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Thurston County, Washington (Map It) was created on January 12, 1852 from Lewis County. The county was named in honor of Samuel Thurston (1815–1851), the Oregon Territory's first delegate to U.S. Congress. The first American settlement north of the Columbia River was established in the county in 1845 at Tumwater, along with the first industry, a gristmill established the next year. In 1853 Governor Isaac Stevens proclaimed Olympia the Territorial capital, and the first Washington Territorial legislature met here in 1854. Today, Thurston County, in addition to having the seat of government at Olympia, bases its economy on wood products manufacturing, dairying and poultry raising. The Port of Olympia continues to grow in importance as an exporter of wood products. Learn More About State of Washington History.
Thurston County Cities and Towns include Bucoda, Grand Mound, Lacey, Nisqually Indian Community, North Yelm, Olympia, Rainier, Rochester, Tanglewilde-Thompson Place, Tenino, Tumwater, Yelm.. A Map of Thurston County, Washington contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.
Thurston County, Washington Courthouse Records
Thurston 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 Thurston 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.
- Thurston County Auditor has Birth and Death Records from 1891 to 1907, Marriage Records from 1877 and Land Records from 1852. 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.
- Thurston County Clerk has Court Records from 1853 and Probate Records from 1852. 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.
- Thurston 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 Thurston County Health Department can issue Birth, Marriage and Death certificates while you wait.
Thurston 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
Thurston 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
Thurston County, Washington Resources
- Washington State Archives, Southwest Regional Branch
- Olympia Genealogical Society
- Olympia Historical Society
- Lacey Historical Society
- Lacey Historical Museum, 829 ½ Lacey St SE, PO Box B, Lacey, WA 98503. Phone: 360-352-7596.
- South Thurston County Historical Society
- Tumwater Historical Association
- Washington State Capital Historical Association, 211 W 21st Ave, Room 11, Olympia, WA 98501.
- Timberland Regional Library
- Thurston County, Washington Message Boards
- Thurston County, Washington Genealogy Forum
- Washington State Digital Archives
Thurston County, Washington External Links
- Historical Newspapers from Washington (1890 - 1984)
- Thurston County, Washington Books - Amazon
- Thurston County marriage certificates, 1927-1950
- Olympia Death Records (1901 - 1912) Washington State Digital Archives
- Thurston County, Washington Census, 1900
- Thurston Co., Washington - FindaGrave
- Early history of Thurston County, Washington : together with biographies and reminiscences of those identified with pioneer day
- Thurston County, Washington Links - Cyndi's List
- Thurston Co. WAGenweb