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Guide to Washington County Maine genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Online Records

Washington County, Maine
Map of Maine highlighting Washington County
Location in the state of Maine
Founded June 25, 1789
County Seat Machias
Address Washington County Courthouse
PO Box 297
Machias, ME 04654-0297
Phone: 207.255.3127
Washington County Website

County Courthouse

Town Clerks have birth, marriage, death and burial records. Clerk of the Court has divorce and court records from 1931, probate records from 1785, land records from 1783 and naturalization records from 1854. Maine State Archives, Augusta, has divorce and court records before 1931.[1]


Parent County

Created 25 June 1789 from Lincoln County. [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Towns and Cities

Plantations. For further details see Maine plantations.

Baring Plantation      • Codyville Plantation      • Grand Lake Stream

Extinct towns and plantations[3] [4]

Indian Reservations

Unorganized territories. Within each group townships are listed from southeast to northwest. For further details see Maine townships.

    • Township 26 East Division
    • Township 42 Middle Division
    • Township 43 Middle Division
    • Greenlaw Chopping Township (Township 27 East Division)
    • Big Lake Township (Number 21 Township aka Plantation 21)
    • Sakom Township (Township 5 Norh Division)
    • Township 6 North Division
    • Fowler Township (Township 1 R1 Titcomb Survey)
    • Dyer Township (Township 1 R2 Titcomb Survey)
    • Lambert Lake Township (Township 1 R3 Titcomb Survey)
    • Township 6 R1 North of Bingham's Penobscot Purchase
    • Kossuth Twp (Township 7 R2 North of Bingham's Penobscot Purchase)
    • Township 8 R3 North of Bingham's Penobscot Purchase
    • Brookton (formerly Jackson Brook Plantation)
    • Forest Township (Twp 10 R3 North of Bingham's Penobscot Purchase)
    • Township 11 R3 North of Bingham's Penobscot Purchase (Hillgove Twp)
    • Township 8 R4 North of Bingham's Penobscot Purchase
    • Township 9 R4 North of Bingham's Penobscot Purchase (Forest City Twp)

Communities   • Machias          • Woodland

Village   • Forest City

Neighboring Counties:  Aroostook | Hancock | Penobscot | New Brunswick counties: Charlotte | York




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 Maine denominations, view the Maine Church Records wiki page.




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

Local Histories

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






Maine tax records complement land records and can be used to supplement the years between censuses. There may be gaps of several years in the records.

Vital Records

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:

Maine, Washington County Courthouse Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Washington County, Maine page 305, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Handybook for Genealogists, 181.
  3. Before an extinct town or plantation was discontinued, chances are it created official records of interest to genealogists. For preservation these records were usually turned over to a nearby functioning town in the same county.
  4. Michael J. Leclerc, Genealogist's Handbook for New England Research, 5th ed. (Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2012), 119. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 974 D27g 2012.