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Yakima County was founded in 1865 from Ferguson County, which is no longer in existence. It was named after a local Indian tribe and is located in the south central part of the state. The county was first settled in 1858 after the Indian wars of 1855-57 resulted in the formation of the Yakima Indian Reservation. In the 1870s cattlemen and farmers began constructing irrigation systems. Growth continued into the 1880s, with the coming of the Northern Pacific Railroad creating a boom in the county. In 1950 the federal government began a major series of irrigation projects in the county that had profound results. Today Yakima County is one of the nation's richest agricultural counties. It leads the state in apple, pear, peach and grape production, while beets, hop and mint growing are also important. Its economy also encompasses wood products and food processing industries.

Bounded by: Kittitas County (N), Grant and Benton counties (E), Skamania, Lewis, and Pierce counties (W), and Klickitat County (S).

County Seat:

Near Fort Simcoe (1865), Moxee (1986-1870), and Yakima City (now Union Gap, 1870-1885), and Yakima (1885-present).

Chambers of Commerce:

Grandview Chamber of Commerce, 103 W 5th, PO Box 666, Grandview, WA 98930-1616. Phone 509-882-2100.

Granger Chamber of Commerce, Box 250, Granger, WA 98932. Phone 509-854-2448.

Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce, 10 N Ninth St, PO Box 1490, Yakima, WA 98907-1490. Phone 509-248-2021. Fax 509-248-0601.

Selah Chamber of Commerce, 108 W Naches Ave, PO Box 415, Selah, WA 98942. Phone 509-697-5545.

Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce, 520 S 7th St, PO Box 329, Sunnyside, WA 98944. Phone 509-837-5939. Fax 509-839-7462.

Toppenish Chamber of Commerce, 11-A Toppenish Ave, PO Box 28, Toppenish, WA 98948. Phone 509-865-3262. Fax 509-865-2532.

Zillah Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 1294, Zillah, WA 98953. Phone 509-829-5055. Fax 509-829-6290.

Courthouse: 128 N Second St, Yakima, WA 98901. Courthouse hours Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm. Yakima County government web site: http://www.pan.co.yakima.wa.us

Assessor: Room 112. Phone 509-574-1100. Fax 509-574-1101. Ask to be shown microfilm rack and reader and to have journal record explained. Must come in - we will not do extensive research over the phone. Written requests are honored on a time-permitting basis. Copies of printouts and mailing must be prepaid. Legal descriptions are needed to access information.

Auditor: Room 117. Phone 509-574-1400. Fax 509-574-1341. E-mail dougc@co.yakima.wa.us

Clerk: Room 323. Phone 509-574-1430. Fax 509-574-1473. E-mail kime@co.yakima.wa.us. Prepaid copies only: certified copies $2, 1 st page, and $1 each additional page. Information copies $1 minimum, 15 cents per page from paper copies and 25 cents per page from microfilm. No personal checks accepted. Requests by mail, phone, or in person accepted. Self search microfiche/microfilm training offered for in-person requests. $20.00 per hour research fee (seldom charged, if easy search). Full names (plus alias), approximated dates, case types information essential for accurate search. Office hours are 8:30am through 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

Treasurer: Room 115. Mail: PO Box 22530, Yakima, WA 98907-2530. Phone 509-574-2803. Fax 509-574-2801. Requests by mail, phone or in person. We do research as time permits but may also allow public access if equipment and training time are available. Parcel numbers are required for access of all information. There may be charges for materials and/or equipment and the payment of such fees are required in advance. Office hours are 9:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday.

Genealogical Society:

Yakima Valley Genealogical Society, PO Box 445, Yakima, WA 98907-0445. Phone 509-248-1328. Membership available. Operates the Yakima Valley Genealogical Society Library.

Health Department / District:

Yakima Health District, 104 N First St, Suite 204, Yakima, WA 98901. Phone 509-575-4040. Vital Records (to get birth/death certificates)  509-249-6505. Main Fax Line 509-575-7894

Historical Society:

Sunnyside Museum and Historical Society, 704 Fourth St, Sunnyside, WA 98944. Phone 509-837-6010.

Toppenish Historical Society, c/o Margaret Couch, 111 S Chestnut, Toppenish, WA 98948. Phone 509-865-3783.

Yakima Valley Museum & Historical Association, 2105 Tieton Drive, Yakima, WA 98902. Phone 509-248-0747.

Libraries - Academic:

Heritage College Library, 3240 Fort Rd, Toppenish, WA 98948. Phone 509-865-2244, ext. 1833. Fax 509-865-4144.

Yakima Valley Community College Library, 16th Ave at Nob Hill Blvd, PO Box 1647, Yakima, WA 98907-1647. Phone 509-575-2375. Fax 509-454-7604.

Libraries - Public:

Yakima Valley Regional Library, 102 N Third St, Yakima, WA 98901-2705. Phone 509-452-8541. Fax 509-575-2093. This library system has branch libraries in Yakima and in the nearby towns of Granger, Harrah, Mabton, Toppenish, Moxee, Naches, Selah, Sunnyside, Union Gap and Wapato. Collection includes the Relander Collection (see citation under Bibliographies) and a local newspaper-clipping file.

Grandview Public Library (Bleyhl Community Library), 311 Division, Grandview, WA 98930. Phone 509-882-9217. Very small collection of genealogy related materials including local history books, listing of historical buildings, cemetery records to 1972, some photos and scrapbooks, some school annuals, and vertical file material.

Libraries - Special:

Selah Family History Center, 701 N First, Selah, WA. Phone 509-697-9527.

