulf Islands are part of the Canadian province of British Columbia. There are over 450 islands in the entire archipelago at high tide, but fewer than one-sixth are permanently inhabited.
             In the archipelago, fifteen islands are accessible by public ferry. Public ferries serve nine Gulf Islands and six San Juan Islands.

    San Juan Islands,
    1. San Juan County - American History & Genealogy Project
    2. San Juan County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Society/Museum/Assn - (Lopez Island Historical Society & Museum / Lopez Island, WA)
    4. Society/Museum/Assn - (San Juan Historical Society & museum / Friday Harbor, WA)
    5. San Juan County - US/WAGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    6. San Juan County - US/WAGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    7. San Juan County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    8. San Juan County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    9. San Juan County Vital Records - San Juan County Clerk, Courthouse, Friday Harbor, WA 98250.


  • Skamania County, Washington —
    Information Updated for:  Aug 3, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Clark County.
    Established:  09-Mar-1854
    County Seat:  Stevenson, Washington

    County history - Skamania County derives its name from the Chinookan word for swift water, a reference to the Columbia River.
             The first county seat was Cascades or Lower Cascades (1854-1893), then Stevenson (1893-present).

    Skamania Courthouse
    1. Skamania County - American History & Genealogy Project
    2. Skamania County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Skamania County - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
         Skamania County Genealogical Society
         P.O. Box 396
         Stevenson, WA 98648

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Skamania County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Skamania County Vital Records - Skamania County Clerk, P.O. Box 790, Stevenson, WA 98648-0790.

      Census Information:
    9. 1860 Census (T) - Federal census for Skamania County, Washington Territory.
    10. 1870 Census (T) - Federal Census Skamania County, Washington Territory
    11. 1880 Census (T) - Federal Census, Skamania County, Washington Territory (ED 40: 4 pages)


  • Snohomish County, Washington —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 21, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Island County.
    Established:  20-Jan-1861
    County Seat:  Everett, Washington

    County history - Snohomish County is named in honor of The Snohomish; the name of a tribe of Native Americans who reside around the Puget Sound area of Washington, north of Seattle. The Snohomish language belongs to the Salishan family. The tribal spelling is Sdoh-doh-hohbsh, which means "wet snow" according to the last chief of the Snohomish tribe, Chief William Shelton, though there is debate among historians as to the actual meaning. Some believe it means "a style of union among them of the braves", while others believe it means "Sleeping Waters", while still others believe that the actual spelling is Sdohobich.


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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Snohomish County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Snohomish County Vital Records - Snohomish Health District, 3020 Rucker Avenue, Everett, WA 98201-3900.


  • Spokane County, Washington —
    Information Updated for:  Aug 3, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Native American Indian (Spokane Tribe) lands on 29-Jan-1858.
    Established:  30-Oct-1879
    County Seat:  Spokane, Washington

    County history - Spokane County is named in honor of the (Spokane tribe, who inhabited the area. The name Spokane literally means "children of the sun" or "Sun People".
             Spokane County was formed on January 29, 1858. It was annexed by Stevens County on January 19, 1864, and re-created on October 30, 1879.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Spokane County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Spokane County Vital Records - 1101 W College Ave, Spokane, WA 99210.

    9. Spokane County - Washington Migrations Patterns by Surname
    10. Spokane County - 1922 Yearbook "Tiger" Lewis and Clark High School (Spokane twp)
      Census Information:
    11. Spokane County - 1860 Census


  • Stevens County, Washington —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 20, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Walla Walla County.
    Established:  20-Jan-1863
    County Seat:  Colville, Washington

    County history - Stevens County is named in honor of Isaac Ingalls Stevens (March 25, 1818 - September 1, 1862) was the first governor of Washington Territory, a United States Congressman, and a major general in the Union Army during the American Civil War until his death at the Battle of Chantilly.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Stevens County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Stevens County Vital Records - Stevens County Auditor, Attn: Recording, 215 South Oak Street, Colville, WA 99114.


  • Thurston County, Washington —
    Information Updated for:  Jul 8, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Lewis County
    Established:  12-Jan-1852
    County Seat:  Olympia, Washington

    County history - Thurston County is named in honor of Samuel R. Thurston, the Oregon Territory's first delegate to Congress.

    Thurston Courthouse

    Capitol history - Washington State's Legislative Building, completed in 1928 after six years of construction, serves as both a working governmental center and a symbol of Washington's free and democratic government.
             The Legislative Building is comprised of more than 173 million pounds of stone, brick, concrete and steel. It is the fourth tallest masonry dome in the world, rising 287 feet high.

