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

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Washington County, Maine
Map of Maine highlighting Washington County
Location in the state of Maine
Founded June 25, 1789
County Seat Machias
Address Washington County Courthouse
PO Box 297
Machias, ME 04654-0297
Phone: 207.255.3127
Washington County Website


County Courthouse

Town Clerks have birth, marriage, death and burial records. Clerk of the Court has divorce and court records from 1931, probate records from 1785, land records from 1783 and naturalization records from 1854. Maine State Archives, Augusta, has divorce and court records before 1931.[1]


Parent County

Created 25 June 1789 from Lincoln County. [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places / Localities

MaineWashington CountyAroostook CountyPenobscot CountyHancock CountyNew BrunswickYork CountyCharlotte CountySunbury CountyTownship 8 R4 NDanforthForest City TownshipTownship 8 R3 NBrookton Township (aka Number 9 R3 Plantation)Forest TownshipTownship 11 R3 NVanceboroKossuth TownshipTopsfieldCodyville PlantationLambert Lake TownshipDyer TownshipWaiteTalmadgeTownship 6 R1 NFowler Township (T1 R1 TS)Passamaquoddy Indian Township ReservationGrand Lake Stream (Plantation)Township 6 NDSakom Township 5 NDTownship 42 MDTownship 43 MDGreenlaw Chopping TownshipBig Lake TownshipPrincetonBaileyvilleAlexanderCrawfordTownship 26 EDTownship 37 MDTownship 36 MDDevereaux TownshipTownship 30 MDDay Block Township  (Township 31 MD BPP)WesleyTownship 19 EDCooperMeddybempsBaring PlantationCalaisRobbinstonPerryPassamaquoddy Pleasant Point Indian ReservationCharlottePembrokeDennysvilleBeddingtonTownship 24 MDTownship 25 MDNorthfieldBerry Township (aka Number 18 Plantation)Cathance Township (aka Number 14 Plantation)DebloisTownship 18 MDTownship 19 MDCherryfieldColumbiaColumbia FallsCenterville TownshipWhitneyvilleMarshfieldEast MachiasMarion TownshipEdmunds TownshipSteubenMilbridgeHarringtonAddisonBealsJonesportJonesboroRoque BluffsMachiasMachiasportWhitingCutlerTrescott Township (aka Number 9 Plantation)LubecEastportBar HarborWinter HarborGouldsboroSorrentoSullivanTownship 7 SDTownship 10 SDTownship 9 SDFranklinEastbrookTownship 16 MDTownship 22 MDOsbornTownship 28 MDTownship 35 MDTownship 34 MDTownship 41 MDTownship 40 MDOqiton TownshipTownship 3 NDLakevilleWhitney Township (5 R1 N)Carroll PlantationSpringfieldWebster PlantationPrentiss Township (7 R3 N)Drew PlantationKingmanReed Plantation (aka Wytopitlock)Glenwood (Plantation)BancroftWestonGrand MananCampobelloWest Isles ParishSaint GeorgeSaint PatrickSaint AndrewsSaint CroixDufferinSaint StephenSaint DavidSaint JamesDumbartonNew MarylandManners SuttonPrince WilliamMcAdamCanterburyNorth Lake
Modern town borders in Washington County, Maine. Towns with records are named in black. Unincorporated green places usually lack records.

Towns and Cities

Plantations. For further details see Maine plantations.

Baring Plantation      • Codyville Plantation      • Grand Lake Stream

Extinct towns and plantations[3] [4]

Indian Reservations

Unorganized territories. Within each group townships are listed from southeast to northwest. For further details see Maine townships.

  • East Central Washington
  • North Washington
    • Township 18 Middle Division
    • Township 19 Middle Division
    • Centerville (town dissolved 2003 into a township)
    • Township 24 Middle Division
    • Township 25 Middle Division
    • Township 29 Middle Division (Devereaux Township)
    • Township 30 Middle Division
    • Township 31 Middle Division (Day Block Township)
    • Township 36 Middle Division
    • Township 37 Middle Division
    • Township 26 East Division
    • Township 42 Middle Division
    • Township 43 Middle Division
    • Township 27 East Division (Greenlaw Chopping Township)
    • Number 21 Township (Plantation 21) (Big Lake Township)
    • Township 5 Norh Division (Sakom Township)
    • Township 6 North Division
    • Township 1 R1 Titcomb Survey (Fowler Township)
    • Township 1 R2 Titcomb Survey (Dyer Township)
    • Township 1 R3 Titcomb Survey (Lambert Lake Township)
    • Township 6 R1 North of Bingham's Penobscot Purchase
    • Township 7 R2 North of Bingham's Penobscot Purchase (Kossuth Twp)
    • Township 8 R3 North of Bingham's Penobscot Purchase
    • Brookton (formerly Jackson Brook Plantation)
    • Township 10 R3 North of Bingham's Penobscot Purchase (Forest Twp)
    • Township 11 R3 North of Bingham's Penobscot Purchase (Hillgove Twp)
    • Township 8 R4 North of Bingham's Penobscot Purchase
    • Township 9 R4 North of Bingham's Penobscot Purchase (Forest City Twp)

Communities   • Machias          • Woodland

Village   • Forest City

Neighboring Counties:  Aroostook | Hancock | Penobscot | New Brunswick counties: Charlotte | York







Local Histories






Vital Records

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:

Maine, Washington County Courthouse Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Washington County, Maine page 305, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Handybook for Genealogists, 181.
  3. Before an extinct town or plantation was discontinued, chances are it created official records of interest to genealogists. For preservation these records were usually turned over to a nearby functioning town in the same county.
  4. Michael J. Leclerc, Genealogist's Handbook for New England Research, 5th ed. (Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2012), 119. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 974 D27g 2012.


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