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Charlotte (Washington) County men served in the [[1st New York Regiment (Revolutionary War)|1st New York Regiment]].<ref>"1st New York Regiment," ''Valley Forge Legacy,'' http://valleyforgemusterroll.org/regiments/ny1.asp, accessed 31 May 2012.</ref>
  
 
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[http://www.wchs-ny.org/ Washington County Historical Society ]<br>Wing-Northup House<br>167 Broadway<br>Fort Edward,&nbsp; NY 12828-1709<br>Telephone: (518) 747-9108<br>FAX: 747-1665  
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===== [http://www.wchs-ny.org/ Washington County Historical Society ]<br>Wing-Northup House<br>167 Broadway<br>Fort Edward,&nbsp; NY 12828-1709<br>Telephone: (518) 747-9108<br>FAX: 747-1665 =====
  
[http://www.capitaldistrictgenealogicalsociety.org/index.html Capital District Genealogical Society]<ref>''Capital District Genealogical Society (Internet site)'' at http://www.capitaldistrictgenealogicalsociety.org/index.html (accessed 31 October 2011).</ref><br> Empire State Plaza Station<br> PO Box 2175<br> Albany, NY 12220-0175  
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Argyle Historical Society<br>6394 Hartford Road, Argyle, NY 12809
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[http://cambridgenyhistoricalsociety.org/ Cambridge Historical Society]<br>12 Broad St, Cambridge, NY12816 518-677-5443 cambhistorical@aol.com
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[http://www.salem-ny.com/asafitchpage.html Dr. Asa Fitch Historical Society]<br>RD 1 Box 336A, Cambridge, NY 12816 518-854-3888
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[http://www.oldforthousemuseum.com/Contact/AboutFEHA.aspx Fort Edward Historical Association]<br>22 &amp; 29 Lower Broadway, PO Box 106, Fort Edward, NY 12828, 518-747-9600 oldfort@localnet.com
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Granville Heritage Society and&nbsp;Granville Town Historian<br>PO Box 334, Middle Granville, NY12849 518-642-9824<br>
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Greenwich Historical Association<br>PO Box 35, Greenwich, NY&nbsp;12834
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[http://www.hartfordny.com/history/museum-civil-war-enlistment-center/ Hartford] Historical Group<br>Main St, Hartford, NY 12838 518-632-5222
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[http://www.hebronny.com/ Hebron] Preservation Society<br>PO Box 328, Salem, NY 12865
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[http://www.putnamhistorymuseum.org/home/ Putnam Historical Society]<br>Po Box 24, Putnam Station, NY 12861 518-547-8259
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[http://www.salem-ny.com/historicarchives.html Village and Town of Salem Historical Archives]<br>Proudfit Building Bancroft Public Library Main St, Salem NY 12865 518-854-3150
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[http://www.skenesborough.com/historical-society Historical Society of Whitehall]<br>12 William Street,PO Box 238, Whitehall, NY 12887 518-499-1801
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===== [http://www.capitaldistrictgenealogicalsociety.org/index.html Capital District Genealogical Society]<ref>''Capital District Genealogical Society (Internet site)'' at http://www.capitaldistrictgenealogicalsociety.org/index.html (accessed 31 October 2011).</ref><br> Empire State Plaza Station<br> PO Box 2175<br> Albany, NY 12220-0175 =====
  
 
:Counties served: Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, and '''Washington'''.
 
