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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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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Maine]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Washington County'''  
 
''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Maine]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Washington County'''  
 
Guide to '''Washington County Maine genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
 
  
 
{{MEDC}}{{Infobox U.S. County  
 
{{MEDC}}{{Infobox U.S. County  
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| founded year = 1789
 
| founded year = 1789
 
| founded date = June 25
 
| founded date = June 25
| seat = Machias
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| seat = [[Machias, Maine|Machias]]
 
| building image =  
 
| building image =  
 
| building address = Washington County Courthouse<br> PO Box 297<br>Machias, ME 04654-0297<br>Phone: 207.255.3127<br>[http://www.washingtoncountymaine.com/ '''Washington County Website'''] }}  
 
| building address = Washington County Courthouse<br> PO Box 297<br>Machias, ME 04654-0297<br>Phone: 207.255.3127<br>[http://www.washingtoncountymaine.com/ '''Washington County Website'''] }}  
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==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
Created 25 June 1789 from [[Lincoln County, Maine|Lincoln]] County. <ref name="HBG">[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;referer=brief_results ''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 181. [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].</ref>  
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Created 25 June 1789 from [[Lincoln County, Maine|Lincoln]] County. <ref name="HBG181">''Handybook for Genealogists'', 181.</ref>  
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
*Part taken off for [[Aroostook County, Maine|Aroostook]] County 16 March 1839. <ref name="HBG">[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;referer=brief_results ''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 181. [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].</ref>
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*Part taken off for [[Aroostook County, Maine|Aroostook]] County 16 March 1839. <ref name="HBG181" />
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
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=== Places / Localities  ===
 
=== Places / Localities  ===
  
{{MEWashingtonCoTownsMap}}'''Cities''' &nbsp; • Calais &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; • Eastport<br><br>'''Towns'''<br>  
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{{MEWashingtonCoTownsMap}}'''Towns and Cities'''<br>  
  
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*[[Addison, Maine|Addison]]  
 
*[[Addison, Maine|Addison]]  
*Alexander  
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*[[Alexander, Maine|Alexander]]
*Baileyville  
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*[[Baileyville, Maine|Baileyville]]
*Beals  
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*[[Beals, Maine|Beals]]
*Beddington  
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*[[Beddington, Maine|Beddington]]
*Charlotte  
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*{{AutoLink|Calais, Maine|Calais}} (City)
*Cherryfield  
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*[[Charlotte, Maine|Charlotte]]
*Columbia  
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*[[Cherryfield, Maine|Cherryfield]]
*Columbia Falls  
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*[[Columbia, Maine|Columbia]]
*Cooper  
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*[[Columbia Falls, Maine|Columbia Falls]]
*Crawford  
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*[[Cooper, Maine|Cooper]]
*Cutler  
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*[[Crawford, Maine|Crawford]]
*Danforth
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*[[Cutler, Maine|Cutler]]
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*[[Danforth, Maine|Danforth]]
  
 
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*Deblois  
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*[[Deblois, Maine|Deblois]]
*Dennysville  
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*[[Dennysville, Maine|Dennysville]]
*East Machias  
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*[[East Machias, Maine|East Machias]]
*Harrington  
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*{{AutoLink|Eastport, Maine|Eastport}} (City)
*Jonesboro  
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*[[Harrington, Maine|Harrington]]
*Jonesport  
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*[[Jonesboro, Maine|Jonesboro]]
*Lubec  
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*[[Jonesport, Maine|Jonesport]]
*Machias  
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*[[Lubec, Maine|Lubec]]
*Machiasport  
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*[[Machias, Maine|Machias]]
*Marshfield  
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*[[Machiasport, Maine|Machiasport]]
*Meddybemps  
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*[[Marshfield, Maine|Marshfield]]
*Milbridge  
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*[[Meddybemps, Maine|Meddybemps]]
*Northfield
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*[[Milbridge, Maine|Milbridge]]
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*[[Northfield, Maine|Northfield]]
  
