The Stolzenburg Family 1892 Homestead on the Hoko River, courtesy of Charles Widger.

Our collection of nearly 500 Pioneer Family files is constantly expanding.

The pioneer files include information on those families who were here in Clallam County on or before 1889 when Washington achieved statehood. We also have information on Early Families (those here before 1900). All files were developed by Society staff, family descendants and genealogists. The content and size varies widely but often includes primary and original documents such as vital records, letters, documents, photographs, narratives, homestead records, newspaper articles and donated research of various family researchers.

Displayed in our Clallam County Corridor. Left to right:

William Stolzenburg (1881-1900), Wilhelm Christian Stolzenburg (1839-1921), Frederike Sophie nee Streeck (1845-1922), Emma Caroline Elise Stolzenburg (1870-1963) and Hermann Stolzenburg (1868-1955)


Where to find Birth Records

The State of Washington began collecting birth records as of 1 July 1907.  Prior to that time, birth records were collected by the counties, although not all were diligent in reporting or recording.  Clallam County began collecting birth records in 1891.

You can obtain Washington state birth records as certified copies (or “certificates”) for legal purposes or noncertified informational copies for genealogical or other personal use. The three different birth record products include: birth certificate, Heirloom birth certificate, and noncertified informational copy of a birth record.  Only individuals with specific qualifying relationships to the subject of the record can receive a birth certificate or Heirloom birth certificate. Identity and proof of qualifying relationship documentation is required.

Noncertified informational copies of birth records do not get issued on the certified paper with security features. They cannot be used for legal purposes. It will contain the same information as a birth certificate and a watermark stating “Cannot be used for legal purposes. Informational only.” Please check with the agency or organization requesting the record before ordering an informational copy.  Anyone can request a noncertified informational copy of a birth record. You do not need to provide proof of identity and proof of a qualified relationship to the subject of the record.

At Clallam County Genealogical Society Research Center, copies of the following Birth Records are available:

  • Birth Certificates Clallam Co. from 1910-1912
  • Birth Certificates Clallam Co. from the 1930's-1940's

Midwife Births were abstracted from the personal diary of Nurse Pettett, who practiced in the Dungeness area of Sequim in the 1890's and early 1900's.  Births are listed by date, not alphabetically.  Not all information is complete, but abstracted as recorded by Nurse Pettett in her diary.  A copy of her diary was donated to CCGS by the descendants of Nurse Pettett.  Further information on these births may be available from the Clallam County Courthouse or Washington Digital Archives.

About Midwife Birth Records