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Lewis County, Washington (Map It) was created on December 21, 1845 when the provisional government of Oregon divided the District of Vancouver into two large counties: all land north of the Columbia and west of the Cowlitz Rivers was designated Lewis County. The county was named in honor of Meriwether Lewis (1774–1809), the co-captain of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. The county's early settlers expended much effort and time in cutting and building roads through the vast forests that covered the land. In 1873 the Northern Pacific Railroad passed through the county linking it to the Puget Sound settlements; the county seat, Chehalis, was built to accommodate the new railroad. Learn More About State of Washington History.
Lewis County is bordered by Grays Harbor County (north), Thurston County (north), Pierce County (northeast), Yakima County (east), Skamania County (southeast), Cowlitz County (south), Wahkiakum County (southwest), Pacific County (west)..
Lewis County Cities and Towns include Centralia, Chehalis, Fords Prairie, Morton, Mossyrock, Napavine, Pe Ell, Toledo, Vader, Winlock.. A Map of Lewis County, Washington contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.
Lewis County, Washington Courthouse Records
Lewis 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 Lewis 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.
- Lewis County Auditor has Birth and Death Records from 1883 to 1907, Marriage Records from 1847 and Land Records from 1855 . 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.
- Lewis County Clerk has Court Records from 1855 and Probate Records from 1847 . 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.
- Lewis 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 Lewis County Health Department can issue Birth, Marriage and Death certificates while you wait.
Lewis 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
Lewis 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
Lewis County, Washington Resources
- Washington State Archives, Southwest Regional Branch
- Lewis County Genealogical Society
- Eastern Lewis County Historical Society & Historical Museum, Gust. Backstrom Park, PO Box 777, Morton, WA 98356. Phone 360-496-5602.
- Lewis County Historical Society, Museum & Library
- Chehalis Family History Center, 2195 Jackson Hwy, Chehalis, WA. Phone 360-748-1516.
- Morton Family History Center, 130 Crumb Rd, Morton, WA. Phone 360-496-5959.
- Timberland Regional Library
- Lewis County, Washington Message Boards
- Lewis County, Washington Genealogy Forum
- Washington State Digital Archives
Lewis County, Washington External Links
- Historical Newspapers from Washington (1890 - 1984)
- Daily Chronicle (Centralia, Washington)
- Chehalis Bee-Nugget (Chehalis, Washington)
- Centralia Chronicle Advertiser (Centralia, Washington)
- Centralia Chronicle (Centralia, Washington)
- Lewis County, Washington Books - Amazon
- Lewis County marriage returns, 1914-1950
- Washington Death Records (1890 - 1908) Washington State Digital Archives
- Inventory of the county archives of Washington, no. 21. Lewis County (Chehalis)
- Lewis Co., Washington - FindaGrave
- Centralia, the first fifty years : 1845-1900
- A history of Winlock, Washington
- Lewis County, Washington Links - Cyndi's List
- Lewis Co. WAGenweb