Sundquist Research Library and Archives, Yakima Valley Museum, 2105 Tieton Drive, Yakima, WA 98902. Phone 509-248-0747. Fax 509-453-4890. E-mail museum@wolfenet.com. Website http://www/wolfe.net/~museum. Storehouse of historical documents, photographs, rare books, and other records of the valley's history.

Yakima County Law Library, County Courthouse, Yakima, WA 98901. Phone 509-457-5452.

Yakima Family History Center, 1006 S 16th Ave, Yakima, WA. Phone 509-452-3626.

Yakima Nation Cultural Center Library, Hwy 97 at Fort Rd, PO Box 151, Toppenish, WA 98948. Phone 509-865-2800, ext 721.

Yakima Valley Genealogical Society Library, 221 East B St, PO Box 445, Yakima, WA 98907. Phone 509-248-1328. Extensive genealogical collection including a cemetery file of known graves in Yakima, Kittitas and Klickitat counties cross-referenced with cemetery/mortuary records and obituaries, a pioneer file of individuals settling in the area prior to 1920, a surname file and a school record collection.

Museums and Historical Sites:

American Hop Museum, 22 S B St, Toppenish, WA 98948. Phone 509-865-4677. "Displays pictures, implements and stories of hops since the late 1500s."

Central Washington Agricultural Museum, 4508 Main St, PO Box 3008, Union Gap, WA 98903-0008. Phone 509-457-8735, 509-248-0432. Membership available. Extensive collection of farm machinery, operating windmill, apple-packing line, and blacksmith shop. Two log cabins, railroad exhibit, Magness hand-tool collection and 18 large displays. Collecting oral histories of early pioneers and identifying Century Farm Families and Irrigation Pioneers.

Fort Simcoe Interpretive Center, 5150 Fort Simcoe Rd, White Swan, WA 98952. Phone 509-874-2372. Site of 1856 military fort, later Indian Agency headquarters. Four officers' quarters are still standing.

H. M. Gilbert Homeplace, 2109 W Yakima Ave, Yakima, WA. Phone 509-248-0747. Restored orchard home exemplifies home life in the early 20th century in the Yakima Valley.

Ray E. Powell Museum, 313 Division, Grandview, WA. Mail c/o City of Grandview, 207 W 2nd St, Grandview, WA 98930. For schedule or to arrange tours, phone 509-882-9217, 509-882-2070. Collection includes some school annuals, framed class pictures, roster of veterans, and club meeting notes and rosters.

Sunnyside Historical Museum, 704 S 4th St, Box 782, Sunnyside, WA 98944. Phone 509-837-6010. Museums houses permanent display of Indian artifacts, pioneer life and the Ben Snipes's cabin (early cattleman).

Toppenish Museum, 1 South Elm, Toppenish, WA 98948. Phone 509-865-4510. Fire fighting equipment, early day ranch life, championship polo teams of the Lower Yakima Valley, gold panning, and wild horses exhibits. Features a section on notable women in Toppenish history.

Yakima Electric Railway Museum, 3rd Ave & West Pine, PO Box 649, Yakima, WA 98907. Phone 509-575-1700. Former Yakima Valley Transportation Co. 1910 shop facility.; Offering vintage electric trolley car rides between Selah and Yakima. Other electric rail equipment on display.

Yakima Indian Nation Cultural Center, PO Box 151, Toppenish, WA 98948. Phone 509-865-2800. Located on the ancestral grounds of the Yakamas. Collections and exhibits focus of the history and culture of the Yakama people as told by the Yakamas themselves.

Yakima Valley Rail and Steam Museum, 10 Asotin Ave, PO Box 889, Toppenish, WA 98948. Phone 509-865-1911. Located in restored Northern Pacific Depot, collections reflect the railroad industry's history in the Yakima Valley. Offers special excursions on the Toppenish, Simcoe & Western Railroad to White Swan.

Yakima Valley Museum, 2105 Tieton Drive, Yakima, WA 98902. Phone 509-248-0747. Fax 509-453-4890. E-mail museum@wolfenet.com. Website http://www/wolfe.net/~museum. Membership available. Operates H.M. Gilbert Homeplace and the Sundquist Research Library and Archives. The collections and exhibits focus on pioneer life, transportation, industry and natural history of the Yakima Valley.

State Archive Branch:

Central Region (Benton, Chelan, Douglas, Franklin, Grant, Kittitas, Klickitat, Okanogan and Yakima counties. Bledsoe-Washington Archives Building, Central Washington University, MS 7547, Ellensburg, WA 98926-7547. Phone: 509-963-2136. Fax 509-963-1753. E-mail: archives@cwu.edu. Research Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon and 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

 

SELECTIVE BIBLIOGRAPHY

 

ATLASES, GAZETTEERS, MAPS - Personal, governmental, or organizational records

Central Branch Archives

City Atlas (Kroll Atlas), Yakima, 1948
Plat maps, central Washington, 1854-1950

Yakima Valley Genealogical Society Library

Yakima Indian Reservation, Yakima & Klickitat counties
Yakima County atlas & rural directories, 1971,1973, 1976

ATLASES, GAZETTEERS, MAPS - Published sources

Metsker's atlas of Yakima County, Washington. Metsker, Charles Frederick, 1959.

Metsker's county atlas : [Yakima County, Washington]. Metsker Map Co., 197-?.

View of the city of North Yakima Washington. Spike & Arnold Map Publishing Company, 1889.

BIBLES - Personal, governmental, or organizational records

BIBLES - Published sources

BIBLIOGRAPHIES - Personal, governmental, or organizational records

BIBLIOGRAPHIES - Published sources

Brzoska, Ellen. Yakima Valley Genealogical Society Library bibliography of holdings. Yakima Valley Genealogical Society, 1985.