 
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*Pembroke  
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*[[Pembroke, Maine|Pembroke]]
*Perry  
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*[[Perry, Maine|Perry]]
*Princeton  
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*[[Princeton, Maine|Princeton]]
*Robbinston  
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*[[Robbinston, Maine|Robbinston]]
*Roque Bluffs  
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*[[Roque Bluffs, Maine|Roque Bluffs]]
*Steuben  
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*[[Steuben, Maine|Steuben]]
*Talmadge  
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*[[Talmadge, Maine|Talmadge]]
*Topsfield  
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*[[Topsfield, Maine|Topsfield]]
*Vanceboro  
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*[[Vanceboro, Maine|Vanceboro]]
*Waite  
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*[[Waite, Maine|Waite]]
*Wesley  
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*[[Wesley, Maine|Wesley]]
*Whiting  
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*[[Whiting, Maine|Whiting]]
*Whitneyville
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*[[Whitneyville, Maine|Whitneyville]]
  
 
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'''Plantations:''' {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Baring Plantation, Maine|Baring Plantation}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Codyville Plantation, Maine|Codyville Plantation}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Grand Lake Stream, Maine|Grand Lake Stream}}}}.&nbsp; For further details see [[Maine plantations]].
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'''Plantations.''' For further details see [[Maine plantations]].
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{{AutoLink|Baring Plantation, Maine|Baring Plantation}}&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; • {{AutoLink|Codyville Plantation, Maine|Codyville Plantation}}&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; • {{AutoLink|Grand Lake Stream, Maine|Grand Lake Stream}}  
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'''Extinct towns and plantations'''<ref>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.</ref> <ref>Michael J. Leclerc, ''Genealogist's Handbook for New England Research'', 5th ed. (Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2012), 119. {{WorldCat|779626228|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1967587|item|disp=FHL Book 974 D27g 2012}}.</ref>
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*{{AutoLink|Baring Plantation, Maine|Baring}}
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*{{AutoLink|Big Lake Plantation, Maine|Big Lake Plantation}}  
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*{{AutoLink|Brookton, Maine|Brookton}}  
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*{{AutoLink|Centerville, Maine|Centerville}}
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*{{AutoLink|Eaton, Maine|Eaton}}
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*{{AutoLink|Edmunds, Maine|Edmunds}}
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*{{AutoLink|Forest City, Maine|Forest City}}  
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*{{AutoLink|Hinkley Plantation, Maine|Hinkley Plantation}}
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*{{AutoLink|Jackson Brook Plantation, Maine|Jackson Brook Plantation}}  
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*{{AutoLink|Kossuth, Maine|Kossuth}}  
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*{{AutoLink|Lambert Lake Plantation, Maine|Lambert Lake Plantation}}
  
'''Extinct or unincorporated towns:'''<ref>Before an extinct town was discontinued, it created official town records of interest to genealogists. These records were usually turned over to a nearby functioning town in the same county for preservation.</ref> {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Baring, Maine|Baring}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Brookton, Maine|Brookton}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Eaton, Maine|Eaton}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Edmunds, Maine|Edmunds}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Forest City, Maine|Forest City}} {{!}}}} {{Nowrap|{{AutoLink|Trescott, Maine|Trescott}}}}<ref>Michael J. Leclerc, ''Genealogist's Handbook for New England Research'', 5th ed. (Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2012), 119. {{WorldCat|779626228|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1967587|item|disp=FHL Book 974 D27g 2012}}.</ref>
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*{{AutoLink|Marion, Maine|Marion}}  
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*{{AutoLink|Number 1 R1 TS Plantation, Maine|Number 1 R1 TS Plantation}} (Fowler Twp)
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*{{AutoLink|Number 9 Plantation, Maine|Number 9 Plantation}}  
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*{{AutoLink|Number 9 R3 Plantation, Maine|Number 9 R3 Plantation}}  
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*{{AutoLink|Number 14 Plantation, Maine|Number 14 Plantation}}  
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*{{AutoLink|Number 18 Plantation, Maine|Number 18 Plantation}}  
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*{{AutoLink|Number 19 ED Plantation, Maine|Number 19 ED Plantation}}  
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*{{AutoLink|Number 25 Plantation, Maine|Number 25 Plantation}}  
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*{{AutoLink|Number 31 MD Plantation, Maine|Number 31 MD Plantation}}  
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*{{AutoLink|Trescott, Maine|Trescott}}
  
