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My name is Brenda Dahmen and I am the County Coordinator for the Whitman County WA USGenWeb Project site.

About Whitman County, Washington

The county was formed on November 29, 1871, and is named after Marcus Whitman, the missionary massacred by Cayuse in 1947, at the Whitman Mission in Walla Walla County. Whitman County is in the Palouse country, and is bordered by Spokane County to the north (and a small part of Lincoln County at its northwest corner), by Adams County to the west (and a small part of Franklin County at its southwest corner), by the Snake River to the south, and by the Idaho state line to the east. The county has a primarily agricultural history, with an emphasis on wheat (today it ranks first in wheat production among Washington counties and second among counties in the nation); it was also known for its fruit orchards along the Snake River before the 1970s, when lakes inundated them upon completion of the Little Goose and Lower Granite dams.


Some towns (1998): Albion, Almota, Colfax, Colton, Dusty, Elberton, Endicott, Ewartsville, Farmington, Garfield, Hay, Hooper, Johnson, LaCrosse, Lamont, Malden, Oakesdale, Palouse, Pine City, Pullman, Rosalia, St. John, Steptoe, Tekoa, Thornton, Uniontown, Winona

Whitman County Historical Society News!
  • The Society at the
  • Palouse Empire Fair
  • The Palouse Empire Fair will be great fun! Join us September 4-7, 2014.

  • Click on the link below for more information.

    Whitman County Historical Society
About USGenWeb Project
  • In March and April, 1996, a group of genealogists organized the Kentucky Comprehensive Genealogy Database.  The idea was to provide a single entry point for all counties in Kentucky, where collected databases would be stored.  In addition, the databases would be indexed and cross-linked, so that even if an individual were found in more than one county, they could be located in the index.
  • At the same time, volunteers were found who were willing to coordinate the collection of databases and generally oversee the contents of the web page. The Washington GenWeb project is an extension of the KYGenWeb Project.
  • For information on how you can be a part of the WAGenWeb Project, contact Mike Sweeney For information on how you can be a part of the Whitman County GenWeb Project, contact the Coordinator, Brenda Dahmen