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Chelan County, Washington (Map It) was created on March 13, 1899 from Okanogan County and Kittitas County. The county was named in honor of a Native American word meaning "deep water", likely referring to Lake Chelan. Fur traders first visited the county in 1811. Later, Catholic missionaries established themselves in the Wenatchee Valley. The development of the county in the nineteenth century was closely linked to the Northern Pacific and Great Northern railroads.. Today the county is a major apple and fruit growing center while the wood products industry, mining and tourism also contribute to its economy. Learn More About State of Washington History.
Chelan County Cities and Towns include Cashmere (2,843), Chelan (3,993), Entiat (1,043), Leavenworth (2,324), South Wenatchee (2,118), Sunnyslope (2,672), Wenatchee (29,898), West Wenatchee (1,782). A Map of Chelan County, Washington contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.
Chelan County, Washington Courthouse Records
Chelan County, WA Courthouse
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 Chelan 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.
- Chelan County Auditor has Birth and Death Records from 1899 to 1907, Marriage Records from 1900 and Land Records from 1882. 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.
- Chelan County Clerk has Court Records from 1888 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.
- Chelan 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 Chelan Douglas Health District can issue Birth, Marriage and Death certificates while you wait.
Chelan County, Washington Census Records
- Learn More: State of Washington Census Records
- U.S. Federal Population Schedules: 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940
Chelan County, Washington Vital Records
- Learn More: State of Washington Vital Records
- Birth and Death Records: from July 1, 1907 to present.
- Marriage and Divorce Records: from January 1, 1968 to present
- Locations: Washington Department of Health
- Vital Records Online: USAVital, VitalChek or Social Security Death Index
- Vital Records by Mail: Birth / Death Certificate or the Marriage / Divorce Certificate Applications.
- In Person: Center for Health Statistics, Department of Health, 101 Israel Road SE, Tumwater, WA 98501
Chelan County, Washington Resources
- State Archives Central Branch
- Chelan Valley Genealogical Society
- Wenatchee Area Genealogical Society
- Chelan County Historical Society
- Entiat Community Historical Society, 2800 Entiat Way, Entiat, WA 98822.
- Lake Chelan Historical Society
- Chelan Family History Center, 195 Highway 150, Chelan, WA. Phone 509-682-5714.
- Chelan County Historical Museum & Pioneer Village
- North Central Washington Museum
- Rocky Reach Dam
- Chelan County, Washington Message Boards
- Chelan County, Washington Genealogy Forum
- Washington State Digital Archives
Chelan County, Washington External Links
- Historical Newspapers from Washington (1890 - 1984)
- Chelan County, Washington Books - Amazon
- Chelan County Marriage Records (1900 - 2010) Chelan County Recording Department
- Inventory of the county archives of Washington, no. 4. Chelan County (Wenatchee)
- Chelan Co., Washington - FindaGrave
- Chelan County, Washington Links - Cyndi's List
- Chelan Co. WAGenweb