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County Courthouse

Washington County Courthouse
PO Box 271
Sandersville, GA 31082-0271
Phone: 912.552.2325 

Probate Court has birth, marriage and probate records;
Clerk Superior Court has divorce, court and land records
from 1865[1]


Parent County

1784--Washington County was created 25 February 1784 from Creek Indian Lands. County seat: Sandersville [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1855 and 1864 -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.

For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties


Getting Started

De Lamar's book is a great place to start Washington County, Georgia Genealogy research. It includes pre-1850 headright, land, lottery, census, surveyor, military, school, tax, and vital records:

  • De Lamar, Marie. Records of Washington County, Georgia. Baltimore, MD, USA: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2000. Digital version at Ancestry ($).






Local Histories

  • Mitchell, Ella. History of Washington County. Atlanta, Ga.: Byrd Print. Co., 1924. Digital version at Ancestry ($).





  • 1829-1876 - Washington County Letters of Administration, Testamentary, Guardianship, Book A, partial transcription (1829-1876) at Georgia Pioneers ($).
  • 1829-1876 - Washington County Divisions of Estates, Letters of Administration, Guardianship, Book A (1829-1876) at Georgia Pioneers ($).
  • 1829-1876 - Index to Washington County Letters of Guardianship and Apprenticeships, Vol. A (1829-1876) at Georgia Pioneers ($).
  • 1843-1890 - Index to Washington County Annual Returns, Book B (1843-1852), Book C (1851-1855), Book E (1856-1858), Book F (1858-1866), Book G (1866-1878), Book H (1878-1890) at Georgia Pioneers ($).
  • 1846-1862 - Index to Washington County Inventories, Vol. A, 1846-1862 at Georgia Pioneers ($).


Vital Records

  • 1828-1885 - Washington County Marriages from Newspapers 1828-1885 at Georgia Pioneers ($).

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Washington County, Georgia. Page 161 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).


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