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Washington County, Arkansas

Washington County was created on October 17, 1828 and was formed from Crawford County and Lovely County. Parts of Washington County was used to form the following counties: Benton 1836, Madison 1836. Other county boundry changes occured when Certain lands declared to be in Washington 26 October 1831, line with Crawford defined 24 November 1846 and changed 8 March 1833. The county was named in honor of George Washington (1732–1799), first president of the United States.

Currently the Washington County Seat can be found in Fayetteville and in addition the county government website is

Areas next to Washington County happen to be Benton County (north), Madison County (east), Crawford County (south), Adair County, Oklahoma (west).

Cities and towns located in Washington County consist of Elkins, Elm Springs, Farmington, Fayetteville, Goshen, Greenland, Johnson, Lincoln, Prairie Grove, Springdale, Tontitown, West Fork, Winslow.

Washington County vital records can be obtained from the Arkansas Deptartment of Health has Birth & Death records since February 1, 1914, Marriage Records since January 1917 and Divorce Records since January 1923. You may go to the Washington County health department to obtain a Birth or Death certificates which can be issued while you wait. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Arkansas 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 copies of Washington Co. Birth CertificatesMarriage CertificatesDivorce CertificatesDeath Certificates  to mail.

Washington County does have Federal Census Schedules to assist in finding out about your family tree. Government Population Schedules are present for 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 and 1940.

Washington Co. Slave Schedules can be acquired for 1850 & 1860. Washington Co. Mortality Schedules can be obtained 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 acquired for 1890. You'll find free online and also printable census forms to help with your research.

Washington County Societies and Family History Resources

A list of Washington County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives. See Also Arkansas Archives, Genealogical and Historical Societies for statewide Addresses and links.

Washington County Courthouse and Government Records

Researchers typically forget the advantages of Washington County court, probate, and land files as a source of ancestry and genealogy information and facts. Hidden away in Arkansas courthouses and archives everywhere tend to be the desires and worries of the many Arkansas men and women. The possibilities are very good that your particular ancestors have left a in-depth record of at least quite a few elements of their lives in the Washington County court records. Even if your forebears is not discussed in a Court case, take into account all of the other methods which often can have lead to him or her showing up in court records.

The following details shows exactly what death, marriage, birth,, property, probate, and court records will be in Washington County. The years pointed out below tend to be the first recognized records data for this particular county.

All County Offices Records are located in the Courthouse at 280 North College Ave., Fayetteville 72701 or 114 North College Ave., Fayetteville 72701; 479-444-1700, unless otherwise noted. County court records are complete from Aug. 3, 1835; probate records from Oct. 9, 1837; marriage records from 1845, except the record of the period between 1861 and 1864. Probate and will records, A and B, were stolen. During the War, Presley R. Smith, clerk, hid the county records in a dry case in the mountains south of Fayetteville to prevent their falling into the hands of the Federals. Only one record was thus lost. The records are in good condition and are kept in fire-proof vaults.

  • Washington County Clerk of Circuit Court is the clerk of the circuit, chancery court, and juvenile court and usually acts as the ex-officio recorder of Washington county. The duties of the clerk are to maintain a record of all proceedings of the circuit, chancery and juvenile courts and to prepare the dockets for courts in Washington County. They are also the ex-officio Washington county recorder; and is responsible for recording deeds, mortgages, liens, and surety bonds, and many other orders and instruments which involve property within Washington county.
    • Phone: (479) 444-1538
    • Court Records: 1830
    • Land Records: 1834
    • Divorce Records: are maintained among the equity records (Divorces issued prior to 1950 are located here. Divorces issued after 1950 can be found  at the Arkansas Department of Public Health)
  • Washington County Clerk, as clerk to the probate court, the clerk files all instruments making them a matter of record in descendent estate cases, and swears in all witnesses in contested estates. The clerk, also in this capacity, maintains all records relative to adoptions and guardianship cases within Washington county.
    • Phone: (479) 444-1711
    • Marriage Records: 1845 
    • Probate Records: 1835
  • Washington County Assessor's Office maintains County tax records. These records are usually arranged by legal description and are not indexed.
    • Phone: (479) 444-1500

Washington County Genealogy Links

The following are web links to Genealogy and family history, Records and Resources associated to Washington County. A lot of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Professional Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some have to have a cost. This is merely a list which has been compiled or submitted. I do not recommend or promote one genealogy site above another. Feel free to submit your own preferred Washington County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.

Washington Co. AR Books, Newspapers & Publications

Washington Co. AR Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Washington Co. AR Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Washington Co. AR Census Records

Washington Co. AR Cemeteries & Graveyards

Washington Co. AR Church & Bible Records

Washington Co. AR Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Washington Co. AR General and History Websites

Washington Co. AR Immigration & Naturalization

Washington Co. AR Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Washington Co. AR Military Records

Washington Co. AR Schools & Directories

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