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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Washington County'''
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Guide to '''Washington County Illinois genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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== Washington County Organization  ==
 
== Washington County Organization  ==
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Washington County's civil records start the following years:  
 
Washington County's civil records start the following years:  
  
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=== Historical Facts  ===
 
=== Historical Facts  ===
  
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[[Image:George Washington.JPG|thumb|right|180px|George Washington.JPG]] Washington County is named for [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Washington George Washington], Commander in chief during the American Revolution and first president of the United States.  
Washington County is named for [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Washington George Washington], Commander in chief during the American Revolution and first president of the United States.  
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=== Parent County  ===
 
=== Parent County  ===
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The [[Illinois Cemeteries#Online_Resources|Illinois Cemeteries]] page provides general explanations of the following online Washington County resources:  
 
The [[Illinois Cemeteries#Online_Resources|Illinois Cemeteries]] page provides general explanations of the following online Washington County resources:  
  
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| [http://www.usgwarchives.org/il/washington/washcems.htm USGenWeb Archives]  
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| [http://www.usgwarchives.net/il/washington/washcems.htm USGenWeb Archives]  
 
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FamilySearch has made parish records from six Belleville Diocese Catholic churches in Washington County available online. The records include first communions, confirmations, marriages, and deaths:  
 
FamilySearch has made parish records from six Belleville Diocese Catholic churches in Washington County available online. The records include first communions, confirmations, marriages, and deaths:  
  
*{{RecordSearch|1388122|Church Records of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, Posen, Washington County, Illinois 1901-1956}}, browsable online (no index); courtesy: FamilySearch.  
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*{{RecordSearch|1388122|Church Records of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, Posen, Washington County, Illinois 1901-1956}}, browsable online (no index); FamilySearch.  
*{{RecordSearch|1388122|Church Records of St. Ann Parish, Nashville, Washington County, Illinois 1898-1956}}, browsable online (no index); courtesy: FamilySearch.  
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*{{RecordSearch|1388122|Church Records of St. Ann Parish, Nashville, Washington County, Illinois 1898-1956}}, browsable online (no index); FamilySearch.  
*{{RecordSearch|1388122|Church Records of St. Anthony Parish, Lively Grove, Washington County, Illinois 1868-1956}}, browsable online (no index); courtesy: FamilySearch.  
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*{{RecordSearch|1388122|Church Records of St. Anthony Parish, Lively Grove, Washington County, Illinois 1868-1956}}, browsable online (no index); FamilySearch.  
*{{RecordSearch|1388122|Church Records of St. Barbara Parish, Okawville, Washington County, Illinois 1867-1955}}, browsable online (no index); courtesy: FamilySearch.  
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*{{RecordSearch|1388122|Church Records of St. Barbara Parish, Okawville, Washington County, Illinois 1867-1955}}, browsable online (no index); FamilySearch.  
*{{RecordSearch|1388122|Church Records of St. Charles Borromeo Parish, Beckemeyer, Washington County, Illinois 1868-1956}}, browsable online (no index); courtesy: FamilySearch.  
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*{{RecordSearch|1388122|Church Records of St. Charles Borromeo Parish, Beckemeyer, Washington County, Illinois 1868-1956}}, browsable online (no index); FamilySearch.  
*{{RecordSearch|1388122|Church Records of St. Michael Parish, Radom, Washington County, Illinois 1874-1956}}, browsable online (no index); courtesy: FamilySearch.
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*{{RecordSearch|1388122|Church Records of St. Michael Parish, Radom, Washington County, Illinois 1874-1956}}, browsable online (no index); FamilySearch.
  
 
=== Court Records  ===
 
=== Court Records  ===
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The following have information concerning African American research.  
 
The following have information concerning African American research.  
  
*&nbsp;[[African American Research]] (US) has more information about the kinds of records
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*[[African American Research]] (US) has more information about the kinds of records  
 
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*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/publications/pdf_publications/ard131.pdf Illinois State Archives pamphlet on African American Research] describes what&nbsp;records are&nbsp;at the State Archives with an online method for ordering records.  
 
*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/publications/pdf_publications/ard131.pdf Illinois State Archives pamphlet on African American Research] describes what&nbsp;records are&nbsp;at the State Archives with an online method for ordering records.  
 
