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''[[United States]]&nbsp; [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]&nbsp; [[Kentucky]]&nbsp; [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]&nbsp; [[Washington County, Kentucky|Washington County]]''
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Guide to '''Washington County Kentucky genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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| custom_text = <center>County Coordinator<br>'''[http://kykinfolk.com/washington/ Washington Co. KYGenWeb]'''</center>
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| custom_text = <center>and its representative<br>'''[http://kykinfolk.com/washington/ Washington Co. KYGenWeb]'''</center>
 
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''[[United States]]&nbsp; [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]&nbsp; [[Kentucky]]&nbsp; [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]&nbsp; [[Washington_County,_Kentucky|Washington County]]''
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== Washington County Kentucky Courthouse  ==
  
== County Courthouse  ==
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{| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" border="1"
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|-
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#ffcc99" align="center" colspan="6" | <center>'''Beginning Dates for {{PAGENAME}} Government Records'''</center>
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|-
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| width="16.6%" | <center>'''[[Washington County, Kentucky#Vital_Records|Birth]]*'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" | <center>'''[[Washington County, Kentucky#Vital_Records|Marriage]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" | <center>'''[[Washington County, Kentucky#Vital_Records|Death]]*'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" | <center>'''[[Washington County, Kentucky#Census|Census]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" | <center>[[Washington County, Kentucky#Land|'''Deeds''']]</center>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | <center>'''[[Washington County, Kentucky#Probate|Wills]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | <center>1852</center>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | <center>1792</center>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | <center>1852</center>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | <center>1810</center>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | <center>1792</center>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | <center>1792</center>
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|-
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| width="100%" align="center" colspan="6" | <center>'''*'''Many years between 1852 and 1911 are missing</center>
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[[Image:{{KYWashingtoncourthouse}}]]  
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[[Image:{{KYWashingtoncourthouse}}]]&nbsp;
  
== History  ==
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[http://www.washingtoncountyky.com/ Washington County Courthouse]<br>PO Box 446<br>Springfield, KY 40069-0446<br>Phone: 859.336.5425<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Washington County, Kentucky page 275, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
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== Washington County Kentucky History  ==
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==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1792--'''Washington County was created 22 June 1792&nbsp;from [[Nelson County, Kentucky|Nelson ]]County.&nbsp;&nbsp;'''County seat:&nbsp;'''Springfield <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1792--'''Washington County was created 22 June 1792&nbsp;from [[Nelson County, Kentucky|Nelson ]]County.<br>'''County seat:''' Springfield <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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'''1814--'''A disaster destroyed most of the records in the courthouse.  
 
'''1814--'''A disaster destroyed most of the records in the courthouse.  
  
== Places/Localities  ==
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== Washington County Kentucky Places/Localities  ==
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
  
{| class="FCK__ShowTableBorders" border="0" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" width="710" align="left"
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| Battle  
 
| Battle  
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| Simstown
 
| Simstown
 
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| Bearwallow  
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| [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bear_Wallow,_Kentucky Bearwallow]
 
| Hickory Grove (hist.)  
 
| Hickory Grove (hist.)  
 
| Oakland  
 
| Oakland  
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| Cardwell  
 
| Cardwell  
| Mackville  
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| [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mackville,_Kentucky Mackville]
 
| Pulliam  
 
| Pulliam  
 
| Texas
 
| Texas
 
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| Cissleville  
 
| Cissleville  
| Manton  
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| [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manton,_Kentucky Manton]
 
| Rineltown  
 
| Rineltown  
 
| Thompsonville
 
| Thompsonville
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| Valley Hill
 
| Valley Hill
 
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| Fredericktown  
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| [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fredericktown,_Kentucky Fredericktown]
 
| Monfort (hist.)  
 
| Monfort (hist.)  
 
| Sharpsville  
 
| Sharpsville  
| Willisburg
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| [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willisburg,_Kentucky Willisburg]
 
