Yakima County, Washington
Yakima County was founded on January 21, 1865 from the now extinct Ferguson County.
Yakima 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 Yakima 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.
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.
- Washington Genealogy Network Community
- Washington State Genealogy Network (facebook.com)
- State Archives Central Branch Bledsoe & Washington Archives Building, Central Washington University, 400 E. University Way, Mail Stop 7547, Ellensburg, Washington 98926-7547. Phone: 509-963-2136. Research Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon and 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
- Yakima Valley Museum & Historical Society, 2105 Tieton Drive, Yakima, WA 98902. Phone 509-248-0747.
- Yakima Valley Genealogical Society, PO Box 445, Yakima, WA 98907-0445. Phone 509-248-1328. Membership available. Operates the Yakima Valley Genealogical Society Library.
- Sunnyside Museum and Historical Society, 704 Fourth St, Sunnyside, WA 98944. Phone 509-837-6010.
- Toppenish Historical Society, c/o Margaret Couch, 111 S Chestnut, Toppenish, WA 98948. Phone 509-865-3783.
- Yakima County, Washington Message Boards (boards.ancestry.com)
- Yakima County, Washington Genealogy Forum (genforum.genealogy.com)
- Washington State Digital Archives (digitalarchives.wa.gov)
- USGenWeb Archives for Yakima County (usgwarchives.net)
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.
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
- Birth and Death Records: 1890 to 1907
- Marriage Records: 1877
- Land Records: 1882
- Yakima County Clerk
- Court Records: 1874
- Probate Records: 1882
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.