Washington County, Georgia Genealogy
Guide to Washington County, Georgia ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
|Washington County, Georgia|
Location in the state of Georgia
|Founded||February 25, 1784|
|Address|| Washington County Courthouse]|
PO Box 271
Sandersville, GA 31082-0271
Washington County Website
- 1 County Information
- 2 County Courthouse
- 3 History
- 4 Places/Localities
- 5 Genealogy Resources
- 5.1 Research Guides
- 5.2 African Americans
- 5.3 Bible Records
- 5.4 Cemeteries
- 5.5 Census
- 5.6 Church Records
- 5.7 Court
- 5.8 Genealogy
- 5.9 Land and Property
- 5.10 Local Histories
- 5.11 Maps
- 5.12 Military
- 5.13 Naturalization
- 5.14 Newspapers
- 5.15 Occupations
- 5.16 Probate Records
- 5.17 Taxation
- 5.18 Vital Records
- 5.19 Voter Records
- 6 Genealogy Societies and Libraries
- 7 Websites
- 8 References
Washington County, Georgia Record Dates
Washington County Courthouse
PO Box 271
Sandersville, GA 31082-0271
Phone: (912) 552-2325
Probate Court has birth, marriage and probate records; Clerk Superior Court has divorce, court and land records from 1865
Washington County Superior Court
P. O. Box 231
132 W. Haynes Street
Sandersville, GA 31082
Main Office Number: (478) 552-3186
Fax Number: (478) 553-9969
Washington County Probate Court
132 W Haynes St # 106,
Sandersville, GA 31082
Phone: (478) 552-3304
1784--Washington County was created 25 February 1784 from Creek Indian Lands. County seat: Sandersville 
For animated maps illustrating Georgia county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Georgia County Boundary Maps" (1758-1932) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
1864 During the American Civil War the courthouse was burned on 27 November. Superior Court records were destroyed; however, the probate records were saved.
For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:
- Burned Counties Research in the FamilySearch Research Wiki.
- Arlene Eakle, When the Records are Gone in the Tennessee Genealogy Blog.
- Michael John Neill, Burned Counties in Family History Circle.
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- De Lamar, Marie. Records of Washington County, Georgia. Baltimore, MD, USA: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2000. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
The following web site may have additional information on Washington County cemeteries.
- Interment.net Georgia cemetery records
Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Georgia denominations, see the Georgia Church Records wiki page.
Land and Property
Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.
See Georgia Land and Property for additional information about early Georgia land grants from the government. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions (generally buying and selling deeds) were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.
Local histories are available for Washington County, Georgia Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Georgia Local Histories.
- Map of Washington County at Georgia Pioneers ($).
- Georgia USGenWeb Archives Project
- 1861-1865 - Georgia Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865 at FamilySearch — index
- 1861-1865 - Georgia Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865 at FamilySearch — index
- 1861-1865 - U.S., Confederate Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865 at Ancestry — index (free)
- 1861-1865 - U.S., Union Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865 at Ancestry — index (free)
Regiments. Service men in Washington County, Georgia Genealogy served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Washington County, Georgia Genealogy:
- - 1st Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Ramsey's) (Confederate), Company E
- - 8th Regiment, Georgia Cavalry (Confederate) , Company F
- - 12th Battalion, Georgia Light Artillery (Confederate), Reorganized Companies B and E, Possibly Company D
- - 12th Battalion, Georgia Infantry (Confederate) , Company B and F
- - 32nd Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company E
- - 49th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company C and H
- - 51st Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate)
- - 57th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company G
- - 59th Regiment, Georgia Infantry (Confederate), Company B and D
- - Georgia USGenWeb Archives Project
World War I
- 1920-1929 - Georgia, World War I, Statement of Service Cards, 1920-1929 at FamilySearch — index and images
Newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Washington County, Georgia Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:
- FamilySearch Catalog. Do a Place search for Washington County, Georgia Genealogy to find these and other records in the FamilySearch Catalog (For instructions see FamilySearch Catalog Place-name Search).
Colonial courts kept some early probate records. From 1777 to 1798 and since 1852, the court of ordinary or register of probates has kept probate and guardianship records. The inferior court handled probate and guardianship matters from 1798 to 1852.
Content: Probate Records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their place of residence.
Record types: Wills, estates, guardianships, naturalizations, marriage, adoption, and birth and death records (not all years).