:Counties served: Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, and '''Washington'''.
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:$3 for non-member queries in their newsletter. Monthly meetings. They staff a genealogy support desk at the Town of Colonie Library.<br><br>
 
:$3 for non-member queries in their newsletter. Monthly meetings. They staff a genealogy support desk at the Town of Colonie Library.<br><br>
  
[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nycnygs/index.htm Central New York Genealogical Society]<ref>''Central New York Genealogical Society'' at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nycnygs/index.htm (accessed 1 November 2011).</ref><br>Box 104, Calvin Station <br>Syracuse, New York 13205 <br>E-mail: [mailto:CNYGS@yahoo.com CNYSG@yahoo.com]  
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===== [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nycnygs/index.htm Central New York Genealogical Society]<ref>''Central New York Genealogical Society'' at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nycnygs/index.htm (accessed 1 November 2011).</ref><br>Box 104, Calvin Station <br>Syracuse, New York 13205 <br>E-mail: [mailto:CNYGS@yahoo.com CNYSG@yahoo.com] =====
  
 
:Member queries; surname research list; online resources; six meetings/year; publishes ''Tree Talks '' ({{WorldCat|1585719|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|253012|item|disp=FHL Book 974.7 B2t}}) quarterly with annual index.
 
:Member queries; surname research list; online resources; six meetings/year; publishes ''Tree Talks '' ({{WorldCat|1585719|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|253012|item|disp=FHL Book 974.7 B2t}}) quarterly with annual index.
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:*'''1864-5, 1874-5''' See Marriage Schedule information in the State Census section of [[{{PAGENAME}}#Census|Census]] for marriage information for 1864-5, and 1874-5.
 
:*'''1864-5, 1874-5''' See Marriage Schedule information in the State Census section of [[{{PAGENAME}}#Census|Census]] for marriage information for 1864-5, and 1874-5.
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:*'''1795–1952''' {{RecordSearch|1680842|New York Deaths and Burials, 1795-1952}} at [http://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch Historical Records] – free; Index. The entries are primarily from the IGI along with some entries derived from compiled and original records such as Family Records, Church Records, and Civil Registration. There may be entries that cite a specific source.
 
:*'''1795–1952''' {{RecordSearch|1680842|New York Deaths and Burials, 1795-1952}} at [http://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch Historical Records] – free; Index. The entries are primarily from the IGI along with some entries derived from compiled and original records such as Family Records, Church Records, and Civil Registration. There may be entries that cite a specific source.
  
:*'''1801–1890''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8920 ''Barber Collection- Newspaper Deaths''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry]– ($); Index. Information extracted from the "Brooklyn Eagle" and the "New York Evening Post."  
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:*'''1849-50, 1859-60, 1869-70, 1879-80''' See Mortality Schedule information in the Federal Census section of [[{{PAGENAME}}#Census|Census]] for death information.
 
:*'''1849-50, 1859-60, 1869-70, 1879-80''' See Mortality Schedule information in the Federal Census section of [[{{PAGENAME}}#Census|Census]] for death information.
  
:*'''1856–1863''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=49240 ''Index to Marriages and Deaths in the New York Herald''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry]– ($); Index. These newspaper notices refer to people up and down the East Coast as well as midwesterners and persons from as far west as the State of California. Also browseable.  
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:*'''1856–1863''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=49240 ''Index to Marriages and Deaths in the New York Herald''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry]– ($); Index. These newspaper notices refer to people up and down the East Coast as well as midwesterners and persons from as far west as the State of California. Also browseable.
  
 
:*See ''Town Clerks' Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War in {{PAGENAME}}'' in the Civil War section of [[{{PAGENAME}}#Military|Military]] for death information.
 
:*See ''Town Clerks' Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War in {{PAGENAME}}'' in the Civil War section of [[{{PAGENAME}}#Military|Military]] for death information.
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Guide to Washington County New York genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, military, immigration and naturalization records. This page describes sources of genealogical data about Washington County, New York families, including links to smaller localities in the county. New York-related pages show useful statewide sources. United States pages explain the terminology and contents of genealogical records.

