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Garfield County, Washington (Map It) was created on November 29, 1881 from Columbia County. The county was named in honor of James A. Garfield (1831–1881), 20th U.S. President. In the nineteenth century, many of the region’s major explorers passed through the county, Lewis and Clark in 1806 and Captain James Bonneville in 1834. Today Garfield County is the state’s least populous county. Its economy is based primarily on growing grain, livestock raising and the processing of food. Learn More About State of Washington History.
Garfield County Cities and Towns include Pomeroy. A Map of Garfield County, Washington contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.
Garfield County, Washington Courthouse Records
Garfield 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 Garfield 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.
- Garfield County Auditor has Birth and Death Records from 1891 to 1907, Marriage Records from 1892 and Land Records from 1892 . 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.
- Garfield County Clerk has Court Records from 1882 and Probate Records from 1883 . 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.
- Garfield 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 Garfield County Health District can issue Birth, Marriage and Death certificates while you wait.
Garfield 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
Garfield 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 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
Garfield County, Washington Resources
- Garfield County Historical Association, PO Box 854, Pomeroy, WA 99347. Phone 509-843-3925.
- Asotin County Historical Society, 215 Filmore, Asotin, WA 99402 509-243-4659
- Garfield County Museum
- Washington State Archives, Eastern Washington Regional Archives
- Garfield County, Washington Message Boards
- Garfield County, Washington Genealogy Forum
- Washington State Digital Archives
Garfield County, Washington External Links
- Historical Newspapers from Washington (1890 - 1984)
- Garfield County, Washington Books - Amazon
- Garfield Co., Washington - FindaGrave
- Historic sketches of Walla Walla, Whitman, Columbia and Garfield Counties, Washington Territory, and Umatilla County, Oregon
- Garfield County, Washington Links - Cyndi's List
- Garfield Co. WAGenweb