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''[[United States]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Pennsylvania|Pennsylvania]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Washington County'''
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'''Washington County, Pennsylvania''' 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, Revolutionary War records, family histories, cemeteries, churches, tax records, newspapers, and obituaries.  
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Guide to '''Washington County, Pennsylvania ancestry, family history and genealogy''' in courthouse sources including birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, wills, deeds and land records, Civil War records, Revolutionary War records, family histories, cemeteries, churches, tax records, newspapers, and obituaries.  
  
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== Washington County Pennsylvania Historical Facts  ==
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=== Washington County Pennsylvania Historical Facts  ===
  
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*'''Parent Counties''': Formed from [[Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania|Westmoreland]] County 28 March 1781. <ref name="HBG">[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;referer=brief_results ''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].</ref>  
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'''Parent Counties''': Formed from [[Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania Genealogy|Westmoreland]] County 28 March 1781. <ref>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092 ''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].</ref> <br>
*'''County Seat:''' Washington<br>  
 
*'''Neighboring Counties''': {{PAGENAME}}&nbsp;'''residents''' may also have records in <ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Adams County, Pennsylvania" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adams_County,_Pennsylvania (accessed 17 July 2012).</ref>[[Beaver County, Pennsylvania|Beaver]] (north) {{•}} [[Greene County, Pennsylvania|Greene]] (south) {{•}} [[Allegheny County, Pennsylvania|Allegheny]] (northeast) {{•}} [[Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania|Westmoreland]] (east) {{•}} [[Fayette County, Pennsylvania|Fayette]] (southeast) {{•}} [[Hancock County, West Virginia|Hancock County, West Virginia]] (northwest) {{•}} [[Marshall County, West Virginia|Marshall County, West Virginia]] (southwest) {{•}} [[Ohio County, West Virginia|Ohio County, West Virginia]] and [[Brooke County, West Virginia|Brooke County, West Virginia]] (west)
 
  
<br>Named for [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Washington General George Washington] of the American Revolutionary War.
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'''County Seat:''' Washington
  
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'''Neighboring Counties''': Washington County '''residents''' may also have records in: <ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Washington County, Pennsylvania" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_County,_Pennsylvania.</ref>
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*[[Beaver County, Pennsylvania Genealogy|Beaver]]
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*[[Greene County, Pennsylvania Genealogy|Greene]]
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*[[Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Genealogy|Allegheny]]
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*[[Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania Genealogy|Westmoreland]]
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*[[Fayette County, Pennsylvania Genealogy|Fayette]]
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*[[Hancock County, West Virginia|Hancock County, West Virginia]]
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*[[Marshall County, West Virginia|Marshall County, West Virginia]] 
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*[[Ohio County, West Virginia|Ohio County, West Virginia]]
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*[[Brooke County, West Virginia|Brooke County, West Virginia]]
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Named for [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Washington General George Washington] of the American Revolutionary War.
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==== Description ====
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The county was named for the George Washington.  It's county seat is Washington and was founded March 28, 1781.  It is located in the South West tip of the state.<ref>https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_County,_Pennsylvania 2/12/2017</ref>
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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Note: Washington County was claimed by both Virginia and Pennsylvania until the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mason-Dixon_Line Mason-Dixon Line] was finalized in 1767.  
 
Note: Washington County was claimed by both Virginia and Pennsylvania until the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mason-Dixon_Line Mason-Dixon Line] was finalized in 1767.  
  