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*[[Nelson County, Kentucky|Nelson]]
 
*[[Nelson County, Kentucky|Nelson]]
  
== Resources  ==
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== Washington County Kentucky Genealogy Resources  ==
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[[Image:Kywashington.png|thumb|right|400px]]
  
 
==== African American  ====
 
==== African American  ====
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*[[African American Research]] (US)  
 
*[[African American Research]] (US)  
*[https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Kentucky_Minorities Kentucky Minorities] has information specific&nbsp;to Kentucky African Americans.  
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*[[Kentucky Minorities|Kentucky Minorities]] has information specific&nbsp;to Kentucky African Americans.  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~kyafamer/ the KY African American Griots Project] ~ The Kentucky African American Griots Project  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~kyafamer/ the KY African American Griots Project] ~ The Kentucky African American Griots Project  
 
*[http://www.kygenweb.net/history/hangings.html Sandi Gorin's Tips] ~ Hangings in Kentucky 1792 - 1900
 
*[http://www.kygenweb.net/history/hangings.html Sandi Gorin's Tips] ~ Hangings in Kentucky 1792 - 1900
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==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
  
Kentucky cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation. Local volunteers through [http://www.raogk.org/kentucky.htm Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness] may&nbsp;take photographs of headstones found in&nbsp;county cemeteries.  
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Kentucky cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation.  
  
*Kentucky Historical Society&nbsp;[http://205.204.134.47/cemetery.asp Cemetery Search]&nbsp;can be searched by name, place and/or date.&nbsp; This database has hundreds of thousands of names transcribed from gravestones across Kentucky.&nbsp; <br>
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*Kentucky Historical Society&nbsp;[http://205.204.134.47/cemetery.asp Cemetery Search]&nbsp;can be searched by name, place and/or date.&nbsp; This database has hundreds of thousands of names transcribed from gravestones across Kentucky.&nbsp; <br>  
 
*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gs& Find A Grave] can be searched by the&nbsp;name of a person or family to find where a person is buried.&nbsp; Usually gives birth and death dates often with a picture of the tombstone.&nbsp; May&nbsp;give obituaries,&nbsp;names of&nbsp;family members and links to their information in Find A Grave.  
 
*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gs& Find A Grave] can be searched by the&nbsp;name of a person or family to find where a person is buried.&nbsp; Usually gives birth and death dates often with a picture of the tombstone.&nbsp; May&nbsp;give obituaries,&nbsp;names of&nbsp;family members and links to their information in Find A Grave.  
 
*Find A Grave also gives&nbsp;a [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=19&CScnty=1103 list of cemeteries in&nbsp;Washington County] and links to the &nbsp;information&nbsp;for the&nbsp;individuals buried there,  
 
*Find A Grave also gives&nbsp;a [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=19&CScnty=1103 list of cemeteries in&nbsp;Washington County] and links to the &nbsp;information&nbsp;for the&nbsp;individuals buried there,  
 
*[http://freepages.military.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~xander/kentucky.htm Kentucky Cemeteries] lists the national cemeteries in Kentucky with links to their web sites. The first link under Online Kentucky&nbsp;Cemeteries goes to the Kentucky section of Interment.net  
 
*[http://freepages.military.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~xander/kentucky.htm Kentucky Cemeteries] lists the national cemeteries in Kentucky with links to their web sites. The first link under Online Kentucky&nbsp;Cemeteries goes to the Kentucky section of Interment.net  
 
*[http://usgwtombstones.org/kentucky/washington.html Washington Co. KY&nbsp;USGenWeb Tombstone Project] usually gives the names of the deceased in alphabetical order by last name with birth and death dates plus any remarks.&nbsp;  
 
