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Snohomish Public Records
Snohomish County, located in northwest Washington, was founded in 1861. Most records are unrestricted, making access much easier. Snohomish County public records available include vital records. Birth and death records may be requested from the Snohomish Health District. Snohomish County marriage records can be requested from the County Auditor’s office. For access to Snohomish divorce records and civil and criminal court records, visit the County Clerk. Basic information contained in court records is available online through the Washington State Courts Case Record Search, which can be narrowed down to Snohomish County.
To obtain statewide criminal records, contact the Washington State Patrol to conduct a name search online or by mail. Historic Snohomish County military records, obituaries and some cemetery records are available at the State Archives in Olympia.
About Snohomish County Public Records
Washington is truly an open records state, with little restrictions on what the public may access. Many states restrict vital records, but Snohomish County vital records are available to the public. Washington public records can be found locally or obtained through the state vital records office. The local branches hold the historic public records for Snohomish County and are worth visiting in person.
Accessing Snohomish County Public Records Online
The County Clerk maintains court records and divorce records for Snohomish County. Online access, however, is provided through the Washington State Courts online Case Records Search feature, which is a public access portal available for free. Use this to research Snohomish, WA public records online, and then request copies or visit the courthouse to view the case file in person. Also available online are statewide criminal records through the Washington State Patrol. Anyone may perform a name-based search for a small fee and get instant results.
Historic Public Records Search for Snohomish County
Although the State Archives has a Northwest Regional branch located in Bellingham, just north of Snohomish County, most of the Snohomish County military records, cemetery records and obituaries are stored at the main branch in Olympia. A public records search for Snohomish County at the Northwest Regional branch will likely turn up many interesting historical and genealogical records, however. The main branch will make copies and perform research for a fee to those who cannot make the trip.