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How do you find records from King Country or the Seattle area?

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Finding records from King County or the Seattle area is done through the King County Recorder's Office, which maintains an online database of documents going back to 1991. The office's website has detailed resources for all records from the King County area, including links to agencies where they are stored. While images of a wide variety of documents are available, some are restricted from the online database in order to prevent fraudulent or criminal use.

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All of the documents received after 1991 have been recorded as images and can be viewed at the King County Archives. To search for a specific document, such as a land deed or marriage certificate, use the site's record search function to locate the official documents location. For those documents that are available online, an icon appears that indicates that the unofficial document can be downloaded and printed.

Fees for the documents range from $14 for deeds of trust to $138 for maps and map-related documents. For documents that were recorded on microfilm before imaging was implemented, the King County Archive's microfilm room is open to the public for use without appointment.

The online records search is available between 6 a.m. until 10 p.m., Monday through Friday, Pacific time.

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