Washington Census Records
Washington Census Notes
Between 1848 and 1853, Washington Territory was included in Oregon Territory. See Oregon Census Records.
In 1848, Washington Territory was carved from Oregon Territory and it included present day Idaho. Territorial censuses were taken at various times between 1857 and 1892. See Washington State and Territorial Censuses, 1857-1892 at Ancestry.
Federal Washington census records are available to the public for census years 1860 (Washington Territory), 1870 (Washington Territory), 1880 (Washington Territory), 1900, 1910, 1920 & 1930. See 1790-1940 US Census Records at Ancestry.
Indians were enumerated in special schedules in 1880 &1900 Federal Washington Census records. There are also various Indian census records recorded 1887-1914. These census records include the Federal Bureau of Indian Affairs census rolls for Indian tribes within Washington Territory 1885-1889 and Washington State 1889-1913. Tribes include the Chehalis, Clallam, Columbia, Moses Band of Columbia, Colville, Georgetown, Humptulips, Hoh, Hoquiam, Lake, Makah, Montesano, Mukleshoot, Nisqually, Nespelim, Joseph's BAnd of Nex Perce, Okanogan, Oyehut, Puyallup, Queets, Quileute, Quinault, San Poil, Satsop, Skallam, Skokomish, Spokane, Squaxin, and Couer d;Alene. These records are not all inclusive for all years. Some of these Indian Census Rolls are indexed online. See Indian Census Records at the Washington Digital Archives.
1890 Special Veterans and Widows census schedules did survive and may be used as a census substitute. See 1890 Veterans Schedules at Ancestry.
Washington State Census Records: There are many various early state and territorial census records for Washington. Many of these are included in the 1857-1892 Washington State and Territorial Census Records at Ancestry.
Washington Census Records &
Washington Vital Records
Washington Department of Health
101 Israel Road SE
Tumwater, WA 98501
Washington Dept. of Health
Birth & death records from July 1, 1907 to present are held at the Center for Health Statistics at the above address.
Birth records from January 1, 1921 to present can be ordered through local health jurisdictions.
Earlier birth & death records, all marriage records, divorce records and all land records are on file in each individual county and are held by the County Auditors with the exception of King, Pierce, Snohomish and Spokane Counties, where they are held by the local health jurisdiction. Early vital records are also on file at the Washington State Archives.
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(Territory 1853. Statehood 1889.)
Previous to 1853, Washington Territory was included in the Oregon Territory. The earliest settlers of Washington state came from Canada, Norway, Sweden, Scandinavia, and Russia.
Statewide Washington Census Records Online
Other WA Statewide Genealogy Records Used as Census Substitutes
Indexes of early settlers of Oregon Territory
WA Census Records Online by County
Adams County Census Records (formed 1883 from Whitman)
Asotin County Census Records (formed 1883 from Garfield)
Benton County (formed 1905 from Klickitat & Yakima)
Chehalis County (Original County - Changed 1915 to Grays Harbor.)
1860 Assessment & Statistical Roll of Chehalis (later known as Gray's Harbor)
Chelan County Census Records (formed 1899 from Kititas & Okanogan)
Clallam County (formed 1854 from Jefferson)
1930 Federal Census Records (partial)
Naturalization Records Index (At Clallam County Genealogical Society)
Pioneer Family Files Index (At Clallam County Genealogical Society)
Clark County Census Records (formed 1844 - Original County. Previously Vancouver.)
(Includes present day Clark and Cowlitz Counties.)
Clark County Surnames (Clark County Genealogical Society)
Columbia County Census Records (formed 1875 from Walla Walla. Original name was Ping.)
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