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Spokane County Marriage Records

Spokane County Marriage Records are now available online at the Washington State Digital Archives. Contained in this collection are over 140,000 marriage records of couples married in Spokane County from 1880 to present. There are two records series within the marriage records: Marriage Returns and Marriage Certificates. Typically, information collected on return forms include: Name of Bride, Name of Groom, and Date of Marriage, Name of Father, Name of Mother, Occupations and names/signatures of witnesses. Certificates include Name of Bride, Name of Groom, Date of Marriage, Place of marriage and signatures of witnesses and officiating clergy. Spokane County Marriage Records can be searched using the simple search or Marriage Records in detailed search.

Mortality Schedules Online

Mortality Schedules for 1860, 1870 and 1880 are now available online at the Digital Archives. The mortality schedule, also known as a non-population schedule, is a genealogical gem that is often times overlooked as a valuable resource available to researchers. The information, arranged by county, records the deaths in the year preceding a census. Information listed includes name, age, gender, race, marital status, place of birth, occupation, cause of death and length of illness. In many cases, these schedules are the only record of death available. Mortality Schedules for 1860, 1870 and 1880 records can be searched using the simple search or Death Historical Records in detailed search.

Japanese Evacuee Resettlement Records Online

Japanese Evacuee Resettlement records are now available online at the Digital Archives. At the conclusion of WWII (1945-1946) assistance was offered to those Japanese and Americans of Japanese ancestry, who were removed from the coastal states and housed in internment camps during the war. Funding for this assistance was provided by the federal governments War Relocation Authority and was administered by the Washington State Social Security Department. The researcher will find: full family names; the Assembly Center; family members living with the head of family; information about employment; and other family information. Japanese Evacuee Resettlement records can be searched using the simple search or Misc Historical Records in detailed search.

Spokane Mortuary Reports Online

The Spokane Mortuary Reports are now available online at the Digital Archives.  These reports contain  death records of people for whom burial permits were requested from the City of Spokane Falls from September 1887 to July  1890. Most of these individuals died in the city. These records have been fully transcribed from ledger book entries of  Mortuary Reports kept by the City Health Office. Records for July to November 14, 1888, and July 1889 are not included in the book. Death records can be searched using the simple search or detailed search.

Moments in Washington history delivered to desktops around the world

CHENEY.. History buffs can experience a taste of Washington's past from their desktops around the world. The Digital Archives, developed under Secretary of State Sam Reed, partnered with Microsoft to create a new screen saver program designed to deliver historic events automatically to users. Viewers can visually experience Washington's story through the collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, the building of the Legislative Dome, and a ship that ran aground at Cape Disappointment in the 1910s.

Whitman County Marriage Records are now available online

Whitman County Marriage Records are now available online at the Washington State Digital Archives. Contained in this collection are over 18,000 marriage records of couples married in Whitman County from 1872 to 2002. Typical information collected includes: Name of Bride, Name of Groom, and Date of Marriage. Whitman County Marriage records can be searched by using the simple search or detailed search.

1910 Federal Census Project On-Line

In 2004 State Archivist Jerry Handfield met with the Board of the Washington State Genealogical Society to suggest a partnership with the Historical Records project in the Office of the Secretary of State. As a result the1910 Federal Census for Washington State is now available online. This wonderful resource is a tribute to the leadership of the State Genealogical Society and is a lasting testimony to the hard work of hundreds of volunteers.

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Digital Archives Chosen as World Class Model of Government Efficiency

Olympia...Secretary of State Sam Reed announced today the Washington State Digital Archives - a program that saves critical, electronic history from extinction – has been selected as one of five public institutions world-wide to participate in an international study.

The Digital Archives is one of two case studies to be conducted in the United States. Three other public institutions will be studied world-wide including two in Europe and one in Canada.