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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 http://www.klickitatcounty.org/
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.
A list of Klickitat County Historical and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.
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.
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.