*'''27 Jan 1750:''' Part of [[Cumberland County, Pennsylvania|Cumberland]] County.  
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*'''27 Jan 1750:''' Part of [[Cumberland County, Pennsylvania Genealogy|Cumberland]] County.  
*'''9 March 1771:''' Became part of [[Bedford County, Pennsylvania|Bedford]] County when it was was erected.  
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*'''9 March 1771:''' Became part of [[Bedford County, Pennsylvania Genealogy|Bedford]] County when it was was erected.  
*'''26 January 1773:''' The future county became part of [[Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania|Westmoreland]] County.  
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*'''26 January 1773:''' The future county became part of [[Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania Genealogy|Westmoreland]] County.  
*'''24 September 1788:''' [[Allegheny County, Pennsylvania|Allegheny]] County set off. <ref name="HBG">[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;referer=brief_results ''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].</ref>  
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*'''24 September 1788:''' [[Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Genealogy|Allegheny]] County set off. <ref>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092 referer=brief_results ''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].</ref>  
*'''9 February 1796:''' [[Greene County, Pennsylvania|Greene]] County set off. <ref name="HBG">[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;referer=brief_results ''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].</ref>  
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*'''9 February 1796:''' [[Greene County, Pennsylvania Genealogy|Greene]] County set off. <ref>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092 referer=brief_results ''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].</ref>  
*'''12 March 1800:''' [[Beaver County, Pennsylvania|Beaver]] County set off. <ref name="HBG">[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;referer=brief_results ''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].</ref>
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*'''12 March 1800:''' [[Beaver County, Pennsylvania Genealogy|Beaver]] County set off. <ref>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092 referer=brief_results ''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].</ref>
  
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<br> For animated maps illustrating Pennsylvania county boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/pennsylvania/ "Rotating Formation Pennsylvania County Boundary Maps"] (1673-1878) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
  
== Washington County Pennsylvania Genealogy Resources ==
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==== Records Loss ====
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
 
==== Bible Records  ====
 
==== Bible Records  ====
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Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.  
 
Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.  
  
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''List of Cemeteries in the county'''
 
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[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3ACemeteries+Pennsylvania+Washington+County.&qt=hot_subject WorldCat]
 
 
 
| bgcolor="#e9f1ea" | [http://www.namesinstone.com/CemeteryList.aspx Names in Stone]
 
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" | [http://www.usgwarchives.net/pa/washington/cemet.htm USGenWeb]
 
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| bgcolor="#e9f1ea" | [http://billiongraves.com/pages/search/index.php#cemetery Billion Graves]
 
 
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" | [http://pennsylvania-genealogy.net/Washington-County-Cemetery-Records.cfm Pennsylvania Genealogy]  
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://pennsylvania.hometownlocator.com/features/cultural,class,cemetery,scfips,42125.cfm HomeTownLocator]  
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3ACemeteries+Pennsylvania+Washington+County.&qt=hot_subject WorldCat]
| bgcolor="#e9f1ea" | [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=15031&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=81&stateAbbv=&stateName= Epodunk]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Pennsylvania&county=Washington&cemetery_name=a#/ BillionGraves]
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwarchives.net/pa/washington/cemet.htm PAGenWeb Archives]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.linkpendium.com/washington-pa-genealogy/cem/ Linkpendium]
 
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" | [http://billiongraves.com/pages/search/index.php#cemetery Billion Graves]  
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.interment.net/us/pa/washington.htm Interment]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.pennsylvaniagravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=63 PAGravestones]
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~pawashin/cemetery/index.html USGW Cemetery Project]  
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=15031&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=81&stateAbbv=&stateName= Epodunk]
 
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" | [http://www.accessgenealogy.com/cemetery/pennsylvania/washington_county.htm Access Genealogy]  
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://ldsgenealogy.com/PA/Washington-County-Cemetery-Records.htm Pennsylvania Genealogy]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://www.accessgenealogy.com/cemetery/washington-county-pennsylvania-cemetery-records.htm Access Genealogy]
 
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" | [http://search.ancestry.com/Places/US/Pennsylvania/Washington/Default.aspx Ancestry($)]  
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''Additional Cemetery Resources''
  
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*[http://www.pa-roots.org/data/index.php?810 PA-Roots]
 
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*[http://www.namesinstone.com/CemeteryList.aspx#results Names in Stone]  
BillionGraves:
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/Places/US/Pennsylvania/Washington/Default.aspx Ancestry($)]
 
 
*http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=84860 Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Washington]  
 
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=147592 Beallsville Cemetery, Scenery Hill]  
 
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=147585 Purviance Cemetery, Claysville]
 
  
 
==== Census  ====
 
==== Census  ====
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==== Church Records  ====
 
==== Church Records  ====
  
{{Template:PAChurch2}}[[Image:Washington county pennsylvania churches.png|thumb|right|400px|Washington county pennsylvania churches.png]]
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{{Template:PAChurch2}}[[Image:Washington county pennsylvania churches.png|thumb|right|300px|<center>Washington County Pennsylvania churches</center>]]
 
 
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Additional church records can be located at [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/PA/Washington/ch-rec/ Linkpendium] and by searching the Family History Library Catalog. The FHLC has a plethora of {{FHL|470991|subject_id|disp=church records}}for Washington County, many are limited in the time frame they cover. When searching the FHL catalog, be sure to also search at the town and township level.
 
