Douglas County, Washington
Douglas County was founded on November 28, 1883 from Lincoln County.
The Douglas County Seat is situated in Waterville (from 1883-1886 the county seat was located at Okanogan) and the county government website is http://www.douglascountywa.net/
Locations bordering Douglas County are Okanogan County (north), Grant County (south), Kittitas County (southwest), Chelan County (west).
Douglas 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 Douglas 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.
Douglas 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.
Douglas 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.
Douglas County Society and Family History Resources
A list of Douglas County Historical and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.
- RAOGK Volunteers for Washington (raogk.org)
- Washington Genealogy Network Community (plus.google.com)
- Washington State Genealogy Network (facebook.com)
- Douglas County Genealogical Society, c/o Waterville Public Library, Box 580, Waterville, WA 98858-0580.
- Douglas County Historical Society, Box 63, 113 East Locust Street, Waterville, WA 98858; Phone:(509) 745-8800
- East Wenatchee Family History Center, 667 Tenth NE, East Wenatchee, WA 98001. Phone 509-884-8686.
- Wenatchee Area Genealogical Society Library, 133 S Mission St, Wenatchee, WA 98001. Collection includes extensive reference collection, many family histories, census publications, and genealogical society bulletins. Maintains ancestral file, multi-volume surname index, indexed 25th & 50th Wedding Anniversary scrapbooks, indexed Pictorial Past scrapbooks. Publishes a library shelf list.
- Colville Tribal Museum, PO Box 233, 512 Mead Way, Coulee Dam, WA 99116. Phone 509-633-0751.
- Douglas County Historical Museum, Box 63, 124 W Walnut, Waterville, WA 98858. Phone 509-745-8435. Museum features pioneer and early day living, family photographs, scrapbooks, and mineral collection of William Schluenz.
- Ft. Spokane Museum, 1008 Crest Drive, Coulee Dam, WA 99116. Fax 509-633-9332.
- State Archives Central Branch Bledsoe & Washington Archives Building, Central Washington University, 400 E. University Way, Mail Stop 7547, Ellensburg, Washington 98926-7547. Phone: 509-963-2136. Research Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon and 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
- Douglas County, Washington Message Boards (boards.ancestry.com)
- Douglas County, Washington Genealogy Forum (genforum.genealogy.com)
- Washington State Digital Archives (digitalarchives.wa.gov)
- USGenWeb Archives for Douglas County (usgwarchives.net)
Douglas County Courthouse and Government Records
Genealogist often forget the benefits of Douglas 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 Douglas 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 dates pointed out below could be the first noted records for this particular county.
- Douglas County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
- Address: 213 S Rainier, Waterville 98858
- Courthouse hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Douglas County Auditor
- Birth and Death Records: 1891 to 1907
- Marriage Records: 1887
- Land Records: 1884
- Douglas County Clerk
- Court Records: 1887
- Probate Records: 1888
Douglas County Links
The following are links to Family history and genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Douglas 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 Douglas County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.
Douglas Co. WA Books, Newspapers & Publications
Douglas Co. WA Birth, Marriage & Death Records
Douglas Co. WA Court, Probate Land and Tax Records
- Washington Court Records Research Guide (raogk.org)
- Washington, County Records, 1856-2009 (familysearch.org) Collection of various records including vital, probate, school, tax, naturalization and other records.
- Washington, County Land Records, 1850-1954 (familysearch.org)
- Washington, County Probate Case Files, 1832-1950 (familysearch.org)
- Washington, County Probate Records, 1853-1929 (familysearch.org)
- BLM Land Records (glorecords.blm.gov)
Douglas Co. WA Census Records
Douglas Co. WA Church & Cemeteries
Douglas Co. WA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories
Douglas Co. WA General and History Websites
Douglas Co. WA Immigration & Naturalization
Douglas Co. WA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers
Douglas Co. WA Military Records
Douglas Co. WA Schools & Directories