'''Indian Reservations'''<br>
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'''Indian Reservations'''  
  
 
*[[Passamaquoddy Indians|Passamaquoddy]] Indian Township [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Passamaquoddy_Indian_Township_Reservation Reservation] <br>  
 
*[[Passamaquoddy Indians|Passamaquoddy]] Indian Township [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Passamaquoddy_Indian_Township_Reservation Reservation] <br>  
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'''Unorganized territories.''' Within each group townships are listed from southeast to northwest. For further details see [[Maine townships]]. <br>  
 
'''Unorganized territories.''' Within each group townships are listed from southeast to northwest. For further details see [[Maine townships]]. <br>  
  
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*'''''East Central Washington'''''  
 
*'''''East Central Washington'''''  
**Trescott Township  
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**{{AutoLink|Trescott, Maine|Trescott Township}}
**Marion Township  
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**{{AutoLink|Edmunds, Maine|Edmunds Township}}
**Edmunds Township  
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**{{AutoLink|Marion, Maine|Marion Township}}
**Township 18 East Division (Berry Township)  
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**Cathance Township ({{AutoLink|Number 14 Plantation, Maine|Number 14 ED Township}})  
**Number 14 Township (Plantation 14) (Cathance Township)  
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**Berry Township ([[Number 18 Plantation, Maine|Township 18 ED BPP]])  
**Township 19 East Division  
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**[[Number 19 ED Plantation, Maine|Township 19 East Division BPP]]
 
*'''''North Washington'''''  
 
*'''''North Washington'''''  
 
**Township 18 Middle Division  
 
**Township 18 Middle Division  
 
**Township 19 Middle Division  
 
**Township 19 Middle Division  
**Centerville (town dissolved 2003 into a township)  
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**{{AutoLink|Centerville, Maine|Centerville}} (Township 23 East Division)  
 
**Township 24 Middle Division  
 
**Township 24 Middle Division  
**Township 25 Middle Division  
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**{{AutoLink|Number 25 Plantation, Maine|Township 25 Middle Division}}
 
**Township 29 Middle Division (Devereaux Township)  
 
**Township 29 Middle Division (Devereaux Township)  
 
**Township 30 Middle Division  
 
**Township 30 Middle Division  
**Township 31 Middle Division (Day Block Township)  
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**Day Block Township ({{AutoLink|Number 31 MD Plantation, Maine|Township 31 Middle Division}})  
 
**Township 36 Middle Division  
 
**Township 36 Middle Division  
**Township 37 Middle Division  
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**Township 37 Middle Division
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**Township 26 East Division  
 
**Township 26 East Division  
 
**Township 42 Middle Division  
 
**Township 42 Middle Division  
 
**Township 43 Middle Division  
 
**Township 43 Middle Division  
**Township 27 East Division (Greenlaw Chopping Township)  
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**Greenlaw Chopping Township (Township 27 East Division)  
**Number 21 Township (Plantation 21) (Big Lake Township)  
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**{{AutoLink|Big Lake Plantation, Maine|Big Lake Township}} (Number 21 Township aka Plantation 21)  
**Township 5 Norh Division (Sakom Township)  
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**Sakom Township (Township 5 Norh Division)  
 
**Township 6 North Division  
 
**Township 6 North Division  
**Township 1 R1 Titcomb Survey (Fowler Township)  
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**Fowler Township ({{AutoLink|Number 1 R1 TS Plantation, Maine|Township 1 R1 Titcomb Survey}})  
**Township 1 R2 Titcomb Survey (Dyer Township)  
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**Dyer Township (Township 1 R2 Titcomb Survey)  
**Township 1 R3 Titcomb Survey (Lambert Lake Township)  
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**{{AutoLink|Lambert Lake Plantation, Maine|Lambert Lake Township}} (Township 1 R3 Titcomb Survey)  
 
**Township 6 R1 North of Bingham's Penobscot Purchase  
 
**Township 6 R1 North of Bingham's Penobscot Purchase  
**Township 7 R2 North of Bingham's Penobscot Purchase (Kossuth Township)  
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**{{AutoLink|Kossuth, Maine|Kossuth Twp}} (Township 7 R2 North of Bingham's Penobscot Purchase)  
 