  
{{Template:PAChurch1|Washington|470991}}&nbsp;
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/washington-pa-genealogy/ Linkpendium]
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{{Template:PAChurch1|Washington|470991}}
  
USGenWeb. [http://freepages.religions.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~florian/ Washington County] "Little Washington" Pennsylvania Religious, Churches, Worship
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*[http://freepages.religions.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~florian/ Washington County] "Little Washington" Pennsylvania Genealogy and Family History
  
USGenWeb. [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~pawashin/churches/index.htm Churches of Washington County.PA]  
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~pawashin/churches/index.htm Churches of Washington County PA] Rootsweb
  
 
===== County-wide Database - Multi-denominational  =====
 
===== County-wide Database - Multi-denominational  =====
  
:*'''1708-1985''' - [http://hsp.org/collections/catalogs-research-tools/members-only-database Pennsylvania, Church and Town Records, 1708-1985] at [http://hsp.org/ Historical Society of Pennsylvania] – $, free to members of the society; Also available at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2451 Ancestry.com] – $; 7,542,774 entries. ''This database is incomplete for all counties.''
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*'''1708-1985''' [http://hsp.org/collections/catalogs-research-tools/members-only-database Pennsylvania, Church and Town Records, 1708-1985] at [http://hsp.org/ Historical Society of Pennsylvania] – $, free to members of the society; Also available at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2451 Ancestry.com] – $; 7,542,774 entries. ''This database is incomplete for all counties.''<br>
 
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:Contains the church records of:  
::Contains the church records of:  
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:*Canonsburg: Canonsburg United Presbyterian Church  
::*Canonsburg: Canonsburg United Presbyterian Church  
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:*Finleyville: Mingo Presbyterian Church  
::*Finleyville: Mingo Presbyterian Church  
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:*Peters: Center United Presbyterian Church  
::*Peters: Center United Presbyterian Church  
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:*Washington: Covenant United Presbyterian Church; Faith United Presbyterian Church; First Presbyterian Church; First United Methodist Church; Jefferson Avenue United Methodist Church
::*Washington: Covenant United Presbyterian Church; Faith United Presbyterian Church; First Presbyterian Church; First United Methodist Church; Jefferson Avenue United Methodist Church
 
  
 
===== Roman Catholic  =====
 
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===== Court of Common Pleas  =====
 
===== Court of Common Pleas  =====
  
The Courts of Common Pleas are the trial courts of Pennsylvania. Major civil and criminal cases are heard in these courts. Judges also decide cases involving adoption, divorce, child custody, abuse, juvenile delinquency, estates, guardianships, charitable organizations and many other matters. The Common Pleas courts are organized into 60 judicial districts. {{PAGENAME}} has its own judicial district. Judges of the Common Pleas courts are elected to 10-year terms. A president judge and a court administrator serve in each judicial district.<ref>The Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania http://www.pacourts.us/T/CommonPleas/ accessed 10 July 2012.</ref>  
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The Courts of Common Pleas are the trial courts of Pennsylvania. Major civil and criminal cases are heard in these courts. Judges also decide cases involving adoption, divorce, child custody, abuse, juvenile delinquency, estates, guardianships, charitable organizations and many other matters. The Common Pleas courts are organized into 60 judicial districts. Washington County has its own judicial district. Judges of the Common Pleas courts are elected to 10-year terms. A president judge and a court administrator serve in each judicial district.<ref>The Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania http://www.pacourts.us/T/CommonPleas/ accessed 10 July 2012.</ref>  
  
 
====== Clerk of the Courts  ======
 
====== Clerk of the Courts  ======
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{{PA court4}}  
  
*’’’1781–1868’’’ Orphans' Court Docket with Index (1781{{FHL|294780|item|disp=FHL Film 863629 (first of 8 films)}}
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{{PA court6|Washington|485227}}  
 
