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Walla Walla County, Washington

Walla Walla County

Walla Walla County was founded on April 25, 1854 from Skamania County. The county was named for the Walla Walla Native American tribe, and also another name for running water.

The Walla Walla County Seat is situated in Walla Walla and the county government website is

Locations bordering Walla Walla County are Columbia County (east), Umatilla County, Oregon (south), Benton County (west), Franklin County (northwest).

Cities and towns found in Walla Walla County consists of Burbank, College Place, Dixie, Garrett, Prescott, Touchet, Waitsburg, Walla Walla, Walla Walla East, Wallula.

The Whitmans established a mission here in 1836. In 1855, Governor Isaac Stevens organized a great council with the Indians and signed treaties establishing reservations throughout the Northwest. The establishment of the MuIlan Road through the county in 1858 brought permanent settlers and many more when gold was discovered in Idaho and the town of WalIa Walla became a supply center for the mines. The transcontinental railroad arrived in the county in 1875 and began an era of great prosperity in agriculture and related industries. Today the county, with its rich soil and lengthy growing season, produces and ships grain, and is also a major vegetable growing and food processing center. Three colleges and a number of state and federal facilities contribute to the county’s economy.

Walla Walla 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 Walla Walla 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.

Walla Walla 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.

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

Walla Walla County Society and Family History Resources

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

Walla Walla County Courthouse and Government Records

Walla Walla County Courthouse

Genealogist often forget the benefits of Walla Walla 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 Walla Walla 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 Walla Walla 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.
  • Walla Walla County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 315 W Main St, Walla Walla WA 99362
    • Courthouse hours: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Walla Walla 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: 1862 
    • Land Records: 1859
  • Walla Walla 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: 1859 
    • Probate Records: 1860 
  • Walla Walla 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 Walla Walla County Health Department can issue Birth, Marriage and Death certificates while you wait.

Walla Walla County Links

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

Walla Walla Co. WA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Walla Walla Co. WA Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Walla Walla Co. WA Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Walla Walla Co. WA Census Records

Walla Walla Co. WA Church & Cemeteries

Walla Walla Co. WA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Walla Walla Co. WA General and History Websites

Walla Walla Co. WA Immigration & Naturalization

Walla Walla Co. WA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Walla Walla Co. WA Military Records

Walla Walla Co. WA Schools & Directories

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