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Guide to '''Washington County, Alabama ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#cccc99" align="center" colspan="6" | '''Dates for major county records'''<ref>Alice Eichholz, Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, Revised ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992), 13-28. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992</ref>
 
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| style="height: 25px" valign="middle" width="16.6%" | <center>1908</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px" | <center>1908</center>  
| style="height: 25px" valign="middle" width="16.6%" | <center>1826</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px" | <center>1826</center>  
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| bgcolor="#99d6ff" width="100%" colspan="6" | '''For earlier dates, try...[[Washington County, Alabama#Church_Records|Church]] &#124; [[Washington County, Alabama#Newspapers|Obituaries]] &#124; [[Washington County, Alabama#Cemeteries|Cemeteries]] &#124; [[Washington County, Alabama#Parent_County|Parent County]]'''
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#99d6ff" colspan="6" | '''For earlier dates, try...[[Washington County, Alabama#Church_Records|Church]] &#124; [[Washington County, Alabama#Newspapers|Obituaries]] &#124; [[Washington County, Alabama#Cemeteries|Cemeteries]] &#124; [[Washington County, Alabama#Parent_County|Parent County]]'''
 
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{{Click|Image:AL_ORP.png|Alabama Online Genealogy Records}}
 
{{ALinfobox|Washington|1800|June 4|Chatom}}  
 
{{ALinfobox|Washington|1800|June 4|Chatom}}  
  
 
== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County Courthouse  ==
  
[[Image:Washington County, Alabama Courthouse.jpg|thumb|right|250px]] [http://www.alabama.gov/portal/secondary.jsp?id=countiesGulf&countyID=washington Washington County Courthouse]<br>1 Court Street<br>Chatom, AL 36518 <br>Phone:&nbsp;(334) 847-2239  
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[[Image:Washington County, Alabama Courthouse.jpg|thumb|right|250px|<center>Washington County, Alabama Courthouse</center>]] [http://www.alabama.gov/portal/secondary.jsp?id=countiesGulf&countyID=washington Washington County Courthouse]<br>1 Court Street<br>Chatom, AL 36518 <br>Phone:&nbsp;(334) 847-2239  
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Probate Judge has marriage records from 1826<br>Land records from 1799<br>Military Discharge records from 1919<br>Birth &amp; Death Records from 1920 <br>and probate Records from 1825 <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Washington County p. 40. {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
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==== Description ====
  
Probate Judge has marriage records from 1826<br>Land records from 1799<br>Military Discharge records from 1919<br>Birth &amp; Death Records from 1920 <br>and probate Records from 1825 <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Washington County p. 40. {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
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The County was named in honor of George Washington, first President of the United States of America. The County has Chatom as it's seat and the County was created June 4, 1800. <ref>Genealogy Trails History Group, "Washington County, Alabama Genealogy and History", http://genealogytrails.com/ala/washington/ 6/27/2017.</ref>The County is located in the southwest area of the state.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Washington, Alabama," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_County,_Alabama 6/27/2017.</ref>
  
 
== History  ==
 
== History  ==
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==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1800'''--Washington County was&nbsp;created 4 June 1800&nbsp;from [[Baldwin County, Alabama|Baldwin]] County and the Mississippi Territory.<br>'''County seat''': Chatom <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1800'''--Washington County was&nbsp;created 4 June 1800&nbsp;from [[Baldwin County, Alabama Genealogy|Baldwin]] County and the Mississippi Territory.<br>'''County seat''': Chatom <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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For animated maps illustrating Alabama county boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/alabama/ "Rotating Formation Alabama County Boundary Maps"] (1799-1980) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
 
== Places/Localities  ==
 
== Places/Localities  ==
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[[Image:Alwashington.jpg|right|Alwashington|350px]]
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Baldwin County, Alabama|Baldwin]]  
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*[[Baldwin County, Alabama Genealogy|Baldwin]]  
*[[Choctaw County, Alabama|Choctaw]]  
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*[[Choctaw County, Alabama Genealogy|Choctaw]]  
*[[Clarke County, Alabama|Clarke]]  
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*[[Clarke County, Alabama Genealogy|Clarke]]  
*[[Greene County, Mississippi|Greene County, Mississippi]]  
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*[[Greene County, Mississippi Genealogy|Greene County, Mississippi]]  
*[[Mobile County, Alabama|Mobile]]  
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*[[Mobile County, Alabama Genealogy|Mobile]]  
*[[Wayne County, Mississippi|Wayne County, Mississippi]]
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*[[Wayne County, Mississippi Genealogy|Wayne County, Mississippi]]
  