{{PA court6|Washington|485227}}  
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==== Family Histories  ====
 
==== Family Histories  ====
  
*'''[Walton]''' Walton, John. "Job Walton of Fleming County, Kentucky," ''National Genealogical Society Quarterly'', Vol. 52, No. 1 (Mar. 1964):15-24. {{FHL|39597|item}} 973 B2ng v. 52
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*'''(Walton)''' Walton, John. "Job Walton of Fleming County, Kentucky," ''National Genealogical Society Quarterly'', Vol. 52, No. 1 (Mar. 1964):15-24. {{FHL|39597|item}} 973 B2ng v. 52
  
 
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'''Online Land Abstracts'''  
 
'''Online Land Abstracts'''  
  
:*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/pa/washington/land.htm Warrantees of Land in the Washington County] courtesy [http://usgwarchives.net/pa/washington/ USGenWeb Archives]
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/pa/washington/land.htm Warrantees of Land in the Washington County] courtesy [http://usgwarchives.net/pa/washington/ USGenWeb Archives]
  
 
'''Land Records on Microfilm'''  
 
'''Land Records on Microfilm'''  
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*[http://discover.hsp.org/Search/Results?lookfor=Washington+land&type=AllFields&submit=Find Historical Society of Pennsylvania]<br>  
 
*[http://discover.hsp.org/Search/Results?lookfor=Washington+land&type=AllFields&submit=Find Historical Society of Pennsylvania]<br>  
 
*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?qt=worldcat_org_all&q=washington+county+pennsylvania+land WorldCat] (For instructions see [[WorldCat Online Catalog]].)<br>  
 
*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?qt=worldcat_org_all&q=washington+county+pennsylvania+land WorldCat] (For instructions see [[WorldCat Online Catalog]].)<br>  
*{{FHL|343176|subject-id|disp=Family History Library Catalog}} (For instructions see [[Family History Library Catalog Place-name Search|FHL Catalog Place-name Search]].)
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*{{FHL|343176|subject-id|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}} (For instructions see [[FamilySearch Catalog Place-name Search|FamilySearch Catalog Place-name Search]].)
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
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==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
  
[http://ancestortracks.com/ Ancestor Tracks] has an [http://ancestortracks.com/washblurb.html Atlas of Township Warrantee Maps of Washington County and a Companion Scans of Township Warratee Maps CD ]($). &nbsp;They show precise outlines in metes and bounds of each original tract and all surrounding tracts in each township, giving the names of the warrantee and patentee; dates of the warrant, survey, and patent; and the patent and survey book and page of the recorded patent.  
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[[Image:Pawashington.jpg|thumb|200px|<center>Washington County</center>]]
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/pennsylvania/ Maps of Pennsylvania (1673-1878)]
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*[http://ancestortracks.com/ Ancestor Tracks] has an [http://ancestortracks.com/washblurb.html Atlas of Township Warrantee Maps of Washington County and a Companion Scans of Township Warratee Maps CD ]($). &nbsp;They show precise outlines in metes and bounds of each original tract and all surrounding tracts in each township, giving the names of the warrantee and patentee; dates of the warrant, survey, and patent; and the patent and survey book and page of the recorded patent.
  
 
==== Migration  ====
 
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Men living in what is now Washington County (then Westmoreland County) also served in the [[8th Pennsylvania Regiment (Revolutionary War)|8th Pennsylvania Regiment]].<ref>Harold Frederic, William C. Frederick III with William J. McMaster Sr., ''Path of Blood: The Untold Story of the Kittanning PA. Regiment in the American Revolution'' (Kittanning, Pa.: W.C. Frederick, 1998). {{FHL|818263|item|disp=FHL Book 974.8 M2ff}}</ref>  
 
Men living in what is now Washington County (then Westmoreland County) also served in the [[8th Pennsylvania Regiment (Revolutionary War)|8th Pennsylvania Regiment]].<ref>Harold Frederic, William C. Frederick III with William J. McMaster Sr., ''Path of Blood: The Untold Story of the Kittanning PA. Regiment in the American Revolution'' (Kittanning, Pa.: W.C. Frederick, 1998). {{FHL|818263|item|disp=FHL Book 974.8 M2ff}}</ref>  
  
