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Washington County, Rhode Island

Washington County was established on June 3, 1729 from part of Providence Plantations

The Washington County Seat is situated in Wakefield.

Areas adjoining Washington County are Windham County, Connecticut, Kent CountyBristol CountyNew London County, Connecticut, Newport CountySuffolk County, New York, Dukes County, Massachusetts.

Washington County vital records can be found at the Rhode Island Office of Vital Records which has copies of birth, marriage, divorce and death records. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Rhode Island for current fees and application process. Please be advised that in most cases you will receive your records more quickly from the City and Town locations than from the State Office

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 Rhode Island Birth CertificateMarriage CertificateDeath Certificate Applications to mail.

Washington County includes Federal Census Schedules to guide in looking into your family tree. Federal government Population Schedules are available for 1790-189019001910192019301940.

Washington Co. Mortality Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Washington Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules is available for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Washington Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be obtained for 1890. You will discover free down loadable in addition to printable census forms to aid with your research.

Washington County Society 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 frequently overlook the importance of Washington County court, probate, and land files as a resource of genealogy information. Hidden away in Rhode Island courthouses and archives everywhere are often the ambitions and frustrations of the many Rhode Island men and women.

The chances are very good that your chosen ancestors and forefathers have left a in-depth record of at least a number of elements of their lives in the Washington County court records. Even if your forebears is not brought up in a Court case, take into consideration all of the other methods that could have lead to him or her appearing in court records.

Washington County Links

The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources related to Washington County. These genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Commercial Sites, Personal Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some require a cost. This is simply a directory that has been gathered or submitted. I do not endorse or promote one genealogy site over another. Feel free to furnish your own most popular Washington County genealogy or family history associated sites.

Washington Co. RI Books, Newspapers & Publications

Washington Co. RI Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Washington Co. RI Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Washington Co. RI Census Records

Washington Co. RI Cemeteries & Church Records

Washington Co. RI Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Washington Co. RI General and History Websites

Washington Co. RI Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Washington Co. RI Military Records

Washington Co. RI Schools & Directories