Washington County, Indiana

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Washington County

Washington County was founded on December 21, 1813 from Clark County and Harrison County (became effective January 17, 1814). This county was named for U.S. President George Washington.

The Washington County Seat is located in Salem also, the county government website is www.washingtoncounty.in.gov/ .

Counties bordering Washington County are  Jackson County (north), Scott County (northeast), Clark County (southeast), Floyd County (south), Harrison County (south), Crawford County (southwest), Orange County (west), Lawrence County (northwest).

Cities, Towns & Communities located in Washington County include  Campbellsburg, Fredericksburg, Hardinsburg, Little York, Livonia, New Pekin, Pekin, Salem, Saltillo.

Townships located in Washington County include  Brown, Franklin, Gibson, Howard, Jackson, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Pierce, Polk, Posey, Vernon, Washington.

Washington County vital records can be found at the Indiana Office of Vital Records which has copies of birth and death records. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Indiana 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 Indiana Birth Certificate or 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 1820, 1830, 1840, 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. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research.

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

Genealogist typically overlook the importance of Washington County court, probate, and land records data as a resource of genealogical information and facts. Buried away in Indiana courthouses and archives just about everywhere tend to be the desires and frustrations of many Indiana inhabitants.

The odds are great that your chosen ancestors have left a comprehensive record of at least quite a few facets of their lives in the Washington County court records. Even if your forefathers is not brought up in a Court case, consider all of the other methods which may have lead to him or her appearing in court records.

The below details shows what birth, death, marriage, land, wills, and legal records are typically in Washington County. The dates indicated listed below are the first widely known records for this particular county.

You need to speak to the clerk's department to determine hours, mailing address, fees and other facts in advance of visiting or asking for information because of in some cases changing contact info. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The records and documents are accessible to interested parties, barring private issues. The majority of staff will assist people in obtaining the materials, but it is up to the person to do the research.
  • Washington County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 99 Public Square, Salem, IN 47167
  • Washington County Clerk responsiblities include administering Court Records of all Court Cases, prepares the Court's permanent historical record, performs marriage ceremonies, process marriage applications and issue marriage licenses, processes and distributes documents for court cases, and keeps a record of all wills and matters of trust in probate proceedings. The County Clerk's Office DOES NOT DO RESEARCH.  The documents are available to interested parties, barring confidential issues.  The staff will assist people in finding the materials, but it is up to the individual to do the research.
    • Phone: 812-883-5748
    • Marriage Records: 1815
    • Probate Records: 1814
    • Court Records: 1814
  • Washington County Recorder maintains, preserves and Records Deeds, Mortgages, Assignments, Releases, Powers of Attorney, Real Estate Contracts, Annexations, Trustee Elections, Affidavits, Final Decrees, Surveys, Federal Tax Liens, Mechanics Liens, Military Discharges, Articles of Incorporation, Cemetery Deeds, Bonds, Plats, Condominiums, Firms Doing Business Under Assumed Names, Delinquent Sewer Liens, and Miscellaneous Instruments.
    • Phone: 812-883-4001
    • Land Records: 1814
  • Washington County Treasurer's Office is responsible for collecting taxes. The treasurer also receives distributions of local income and other taxes that are collected by the state such as real estate tax, personal property tax, mobile home tax, state assessed tax, and the following miscellaneous taxes: auto excise tax, inheritance tax, and innkeeper's tax.
  • Washington County Department of Health maintains and provides Certified Birth and Death Records
    • Address: 806 Martinsburg Rd., Ste 100, Salem, IN 47167
    • Phone: 812-883-5603
    • Birth & Death Records: 1882

Washington County Links

The following are links to Genealogy and family history, Records and Resources relevant to Washington County. A lot of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Business oriented Sites, Personal Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some require a cost. This is simply a directory which has been collected or submitted. I do not recommend or promote one genealogy site over another. Feel free to provide your own most liked Washington County genealogy or family history related sites.

Washington Co. IN Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Washington Co. IN Books, Newspapers & Publications

Washington Co. IN Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Washington Co. IN Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Washington Co. IN Census Records

Washington Co. IN Cemeteries & Graveyards

Washington Co. IN Church & Bible Records

Washington Co. IN Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Washington Co. IN General and History Websites

Washington Co. IN Military Records

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