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Klickitat County, Washington

Klickitat County

Klickitat County was founded on December 20, 1859 from Walla Walla County. The county was named for the Klickitat Tribe.

The Klickitat County Seat is situated in Goldendale (the county seat was originally Grand Dalles or Rockland Flats, now called Dallesport from 1859-1878 and in 1878 move to Goldendale) and the county government website is

Locations bordering Klickitat County are Yakima County (north), Benton County (northeast), Morrow County, Oregon (southeast), Gilliam County, Oregon (southeast), Sherman County, Oregon (south), Hood River County, Oregon (southwest), Wasco County, Oregon (southwest), Skamania County (west).

Cities and towns found in Klickitat County consists of Bingen, Goldendale, White Salmon.

Erastus Joslyn first settled the county in 1852. However, not until 1867 was an effective county government organized. Immediately after creation, territorial legislature spelled the county's name CLICITAT. By the next territorial legislative session, the spelling was finalized as KLICKITAT.

Klickitat 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 Klickitat 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.

Klickitat 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.

Klickitat Co. Mortality Schedules can be acquired for 1870 and 1880. Klickitat Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be found for 1870 and 1880. Klickitat 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.

Klickitat County Society and Family History Resources

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

Klickitat County Courthouse and Government Records

Klickitat County Courthouse

Genealogist often forget the benefits of Klickitat 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 Klickitat 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 Klickitat 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.
  • Klickitat County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 205 S Columbus, Goldendale WA 98620-9287
    • Courthouse hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Klickitat 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. Bring all information available: names, dates (within a 10 year period) are helpful. Description of property can be accessed through the Auditor's office.
    • Birth and Death Records: 1882 to 1907 
    • Marriage Records:1867 
    • Land Records: 1863
  • Klickitat 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: 1882 
    • Probate Records: 1880 
  • Klickitat 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 Klickitat County Health Department can issue Birth, Marriage and Death certificates while you wait.

Klickitat County Links

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

Klickitat Co. WA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Klickitat Co. WA Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Klickitat Co. WA Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Klickitat Co. WA Census Records

Klickitat Co. WA Church & Cemeteries

Klickitat Co. WA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Klickitat Co. WA General and History Websites

Klickitat Co. WA Immigration & Naturalization

Klickitat Co. WA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Klickitat Co. WA Military Records

Klickitat Co. WA Schools & Directories

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