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Washington County, North Carolina Genealogy

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Guide to Washington County, North Carolina 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: Plymouth
Organized: 1799
Parent County(s): Tyrrell[1]
Neighboring Counties
Beaufort  • Bertie  • Chowan  • Hyde  • Martin  • Tyrrell
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for George Washington. Washington County was formed in 1799 from the western third of Tyrrell County. It is located in the Northeast corner of the state.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Washington County Courthouse
120 Adams Street
Plymouth, NC 27962
Phone: 252-793-2325
Washington County Website

Register of Deeds has birth and death records from 1913, marriage records from 1851 and land records from 1799.
Clerk of Superior Court has divorce records from 1871, probate and court records from 1873.[2]

Washington County, North Carolina 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[3]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1913 1851 1913 1873 1799 1873 1784
Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1913. General compliance by 1920.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1862 Courthouse destroyed.
1869-1881 1881 Fire. Fires have destroyed most of the court records and many of the land records.

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:


Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1799 Washington County was created from Tyrrell County.
  • County seat: Plymouth[4]

For animated maps illustrating North Carolina county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation North Carolina County Boundary Maps" (1664-1965) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

The following are locations in Washington County, North Carolina:

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

 

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Baptist

  • Morattuck. Established by 1785.[5]Minutes (1798-1956) are available on microfilm at the University of NC Davis Library, see online finding aid

Church of England

  • Skinners Chapel aka Rehoboth Church. Established about 1735. Now a United Methodist Church.[6]

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]

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Washington County

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Revolutionary War

Civil War

Regiments. 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, North Carolina Infantry
- 17th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry (1st Organization), Company H
- 1st Regiment, North Carolina Artillery 10th Regiment Volunteers-1st Artillery, Company K
- 1st Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, Company G
- 41st Regiment Volunteers - 3rd Cavalry, Company K

Civil War Battles
The following Civil War battles were fought in Washington County:

World War I

World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

The Roanoake Beacon is the primary newspaper for Washington County.

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Online Probate Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Yearbooks

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

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]

  • Pettigrew Regional Library System
    Website
    Washington County: handles information & library needs of several counties in the area, including Washington.

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

  • Washington County Genealogical Society
    PO Box 567
    Plymouth, NC 27619-0567

Websites[edit | edit source]

  • NCGenWeb project - variety of information relevant to Washington County.
  • FamilySearch Catalog – The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use Historical Records to search for specific individuals in genealogical records.

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), North Carolina.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), North Carolina.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Washington County, North Carolina. Page 506-514 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), 505-509.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), North Carolina.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. George Washington Paschal, History of North Carolina Baptists, 2 vols. (1930; reprint, Gallatin, Tenn.: Church History Research and Archives, 1990), 1:490. FHL Book 975.6 K2p 1990.
  6. "Rehoboth Church," North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program, http://www.ncmarkers.com/, accessed 22 October 2012.
  7. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 9 August, 2012)
  8. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 8 August, 2012)
  9. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/f/f5/Iginorthcarolinap.pdf.




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