:*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/pa/washington/military.htm Washington County Muster Rolls and Papers] courtesy [http://usgwarchives.net/pa/washington/ USGenWeb Archives]
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/pa/washington/military.htm Washington County Muster Rolls and Papers] courtesy [http://usgwarchives.net/pa/washington/ USGenWeb Archives]
  
 
==== Naturalization and Citizenship  ====
 
==== Naturalization and Citizenship  ====
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'''Online Naturalization Indexes and Records'''<br>  
 
'''Online Naturalization Indexes and Records'''<br>  
  
:*'''1820-1906''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1192 Index to Declarations and Petitions in the Western District of Pennsylvania, US Circuit and District Courts] located in ''US Naturalization Records Indexes, 1794-1995'' database on [http://ancestry.com Ancestry.com] - ($), National Archives publication M1208<br>
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*'''1820-1906''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1192 Index to Declarations and Petitions in the Western District of Pennsylvania, US Circuit and District Courts] located in ''US Naturalization Records Indexes, 1794-1995'' database on [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] - ($), National Archives publication M1208<br>
  
:*'''1820-1930''' [http://www.fold3.com/titleinfo.php?id=119&title=naturalizations_pa_western%2F&xid=319 Naturalization Petitions of the U.S. District Court, 1820-1930, and Circuit Court, 1820-1911, for the Western District of Pennsylvania] on [http://www.fold3.com/ Fold3.com] - ($), indexed, National Archives publication M1537, incomplete for all counties<br>
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*'''1820-1930''' [http://www.fold3.com/titleinfo.php?id=119&title=naturalizations_pa_western%2F&xid=319 Naturalization Petitions of the U.S. District Court, 1820-1930, and Circuit Court, 1820-1911, for the Western District of Pennsylvania] on [http://www.fold3.com/ Fold3.com] - ($), indexed, National Archives publication M1537, incomplete for all counties<br>
  
:*'''1820-1930''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1554 Naturalization Petitions of the U.S. District Court, 1820-1930, and Circuit Court, 1820-1911, for the Western District of Pennsylvania] located in ''Selected US Naturalization Records - Original Documents, 1790-1974'' database on [http://ancestry.com Ancestry.com] - ($), indexed, National Archives publication M1537<br><br>
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*'''1820-1930''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1554 Naturalization Petitions of the U.S. District Court, 1820-1930, and Circuit Court, 1820-1911, for the Western District of Pennsylvania] located in ''Selected US Naturalization Records - Original Documents, 1790-1974'' database on [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] - ($), indexed, National Archives publication M1537<br><br>
  
 
'''Original Naturalization Records on Microfilm'''<br>  
 
'''Original Naturalization Records on Microfilm'''<br>  
  
*'''1802-1906''' - Naturalization records, 1802-1906; Index, 1802-1962, {{FHL|208060|item|disp=FHL film 1378512 (first of 22 films)}}
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*'''1802-1906''' Naturalization records, 1802-1906; Index, 1802-1962, {{FHL|208060|item|disp=FHL film 1378512 (first of 22 films)}}
  
 
{{PAnaturalization2|Washington|476915}}  
 
{{PAnaturalization2|Washington|476915}}  
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'''Newspapers of Washington County'''  
 
'''Newspapers of Washington County'''  
  
:*[http://www.usnpl.com/panews.php Pennsylvania Newspapers]  
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*[http://www.usnpl.com/panews.php Pennsylvania Newspapers]  
:*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/search/titles/results/?state=Pennsylvania&county=Washington&city=&year1=1690&year2=2012&terms=&frequency=&language=&ethnicity=&labor=&material_type=&lccn=&rows=20 Chronicling America] US Newspaper Directory
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*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/search/titles/results/?state=Pennsylvania&county=Washington&city=&year1=1690&year2=2012&terms=&frequency=&language=&ethnicity=&labor=&material_type=&lccn=&rows=20 Chronicling America] US Newspaper Directory
  
 
'''Online Newspapers'''  
 
'''Online Newspapers'''  
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To learn if there are newspapers online for a specific town or city in Pennsylvania, see [http://news.google.com/newspapers news.google.com/newspapers] and search for the town or the name of a newspaper.  
 
