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Washington County Alabama History and Profile:

Washington County is a county of the U.S. state of Alabama. The county was named in honor of George Washington, first President of the United States of America. As of 2000, the population was 18,097. Its county seat is Chatom. Washington County is a dry county.

Washington County was where the major league baseball player Wilmer David “Vinegar Bend” Mizell (1930–1999) played ball. Mizell served as a Republican congressman from North Carolina from 1969-1975.

* Washington County in Tombigbee District was established by proclamation of Governor Winthrop Sargent of the Mississippi Territory on June 4, 1800.
* It is the oldest county in the State of Alabama.
* Over two thirds of the adult men volunteered and served in the Confederate Army as of 1863, when the CSA was petitioned by a group of elderly men not to draft them, so they might serve as a sort of homeland militia. They stated in their petition that they were needed to protect against potential slave uprisings, inasmuch as the county was home to numerous plantations with large slave populations.
* The county was declared a disaster area in September 1979 due to damage from Hurricane Frederic.
* Washington County is home to the site of Old Saint Stephens, the first territorial capital of Alabama.

Washington County is home to St. Stephens, the territorial capitol of Alabama. It also contains Washington County State Lake, The Washington County Public Library (www.wcpls.org) and the Washington County Museum.

Source: Wikipedia.

Cities and Towns of Washington County, Alabama:

* Chatom
* Deer Park
* Fruitdale
* Leroy
* Saint Stephens
* Wagarville
* McIntosh
* Millry
* Vinegar Bend
* Tibbie
* Hobson

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Washington County Government

Washington County Public Library
608 St. Stephens Avenue
Chatom, AL 36518

Washington County Historic Places

McIntosh Log Church
Old St. Stephens Site
Washington County Courthouse

Washington County Genealogy Resources

Washington County Alabama ALGenWeb Project Site

Washington County, Alabama USGenWeb archives

Washington County Genealogy page at KindredTrails

Vital Records

If you are outside the state of Alabama and are looking to request copies of vital records you must contact the statewide office of vital records:

Alabama Vital Records
P.O. Box 5625
Montgomery, AL 36103-5625
(334) 206-5418
Fax: (334) 262-9563

You can also call (334) 206-5418

There were no birth certificates prior to 1908, some counties may have recorded births in a ledger however. One way to search this centrally is by contacting:

Department of Archives and History
624 Washington Ave
Montgomery, AL 36130
(334) 242-4363

Birth and Death Records have been recorded in Alabama since 1908, Marriage Records since August 1936 and Divorces since 1950.

Census

1830 Federal Census Index & Transcription

1840 Federal Census Index & Transcription

1850 Federal Census Index & Transcription – Includes Slave Schedule Index and Transcription

1860 Federal Census Index & Transcription

1920 Federal Census Transcription – Partial of Precinct #3

Tax Records

Cemeteries

USGS listing of Cemeteries in Washington County

Washington County Cemetery Transcriptions
Cemetery Transcriptions (Although both are usgenweb this seems a slightly different listing.)

Query Forums

Genealogy Forums can be a great way to find other people that are researching the same ancestors as you are. Even if they may be not be researching the same direct line but related lines you may find information that is useful in your own research. Make sure to verify any other research that you add to your own research and try to document it well. If asking questions in genealogy forums it is good to provide as much information as possible and in the subject of the posting try to give name and a date or range of dates to help make your query more likely to be found. Posts with titles like “looking for family” or “help!” are too generic and something along the lines of “John Smith b. abt 1828 md. Hannah Jones” would be more helpful to get your post read by those that are interested in the John Smith/Hannah Jones family.

Washington County, AL at
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News Related to Washington County, AL

“Washington County” al – Google News

Chris Wilson leaves Washington County, takes head coaching job at Straughn – AL.com


AL.com
Chris Wilson leaves Washington County, takes head coaching job at Straughn
AL.com
If Washington County makes another trip to the state championship game, it will be with a new head coach. Chris Wilson, who led Washington County to back-to-back berths in the Class 2A title game in 2012 and 2013, has accepted the head coaching job at …

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Alabama Judge Defies Gay Marriage Law – New York Times


New York Times
Alabama Judge Defies Gay Marriage Law
New York Times
And Washington County Probate Judge Nick Williams released a “declaration in support of marriage” in which he said he would “only issue marriage licenses and solemnize ceremonies consistent with Alabama law and the U.S. Constitution; namely, between …
Chaos in Alabama as judges defy court order to marry same-sex couplesThe Hill (blog)
Washington County Probate Judge defends stance on marriage license refusalFOX10 News
Alabama Same-Sex Marriages Begin as Top Judge Urges DefianceBloomberg
U.S. News & World Report -AL.com -WKRG-TV
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Chaos reigns in Alabama as same-sex couples seek marriage licenses – AL.com


AL.com
Chaos reigns in Alabama as same-sex couples seek marriage licenses
AL.com
Washington County Probate Judge Nick Williams said he would not issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Al.com reporter Casey Toner asked him whether he was worried about getting sued. "I'm not worried about following the U.S. Constitution and …

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A majority of Alabama counties are now issuing same-sex marriage licenses – Washington Post


Washington Post
A majority of Alabama counties are now issuing same-sex marriage licenses
Washington Post
One of the probate judges he is representing, Nick Williams of Washington County, said he will wait until the Supreme Court rules. His office has been issuing marriage licenses, but he has instructed his staff not to give them to same-sex couples. So
While most Alabama counties now issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples AL.com
Some Counties Still Holding Back On Gay MarriageWKRG-TV
Gay couples wed in once-reluctant Alabama countyTwinCities.com-Pioneer Press

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Possible Link in Area Burglaries – WJHG-TV

Possible Link in Area Burglaries
WJHG-TV
Both people are believed to be from Northern Alabama. Investigators from Jackson, Calhoun, Holmes and Washington county are all working with law enforcement in Georgia. As a reminder, always be cautious of your surroundings and report any suspicious …

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Police: Man Jailed For Using Antlers To Attack Disabled Dad – CBS Local


CBS Local
Police: Man Jailed For Using Antlers To Attack Disabled Dad
CBS Local
MONONGAHELA, Pa. (KDKA/AP) – A Washington County man has been jailed on charges he used a set of mounted deer antlers to attack his disabled father. Twenty-six-year-old Arthur Benoit III, of Monongahela, faces a preliminary hearing March 10 on …

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