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Asotin County, Washington

Asotin County

Asotin County was founded on October 27, 1883 from Garfield County. The county was named in honor of the Nez Percé name for Eel Creek.

The Asotin County Seat is situated in Asotin and the county government website is

Locations bordering Asotin County are Whitman County (north), Nez Perce County, Idaho (east), Wallowa County, Oregon (south), Garfield County (west).

Cities and towns found in Asotin County consists of Asotin (1,095), Clarkston (7,337)

In 1805-1806 Lewis and Clark passed through the county as well as Captain Bonneville in 1834. A ferry was founded on the Snake River in 1855 to accommodate thousands of miners rushing to the goldfields. In 1881 a ferry was established at Asotin. Today, the county's economy is primarily agricultural, based on food and livestock raising and processing, fruit growing, and wheat and barley production. Clarkston, the county's largest city, is separated from the town of Lewiston, Idaho by the Snake River. Clarkston area researchers should consider Lewiston resources as well.

Asotin 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 Asotin 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.

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

Asotin 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.

Asotin County Society and Family History Resources

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

Asotin County Courthouse and Government Records

Asotin County Courthouse

Genealogist often forget the benefits of Asotin 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 Asotin 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 Asotin 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.
  • Asotin County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 135 2nd St, Asotin, WA 99402
    • Courthouse hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Asotin 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.
    • Birth and Death Records: 1891 to 1907 
    • Marriage Records: 1891 
    • Land Records: 1893
  • Asotin 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.
    • Court Records: 1885 
    • Probate Records: 1886
  • Asotin 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 Asotin County Health Department can issue Birth, Marriage and Death certificates while you wait.

Asotin County Links

The following are links to Family history and genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Asotin 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 Asotin County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.

Asotin Co. WA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Asotin Co. WA Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Asotin Co. WA Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Asotin Co. WA Census Records

Asotin Co. WA Church & Cemeteries

Asotin Co. WA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Asotin Co. WA General and History Websites

Asotin Co. WA Immigration & Naturalization

Asotin Co. WA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Asotin Co. WA Military Records

Asotin Co. WA Schools & Directories

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