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Whitman County, Washington

Whitman County

Whitman County was founded on November 29, 1871 from Stevens County. The county was named in honor of Marcus Whitman (1802–1847), a Presbyterian missionary.

The Whitman County Seat is situated in Colfax and the county government website is

Locations bordering Whitman County are Spokane County (north), Benewah County, Idaho (northeast), Latah County, Idaho (east), Nez Perce County, Idaho (southeast), Asotin County (southeast), Garfield County (south), Columbia County (south), Franklin County (southwest), Adams County (west), Lincoln County (northwest).

Cities and towns found in Whitman County consists of Albion, Colfax, Colton, Endicott, Farmington, Garfield, La Crosse, Lamont, Malden, Oakesdale, Palouse, Pullman, Rosalia, St. John, Tekoa, Uniontown.

In the 1850s and 1860s the Oregon Steam Navigation Company and the Northwestern Stage Company acted as a lifeline for its residents. By the latter part of the century, four railroads were located in the county. Today Whitman County is one of the most productive wheat growing counties in the nation. The city of Pullman is the site of Washington State University, a nationally and internationally known comprehensive university, featuring quality undergraduate training and strong research programs.

Whitman 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 Whitman 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.

Whitman County has Federal Census Schedules to assist in researching your family tree. Federal government Population Schedules exist for 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

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

Whitman County Society and Family History Resources

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

Whitman County Courthouse and Government Records

Whitman County Courthouse

Genealogist often forget the benefits of Whitman 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 Whitman 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 Whitman 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.
  • Whitman County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 400 N Main St, Colfax WA 99111-2031
    • Courthouse hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Whitman 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: 1874
    • Land Records: 1874
  • Whitman 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: 1878 
    • Probate Records: 1861 
  • Whitman 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 Whitman County Health Department can issue Birth, Marriage and Death certificates while you wait.

Whitman County Links

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

Whitman Co. WA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Whitman Co. WA Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Whitman Co. WA Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Whitman Co. WA Census Records

Whitman Co. WA Church & Cemeteries

Whitman Co. WA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Whitman Co. WA General and History Websites

Whitman Co. WA Immigration & Naturalization

Whitman Co. WA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Whitman Co. WA Military Records

Whitman Co. WA Schools & Directories

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