*[[African-American Resources for Illinois]]
 
*[[African-American Resources for Illinois]]
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=== Land and Property  ===
 
=== Land and Property  ===
  
:*'''1796-1907'''[http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1246 ''U.S General Land Office Records''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry]–($)  
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Original land records are held in the office of the County Clerk . See [[Illinois Land and Property]] for more information about using land records.
:*[http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3780 ''Illinois Public Land Purchase Records'' ]at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry]–($)
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The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through online sources, the [[The Family History Library|Family History Library]] or the [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)] located at the Southern Illinois University (SIU) - search for Washington County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - Southern Illinois University|SIU IRAD Wiki page.]]
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'''Abstracts'''  
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:*Coulter, Claudine, ''Washington County, Illinois land records, prior to 1836 and 1841'' (Marissa, Illinois: Marissa Historical and Genealogical Society, 1998) [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/44720269 Other Libraries (WorldCat)]{{FHL|1037243|item|disp=FHL book 977.388 R2c}}
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:*Rockford Map Publishers (Rockford, Illinois), ''Land atlas and plat book, Washington County, Illinois, 1986'' (Rockford, Illinois&nbsp;: Rockford Map Publishers, c1986). [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/16084621 Other Libraries (WorldCat)]; {{FHL|560923|item|disp=FHL book 977.388 E7w}}
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'''Online Resources'''
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:*'''Beginning 1820''' [http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/default.aspx#searchTabIndex=0&searchByTypeIndex=0 Land Patent Search] See [[Illinois Land and Property#State_Records|Illinois Land and Property]] for more information about this database.  
 
:*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/data_lan.html Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales Database]  
 
:*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/data_lan.html Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales Database]  
:*[http://landplats.ilsos.net/ Federal Township Plats of Illinois]
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:*'''1796–1907''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1246 U.S. General Land Office Records] found at Ancestry.com ($)
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:*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3780 Illinois Public Land Purchase Records] This record extract includes over 538,000 land sales from the 19th Century. Each entry includes the purchaser's name, purchase date, number of acres, price per acre, and in some cases the purchaser's sex and residence. Available at www.ancestry.com ($)
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:*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/township_maps/washington_map.html WashingtonCounty Federal Township Plats]
  
=== Maps ===
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=== Military  ===
 
=== Military  ===
  
*'''Civil War'''<br>Civil War service men from Washington County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies or regiments that were formed from men of Washington County.<br>
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==== Civil War ====
  
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Civil War service men from Washington County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies or regiments that were formed from men of Washington County.<br>
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:- [[5th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry|5th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry]], Company H.
 
:- [[44th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|44th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company F.  
 
:- [[44th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|44th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company F.  
:- [[60th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|60th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company C.<br>
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:- [[60th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|60th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company C.<br>  
:- [[62nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry|62nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company B.
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:- [[62nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry|62nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company B.
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:- [[110th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|110th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company D.
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:- [[111th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|111th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company B.
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:- [[136th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864)|136th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864)]], Company B.
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:- [[154th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|154th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company I.
  
 
=== Naturalization  ===
 
=== Naturalization  ===
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=== Probate Records  ===
 
=== Probate Records  ===
  
*'''1853-1858 Probate Administrator's and Guardian's Record''' - [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU] Search for Washington records. [[Illinois Archives and Libraries#Illinois_Regional_Archives_Depository_System_.28IRAD.29|How to use IRAD]]  
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Original estates and wills are held in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk. See [[Illinois Probate Records]] for more information about using probate records.
*'''1863-1964 Probate Administrator's Record''' - [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU] Search for Washington records. [[Illinois Archives and Libraries#Illinois_Regional_Archives_Depository_System_.28IRAD.29|How to use IRAD]]  
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*'''1862-1905 Probate Executor's Record''' - [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU] Search for Washington records. [[Illinois Archives and Libraries#Illinois_Regional_Archives_Depository_System_.28IRAD.29|How to use IRAD]]  
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The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed online or through, the [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)] located at the Southern Illinois University (SIU) - search for Washington County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - Southern Illinois University|SIU IRAD Wiki page.]]
*'''1856-1930 Probate Guardian's Record''' - [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU] Search for Washington records. [[Illinois Archives and Libraries#Illinois_Regional_Archives_Depository_System_.28IRAD.29|How to use IRAD]]  
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*'''1818-1979 Probate Record''' - [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU] Search for Washington records. [[Illinois Archives and Libraries#Illinois_Regional_Archives_Depository_System_.28IRAD.29|How to use IRAD]]  
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*'''1853-1858 '''Probate Administrator's and Guardian's Record - [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-SIU]  
*'''1879-1905 Probate Will Record''' - [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU] Search for Washington records. [[Illinois Archives and Libraries#Illinois_Regional_Archives_Depository_System_.28IRAD.29|How to use IRAD]]
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*'''1863-1964 '''Probate Administrator's Record - [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-SIU]  
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*'''1862-1905 '''Probate Executor's Record - [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-SIU]  
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*'''1856-1930 '''Probate Guardian's Record - [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-SIU]  
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*'''1818-1979 '''Probate Record - [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-SIU]  
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*'''1879-1905 '''Probate Will Record - [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-SIU]
  
