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Columbia County, Washington

Columbia County was founded on November 11, 1875 from Walla Walla County.

The Columbia County Seat is situated in Dayton (originally called Williamson) and the county government website is

Locations bordering Columbia County are Whitman CountyGarfield CountyWallowa County, Oregon, Umatilla County, Oregon, Walla Walla CountyFranklin County.

Columbia 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 Columbia 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.

Columbia County has Federal Census Schedules to assist in researching your family tree. Federal government Population Schedules exist for 1880 (free index)1890 (fragment)19001910192019301940.

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

Columbia County Society and Family History Resources

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

Columbia County Courthouse and Government Records

Genealogist often forget the benefits of Columbia 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 Columbia 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 dates pointed out below could be the first noted records for this particular county.

  • Columbia County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 341 E Main St., Dayton 99328-1361
    • Courthouse hours: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
  • Columbia County Auditor
    • Birth and Death Records: 1891 to 1907
    • Marriage Records: 1876
    • Land Records: 1864
  • Columbia County Clerk
    • Court Records: 1878
    • Probate Records: 1874

Columbia County Links

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

Columbia Co. WA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Columbia Co. WA Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Columbia Co. WA Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Columbia Co. WA Census Records

Columbia Co. WA Church & Cemeteries

Columbia Co. WA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Columbia Co. WA General and History Websites

Columbia Co. WA Immigration & Naturalization

Columbia Co. WA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Columbia Co. WA Military Records

Columbia Co. WA Schools & Directories