Snohomish County, the 13th largest in Washington State, reaches from the crest of the Cascade Mountains in the east, to Puget Sound in the west. Although the county covers more land than either Delaware or Rhode Island, most of the inhabitants live in the lowlands along Puget Sound.
Europeans first came to the Puget Sound area in 1792. Captain George Vancouver of the British Royal Navy landed in what would later be the city of Everett, laying claim in the name of King George III; he later explored other nearby areas in the Sound. The U.S. Navy mapped the area in 1841.
Snohomish County was originally part of Island County, but soon separated and was recognized on 20 January 1861. During the territorial years (1853-1889) many cities were founded, such as Snohomish, Edmonds, Mukilteo, Lowell, Stanwood, and Tulalip.
The county seat, Everett, was founded in the early 1890s and enjoyed a boom as timber and farming created the growth that was to take the county through the next century.
In Washington State Place Names James W. Phillips notes"Snohomish County 2,100 sq mi; 13th in size; seat: Everett. Name of the Indian tribe that inhabited the Snohomish River Valley and the area now occupied by the city of Everett."
Be sure to visit the web site of the SNO-ISLE GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY - read the latest issues of The Sounder (SIGS quarterly journal) and The Beacon (the monthly newsletter)! Check out the holdings catalog of the SIGS Library (at Humble House in Heritage Park, Lynnwood) as well as the permanent collections of two of the county's Family History Centers! Explore the Society's growing list of First People resources!
Another super-resource to investigate is Darilee Bednar's INDEPENDENT SNOHOMISH COUNTY website. You'll find many data files, and a link to Darilee's famous ONLINE YEARBOOK COLLECTION.
Victoria Harrington of the Snohomish Historical Society has compiled a list of the HISTORICAL MICROFORM HOLDINGS at the Snohomish (city) Library. The extent of this holdings list might surprise you! (Thanks, Miss Victoria!)
FIND SNOHOMISH COUNTY NAMES
SITE SURNAME SEARCH ENGINE - NEW SEARCH ENGINE available
CAMWOOD OBITUARY PROJECT - (off site) - Stanwood area (includes Camano Island) - index to 11,500+ obits
SOUTHWEST SNOCO OBITUARY PROJECT - (off site) - Edmonds area (including Richmond Beach) to 1930
MAINE to SNOCO PROJECT - Natives of Maine residing in Snohomish County
The KARYN PROJECT- obituaries, death records and MORE
The SNOCO PHOTO ALBUM - portraits and photographs
CEDAR VALLEY PROJECT - includes data from SW SnoCo
SNOCO RURAL DIRECTORY - from Polk Directory
MONTE CRISTO PROJECT - census, directory info, more
SNOHOMISH COUNTY CIVIL WAR VETERANS PROJECT
The SULTAN PROJECT - death records, census, more
1906 HISTORY OF SKAGIT AND SNOHOMISH COUNTIES - an Every-Surname Index (Archives)
INDEX to COUNTY CEMETERY PAGES - on-site files, links to off-site files
WASHINGTON STATE VITAL RECORDS - from WA Digital Archives
SNOHOMISH COUNTY CENSUSES
ROLE OF HONOR - WORLD WAR I
EVERETT HIGH SCHOOL - WORLD WAR I
The BIOGRAPHY PROJECT - EXPANDED - over 1300 entries... and growing!
MARYSVILLE and LAKE STEVENS HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES
FIND SNOHOMISH COUNTY LOCALITIES
MAILING LIST, MESSAGE BOARDSUBSCRIBE to the SNOHOMISH COUNTY MAILING LIST
SEARCH the SNOCO MAILING LIST ARCHIVES
SEARCH the SNOHOMISH COUNTY MESSAGE BOARD
LIBRARIES and ARCHIVESARCHDIOCESE of SEATTLE - resources for Family Historians
EVERETT PUBLIC LIBRARY - NORTHWEST ROOM
EVERETT FAMILY HISTORY CENTER - complete holdings catalog
SHORELINE FAMILY HISTORY CENTER - (in Mountlake Terrace) complete holdings
SNO-ISLE GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY LIBRARY HOLDINGS
NORTHWEST REGIONAL BRANCH - WA STATE ARCHIVES - partial list of holdings
NATIONAL ARCHIVES - PACIFIC ALASKA REGION - links and partial list of SnoCo holdings
SNOHOMISH BRANCH-SNO ISLE LIBRARY SYSTEM - historical microform holdings list
SNOHOMISH COUNTY NEWSPAPERS - archived at Suzzallo Library
SNO-ISLE REGIONAL LIBRARY SYSTEM - on-line catalog, databases
SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY - overview of SPL's Special Collections
WASHINGTON STATE ARCHIVES - genealogical resources
GENEALOGY and LOCAL HISTORY SOCIETIES
LEAGUE of SNOHOMISH COUNTY HERITAGE ORGANIZATIONS
ALDERWOOD MANOR HERITAGE ASSOCIATION
EDMONDS - SO SNOHOMISH COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
SNO-ISLE GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
STILLAGUAMISH VALLEY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
WASHINGTON STATE GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
WASHINGTON STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY
ABOUT THE WASHINGTON STATE 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, he or she 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 contentsof the web page. The Washington GenWeb Project is an extension of the KY GenWeb Project. The person responsible for the Snohomish County project is Marge Reid . Do email her at mvreid (AT) eskimo.com if you would like to add your data to the database, or if you have any questions or comments about the Snohomish County USGenWeb site.
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