Inventory of the county archives of Washington, no. 39, Yakima County (Yakima). Historical Records Survey, 1940.

Nolan, Edward W. A bibliography of the Yakima. University of Washington, 1959.

Pace, Robert E. Yakima Indian Nation bibliography. Yakima Indian Nation, Media Services, 1978.

Rankin, Del. Index to the Relander Archives in the Yakima Valley Regional Library: a calendar of Pacific Northwest Americana, with emphasis on Indians of the Columbia Basin. Yakima Valley Regional Library, 1977?.

Records and papers in Kittitas, Klickitat and Yakima Counties : a test publication of the Washington State Archival Data Base. Washington State Historical Records Advisory Board, 1980.

Schuster, Helen H. The Yakimas: a critical bibliography. Published for the Newberry Library by Indiana University Press, 1982.

Subject catalog of library holdings, Yakima Valley Genealogical Society, to Oct. 1994. Yakima Valley Genealogical Society, 1994.

Yakima Valley Regional Library. Reference Dept. Yakima Valley bibliography. The Library, 1975.

BIOGRAPHIES / DIARIES - Personal, governmental, or organizational records

Washington State University, Holland Library, Manuscripts, Archives & Special Collections

Bker, Lee H. List of pioneers known as the Kentucky train of 1853 entering Puget Sound basin in the Fall of 1853 by the way of the Naches Pass : typescript.
Burge, Milt. A Yakima cowboy's story : interview with Milt Burge : typescript, 1951 February
Coffin family. Papers, 1864-1977.
Darby, Janet. Interview, 1956, with Edith M. Burwell, by her grand-daughter.
Gilbert, Elon James. Papers, 1890-1977.
Josephy, Alvin M. Papers, 1965.
Purdin, Walter James. Papers, 1900-1962.
Schutz, John H. Papers, 1941-1947.
Sinclair, Orrin W. Oral history interview with Orrin W. Sinclair, Ellensburg, Washington : typescript, 1954.
Travis, Helga Anderson. Papers, 1957-1963.
United States. Bureau of Indian Affairs. Yakima Agency. Blacksmith's account book, 1881 December-1882 October.

Yakima Valley Genealogical Society Library

100 years, 100 women, 1889-1989
Diary of Chester Berg: a visit to North Yakima 22 Aug 1907-27 Sept 1907
Diary written by Bessie Flanary as a little girl in Yakima
Journal kept by Flossie George, Toppenish, WA, 1890-1894
Yakima School District, Adv. Learning. Yakima Valley early residents. 1984.

BIOGRAPHIES / DIARIES - Published sources

Garrand, Victor. Augustine Laure, S.J., Missionary to the Yakimas. Galleon Press, 1977.

Helland, Maurice. There were giants: the life James H. Wilbur. M. Helland, 1980.

Henderson, Judith Hill. The times and travels of Noble Grey Hill, Yakima, Washington, in celebration of his 75th birthday on November 24, 1986. J.H. Henderson, 1986?.

Jackson, Gary L. Remembering Yakima, by those who were there. Golden West Pub. Co., 1975.

Ramos, Roger. The golden sheriff. Dorrance, 1986.

Robertson, Ted. How the twig was bent. Franklin Press, 1974. **other editions available

Sheller, Roscoe. The first thirty administrations of the Sunnyside Rotary Club. n.p., 1955

Sickler, Mae Conrad. Pioneer years in the Yakima Valley. n.p., 1942.

The Length of their shadows. Golden West Pub. Co., 1976.

Yakima Independent. Honor roll of Yakima County, 1917-1918-1919. F. C. Whitney & Sons, 1920?. **other edition available

Yakima's historical citizens. Golden West Pub. Co., 1980

Yakima's past. Golden West Pub. Co., 1977.

BIRTHS - Personal, governmental, or organizational records

Central Branch Archives

Birth returns, 1891-1941
Delayed birth certificates, 1941-1942

Yakima County Auditorís office

Birth records 1891-1907

Yakima County Clerk's office (NOTE: Older records destroyed in 1908 Courthouse fire, some salvaged, majority lost, including docket books)

Delayed birth certificates (fragmentary series), dates unknown

Yakima Valley Genealogical Society

Births at Memorial Hospital, Feb. 1 - May 31, 1994

BIRTHS - Published sources

Records of Yakima County, Washington, 1869-1907, and Benton County, Washington, 1905-1907. Yakima Valley Genealogical Society, 1975-1979. [Volume 1, Births].

BUSINESSES & COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS - Personal, governmental, or organizational records

Central Branch Archives

Articles of incorporation, 1881-1912
Corporation files, 1893-1977
Foreign corporations list, 1918-1937
Franchises, 1907-1966
Index to articles of incorporation, 1918-1977
Business certificates and partnerships, 1907-1970
Savings and loan incorporations, 1913-1917

Yakima County Clerk's office (NOTE: Older records destroyed in 1908 Courthouse fire, some salvaged, majority lost, including docket books)

Business certificates, notarial registrations (fragmentary series), dates unknown

Yakima Valley Genealogical Society Library

O.L. Janeck Ledger [drugstore], volumes 1-12, index, individual charge accounts

BUSINESSES & COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS - Published sources

CEMETERIES - Personal, governmental, or organizational records

Yakima Valley Genealogical Society Library

Cemetery records of Yakima County, 1968-1973
Holland Cemetery, Yakima
The Cowiche Natchez Cemetery

CEMETERIES - Published sources

Cemetery records of Yakima County, Washington. Yakima Valley Genealogical Society, 198?.

