Lincoln County, Washington
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Lincoln County

Lincoln County was founded on November 24, 1883 from Whitman County. The county was named in honor of Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865), 16th U.S. President.

The Lincoln County Seat is situated in Davenport and the county government website is http://www.co.lincoln.wa.us/

Locations bordering Lincoln County are Ferry County (north), Stevens County (northeast), Spokane County (east), Whitman County (southeast), Adams County (south), Grant County (west), Okanogan County (northwest).

Cities and towns found in Lincoln County consists of Almira, Creston, Davenport, Harrington, Odessa, Reardan, Sprague, Wilbur.

It was first settled by former miners and government freighters, and its county seat, Davenport, was located by a spring on the trail to Walla Walla. In 1880 Fort Spokane was founded on the northern edge of the county to protect the settlers from the Indians

Lincoln 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.

Lincoln 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.

Lincoln County Society and Family History Resources

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

Lincoln County Courthouse and Government Records

Genealogist often forget the benefits of Lincoln 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 Lincoln 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.

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.

The below specifics denotes exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records will be in Lincoln County. The dates pointed out below could be the first noted records for this particular county.

  • Lincoln County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 450 Logan Street, Davenport WA 99122
    • Courthouse hours: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Lincoln 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: 1883 to 1907 
    • Marriage Records: 1884 
    • Land Records: 1883
  • Lincoln 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: 1884
    • Probate Records: 1886
  • Lincoln 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.
  • 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. Birth, marriage, and death records are connected with central life events.

Lincoln County Links

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

Lincoln Co. WA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Lincoln Co. WA Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Lincoln Co. WA Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Lincoln Co. WA Census Records

Lincoln Co. WA Church & Cemeteries

Lincoln Co. WA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Lincoln Co. WA General and History Websites

Lincoln Co. WA Immigration & Naturalization

Lincoln Co. WA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Lincoln Co. WA Military Records

Lincoln Co. WA Schools & Directories

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