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Pierce County, Washington

Pierce County

Pierce County was founded on December 22, 1852 from Thurston County.

The Pierce County Seat is situated in Tacoma and the county government website is

Locations bordering Pierce County are King County, Yakima County, Lewis County, Thurston County, Mason County, Kitsap County.

Pierce 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 Pierce 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.

Pierce 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.

Pierce Co. Mortality Schedules can be acquired for 1870 and 1880. Pierce Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be found for 1870 and 1880. Pierce 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.

Pierce County Society and Family History Resources

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

Pierce County Courthouse and Government Records

Genealogist often forget the benefits of Pierce 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 Pierce 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.

  • Pierce County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: County-City Building, 930 Tacoma Ave S, Tacoma WA 98402-2102
    • Courthouse hours: 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Pierce County Auditor
    • Birth and Death Records: 1891 to 1907 
    • Marriage Records: 1853 
    • Land Records: 1858
  • Pierce County Clerk
    • Court Records: 1855 
    • Probate Records: 1855

Pierce County Links

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

Pierce Co. WA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Pierce Co. WA Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Pierce Co. WA Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Pierce Co. WA Census Records

Pierce Co. WA Church & Cemeteries

Pierce Co. WA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Pierce Co. WA General and History Websites

Pierce Co. WA Immigration & Naturalization

Pierce Co. WA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Pierce Co. WA Military Records

Pierce Co. WA Schools & Directories

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