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

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Washington County, Florida
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Location in the state of Florida
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Location of Florida in the U.S.
Founded December 9, 1825
County Seat Chipley
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Quick Dates

Washington County's civil records start the following years:

Marriage Court Census Land Probate
1877  1890   1830 1880  1880 

County Courthouse

Washington County Courthouse

Washington County Courthouse
711 3rd Street
Chipley, FL 32428
Phone: 850.638.6200 

Clerk Circuit Court has marriage, divorce, probate, land and court records from 1890.[1]


Parent County

1825--Washington County was created 9 December 1825 from Jackson County.
County seat: Chipley [2]

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating Florida county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Florida County Boundary Maps" (1821-1997) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss

For a list of record loss in Florida counties see: Florida Counties with Burned Courthouses

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties


African American



Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1830 978
1840 859 −12.2%
1850 1,950 127.0%
1860 2,154 10.5%
1870 2,302 6.9%
1880 4,089 77.6%
1890 6,426 57.2%
1900 10,154 58.0%
1910 16,403 61.5%
1920 11,828 −27.9%
1930 12,180 3.0%
1940 12,302 1.0%
1950 11,888 −3.4%
1960 11,249 −5.4%
1970 11,453 1.8%
1980 14,509 26.7%
1990 16,919 16.6%
Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.

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


Church records and the information they provide 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 Florida denominations, view the Florida Church Records wiki page.

Florida Church Listings ~  Church Angel



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

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Washington County, Florida 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 Florida Local Histories.

Medical Directory for Chipley 1902  ~  USGenWeb Archives Project





Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Washington County, Florida Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:



Probate records are held by the Washington County, Florida Genealogy Clerk of Court and are housed at the Washington County, Florida Genealogy Courthouse. See the wiki page Florida Probate Records for information about how to use probate records.

Content: Probate Records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their place of residence.

Record types: Wills, estates, guardianships, naturalizations, and adoptions.


Taxes were levied on free white males over 21 and slaves aged 21 to 60. These persons are referred to as "polls." Tax listings, or digests, of a county generally list the taxable landowners and other polls and the amount of tax. The records for each county are divided by militia district. For more information see the wiki page Florida Taxation.

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 Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics, the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred or order electronically online. See also How to order Florida Vital Records

For some online statewide indexes, see the FamilySearch Historical Record Collections for Florida.

  • 1877-1888 - Washington County Marriage Index 1877-1888. Batch M513131 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1881-1885 - Washington County Marriage Book AA Index 1881-1885. Batch M513132 at FamilySearch - free.[3]

Societies and Libraries 

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Washington County, Florida Page 137 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. 3.0 3.1 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/3/3f/Igifloridamz.pdf.