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Washington County Genealogy

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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 ( 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


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.


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


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.

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