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Pend Oreille County


Pend Oreille County Historical Society 
Mailing Address: 
P.O. Box 1409 
Newport, WA 99156 
Phone:  (509) 447-2770 
Physical location: 
Located at the south end of Washington Street, west of the gazebo in Centennial Park 
Museum hours: 
Mid-May through September - daily 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
$5.00 per year which includes three newsletters and a complete list of current publications 
Their resources include:

  • "Big Smoke" (the POCHS annual publication)
  • Historic pictures (copies of which are available, price depending on size requested)
  • Homestead records
  • Journals in the biography files
  • Memorial albums from 1970s to current
  • Newspapers such as the "Newport Miner", earliest ones indexed (all the early P.O. newspapers are also available on microfilm at the Newport Public Library)
  • Obituary file (with some early obits back to 1916, but not complete until about 1980 to current)
  • Misc. resources
    No research fees are charged for quick look-ups, but a $5.00 fee is requested for complete research. Donations are always greatly appreciated since this organization is supported by donations and operated by volunteers. Contact a Volunteer Researcher
    Publications: The POCHS has many publications for sale 

    Tiger Historical Center 
    Mailing Address: 
    P.O. Box 603 
    Ione, WA 99139 
    Phone:  (509) 442-4636 
    Email:  Lee Stark 
    Museum hours: 
    mid-May through September - Thurs - Sun 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (closed Mon, Tue & Wed) 
    Information:  Tiger Store was built in 1912 and was a working store and Post Office until 1976. In 1999 a grant was obtained and the old store was reconditioned. Tiger is on the Washington State List of Historical Buildings and is considered one of the best examples of "Boom Town Architecture" of the time. It is now a Washington State Rest Area, Gift Shop, and Mini Museum. The Store is the beginning of the North Pend Oreille Scenic Byway and an information kiosk will be put in by the State in the summer of 2005. Flyers and information on local facilities and sites, as well as the Selkirk Loop, are available. All the volunteers are good at drawing maps and giving directions to local attractions as well as long distance travel destinations. Tiger Historical Center dba Tiger Store is located at the intersection of State Route 31 and 20, at the cutoff to Colville, 4 miles south of Ione. The center is open Memorial Day through Labor Day, 10:00am to 5:00pm, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, but are always happy to open for special groups or make arrangements for someone wanting to do research. They have books on Pend Oreille County history, every "Big Smoke" magazine that has been published, and copies of the Metaline Falls-Ione newspapers from the 1920's through when they closed in the 60's. These newspapers are in good condition and are stored in acid free boxes. They also have and are continuing to collect family histories, stories, and pictures. The "Tiger Catalog of Memories" is growing yearly. This is a collection of articles from Big Smoke, newspapers, notes, and oral histories stored in sheet protectors in indexed three-ring binders that a researcher can access. They also sell local arts, crafts, antiques, history books, and snacks. They have been able to help many people find information on their families and find the location of original homesteads. They also have access to the Ione Cemetery Records. More information on the Tiger area can be found at North Pend Oreille Scenic Byway.

    North Pend Oreille Genealogy Group  
    Mailing Address: 
    c/o Barbara Smith 
    P.O. Box 311 
    Ione, WA 99139 
    The North Pend Oreille County Genealogical Group and the Friends of the Metalines' Library have combined efforts to collect historical information on the Ione - Metaline area. The collection, which is sizeable, is housed in the Metalines' Community Library and contains obits, photo albums and personal profiles (stories from early residents). They are currently involved in a preservation project with the Pend Oreille County librarian who has received a grant for micro-copying and preserving the photos and obits in this collection. For help with research in the north county area, contact Barbara Smith.