*[http://usgwtombstones.org/kentucky/washington.html Washington Co. KY&nbsp;USGenWeb Tombstone Project] usually gives the names of the deceased in alphabetical order by last name with birth and death dates plus any remarks.&nbsp;  
*The [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/FHLC/frameset_fhlc.asp Family History Library Catalog] lists {{FHL|609044|subject-id|disp=some&nbsp;records of&nbsp;cemeteries in&nbsp;Washington County}}.&nbsp; Some of the books or others may be on [http://books.google.com/advanced_book_search Google Books] or available at public libraries.  
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*The [https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog Family History Library Catalog] lists {{FHL|609044|subject-id|disp=some&nbsp;records of&nbsp;cemeteries in&nbsp;Washington County}}.&nbsp; Some of the books or others may be on [http://books.google.com/advanced_book_search Google Books] or available at public libraries.  
 
*[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=4369&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=24&stateAbbv=&stateName= ePodunk&nbsp;list of&nbsp;Washington County cemeteries] gives the names of the cemeteries in the county with a link to more information such as address, phone number, and web site.  
 
*[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=4369&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=24&stateAbbv=&stateName= ePodunk&nbsp;list of&nbsp;Washington County cemeteries] gives the names of the cemeteries in the county with a link to more information such as address, phone number, and web site.  
 
*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/kentucky/kentucky.html Tombstone Transcription Project] ~ Partial transcription of cemetery tombstones ~ USGenWeb  
 
*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/kentucky/kentucky.html Tombstone Transcription Project] ~ Partial transcription of cemetery tombstones ~ USGenWeb  
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==== Census  ====
 
==== Census  ====
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{{Historical populations
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|type = USA
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|heading = Census
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|footnote = Source: [http://factfinder.census.gov/home/saff/main.html?_lang=en "American FactFinder".] United States Census Bureau.
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|1800 |9050
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|1810 |13248
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|1820 |15947
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|1830 |19017
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|1840 |10596
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|1850 |12194
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|1860 |11575
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|1870 |12464
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|1880 |14419
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|1890 |13622
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|1900 |14182
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|1910 |13940
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|1920 |14773
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|1930 |12623
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|1940 |12965
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|1950 |12777
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|1960 |11168
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|1970 |10728
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|1980 |10764
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|1990 |10441
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|2000 |10916
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1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 federal population schedules of Washington County are available online. For tips on accessing census records online, see [[Kentucky Census|Kentucky Census]]. If you're having trouble finding your ancestors in online indexes, try checking printed indexes. Created by local experts familiar with the area's families, these indexes are often transcribed more accurately than online nationwide indexes.
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See [[Kentucky Population Schedule Indexes: Fiche, Film, or Book|Kentucky Population Schedule Indexes: Fiche, Film, or Book]] for more information about statewide printed indexes.
  
 
*[http://www.usgwcensus.org/states/kentucky/ USGenWeb Census Project] ~ Kentucky&nbsp; Census Transcriptions 1850 - 1930  
 
*[http://www.usgwcensus.org/states/kentucky/ USGenWeb Census Project] ~ Kentucky&nbsp; Census Transcriptions 1850 - 1930  
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~kygenweb/court/court.htm Abstracts of Early KY Court Cases] Abstracts of Early Supreme Court Cases ~ KYGenWeb Special Project  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~kygenweb/court/court.htm Abstracts of Early KY Court Cases] Abstracts of Early Supreme Court Cases ~ KYGenWeb Special Project  
 
*[http://courts.ky.gov/research/ Kentucky Court of Justice Research &amp; Reference]
 
