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Snohomish County, Washington

Snohomish County

Snohomish County was founded on January 14, 1861 from Island County. The county was named for the  Snohomish tribe.

The County Seat was Mukilteo (1861), Snohomish (originally founded as Snohomish City) (1861-1894), and Everett (originally founded as Port Gardner), 1894-present. The county government website is

Locations bordering Snohomish County are Skagit County (north), Chelan County (east), King County (south), Island County (west).

Cities and towns found in Snohomish County consists of Alderwood Manor, Arlington, Arlington Heights, Bothell, Brier, Cathan, Cathcart, Darrington, Echo Lake, Edmonds, Esperance, Everett, Gold Bar, Granite Falls, Index, John Sam Lake, Jordan Road-Canyon Creek, Lake Bosworth, Lake Goodwin, Lake Ketchum, Lake Roesiger, Lake Stevens, Lochsloy, Lynnwood, Machias, Maltby, Martha Lake, Marysville, May Creek, Mill Creek, Monroe, Mountlake Terrace, Mukilteo, North Creek, North Marysville, North Stanwood, North Sultan, Northwest Snohomish, Oso, Paine Field-Lake Stickney, Picnic Point-North Lynnwood, Priest Point, Seattle Hill-Silver Firs, Shaker Church, Silvana, Snohomish, Stanwood, Startup, Stimson Crossing, Sultan, Three Lakes, Tulalip Bay, Verlot, Warm Beach, Weallup Lake, West Lake Stevens, Woods Creek, Woodway.

The county was first explored in 1792 when Captain George Vancouver named the region New Georgia; he also named Port Susan and Port Gardner Bay. The vast stands of timber attracted settlers who set up mills and provided timber to build San Francisco and the transcontinental railroads in the mid-nineteenth century. Today, Snohomish County is the third most populous county in Washington and enjoys a varied economy based on wood products, aircraft manufacturing and agriculture.

Snohomish 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 Snohomish 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.

Snohomish 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.

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

Snohomish County Society and Family History Resources

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

Snohomish County Courthouse and Government Records

Snohomish County Courthouse

Genealogist often forget the benefits of Snohomish 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 Snohomish 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 Snohomish 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.
  • Snohomish County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 3000 Rockefeller Ave, Everett WA 98201-4046
    • Courthouse hours: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Snohomish 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: 1881 to 1907 
    • Marriage Records: 1867 
    • Land Records: 1862
  • Snohomish 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: 1866 
    • Probate Records: 1876
  • Snohomish 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 Snohomish County Health Department can issue Birth, Marriage and Death certificates while you wait.

Snohomish County Links

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

Snohomish Co. WA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Snohomish Co. WA Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Snohomish Co. WA Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Snohomish Co. WA Census Records

Snohomish Co. WA Church & Cemeteries

Snohomish Co. WA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Snohomish Co. WA General and History Websites

Snohomish Co. WA Immigration & Naturalization

Snohomish Co. WA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Snohomish Co. WA Military Records

Snohomish Co. WA Schools & Directories

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