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Washington County, New York
Map
Map of New York highlighting Washington County
Location in the state of New York
Map of the U.S. highlighting New York
Location of New York in the U.S.
Facts
Founded March 12, 1772
County Seat Fort Edward
Courthouse
Washington County, New York Courthouse.jpg
Photo courtesy Jimmy Emerson
Address 383 Broadway
Fort Edward, NY 12828
Washington County Website

Contents

Washington County New York Historical Facts

Parent County

Warren County was created 12 March 1772 from part of Albany County.[1]

Neighboring Counties

Essex · Rensselaer · Saratoga · Warren · Vermont counties: Addison · Bennington · Rutland[2]

Boundary Changes

PutnamDresdenWhitehallHamptonFort AnnGranvilleKingsburyHartfordFort EdwardArgyleHebronGreenwichSalemEastonJacksonCambridgeWhite CreekRensselaer CountyBennington CountySaratoga CountyEssex CountyAddison CountyRutland CountyWarren CountyNYWashingtonCoTwnshps.png


Record Loss

Washington County New York Genealogy Resources

Bible Records

  • 1581–1917 New York, Family Bible Records at Ancestry– ($); Index. Database is a collection of genealogically important records taken from the Bibles of colony and state residents. Reveals the Bible's original owner, brief record of descendants,and a particular event such as birth or marriage as recorded in Bible.

Biography

Business Records and Commerce

Cemeteries

Cemetery records often reveal birth, death, relationship, military, and religious information.

Online Grave Transcripts Published Grave Transcripts County Cemetery Directories
Findagrave.com* Family History Library* Findagrave.com*
Interment.net* WorldCat* Tombstone Transcription Project*
Cemetery Site*   NYGenWeb Cemeteries*
New York Gravestones*   epodunk*
NYGenWeb Cemeteries*   Billion Graves*
Billion Graves*   Names in Stone*
Names in Stone*    
Linkpendium*    
Ancestry*    
   *See the New York Cemeteries page for details about each site.


Additional Resources

Bancroft Public Library
181 S. Main
PO Box 515
Salem, NY 12865
Phone: 518-854-7463

Genealogical Resources: Online Cemetery Database for several towns and some in Vermont.

Census

For information and tips on using and accessing online census records, see New York Census.

Federal

U.S. Census Mortality Schedules for New York, 1850-1880:

  • Available online at Ancestry ($).
  • Deaths are included for the 12 months prior to the census, 1849-50, 1859-60, 1869-70, and 1879-80 beginning 1 June and ending 31 May of the census year.[3]
  • Basic contents of the records include: Name, sex, age, color, marital status, place of birth, month of death, occupation, and cause of death. 1870 also has parents' birthplace. 1880 lists how long a resident of the county.
  • Also on FHL Films 1415128–42 which can be ordered through any Family History Center.
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New York State 1865 and 1875 Census Marriage, Mortality; and 1865 Soldier Mortality records:

  • Images available online at New York State Census, 1865 and New York State Census, 1875. Click on the link to go to the page, then click on the ‘Browse through images’ link and select your county, then select an ancestor's town and browse to the end of the population schedule until you find the Marriage, Mortality, and 1865 soldier mortality schedules.
  • Includes marriages and deaths for the 12 months prior to the census, ending 1 June of the census year.
  • Marriage entry content: Husband's name, wife's name, ages and previous marital status, month and day and place of marriage, and church or civil ceremony.
  • Death entry content: Name, age, sex, color, marital status, month and day of death, native state or country, occupation and cause of death.
  • 1865 deaths of officers and enlisted men entry content: Name, age, marital status, citizenship status, enlistment date, original regiment, original rank, regiment at death, rank at death, promotions, death date and place, manner of death, surviving associates, and burial place.
  • Also on microfilm. See the Family History Library line in the above State Census Chart. These can be ordered through any Family History Center.

Church Records

Church records are good substitutes for birth, marriage, and death information and are most often found on a local city/town or county level.  Published and manuscript church records can be found at public, university, and private libraries.

For a brief general history of denominations and a guide to finding various New York denomination's records, see New York Church Records Wiki page.