    Northeast Washington Genealogical Society 
    Mailing Address: 
    c/o Colville Public Library 
    195 South Oak 
    Colville, WA 99114 
    The Northeast Washington Genealogical Society was formed in 1981 to stimulate and encourage interest in genealogical research.  They meet the second Wednesday of every month except December: the Computer Interest group meets at 10:30 a.m. at the Family Fun Center and the general meeting takes place at 1:30 p.m. at the Family History Center, both in Colville, WA.  The general meeting consists of a business meeting followed by an instructional lecture on some topic pertaining to researching family history.  Meetings are open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend. The Society publishes a quarterly called "Pioneer Branches", which is sent to all members. They maintain a genealogical collection in the Colville Public Library consisting of over 600 books, periodicals, microfilm and CDs with a special interest in the Northeast Washington counties of Stevens, Ferry, and Pend Oreille.  All books in their collection remain in the library at all times; they can not be checked out, nor do they circulate on interlibrary loan. 
    Membership Fees: 
    Individual= $15.00 per year. 
    Couple= $18.00 per year. 
    Street Address: 
    Colville Public Library 
    195 South Oak 
    Colville, WA 99114 
    Phone (library): 
    (509) 684-6620  
    Hours (for library): 
    Mon, Tues and Wed: 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. 
    Thursday and Friday: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. 
    Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
    Sunday: 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
    Search Info and Fees: 
    Our research staff will currently do a full search of  local resources for $15.00 (fee subject to change at anytime). These resources include courthouse records, local newspapers, county histories, funeral home records, county directories and people & photo files.  Send requests to the society address above, ATT: Research Staff. 
    Email Contact for more information: NeWGS Research Staff 

    Pend Oreille County Courthouse 
    Records Available: 
    Co Auditor has b, m & land records from 1911 
    Co Clerk has div, probate and court records from 1911 
    Pend Oreille County Auditor 
    P.O. Box 5015 
    Newport, WA 99156 
    (509) 447-3185 
    Pend Oreille County Clerk 
    P.O. Box 5000 
    Newport, WA 99156 
    Copy Fees: 
    Certified: $3.00 for the first page and $1.00 for every page thereafter 
    Non Certified: $1.00 per page 

    Stevens County Courthouse 
    Records Available: 
    Early Marriage Records 
    Birth and Death Records- 1891-1907 
    Stevens County Auditor 
    215 South Oak Street 
    Colville, WA 99114 
    Attention: Recording (Be sure to include this) 
    (509) 684-7512 
    Search Fees: 
    $8.00 per hour 
    Please include approximate dates of death, birth or marriage, and all names including maiden names if known. 
    Copy Fees: 
    Certified: $3.00 for the first page and $1.00 for every page thereafter 
    Non Certified: $1.00 per page 

    Pend Oreille County Library District 
    Check their online catalog of holdings 

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
    Family History Center
    Address (not a mailing address): 
    260 E. Juniper 
    Colville, WA 99114 
    (509) 685-0207 
    Office Hours: 
    Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM, Wednesday 10 AM to 5 PM 
    The Colville Family History Center is a branch of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah which has the world's largest collection of genealogical information.  Many of these records are on microfilm and microfiche and can be loaned to family history centers.  Automated resources include records compiled on CD ROM in Ancestral File, International Genealogical Index (IGI), Social Security Death Index, Military Death Index (Korea and Vietnam), Scottish Church Records and the Family History Library Catalog. 

    Stevens County Historical Society 
    Keller Heritage Center and Park 
    Street Address: 
    700 N. Wynne Street 
    Colville, WA 99114 
    Mailing Address: 
    PO Box 25 
    Colville, WA 99114-0025 
    Office Hours (by season): 
    Summer (June thru August) 
    Mon-Thurs - 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM 
    Fri-Sun - 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM 
    Spring and Fall (May and September) 
    Daily- 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM 
    Winter (October thru April)
    By appointment 
    Research Library: 
    Wed 10 AM - 1 PM; Thurs 1 PM - 4 PM 
    Phone:  (509) 684-5968 

    Where to get Vital Records - Birth, Death, Marriage, Divorce 
    Washington Vital Records Information

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    Maintained by Susan Dechant, Pend Oreille County Coordinator