*[http://courts.ky.gov/research/ Kentucky Court of Justice Research &amp; Reference]
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==== Genealogy  ====
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It is anticipated that this bibliography will eventually identify all known family histories published about residents of this county. Use this list to:
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*Locate publications about direct ancestors
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*Find the most updated accounts of an ancestor's family
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*Identify publications, to quote [[Elizabeth Shown Mills|Elizabeth Shown Mills]], about an ancestor's "FAN Club" ['''F'''riends, '''A'''ssociates, and '''N'''eighbors]
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===== Bibliography  =====
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*'''[Barlow]''' Rutherford, Dolores Crumrine. ''Abstracts of Virginia Families: Vol. 1''. MSS. Microfilmed 1990: {{FHL|543271|item|disp=FHL Film 1597677 Item 12}}
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*'''[Craven]''' Craven, Patricia. ''The Craven Clan of Southwestern Pennsylvania and Various Kentucky Counties Nelson, Washington, Marion, Boone, Fayette, Jessamine, Henry''. Chicago, Ill.: P. Craven, 1988. {{FHL|672506|item|disp=FHL Book 929.273 C855cr}}
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*'''[Gootee]''' Lundergan, Gene. ''Family Histories of the Lundergan-Norris and Related Families of Daviess County, Indiana''. Typescript. Microfilmed 1986: {{FHL|411510|item|disp=FHL Film 1255703}}.<br>
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*'''[Graham]''' Sinclair, Thomas Graham. ''The William Graham and Harriet Froman Family of Carroll County, Missouri.'' Palm Desert, Calif.: T.G. Sinclair, 2003. {{FHL|1153877|item|disp=Family History Archive}}.
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*'''[Gregory]''' ''Gregory and Related Lines''. MSS. Microfilmed 1987:&nbsp;{{FHL|470427|item|disp=FHL Film 1509499 Item 8}}.<br>
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*'''[Hardin]''' Hardin, John J. ''Hardin Family Papers.'' MSS., Chicago Historical Society. Microfilmed 1959: {{FHL|319209|item|disp=FHL Films 421996-422013}}.
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*'''[Hatton]''' Carvin, Joseph Franklin. ''The Family of Wiley G. and Nancy Hatton''. Columbus, Ohio: J.F. and M.A. Carvin, c1984. Digital version at {{FHA|IE90912|disp=Family&nbsp;History Archives}}; {{FHL|166154|item|disp=FHL Film 1697852 Item 12}}.<br>
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*'''[Peter]''' McDonald, Frank V. ''Supplement No. 1 to Edition B of the MacDonald Genealogy, Containing Records of the Descendants of Jesse Peter: One of the Pioneer Settlers Near Mackville, Washington County, Kentucky: Together with a Few Remarks on the Early History of the Peter family, and Whatever Other Knowledge of Value Concerning This Branch of the Name Could Be Collected Up to Feb. 25, 1880''. Cambridge: John Wilson and Son, University Press, 1880. {{FHL|24055|item|disp=FHL Film 1429852 Item 26}}.<br>
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*'''[Rakes]''' Tungate, Paul. ''The John Rakes Families of Marion Co., KY.'' Cincinnati, Ohio: P. Tungate, 1995. {{FHL|1149736|item|disp=Family History Archive}}.
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*'''[Rowland]''' Petersen, Carol Rowland. ''Descendants of John Rowland, Son of William Rowland: (Botetourt Co., Va.).'' Belton, Mo.: C.R. Petersen, 1999. Digital version at {{FHL|834254|item|disp=Family History Archive}}.
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*'''[Slack]''' Slack, Mary Louise McCarthy. ''The Slack Family, 1753-1981.'' Cullman, Ala.: M.M. Slack, 1981. {{FHL|178985|item|disp=FHL Book 929.273 SL11sm}}.
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*'''[Taylor]''' Tompkins, Joyce L. and Marjorie Dorn. ''Taylor, Lovell, and Related Names.'' MSS. Microfilmed 1990: {{FHL|392868|item|disp=FHL Film 1674173 Item 11}}.
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*'''[Thomas]''' ''A Line of a Thomas Family in Pike County, Indiana.'' Typescript. Family Records Collection, Barrett Memorial Library (Petersburg, Indiana). Thom. Microfilmed 1986: {{FHL|555161|item|disp=FHL Film 1451835 Item 1}}.
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*'''[Thurman]''' Thurman, David Livingston. ''History of the Thurman Family''. Typescript. Microfilmed 1978: {{FHL|2643|item|disp=FHL Film 1036650 Item 8}}.<br>
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*'''[Warner]''' Reynolds, Lyman Foster. ''Peter Warner Born Maryland - Fredrick County: Revolutionary War Soldier (with George Washington in Capture of Trenton) to Lincoln County Kentucky 1780's, Children Settled in Kentucky; Lincoln, Garrard, Boyle, Mercer &amp; Washington Counties; Indiana Putnam County''. Louisville, Ky.: L.F. Reynolds, 2007. {{FHL|1689977|item|disp=FHL Book 929.273 W246r}}
  