Ann Mensch's Local Catholic Church and Family History & Genealogical Research Guide is a free online resource that identifies the parishes of Washington County, years parishes were created, contact information, as well as links to online records and research tips. Washington County parishes fall under the jurisdiction of the Diocese of Albany.

  • 1810s-1880s - "Washington County, N.Y., Quaker Records - Data Taken from the Records of Easton Monthly Meeting of Friends," The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Vol. 46, No. 2 (Apr. 1915):122-130. Digital versions at Internet Archive - free; New York Family History ($); FHL Book 974.7 B2n v. 46. Births, deaths. Some births as early as 1739.

Additional Church Records

Additional church records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Washington County, New York Church Records  in online catalogs like:

Court Records

Ancestors may have also been involved in municipal, state, or federal court cases. See also New York Court Records and United States Court Records.

Crime and Criminals

Directories

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups

Gazetteers

Genealogy

  • Rootsweb message board for Washington County, New York has many information threads about families that resided in that county. There is a search engine that allows you to search by surname and topic.

History

Additional Resources:

Washington County, New York History

Genealogical Resources: Information about Hartford Village, Masonry, Amasa Brown's Church, 1790 census, and other information.

Wikipedia
Wikipedia has more about this subject: Washington County, New York

Land and Property

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 New York Land and Property for more details, especially about the papers generated in New York State by large speculative land companies.

Original land records in Washington County, New York began in [?dateyear?]. These records are housed at the [?repository?] in [?town?].

Online

Microforms

Books

  • 1765 - O'Neill, Terri Bradshaw. "Sale of Lots in the Argyle Patent Washington County, 1765," The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Vol. 141, No. 3 (Jul. 2010):219-220. Digital version at New York Family History ($); FHL Book 974.7 B2n v. 141.

Additional land records can sometimes be found using these catalogs:

Additional resources

Additional resources for Washington County, New York land records may be found in the Washington County, New York – Land Records topic page of the FamilySearch Catalog . Copies of records on FHL microfilm and microfiche can be ordered for viewing at Family History Centers. Copies of books found in the FamilySearch Catalog may be found in WorldCat catalog and ordered from your local library through interlibrary loan. Explore how to search the FamilySearch Catalog and the Worldcat Online Catalog.

Maps

Migration

Early migration routes to and from Washington County for European settlers included:[5]

Military

Revolutionary War

Charlotte (Washington) County men served in the 1st New York Regiment.[6]

Civil War

Town registers. The New York town clerks kept a bound register of all soldiers from their town serving in the Civil War 1861-1865. Registers are arranged by county, and town. Some town registers are missing. The registers include an index at the start of each town.

Content. Many register entries include full name, residence, date and place of birth, parents names, marital status, date of enlistment and muster and rank, discharges, death, or promotion.

Access. The original registers are at the New York State Archives in Albany, New York. Microfilm copies are found at the Family History Library (FHL Film 1993401-37) and can be ordered for viewing at your local Family History Center. They are also indexed and available at Ancestry.com ($).

Available towns. Registers are available for: Argyle · Dresden · Easton · Granville · Greenwich · Hampton · Hebron · Jackson · Putnam · White Creek.

Regiments. Service men in Washington County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were formed in Washington County:[7]

- 2nd Regiment, New York Infantry
- 3rd Regiment, New York Infantry
- 22nd Regiment, New York Infantry
- 43rd Regiment, New York Infantry
- 53rd Regiment, New York Infantry (1st)
- 87th Regiment, New York Infantry
- 93rd Regiment, New York Infantry
- 96th Regiment, New York Infantry
- 123rd Regiment, New York Infantry
- 161st Regiment, New York Infantry
- 169th Regiment, New York Infantry
- 176th Regiment, New York Infantry
- 177th Regiment, New York Infantry

Newspapers

Newspaperarchive.com ($) has historical newspapers available on-line. Their database has North Adams, MA newspapers (1895-1977) covering local news that included Washington County residents. ($)

Obituaries

Periodicals

Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

Probate Records

Probate records including original estates and wills for New York are held in the office of the Washington County, New York County Surrogate Court beginning in 1787, or when the county was formed. Prior to 1787, most are housed at the New York State Archives. See New York Probate Records for more information about using probate records.
Content:  Probate Records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their place of residence.
Record types:  Wills, bonds, petitions, accounts, inventories, administrations, orders, decrees, and distribution.

