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== County Courthouse  ==
== County Courthouse  ==
Washington County North Carolina<br> 120 Adams Street<br> Plymouth, NC 27962<br> 252-793-2325 <br> Courthouse burned 1862, 1869 - 1873<br> reg of Deeds has b &amp; d rec from 1913<br> m rec from 1851 &amp; land rec from 1799<br> Clk Sup Ct has div rec from 1871<br> pro &amp; ct rec from 1873<br> Washington created from Tyrell 15 Nov 1799<br>  
[http://www.washconc.org/clerk_of_court.aspx Washington County Courthouse]<br>120 Adams Street<br>Plymouth, NC 27962<br>252-793-2325 <br><br>Courthouse burned 1862, 1869 - 1873<br>register of Deeds has birth and death records from 1913<br>marriage recrods&nbsp; from 1851 and land records from 1799<br>Clerk Superopr Court has divoce recrods from 1871<br>probate and&nbsp;court records from 1873<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Washington County, North Carolina. Page 513 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
== History  ==
== History  ==

Revision as of 15:27, 4 June 2012

Washington County, North Carolina
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County Courthouse

Washington County Courthouse
120 Adams Street
Plymouth, NC 27962

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]


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

Record Loss

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


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties




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




Local Histories



Civil War

Civil War Confederate units - Brief history, counties where recruited, etc.

-1st Regiment, North Carolina Infantry


The Roanoake Beacon is the primary newspaper for Washington County. 



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. 

  • Marriage Licenses of Washington County, North Carolina 1851 - 1920.  According to the information on the site no marriage licenses exist for Washington County until the year 1880. The source of all marriage records prior to that year is marriage registers. There are two marriage registers, one of several volumes that contains marriages from 1851 to the present. There is also a marriage register that records acknowledgements of Freedmen's marriages from 1866 to 1868 and "a record of colored marriages" from 8 March, 1867 to 6 June 1872. The Freedmen's Register records slave marriages legalized after the Civil War between 1866 and 1868. Some of these marriages occurred 40 years before the Civil War. The record tells how long each couple has cohabited.  Can be searched by name of either male or female.
  • Marriages reported in the Roanoke Beacon Newspaper - late 1880s - list of names in news reports of marriages. 


  • NCGenWeb: Washington County -  Deaths/Obits  - check the NCGenWeb page for resources on locating death & obituary records for Washington County residents. There are numerous records available for a wide range of time periods. 


Societies and Libraries 

  • Washington County Genealogical Society - The Washington County Genealogical Society has been collecting and publishing data for many years.  Their website provides a membership form and back issues of the newsletter are available online for free.
  • Pettigrew Regional Library System: Washington County - handles information & library needs of several counties in the area, including Washington County.

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  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).

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