Washington County, North Carolina Genealogy
Guide to Washington County North Carolina genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
|Washington County, North Carolina|
Location in the state of North Carolina
Location of North Carolina in the U.S.
- 1 County Courthouse
- 2 History
- 3 Places/Localities
- 4 Resources
- 4.1 Cemeteries
- 4.2 Census
- 4.3 Church Records
- 4.4 Court
- 4.5 Land
- 4.6 Local Histories
- 4.7 Maps
- 4.8 Military
- 4.9 Newspapers
- 4.10 Probate
- 4.11 Taxation
- 4.12 Vital Records
- 4.13 Yearbooks
- 5 Societies and Libraries
- 6 Web Sites
- 7 References
Washington County Courthouse
120 Adams Street
Plymouth, NC 27962
Courthouse burned 1862, 1869 - 1873
register of Deeds has birth and death records from 1913
marriage recrods from 1851 and land records from 1799
Clerk Superopr Court has divoce recrods from 1871
probate and court records from 1873
Washington County was formed in 1799 from the western third of Tyrrell County. It was named for George Washington.
For animated maps illustrating North Carolina county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation North Carolina County Boundary Maps" (1664-1965) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
1862--Courthouse destroyed in Federal bombardment.
1869,1881--Fires have destroyed most of the court records and many of the land records.
For a list of record loss in North Carolina counties see: North Carolina Counties with Burned Courthouses
For tips on accessing Washington County, North Carolina Genealogy census records online, see: North Carolina Census.
- Morattuck. Established by 1785.
Church of England
- Skinners Chapel aka Rehoboth Church. Established about 1735. Now a United Methodist Church.
Civil War Battle
The following Civil War battles were fought in Washington County.
- Map showing Civil War battles in North Carolina.
Civil War Confederate units
Brief history, counties where recruited, etc.
- -1st Regiment, North Carolina Infantry
- - 17th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry (1st Organization), Company H
:- 1st Regiment, North Carolina Artillery 10th Regiment Volunteers-1st Artillery, Company K
:- 1st Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, Company G
:- 41st Regiment Volunteers - 3rd Cavalry, Company K
The Roanoake Beacon is the primary newspaper for Washington County.
- Abstracts from Roanoke Beacon Newspaper Plymouth, Washington County, N.C. – located at the Haas/Davenport Homepage. Covers the year 1889.
- Roanoke Beacon Index - ongoing project to index back issues of the paper. Covers late 1880s to early 1900s.
- More newspapers information - on the Washington County, NCGenWeb site
- 1872-1967 - Will Books (1872-1967) have been digitized by FamilySearch - free.
Uncertified copies of vital records can be ordered from the Washington County Register of Deeds for a low fee. Visit their website for more information.
- North Carolina Births and Christenings, 1866-1964 - search this name index to birth, baptism and christening records from the state; via FamilySearch
- 1851-1920 - Marriage Licenses of Washington County, North Carolina 1851 - 1920. According to the information on the site no marriage licenses exist for Washington County until the year 1880. The source of all marriage records prior to that year is marriage registers. There are two marriage registers, one of several volumes that contains marriages from 1851 to the present. There is also a marriage register that records acknowledgements of Freedmen's marriages from 1866 to 1868 and "a record of colored marriages" from 8 March, 1867 to 6 June 1872. The Freedmen's Register records slave marriages legalized after the Civil War between 1866 and 1868. Some of these marriages occurred 40 years before the Civil War. The record tells how long each couple has cohabited. Can be searched by name of either male or female.
- 1851-1967 - Washington County Marriage Index 1851-1967 in International Genealogical Index at FamilySearch - free.
- 1880s - Marriages reported in the Roanoke Beacon Newspaper - late 1880s - list of names in news reports of marriages.
- NCGenWeb: Washington County - Deaths/Obits - check the NCGenWeb page for resources on locating death & obituary records for Washington County residents. There are numerous records available for a wide range of time periods.
- Washington County students at NC colleges - via the NCGenWeb Yearbook Index
Societies and Libraries
- Washington County Genealogical Society - The Washington County Genealogical Society has been collecting and publishing data for many years. Their website provides a membership form and back issues of the newsletter are available online for free.
- Pettigrew Regional Library System: Washington County - handles information & library needs of several counties in the area, including Washington County.
Family History Centers
- Washington County, NC History, Records, Facts and Genealogy (Genealogy Inc)
- NCGenWeb project - variety of information relevant to Washington County.
- FamilySearch Catalog
- Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Washington County, North Carolina. Page 513 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
- The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
- George Washington Paschal, History of North Carolina Baptists, 2 vols. (1930; reprint, Gallatin, Tenn.: Church History Research and Archives, 1990), 1:490. FHL Book 975.6 K2p 1990.
- "Rehoboth Church," North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program, http://www.ncmarkers.com/, accessed 22 October 2012.
- Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 9 August, 2012)
- Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 8 August, 2012)
- Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/f/f5/Iginorthcarolinap.pdf.