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These records include indexing and images for death returns or certificates for individuals who died in Pierce County and a small number of related records such as Transportation of Corpse Certificates.
Records from the early 1890s are typically on Death Return forms, while later records are on Certificate of Death forms. Records may typically include name, age, sex, marital status, birthplace, occupation, length of time in U.S. for foreign born, place of death, cause of death, and medical attendant's signed certification of death. The information from these documents was used to create the county and/or city death register.
Pierce County was created in 1852 from Thurston County by the Oregon Territorial Legislature and named after President Franklin Pierce. The county seat, originally sited by the Legislature in Steilacoom, was transferred to Tacoma in 1880.
All records are in English.
These records are open for research.
The Pierce County Death Certificates were imaged by the Genealogical Society of Utah and indexed by the Eastern Regional Branch.
Preferred Citation: [Identification of item], Pierce County Auditor, Death Records, 1891-1907, Office of the Secretary of State, Washington State Archives, Digital Archives, http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/, [date accessed].
Source: Pierce County Government, Auditor, Death Certificates, 1891-1907, Washington State Archives Puget Sound Regional Branch.
Original records held at Puget Sound Regional Branch, Washington State Archives, Bellevue, WA.
To learn about related records, contact the Puget Sound Regional Branch at (425) 564-3940 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.