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King County Archives

A repository of county government records
King County Archives
1215 E. Fir St.
Building A
Seattle, WA 98122

206-296-1538
archives@kingcounty.gov

Monday - Friday
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Recorded Documents at the King County Archives


Recorded Documents available at the King County Archives

The King County Archives provides access to all documents recorded in King County.

If you want to research any of the below records that are on microfilm, you can do so in our microfilm research room, where no appointment is necessary.

If you want to research any of the below that are in original format (volume or paper), you must do so in our archival research room.  To use the archival research room, you are required to make an appointment at least one day in advance.

Series     Dates Format Notes
Appraisement of Tide and Shorelands 1894-1921 Original volumes only
Binding Site Plans 1984 Original volumes only
Chattel Liens 1915-1979 Original volumes only
Chattel Mortgages 1875-1969 Microfilm only Original volumes held by the Puget Sound Regional Archives (external link)
Conditional Sales 1893-1967 Microfilm only Original volumes held by the Puget Sound Regional Archives (external link)
Condominiums 1964-present Digital, Microfilm and Original volumes (1964-1993) Hardcopy records after 1993 held by the King County Recorder's Office
Crop Liens 1933-1946 Original volume only
DD214's (Veteran's Discharge records) 1970-1976 Microfilm only DD214's prior to 1970 were filed in Miscellaneous and DD214's after 1976 were filed in Official Public Records
Deeds (including easements and real estate contracts) 1853-1969 Microfilm and Original volumes continued after 1969 by Official Public Records
Donation Land Claim Maps     1861-1882 Original volumes
Excise Tax Affidavits (not recorded) 1961-present Microfilm (1961-1994) and Digital (1991-present) We additionally have Excise Tax Affidavits between May 1951 and February 1952.
Filings (not recorded) 1951-1971 Microfilm only
General Land Office Field Notes 1857-1913 Original volumes
Judgments (including lis pendens) 1878-1969 Microfilm and Original volumes continued after 1969 by Official Public Records
Leases 1889-1969 Microfilm and Original volumes continued after 1969 by Official Public Records
Liens 1854-1969 Microfilm and Original volumes continued after 1969 by Official Public Records
Marriage Certificates  1855-present Digital (all years), Microfilm (1855-1990) and Original paper records (1855-2002)
Marriage License Applications  1989-2006 Original paper records only Records after 2006 are held by the King County Recorder's Office
Marriage Returns  1891-1947 Digital and Original paper records
Mining Locations 1871-1976 Microfilm (1871-1976) and Original volumes (1871-1971) continued after 1976 by Official Public Records
Miscellaneous (including DD214's, Bills of Sale, Affidavits and Agreements) 1884-1969 Microfilm and Original volumes continued after 1969 by Official Public Records
Mortgages (including deeds of trust and satisfactions of mortgage) 1864-1969 Microfilm and Original volumes continued after 1969 by Official Public Records
Official Public Records (most recorded documents) 1969-present Digital (1991-present), Microfilm (1969-present), Original volumes (1969-1970) Records after 1991 are digitized and are accessible from the King County Archives or the King County Recorder's Office.
Patents 1886-1969 Microfilm and Original volumes
Planned Unit Developments 1981-1992 Digital and Original volumes
Plats 1853-present Digital, Microfilm (1853-1997) and Original volumes (1853-1993) Hardcopy records after 1993 are held by the King County Recorder's Office
Powers of Attorney 1884-1969 Microfilm and Original volumes continued after 1969 by Official Public Records
Records of Marriage Certificates (transcriptions) 1853-1888 Microfilm and Original volumes Records from 1888-1923 are held by the Puget Sound Regional Archives
Registered Land 1907-1976 Microfilm only Some hardcopy records held by the King County Recorder's Office
Release of Damages to USA 1906 Original volumes only
Records of Marginal Satisfaction 1910-1973 Original volumes only
Surveys 1973-present Digital (all years), Microfilm (1973-1997) and Original volumes (1973-2002) Hardcopy records after 2002 are held by the King County Recorder's Office
Tort Feasor Liens 1937-1969 Microfilm and Original volumes
Water Rights 1895-1969 Microfilm and Original volumes continued after 1969 by Official Public Records


Indexes to recorded documents available at the King County Archives

Most recorded documents are indexed by name(s) and date only.  The Record Search webpage additionally indexes documents by parcel number from July 2002 to present.  You can also use the King County Parcel Viewer website to find deeds by parcel number from the early 1980's to present.

Primary Indexes (to most recorded documents)

Index Title Indexed by Dates Format Notes
Direct General Recordings Index by name of grantor/seller 1853-1975 Microfilm only Original volumes held by the Puget Sound Regional Archives.

The grantor index from 1909-1921 has been digitized and is now available online on Familysearch.org (external link).
Indirect General Recordings Index by name of grantee/buyer 1853-1975 Microfilm only Original volumes held by the Puget Sound Regional Archives.

The grantee index from 1853-1921 has been digitized and is now available online on Familysearch.org (external link).
Auditor's Receiving Books by Auditor's number 1881-1971 Microfilm only The King County Archives has original volumes from 1877-1881, 1916-1917 and 1971-1976.  Volumes from 1881-1896 are held by the Puget Sound Regional Archives.
Index to All Recordings     by name(s) and recording number 1976-present Online database Also available in person at King County Archives and King County Recorder's Office

Additional Indexes (to specific types of recorded documents)

Indexes to Marriage Certificates 1853-1991 Digital, Microfilm (1853-1991) and Hardcopy (1853-1983)
Indexes to Marriage Returns 1891-1927 Digital, Microfilm and Hardcopy

 

 

Index of Attachments, Executions and Orders of Sale

 

 

1897-1933 Hardcopy only Volume from 1882-1897 is held by the Puget Sound Regional Archives. Index is continued after 1933 by the General Recordings Index.
Registered Land Certificate Index 1907-1951 Hardcopy
Registered Land General Index 1907-1987 Hardcopy
Supplemental General Recordings Index (Direct and Indirect) 1914-1935 Microfilm (1914-1935) and Hardcopy (1921-1935)
Index to Federal Tax Liens 1926-1971, 1979-1986 Hardcopy (1926-1971) and Microfilm (1979-1986)
Excise Tax Index 1959-1997 Hardcopy (1959-1976) and Microfilm (1959-1997)
Uniform Commercial Code index to financing statements and related instruments 1967-1971 Hardcopy only
Assessor's Sales Histories (by parcel number)     1973-1981 Microfilm only
Registered Land Tract Index (by plat name) Hardcopy
Registered Land Tract Index (by section-township-range) Hardcopy


Recorded documents and indexes available at other locations

The following records are held by the King County Recorder's Office:

  • Marriage License Applications, 2007-present
  • Registered Land Certificates of Title

The following are some of the records held by the Puget Sound Regional Archives:

  • Corporation Filings (including Articles of Incorporation), 1869-1971 
  • General Recordings Indexes (Grantor and Grantee), 1853-1971
  • Fish Trap Location Maps, 1905-1925
  • Judgment and Lis Pendens Index, 1860-1896
  • Voter Registers, 1884-1934

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