Other Building History Resources

In addition to the Everett Public Library, Snohomish County, the City of Everett, and various non-profit groups provide records and information useful for building history researchers.

City of Everett

For Everett properties, Water Department records provide valuable information on building dates and often the first occupant or builder. Records contain the original water hookup dates, which typically correspond to the building’s earliest occupancy. Permits on file also provide dates, names, and information on structural changes, remodels, additions, and sewer hookups.

These records are accessible online in the City of Everett’s Digital Records Center. Use the address search to locate a specific property, or the interactive maps to explore your neighborhood.

Snohomish County

The Snohomish County Assessor, Auditor, and Historic Preservation Office are useful for building researchers. The Assessor and Auditor’s Offices have copies of many county maps, which are also available at the Everett Public Library.

Tracking a deed—also called a chain of title or a title search—verifies owners, transfer dates, and information about additions and purchase prices. Snohomish County Assessor’s records are searchable online by address. Records include basic information about ownership, structural data, valuation, and an estimated build date. (The build date is frequently incorrect prior to World War II and must be confirmed with other resources.)

At the Snohomish County Auditor’s Office, you can track properties and ownership information with deeds, mortgages, and land patents, until you come to the original recording of the property.

Original plats showing property lines, dates, neighborhoods, and property owners can be found in the Snohomish County Auditor’s Office.

Call 425-388-3411, extension 2632, for more information.

The Snohomish County Historic Preservation Office maintains records on county properties that are listed in local, state, and national registers.

Other Resources

The League of Snohomish County Heritage Organizations maintains a list of local historic preservation, museum, and heritage groups in Snohomish County. Some member organizations have collections relating to the history of specific county communities, including photographs, manuscripts, maps, artifacts, and oral histories.

Historic Everett sponsors programs and promotes historic preservation in Everett.