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Washington County, Georgia (Map It) was created on February 25, 1784 from Creek Cession of 1783. Portions of Washington County were used to create Greene County in 1786, Hancock County in 1793, Montgomery County in 1793, Warren County in 1793, and Johnson County in 1858). Washington County was named in honor of George Washington (1732 - 99), the first President of the United States, although named after him as a general. Learn More About State of Georgia History.
A Map of Washington County, Georgia contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.
Washington County, Georgia Courthouse Records
Washington County, GA Courthouse
The Washington County Courthouse is located in Sandersville, Georgia. The County Courthouse was destroyed by fire in 1855 and by Sherman's Troops in 1865, most records were destroyed. Learn More About State of Georgia Court, Tax, Land and Probate Records.
Please contact the each clerk's department to confirm mailing address, hours, fees and other information before visiting or requesting information because contact information sometimes changes. The Clerk's Office DOES NOT DO RESEARCH. The documents are available to interested parties, barring confidential issues. Most staff will assist people in finding the materials, but it is up to the individual to do the research.
The following dates indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in Washington county. The date listed for each category of record is usually the earliest registration filed. The earliest date does not indicate that there are numerous records for that year and does not mean that all such events were actually registered.
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- Washington County Clerk of Superior Court has Land Records from 1865 and Court Records from 1865. The County Clerk of Superior Court has jurisdiction over cases for title to land and equity, felony cases, adoptions, divorces, child support and custody enforcement. The clerk also is tasked with recording deeds and maintaining the chain of title to all property in the county. Be aware that Lands were given to Georgia citizens by lotteries for the years 1805, 1807, 1820, 1821, 1827, 1832, 1832 (Gold), 1833.
- Washington County Clerk of Probate Court has Marriage Records from 1865 and Probate Records from 1865.The County Clerk of Probate Court responsibilities include legal proceedings forh Wills, Estates, Guardianships of minor children, Involuntary Committals Hearings, Issuance of Marriage License, ect.. The county probate judge's office is the office where the most valuable genealogical records are created and maintained in the state of Georgia.
- Washington County Tax Digests are records scanned from microfilm in the Georgia Archives.
- 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, Georgia Census Records
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- U.S. Federal Population Schedules: 1790 (missing), 1800 (missing), 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragmented), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940
- U.S. Census Reconstructed Records: 1660-1820, Reconstructed 1790 Census of Georgia, Georgia Census Substitutes 1790-1890
- State Population Schedules: 1864 Census for Re-Organizing the Georgia Militia
- U.S. Federal Census Slave Schedules: 1850 and 1860
- U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Agriculture Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Industry Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Union Veterans Schedules: 1890
Washington County, Georgia Vital Records
- Learn More: State of Georgia Vital Records
- Birth and Death Records: from January 1919 to present.
- Marriage Records: from June 9, 1952 to present.
- Divorce Records: None. Contact the County Clerk of Superior Court.
- Locations: Georgia Division of Public Health, Vital Records, 2600 Skyland Drive NE, Atlanta, GA 30319; (404) 679-4702
- Vital Records Online: USAVital or Social Security Death Index
- Vital Records by Mail: Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Divorce Certificate, Death Certificate Applications.
Washington County, Georgia Resources
- Washington County Historical Society
- Central Georgia Genealogial Society
- Washington County, Georgia Message Boards
- Washington County, Georgia Genealogy Forum
- Washington County, Georgia Mailing lists
Washington County, Georgia External Links
- Georgia Historical Newspapers - Newspapers.com
- Washington County, Georgia Books - Amazon
- Cemeteries of Washington County, Georgia
- Washington Co., Georgia - FindaGrave
- Georgia Indexed Historical Records - Familysearch
- Georgia Virtual Vault - historical documents, from 1733 to the present
- Washington County, Georgia Links - Cyndi's List