 
==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
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==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
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*'''1792-1929''' - {{RecordSearch|1875188|Will Books (1792-1929)|access=browse}} have been digitized by FamilySearch - free.
  
 
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/category.aspx?cat=36 Search Tax, Criminal, Land and Wills Records]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Ancestry.com&nbsp; (subscription)
 
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/category.aspx?cat=36 Search Tax, Criminal, Land and Wills Records]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Ancestry.com&nbsp; (subscription)
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
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*'''1800''' - 1800 Tax List of {{PAGENAME}} is included in Clift's ''Second Census of Kentucky 1800,''<ref>G. Glenn Clift, ''Second Census of Kentucky 1800: A Privately Compiled and Published Enumeration of Tax Payers Appearing in the 79 Manuscript Volumes Extant of Tax Lists of the 42 Counties of Kentucky in Existence in 1800'' (1954; reprint, Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2005).</ref> digitized by [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3720 Ancestry] ($).
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
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===== Birth =====
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*'''1852-1859''' - Washington County Birth Index 1852-1859. Batch {{IGI|C518051}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr">Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/7/75/Igikentuckymz.pdf.</ref>
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*'''1875-1876''' - Washington County Birth Index 1875-1876. Batch {{IGI|C518052}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
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===== Marriage =====
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*'''1852-1859''' - Washington County Marriage Index 1852-1859. Batch {{IGI|M518051}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
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*'''1875''' - Washington County Marriage Index 1875. Batch {{IGI|M518053}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
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*'''1876-1877''' - Washington County Marriage Index 1876-1877. Batch {{IGI|M518054}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
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===== Unsorted =====
  
 
*[http://kyvitals.com The Kentucky Vital Records Project] Transcriptions of and Images of KY Death Certificates - A Work in Progress ~ The KY Vital Records Project  
 
*[http://kyvitals.com The Kentucky Vital Records Project] Transcriptions of and Images of KY Death Certificates - A Work in Progress ~ The KY Vital Records Project  
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*[http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi The Social Security Death Index] The Social Security Death Index - Searchable
 
*[http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi The Social Security Death Index] The Social Security Death Index - Searchable
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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== Washington County Kentucky Genealogy Societies and Libraries  ==
  
 
*[http://www.kygenweb.net/contact/kysocieties.html Links and addresses to Kentucky genealogical and historical societies]
 
*[http://www.kygenweb.net/contact/kysocieties.html Links and addresses to Kentucky genealogical and historical societies]
  
== Web Sites ==
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==== Family History Centers<br> ====
  
*[http://kykinfolk.com/washington/ Washington County KYGenWeb]
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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== Washington County Kentucky Genealogy Websites  ==
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*[http://kykinfolk.com/washington/ Washington County KYGenWeb]  
 
*[http://kygenweb.net/ KYGenWeb project]. Has maps, name indexes, history or other information for each county. Select&nbsp;the county.  
 
*[http://kygenweb.net/ KYGenWeb project]. Has maps, name indexes, history or other information for each county. Select&nbsp;the county.  
 
