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Washington County, Georgia Genealogy

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Guide to Washington County, Georgia ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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County Facts
County seat: Sandersville
Organized: February 25, 1784
Parent County(s): Creek Indian lands[1]
Neighboring Counties
Baldwin  • Glascock  • Hancock  • Jefferson  • Johnson  • Warren  • Wilkinson
See County Maps
Courthouse
Washington County Courthouse Sandersville, Georgia.jpg
Location Map
Georgia Washington County Map.png
Adoption

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Revolutionary War general (and later President of the United States) George Washington. The County is located in the central area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Washington County Courthouse
PO Box 271
Sandersville, GA 31082-0271
Phone: 912-552-2325
Washington County Website

Probate Court has birth, marriage and probate records.
Clerk Superior Court has divorce, court and land records from 1865.[3]

Washington County, Georgia Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1919 1865 1919 1865 1865 1865 1820
Statewide registration of births and death began in 1919. General compliance for births by 1928 and deaths by 1922.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1855 The town and courthouse at Sandersville burned on 24 March. The courthouse records were moved ahead of the fire, but that building was also destroyed. County courthouse records were a total loss.[5]
1864 During the American Civil War the courthouse was burned on 27 November. Superior Court records were destroyed; however, the probate records were saved.[5] For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1784 Washington County was created 25 February 1784 from Creek Indian lands.
  • County seat: Sandersville[6]

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.

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

The following are locations in Washington County, Georgia:

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Washington, Georgia online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
TombstoneTranscriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Georgia Cemeteries for more information

The following web site may have additional information on Washington County cemeteries.

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Church Records[edit | edit source]

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.

Baptist[edit | edit source]
  • Bethlehem - Minutes, financial records, etc. (1791-1912) available on microfilm at the University of NC Davis Library (Serial 1-1265 1791-1912).

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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.

  • Mitchell, Ella. History of Washington County. Atlanta, Ga.: Byrd Print. Co., 1924. Digital version at Ancestry ($)
  • Origins of Early Settlers to Washington County at Georgia Pioneers ($)
  • Washington Notes by Jeannette Holland Austin at Georgia Pioneers ($)

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War

Online Records

Regiments. Service men in Washington County 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:

- 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

World War I

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Voting Records

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

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.

Many probate records to the 1930s and 1940s are at the Georgia Department of Archives and History and the Family History Library on microfilm.

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

School Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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.

For some online statewide indexes, see the FamilySearch Historical Record Collections for Georgia.

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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.

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

  • Washington County Historical Society
    110 W. 1st Ave.
    Sandersville, GA 31082
    Website
  • Washington Township Historical Society
    308 E Robert Toombs Ave
    Washington, GA 30673-2038
  • Central Georgia Genealogical Society
    PO Box 2024
    Warner Robins, GA 31099
    Website

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

  • De Lamar, Marie. Records of Washington County, Georgia. Baltimore, MD, USA: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2000. Digital version at Ancestry ($)

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Georgia.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Washington County, Georgia" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_County,_Georgia accessed 6 Nov 2018
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Georgia.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Washington County, Georgia. Page 151-163 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 155-160.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Paul K. Graham, Georgia Courthouse Disasters (Decatur, Georgia: Genealogy Co., 2013), 57-58. At various libraries (WorldCat).
  6. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Georgia.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  7. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/5/53/Igigeorgiamz.pdf.