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

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Online Records

Washington County, Missouri
Map of the U.S. highlighting Missouri
Location of Missouri in the U.S.
Founded August 21, 1813
County Seat Potosi
Address Washington County Courthouse
102 N Missouri Street
Potosi, MO 63664
Phone: 573.438.4901
Washington County Website

County Courthouse


County Clerk has birth records 1883-1891
and death records 1883-1886; Clerk Circuit
Court has marriage, divorce, court and land 
records from 1825; Probate Office has probate
records from 1814[1]


Washington County, Missouri was organized 21 August 1813. This became effective 1 November 1813. The county was named after George Washington.

Parent County

1813--Washington County was created 21 August 1813 from Ste. Genevieve County. County seat: Potosi [2]

Boundary Changes

  • See an interactive map of Washington County border changes at N2Genealogy.

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

  • Belgrade
  • Berryman
  • Cadet
  • Caledonia
  • Courtois
  • Irondale
  • Mineral Point
  • Potosi
  • Richwoods
  • Tiff

See also:

Neighboring Counties


African American

  • 1865-1875 - Washington County Marriage Index 1865-1875. Batch M515903 at FamilySearch - free.[3]



For tips on accessing Washington County, Missouri Genealogy census records online, see: Missouri 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 Missouri denominations, view the Missouri Church Records wiki page.



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 Missouri Land and Property for information about records of land transfers from the government to private ownership. After that transfer, transactions were usually recorded and are currently housed at the county courthouse.

Local Histories

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





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


Probate records include wills, bonds, petitions, accounts, inventories, administrations, orders, decrees, and distributions. For further information, see United States Probate Records.

In Missouri, probate records have usually been recorded by the clerks of the probate courts, but in some counties the common pleas or circuit courts handled this function. They are frequently indexed.


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 Missouri Taxation.

Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths. For additional guidance on researching and using vital records, see United States Vital Records or How to order Missouri Vital Records.

St. Louis and Kansas City recorded births and deaths starting as early as 1850 for deaths and 1870 for births.  The Missouri Department of Health began keeping birth and death records in 1909. County records vary by year and the county. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Missouri Vital Records State Department of Health, the County Clerk's office or order electronically online.


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, Missouri. Page 406 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 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/f/f4/Igimissourir.pdf.