Recording

Recorded Documents
All documents are indexed by names in the document (grantor/grantee), auditor file number, document date, and document type(s).  Documents recorded after January 1, 1997 are also indexed by Assessor's parcel number and the property's legal description.  To view or research recorded documents:
 
  • August 1991 to Present:  Documents can be viewed online
  • 1982 to July 1991:  Only the index to recorded documents is available online, microfilm images are available in the Auditor's Office Public Research area.
  • 1853 - 1982:  The index to recorded documents and microfilm images of the documents are available in the Auditor's Office Public Research area.    
Document Search
Documents are available for search online through the Recorded Document Search. All documents that can be viewed online have had Social Security numbers redacted; the numbers are not viewable.

Veteran records are not accessible online and are available only to the veteran or veteran's next of kin. More information about service records.
 
Marriage Documents
Marriage applications and certificates issued in Whatcom County are indexed by the names of the couple and the date of marriage, and can be researched in the following ways:
 
  • 1980 to Present:   Index data only (names, dates) is available online from our Recorded Document Search site.
  • 1890 to Present:   Indexes and images are available in the Auditor's Office Public Research area.
  • 1890 to 1995:  Marriage certificates are also available from the Washington State Digital Archives     
Other Vital Records
Birth and death records can be obtained from the Whatcom County Health Department. For further information contact the Health Department.