Washington County, Alabama Genealogy

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Guide to Washington County, Alabama ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

County Facts
County seat: Chatom
Organized: June 4, 1800
Parent County(s): Baldwin[1]
Neighboring Counties
Baldwin  • Choctaw  • Clarke  • Greene (MS)  • Mobile  • Wayne (MS)
See County Maps
Courthouse
Washington County, Alabama Courthouse
Location Map
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Adoption

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named in honor of George Washington, first President of the United States of America. [2]The county is located in the southwest area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Washington County Courthouse
45 Court Street
Courthouse
PO Box 548
Chatom, AL 36518
Phone: 251-847-2239
Fax: 251-847-2015
Washington County Website

Probate Judge has marriage records from 1826, Land records from 1799, Military Discharge records from 1919, Birth & Death Records from 1920, and probate Records from 1825 [4]

Washington County, Alabama Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[5]
Birth Marriage Death Court Land Probate Census
1908 1826 1908 1802 1799 1825 1816
*Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1908. General compliance for births by 1927 and for deaths 1925.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1800 Washington County was created 4 June 1800 from Baldwin County and the Mississippi Territory.
  • County seat: Chatom[6]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in Washington County:[7]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator.

Cities
Towns
Unincorporated communities
  • Barlow
  • Bashi
  • Bassetts Creek
  • Bigbee
  • Burbank
  • Carson
  • Chapel Hill
  • Chestang
  • Copeland
  • Cortelyou
  • Dwight
  • Ellisville
  • Epworth
  • Escatawpa
  • Four Point
  • Frankville
  • Happy Hill
  • Jordan
  • Koenton
  • Laton Hill
  • Loper
  • New Wakefield
  • Prestwick
Census-designated places
Ghost towns


History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Washington, Alabama online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
TombstoneTranscriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Alabama Cemeteries for more information

The following web site has additional information on Wash*[URL FamilySearch Places]ington county cemeteries.

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1820 4,118
1830 3,474 −15.6%
1840 5,300 52.6%
1850 2,713 −48.8%
1860 4,669 72.1%
1870 3,912 −16.2%
1880 4,538 16.0%
1890 7,935 74.9%
1900 11,134 40.3%
1910 14,454 29.8%
1920 14,279 −1.2%
1930 16,365 14.6%
1940 16,188 −1.1%
1950 15,612 −3.6%
1960 15,372 −1.5%
1970 16,241 5.7%
1980 16,821 3.6%
1990 16,694 −0.8%
2000 18,097 8.4%
2010 17,581 −2.9%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

State Census

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Alabama denominations, view the Alabama Church Records wiki page.

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Alabama Land and Property for additional information about early Alabama land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse, where records are currently housed.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Washington County. The histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Alabama Local Histories.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

ChoctawClarkeBaldwinMobileGreene County, MSWayne County, MSAL WASHINGTON.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War
Regiments. Men in Washington County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (part of a large regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Washington County:

- 11th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company E
- 24th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company E "Dickinson Guards"
- 24th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company G
- 32nd Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company A, F and G
- 38th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company C

World War I

World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Alabama Online Historical Newspapers - identifies historical archived and digitized newspapers available online on both and pay-to-access websites.

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Voting Records[edit | edit source]

Alabama Voting Registers for 1867 are available online at the Alabama Department of Archives and History. Washington County has one book.

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Online Probate Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

Alabama tax records complement land records and can be used to supplement the years between censuses. There may be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties. For more information, see the wiki page Alabama Taxation.

  • 1816 Inhabitants of Alabama in 1816. Broken Arrow Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, 1955. Digital version at FamilySearch Digital Library. Includes Washington County.
  • 1865-1866 - U.S. IRS Tax Assessment Lists, 1862-1918 at Ancestry ($). Washington County is in District 1.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Alabama State Department of Health , the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred or order electronically online $.

For some online statewide indexes, see the FamilySearch Historical Record Collections for Alabama.

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Washington County. For state-wide library facilities, see Alabama Archives and Libraries.

Washington County Public Library
14102 St. Stephens Ave.
Chatom, Alabama 36518
Phone: 251-847-2097
website

McINTOSH BRANCH'
83 Olin Road
McIntosh, AL 36553
Phone: 251-944-2047
website

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Washington County Alabama Historical and Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 421
Chatom, Alabama 36518

The society provides local history materials and research.
Publication: Washington County Ancestry

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Alabama.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Genealogy Trails History Group, "Washington County, Alabama Genealogy and History", http://genealogytrails.com/ala/washington/ 6/27/2017.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Washington, Alabama," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_County,_Alabama 6/27/2017.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Alabama.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Alabama.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Alabama.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "Washington County, Alabama," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_County,_Alabama, accessed 26 October 2018.
  8. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/4/4d/Igialabamatz.pdf.