Pierce County, Washington Records

Pierce County, Washington (Map It) was created on December 22, 1852 from Thurston County. The county was named in honor of Franklin Pierce (1804–1869), 14th U.S. President. The first U.S. military base established on Puget Sound was Fort Steilacoom in 1849. The county achieved prominence in the late nineteenth century when two major transcontinental railroads made Tacoma their western terminus. Tacoma also became the headquarters for the Weyerhaeuser Company and a major Pacific shipping center. Today, Pierce County possesses a varied economy based on wood products, metal manufacturing food processing and shipping. Its county seat, Tacoma, is the state’s third largest city. .

Pierce County is bordered by King County (north), Yakima County (east), Lewis County (south), Thurston County (southwest), Mason County (northwest), Kitsap County (northwest).

Pierce County Cities and Towns include Auburn (partial), Artondale, Ashford, Bonney Lake, Buckley, Carbonado, DuPont, Eatonville, Edgewood, Elbe, Elk Plain, Enumclaw (partial), Fife, Fircrest, Fort Lewis, Fox Island, Frederickson, Gig Harbor, Graham, Greenwater, Lakewood, McChord AFB, Midland, Milton (partial), Orting, Pacific (partial), Parkland, Prairie Ridge, Puyallup, Roy, Ruston, South Hill, South Prairie, Spanaway, Steilacoom, Summit, Sumner, Tacoma, University Place, Waller, Wilkeson..

A Map of Pierce County, Washington contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.

Pierce County, Washington Courthouse Records

Pierce County, Washington Courthouse
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Pierce County, WA Courthouse

The Pierce County Courthouse is located in Tacoma, Washington. Learn More About State of Washington Court, Tax, Land and Probate Records.

The Clerk's Office DOES NOT DO RESEARCH. Most staff will assist people in finding the materials, but it is up to the individual to do the research. Although originally held in the county seat, many county land, probate, and court records have been transferred to the state archive's regional branches.

The Pierce County record dates below are from the earliest date to present time. They may include records of land, estates, taxes, vital records, divorces, naturalizations, voter registration, court records, and so forth.

  • Pierce County Auditor has Birth and Death Records from 1891 to 1907, Marriage Records from 1853 and Land Records from 1858 . The County Auditor has many responsibilities which include the recording of real property documents such as deeds and other recorded documents, issuing various licenses such as marriage liscense.
  • Pierce County Clerk has Court Records from 1855 and Probate Records from 1855. The County Clerk is the administrator of the Superior Court Clerk's Office. The Clerk's Office is responsible for keeping the permanent records of all cases filed in Superior Court. The type of cases filed are felony criminal cases, civil lawsuits, petitions for protection from domestic violence, family law matters (dissolutions 3rd Party Custody, parenting plans, modifications) probates, guardianships, Last Will & Testaments, paternities, adoptions and mental commitments. For judicial purposes, many of the Washington counties were attached to other counties.
  • Pierce County Treasurer is the property tax collector for the County. Property Taxes are levied on the property by the various taxing authorities based on the valuation and current property usage as set by the Assessor's Office.
  • The Pierce-Tacoma Health Department can issue Birth, Marriage and Death certificates while you wait.

Pierce County, Washington Census Records

Pierce County, Washington Vital Records

Pierce County, Washington Resources

Pierce County, Washington External Links

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