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|Record Creator:||King County Government, Assessor|
Real Property Record Cards were created by the King County Assessor’s Office to capture information through time necessary to value land and buildings for the assessment and collection of real property taxes by the County. This series of records was established through a survey funded by a contract between King County Assessor and the federal Works Progress Administration (WPA). The survey began in 1937 and was completed in 1940. The Real Property Record Cards were updated by the Assessor’s Office through 1972, when they were replaced by an automated database and folios that served as field reference files. The Real Property Record Cards contain information on individual parcels of property, including legal descriptions, building types, building uses, number of rooms, construction details, and at least one photograph of each building on the parcel. If significant exterior changes were made to the buildings additional photographs were taken. The cards also contain the assessed valuation for each parcel of property for the period ca. 1937 to 1972. The project to scan the original hardcopy Real Property Record Cards has just begun. Only a small portion of the collection is currently available online. More records will be posted as they are scanned.
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|Access Restriction Notes:||These records are open for research.|
|Source of Transfer||Puget Sound Regional Archives
To search by parcel number, enter the 10-digit parcel number with a hyphen between the 6th and 7th digits, e.g., 123456-7890. The parcel number is the first 10 digits of the 12-digit property tax account number for the property. The parcel number can also be found using the King County Parcel Viewer site: http://www5.kingcounty.gov/parcelviewer/viewer/kingcounty/viewer.asp
To search by address, enter both the house number and street name. Do NOT enter the street direction (E,W,N,S) or street suffix (St., Ave., Blvd., etc.) when entering the street name.
To search by legal description, enter the abbreviated plat name as used by the King County Department of Assessments or a part of the plat name. Do not include “Addition” as part of the plat name.
|Agency History:||King County was organized in 1852 from Thurston County and is located along the Puget Sound. The county seat is Seattle. the Assessor is charged with the following duties: to locate all taxable property within the county and identify its ownership, to establish the taxable value of said property, to produce an assessment role which covers all said property, and to apply all legal exemptions.|
|Preferred Citation:||[Identification of item], King County Assessor, Real Property Record Cards, 1937-1972, Washington State Archives, Digital Archives, http://digitalarchives.wa.gov, [date accessed].|