Probate Petitions

In 1830, state law required the Surrogate Court clerk to issue a probate petition for a deceased individual with property. This petition, unique to New York, usually lists the deceased's death date. It also lists the heirs, their relationship to the deceased, and their residence. [8] [9]

These petitions are often found in the estate files and can be obtained from the Washington County Surrogate Court.

Online Probate Abstracts and Indexes


Online Probate Records

Original county-by-county New York, Probate Records, 1629-1971 are available free online at FamilySearch. To access these records, click Historical Records below, then click "Browse through 1,630,900 images". Then select the county name, and then the probate records and time of interest.

  • Historical Records - Washington County: Decrees, 1894-1901; Letters of administration index, 1788-1896; Letters of administration, 1787-1916; Letters of guardianship, 1911-1928; Letters of testamentary, 1788-1920; Minutes index, 1830-1836; Minutes, 1830-1900; Orders, 1872-1885; Will index, 1788-1896; Wills, 1788-1878.

Probate Records on Microfilm

The probate records described above also may be among those on microfilm including:

Additional Probate Indexes and Abstracts

Additional probate indexes or abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Washington County, New York probate wills in online catalogs like:

Repositories

Cornell University, Guide to Historical Resources in Washington County, New York Repositories. ([Ithaca, New York]: New York Historical Resources Center, Olin Library, Cornell University, 1983). At various libraries; FHL Book 974.749 A3g. Includes index. Includes references to some family histories and genealogies.

Archives, Libraries and Museums

Archives

  • Washington County Archives
    Washington County Municipal center building A
    383 Broadway Fort Edward, New York 12828
    Telephone: (518) 746-2136
  • New York State Archives Reference Services
    Telephone (518) 474-8955
    Email: Archref@mail.nysed.gov

Libraries

Southern Adirondack Library System
E-mail: sals58@gmail.com

Washington County is a part of the Southern Adirondack Library System which includes Hamilton, Saratoga, Warren, and Washington Counties. Check local towns and villiages for public libraries available in the community.

County Historian's Office

Washington County Historian
Dona Crandall
Washington County Municipal Center
Building A,Records Room
383 Broadway Fort Edward, New York 12828
Telephone: (518) 746-2178

Hours:
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM, Tuesdays and Wednesdays

Genealogical Resources: The County Historian may provide access to obituaries, vital records, church records, maps, and family files or journals. Some historians provide search services for their office records and others may refer you to local genealogists who research in the area.

Washington County Collection: listed online. Many available in pdf files for viewing and searching on your computer.

Courthouses

The Washington County Clerk archives has birth, death, marriage, probate, court and naturalization records as well as military pensions and the state census. The County Clerk has land and divorce records. For further information about where the records for Washington County are held, see the Washington County Courthouses page.

Family History Centers

Family History Centers (FHCs) are branches of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, and are located all over the world. Their goal is to provide resources for family history research.

The main FHC for Washington County, New York is the Gloversville New York Family History Center. For additional nearby Family History Centers, search online in the FHC directory.

