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== Collection Time Period ==
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== Record Description ==
  
 
The collection covers the years 1785 to 1950.  
 
The collection covers the years 1785 to 1950.  
 
== Record Description  ==
 
  
 
The collection consists of records and indexes from the Washington County Courthouse. It includes the following types of records:  
 
The collection consists of records and indexes from the Washington County Courthouse. It includes the following types of records:  
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*Naturalization (1785-1950)
 
*Naturalization (1785-1950)
  
=== Record Content ===
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County officials began keeping records from the time the county was formed.
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For a list of records by date and event currently published in this collection, select the [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1930294/waypoints Browse].
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=== Citation for This Collection ===
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The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.<br>
  
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{{Collection citation | text= "Maine, Washington County Courthouse Records, 1785-1950" Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Division of Vital Statistics. State Board of Health, Augusta.}}
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[[Maine, Washington County Courthouse Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
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== Record Content  ==
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Image:Maine, Washington County Revolutionary War, Probate and Census Records DGS 4231040 16.jpg|Census Record
 
Image:Maine, Washington County Revolutionary War, Probate and Census Records DGS 4231040 16.jpg|Census Record
 
Image:Maine, Washington County Revolutionary War, Probate and Census Records DGS 4211518 39.jpg|Probate Record
 
Image:Maine, Washington County Revolutionary War, Probate and Census Records DGS 4211518 39.jpg|Probate Record
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The record content varies by record type. It may include any of the following pieces of information:  
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Record content varies by record type. Census records will contain the following information:
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*Names of household members
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*Age, gender, race and occupation of each member
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*Real estate value of household
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*Personal estate value
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*Place of birth, state, territory or country
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*Married within the year?
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*Attended school within the year?
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*Able to read and write?
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*Any physical impairments?
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Probate records will generally have the following information:  
  
 
*Name of primary individual  
 
*Name of primary individual  
*Event date  
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*Event date and place  
*Event place  
 
 
*Residence  
 
*Residence  
 
*Age  
 
*Age  
 
*Sex  
 
*Sex  
 
*Names of parents  
 
*Names of parents  
*Biographical information about parents such as date and place of birth  
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*Date and place of birth of parents
*Names of heirs, such as spouse, children, other relatives, or friends  
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*Names of heirs such as spouse, children, relatives, or friends  
*Names of the executor, administrator, or guardian  
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*Name of executor, administrator, or guardian of estate
 
*Names of witnesses  
 
*Names of witnesses  
 
*Dates the documents were written and recorded (used to approximate event dates since a will was usually written near the time of death)  
 
*Dates the documents were written and recorded (used to approximate event dates since a will was usually written near the time of death)  
*Description and value of property or land  
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*Description and value of property or land
*Occupation
 
  
== How to Use the Record  ==
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Declaration of Intent to become Naturalized will contain the following information:
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*Date of Declaration of Intent
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*State, county and city of declaration
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*Name and age of person declaring Intent
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*Gender, occupation and physical description
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*Residence
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*Date and place of birth
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*Nationality and race
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*Name of spouse
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*Date and place of marriage
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*Spouse's date and place of birth
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*Date of spouse becoming a permanent resident
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*Number of children
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== &nbsp;How to Use the Record  ==
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To search the collection, select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page<br>⇒ Select the "Record Category"<br>⇒ Select the "Record Type, Year Range and Volume" which takes you to the images.
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Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.
  
 
To use the records it is helpful to know:  
 
To use the records it is helpful to know:  
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*Use the event date or age along with the residence find the family in census, church, and land records.  
 
*Use the event date or age along with the residence find the family in census, church, and land records.  
*Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment records or military records.  
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*Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.  
 
*Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.  
 
*Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.  
 
*The name of the officiator may be a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county.  
 
*The name of the officiator may be a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county.  
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*There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.
 
*There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.
  
If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:<br>
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If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:<br>  
  
 
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.  
 
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.  
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*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
 
*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
  
For a summary of this information see the wiki article: [[United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)|United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)]].
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For a summary of this information see the wiki article: [[United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)|United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)]].
 
 
== Record History  ==
 
 
 
County officials began keeping records from the time the county was formed.
 
 
 
=== Why the Record Was Created  ===
 
 
 
Each type of record within the county was created for a different purpose, but most were created to keep track of the vital events happening in the lives of the citizens and to safeguard their legal interests and the legal interests of their heirs.
 
 
 
=== Record Reliability  ===
 
 
 
Facts current at the time of the event are generally reliable.  
 
  
 
== Related Websites  ==
 
== Related Websites  ==
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== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
  
[[Washington County, Maine|Washington County, Maine]]  
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*[[Maine Census|Maine Census]]
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*[[Maine Military Records|Maine Military Records]]
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*[[Maine Probate Records|Maine Probate Records]]
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*[[Maine Naturalization and Citizenship|Maine Naturalization and Citizenship]]
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*[[Washington County, Maine|Washington County, Maine]]
  
 
== Contributions to This Article  ==
 
== Contributions to This Article  ==
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
 
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
  
When you copy information from a record, you should also list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.  
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When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.  
 
