Washington County, Texas
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Washington County

Washington County was created on March 17, 1836 as one of the original 23 counties (originally named Tenehaw County, it was created on July 18, 1835 from Austin County and Liberty County, established as a municipality by Mexico). This county was named for George Washington, the first president of the United States (1789–1797) .

The Washington County Seat is located in Brenham also, the county government website is www.co.washington.tx.us/.

Areas bordering to Washington County are Brazos County (north), Grimes County (northeast), Waller County (east), Austin County (south), Fayette County (southwest), Lee County (west), Burleson County (northwest).

Cities and towns located in Washington County include Brenham, Burton.

Washington County vital records can be found at the Texas Office of Vital Records has copies of birth and death records reported from 1903. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Texas 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 Texas Birth and Death Certificate, Marriage or Divorce Verification 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 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.

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

Researchers typically overlook the great importance of Washington County court, probate, and land documents as a source of ancestry and genealogy information. Buried away in Texas courthouses and archives everywhere are the aspirations and worries of many Texas citizens.

The chances are excellent that your particular forefathers have left a detailed record of at least a number of elements of their lives in the Washington County court records. Even if your forebears is not referred to in a Court case, contemplate all of the other methods that could have lead to her or him to appear in court records.

The following facts denotes exactly what death, marriage, birth, land, probate, and legal records will be in Washington County. The dates pointed out listed below tend to be the first recognized records with this county.

I highly recommend you get in touch with the clerk's office to validate hours, mailing address, fees and other facts prior to visiting or asking for information because of sometimes changing contact info. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The data files are accessible to interested parties, barring confidential issues. A good number of workers will aid persons in obtaining the resources, however it's up to the man or women to do the research.
  • Washington County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 100 E. Main, Suite 102, Brenham 77833
  • Washington County Clerk is the place where all transactions having to do with land are recorded and kept on file. They take marriage license applications, issues marriage licenses, files the license after the marriage, and maintains a permanent record of the marriage, surveys and plats of subdivisions, Armed Forces discharge papers for all veterans who reside in the county. Some naturalization records have been found with the deeds.
    • Phone: (979) 277-6200 Ext. 123
    • Birth & Death Records: 1903
    • Marriage Records: 1837
    • Land Records: 1832
    • Probate Records: 1837
    • Court Records: 1840
  • Washington County Tax Assessor-Collector Office is responsible for the the assessment of taxes on each property in the county and collection of that tax

Washington County Links

The following are links to Genealogy and family history, Records and Resources relating to Washington County. A lot of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Business Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some call for a payment. This is basically a collection that has been gathered or submitted. I do not endorse or promote one genealogy site over another. Feel free to present your own most liked Washington County genealogy or family history associated sites.

Washington Co. TX Books,Newspapers & Publications

Washington Co. TX Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Washington Co. TX Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Washington Co. TX Census Records

Washington Co. TX Cemeteries & Graveyards

Washington Co. TX Church & Bible Records

Washington Co. TX Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Washington Co. TX General and History Websites

Washington Co. TX Immigration & Naturalization

Washington Co. TX Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Washington Co. TX Military Records

Washington Co. TX Schools & Directories

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