Societies
Washington County Historical Society
Wing-Northup House
167 Broadway
Fort Edward,  NY 12828-1709
Telephone: (518) 747-9108
FAX: 747-1665

Argyle Historical Society
6394 Hartford Road, Argyle, NY 12809

Cambridge Historical Society
12 Broad St, Cambridge, NY12816 518-677-5443 cambhistorical@aol.com

Dr. Asa Fitch Historical Society
RD 1 Box 336A, Cambridge, NY 12816 518-854-3888

Fort Edward Historical Association
22 & 29 Lower Broadway, PO Box 106, Fort Edward, NY 12828, 518-747-9600 oldfort@localnet.com

Granville Heritage Society and Granville Town Historian
PO Box 334, Middle Granville, NY12849 518-642-9824

Greenwich Historical Association
PO Box 35, Greenwich, NY 12834

Hartford Historical Group
Main St, Hartford, NY 12838 518-632-5222

Hebron Preservation Society
PO Box 328, Salem, NY 12865

Putnam Historical Society
Po Box 24, Putnam Station, NY 12861 518-547-8259

Village and Town of Salem Historical Archives
Proudfit Building Bancroft Public Library Main St, Salem NY 12865 518-854-3150

Historical Society of Whitehall
12 William Street,PO Box 238, Whitehall, NY 12887 518-499-1801

Capital District Genealogical Society[11]
Empire State Plaza Station
PO Box 2175
Albany, NY 12220-0175
Counties served: Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, and Washington.
$3 for non-member queries in their newsletter. Monthly meetings. They staff a genealogy support desk at the Town of Colonie Library.

Central New York Genealogical Society[12]
Box 104, Calvin Station
Syracuse, New York 13205
E-mail: CNYSG@yahoo.com
Member queries; surname research list; online resources; six meetings/year; publishes Tree Talks (At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 974.7 B2t) quarterly with annual index.
Counties served: Albany, Allegany, Broome, Cattaraugus, Cayuga, Chautauqua, Chemung, Chenango, Clinton, Columbia, Cortland, Delaware, Erie, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Genesee, Greene, Hamilton, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Livingston, Madison, Monroe, Montgomery, Niagara, Oneida, Onondaga, Ontario, Orange, Oreleans, Oswego, Otsego, Rensselaer, St. Lawrence, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins, Washington, Wayne, Warren, Wyoming, and Yates.

Social Groups Online

Taxation

Town Records

Town records in New York may include early births, marriages, deaths, divorces, local histories, selected military records, and town meeting minutes. For further details, try the links to individual town Wiki pages found in Places. See also:

  • Gordon L. Remington, New York Towns, Villages, and Cities: A Guide to Genealogical Sources (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2002). NEHGS online edition; At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 974.7 D27r. Alphabetical list including date founded, if a town history exists, church and cemetery sources, and if a Civil War register (TCR) exists.


Vital Records

Vital records of birth, marriage or death were first recorded at the local level in the village clerk, town clerk, or city clerk’s ledger book. If you know where a birth, marriage or death took place, a copy of the certificate or record may be obtained by writing to the town, village or city clerk. See also How to order New York Vital Records or order electronically online.

See the heading Places on this wiki page for links to local community wiki pages and their available records. See New York Vital Records for a discussion about beginning dates and availability of vital records in New York.

Use substitute records for birth, marriage, and death information. These substitute records include Bible Records, Cemeteries, Church Records, Newspapers, and Probate Records.

Birth

Early births were recorded on the town level and the years vary by town. (List of towns) The New York State Department of Health (state level) began recording births in 1881. Births were not recorded on the county level.

Birth Substitutes

  • See Town Clerks' Registers of Men who Served in the Civil War in the Civil War section of Military for birth information.
Marriage

Early marriages were sometimes recorded on the town level and the years vary by town. (List of towns) In 1880, town clerks were to record the marriage and a copy was sent to the New York State Department of Health (state level). Town clerks continue to record marriages. Marriages were recorded by the Washington County, New York clerk starting in 1908 and go until 1935.[14]

Marriage Substitutes

  • 1800–1855 New York Marriage Notices at Ancestry– ($); Index. This database is a collection of marriage notices published in newspapers around the state. Contains name of bride and groom, marriage date, marriage location, residence, and newspaper found in.
  • 1864-5, 1874-5 See Marriage Schedule information in the State Census section of Census for marriage information for 1864-5, and 1874-5.
Divorce

Pre–1787

All divorces were granted by the governor or legislature and were very rare.

