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Guide to Washington County Arkansas genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Washington County, Arkansas
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Location in the state of Arkansas
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Founded October 17, 1828
County Seat Fayetteville
Address Washington County Courthouse
280 N College Ave #300
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Phone: 501.444.1711
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County Courthouse

Washington County Courthouse
280 N College Ave #300
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Phone: 501.444.1711

County Clerk has marriage records from 1845 and probate records from 1828; Clerk Circuit Court has divorce, court and land records; City Librarian has cemetery records[1]

Beginning Dates for Washington County, Arkansas Genealogy Government Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate




Washington County is Arkansas's seventeenth county, formed on October 17, 1828, and named for George Washington, the first President of the United States.

Parent County

  • 1828--Washington County was created 17 October 1828 from Crawford County.  County seat: Fayetteville [2]

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Washington County boundary changes.

Variant Spellings

Record Loss



Populated Places

  • Elkins
  • Elm Springs
  • Farmington
  • Fayetteville
  • Goshen
  • Greenland
  • Johnson
  • Lincoln
  • Prairie Grove
  • Springdale
  • Tontitown
  • West Fork
  • Winslow

Neighboring Counties

Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

Bible Records


Cemeteries of Washington County - Index and Transcriptions -  Washington County ARGenWeb,

Combs Cemetery, Confederate Cemetery, Fayetteville National Cemetery, Harrell Cemetery, Joyce Cemetery, Mount Salem Cemetery, Reese Cemetery 1, Reese Cemetery 2, Roberson CemeteryTharp Cemetery, Walker Cemetery, Whitehouse CemeteryZion Cemetry


Church Records



Land and Property

Federal Land PatentsHomestead and Cash Entry Patents Before 1908  -  USGenWeb Washington County Archives,  Land Records 1834-1991, Fayetteville Public Library Land Index, 1830-1903

Washington County Archives Land Records

Local Histories

Local histories are available for {{{1}}} County. They may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. Click for a brief Timeline History of the county. For more about local histories, see Arkansas Local Histories.

See also Towns and Townships to find records listed at the town level in the FamilySearch Catalog.



Revolutionary War
  • A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census]. 1841. Digital version at Google Books. 1967 reprint: FHL Collection 973 X2pc 1840. [See Arkansas, Washington County on page 191.]
  • Rejected or Suspended Applications for Revolutionary War Pensions. Washington, D.C., 1852. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1969, and 1991. Reprints include "an Added Index to States." FHL Collection 973 M24ur; digital version at Ancestry ($). [Includes veterans from this county; Arkansas section begins on page 439.]
Mexican War
Civil War

Civil War service men from Washington County served in various regiments. Men often joined a regiment or a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are the military units that were formed in or had many men from Washington County.

- 1st Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Union).[3]
- 3rd Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Union).[4]

Also see Arkansas in the Civil War

Civil War Battle

The following Civil War battles were fought in Washington County.

Map showing Civil War battles in Arkansas



Finding More Arkansas Newspapers Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Washington County, Arkansas Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:


Probate Records


Vital Records

  • 1900-1953 - Washington County Birth Index 1900-1953. Batch C750893 at FamilySearch - free.[7]
  • Obituaries submitted to Washington County ARGenWeb

Vital Record Substitutes

Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers



  1. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 70.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. Arkansas, Adjutant General's Office, Report of the Adjutant General of Arkansas, for the period of the late rebellion, and to November 1, 1866, (Bethesda, Maryland: University Publications of America, c1990) FHL fiche 6082312
  4. Desmond Walls Allen, Third Arkansas Union Cavalry, (Conway, Arkansas: Arkansas Research, c1987) FHL book 976.7 M28dc
  5. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 2 August 2012).
  6. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 15 August 2012).
  7. 7.0 7.1 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/d/d7/Arkansasnz.pdf.
  8. FamilySearch Wiki contributors, "Arkansas County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)," in FamilySearch Wiki, accessed 18 April 2013.


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