 
[http://genealogytrails.com/ill/washington/#probate Pre - 1910 Probate Records Index], courtesy: [http://genealogytrails.com/ Genealogy Trails].  
 
[http://genealogytrails.com/ill/washington/#probate Pre - 1910 Probate Records Index], courtesy: [http://genealogytrails.com/ Genealogy Trails].  
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County records are most often kept at the County Courthouse or another local repository. For further information about where the records for Washington County are kept, see the [[Washington County, Illinois Courthouse|Washington County Courthouse]] page.  
 
County records are most often kept at the County Courthouse or another local repository. For further information about where the records for Washington County are kept, see the [[Washington County, Illinois Courthouse|Washington County Courthouse]] page.  
  
==== Family History&nbsp;Center  ====
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==== Family History Center  ====
  
 
==== Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)  ====
 
==== Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)  ====
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[[Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)|IRAD]] is a system of Illinois Regional Archives Depositories managed by the Illinois State Archives, housing the archival records of local Illinois counties, townships, municipalities and school districts. The seven Regional Depositories are housed on state university campuses scattered throughout Illinois. [[IRAD - Southern Illinois University|Southern Illinois University]] houses the records for Washington County.
  
 
==== Public Libraries  ====
 
==== Public Libraries  ====
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=== Vital Records  ===
 
=== Vital Records  ===
  
*'''1809–1870''' Myer, Lois C. ''Vital records of Randolph and Washington counties, Illinois, 1809–1870.'' Salt Lake City, Utah&nbsp;: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1969. {{FHL|155393|item|disp=FHL film 599051 Item 1}}
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See [[Illinois Vital Records]] for more information about Vital records in Illinois.
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Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Original birth and death certificates recorded until the year 1916 are kept by the [https://www.clintonco.illinois.gov/county_clerk.htm Clinton County Clerk] while those recorded after 1916 are kept by the [http://www.idph.state.il.us/vitalrecords/index.htm Illinois Department of Public Health] with a copy to the County Clerk. Original marriage records are usually kept by the County Clerk from the establishment of the county to the present. Original divorce records are generally in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk.
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The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through online databases, the [[The Family History Library|Family History Library]] and the [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)] located at the Southern Illinois University (SIU) - search for Washington County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - Southern Illinois University|SIU IRAD Wiki page.]]
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:*'''1809–1870''' Myer, Lois C. ''Vital records of Randolph and Washington counties, Illinois, 1809–1870.'' Salt Lake City, Utah&nbsp;: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1969. {{FHL|155393|item|disp=FHL film 599051 Item 1}}
  
 
==== Birth  ====
 
==== Birth  ====
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:*'''1928-1948''' Dickinson, H.B. and compiled by Elda (McCormick)Jones, ''Birth records, Dr. H.B. Dickinson, Coulterville, Illinois'' (Marissa, Illinois&nbsp;: Marissa Historical and Genealogical Society, 2003). [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/72573361 Other Libraries (WorldCat)]{{FHL|1212362|item|disp=FHL book 977.392/C2 J4d}}
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'''Online Resources'''
  
 
:*[http://genealogytrails.com/ill/washington/index.html#births Genealogy Trails] offers a variety of birth records from the 1860s, 1870s, 1880s, and 1890s.
 
:*[http://genealogytrails.com/ill/washington/index.html#births Genealogy Trails] offers a variety of birth records from the 1860s, 1870s, 1880s, and 1890s.
  
