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Washington County was created on February 25, 1784 from Creek Cession of 1783 (portions of Washington County were used to create Greene in 1786, Hancock in 1793, Montgomery in 1793, Warren in 1793, and Johnson in 1858).
The county was named in honor of George Washington (1732 - 99), the first President of the United States, although named after him as a general.
Counties adjacent to Washington County are Glascock County (northeast), Jefferson County (east), Johnson County (south), Wilkinson County (southwest), Baldwin County (west), Hancock County (northwest)
Washington County vital records can be found at the Georgia Department of Health which has copies for copies of birth and death records since Jan 1919, copies of marriage since June 9, 1952 to 1996 and a Divorce records index since June 9, 1952. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Georgia for current fees and application process.
You can search online for Appling County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also order Order Electronically Online or you can download an application for copies of Appling Co. Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Divorce Certificate or Death Certificates to mail.
Appling County has Federal Census Schedules to assist in looking into your Family Tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found for 1790 (missing), 1800 (missing), 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.
Washington County Slave Schedules can be obtained for 1850 & 1860. Washington County Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Washington County Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Washington County 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 Georgia Archives, Genealogical and Historical Societies for statewide Addresses and links.
Researchers frequently overlook the importance of Washington County court, probate, and land records as a useful resource of genealogy and family history.
The chances are great that your ancestors and forefathers have left a comprehensive record of at least some aspects of their lives in the Washington County court records. Even if your ancestors is not mentioned in a Court case, consider all of the other methods which often can have lead to him or her appearing in court records.
The following county facts denotes the earliest date and what birth, marriage, death, land, wills, and legal records will be in Washington County. The County Courthouse was destroyed by fire in 1855 and by Sherman's Troops in 1865, most records were destroyed.
The following links to Genealogy Resources associated to Washington County. These links fall into 3 categories: Business Sites, Personal Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some have to have a cost. This is basically a list that has been gathered or submitted. I do not recommend or promote one genealogy site above another. Feel free to submit your own most liked Washington County genealogy or family history related sites.