 
== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
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{{AL Cemeteries Intro|Washington}}
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Washington, Alabama''' online and in print</center>
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| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''</center>
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*[http://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=3&GScnty=90&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/al/washington/cemetery.htm ALGenWeb]
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/al/washington/cemetery.htm ALGenWeb Archives]
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*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/alabama/al-washington.htm Tombstone Project]
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*[https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
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| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>''' TombstoneTranscriptions in Print''' ([[The Value of Cemetery Records in Print |Often more complete]])</center>
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*{{FHL|894478|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Washington+Alabama&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
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| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" |<center>'''List of Cemeteries in the County'''</center>
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=3&CScnty=90 Findagrave.com]
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*[https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Alabama&county=Washington&cemetery_name=a# Billion Graves]
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*[https://www.accessgenealogy.com/cemetery/Washington-county-Alabama-cemetery-records.htm Alabama Cemeteries]
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>See '''[[Alabama Cemeteries]]''' for more information</center>
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The following web site has additional information on Washington county cemeteries.
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*[http://www.interment.net/us/AL/Washington.htm Interment.net] Alabama cemetery records by county.
  
 
==== Census  ====
 
==== Census  ====
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|2000= 18097
 
|2000= 18097
 
|2010= 17581
 
|2010= 17581
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'''State Census'''
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*'''1866''' - {{RecordSearch|1915987|Alabama State Census, 1866}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
  
 
==== Church Records  ====
 
==== Church Records  ====
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{{AL Church Intro}}
  
 
==== Court Records  ====
 
==== Court Records  ====
  
 
==== Land and Property  ====
 
==== Land and Property  ====
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{{AL Land Intro}}
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
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{{AL History Intro}}
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/alabama/ Maps of Alabama (1799-1980)]
  
 
==== Military&nbsp;  ====
 
==== Military&nbsp;  ====
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:- [[38th Regiment, Alabama Infantry|38th Regiment, Alabama Infantry]], Company C
 
:- [[38th Regiment, Alabama Infantry|38th Regiment, Alabama Infantry]], Company C
  
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'''''Online Records'''''
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*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932389|Alabama Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932139|Alabama Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1861-1865''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2322 U.S., Confederate Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865] at [http://ancesstry.com Ancestry] — index (free)
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*'''1861-1865''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2344 U.S., Union Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — index (free)
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*'''1907, 1921, 1927''' - {{RecordSearch|2487274|Alabama, Census of Confederate Veterans, 1907, 1921, 1927}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — images
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
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{{AL Newspaper abstracts|Washington}}
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[http://sites.google.com/site/onlinenewspapersite/Home/usa/al Alabama Online Historical Newspapers] - identifies historical archived and digitized newspapers available online on both free and pay-to-access websites.
  
 
==== Probate Records  ====
 
==== Probate Records  ====
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{{AL Probate Intro}}
  
 
:*'''1827-1889''' [http://theusgenweb.org/al/washington/wills.html Washington County Wills Index] at USGenWeb.org
 
:*'''1827-1889''' [http://theusgenweb.org/al/washington/wills.html Washington County Wills Index] at USGenWeb.org
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'''Online Probate Records'''
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*'''1753 – 1999''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8799 Alabama Wills and Probate Records 1753-1999] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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*'''1809 – 1985''' {{RecordSearch|1925446|Alabama Probate Records, 1809-1985}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — images
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
  
:*'''1816''' - ''Inhabitants of Alabama in 1816.'' Broken Arrow Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, 1955. Digital version at {{FSbook|88626}} - free. Includes Washington County.
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{{AL Tax Intro}}
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:*'''1816''' - ''Inhabitants of Alabama in 1816.'' Broken Arrow Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, 1955. Digital version at {{FSbook|88626}} - free. Includes Washington County.  
 
:*'''1865-1866''' - U.S. IRS Tax Assessment Lists, 1862-1918 at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1264 Ancestry] ($). Washington County is in District 1.
 