 
==== Marriage  ====
 
==== Marriage  ====
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:*'''1831-1858''' Bohbrink, Mary Ann, ''Washington County, Illinois marriage records, 1831-1858'' (Marissa, Illinois: Marissa Historical and Genealogical Society, 1998). [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/44720264 Other Libraries (WorldCat)]; {{FHL|1182422|item|disp=FHL book 977.388 V2b}}
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<br> '''Online Resources'''
  
 
:*[http://genealogytrails.com/ill/washington/index.html#marriage Genealogy Trails'] site includes abstracts of marriage books A to E (1831-1921)  
 
:*[http://genealogytrails.com/ill/washington/index.html#marriage Genealogy Trails'] site includes abstracts of marriage books A to E (1831-1921)  
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:*'''1851-1900 '''[http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7851 ''Illinois Marriages, 1851-1900''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry]–($);Index, INCOMPLETE  
 
:*'''1851-1900 '''[http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7851 ''Illinois Marriages, 1851-1900''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry]–($);Index, INCOMPLETE  
 
:*'''1790-1860 '''[http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7851 ''Illinois Marriages, 1790-1860''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry]–($);Index, INCOMPLETE  
 
:*'''1790-1860 '''[http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7851 ''Illinois Marriages, 1790-1860''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry]–($);Index, INCOMPLETE  
:*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/marriage.html Illinois Statewide Marriage Index]
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:*'''1763-1900''' [http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/marriagesrch.jsp Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900] includes Washington County marriages from 1831-1858
  
 
==== Death  ====
 
==== Death  ====
  
:*'''Pre-1916''' [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/death.html Statewide Death Index]
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:*'''1916-1950''' [http://www2.sos.state.il.us/departments/archives/idphdeathindex.html Database of Illinois Death Certificates]
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:*'''Pre-1916''' [http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/deathsrch.jsp Illinois Statewide Death Index, Pre-1916] (does not include Washington County)
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:*'''1916-1950''' [http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/idphdeathsrch.jsp Database of Illinois Death Certificates, 1916-1950]
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:*'''1850–1885''' [http://search.ancestry.com/Browse/list.aspx?dbid=8756&cj=1&path=Illinois.Randolph&o_xid=0001546952&o_lid=0001546952 U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules, 1850-1885]found at Ancestry.com ($)
  
 
== Web Sites  ==
 
== Web Sites  ==
  
 
*[http://genealogytrails.com/ill/washington/ Washington County, Illinois] (Genealogy Trails) Biographies, Birth Records, Cemeteries, Censuses, many Church Records, Criminals, Death Records, Divorces, Genealogies, Maps, Marriages, Military Records, Mortality Schedule (1850), Naturalizations, Newspapers, Obituaries, Queries, School Records,&nbsp;Wills  
 
*[http://genealogytrails.com/ill/washington/ Washington County, Illinois] (Genealogy Trails) Biographies, Birth Records, Cemeteries, Censuses, many Church Records, Criminals, Death Records, Divorces, Genealogies, Maps, Marriages, Military Records, Mortality Schedule (1850), Naturalizations, Newspapers, Obituaries, Queries, School Records,&nbsp;Wills  
*[http://www.usgwarchives.org/il/washington/washington.htm Washington County, Illinois] (USGenWeb Archives) Biographies, Births, Cemeteries, Census, Court, Deaths, History, Marriages, Military, Obituaries, Wills/Estate  
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/il/washington/washington.htm Washington County, Illinois] (USGenWeb Archives) Biographies, Births, Cemeteries, Census, Court, Deaths, History, Marriages, Military, Obituaries, Wills/Estate  
 
*{{FHL|Illinois%2C+Washington|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
 
*{{FHL|Illinois%2C+Washington|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IL/Washington/ Washington County, Illinois Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IL/Washington/ Washington County, Illinois Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
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United States Gotoarrow.png IllinoisGotoarrow.png Washington County

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

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Online Records


Washington County, Illinois
Map
Map of Illinois highlighting Washington County
Location in the state of Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Facts
Founded: January 2, 1818
County Seat Nashville
Courthouse
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Address Washington County Courthouse
101 E. St. Louis Street
Nashville, IL 62263
(618) 327-4800

Contents

Washington County Organization

Washington County's civil records start the following years:

                                     Beginning Dates for Washington County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1877
1831
1877
1820
1815
1818

County records are most often kept at the County Courthouse or another local repository. For further information about where the records for Washington County are kept, see the Washington County Courthouse page.

Historical Facts

George Washington.JPG
Washington County is named for George Washington, Commander in chief during the American Revolution and first president of the United States.

Parent County

  • 1818--Washington County was created 2 January 1818 from St. Clair County.  County seat:  Nashville [1]

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Washington County boundary changes.

