Washington County, North Carolina Genealogy

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Guide to Washington County, North Carolina ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.


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Washington County, North Carolina
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Location in the state of North Carolina
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Location of North Carolina in the U.S.
Facts
Founded 1799
County Seat Plymouth
Courthouse
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County Courthouse

Beginning Dates for Washington County, North Carolina Genealogy Government Records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Census
Land
Probate
1912
1851
1800
1779
1795


Washington County Courthouse
120 Adams Street
Plymouth, NC 27962
Phone: 252-793-2325

Courthouse burned 1862, 1869 - 1873
register of Deeds has birth and death records from 1913
marriage recrods  from 1851 and land records from 1799
Clerk Superopr Court has divoce recrods from 1871
probate and court records from 1873[1]

Register of Deeds
PO Box 1007
Plymouth, NC 27962
Phone: 252-793-2325
Fax: 252-793-6982
Website

Clerk Superior Court
PO Box 901
Plymouth, NC 27962
Phone: (252) 791-4000

History

Washington County was formed in 1799 from the western third of Tyrrell County. It was named for George Washington.

Parent County

1799--Washington County was created from Tyrrell County.
County seat: Plymouth [2]

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating North Carolina county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation North Carolina County Boundary Maps" (1664-1965) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss

1862--Courthouse destroyed in Federal bombardment.
1869,1881--Fires have destroyed most of the court records and many of the land records.

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Resources

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Cemeteries

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

Census

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


Church Records

Baptist
  • Morattuck. Established by 1785.[3]
Church of England
  • Skinners Chapel aka Rehoboth Church. Established about 1735. Now a United Methodist Church.[4]

Court

Land

Local Histories

Maps

Military

Civil War

Online Records


Regiments. Service men in Washington County, North Carolina Genealogy served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Washington County, North Carolina Genealogy:


- 1st Regiment, North Carolina Infantry
- 17th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry (1st Organization), Company H
- 1st Regiment, North Carolina Artillery 10th Regiment Volunteers-1st Artillery, Company K
- 1st Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, Company G
- 41st Regiment Volunteers - 3rd Cavalry, Company K

Civil War Battles

The following Civil War battles were fought in Washington County:

Map showing Civil War battles in North Carolina.


Newspapers

The Roanoake Beacon is the primary newspaper for Washington County. 

Probate

Online Probate Records

Taxation

Vital Records

Uncertified copies of vital records can be ordered from the Washington County Register of Deeds for a low fee. Visit their website for more information. 

Births
Marriages
Deaths
Divorce

Yearbooks

Societies and Libraries 

Washington County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 567
Plymouth 27619-0567

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.


Web Sites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Washington County, North Carolina. Page 513 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. George Washington Paschal, History of North Carolina Baptists, 2 vols. (1930; reprint, Gallatin, Tenn.: Church History Research and Archives, 1990), 1:490. FHL Book 975.6 K2p 1990.
  4. "Rehoboth Church," North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program, http://www.ncmarkers.com/, accessed 22 October 2012.
  5. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 9 August, 2012)
  6. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 8 August, 2012)
  7. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/f/f5/Iginorthcarolinap.pdf.