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Washington County, New York
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Washington County, New York Facts

Washington County

When was Washington County, NY Created?
Washington County was created on March 12, 1772 from Albany County (originally named Charlotte County, renamed in 1784).

What is the County Seat of Washington County, NY?
The County Seat is located in  Fort Edward and in addition the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Washington County, NY?
Bordering Counties are Essex County, Addison County, VT, Rutland County, VT, Bennington County, VT, Rensselaer County, Saratoga County, Warren County.

Washington County, NY Vital Records

Where can find Washington County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Washington County vital records can be found at the New York Department of Health which has copies of birth records after 1881 and death records after 1880, copies of marriage since 1881 and a Divorce records since 1847 . There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in New York 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 New York Birth and Death Certificate, Marriage and Divorce Certificate Application to mail.

Washington County, NY Census Records

What Washington County, NY 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 obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Washington Co. Industry and Agriculture is available for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Washington Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be obtained for 1890.

There are New York State censuses from 1880, 1892, 1905, 1855, 1865, 1875, 1892, 1905, 1915, 1925. You can get free downloadable and also printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also New York Census Records Research Guide

Washington County, NY 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 New York courthouses and archives everywhere are the ambitions and frustrations of countless New York 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 New York Corthouse Records Research Guide.

Washington County, NY Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Washington Co. NY Books, Newspapers & Publications

Washington Co. NY Cemeteries & Church Records

Washington Co. NY Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Washington Co. NY General and History Websites

Washington Co. NY Immigration & Naturalization

Washington Co. NY Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Washington Co. NY Military Records

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