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Washington County, Georgia
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Washington County, Georgia Facts

When was Washington County, GA Created?
Washington County was established on February 25, 1784 from Creek Cession of 1783 (portions of Washington County were used to create Greene in 1786, Hancock in 1793, Montgomery in 1793, Warren in 1793, and Johnson in 1858).

The county was named in honor of George Washington (1732 – 99), the first President of the United States, although named after him as a general.

What is the County Seat of Washington County, GA?
The County Seat is located in Sandersville and in the current county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Washington County, GA?
Bordering Counties are  Glascock CountyJefferson CountyJohnson CountyWilkinson CountyBaldwin CountyHancock County

Washington County, GA Vital Records

Where can find Washington County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Washington County vital records can be found at the Georgia Department of Health which has copies for copies of birth and death records since Jan 1919, copies of marriage since June 9, 1952 to 1996 and a Divorce records index since June 9, 1952. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Georgia for current fees and application process.

You can search online for Washington County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also order Order Electronically Online or you can download an application for copies of Washington Co. Birth CertificateMarriage CertificateDivorce Certificate or Death Certificates to mail.

The Washington County Health Department can issue Birth, Marriage and Death certificates while you wait. Contact the Clerk of Superior Court for Divorce Records and the Probate Judge for Marriage Records.

Washington County, GA Census Records

What Washington County, GA 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 1790-189019001910192019301940.

Washington County Slave Schedules can be obtained for 1850 & 1860. Washington County Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Washington County Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Washington County Union Veterans Schedules can be obtained for 1890.

You can find free down-loadable and also printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Georgia Census Records Research Guide

Washington County, GA Courthouse and Government Records

Washington County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Washington County Courthouse?

Researchers frequently overlook the great importance of Washington County court, probate, and land records data as a useful resource of ancestry and genealogy information. Buried away in Georgia courthouses and archives everywhere are the ambitions and frustrations of countless Georgia residents.

The possibilities are excellent that your forefathers have left a comprehensive document of at least a number of facets 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 procedures that could have lead to him or her to appear in court records. See Also Georgia Corthouse Records Research Guide.

Washington County, GA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

What other genealogical resources are available in Washington County, GA?
The following links to Genealogy Resources associated to Washington County. These links fall into 3 categories: Business Sites, Personal Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some have to have a cost. This is basically a list that has been gathered or submitted. I do not recommend or promote one genealogy site above another.

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