 
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the Wiki Article: [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
 
 
 
==== Examples of Source Citations for a Record Found in This Collection  ====
 
 
 
*“Delaware Marriage Records,” index and images, FamilySearch ([https://www.familysearch.org https://www.familysearch.org]: accessed 4 March 2011), entry for William Anderson and Elizabeth Baynard Henry, married 23 November 1913; citing marriage certificate no. 859; FHL microfilm 2,025,063; Delaware Bureau of Archives and Records Management, Dover.
 
*“El Salvador Civil Registration,” index and images, FamilySearch ([https://www.familysearch.org https://www.familysearch.org]: accessed 21 March 2011), entry for Jose Maria Antonio del Carmen, born 9 April 1880; citing La Libertad, San Juan Opico, Nacimientos 1879-1893, image 50; Ministerio Archivo Civil de la Alcaldia Municipal de San Salvador.
 
*"Main, Washington County Courthouse Records, 1785-1950: images, ''FamilySearch'' (https://www.familysearch.org: accessed 22 September 2011). entry for Willam Anderson, censuses 1860 &amp; 1870; citing County Records, Census Records, Census index, 1850-1870, Pembroke, Image 16; Washington County Registrar, Machias, Maine, United States.
 
 
 
== Citation for This Collection  ==
 
  
The citation below refers to the original source of the data and images published on FamilySearch.org Historical Records. It may include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.
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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].  
  
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=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
  
Information about creating source citations for FamilySearch Historical Collections is listed in the wiki article [[Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections|Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections]].
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"Maine, Washington County Courthouse Records, 1785-1950: digital images, ''FamilySearch'' (https://familysearch.org: accessed 22 September 2011). &nbsp;Willam Anderson, censuses 1860 &amp; 1870; &nbsp;Census Records&gt;Census index, 1850-1870, Pembroke&gt;Image 16; Washington County Registrar, Machias, Maine, United States.  
  
 
[[Category:Maine|Probate_Records]]
 
[[Category:Maine|Probate_Records]]

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Record Description

The collection covers the years 1785 to 1950.

The collection consists of records and indexes from the Washington County Courthouse. It includes the following types of records:

  • Census (1850-1870)
  • Probate (1785-1950)
  • Military (1785-1869)
  • Naturalization (1785-1950)

County officials began keeping records from the time the county was formed.

For a list of records by date and event currently published in this collection, select the Browse.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.

"Maine, Washington County Courthouse Records, 1785-1950" Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Division of Vital Statistics. State Board of Health, Augusta.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

Record content varies by record type. Census records will contain the following information:

  • Names of household members
  • Age, gender, race and occupation of each member
  • Real estate value of household
  • Personal estate value
  • Place of birth, state, territory or country
  • Married within the year?
  • Attended school within the year?
  • Able to read and write?
  • Any physical impairments?

Probate records will generally have the following information:

  • Name of primary individual
  • Event date and place
  • Residence
  • Age
  • Sex
  • Names of parents
  • Date and place of birth of parents
  • Names of heirs such as spouse, children, relatives, or friends
  • Name of executor, administrator, or guardian of estate
  • Names of witnesses
  • Dates the documents were written and recorded (used to approximate event dates since a will was usually written near the time of death)
  • Description and value of property or land

Declaration of Intent to become Naturalized will contain the following information:

  • Date of Declaration of Intent
  • State, county and city of declaration
  • Name and age of person declaring Intent
  • Gender, occupation and physical description
  • Residence
  • Date and place of birth
  • Nationality and race
  • Name of spouse
  • Date and place of marriage
  • Spouse's date and place of birth
  • Date of spouse becoming a permanent resident
  • Number of children


 How to Use the Record

To search the collection, select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒ Select the "Record Category"
⇒ Select the "Record Type, Year Range and Volume" which takes you to the images.

Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.

To use the records it is helpful to know:

  • The place where the event occurred
  • The approximate date the event occurred
  • The name of the individual or individuals such as the names of the bride and groom

To begin your search do the following:

  • Check the index for the family name (surname) and then the given name. Indexes enable you to access records quickly by searching for the names of the primary individuals. Realize that some entries in earlier years may have been missed. Indexes may also contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings or misinterpretations.
  • Make a list of the volumes and page numbers for each deed you wish to check.
  • For each deed, search the noted volume and page number.

Compare the information in the records to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family.

For example:

  • Use the event date or age along with the residence find the family in census, church, and land records.
  • Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.
  • Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  • The name of the officiator may be a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county.
  • The name of the undertaker, mortuary, or cemetery could lead you to funeral and cemetery records, which often include the names and residences of other family members.
  • Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname. This is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have been born, married, or died in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.

Keep in mind:

  • The information in the records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
  • Earlier records may not contain as much information as more recent records.
  • There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.

If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:

  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
  • Check for an index. There are often indexes created by local genealogical and historical societies.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.

For a summary of this information see the wiki article: United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records).

Related Websites

Maine Washington County GenWeb

Related Wiki Articles

Contributions to This Article

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.


Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.

Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

"Maine, Washington County Courthouse Records, 1785-1950: digital images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 22 September 2011).  Willam Anderson, censuses 1860 & 1870;  Census Records>Census index, 1850-1870, Pembroke>Image 16; Washington County Registrar, Machias, Maine, United States.