Researching in Walla Walla
By Margaret Strickland
July 2001

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Walla Walla County Courthouse
315 West Main Street
Walla Walla, Washington

Auditor's Office:
 Marriage licenses and marriage returns are $1 each or $3 if certified.
When looking up marriages, be sure to ask the Clerk if there is a Marriage
Return.  Not all licenses have them, but from about 1895 to 1920's, the
return included name of bride and groom, residence, occupation, place of
birth; parents with place of birth; witnesses; date of application, date of
marriage, & person performing ceremony.

Land records - $1 per page uncertified.

County Court Clerk's Office -
Probates, Divorces, Court Proceedings - $2 for first page of document.  $1
per page for remaining pages in document.  All records obtained from the
County Court Clerk must be certified.

Walla Walla Public Library
238 E. Alder Street
Walla Walla, WA 99362
Telephone:  5090527-4550

Library Hours:
Monday & Tuesday - 12 noon - 8 p.m.
Wednesday - 10 a.m. - 8 p. m.
Thursday thru Saturday - 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Limited parking on Alder Street.  Ample parking at the back of the Library
on Poplar Street.

Library has a Genealogy Section which also includes books owned by the Walla
Walla Valley Genealogical Society.  The Society's books are not listed in the City Library catalog.
Their is a notebook in the Society's section that lists their library holdings.

The City Library also has a collection of old and rare books that are kept
behind the check-out counter.  May be researched by asking one of the
employees permission to view them.  City Directories from early 1900 to
present are located by the collection of area telephone books.

Whitman College
Penrose Library
345 Boyer
Walla Walla, WA 99362
Library telephone: 509-527-5191

Library Hours:  9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday thru Friday

Whitman is a repository for Pacific Northwest History.  Their collecttion
includes local area history,  Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana in the
Pacific Northwest History Collection.  Library holdings are on computer.
They also have archived material which requires special permission to view.
Larry Dodd is Curator of the Pacific Northwest and Archives Collection.  If
you want to view information in the Archives it would be appropriate to make
an appointment with Mr. Dodd prior to arriving at the Whitman Library.

On the main floor of the library they have newspapers on microfilm.  Some of
the newspapers included are Walla Walla, Waitsburg, Dayton, Spokane,
Seattle, Washington and Portland, Oregon.

Parking at Whitman College is limited.  The parking lot nearest the library
is located on Park Street next to Sherwood Center.

Family History Center
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
1821 S. Second Street
Walla Walla, WA 99362
Telephone: 509-529-9211

Hours:
Tuesday & Wednesday - 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. & 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Thursday - 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday - 9 a.m. - noon
Days Closed:  April 14, May 28, July 4, September 1 & 8, October 6, November
20-26, December 18, 2001 - January 1, 2002

Library is located at end of the church near the entrance from Second
Street.  Doors are locked for security.  There is a bell system at the door.

The Family History Center has computers, cd's, microfische, microfilm,
books.  Most of the early census records for Walla Walla County are on
permanent loan.  The Center also has the Washington State Death Records
starting in 1907, as well as the Social Security Death Index.  Their
collection is under the Dewey Decimal System.  Their card catalog is
arranged so that you may search by subject, surname or book title and
authors.

The Walla Walla Valley Genealogical Society has a collection of books, cd's
& microfilm shelved at the Family History Center.  The Society's books are
included in the card catalog.

Cemeteries:

Mountain View City Cemetery
2120 S. Second
Walla Walla, WA 99362
Telephone:  509-527-4485

Blue Mountain Memorial Gardens
Myra Road
Walla Walla, WA 99362
Telephone:  509-529-0703
 

Copyright 1999 - 2001
Janine Strickland Bork