Washington County, Illinois Genealogy
|Washington County, Illinois|
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
|Founded:||January 2, 1818|
|Address|| 101 E. St. Louis Street|
Nashville, IL 62263
|Named for: George Washington|
- 1 Washington County Information
- 2 County Courthouse
- 3 History
- 4 Parent County
- 5 Boundary Changes
- 6 Record Loss
- 7 Places / Localities
- 8 Resources
- 9 Societies and Libraries
- 10 Web Sites
- 11 References
Washington County Information
|Beginning Dates for Washington County Records|
- 1818--Washington County was created 2 January 1818 from St. Clair County. County seat: Nashville 
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.
The following have information concerning African American research.
- African American Research (US) has more information about the kinds of records
- Illinois State Archives pamphlet on African American Research describes what records are at the State Archives with an online method for ordering records.
- African-American Resources for Illinois
Illinois cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation.
- 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.
- Find A Grave also gives a list of cemeteries in Washington County and links to the information for the individuals buried there.
- 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.
- Illinois Cemeteries by county.
- The Family History Library Catalog lists some records of cemeteries in Washington County. Some of the books or others may be on Google Books or available at public libraries.
- 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.
|IL Counties 1900-1990|
- 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:
- Church Records of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, Posen, Washington County, Illinois 1901-1956, browsable online (no index); courtesy: FamilySearch.
- Church Records of St. Ann Parish, Nashville, Washington County, Illinois 1898-1956, browsable online (no index); courtesy: FamilySearch.
- Church Records of St. Anthony Parish, Lively Grove, Washington County, Illinois 1868-1956, browsable online (no index); courtesy: FamilySearch.
- Church Records of St. Barbara Parish, Okawville, Washington County, Illinois 1867-1955, browsable online (no index); courtesy: FamilySearch.
- Church Records of St. Charles Borromeo Parish, Beckemeyer, Washington County, Illinois 1868-1956, browsable online (no index); courtesy: FamilySearch.
- Church Records of St. Michael Parish, Radom, Washington County, Illinois 1874-1956, browsable online (no index); courtesy: FamilySearch.
- 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.
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).|
- Washington County, Illinois (Genealogy Trails) Biographies, Birth Records, Cemeteries, Censuses, many Church Records, Criminals, Death Records, Divorces, Genealogies, Maps, Marriages, Military Records, Mortality Schedule (1850), Naturalizations, Newspapers, Obituaries, Queries, School Records, Wills
- Washington County, Illinois (USGenWeb Archives) Biographies, Births, Cemeteries, Census, Court, Deaths, History, Marriages, Military, Obituaries, Wills/Estate
- Family History Library Catalog
- Washington County, Illinois Genealogy and Family History (Linkpendium)
- The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).