Yakima County, Washington
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Yakima County

Yakima County was founded on January 21, 1865 from Ferguson County. The county was named for the  Yakama Native American tribe.

The Yakima County Seat is situated in Yakima and the county government website is http://www.yakimacounty.us/

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 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.

Yakima County Society and Family History Resources

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

Yakima County Courthouse and Government Records

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.

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.

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.

  • Yakima County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 128 N 2nd St., Yakima WA 98901
    • Courthouse hours: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Yakima 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: 1890 to 1907 
    • Marriage Records: 1877 
    • Land Records: 1882
  • Yakima 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: 1874 
    • Probate Records: 1882 
  • Yakima 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.
  • 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. Birth, marriage, and death records are connected with central life events.

Yakima County Links

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.

Yakima Co. WA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Yakima Co. WA Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Yakima Co. WA Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Yakima Co. WA Census Records

Yakima Co. WA Church & Cemeteries

Yakima Co. WA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Yakima Co. WA General and History Websites

Yakima Co. WA Immigration & Naturalization

Yakima Co. WA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Yakima Co. WA Military Records

Yakima Co. WA Schools & Directories

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