Cemetery records, Zillah and Toppenish, Yakima County, Washington. Typed by the Genealogical Society, 1956.

Winters, Jean. Early military tombstone inscriptions in Washington state. [Includes the cemeteries in Klickitat, Columbia, Benton, Yakima, Grant and Walla Walla counties]. Winters, 1972.

CENSUS - Personal, governmental, or organizational records

Central Branch Archives

Census materials, 1900-1970
Yakima Territorial census rolls, 1871, 1883, 1885, 1887

Yakima Valley Genealogical Society Library

1905 enumeration of all inhabitants of the city of North Yakima
Indians on the Reservation, 1885

CENSUS - Published sources

1900 federal census of Yakima County (Benton County was then a part of Yakima County). Yakima Valley Genealogical Society, 1980.

Index to the 1880 census of Yakima County, Washington Territory. Tri-City Genealogical Society, 1971.

Index to Yakima Valley Genealogical Society Extraction 1920 Yakima Co. Census. n.p., n.d.

Lines, Jack M. 1910 federal census of Yakima County, Washington. Yakima Valley Genealogical Society, 1984.

_______. Yakima County territorial census, 1871, 1883, 1885, 1887 : including Benton County, formed in 1905 : including 1871-1883 for Kittitas & Chelan Counties (Kittitas County formed in 1883, Chelan in 1899) : indexed. Yakima Valley Genealogical Society, 1983.

CHURCHES - Personal, governmental, or organizational records

Yakima Valley Genealogical Society Library

75 years with Christ in the Yakima Church, First Christian Church, 16 Oct 1880-1955
Yakima 2nd Ward, 3rd Ward & Selah Ward of LDS. Directory of Members.
First Christian Church [Yakima] records
First Christian Church [Yakima], 1993
First Church of the Brethren, Outlook. Church minutes and records of members
First Reformed Church of Yakima. Our 75th Anniversary, 12 Mar 1901-12 Mar 1976
Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church [Yakima] 1905-1980. 75 years of grace
Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Yakima. Records 1908-1950
History of St. Mary's Parish, White Swan, 1889-1989
St. Michael Episcopal [Yakima], church records
Secretary's book, Outlook Bible Class, First Congregational Sunday School, North Yakima, 1910-1921
First Christian Church The first century, 1880-1980
Westminster Presbyterian Church directory, 1989
Wilbur Memorial Methodist Church
Yakima 2nd & 3rd Wards & Selah Ward of LDS. Directory of Members

CHURCHES - Published sources

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Yakima Branch. Record of members, [early] 1942. Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1951.

Congregational Christian Church, Yakima, WA. Our first hundred years, congregational Christian Church, Yakima. Golden West Pub. Co., 1978.

Helland, Maurice. Tent to tower, 1885-1985. First Presbyterian Church, 1984.

Historical sketch for the 75th anniversary of the First Reformed Church of Yakima. First Reformed Church of Yakima, 1976?.

Holy Rosary Parish, Diamond Jubilee, 1900-1975. Holy Rosary Parish, 1975.

Lucia, Ellis. Magic Valley : the story of St. Joseph Academy and the blossoming of Yakima. Sisters of Providence, 1976.

The Yakima Valley Catholic centennial, 1847-1947 ; a commemoration of the first one hundred years of Catholicity in the Yakima Valley. Holy Rosary Church, 1947.

CITY / COUNTY DIRECTORIES

Directory of North Yakima and Yakima county, Washington. R. L. Polk & Co., 1905/1906.

Polk city directory. Yakima, Washingon. R. L. Polk & Co., 1995/1996.

Polk Yakima, Washington, city directory. R. L. Polk & Co. , 1992-1994.

Polk's Sunnyside, Grandview, Prosser (Yakima and Benton Counties, Wash.) city directory. R. L. Polk & Co., 1961-1971.

Polk's Yakima (Washington) city and county directory. R. L. Polk & Co., Inc., 1930, 1937/1938.

Polk's Yakima (Washington) city directory. R. L. Polk & Co., - 1951.

Polk's Yakima (Yakima County, Wash.) city directory. R. L. Polk & Co., 1953-1973.

R. L. Polk & Co.'s north Yakima and Yakima County directory. R. L. Polk & Co., 1910/1911, 1917.

Sunnyside, Grandview, Prosser (Yakima and Benton County, Wash.) city directory. R. L. Polk & Co. 1974-1980.

Sunnyside, Grandview, Prosser, Washington, city directory. R.L. Polk & Co., 1985.

White's rural directory, Yakima County, Washington. n.p., 1926/1927.

Yakima (Yakima County, Wash.) city directory. R. L. Polk & Co., 1974-1984.

Yakima city and county directory, containing an alphabetical list of business firms and private citizens of the cities of Yakima, Buena, Grandview, Granger, Mabton, Moxee City, Naches, Outlook, Selah, Sunnyside, Tieton, Toppenish,Wapato and Zillah. R.L. Polk & Co., 1910, 1911/12, 1921.

Yakima, Washington, city directory, including Selah, Union Gap, and Wapato. R.L. Polk & Co., 1985 - .

Yakima, Washington city directory. R. L. Polk & Co., 1985-1991.

Yakima (Yakima County, Wash.) city directory :including Cowiche, Moxee City, Naches, Selah, Union Gap, Wapato and rurals, contains buyers' guide and a complete classified business directory. R. L. Polk. 1974-1984.

