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Okanogan County, Washington (Map It) was created on February 02, 1888 from Stevens County. The county was named after a Salish Native American word meaning "rendezvous". The first American post in the state was Fort Okanogan established in 1811 by Astor's Pacific Fur Company. In 1859 the county experienced a gold rush when placer gold was discovered on the Similkameen River. Steamboats reached the town of Okanogan two months of the year in the 1880s, but it was not until 1915 that the county had regular transportation service when the Great Northern Railroad ran a branch line from Wenatchee to Okanogan. Today, mining is an important part of the county's economy along with timber products and agriculture. Learn More About State of Washington History.
Okanogan County Cities and Towns include Brewster, Conconully, Coulee Dam (partial), Elmer City, Nespelem, Nespelem Community, North Omak, Okanogan, Omak, Oroville, Pateros, Riverside, Tonasket, Twisp, Winthrop.. A Map of Okanogan County, Washington contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.
Okanogan County, Washington Courthouse Records
Okanogan 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 Okanogan 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.
- Okanogan County Auditor has Birth and Death Records from 1891 to 1907, Marriage Records from 1888 and Land Records from 1884 . 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.
- Okanogan County Clerk has Court Records from 1888 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.
- Okanogan 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 Okanogan County Health Department can issue Birth, Marriage and Death certificates while you wait.
Okanogan County, Washington Census Records
- Learn More: State of Washington Census Records
- U.S. Federal Population Schedules: 1890 (fragmented), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940
- State and Territorial Population Schedules: 1857-1892
- Union Veterans Schedules: 1890
Okanogan 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
Okanogan County, Washington Resources
- State Archives Central Branch
- Okanogan County Genealogical Society, P. O. Box 95, Malott, WA 98829-0095; (509) 422-4272. Membership available. Library is housed in the Wilson Research Center.
- Okanogan County Historical Society
- Tonasket Genealogical Society, PO Box 84, Tonasket, WA 98855
- Okanogan County Historical Society & Museum
- Omak Pioneer Club, c/o Betty Jeglum. Phone 509-826-1872
- Riverside Historical Society, c/o Maggie Sasse. Phone 509- 826-0831
- Family History Center Omak, Engh Rd, Omak, WA 98841. Phone 509-826-4802
- Wilson Research Center, 1410 2nd N, PO Box 1129, Okanogan, WA 98840.
- Old Molson Ghost Town & Museum, Molson Route, Box 128, Oroville, WA 98844. Phone 509-826-0843.
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