:*'''1865-1866''' - U.S. IRS Tax Assessment Lists, 1862-1918 at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1264 Ancestry] ($). Washington County is in District 1.
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
  
===== Birth  =====
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{{AL Vital Intro}} See also [http://www.genealogyinc.com/alabama/al-vital-records/ How to order Alabama Vital Records]
  
:*'''1881-1930''' - {{RecordSearch|1661470|Alabama, Births and Christenings, 1881-1930}} at FamilySearch Historical Records Collection. - free.
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===== Marriage =====
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===== Birth Records =====
  
:*'''To 1825''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2080  ''Index to Marriages''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] – ($); Index. contains over 12,000 names. Each entry includes groom, bride, marriage date, county, and state. Every name is indexed so you can search for one name, or two names that are linked. <br>
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:*1881 – 1930 {{RecordSearch|1661470|Alabama Births and Christenings, 1881-1930}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
  
:*'''1802-1804, 1825-1873, 1889-1896, 1931, 1936–1969''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7838 ''Alabama, Marriage Collection, 1800–1969''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] – ($); Index. This collection is comprised of indexes created by several agencies - the Alabama Center for Health Statistics, Jordan Dodd of Liahona Research, and Hunting For Bears. <br>
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===== Marriage Records =====
  
:*'''1816-1957''' - {{RecordSearch|1674672|Alabama, Marriages, 1816-1957}} at FamilySearch Historical Records Collection. - free. Incomplete.
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:*'''To 1825''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2080 ''Index to Marriages''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] – ($); Index. contains over 12,000 names. Each entry includes groom, bride, marriage date, county, and state. Every name is indexed so you can search for one name, or two names that are linked. <br>
  
:*'''1826-1873; 1889-1896''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4192  "Alabama Marriages, 1809–1920"] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] – ($); Index. This database is a collection of marriage records from the state. Researchers will find the names of both bride and groom along with the marriage date. The county where the ceremony was performed is also provided. Containing about 150,000 records and the names of nearly 300,000 men and women. <br>
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:*'''1802-1804, 1825-1873, 1889-1896, 1931, 1936–1969''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7838 ''Alabama, Marriage Collection, 1800–1969''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] – ($); Index. This collection is comprised of indexes created by several agencies - the Alabama Center for Health Statistics, Jordan Dodd of Liahona Research, and Hunting For Bears. <br>
  
===== Death  =====
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:*'''1826-1873; 1889-1896''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4192 "Alabama Marriages, 1809–1920"] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] – ($); Index. This database is a collection of marriage records from the state. Researchers will find the names of both bride and groom along with the marriage date. The county where the ceremony was performed is also provided. Containing about 150,000 records and the names of nearly 300,000 men and women. <br>
  
:*'''1881-1952''' - {{RecordSearch|1674670|Alabama, Deaths and Burials, 1881-1952}} at FamilySearch Historical Records Collection. - free.
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:*'''1826-1889''' - Washington County Marriage Books A thru D Index 1826-1889. Batch {{IGI|M593521}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref>Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at [[Media:Igialabamatz.pdf|https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/4/4d/Igialabamatz.pdf]].</ref>
  
:*'''1881–1974''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2543 ''Index to Deaths and Burials''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] – ($); Index. Volunteers extracted the details in this index from microfilmed copies of church, civil, family, and other records of Alabama deaths and burials. details vary depending on the original record. Note that the number of available records can vary widely by county, and this database does not necessarily represent a comprehensive set of death records for the state during this time.<br>
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:*'''1889-1895''' - Washington County Marriage Books 4 thru 6 Index 1889-1895. Batch {{IGI|M593522}} at FamilySearch - free.
  
:*'''1908–1959''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5188 ''Index to Deaths Recorded by the State of Alabama''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] – ($); Index. The index includes name of the deceased, county of death, date of death, and the state certificate number (volume and page).<br>
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:*1809 – 1950 {{RecordSearch|1743384|Alabama, County Marriages, 1809-1950}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index/images
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:*1816 – 1957 {{RecordSearch|1674672|Alabama Marriages, 1816-1957}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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:*1800 – 1969 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7838 Alabama, Marriage Collection, 1800-1969] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
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:*1809 – 1920 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4192 Alabama Marriages,
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:*1809-1920 (Selected Counties)] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
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===== Death Records  =====
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:*'''1881–1974''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2543 ''Index to Deaths and Burials''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] – ($); Index. Volunteers extracted the details in this index from microfilmed copies of church, civil, family, and other records of Alabama deaths and burials. details vary depending on the original record. Note that the number of available records can vary widely by county, and this database does not necessarily represent a comprehensive set of death records for the state during this time.<br>
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:*'''1908–1959''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5188 ''Index to Deaths Recorded by the State of Alabama''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] – ($); Index. The index includes name of the deceased, county of death, date of death, and the state certificate number (volume and page).<br>
  
 
:*'''1908-1974''' - {{RecordSearch|1307888|Alabama, Deaths, 1908-1974}} at FamilySearch Historical Records Collection - free.
 
