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Washington County, North Carolina History

When was Washington County, NC Created?
Washington County was created on 1799 from Tyrrell County. This county was named for George Washington (1732–1799), the 1st President of the United States .

What is the County Seat of Washington County, NC?
The County Seat is located in Plymouth also, the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Washington County, NC?
Bordering Counties are Chowan County (north), Perquimans County (northeast), Tyrrell County (east), Hyde County (southeast), Beaufort County (southwest), Martin County (west), Bertie County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Washington County, NC?
Cities and towns located in the County include Creswell, Plymouth, Roper.

Washington County, NC Vital Records

Where can find Washington County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Washington County vital records can be found at the North Carolina Department of Health which has copies of birth records after 1913 and death records after 1930, copies of marriage since Jan 1962 and a Divorce records since 1958. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in North Carolina for current fees and application process.

Birth, death and marriage certificates also may be obtained at the Washington County Register of Deeds (ROD) office. Divorce certificates may be obtained from the  Washington County clerk of court.

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

The North Carolina State Archives has the following vital records: Death Certificates, 1913-1975 (Statewide Index: 1913-1979); microfilmed Indexes to Births and Deaths (except Wake, Durham); Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868 (not required by law); Cohabitation Records, 1866-1867; microfilmed Marriage Registers and Indexes; microfilmed Marriage Licenses for many of the counties See Also North Carolina Vital Records Research Guide

Washington County, NC Census Records

What Washington County, NC census records are available?
County census records consists of Federal Census Schedules which can guide in looking into your family tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found for 1800 (incomplete), 1810 (incomplete), 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. The Slave Schedules exist for 1850 & 1860. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also North Carolina Census Records Research Guide

Washington County, NC 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 pointed out listed below are the first noted records with this county. Some County Courthouse records may have been destroyed by bombardment in Civil War in 1862. Also other Record losses in 1869 and 1881

Washington County, NC Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Washington County, NC?
A list of Washington County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives. See also a list of Statewide North Carolina Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.

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

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

Washington Co. NC Books, Newspapers & Publications

Washington Co. NC Church / Bible Records & Cemeteries / Graveyards

Washington Co. NC Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Washington Co. NC General and History Websites

Washington Co. NC Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Washington Co. NC Military Records

Washington Co. NC Schools & Directories

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