    WA State Capitol

    GHLL Thurston County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Thurston County, WA Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Olympia Genealogical Society / Olympia, WA)
    6. US/WAGenWeb site - Thurston County Archives
    7. US/WAGenWeb - Thurston County Genealogy & History
    8. Thurston County Vital Records - Thurston County Clerk, 2000 Lakeridge, SW, Olympia, WA 98502-6045
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Pierce County (northeast, Lewis County (south), Grays Harbor County (west),
             Mason County (north/northwest).


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  • Wahkiakum County, Washington —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 20, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Cowlitz (?) and Lewis Counties.
    Established:  24-Apr-1854
    County Seat:  Cathlamet, Washington

    County history - Wahkiakum County (pronounced /wY"k0j.Y!"kYm/)is named in honor of Chief Wahkiakum ("Tall Timber"), of the Chinook, Native American tribe.

    Wahkiakum Courthouse
    1. Wahkiakum County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Wahkiakum County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Wahkiakum County - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
          Wahkiakum County Historical Society & Museum
          P.O. Box 541, 65 River Street
          Cathlamet, WA 98612

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Wahkiakum County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Wahkiakum County Vital Records - Wahkiakum County Clerk, P.O. Box 116, Cathlamet, WA 98612-0116.


  • Walla Walla County, Washington —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 20, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Skamania County.
    Established:  25-Apr-1854
    County Seat:  Walla Walla, Washington

    County history - Walla Walla County is named in honor of The Walla Walla Native American tribe, and also another name for running water.

    Walla Walla Courthouse
    1. Walla Walla County - American History & Genealogy Project (Addition pending at the time of this update.)
    2. Walla Walla County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Walla Walla County - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
          Walla Walla Valley Historical Society & Museum
          755 Myra Road
          Walla Walla, WA 99362-0000

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Walla Walla County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Walla Walla County Vital Records - Walla Walla County Clerk, 315 West Main Street, Walla Walla, WA 99362-2838.

      Census Information:
    9. 1860 Census (T) - Federal Census Walla Walla County, Washington Territory (Text: 3 pages).


  • Whatcom County, Washington —
    Information Updated for:  Oct 11, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Native American lands [original County].
    Established:  09-Mar-1854
    County Seat:  Bellingham, Washington

    County history - Whatcom County's name ultimately derives from a Nooksack [Indian] word meaning "noisy water."

    Whatcom Courthouse
    GHLL Whatcom County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Whatcom County AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Whatcom County, WA Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Whatcom Genealogical Society / Bellingham, WA)
    6. US/WAGenWeb site - Whatcom County Archives
    7. US/WAGenWeb - Whatcom County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Whatcom County Clerk, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham, WA 98225-4038
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Okanogan County (east), Skagit County (south), San Juan County (southwest), British Columbia,
             Canada
    (North).

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


  • Whitman County, Washington —
    Information Updated for:  Jan 25, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Stevens County.
    Established:  29-Nov-1871
    County Seat:  Colfax, Washington

    County history - Whitman County is named in honor of Marcus Whitman, a Presbyterian missionary who, with his wife Narcissa, was killed in 1847 by members of the Cayuse tribe.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Whitman County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Whitman County Vital Records - Whitman County Clerk, 400 N. Main Street, P.O. Box 390, Colfax, WA 99111-0390.

      Census Information:
    9. 1860 Census (T) - Federal Census, Whitman County, Washington Territory (Text: 1 page).
    10. 1880 Census (T) - Whitman, WA 1880 Mortality Census


  • Yakima County, Washington —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 2, 2012
  • Formed from:  portions of Ferguson County (no longer in existence, had been formed out of
    Walla Walla County on January 23, 1863.)
    Established:  21-Jan-1865
    County Seat:  Yakima, Washington

    County history - Yakima County is named in honor of the Yakama tribe of Native Americans.

    Yakima Courthouse
    GHLL Yakima County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Yakima County AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Yakima County, WA Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Yakima Valley Genealogical Society / Union Gap, WA)
    6. US/WAGenWeb site - Yakima County Archives
    7. US/WAGenWeb - Yakima County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Yakima County Clerk, Second and East B Street, Yakima, WA 98901.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Pierce County (northwest), Lewis County (west), Skamania County (southwest),
             Kittitas County (north), Klickitat County (south), Grant County (northeast), Benton
                County
    (east).

                      enlarge
        Yakima county - Germans from Russia in the Yakima Valley Prior to 1940 by the Central Washington Chapter of the American
                Historical Society of Germans From Russia.

    Census Information:
  • 1880 Mortality Census
  • 1900 Federal Census

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