:*'''1908-1974''' - {{RecordSearch|1307888|Alabama, Deaths, 1908-1974}} at FamilySearch Historical Records Collection - free.
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:*'''1920-1940''' - Washington County Death Index 1920-1940. Batches {{IGI|B593523}} and {{IGI|B593524}} at FamilySearch - free.
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:*1881 – 1952 {{RecordSearch|1674670|Alabama Deaths and Burials, 1881-1952}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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:*1908 – 1974 {{RecordSearch|1307888|Alabama Deaths, 1908-1974}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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:*1881 – 1974 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2543 Alabama, Deaths and Burials Index, 1881-1974] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
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:*1908 – 1959 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5188 Alabama Deaths,
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:*1908-59] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
  
 
==== Voting Registers  ====
 
==== Voting Registers  ====
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The society provides local history materials and research.  
 
The society provides local history materials and research.  
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[http://sites.google.com/site/wcahgs/ Publication: Washington County Ancestry contact: Barbara Waddell (basearch@millry.net)]
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/alabama/al-society-archive/ List of Alabama Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical &amp; Genealogical Societies]
  
 
==== Libraries  ====
 
==== Libraries  ====
  
 
[http://www.wcpls.org/index.html '''Washington County Public Library''']<br>14102 St. Stephens Ave.<br>Chatom, Alabama 36518<br>Telephone: 251-847-2097  
 
[http://www.wcpls.org/index.html '''Washington County Public Library''']<br>14102 St. Stephens Ave.<br>Chatom, Alabama 36518<br>Telephone: 251-847-2097  
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'''Chatom Public Library''' <br>334-847-2097
  
 
==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
 
==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
  
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
  
== Web Sites  ==
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[http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/FHC/frameset_fhc.asp Family History Center Locator]
  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/alabama/washington-county/ Washington County, AL History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
 
*[http://usgenweb.org USGenWeb project.] May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
 
*[http://usgenweb.org USGenWeb project.] May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
*{{FHL|Alabama%2C+Washington|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/al/alfiles.htm USGenWeb Archives Project] ~ contains record transcriptions from Bibles, obituaries, court records and more.  
 
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Latest revision as of 19:07, 27 June 2017

United States
Alabama
Washington County

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

Dates for major county records[1]
Birth
Marriage
Death
Tax
Land
Probate
1908
1826
1908
1865
1786
1820
For earlier dates, try...Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries | Parent County

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Washington County, Alabama
Map
Map of Alabama highlighting Washington County
Location in the state of Alabama
Map of the U.S. highlighting Alabama
Location of Alabama in the U.S.
Facts
Founded June 4, 1800
County Seat Chatom
Courthouse



County Courthouse

Washington County, Alabama Courthouse
Washington County Courthouse
1 Court Street
Chatom, AL 36518
Phone: (334) 847-2239


Probate Judge has marriage records from 1826
Land records from 1799
Military Discharge records from 1919
Birth & Death Records from 1920
and probate Records from 1825 [2]

Description

The County was named in honor of George Washington, first President of the United States of America. The County has Chatom as it's seat and the County was created June 4, 1800. [3]The County is located in the southwest area of the state.[4]

History

Parent County

1800--Washington County was created 4 June 1800 from Baldwin County and the Mississippi Territory.
County seat: Chatom [5]

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating Alabama county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Alabama County Boundary Maps" (1799-1980) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Places/Localities

Alwashington

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Cemeteries

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

The following web site has additional information on Washington county cemeteries.

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
18204,118
18303,474−15.6%
18405,30052.6%
18502,713−48.8%
18604,66972.1%
18703,912−16.2%
18804,53816.0%
18907,93574.9%
190011,13440.3%
191014,45429.8%
192014,279−1.2%
193016,36514.6%
194016,188−1.1%
195015,612−3.6%
196015,372−1.5%
197016,2415.7%
198016,8213.6%
199016,694−0.8%
200018,0978.4%
201017,581−2.9%
For tips on accessing Washington County, Alabama Genealogy census records online, see: Alabama Census.