*[http://kentucky.gov/Pages/home.aspx State of Kencucky Website]  
 
*[http://kentucky.gov/Pages/home.aspx State of Kencucky Website]  
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/KY/Washington/ Washington County, Kentucky Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/KY/Washington/ Washington County, Kentucky Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
  
== References  ==
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== Washington County Kentucky Genealogy References  ==
  
 
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Guide to Washington County Kentucky genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Founded June 22, 1792
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Contents

Washington County Kentucky Courthouse

Beginning Dates for Washington County, Kentucky Government Records
Birth*
Marriage
Death*
Census
Deeds
Wills
1852
1792
1852
1810
1792
1792
*Many years between 1852 and 1911 are missing
Washington County Courthouse, Springfield, Ky. Courtesy: Collection: County Court Houses, Flickr by Jimmy Emerson. Used by permission.
 

Washington County Courthouse
PO Box 446
Springfield, KY 40069-0446
Phone: 859.336.5425[1]

Washington County Kentucky History

Parent County

1792--Washington County was created 22 June 1792 from Nelson County.
County seat: Springfield [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1814--A disaster destroyed most of the records in the courthouse.

Washington County Kentucky Places/Localities

Populated Places

Battle Hardesty Mooresville Simstown
Bearwallow Hickory Grove (hist.) Oakland Springfield
Booker Jenkinsville Pleasant Grove St. Catherine
Briartown Jimtown Polin Tablow
Brush Grove Litsey Pottsville Tatham Springs
Cardwell Mackville Pulliam Texas
Cissleville Manton Rineltown Thompsonville
Croakes Maud Seaville Valley Hill
Fredericktown Monfort (hist.) Sharpsville Willisburg

Neighboring Counties

Washington County Kentucky Genealogy Resources

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African American

The following have information concerning African American research. 

Biographies

Cemeteries

Kentucky cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation.

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1800 9,050
1810 13,248 46.4%
1820 15,947 20.4%
1830 19,017 19.3%
1840 10,596 −44.3%
1850 12,194 15.1%
1860 11,575 −5.1%
1870 12,464 7.7%
1880 14,419 15.7%
1890 13,622 −5.5%
1900 14,182 4.1%
1910 13,940 −1.7%
1920 14,773 6.0%
1930 12,623 −14.6%
1940 12,965 2.7%
1950 12,777 −1.5%
1960 11,168 −12.6%
1970 10,728 −3.9%
1980 10,764 0.3%
1990 10,441 −3.0%
2000 10,916 4.5%
Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.

1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 federal population schedules of Washington County are available online. For tips on accessing census records online, see Kentucky Census. If you're having trouble finding your ancestors in online indexes, try checking printed indexes. Created by local experts familiar with the area's families, these indexes are often transcribed more accurately than online nationwide indexes.

See Kentucky Population Schedule Indexes: Fiche, Film, or Book for more information about statewide printed indexes.

Church

Court

Genealogy

It is anticipated that this bibliography will eventually identify all known family histories published about residents of this county. Use this list to:

  • Locate publications about direct ancestors
  • Find the most updated accounts of an ancestor's family
  • Identify publications, to quote Elizabeth Shown Mills, about an ancestor's "FAN Club" [Friends, Associates, and Neighbors]
Bibliography
  • [Barlow] Rutherford, Dolores Crumrine. Abstracts of Virginia Families: Vol. 1. MSS. Microfilmed 1990: FHL Film 1597677 Item 12
  • [Craven] Craven, Patricia. The Craven Clan of Southwestern Pennsylvania and Various Kentucky Counties Nelson, Washington, Marion, Boone, Fayette, Jessamine, Henry. Chicago, Ill.: P. Craven, 1988. FHL Book 929.273 C855cr
  • [Gootee] Lundergan, Gene. Family Histories of the Lundergan-Norris and Related Families of Daviess County, Indiana. Typescript. Microfilmed 1986: FHL Film 1255703.
  • [Graham] Sinclair, Thomas Graham. The William Graham and Harriet Froman Family of Carroll County, Missouri. Palm Desert, Calif.: T.G. Sinclair, 2003. Family History Archive.
  • [Gregory] Gregory and Related Lines. MSS. Microfilmed 1987: FHL Film 1509499 Item 8.
  • [Hardin] Hardin, John J. Hardin Family Papers. MSS., Chicago Historical Society. Microfilmed 1959: FHL Films 421996-422013.
  • [Hatton] Carvin, Joseph Franklin. The Family of Wiley G. and Nancy Hatton. Columbus, Ohio: J.F. and M.A. Carvin, c1984. Digital version at Family History Archives; FHL Film 1697852 Item 12.
  • [Peter] McDonald, Frank V. Supplement No. 1 to Edition B of the MacDonald Genealogy, Containing Records of the Descendants of Jesse Peter: One of the Pioneer Settlers Near Mackville, Washington County, Kentucky: Together with a Few Remarks on the Early History of the Peter family, and Whatever Other Knowledge of Value Concerning This Branch of the Name Could Be Collected Up to Feb. 25, 1880. Cambridge: John Wilson and Son, University Press, 1880. FHL Film 1429852 Item 26.
  • [Rakes] Tungate, Paul. The John Rakes Families of Marion Co., KY. Cincinnati, Ohio: P. Tungate, 1995. Family History Archive.
  • [Rowland] Petersen, Carol Rowland. Descendants of John Rowland, Son of William Rowland: (Botetourt Co., Va.). Belton, Mo.: C.R. Petersen, 1999. Digital version at Family History Archive.
  • [Slack] Slack, Mary Louise McCarthy. The Slack Family, 1753-1981. Cullman, Ala.: M.M. Slack, 1981. FHL Book 929.273 SL11sm.
  • [Taylor] Tompkins, Joyce L. and Marjorie Dorn. Taylor, Lovell, and Related Names. MSS. Microfilmed 1990: FHL Film 1674173 Item 11.
  • [Thomas] A Line of a Thomas Family in Pike County, Indiana. Typescript. Family Records Collection, Barrett Memorial Library (Petersburg, Indiana). Thom. Microfilmed 1986: FHL Film 1451835 Item 1.
  • [Thurman] Thurman, David Livingston. History of the Thurman Family. Typescript. Microfilmed 1978: FHL Film 1036650 Item 8.
  • [Warner] Reynolds, Lyman Foster. Peter Warner Born Maryland - Fredrick County: Revolutionary War Soldier (with George Washington in Capture of Trenton) to Lincoln County Kentucky 1780's, Children Settled in Kentucky; Lincoln, Garrard, Boyle, Mercer & Washington Counties; Indiana Putnam County. Louisville, Ky.: L.F. Reynolds, 2007. FHL Book 929.273 W246r

Land

Local Histories

Maps

Military

Miscellaneous

Newspapers

Obituaries

Probate

Taxation

  • 1800 - 1800 Tax List of Washington County, Kentucky is included in Clift's Second Census of Kentucky 1800,[3] digitized by Ancestry ($).

Vital Records

Birth
  • 1852-1859 - Washington County Birth Index 1852-1859. Batch C518051 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1875-1876 - Washington County Birth Index 1875-1876. Batch C518052 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
Marriage
  • 1852-1859 - Washington County Marriage Index 1852-1859. Batch M518051 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1875 - Washington County Marriage Index 1875. Batch M518053 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1876-1877 - Washington County Marriage Index 1876-1877. Batch M518054 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
Unsorted

Washington County Kentucky Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Washington County Kentucky Genealogy Websites

Washington County Kentucky Genealogy References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Washington County, Kentucky page 275, 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).
  3. G. Glenn Clift, Second Census of Kentucky 1800: A Privately Compiled and Published Enumeration of Tax Payers Appearing in the 79 Manuscript Volumes Extant of Tax Lists of the 42 Counties of Kentucky in Existence in 1800 (1954; reprint, Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2005).
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/7/75/Igikentuckymz.pdf.