CITY / COUNTY HISTORIES - Personal, governmental, or organizational records

Washington State University, Holland Library, Manuscripts, Archives & Special Collections

Finley, Guy C. A History of the Yakima-Tieton Irrigation Project : typescript, 1970 March.
Relander, Click. The Wanapums and the Priest Rapids Dam.

Yakima Valley Genealogical Society Library

Coyle, Eleanor M. Last chance valley, a history of the lower Naches

CITY / COUNTY HISTORIES - Published sources

An Illustrated history of Klickitat, Yakima and Kittitas counties; with an outline of the early history of the state of Washington. Interstate Pub. Co. 1904. **other editions available

Bjarke, Nils. The Naches Pass highway : to be built over the ancient Klickitat trail, the Naches Pass Military Road of 1853. n.p., 1945.

_______. Naches Pass trail, 1853. Fern Hill Hist. Society, 1942.

Buena's beginnings. I. D. Limited, n.d.

Carpenter, Violet. "You all come" : a migration from Crittenden County, KY to the Yakima Valley, 1888-1923. n.p., 1980?.

Cattlemen and branding irons. Yakima Valley Museum and Historical Association, 1982.

Crawford, Jeanne R. As the valley was; a pictorial view of the community life in the Yakima River Valley ... during the era 1900-1915. Yakima Federal Savings and Loan Association, 1968.

Delaney, Richard. The first fifty, 1922-1972; story of a library [Toppenish Public Library]. n.p., 1972?.

Gamboa, Erasmo. A history of the Chicano people and the development of agriculture in the Yakima Valley, Washington. n.p., 1973.

Gossett, Gretta Petersen. Beyond the bend : a history of the Nile Valley in Washington State. Ye Galleon Press, 1979.

Granger..its lore and its lure [Photocopy of the original]. n.p., 1968.

Granger Library Club. Granger : the town ... the land ... the people ... Granger Library Club, 1975 **other edition available.

Hackenmiller, Tom. Wapato heritage : the history of the Chelan and Entiat Indians. Point Pub., 1995.

Heiland, Maurice. Old town, the story of Union Gap. n.p., 1983.

_______. Pioneer history related to Yakima Valley Museum. n.p., n.d.

_______. Our Valley, too. Helland, 1976.

_______. They knew our valley. Helland, 1975.

Heuterman, Thomas H. The burning horse : Japanese American experience in the Yakima Valley, 1920-1942. Eastern Washington University Press, 1995.

Hiler, Mike. Naches Pass Study Guide; historic exploration and early use 1841-1895. n.p., 1987.

Hotaling, Patty. The history of Moxee. n.p., 197?.

Jacobs, Joseph. Yakima irrigation project. n.p., 1905-1907.

Jensen, Hazel Addie. Across the years : pioneer story of southern Washington. n.p., 1951.

Johnsen, Kenneth G. Apple country interurban : a history of the Yakima Valley Transportation Company and the Yakima interurban trolley lines. Golden West Books, 1979.

Johnson, H. M. A history of the city of Toppenish. Toppenish Review Pub. Co., 1926?.

Lee, Allan W. Recollections of a dandy little up-to-date town, Yakima, Washington. A.W. Lee?, 1985.

Holt, Howard P. Saddle bag medicine : the story of medicine in the Yakima Valley. H.P. Holt, 1984.

Hoselton, Anna. The Naches Pass road : a research paper. n.p., 1987.

Lince, Robert S. The Selah story : history of the Selah, East Selah and Wenas Valley in Yakima County, Washington. Selah Valley Optimist Print., 1984.

Lyman, William Denison. History of the Yakima Valley, Washington : comprising Yakima, Kittitas and Benton counties. S.J. Clarke, 1919. **other edition available.

McCormick, Henry A. An X-ray on the Naches Valley. Republic Pub. Co., 1911.

Martin, George Maybee. Yakima, a centennial reflection, 1885-1985. Yakima Centennial Commission, 1985.

McCormick, Henry A. An x-ray on the Naches Valley. Republic Pub. Co, 1911.

McRayde, Edna Rowland. To the pioneers of Zillah. n.p., n.d.

Payne, James E. The history and recreational significance of the Naches Pass Trail. n.p., 1972.

Profile, Yakima Valley Japanese Community, 1973. Yakima Valley Japanese Community, 1974.

Pugh, William O. A good place for relics and other things : an account of the Yakima Valley Museum and Historical Association from its beginnings through 1983. W.O. Pugh, 1986.

Relander, Click. Strangers on the land: a historiette of a longer story of the Yakima Indian Nation's efforts to survive against great odds. Franklin Press, 1969.

_______. Treaty centennial, 1855-1955, the Yakimas. Republic Press, 1955.

Russell, Elizabeth C. Harrah's yesteryears; historical portrait of a Yakima Valley town. I. D. Limited, n.d.

Selected pages of history from a souvenir program of Union Gap, Yakima County, Washington. Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1994.

Sheller, Roscoe. Blowsand. Metropolitan Press, 1963 **other edition available

Sheller, Roscoe. Courage and water, a story of Yakima Valley's Sunnyside; a factual story of the founding, development and growth of the unique and unusual city of Sunnyside, Washington, located in the heart of the famous Yakima Valley. Binfords & Mort, 1952.

_______. Sunnyside at 60. n.p., 1962?.

Sickler, Mae Conrad. Pioneer years in the Yakima Valley. n.p., 1942.

Stensrud, Mary. Mount St. Helens ash potpourri: Yakima's story. Shields Bag and Printing Co., 1985.

Sultan Community Study. Historical Committee. The history of Sultan. n.p., 1959. **other edition available.

