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Columbia County was founded on November 11, 1875 from Walla Walla County. The county was named for the Columbia River.
Locations bordering Columbia County are Whitman County (north), Garfield County (east), Wallowa County, Oregon (southeast), Umatilla County, Oregon (southwest), Walla Walla County (west), Franklin County (northwest).
Cities and towns found in Columbia County consists of Dayton, Starbuck
In 1806 the Lewis and Clark expedition crossed the county and later in the century, in the year 1860, the residents of the county witnessed the first steam navigation of the Snake River. Today Columbia County bases its economy on agriculture, with wheat and vegetable production leading its output.
Columbia 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 Columbia 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.
Columbia County has Federal Census Schedules to assist in researching your family tree. Federal government Population Schedules exist for 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.
Columbia Co. Mortality Schedules can be acquired for 1880. Columbia Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be found for 1880. Columbia 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.
A list of Columbia County Historical and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.
Genealogist often forget the benefits of Columbia 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 Columbia 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 Columbia County. The dates pointed out below could be the first noted records for this particular county.
The following are links to Family history and genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Columbia 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 Columbia County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.