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

Maps

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.
- 44th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company F.
- 60th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company C.
- 62nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company B.

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)

Public Libraries

Social Groups Online

Societies

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

Taxation

Vital Records

  • 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

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

Marriage

Death


Web Sites

References

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

 

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