Surname index to The Pioneers of Zillah by Edna Rowland McRayde. n.p., 1983.

The Ahtanum years. n.p., 1975.

The history of Sultan. [videorecording]. n.p., 1991.

The Sunnyside story. Sunnyside Museum and Historical Association, 1982.

United States. Bureau of Reclamation. Yakima irrigation projects, Washington. The Bureau, 1910.

Valley of the strong : stories of Yakima and central Washington history. Wescoast Pub. Co., 1974.

Wapato History Committee. Wapato : history and heritage. The Committee, 1978.

Wernex, Katherine Trembley. It did happen here : a living story of old Mabton. n.p., 1979.

Yakima, a centennial perspective, 1885-1985 : a photographic and historical survey of many of the city's significant buildings. Yakima Centennial Commission, 1984.

Yakima, Washington jubilee, 1885-1960. Yakima Diamond Jubilee, Inc., 1960.

COURT DOCUMENTS - Personal, governmental, or organizational records

Central Branch Archives

Book of levies, 1882-1923
Criminal file index, 1882-1977
Civil case files, 1882-1971
Court Journals, criminal, 1907-1951
Criminal appearance dockets (Criminal Court Docket), 1882-1973
Criminal case files, 1882-1975
Delinquent tax appearance docket, 1900-1929
General index to civil files, 1882-1977
Index to execution dockets, 1890-1959
Judgement index, 1882-1885
Judgements (Transcript of Judgements), 1882-1968
Superior Court dockets, 1882-1977
Superior Court execution dockets, 1882-1966
Superior Court journals, 1882-1950's
Superior Court minute books, 1882-1951
Superior Court motion docket, 1911-1916
Supreme Court case file briefs, central Washington, 1907-1913 (principally regarding water rights), microfilm
Tax foreclosure case files, 1900-1971
Tax judgement journals, 1901-1940's
Territorial appearance dockets, 1883-1889
Territorial Court final record, 1883-1889

Yakima County Clerk's office (NOTE: Older records destroyed in 1908 Courthouse fire, some salvaged, majority lost, including docket books)

Territorial & U.S. District Court civil & criminal case files, 1882-1890
Superior Court civil case files, 1890-present
Superior Court criminal case files, 1890-present

COURT DOCUMENTS - Published Sources

DEATHS - Personal, governmental, or organizational records

Central Branch Archives

Coroner's record, 1911-1916
Death returns and certificates, 1896-1907

Valley Hills Funeral Home, 345 N 11th St, Sunnyside, WA 98944 509-839-5500. (Please call to schedule an appointment)

Lower Yakima Valley funeral records, 1907 - present

Yakima Valley Genealogical Society Library

Ball Funeral Home records, volumes 1-13 and index

DEATHS - Published sources

Holt, Nellaray, comp. Obituary notices and funeral programs from the Yakima, Washington area mainly from 1950-1980. Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1987.

Newspaper clippings and obituaries from Clay and Effingham counties, Illinois and Yakima County, Washington. Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 19--?.

Records of Yakima County, Washington, 1869-1907, and Benton County, Washington, 1905-1907. Yakima Valley Genealogical Society, 1975-1979. [Vol. 2, Deaths].

EARLY DESCRIPTIVE OR PROMOTIONAL MATERIAL

Granger Commercial Club. Granger and the Yakima Valley. Oregon-Washington Railroad & Navigation Co.,1912.

Jacobs, Joseph. Report on Ledbetter Division of the Yakima Irrigation Project. n.p., 1906.

Living for pleasure and profit in the Granger Basin. Granger Land Co., 1905.

Oregon-Washington Railroad and Navigation Company. Bureau of Community Publicity. Sunnyside, Washington. Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce, 1911?.

Pictorial souvenir, Yakima Valley, Washington. Brooks and Schreiber, 1909.

Testimony of the farmers : concerning the Granger Basin as a farming country. Granger Land Co., ca. 1907.

Washington Irrigation Company, Zillah, Wash. Sunnyside irrigation canal : Washington Irrigation Company, proprietor. Lowman & Hanford Stationery and Printing Co., 1902.

Yakima Commercial Club. North Yakima, the city. Yakima Commercial Club, 1912.

Yakima county. n.p., 1909?.

Yakima Valley. S. J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1919.

EDUCATION - Personal, governmental, or organizational records

Central Branch Archives

Attendance records, 1875-1956
Bus route reports, 1935-1940 (includes names of pupils)
Census of school children, 1911-1913
Certified employee list, 1946-1950
Clerk's reports, 1871-1877
District boundary changes, 1891-1944
District formations, 1868
Eighth grade diploma records, 1895-1936
Eighth grade examinations, 1902-1950
Library reports, 1928-1932 (includes information on librarians)
Miscellaneous records, 1920-1949 (includes listings of teachers certificates from the Normal School at Bellingham, 1923-1924)
Miscellaneous superintendent files, 1872-1888
Record of Districts to 1910
Record of substitute teachers, 1935-1946
Record of teacher exams, 1887-1888
Record of teachers, 1894-1916
Record on non-attendance, 1908-1910
Register of persons examined, 1895-1925
Register of school officials, 1891-1913
School census, 1911-1932
School district boundary maps, 1910
School district formations, 1903-1913
School district maps, 1931-1932 (Tax assessment purposes)
School officers, 1892-1953
Special service reports, 1949-1950
Superintendent's official record, 1894-1903
Teacher certificate cards, 1930-1970
Teachers contract register, 1913-1982
Washington school registers, 1945-1946

