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Washington County, Texas Facts

Washington County

When was Washington County, TX Created?
Allen 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) .

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

What counties are adjacent to Washington County, TX?
Bordering Counties are Brazos County (north), Grimes County (northeast), Waller County (east), Austin County (south), Fayette County (southwest), Lee County (west), Burleson County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Washington County, TX?
Cities and towns located in the County include Brenham, Burton.

Washington County, TX Vital Records

Where can find Washington County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
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, TX Census Records

What Washington County, TX 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 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.

Another census resource is the Texas, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index from 1820-1890. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Texas Census Records Research Guide.

Washington County, TX 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 Texas Corthouse Records Research Guide.

  • 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
  • Texas, County Tax Rolls, 1846-1910
  • Texas Land Title Abstracts
  • BLM Land Records

Washington County, TX Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

What other genealogical resources are available in Washington County, TX?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Washington County.

Washington Co. TX Books,Newspapers & Publications

Washington Co. TX Cemeteries & Church 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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