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Adams County, Washington

Adams County

Adams County was founded on November 28, 1883 from Whitman County. The county was named in honor of John Adams (1735–1826), 2nd U.S. President.

The Adams County Seat is situated in Ritzville and the county government website is

Locations bordering Adams County are Lincoln County (north), Whitman County (east), Franklin County (south), Grant County (west).

Cities and towns found in Adams County consists of Hatton, Lind, Othello, Ritzville, Washtucna

It was first visited by European fur traders in 1811 and early travelers first passed through the county on the Colville Road in 1826. The county was first settled in 1869 and later attracted a large number of hardy Russian-German immigrants. The county's economy is primarily agricultural with wheat the most important crop. Barley, oats, beans and peas are also grown.

Adams County vital records can be found at the Washington Office of Vital Records has copies of birth, marriage, divorce and death records. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Washington for current fees and application process.

You can search online for Adams County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or can download an application for Washington Birth or Death Certificate and Marriage or Divorce Certificate Applications to mail.

Adams County has Federal Census Schedules to assist in researching your family tree. Federal government Population Schedules exist for 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Adams Co. Mortality Schedules can be acquired for 1870 and 1880. Adams Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be found for 1870 and 1880. Adams Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be acquired for 1890. You'll find free down loadable in addition to printable census forms that can help with your research.

Adams County Society and Family History Resources

A list of Adams County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.

Adams County Courthouse and Government Records

Adams County Courthouse

Genealogist often forget the benefits of Adams County court, probate, and land files as a source of genealogy information and facts. Buried away in Washington courthouses and archives everywhere tend to be the desires and frustrations of countless Washington men and women.

The possibilities are great that your ancestors have left a in-depth record of at least a few factors of their lives in the Adams County court records. Even if your forebears is not discussed in a Court case, contemplate all of the other methods which could have lead to her or him appearing in court records.

The below specifics denotes exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records will be in Adams County. The dates pointed out below could be the first noted records for this particular county.

Please make sure to speak to the clerk's department to confirm hours, mailing address, fees and other details prior to visiting or seeking information because of sometimes changing contact information. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The documents are accessible to interested parties, barring private issues. A lot of workers will help individuals in finding the resources, however it is up to the man or women to complete the research. Although originally held in the county seat, many county land, probate, and court records have been transferred to the state archive's regional branches.
  • Adams County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 210 W Broadway, Ritzville 99169
  • Adams County Auditor has many responsibilities which include the recording of real property documents such as deeds and other recorded documents, issuing various licenses such as marriage liscense.
    • Phone: (509) 659-3247
    • Birth and Death Records: 1891 to 1907 
    • Marriage Records: 1891
    • Land Records: 1884
  • Adams County Clerk is the administrator of the Superior Court Clerk's Office. The Clerk's Office is responsible for keeping the permanent records of all cases filed in Superior Court. The type of cases filed are felony criminal cases, civil lawsuits, petitions for protection from domestic violence, family law matters (dissolutions 3rd Party Custody, parenting plans, modifications) probates, guardianships, Last Will & Testaments, paternities, adoptions and mental commitments.
    • Phone: (509) 659-3257
    • Court Records: 1885 
    • Probate Records: 1890 
  • Adams County Treasurer is the property tax collector for the County. Property Taxes are levied on the property by the various taxing authorities based on the valuation and current property usage as set by the Assessor's Office.
  • The Adams County Health Department can issue Birth, Marriage and Death certificates while you wait.

Adams County Links

The following are links to Family history and genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Adams County. Most of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Commercial Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some require a fee. This is simply a directory that has been gathered or submitted. I do not endorse or promote one genealogy site above another. Feel free to present your own favorite Adams County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.

Adams Co. WA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Adams Co. WA Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Adams Co. WA Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Adams Co. WA Census Records

Adams Co. WA Church & Cemeteries

Adams Co. WA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Adams Co. WA General and History Websites

Adams Co. WA Immigration & Naturalization

Adams Co. WA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Adams Co. WA Military Records

Adams Co. WA Schools & Directories

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