Snohomish County, Washington Genealogy Guide

Snohomish County, Washington (Map It) was created on January 14, 1861 from Island County. The county was named for the  Snohomish tribe. The county was first explored in 1792 when Captain George Vancouver named the region New Georgia; he also named Port Susan and Port Gardner Bay. The vast stands of timber attracted settlers who set up mills and provided timber to build San Francisco and the transcontinental railroads in the mid-nineteenth century. Today, Snohomish County is the third most populous county in Washington and enjoys a varied economy based on wood products, aircraft manufacturing and agriculture. Learn More About State of Washington History.

Snohomish County is bordered by Skagit County (north), Chelan County (east), King County (south), Island County (west).

Snohomish County Cities and Towns include Alderwood Manor, Arlington, Arlington Heights, Bothell, Brier, Cathan, Cathcart, Darrington, Echo Lake, Edmonds, Esperance, Everett, Gold Bar, Granite Falls, Index, John Sam Lake, Jordan Road-Canyon Creek, Lake Bosworth, Lake Goodwin, Lake Ketchum, Lake Roesiger, Lake Stevens, Lochsloy, Lynnwood, Machias, Maltby, Martha Lake, Marysville, May Creek, Mill Creek, Monroe, Mountlake Terrace, Mukilteo, North Creek, North Marysville, North Stanwood, North Sultan, Northwest Snohomish, Oso, Paine Field-Lake Stickney, Picnic Point-North Lynnwood, Priest Point, Seattle Hill-Silver Firs, Shaker Church, Silvana, Snohomish, Stanwood, Startup, Stimson Crossing, Sultan, Three Lakes, Tulalip Bay, Verlot, Warm Beach, Weallup Lake, West Lake Stevens, Woods Creek, Woodway.. A Map of Snohomish County, Washington contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.

Snohomish County, Washington Courthouse Records

Snohomish County, Washington Courthouse
Snohomish County, WA Courthouse

The Snohomish County Courthouse is located in Everett, Washington. The Former County Seat was Mukilteo (1861), Snohomish (originally founded as Snohomish City) (1861-1894). Learn More About State of Washington Court, Tax, Land and Probate Records.

Please contact the each clerk's department to confirm mailing address, hours, fees and other information before visiting or requesting information because contact information sometimes changes.  The Clerk's Office DOES NOT DO RESEARCH.  The documents are available to interested parties, barring confidential issues.  Most staff will assist people in finding the materials, but it is up to the individual to do the research. Although originally held in the county seat, many county land, probate, and court records have been transferred to the state archive's regional branches.

The Snohomish County record dates below are from the earliest date to present time. They may include records of land, estates, taxes, vital records, divorces, naturalizations, voter registration, court records, and so forth.

  • Snohomish County Auditor has Birth and Death Records from 1881 to 1907, Marriage Records from 1867 and Land Records from 1862 . The County Auditor has many responsibilities which include the recording of real property documents such as deeds and other recorded documents, issuing various licenses such as marriage liscense.
  • Snohomish County Clerk has Court Records from 1866 and Probate Records from 1876. The County Clerk is the administrator of the Superior Court Clerk's Office. The Clerk's Office is responsible for keeping the permanent records of all cases filed in Superior Court. The type of cases filed are felony criminal cases, civil lawsuits, petitions for protection from domestic violence, family law matters (dissolutions 3rd Party Custody, parenting plans, modifications) probates, guardianships, Last Will & Testaments, paternities, adoptions and mental commitments. For judicial purposes, many of the Washington counties were attached to other counties.
  • Snohomish County Treasurer is the property tax collector for the County. Property Taxes are levied on the property by the various taxing authorities based on the valuation and current property usage as set by the Assessor's Office.
  • The Snohomish County Health Department can issue Birth, Marriage and Death certificates while you wait.

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