Grays Harbor County, Washington
Grays Harbor County was founded on March 15, 1915 from Thurston County.
The Grays Harbor County Seat is situated in Montesano (The county seats have been Bruceport or Bruceville from 1854-1860 and Montesano from 1860-present) and the county government website is http://www.co.grays-harbor.wa.us
Grays Harbor 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 Grays Harbor 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.
Grays Harbor 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.
Grays Harbor Co. Mortality Schedules can be acquired for 1870 and 1880. Grays Harbor Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be found for 1870 and 1880. Grays Harbor 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.
Grays Harbor County Society and Family History Resources
A list of Grays Harbor County Historical and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.
- Washington State Genealogy Network (facebook.com)
- Grays Harbor Genealogy Society, PO Box 867, Cosmopolis, WA 98537-0867
- North Beach Genealogical Society, PO Box 2007, Ocean Shores, WA 98569
- Polson Park & Museum Historical Society, 1611 Riverside Ave, PO Box 432, Hoquiam, WA 98550. Phone 360-533-5862.
- Washington State Archives, Southwest Regional Branch. 1129 Washington Street SE, PO Box 40238, Olympia, WA 98504. Phone 360) 753-1684.
- Grays Harbor County, Washington Message Boards (boards.ancestry.com)
- Grays Harbor County, Washington Genealogy Forum (genforum.genealogy.com)
- Washington State Digital Archives (digitalarchives.wa.gov)
- USGenWeb Archives for Grays Harbor County (usgwarchives.net)
Grays Harbor County Courthouse and Government Records
Genealogist often forget the benefits of Grays Harbor 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 Grays Harbor 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.
- Grays Harbor County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
- Address: 100 W Broadway, Montesano WA 98563
- Courthouse hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
- Grays Harbor County Auditor Our office is open to the public Monday through Friday 8am to 5pm. Our staff does not do genealogy research; however, the records are open to the public.
- Birth and Death Records: 1891 to 1907
- Marriage Records: 1855
- Land Records: 1855
- Grays Harbor County Clerk Easiest access is from 1980 forward. Older records are on microfilm. For judicial purposes, many of the Washington counties were attached to other counties.
- Court Records: 1857
- Probate Records: 1884
- Grays Harbor County Treasurer Must do research yourself. Good idea to call ahead for an appointment.
Grays Harbor County Links
The following are links to Family history and genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Grays Harbor 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 Grays Harbor County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.