**Township 8 R3 North of Bingham's Penobscot Purchase  
 
**Township 8 R3 North of Bingham's Penobscot Purchase  
**Brookton  
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**{{AutoLink|Brookton, Maine|Brookton}} (formerly [[Jackson Brook Plantation, Maine|Jackson Brook Plantation]])
**Township 10 R3 North of Bingham's Penobscot Purchase (Forest Township)  
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**Forest Township (Twp 10 R3 North of Bingham's Penobscot Purchase)  
**Township 11 R3 North of Bingham's Penobscot Purchase (Hillgove Township)  
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**Township 11 R3 North of Bingham's Penobscot Purchase (Hillgove Twp)  
 
**Township 8 R4 North of Bingham's Penobscot Purchase  
 
**Township 8 R4 North of Bingham's Penobscot Purchase  
**Township 9 R4 North of Bingham's Penobscot Purchase (Forest City Township)
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**Township 9 R4 North of Bingham's Penobscot Purchase ({{AutoLink|Forest City, Maine|Forest City Twp}})
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'''Communities''' &nbsp; • Machias &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; • Woodland  
 
'''Communities''' &nbsp; • Machias &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; • Woodland  
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'''Village''' &nbsp; • Forest City  
 
'''Village''' &nbsp; • Forest City  
  
'''Neighboring Counties:&nbsp;''' [[Aroostook County, Maine|Aroostook]] | [[Hancock County, Maine|Hancock]] | [[Penobscot County, Maine|Penobscot]] | '''New Brunswick''' counties: [[Charlotte County, New Brunswick|Charlotte]] | [[York County, New Brunswick|York]]
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'''Neighboring Counties:&nbsp;''' [[Aroostook County, Maine|Aroostook]] | [[Hancock County, Maine|Hancock]] | [[Penobscot County, Maine|Penobscot]] | '''New Brunswick''' counties: [[Charlotte County, New Brunswick|Charlotte]] | [[York County, New Brunswick|York]]  
  
 
=== Resources  ===
 
=== Resources  ===
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==== Church  ====
 
==== Church  ====
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{{ME Church Intro}}
  
 
==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
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==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
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{{ME Land Intro}}
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
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{{ME History Intro}}
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
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==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
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{{ME Newspaper abstracts|Washington}}
  
 
==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
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{{ME Probate Intro|Washington}}
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
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{{ME Tax Intro}}
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
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{{ME Vital Intro}}
  
 
=== Societies and Libraries  ===
 
=== Societies and Libraries  ===
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/me/county/washington/mewash.html The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Washington County (backup site)  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/me/county/washington/mewash.html The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Washington County (backup site)  
 
*{{FHL|Maine%2C+Washington|subject|disp=FamilySearch.org}} Family History Library catalog for Washington County
 
*{{FHL|Maine%2C+Washington|subject|disp=FamilySearch.org}} Family History Library catalog for Washington County
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*[[Maine, Washington County Revolutionary War, Probate and Census Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Maine, Washington&nbsp;County Revolutionary, Probate, and Cansus Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
  
 
'''A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:'''  
 
'''A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:'''  
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<references />  
  
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{{Maine | Maine}} </div>
 
 
*[[Maine, Washington County Revolutionary War, Probate and Census Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Maine, Washington&nbsp;County Revolutionary, Probate, and Cansus Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
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[[Category:Washington_County,_Maine]]
 

Revision as of 03:12, 5 March 2014

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

United States Gotoarrow.png Maine Gotoarrow.png Washington County

Hand and keyboard.jpg Maine
Online Records


Washington County, Maine
Map
Map of Maine highlighting Washington County
Location in the state of Maine
Facts
Founded June 25, 1789
County Seat Machias
Courthouse
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]

History

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

Resources

Cemeteries

Church

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.

Court

Gazetteers

Land

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.

Maps

Military

Newspapers

Finding More Maine Newspapers

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

Probate

Taxation

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

In Maine, vital records are kept by town clerks or selectmen. Although some towns have existed since the 1650s, most vital records date from about 1700. The vital statistics are often arranged by family. For more information, see the Wiki page for the town and the Wiki page, Maine 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)

References

  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.