Washington County, Florida
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Washington County

Washington County was created on December 9, 1825 from Jackson County and Walton County. This county was named for George Washington (1732–1799), first President of the United States.

The Washington County Seat is located in Chipley also, the county government website is www.washingtonfl.com/.

Areas bordering to Washington County are Holmes County (north), Jackson County (northeast), Bay County (south), Walton County (west).

Incorporated Cities and Towns located in Washington County include Caryville, Chipley, Ebro, Vernon, Wausau.

Washington County vital records can be found at the Florida Office of Vital Records which has copies of Birth & Deaths reported 1917 to present and Divorce & Marriages since June 6, 1927. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Florida for current fees and application process.

You can search online for Washington County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or can download an application for Florida Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Divorce Certificate, Death Certificate Application to mail.

Washington County consists of Federal Census Schedules to guide in looking into your family tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found for 1830 (as Florida Territory), 1840 (as Florida Territory), 1850, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Washington Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Washington Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Washington Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. The Slave Schedules exist for 1850 & 1860. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research.

Washington Co. Historical Events (published in 1944):

  • Chipley incorporated in 1885-named after William Dudley Chipley who was a pioneer developer of West Florida.
  • Chipley Banner established 1886.

Washington County Societies and Family History Resources

A list of Washington County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.

Washington County Courthouse and Government Records


Washington County Courthouse

Researchers often fail to notice the importance of Washington County court, probate, and land documents as a source of family history and genealogy information and facts. Hidden away in Florida courthouses and archives everywhere tend to be the desires and worries of the many Florida residents.

The chances are great that your chosen ancestors have left a detailed record of at least a number of factors of their lives in the Washington County court records. Even if your forefathers is not referred to in a Court case, take into consideration all of the other methods which could have lead to her or him to appear in court records.

The below facts shows what death, marriage, birth, land, wills, and legal records are usually in Washington County. The dates stated listed below are considered the first noted records in this county. Unknown Record Loss

Make sure you call the clerk's department to confirm hours, mailing address, fees and other details before visiting or inquiring about information because of in some cases changing contact details. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The records are available to interested parties, barring confidential issues. A lot of employees will assist individuals in obtaining the materials, but it is up to the person to undertake the researching.
  • Washington County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: P.O. Box 647, Chipley, FL 32428 or 1293 Jackson Ave., Chipley, FL 32428
  • Washington County Clerk of the Circuit Court / County Clerk is custodian of all records of all predecessor courts, whether justice of the peace, city, county, probate, civil, or criminal.
    • Phone: (850) 638-6289
    • Marriage Records: 1877
    • Land Records: 1880
    • Probate Records: 1880 
    • Court Records: 1890
  • Washington County Tax Collector collects all real estate taxes including postponed and delinquent, all county revenues in addition to the research and issue tax deed applications. Our department is the holder of tax records and assessed values.
  • Washington County Health Department has copies of Birth & Death certificates. Also has computer access from 1917 to present for birth records for the entire state as well as births that occurred in this county.

Washington County Links

The following are links to Family history and genealogy, Records and Resources relevant to Washington County. A lot of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Business oriented Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some require a fee. This is just a directory which has been collected or submitted. I do not endorse or promote one genealogy site over another. Feel free to submit your own preferred Washington County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.

Washington Co. FL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Washington Co. FL Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Washington Co. FL Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Washington Co. FL Census Records

Washington Co. FL Cemeteries & Graveyards

Washington Co. FL Church & Bible Records

Washington Co. FL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Washington Co. FL General and History Websites

Washington Co. FL Immigration & Naturalization

Washington Co. FL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Washington Co. FL Military Records

Washington Co. FL Schools & Directories

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