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Washington County was created on June 4, 1800, as a county of the Mississippi Territory. Its area originally contained 26,400 square miles. The area of Washington County was later divided into 16 Mississippi counties and 29 Alabama counties. This particular county was named in honor of George Washington (1732–1799), 1st U.S. President.
Currently the Washington County Seat is located in Chatom (Early county seats included McIntosh's Bluff, Wakefield and St. Stephens) and in addition the county government website is http://www.washingtoncountyalgov.com/
Locations adjacent Washington County happen to be Choctaw County (north), Clarke County (east), Baldwin County (southeast), Mobile County (south), Greene County, Mississippi (southwest), Wayne County, Mississippi (northwest).
Cities and towns found in Washington County consist of Chatom, Deer Park, Fruitdale, Leroy, Saint Stephens, Wagarville, McIntosh, Millry, Vinegar Bend, Tibbie, Hobson.
Washington County vital records can be found at the Alabama Department of Public Health which has Birth And Death Records from 1908, Marriages from 1936 and Divorce Records from 1950. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Alabama for current fees and application process.
You can search online for Washington County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also order Order Electronically Online or you can download an application for Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Certificates to mail.
Washington County includes Federal Census Schedules to assist in looking into your family tree. Government Population Schedules can be found for 1800, 1800, 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.
Washington Co. Slave Schedules can be obtained for 1850 & 1860. Washington Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Washington Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Washington Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be obtained for 1890. You can find free down-loadable and also printable census forms that can help with your research.
A list of Washington County Historical and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives. See Also Alabama Archives, Genealogical and Historical Societies for statewide Addresses and links.
Genealogist often overlook the significance of Washington County court, probate, and land documents as a source of genealogy and family history details.
Buried away in Alabama courthouses and archives just about everywhere are often the hopes and dreams and frustrations of countless Alabama people.
The odds are excellent that your ancestors and forefathers have left a in-depth record of at least several aspects of their lives in the Washington County court records.
Even if your forebears is not discussed in a Court case, take into consideration all of the other methods which could have lead to him or her appearing in court records.
The following are web links to Genealogy and family history, Records and Resources relevant to Washington County.