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Washington County, Maryland
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Washington County, Maryland Facts

Washington County

When was Washington County, MD Created?
Washington County was created on September 6, 1776 from Frederick County. This county was named in honor of George Washington, first President of the United States.

What is the County Seat of Washington County, MD?
The County Seat is located in Hagerstown additionally, the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Washington County, MD?
Bordering Counties are Fulton County, Pennsylvania (northwest), Allegany County (west), Morgan County, West Virginia (southwest), Berkeley County, West Virginia (south), Jefferson County, West Virginia (south), Loudoun County, Virginia (southeast), Frederick County (east), Franklin County, Pennsylvania (northeast).

What cities and towns are in Washington County, MD?
Cities and towns located in the County include Hagerstown (incorporated 1813), Boonsboro, Clear Spring, Funkstown, Hancock, Keedysville, Sharpsburg, Smithsburg, Williamsport.

Washington County, MD Vital Records

Where can find Washington County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Washington County vital records can be found at the Maryland Office of Vital Records has copies of birth and death records from August 1898, has marriage records from January 1990 and has divorce records from January, 1992. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Maryland for current fees and application process.

State of Maryland Archives files, stores, and issues certified copies of vital records including Birth certificates from 1898 for Maryland counties and since 1875 for Baltimore City, Death certificates prior to 1969 and Marriage certificates since 1640 for events that occurred in Maryland.

You can also order Order Electronically Online or You can download an application for Maryland Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Divorce Verification, Death Certificate Applications to mail.

Washington County, MD Census Records

What Washington County, MD census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Washington County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1790, 1800, 1810, 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.

Another state census is the Maryland Colonial Census of 1776. There is free down-loadable and also printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Maryland Census Records Research Guide.

Washington County, MD Courthouse and Government Records

Washington County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Washington County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Washington County. The years listed below are the first noted records with this county. See Also Maryland Corthouse Records Research Guide.

Washington County, MD Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Washington County, MD?
A list of Washington County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Maryland Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.

Where can I connect with other Washington County, MD Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Washington County, MD?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Washington County. A majority of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Business Sites, Personal Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some have to have a payment. This is simply a listing that has been gathered or submitted. I do not recommend or promote one genealogy site above another.

Washington Co. MD Books, Newspapers & Publications

Washington Co. MD Cemeteries & Church Records

Washington Co. MD Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Washington Co. MD General and History Websites

Washington Co. MD Immigration & Naturalization

Washington Co. MD Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Washington Co. MD Military Records

Washington Co. MD Schools & Directories

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