1787–1847

All divorces were granted by the court of chancery. These records are found in the New York State Archives or for the New York City area at the New York County Clerk's office.These divorces were granted only on the grounds of adultery.

1847–present

All divorces are handled by the county Supreme Court where the divorce was granted. Divorce files in New York are sealed for 100 years. Contact the County Clerk for information about divorce records.

Divorce judgment papers often include date and place of the marriage and the names and birthdates of any children. Local newspapers may publish notices of divorce actions.

Death

Early deaths were recorded on the town level and the years vary by town. (List of towns) The New York State Department of Health (state level) began recording deaths in 1881. Deaths were not recorded on the county level.


Death Substitutes

  • 1849-50, 1859-60, 1869-70, 1879-80 See Mortality Schedule information in the Federal Census section of Census for death information.
  • See Town Clerks' Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War in Washington County, New York in the Civil War section of Military for death information.
  • 1864-5, 1874-5 See Mortality Schedule information in the State Census section of Census for death information for 1864-5, and 1874-5.

Additional Resources

Additional resources for Washington County births, marriages and deaths may be found in the New York, Washington– Vital Records topic page of the FamilySearch Catalog . Copies of records on FHL microfilm and microfiche can be ordered for viewing at Family History Centers. Copies of books found in the FamilySearch Catalog may be found in WorldCat catalog and ordered from your local library through interlibrary loan. Explore how to search the FamilySearch Catalog and the Worldcat Online Catalog.

Voting Registers

Washington County New York Places

Washington County New York Genealogy Websites

Washington County New York Genealogy References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 492. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Handybook, 478.
  3. Arlene Eakle, and Johni Cerni, The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1984), 103. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27ts.
  4. 1790 Washington County Census. Website Washington County New York History (http://history.rays-place.com/ny/cty-washington.htm), the 1790 Online database located at http://www.rays-place.com/census/ny-washington-cty.htm, accessed February 2012.
  5. Handybook, 847-61.
  6. "1st New York Regiment," Valley Forge Legacy, http://valleyforgemusterroll.org/regiments/ny1.asp, accessed 31 May 2012.
  7. Frederick Phisterer, New York in the War of the Rebellion, 3rd ed. (Albany, N.Y.: J. B. Lyon Company, 1912). Internet Archive digital copy; At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Film 1486494-96; Fiche 6083559-64; Book 974.7 M2p.
  8. Alice Eichholz, Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, 3rd ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry Pub., 2004), 479. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 2004.
  9. Henry B. Hoff, "Navigating New York Probate," American Ancestors 12 (Fall 2011): 57.
  10. About Abstracts of Wills, Admins. and Guardianships in NY State, 1787-1835 at New York Ancestors, accessed 8 December 2011, http://newyorkancestors.org/.
  11. Capital District Genealogical Society (Internet site) at http://www.capitaldistrictgenealogicalsociety.org/index.html (accessed 31 October 2011).
  12. Central New York Genealogical Society at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nycnygs/index.htm (accessed 1 November 2011).
  13. Fred Q. Bowman and Thomas J. Lynch, "1,100 Vital Records of Northeastern New York 1835-1850," The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Surnames A-C: Vol. 118, No. 3 (Jul. 1987):135-142; Surnames C-H: Vol. 118, No. 4 (Oct. 1987):203-209; Surnames H-P: Vol. 119, No. 1 (Jan. 1988):35-43; Surnames P-T: Vol. 119, No. 2 (Apr. 1988):91-98; Surnames V-Z: Vol. 119, No. 3 (Jul. 1988):166-170. Digital version at New York Family History ($); FHL Book 974.7 B2n v. 118-119. Indexes vital records published in Essex and Washington county newspapers.
  14. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 488-493. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.