Yakima Valley Genealogical Society Library

A.C. Davis High School staff, 1961
Franklin Junior High School annual, 1948-1949
Fruitspur, Selah High School annual, 1923
Greyhounds, Grandview High School annual, 1940
Historic School Names Project
Jomara, Saint Joseph Academy annual, 1964-1965
Kamiakin, Moxee High School annual, 1954, 1955, 1962-1964
Lo Na Hi, Lower Naches High School annual, 1923, 1925
Lolomi" Yakima High School annual, 1921-32, 1935, 1948, 1949, 1952, 1955-57, 1966
Nile School District #29. Teacher's report to District Clerk, 1909
Potlatch, North Yakima High School annual, 1909, 1910
Shelokum, Yakima Valley Community College annual, 1962
Tohiscan, Toppenish High School annual, 1948, 1965, 1972
Wasehian, Wapato High School annual, 1945, 1947
Wigwam, Yakima High School annual, 1912, 1914, 1916-1920, 1935-1940
Wye Jay Cee, Yakima Valley College annual, 1959

EDUCATION - Published sources

Eisenhower High School Bicentennial Class. From Ferguson to ... n.p., 1976.

Olivas, Cindy. From the Thorp cabin to East Valley High. East Valley High School, 1975.

Parker, M. Yvonne. Pioneers' pathway to the future : the history of the Mt. Adams School District. Ye Galleon Press, 1993.

ELECTION / VOTER RECORDS

Yakima County Auditorís office

Poll books, 1936-1975
Tally books (record of proof of voting and precinct election totals), 1974-present
Voter registrations, 1934-present

GENEALOGICAL / HISTORICAL PERIODICALS

Subject index to Yakima Valley Genealogical Society bulletin. Yakima Valley Genealogical Society, 1991.

Yakima Valley Genealogical Society bulletin. Yakima Valley Genealogical Society, dates unknown.

LAND / PROPERTY - Personal, governmental, or organizational records

Central Branch Archives

Book of patents, 1887-1915
Deeds record, 1882-1968 (incorporated into Official Record series in 1968)
Index to plats, 1878-1938
General Index, 1880-1976 (direct and reverse index to general filings of Auditor's office, including):

Real estate, 1882-1891
Power of attorney, 1883-1910
Mortgages, 1880-1907

Judgements, 1882-1968
Land corner monument record, 1903-1991
Mining claims file, 1882-1968
Miscellaneous record, 1882-1968 (Incorporated into Official Record series in 1968, includes contracts, deeds, patents, leases, mortgages, liens, water rights, conditional sales, bills of sale, chattel mortgages, levies, attachments, powers of attorney, and military discharges)

Mortgage records, 1882-1903
Official records, 1968-1980 (includes the miscellaneous record, deeds, mortgages, chattel mortgages, liens, water rights, powers of attorney record, military discharges, judgements, and mining claims)

Original plats, 1891-1990 (includes plats filed in Kittitas County prior to separation of counties in 1883)
Record of liens, 1881-1968 (Incorporated into Official Record series in 1968)
State road file, 1905-1913
Water rights applications record, 1897-1968 (Incorporated into Official Record series in 1968)
Water rights record, 1897-1949

Yakima County Assessor's office (All pre-1974 records at Central Branch Archives, office has microfiche)

Cadastre (parcel) maps
Transfers [of property], 1918-present
Value history for all parcels, 1992-present

Yakima County Auditor's office

Real property records, early 1800's-present

Yakima County Treasurer's office

Real and Personal Property Tax Records and Indexes, 1865-present

LAND / PROPERTY - Published sources

LICENSURE AND PROFESSIONAL RECORDS

Central Branch Archives

Attorney register, 1917-1933
Chiropractic register, 1919-1964
Medical record, 1909-1953 (record of licenses granted to physicians and surgeons)
Optometry register, 1909-1962
Osteopathy and surgery, register, 1914-1964
Register of notaries, 1891
Sanipractic register, 1919-1952

MARRIAGES - Personal, governmental, or organizational records

Central Branch Archives

Divorce case files, 1970-1972
Divorce dockets, 1921-1969
Divorce index, 1921-1977
Marriage affidavit record, 1889-? (42 volumes)
Marriage application certificate record, 1941-1947
Marriage certificates record, 1891-1992
Marriage licenses applications, 1939-1993
Marriage register (marriage record), 1904-1944
Marriage returns record, 1897-1940
Native American marriage certificates, 1956-1962

Yakima County Auditor's office

Marriage records, 1869-present

Yakima County Clerk's office (NOTE: Older records destroyed in 1908 Courthouse fire, some salvaged, majority lost, including docket books)

Divorce index: prior to 1/4/1921 filed with Superior Court civil cases

MARRIAGES - Published sources

Lines, Jack, ed. Records of Yakima County, Washington, marriage records. [Vol. 1 1908-1913, Vol. 2 1914-1917, Vol. 3 1918-1920.] Yakima Valley Genealogical Society, 1983.

Records of Yakima County, Washington, 1869-1907, and Benton County, Washington, 1905-1907. Yakima Valley Genealogical Society, 1975-1979. [Vol. 3, Marriages].

