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The Oregon Territorial Legislature created Thurston County on January 12, 1852. It is named in honor of Samuel R. Thurston who was Oregon Territory’s first Delegate to Congress, famous for his speech to Congress supporting the admission of California to the Union in 1849. The State Capital, Olympia, is located in Thurston County.
There are 3,131 names listed on the census.
For more information about this census, email the Washington State Archives Southwest Regional Branch at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Database: 1879 Thurston County Census. ONLINE. 2009. Washington Secretary of State. Transcribed and proofread by Historical Records Project Volunteers: Sandra King, Coulee Dam, WA; Silver Sabastian, Everett, WA. Joyce Ogden, Olympia, WA and Ann Stroupe, Federal Way, WA.
Available Online: http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov
Source: Washington Territorial county census microfilm [microform]. Olympia: Washington State Library,  35 microfilm reels; 35 mm. http://cals.evergreen.edu/search/
Original census held by Washington State Archives Southwest Branch.