Online Probate Records
- 1742-1992 - Georgia Wills and Probate Records 1742-1992 at Ancestry.com — index and images $
- 1742-1990 - Georgia Probate Records 1742-1990 at FamilySearch.org - index and images
- 1829-1876 - Washington County Letters of Administration, Testamentary, Guardianship, Book A, partial transcription (1829-1876) at Georgia Pioneers ($).
- 1829-1876 - Washington County Divisions of Estates, Letters of Administration, Guardianship, Book A (1829-1876) at Georgia Pioneers ($).
- 1829-1876 - Index to Washington County Letters of Guardianship and Apprenticeships, Vol. A (1829-1876) at Georgia Pioneers ($).
- 1843-1890 - Index to Washington County Annual Returns, Book B (1843-1852), Book C (1851-1855), Book E (1856-1858), Book F (1858-1866), Book G (1866-1878), Book H (1878-1890) at Georgia Pioneers ($).
- 1846-1862 - Index to Washington County Inventories, Vol. A, 1846-1862 at Georgia Pioneers ($).
- Washington County Estates (Misc.) at Georgia Pioneers ($).
Taxes were levied on free white males over 21 and all slaves up to age 60. These persons are referred to as "polls." Tax listings, or digests, of a county generally list the taxable landowners and other polls and the amount of tax. The records for each county are divided by militia district.
Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Georgia State Department of Health , the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred or order electronically online.
- 1560 - 1993 - Georgia, United States Marriages at FindMyPast — index $
- 1699 - 1944 - Georgia Marriages 1699-1944 at Ancestry.com— index $
- 1754 - 1960 - Georgia Church Marriages, 1754-1960 at FamilySearch — index and images
- 1785 - 1950 - Georgia County Marriages 1785-1950 at FamilySearch.org — index and images
- 1787 - 1962 - Georgia, Church Marriages, 1787-1962 at FamilySearch — index
- 1808 - 1967 - Georgia Marriages 1808-1967 at FamilySearch.org — index
- 1828 - 1978 - Georgia Marriage Records from Select Counties 1828-1978 at Ancestry.com — index and images $
- 1828 - 1860 - Washington County Marriage Books A and B Index 1828-1860. Batch M713921 at FamilySearch - free.
- 1828 - 1851 - Washington County Marriages 1828-1851 at Georgia Pioneers ($).
- 1828 - 1885 - Washington County Marriages from Newspapers 1828-1885 at Georgia Pioneers ($).
- 1860 - 1879 - Washington County Marriage Books C and D Index 1860-1879. Batch M713922 at FamilySearch - free.</ref>
- 1879 - 1885 - Washington County Marriage Book E Index 1879-1885. Batch M713923 at FamilySearch - free.</ref>
- 1885 - 1890 - Washington County Marriage Book F Index 1885-1890. Batch M713924 at FamilySearch - free.</ref>
- 1890 - 1895 - Washington County Marriage Book G Index 1890-1895. Batch M713925 at FamilySearch - free.</ref>
- 1895 - Washington County Marriage Book H Index 1895. Batch M713926 at FamilySearch - free.
- 1914 - 1927 - Georgia Deaths 1914-1927 at FamilySearch.org — index and images
- 1919 - 1998 - Georgia Deaths 1919-1998 at Ancestry.com — index $
- 1928 - 1942 - Georgia Deaths, 1928-1942 at FamilySearch — index and images
- 1933 - 1998 - Georgia Death Index 1933-1998 at FamilySearch.org — index
Vital Record Substitutes
- 1867-1868 - Georgia, Reconstruction Registration Oath Books, 1867-1868 at FamilySearch — index
Genealogy Societies and Libraries
Washington County Historical Society
110 W. 1st Ave.
Washington Township Historical Society
308 E Robert Toombs Ave
Central Georgia Genealogical Society
Post Office Box 2024
Warner Robins, GA 31099
Family History Centers
Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.
- Washington County, GA History, Records, Facts and Genealogy
- Georgia Genealogy Network Community on Google+
- Georgia Genealogy Network Group on Facebook
- USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county.
- FamilySearch Catalog
- Washington County, Georgia Genealogy and Family History (Linkpendium)
- Georgia Pioneers $
- Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Washington County, Georgia. Page 161 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
- The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
- Paul K. Graham, Georgia Courthouse Disasters (Decatur, Georgia: Genealogy Co., 2013), 57-58. At various libraries (WorldCat).
- Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/5/53/Igigeorgiamz.pdf.