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Klickitat County, Washington (Map It) was created on December 20, 1859 from Walla Walla County. The county was named for the Klickitat Tribe. Erastus Joslyn first settled the county in 1852. However, not until 1867 was an effective county government organized. Immediately after creation, territorial legislature spelled the county's name CLICITAT. By the next territorial legislative session, the spelling was finalized as KLICKITAT. Learn More About State of Washington History.
Klickitat County is bordered by Yakima County (north), Benton County (northeast), Morrow County, Oregon (southeast), Gilliam County, Oregon (southeast), Sherman County, Oregon (south), Hood River County, Oregon (southwest), Wasco County, Oregon (southwest), Skamania County (west).
Klickitat County Cities and Towns include Bingen, Goldendale, White Salmon.. A Map of Klickitat County, Washington contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.
Klickitat County, Washington Courthouse Records
Klickitat 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 Klickitat 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.
- Klickitat County Auditor has Birth and Death Records from 1882 to 1907, Marriage Records from 1867 and Land Records from 1863 . 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.
- Klickitat County Clerk has Court Records from 1882 and Probate Records from 1880 . 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.
- Klickitat 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 Klickitat County Health Department can issue Birth, Marriage and Death certificates while you wait.
Klickitat 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
Klickitat 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
Klickitat County, Washington Resources
- State Archives Central Branch
- Klickitat County Historical Society
- Goldendale Family History Center, Columbus & McKinley, Goldendale, WA. Phone 509-773-3824.
- Klickitat County, Washington Message Boards
- Klickitat County, Washington Genealogy Forum
- Washington State Digital Archives
Klickitat County, Washington External Links
- Historical Newspapers from Washington (1890 - 1984)
- Klickitat County, Washington Books - Amazon
- Klickitat Co., Washington - FindaGrave
- An Illustrated history of Klickitat, Yakima and Kittitas Counties : with an outline of the early history of the state of Washin
- Klickitat County, Washington Links - Cyndi's List
- Klickitat Co. WAGenweb