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Yakima County, Washington (Map It) was created on January 21, 1865 from Ferguson County. The county was named for the Yakama Native American tribe. The county was first settled in 1858 after the Indian wars of 1855-57 resulted in the formation of the Yakima Indian Reservation. In the 1870s cattlemen and farmers began constructing irrigation systems. Growth continued into the 1880s, with the coming of the Northern Pacific Railroad creating a boom in the county. In 1950 the federal government began a major series of irrigation projects in the county that had profound results. Today Yakima County is one of the nation's richest agricultural counties. It leads the state in apple, pear, peach and grape production, while beets, hop and mint growing are also important. Its economy also encompasses wood products and food processing industries. Learn More About State of Washington History.
Yakima County is bordered by Pierce County (northwest), Lewis County (west), Skamania County (southwest), Kittitas County (north), Klickitat County (south), Grant County (northeast), Benton County (east).
Yakima County Cities and Towns include Ahtanum, Eschbach, Gleed, Grandview, Granger, Harrah, Mabton, Moxee, Naches, Satus, Selah, Summitview, Sunnyside, Terrace Heights, Tieton, Toppenish, Union Gap, Wapato, White Swan, Yakima, Zillah.. A Map of Yakima County, Washington contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.
Yakima County, Washington Courthouse Records
Yakima 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 Yakima 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.
- Yakima County Auditor has Birth and Death Records from 1890 to 1907, Marriage Records from 1877 and Land Records from 1882. 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.
- Yakima County Clerk has Court Records from 1874 and Probate Records from 1882 . 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.
- Yakima 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 Yakima County Health Department can issue Birth, Marriage and Death certificates while you wait.
Yakima County, Washington Census Records
- Learn More: State of Washington Census Records
- U.S. Federal Population Schedules: 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragmented), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940
- State and Territorial Population Schedules: 1857-1892
- U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules: 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Agriculture Schedules: 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Industry Schedules: 1870 and 1880
- Union Veterans Schedules: 1890
Yakima 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
Yakima County, Washington Resources
- State Archives Central Branch
- Yakima Valley Museum & Historical Society
- Yakima Valley Genealogical Society
- Sunnyside Museum and Historical Society, 704 Fourth St, Sunnyside, WA 98944. Phone 509-837-6010.
- Toppenish Historical Society
- Yakima County, Washington Message Boards
- Yakima County, Washington Genealogy Forum
- Washington State Digital Archives
Yakima County, Washington External Links
- Historical Newspapers from Washington (1890 - 1984)
- Yakima County, Washington Books - Amazon
- Inventory of the county archives of Washington, no. 39 Yakima County
- Index to the 1880 census of Yakima County, Washington Territory
- Yakima Co., Washington - FindaGrave
- An Illustrated history of Klickitat, Yakima and Kittitas Counties : with an outline of the early history of the state of Washin
- Yakima County, Washington Links - Cyndi's List
- Yakima Co. WAGenweb