Vital Records (Birth/Marriage/Death)

Lewis County Auditor's Office
351 NW North Street
PO Box 29
Chehalis, WA 98532-0029
(360) 740-1165

The Lewis County Legal Records Department has the following information available:

(Note about land records: it is my understanding that all Lewis County land records were transferred to the Washington State Archives--Southwestern Branch - they are no longer held by the Lewis County Legal Records Dept. Also, Title Gauranty Co. has copies of many land records.)

Lewis County Clerk's Office
345 W. Main St. 2nd Floor
Law & Justice Center
Chehalis, WA 98532
(360) 740-2704

The Lewis County Clerk's Office has the following information available:

To obtain birth and death certificates after 1907, and marriage and divorce certificates after 1968, check out the Washington State Department of Health web site.

The Washington State Archives has a growing collection of databases that can be freely searched. Some of the Lewis County records include:

FamilySearch.org has a growing collection of freely-searchable databases. Some of the databases are:


Archives, Libraries, and Societies

Lewis County Historical Society and Museum
599 N.W. Front Street
Chehalis, WA 98532
(360) 748-0831

Lewis County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 782
Chehalis, WA 98532
Cowlitz River Valley Historical Society
(serves Morton, Mossyrock, Randle, Packwood and surrounding communities)
PO Box 777
Morton, WA 98356

White Pass Country Historical Society and Museum
(Serving East Lewis County from Kosmos to White Pass. Located in the Packwood Elementary School building.)
PO Box 958
12990 U.S. Highway 12
Packwood, WA 98361
(360) 494-4422 (leave a message)

Winlock Historical Society
400 N.E. First St.
P. O. Box 849
Winlock, WA 98596
(360) 785-3980
Facebook site
Veteran's Memorial Museum
100 SW Veteran's Way
Chehalis, WA 98532
(360) 740-8875

Founded in 1997 by Lee and Barbara Grimes of Centralia, WA

Family History Center--Centralia/Chehalis
2195 Jackson Highway
Chehalis, WA 98532
(360) 748-1516
See the WASGS's FHC page for more information (hours, holdings, etc.)

Washington State Archives--Southwestern Branch
P.O. Box 40238
1129 Washington St. SE
Olympia, WA 98504-0238

Many historical Lewis County records (including land and school records).

The Daughters of the Pioneers of Washington
Lewis County Chapter 9

Contact: Doris Mae Wallerstedt Guy

Daughters of the Pioneers of Washington was organized in 1938 and is made up of women who descend from the pioneers who settled in Oregon (later Washington) Territory. See the linked PDF file for more information. New members are welcome! They meet 9 times a year at Adna Evangelical Church, 113 Dieckman Rd. (next to Adna Grange).

The National Archives at Seattle
6125 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, Washington 98115
TELEPHONE: 206-526-6507
FAX: 206-526-4344

Check out their web page for hours, direction, and information on holdings. Or check out the some of microfilm publications at the Seattle branch of the NARA (hosted by the Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical Society).

Other Resources for Research:

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Biographies, Genealogies and Local History

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Cemeteries, Funeral Homes, and Obituaries

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Churches and Religious Groups

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Genealogy Forums for Lewis County

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Maps, Gazetteers and Civic Information

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Native American links

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Newspapers

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Occupations

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