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Spokane County, Washington (Map It) was created on January 29, 1858 from part of Walla WaIla County. It was voted out of existence five years later by the Territorial Legislature and merged into Stevens County. Spokane County was recreated in October 30, 1879 from Stevens County The county was named for the Spokane Native American tribe. The county was first visited by fur traders in 1810, who established Spokane House as a trading center. Two years later the Pacific Fur Company built Fort Spokane. Missionaries arrived in the county in the 1830s. The first permanent settlements in the county were established in the 1870s and the county's prosperity was assured with the arrival of the Northern Pacific Railroad in 1890. Learn More About State of Washington History.
Spokane County is bordered by Stevens County (northwest), Lincoln County (west), Pend Oreille County (north), Whitman County (south), Bonner County, Idaho (norteast), Kootenai County, Idaho (east), Benewah County, Idaho (southeast).
Spokane County Cities and Towns include Airway Heights, Cheney, Country Homes, Deer Park, Fairchild AFB, Fairfield, Fairwood, Latah, Liberty Lake, Medical Lake, Millwood, Otis Orchards-East Farms, Rockford, Spangle, Spokane, Spokane Valley, Town and Country, Waverly.. A Map of Spokane County, Washington contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.
Spokane County, Washington Courthouse Records
Spokane 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 Spokane 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.
- Spokane County Auditor has Birth and Death Records from 1882 to 1907, Marriage Records from 1880 and Land Records from 1879 . 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.
- Spokane County Clerk has Court Records from 1880 and Probate Records from 1878. 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.
- Spokane 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 Spokane County Health Department can issue Birth, Marriage and Death certificates while you wait.
Spokane 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
Spokane 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
Spokane County, Washington Resources
- Washington State Archives, Eastern Washington Regional Archives
- Eastern Washington Genealogical Society
- Inland Empire Railway Historical Society
- Rockford Historical Society
- Southeast Spokane County Historical Society & Museum
- Spokesman-Review Newspaper
- Spokane County Library
- Spokane Public Library
- Spokane East Family History Center, E 13608 40th Ave, Spokane, WA. Phone 509-926-0551.
- Spokane Family History Center, 1717 E 30th Ave, Spokane, WA. Phone 509-455-7164.
- Spokane North Family History Center, 401 West Regina, Spokane, WA. Phone 509-466-4633.
- Spokane West Family History Center, 10405 West Melville Road, Cheney, WA. Phone 509-455-9735.
- Spokane County, Washington Message Boards
- Spokane County, Washington Genealogy Forum
- Washington State Digital Archives
Spokane County, Washington External Links
- Historical Newspapers from Washington (1890 - 1984)
- Spokane County, Washington Books - Amazon
- Inventory of the county archives of Washington, no. 32. Spokane County
- 1880 census, Spokane County, Washington Territory
- Spokane Co., Washington - FindaGrave
- An illustrated history of Spokane County, state of Washington
- Spokane and the Spokane country : pictorial and biographical : deluxe supplement.
- Spokane County, Washington Links - Cyndi's List
- Spokane Co. WAGenweb