Whatcom County, Washington

Whatcom County

Whatcom County was founded on March 09, 1854 from Island County. The county was named for the Nooksack word meaning "noisy water".

The Whatcom County Seat is situated in Bellingham and the county government website is http://www.co.whatcom.wa.us/

Locations bordering Whatcom County are Okanogan County (east), Skagit County (south), San Juan County (southwest).

Cities and towns found in Whatcom County consists of Bellingham, Lynden, Ferndale, Blaine, Everson, Sumas, Nooksack.

The first settlers in the county arrived in 1852 and began cutting lumber for the San Francisco market. In 1855 Captain George Pickett defended the early settlers from Indian attacks. By the turn of the century Bellingham was an important salmon processing, lumber manufacturing and export center. Today Whatcom County has a varied economic base led by wood products, manufacturing, food processing, mining and dairying. Western Washington University is a center for higher education in northern Washington.

Whatcom 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 Whatcom 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.

Whatcom 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.

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

Whatcom County Society and Family History Resources

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

Whatcom County Courthouse and Government Records


Whatcom County Courthouse

Genealogist often forget the benefits of Whatcom 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 Whatcom 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 Whatcom 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.
  • Whatcom County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham WA 98225-4038
    • Courthouse hours: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Whatcom 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: 1891 to 1907 
    • Marriage Records: 1854
    • Land Records: 1854
  • Whatcom 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: 1872
    • Probate Records: 1883
  • Whatcom 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 Whatcom County Health Department can issue Birth, Marriage and Death certificates while you wait.

Whatcom County Links

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

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