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Washington Vital Records
Prior to 1891, Washington had no legislative provision for the recording of births and deaths. However, some counties and cities did record births and deaths prior to that time. Between 1891 and 1907, birth and death registers were kept on the county level. The filing of marriages with county officials has been required by law since the creation of Washington Territory in 1853. Post 1907 vital records in the state Office of Vital Records in Olympia are not open to the public for research.
For birth and death records from 1 July 1907 and marriage records from 1 January 1968, write:
Department of Health
Center for Health Statistics
P.O. Box 9709
Olympia, WA 98507-9709

For earlier records, write to the auditor of the county in question.

Washington Department of Health - Vital Records

Washington Research Sources

Ficken, Robert E., and Charles P. LeWarne. Washington: A Centennial History. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1988.
Genealogical Resources in Washington State: A Guide to Genealogical Records held at Repositories, Government Agencies, and Archives. Olympia: Secretary of State, Division of Archives and Records Management, 1983.
Ruby, Robert H., and John A. Browne. A Guide to the Indian Tribes of the Pacific Northwest. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1986.

National Archives Washington

Washington State Archives
1120 Washington Street, SE
P.O. Box 40238
Olympia, WA 98504-0238

Northeast Washington Genealogical Society

Washington Historical Society

Washington State Library

Washington Department of Health - Vital Records

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