Washington State Digital Archives


     Washington state was the first state in the country to organize and establish a state digital archives to preserve their historical and genealogical records. The digital archives were established in 2004 and are located in Cheney, Washington. Washington leads the rest of the states with the large amount of records that have been digitized and are available on-line. Access to the digitized records records is open to the public at no charge. To access the records go to digitalarchives.wa.gov. Below is a partial listing of the records they have on-line that will be of interest to the genealogist.


Birth Records:  Yakima County 1891-1907, dates vary for rest of the state

Marriage Records:  Yakima County  1896-2008, dates vary for rest of the state

Death Records:  State Wide Death Certificates

1907-1960, 1963-1969, 1974, 1994-1996

State Wide Death Index 1907-1960, 1965-2017

Divorce Records:  State Wide Divorce Decrees 1968-1995

State Wide Divorce Index 1969-2017