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Kitsap County, Washington (Map It) was created on July 13, 1857 (originally named Slaughter County and was renamed in 1857) from King County and Jefferson County. The county was named in honor of Chief Kitsap (d. 1860), leader of the Suquamish tribe. Many geographical features of the county were named by the early explorers of Puget Sound. Captain George Vancouver named the Hood Canal, Foulweather Bluff, Admiralty Inlet and Port Orchard. In the 1850s, the county’s lumber mills provided lumber to build San Francisco. In 1891 the U.S. Navy established the Puget Sound Navy Yard at Bremerton. Today, the county’s economy is based on naval installations, wood products and agriculture. Learn More About State of Washington History.
Kitsap County Cities and Towns include Bainbridge Island, Bangor, Bremerton, East Port Orchard, Erlands Point-Kitsap Lake, Indianola, Kingston, Manchester, Navy Yard City, Parkwood, Port Orchard, Poulsbo, Silverdale, Suquamish, Tracyton.. A Map of Kitsap County, Washington contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.
Kitsap County, Washington Courthouse Records
Kitsap 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 Kitsap 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.
- Kitsap County Auditor has Birth and Death Records from 1891 to 1907, Marriage Records from 1860 and Land Records from 1857 . 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.
- Kitsap County Clerk has Court Records from 1861 and Probate Records from 1888 . 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.
- Kitsap 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 Kitsap County Health Department can issue Birth, Marriage and Death certificates while you wait.
Kitsap County, Washington Census Records
- Learn More: State of Washington Census Records
- U.S. Federal Population Schedules: 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragmented), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940
- State and Territorial Population Schedules: 1857-1892
- U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules: 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Agriculture Schedules: 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Industry Schedules: 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Union Veterans Schedules: 1890
Kitsap 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
Kitsap County, Washington Resources
- Puget Sound Genealogical Society
- Bainbridge Island Historical Society
- Kitsap County Historical Society & Museum
- USS Turner Joy/Bremerton Historic Ships Association, 300 Washington Beach Ave #8, Bremerton, WA 98310. Phone 360-392-2457
- Puget Sound Regional Branch
- Bainbridge Island Historical Museum
- Log Cabin Museum, 416 Sidney Ave, Port Orchard, WA 98366. Phone 360-876-3693.
- Pope and Talbot Historical Museum, PO Box 217, Port Gamble, WA 98366-0217. Phone 360-297-3341.
- Port Gamble Museum
- Kitsap County, Washington Message Boards
- Kitsap County, Washington Genealogy Forum
- Washington State Digital Archives