San Juan County


 Research I

San Juan County
 Web Site

County Clerk
350 Court Street
Friday Harbor, WA 98250
Divorce, Probate, Civil Court records

County Auditor
PO Box 638
Friday Harbor, WA 98250
360-378-2161 Birth records 1892-1907
Death recorded 1890-1907
Marriages recorded from 1878

Washington Marriages prior to 1938 had both a license and a separate document called a "Return". The Return was filled out at the time of the wedding and sent back to the courthouse.
It gives the actual date of marriage, place, witnesses and often listed birth dates and parent's names.
If your marriage was before 1938, ask for both items. Beginning in 1938, marriages were recorded on a single document.
Also, keep in mind that marriage licenses issued by any Washington county was valid for a marriage performed in any other county in the state.

Beginning in July of 1907, the State of Washington began keeping BIRTH and DEATH records, and in 1968, MARRIAGE and DIVORCE records.
For information on ordering certificates see the Washington State Department of Health:

Certificate Ordering Instructions

Center For Health Statistics 
1112 S. Quince St. Room 1 
Olympia , WA - 98504 
Information: (360) 236-4300 
Phone: (360) 236-4313 
Fax: (360) 352-2586 

Lopez Island Historical Museum
PO Box 163
28 Washburn Pl
 Lopez Island, WA 98261

Orcas Island Historical Society
P.O. Box 134
181 North Beach Road
Eastsound, WA 98245

Orcas Island Public Library
500 Rose Street
Eastsound, WA 98245

San Juan Historical Museum
P.O. Box 441
405 Price St.
Friday Harbor, WA 98250

Daughters of the American Revolution
San Juan Chapter
HC Box 182
Olga, WA 98279

San Juan County Genealogical Society
c/o 338 Shoreland Drive
Lopez Island, WA 98261

Shaw Island Library and Historical Society
PO Box 806
Blind Bay Rd
Shaw Island, WA 98286

If you have any additions or corrections,
 please email Linda Simpson