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State Resources — Washington

Updated: August 2002

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document Vital Records

Must have exact information for births.  State office has had records since July 1907. For King, Pierce, and Spokane counties copies may also be obtained from county health departments. County Auditor of county of birth has registered births prior to July 1907.

State office has marriage and divorce records since January 1968. Records can also be obtained from the county (see notes below).

Birth, Marriage, Divorce, and Death Records

On the Internet: Washington Department of Health.
Call (360) 236-4300 for information on record lookup fees.
Write to:
Department of Health
Center for Health Statistics
P.O. Box 9709
Olympia, WA 98507-9709

For local marriage records, contact the County Auditor in county where the license was issued. Cost will vary.

For local divorce records, contact the County Clerk in county where the divorce was granted. Cost will vary.

book State Archives and Libraries

They currently 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.

Write to:
Division of Archives
Office of the Secretary of State
Washington State Archives and Records Center Building
P.O. Box 40220
Olympia, WA 98504-0220
Telephone: (360) 902-4151
Web site:
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30, closed Saturday, Sunday, and state holidays.

 Local Genealogical Societies

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


Seattle Genealogical Society
6200 Sand Point Way N. E. #101
Seattle, Washington

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 75388
Seattle, Washington 98125-0388

Telephone: (206) 522-8658
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