Thurston County, Washington
Thurston County was founded on January 12, 1852 from Lewis County.
Thurston 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 Thurston 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.
Thurston 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.
Thurston Co. Mortality Schedules can be acquired for 1870 and 1880. Thurston Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be found for 1870 and 1880. Thurston 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.
Thurston County Society and Family History Resources
A list of Thurston County Historical and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.
- Washington State Genealogy Network (facebook.com)
- Washington State Archives, Southwest Regional Branch. 1129 Washington Street SE, PO Box 40238, Olympia, WA 98504. Phone 360) 753-1684.
- Olympia Genealogical Society, PO Box 1313, Olympia, WA 98507-1313. Membership available.
- Olympia Historical Society, PO Box 6064, Olympia, WA 98507-6064
- Lacey Historical Society, 2020 Centerwood Dr, Olympia, WA 98501.
- Lacey Historical Museum, 829 ½ Lacey St SE, PO Box B, Lacey, WA 98503. Phone: 360-352-7596. The museum holds artifacts, photographs and information relevant to Lacey history from the time of settlement to the present day. The earliest photos date from the 1880’s.
- South Thurston County Historical Society, Park St, PO Box 339, Tenino, WA 98589. Phone: 360-264-4321. Operates the Tenino Depot Museum and has copies of local weekly newspaper from 1920 to 1960. Though not indexed, they are available to the public.
- Tumwater Historical Association, 602 Des Chutes Way, Tumwater, WA 98501.
- Washington State Capital Historical Association, 211 W 21st Ave, Room 11, Olympia, WA 98501.
- Timberland Regional Library, 415 Airdustrial Way SW, Olympia, WA 98501-5799. Phone: 360-943-5001.
- Thurston County, Washington Message Boards (boards.ancestry.com)
- Thurston County, Washington Genealogy Forum (genforum.genealogy.com)
- Washington State Digital Archives (digitalarchives.wa.gov)
- USGenWeb Archives for Thurston County (usgwarchives.net)
Thurston County Courthouse and Government Records
Genealogist often forget the benefits of Thurston 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 Thurston 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.
- Thurston County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
- Address: 2000 Lakeridge Dr SW, Olympia WA 98502-6001
- Courthouse hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
- Thurston County Auditor
- Birth and Death Records: 1891 to 1907
- Marriage Records: 1877
- Land Records: 1852
- Thurston County Clerk
- Court Records: 1853
- Probate Records: 1852
- Thurston County Treasurer Parcel number needed. Staff has limited time to help researchers.
Thurston County Links
The following are links to Family history and genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Thurston 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 Thurston County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.