State Census

Church 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 Alabama denominations, view the Alabama Church Records wiki page.

Court Records

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 Alabama Land and Property for additional information about early Alabama land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse, where records are currently housed.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Washington County, Alabama 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 Alabama Local Histories.

Maps

Military 

Civil War

Civil War service men from Washington County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies or regiments that were formed from men of Washington County.

- 11th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company E
- 24th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company E "Dickinson Guards"
- 24th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company G
- 32nd Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company A, F and G
- 38th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company C

Online Records

Newspapers

Finding More Alabama Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Washington County, Alabama Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

Alabama Online Historical Newspapers - identifies historical archived and digitized newspapers available online on both free and pay-to-access websites.

Probate Records

Probate records are held by the Washington County, Alabama Genealogy Probate Court. Most records are housed at the Washington County, Alabama Genealogy Courthouse. Many records are on microfilm at the Family History Library.

See the wiki page Alabama Probate Records for information about how to use probate records.

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 places of residence.

Record types: Wills, dower records, personal property sales, settlement records, orphans’ records, and bonds.

Online Probate Records

Taxation

Alabama tax records complement land records and can be used to supplement the years between censuses. There may be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties. For more information, see the wiki page Alabama Taxation.

  • 1816 - Inhabitants of Alabama in 1816. Broken Arrow Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, 1955. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free. Includes Washington County.
  • 1865-1866 - U.S. IRS Tax Assessment Lists, 1862-1918 at Ancestry ($). Washington County is in District 1.

Vital Records

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 Alabama 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 Alabama. See also How to order Alabama Vital Records


Birth Records
Marriage Records
  • To 1825 Index to Marriages at Ancestry – ($); Index. contains over 12,000 names. Each entry includes groom, bride, marriage date, county, and state. Every name is indexed so you can search for one name, or two names that are linked.
  • 1802-1804, 1825-1873, 1889-1896, 1931, 1936–1969 Alabama, Marriage Collection, 1800–1969 at Ancestry – ($); Index. This collection is comprised of indexes created by several agencies - the Alabama Center for Health Statistics, Jordan Dodd of Liahona Research, and Hunting For Bears.
  • 1826-1873; 1889-1896 "Alabama Marriages, 1809–1920" at Ancestry – ($); Index. This database is a collection of marriage records from the state. Researchers will find the names of both bride and groom along with the marriage date. The county where the ceremony was performed is also provided. Containing about 150,000 records and the names of nearly 300,000 men and women.
  • 1826-1889 - Washington County Marriage Books A thru D Index 1826-1889. Batch M593521 at FamilySearch - free.[6]
  • 1889-1895 - Washington County Marriage Books 4 thru 6 Index 1889-1895. Batch M593522 at FamilySearch - free.


Death Records
  • 1881–1974 Index to Deaths and Burials at Ancestry – ($); Index. Volunteers extracted the details in this index from microfilmed copies of church, civil, family, and other records of Alabama deaths and burials. details vary depending on the original record. Note that the number of available records can vary widely by county, and this database does not necessarily represent a comprehensive set of death records for the state during this time.
  • 1920-1940 - Washington County Death Index 1920-1940. Batches B593523 and B593524 at FamilySearch - free.

Voting Registers

Alabama Voting Registers for 1867 are available online at the Alabama Department of Archives and History.  Washington County has one book.

Societies and Libraries

Societies

Washington County Alabama Historical and Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 421
Chatom, Alabama 36518

The society provides local history materials and research.

Publication: Washington County Ancestry contact: Barbara Waddell (basearch@millry.net)


Libraries

Washington County Public Library
14102 St. Stephens Ave.
Chatom, Alabama 36518
Telephone: 251-847-2097

Chatom Public Library
334-847-2097

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.

Family History Center Locator

Websites

References

  1. Alice Eichholz, Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, Revised ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992), 13-28. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Washington County p. 40. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. Genealogy Trails History Group, "Washington County, Alabama Genealogy and History", http://genealogytrails.com/ala/washington/ 6/27/2017.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Washington, Alabama," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_County,_Alabama 6/27/2017.
  5. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  6. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/4/4d/Igialabamatz.pdf.