Vital records, as their name suggests, are connected with central life events: birth, marriage, and death. Maintained by civil authorities, they are prime sources of genealogical information; but, unfortunately, official vital records are available only for relatively recent periods. These records, despite their recent creation in the United States, are critically important in genealogical research, often supplying details on family members well back into the nineteenth century. The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy, by Loretto Szucs and Sandra Luebking.
Washington State Department of Health
Center for Health Statistics
P.O. Box 9709
Olympia, WA 98507-9709
(360) 236-4300 Info
Make check or money order payable to Department of Health. There is a $13.00 charge for every ten year search (death, marriage, or divorce only) In the event no record is
found, an $8 search fee will be retained for each certificate.
Birth $13.00 Since July 1, 1907 Order Form
Death $13.00 Since July 1, 1907 Order Form
Before July 1, 1907 Should be available from the County Clerk in the county where death occurred.
Marriage and Divorce $13.00 Since Jan 1, 1968 Order Form
Before 1968 Should be available for $2.00 from the County Auditor in the county where the license was issued or the divorce was granted.