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==== Cemeteries  ====
==== Cemeteries  ====
Illinois cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation.
The [[Illinois Cemeteries#Online_Resources|Illinois Cemeteries]] page provides general explanations of the following online Washington County resources:
*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gs& Find A Grave] can be searched by the name of a person or family to find where a person is buried.  Usually gives birth and death dates often with a picture of the tombstone.  May give obituaries, names of family members and links to their information in Find A Grave.
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*Find A Grave also gives a [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=16&CScnty=784 list of cemeteries in Washington County] and links to the  information for the individuals buried there.
| bgcolor="#ffffcc" | '''Bibliography'''
| bgcolor="#ffffcc" | '''Online Gravestone Transcriptions'''
*[http://usgwtombstones.org/illinois/washington.htm Washington Co. IL USGenWeb Tombstone Project] usually gives the names of the deceased in alphabetical order by last name with birth and death dates plus any remarks. 
| bgcolor="#ffffcc" | '''Cemetery Gazetteers'''
*[http://www.illinoisgenealogy.org/cemeteries.htm Illinois Cemeteries] by county.
| {{FHL|473270|subject-id|disp=FHLC}}
| Find A Grave | [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gs& national search] | [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=16&CScnty=784 county list]  
*The [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/FHLC/frameset_fhlc.asp Family History Library Catalog] lists {{FHL|473270|subject-id|disp=some records of cemeteries in Washington}} County.  Some of the books or others may be on [http://books.google.com/advanced_book_search Google Books] or available at public libraries.
| [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=6769&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=59&stateAbbv=&stateName= ePodunk]
*[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=6769&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=59&stateAbbv=&stateName= ePodunk list of Washington County cemeteries] gives the names of the cemeteries in the county with a link to more information such as address, phone number, and web site.
| [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3ACemeteries+Illinois+Washington+County.&qt=results_page WorldCat]  
| [http://usgwtombstones.org/illinois/washington.htm USGenWeb Tombstone Transcription Project]  
| [http://www.illinoisgenealogy.org/cemeteries.htm Illinois Cemeteries]
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==== Census  ====

Revision as of 01:54, 16 July 2011

Washington County, Illinois
Boundary map of Washington County, Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Founded: January 2, 1818
County Seat Nashville
Address 101 E. St. Louis Street
Nashville, IL 62263
Named for: George Washington
George Washington.JPG

Template:Illinois-stubUnited States Gotoarrow.png Illinois Gotoarrow.png Washington County

Washington County Information

                                     Beginning Dates for Washington County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate

County Courthouse


Parent County

  • 1818--Washington County was created 2 January 1818 from St. Clair County.  County seat:  Nashville [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places / Localities

To see a list of places in Washington County, click on [Show], in the bar above. The preceding list of places includes incorporated cities and towns, unincorporated towns and communities, and place names that may have been used in family histories. Some have well-organized records and even have web sites. Some are simply social communities with no official records, but which may be referenced in small-town newspapers. The list is provided to help researchers identify localities within the county. As records or histories of these localities are identified, a page will be added for each of these place names.


African American

The following have information concerning African American research.


The Illinois Cemeteries page provides general explanations of the following online Washington County resources:

Bibliography Online Gravestone Transcriptions Cemetery Gazetteers
FHLC Find A Grave | national search | county list ePodunk
WorldCat USGenWeb Tombstone Transcription Project  
  Illinois Cemeteries  


Historical populations
Census Pop.
IL Counties 1900-1990
1840 Pensioners
  • A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census. Washington, D.C., 1841. FHL 973 X2pc 1840; FHL 2321; digital version at Google Books. [See Illinois, Washington County on page 188.]



FamilySearch has made parish records from six Belleville Diocese Catholic churches in Washington County available online. The records include first communions, confirmations, marriages, and deaths:



Local Histories



  • 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.
- 44th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company F.
- 60th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company C.
- 62nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company B.



An unspecified number of Washington County probate records are available in Illinois, Probate Records, 1819-1970.

Pre - 1910 Probate Records Index, courtesy: Genealogy Trails.


Vital Records


Genealogy Trails offers a variety of birth records from the 1860s, 1870s, 1880s, and 1890s.


Genealogy Trails' site includes abstracts of marriage books A to E (1831-1921)


Societies and Libraries

Genealogical Society of Southern Illinois
John A. Logan College Library
700 Logan College Road
Carterville, Illinois 62918
Telephone: 618-985-2828, Ext. 8338
Hours: vary by season, see website
The Society focuses on Alexander, Clay, Clinton, Edwards, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Lawrence, Marion, Massac, Monroe, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Randolph, Richland, Saline, St. Clair, Union, Wabash, Washington, Wayne, White, and Williamson counties. The Society's book and microfilm collection is housed at the John A. Logan College Library. The Society publishes a newsletter (click here for recent issues) and a quarterly journal The Saga of Southern Illinois (click here for a topical index that breaks down what has been published county-by-county).

Web Sites


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).