Enter a first and/or last name to search Washington death records. This website was created to provide genealogists with access to the Washington death records from a single place. Additional information on how to obtain Washington death certificates is available below.
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Death records contain information about a person's death, including the date of death, place of death, sometimes the names of the mother and father, and even the physician who attended the death. Death certificates issued by state and local governments will often include the place of residence, and the mother's maiden name.
This webpage gives you access to all of the online databases containing Washington death records, Washington death ceritificates, Washington death notices, Washington death indexes, and other related Washington genealogy records.
Death records have long been used to help with genealogy research. They are considered to be "primary source" records, because the information is recorded by an eye witness, at the time the death takes place. The Internet has allowed people to store death records into various online archives. This has brought access to online death records much more easier for genealogy researchers.
Newspapers frequently publish notices of deaths, and in addition to death certificates, are a popular source of research by genealogists.
On this page you will find the most comprehensive databases containing death records of Washington. We also suggest searching for "Washington death records" using Google.com, which will yield all such databases.
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How to Obtain Washington Death Certificates
Prior to 1891, Washington had no legislative provision for the recording of births and deaths. However, some counties and cities did record births and deaths prior to that time. Between 1891 and 1907, birth and death registers were kept on the county level. The filing of marriages with county officials has been required by law since the creation of Washington Territory in 1853. Post 1907 vital records in the state Office of Vital Records in Olympia are not open to the public for research.
For birth and death records from 1 July 1907 and marriage records from 1 January 1968, write:
Department of Health
For prior records, write to the clerk of the county in question.
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