Record Loss

Places / Localities


To see a list of places in Washington County, click on [Show], in the bar above. The preceding list of places includes incorporated cities and towns, unincorporated towns and communities, and place names that may have been used in family histories. Some have well-organized records and even have web sites. Some are simply social communities with no official records, but which may be referenced in small-town newspapers. The list is provided to help researchers identify localities within the county. As records or histories of these localities are identified, a page will be added for each of these place names.

Resources

Biography

Cemeteries

The Illinois Cemeteries page provides general explanations of the following online Washington County resources:

Bibliography Online Gravestone Transcriptions Cemetery Gazetteers
FHLC Find A Grave | national search | county list ePodunk
WorldCat USGenWeb Tombstone Transcription Project  
  Illinois Cemeteries  
  USGenWeb Archives  

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
190019,526
191018,759−3.9%
192018,035−3.9%
193016,286−9.7%
194015,801−3.0%
195014,460−8.5%
196013,569−6.2%
197013,7801.6%
198015,47212.3%
199014,965−3.3%
200015,1481.2%
IL Counties 1900-1990
For tips on accessing census records online, see Illinois Census.

1840 Pensioners

  • 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. Washington, D.C., 1841. FHL 973 X2pc 1840; FHL 2321; digital version at Google Books. [See Illinois, Washington County on page 188.]

Church Records

Catholic

FamilySearch has made parish records from six Belleville Diocese Catholic churches in Washington County available online. The records include first communions, confirmations, marriages, and deaths:

Court Records

Ethnic Research

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.

Genealogy

History

Land and Property

Original land records are held in the office of the County Clerk . See Illinois Land and Property for more information about using land records.

The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through online sources, the Family History Library or the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Southern Illinois University (SIU) - search for Washington County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the SIU IRAD Wiki page.

Abstracts

Online Resources

Online Resources

Maps

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Military

Civil War

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

- 5th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company H.
- 44th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company F.
- 60th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company C.
- 62nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company B.
- 110th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company D.
- 111th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company B.
- 136th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company B.
- 154th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company I.

Naturalization

Newspapers and Obituaries

Probate Records

Original estates and wills are held in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk. See Illinois Probate Records for more information about using probate records.

The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed online or through, the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Southern Illinois University (SIU) - search for Washington County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the SIU IRAD Wiki page.

  • 1853-1858 Probate Administrator's and Guardian's Record - IRAD-SIU
  • 1863-1964 Probate Administrator's Record - IRAD-SIU
  • 1862-1905 Probate Executor's Record - IRAD-SIU
  • 1856-1930 Probate Guardian's Record - IRAD-SIU
  • 1818-1979 Probate Record - IRAD-SIU
  • 1879-1905 Probate Will Record - IRAD-SIU

Pre - 1910 Probate Records Index, courtesy: Genealogy Trails.

Repositories

County Courthouse

County records are most often kept at the County Courthouse or another local repository. For further information about where the records for Washington County are kept, see the Washington County Courthouse page.

Family History Center

Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)

IRAD is a system of Illinois Regional Archives Depositories managed by the Illinois State Archives, housing the archival records of local Illinois counties, townships, municipalities and school districts. The seven Regional Depositories are housed on state university campuses scattered throughout Illinois. Southern Illinois University houses the records for Washington County.

Public Libraries

Social Groups Online

Societies

Genealogical Society of Southern Illinois has a page with details about its' activities.

Taxation

Vital Records

See Illinois Vital Records for more information about Vital records in Illinois.

Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Original birth and death certificates recorded until the year 1916 are kept by the Clinton County Clerk while those recorded after 1916 are kept by the Illinois Department of Public Health with a copy to the County Clerk. Original marriage records are usually kept by the County Clerk from the establishment of the county to the present. Original divorce records are generally in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk.

The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through online databases, the Family History Library and the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Southern Illinois University (SIU) - search for Washington County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the SIU IRAD Wiki page.

General

  • 1809–1870 Myer, Lois C. Vital records of Randolph and Washington counties, Illinois, 1809–1870. Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1969. FHL film 599051 Item 1

Birth

Abstracts

  • 1928-1948 Dickinson, H.B. and compiled by Elda (McCormick)Jones, Birth records, Dr. H.B. Dickinson, Coulterville, Illinois (Marissa, Illinois : Marissa Historical and Genealogical Society, 2003). Other Libraries (WorldCat)FHL book 977.392/C2 J4d

Online Resources

  • Genealogy Trails offers a variety of birth records from the 1860s, 1870s, 1880s, and 1890s.

Marriage

Abstracts


Online Resources

Death

Online Resources

Web Sites

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).