MILITARY - Personal, governmental, or organizational records

Central Branch Archives

Ft. Simcoe duty logs, 1858-1861
Military duty lists, 1889-1895
Official records, 1968-1980 (includes the military discharges)

Yakima County Auditor's office

Military discharge record, 1882-present

MILITARY - Published sources

Yakima Independent. Honor roll of Yakima County, 1917-1918-1919. F. C. Whitney & Sons, 1920?. **other edition available

NATURALIZATION - Personal, governmental, or organizational records

Central Branch Archives

Declarations of intention, 1869-1907, 1973-1980
Naturalization index, 1973-1980
Naturalization petitions, 1906, 1964-1981
Naturalization petitions recommended, 1973-1981
Naturalization record, 1894-1906

Yakima County Clerk's Office (NOTE: Older records destroyed in 1908 Courthouse fire, some salvaged, majority lost, including docket books)

All records transferred to U.S. District Court in mid 1980s
Index by name, fragmentary records available

NATURALIZATION - Published sources

Naturalization and Citizenship Records of the United States District Court (Washington: Eastern District) [Declaration of intention, 1890-1972, Petition for naturalization, 1907-1950, Repatriations, 1940-1942, Application for citizenship, 1879-1906, Indexes, 1890-1947]. Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1988.

Records of Yakima County, Washington, 1869-1907, and Benton County, Washington, 1905-1907. Yakima Valley Genealogical Society, 1975-1979. [Volume 4, Probate and Naturalization].

NEWSPAPER INDEXES / SPECIAL EDITIONS

Union Gap Old Town Days, Gazette. Rancher Publications, 1983.

Records of Yakima County, Washington, 1869-1907, and Benton County, Washington, 1905-1907. Yakima Valley Genealogical Society, 1975-1979. [Volume 5, Newspaper abstracts, 1884-1907].

OTHER - Personal, governmental, or organizational records

Central Branch Archives

Arrest warrant record, 1932-1976
Articles of incorporation, 1881-1912
Business certificates and partnerships, 1907-1940
Commissioners file, Yakima Indian Nation, Yakima County, 1949-1975
General Index, 1880-1976 (direct and reverse index to general filings of Auditor's office, including):

Real estate, 1882-1891
Power of attorney, 1883-1910
Mortgages, 1880-1907

Jail registers, 1926-1984
Jail meal record, 1922-1928
Juvenile and pension record, 1913-1922
Mug books, 1924-1969
Official bond journals, 1893-1950
Official Records, 1968-1980 (includes the miscellaneous record, deeds, mortgages, chattel mortgages, liens, water rights, powers of attorney record, military discharges, judgements, and mining claims)

Old Age Pension cases, 1913-1937
Savings and Loan incorporations, 1913-1917
Violations, Liquor Laws, 1924-1930

Washington State University, Holland Library, Manuscripts, Archives & Special Collections

Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic (Yakima, Wash.). Memorial service program : typescript, 1930 June 16.

Yakima County Clerk's Office (NOTE: Older records destroyed in 1908 Courthouse fire, some salvaged, majority lost, including docket books)

Official bonds [fragmentary series], dates unknown

OTHER - Published sources

Emmons, Della Florence Gould. Nothing in life is free : through Naches Pass to Puget Sound, a historical novel of the Pioneer West. Northwestern Press, 1953.

Johnson, Inez Noelle. Yakima, a novel. Pageant Press, 1954.

Yakima Valley Genealogical Society surname index, 1981. Yakima Valley Genealogical Society, 1981.

PROBATE - Personal, governmental, or organizational records

Central Branch Archives

Clerk's trust fund ledgers, 1909-1972
Index to probate case files, 1874-1977
Letters of administration, 1874-1950
Probate bonds, 1875-1950
Probate book of wills, 1874-1950
Probate case files, 1874-1970
Probate claims index, 1880-1931
Probate claims record, 1914-1934
Probate dockets, 1882-1885
Probate memorandum of files, 1891-1907
Probate record of petitions, 1891-1925
Territorial petitions to Sell Real Estate, 1876-1889 (sell real estate involved in probate cases)
Territorial probate minute Books, 1869-1890

Yakima County Clerk's office (NOTE: Older records destroyed in 1908 Courthouse fire, some salvaged, majority lost, including docket books)

Probate case files, Dec. 1879-present
Name changes, 1879-1978: changed to civil, then to District Court early 1990s

PROBATE - Published sources

Records of Yakima County, Washington, 1869-1907, and Benton County, Washington, 1905-1907. Yakima Valley Genealogical Society, 1975-1979. [Vol. 4, Probate and Naturalization].

TAXES - Personal, governmental, or organizational records

Central Branch Archives

Assessment field books, dates unknown
Assessment field maps, dates unknown
Assessor's plats, 1912-1914
Board of Equalization, 1897-1898 (re: Northern Pacific Railroad)
Book of levies, 1882-1923
Business sales tax delinquencies, 1938-1969
Delinquent tax appearance docket, 1900-1929
Delinquent tax appearance docket, 1900-1929
Irrigation road-dike assessment rolls, 1940-1941
Irrigation tax deed record, 1915-1954 (no records between 1930-1937)
Judgement index, 1882-1885
Judgements (transcript of judgements), 1882-1968
Operating property record, 1913 (Oregon-Washington Railroad and Navigation Company)
Personal property tax rolls, 1892-1893, 1902-1903
Personal property tax rolls, 1930-1972
Personal property taxation exemptions, 1939
Real property assessment rolls, 1892-1972
Road improvement assessment rolls, dates unknown
School District maps, 1931-1932 (tax assessment purposes)
Tax foreclosure case files, 1900-1971
Real property tax assessment rolls, 1879-1970 (no records between 1894-1947)
Tax judgement journals, 1901-1940's
Tax judgement journals, 1901-1940's
Timber cruisers field books, dates unknown

Yakima County Clerk's office (NOTE: Older records destroyed in 1908 Courthouse fire, some salvaged, majority lost, including docket books)

Sales tax cases, tax foreclosures [fragmentary series], dates unknown

TAXES - Published sources