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Yakima County was founded on January 21, 1865 from Ferguson County. The county was named for the Yakama Native American tribe.
Locations bordering Yakima County are Pierce County (northwest), Lewis County (west), Skamania County (southwest), Kittitas County (north), Klickitat County (south), Grant County (northeast), Benton County (east).
Cities and towns found in Yakima County consists of Ahtanum, Eschbach, Gleed, Grandview, Granger, Harrah, Mabton, Moxee, Naches, Satus, Selah, Summitview, Sunnyside, Terrace Heights, Tieton, Toppenish, Union Gap, Wapato, White Swan, Yakima, Zillah.
The county was first settled in 1858 after the Indian wars of 1855-57 resulted in the formation of the Yakima Indian Reservation. In the 1870s cattlemen and farmers began constructing irrigation systems. Growth continued into the 1880s, with the coming of the Northern Pacific Railroad creating a boom in the county. In 1950 the federal government began a major series of irrigation projects in the county that had profound results. Today Yakima County is one of the nation's richest agricultural counties. It leads the state in apple, pear, peach and grape production, while beets, hop and mint growing are also important. Its economy also encompasses wood products and food processing industries.
Yakima 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 Yakima 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.
Yakima 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.
Yakima Co. Mortality Schedules can be acquired for 1870 and 1880. Yakima Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be found for 1870 and 1880. Yakima 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.
A list of Yakima County Historical and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.
Genealogist often forget the benefits of Yakima 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 Yakima 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 Yakima County. The dates pointed out below could be the first noted records for this particular county.
The following are links to Family history and genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Yakima 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 Yakima County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.