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County Courthouse

Washington County Courthouse, Springfield, Ky. Courtesy: Collection: County Court Houses, Flickr by Jimmy Emerson. Used by permission.


Parent County

1792--Washington County was created 22 June 1792 from Nelson County.  County seat: Springfield [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

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


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


African American

The following have information concerning African American research.  Both should be used:


Kentucky cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation. Local volunteers through Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness may take photographs of headstones found in county cemeteries.

  • Kentucky Historical Society Cemetery Search can be searched by name, place and/or date.  This database has hundreds of thousands of names transcribed from gravestones across Kentucky. 
  • Find A Grave can be searched by the name of a person or family to find where a person is buried.  Usually gives birth and death dates often with a picture of the tombstone.  May give obituaries, names of family members and links to their information in Find A Grave.
  • Kentucky Cemeteries lists the national cemeteries in Kentucky with links to their web sites. The first link under Online Kentucky Cemeteries goes to the Kentucky section of Interment.net
  • Washington Co. KY USGenWeb Tombstone Project usually gives the names of the deceased in alphabetical order by last name with birth and death dates plus any remarks. 




Local Histories






Vital Records

Societies and Libraries

Web Sites

  • USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
  • Family History Library Catalog


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


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