Washington County, Nebraska Genealogy

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Washington County
Washington County, Nebraska
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Facts
Founded November 23, 1854
County Seat Blair
Courthouse
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Address Washington County Courthouse
1555 Colfax Street
Blair, NE 68008
Phone: 402.426.6822


Washington County, Nebraska genealogy and family history research page. Guide to genealogy, history, and courthouse sources including birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, wills, deeds and land records, Civil War records, family histories, cemeteries, churches, tax records, newspapers, and obituaries.


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County Information

Washington County, Nebraska Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1856 1860 1857 1855


County Courthouse


County Clerk has birth, death, burial and land records. County Judge has marriage, probate and court records. Clerk District Court has divorce court.[1]

History

Parent County

1854 Washington County was created 23 November 1854 as an original county. County seat: Blair [2]

Description

Washington County was named for General George Washington (1732-1799). It was founded February 22, 1855.[3] Washington County is in eastern Nebraska on the Missouri River.[4]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Places/Localities

Populated Places [5]

Cities
  • Blair
  • Fort Calhoun
Villages
  • Arlington
  • Herman
  • Kennard
  • Washington
Census-designated place
  • Fontanelle
Unincorporated communities
  • De Soto
  • Nashville
  • Orum
  • Telbasta
Townships
  • Township 1
  • Township 2
  • Township 5
  • Township 6
  • Township 7

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Cemeteries

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
NEGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
NEGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
Nebraska Cemeteries
Billion Graves
See Nebraska Cemeteries for more information.

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1860 1,249
1870 4,452 256.4%
1880 8,631 93.9%
1890 11,869 37.5%
1900 13,086 10.3%
1910 12,738 −2.7%
1920 12,180 −4.4%
1930 12,095 −0.7%
1940 11,578 −4.3%
1950 11,511 −0.6%
1960 12,103 5.1%
1970 13,310 10.0%
1980 15,508 16.5%
1990 16,607 7.1%
2000 18,780 13.1%
2010 20,234 7.7%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".
State Census Records
Federal Census Records

Federal Censuses were taken for Nebraska starting in 1860. For links to Federal census indexes, see Nebraska Census.

For tips on accessing Washington County, Nebraska Genealogy census records online, see: Nebraska Census.

Church

Church records vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Nebraska denominations, view the Nebraska Church Records wiki page.

Court

Land

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Nebraska Land and Property for additional information about early Nebraska land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse, where records are currently housed.

Online Land Records


For more information see Nebraska Land and Property

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Washington County, Nebraska Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Nebraska Local Histories.

Maps and Gazetteers

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Military

Revolutionary War
Civil War
WWI

Newspapers

For information on Nebraska newspapers, see Nebraska Newspapers.

Nebraska Newspapers Online

Nebraska Newspaper Catalogs

Probate

In most counties in Nebraska, probate records have been kept by the county judge. They include wills, fee books, claim registers, legacy records, inheritance records, probate ticklers, and dockets. The records are available at the county courthouse.

The FamilySearch Catalog lists films of probate records. To find the records for this county, use the Place Search for Nebraska - Washington - Probate records.

Online Probate Records

Taxation

Nebraska tax records complement land records and can be used in place of censuses before 1820 or to supplement the years between censuses. There may be gaps of several years in the records.

Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred.

Marriage Records

Online Marriage Records Indexes and Images

Societies and Libraries

County, Township and City Societies

Libraries

  • Blair Public Library
    210 S. 17th Street
    Blair, Nebraska 68008
    Phone: 402-426-3617
    Fax: 402-426-3633
    Email: mail@BlairPublicLibrary.com

Family History Centers

  • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See Family History Center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Websites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Washington County, Nebraska page 435, 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. http://genealogytrails.com/neb/washington/washingtoncounty.htm accessed 09/29/2016
  4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_County%2C_Nebraska accessed 09/29/2016
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Washington County, Nebraska," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_County,_Nebraska, accessed 2 August 2016.