To learn if there are newspapers online for a specific town or city in Pennsylvania, see [http://news.google.com/newspapers news.google.com/newspapers] and search for the town or the name of a newspaper.  
  
:*[http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=gAJFiZdMcUIC The Reporter] August 22, 1808 - Dec 19, 1825  
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*[http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=gAJFiZdMcUIC The Reporter] August 22, 1808 - Dec 19, 1825  
:*[http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=wNiDLpJVIZAC Washington Daily News]January 1, 1918 - May 11, 1919  
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*[http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=wNiDLpJVIZAC Washington Daily News] January 1, 1918 - May 11, 1919  
:*[http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=tKAXkfz_euYC Washington Daily Reporter] March 25, 1884 - December 31, 1896  
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*[http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=tKAXkfz_euYC Washington Daily Reporter] March 25, 1884 - December 31, 1896  
:*[http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=bsCEZ5n1K3cC The Washington Observer] January 4, 1878 - November 6, 1967  
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*[http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=bsCEZ5n1K3cC The Washington Observer] January 4, 1878 - November 6, 1967  
:*[http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=f1xuXVtw34IC The Washington Reporter] March 29, 1845 - September 16, 1985  
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*[http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=f1xuXVtw34IC The Washington Reporter] March 29, 1845 - September 16, 1985  
:*[http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=ooaom_WTAwIC The Washington Sem-Weekly Reporter] October 5, 1889 - December 25, 1891  
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*[http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=ooaom_WTAwIC The Washington Sem-Weekly Reporter] October 5, 1889 - December 25, 1891  
:*[http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=DejRBzv9GVYC The Washington Weekly Reporter] November 10, 1883 - February 29, 1888
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*[http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=DejRBzv9GVYC The Washington Weekly Reporter] November 10, 1883 - February 29, 1888
  
 
'''Online Newspaper Abstracts'''  
 
'''Online Newspaper Abstracts'''  
  
:*[http://www.pa-roots.org/data/list.php?819 PA-Roots Newspaper Articles] for Washington County, Pennsylvania.  
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*[http://www.pa-roots.org/data/list.php?819 PA-Roots Newspaper Articles] for Washington County, Pennsylvania.  
:*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~pawashin/newspaper/index.html Miscellaneous Newspaper Items] A part of a PAGenWeb Project  
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~pawashin/newspaper/index.html Miscellaneous Newspaper Items] A part of a Washington County PAGenWeb Genealogy Project  
:*[http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~florian/o_f1/o_f_nplinks.htm Newspaper Articles] by year.
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*[http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~florian/o_f1/o_f_nplinks.htm Newspaper Articles] by year.
  
 
'''Newspaper Abstracts'''  
 
'''Newspaper Abstracts'''  
  
:*Compliled by Bonnie Malmat, ''Abstracts of the Washington, PA Reporter:Washington County, PA'' (Apollo, Pennsylvania:Closson Press, c1990-2008) {{FHL|110572|item|disp=FHL book 974.882 B38m 1810-1850 (seven volumes)}}
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*Compliled by Bonnie Malmat, ''Abstracts of the Washington, PA Reporter:Washington County, PA'' (Apollo, Pennsylvania:Closson Press, c1990-2008) {{FHL|110572|item|disp=FHL book 974.882 B38m 1810-1850 (seven volumes)}}
  
 
===== Obituaries  =====
 
===== Obituaries  =====
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'''Online Obituary Abstracts'''  
 
'''Online Obituary Abstracts'''  
  
:*[http://www.pa-roots.org/data/list.php?820 PA-Roots Obituaries] for Washington County, Pennsylvania.  
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*[http://www.pa-roots.org/data/list.php?820 PA-Roots Obituaries] for Washington County, Pennsylvania.  
:*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~pawashin/obituaries/index.html Links to the Dixon Collection Death Notices] for 1880 Washington County, PA. A full list of 1880 Deaths from the Washington Reporter or Washington Observer.  
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~pawashin/obituaries/index.html Links to the Dixon Collection Death Notices] for 1880 Washington County, PA. A full list of 1880 Deaths from the Washington Reporter or Washington Observer.  
:*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/pa/washington/obits.htm Washington County Obituaries] courtesy [http://usgwarchives.net/pa/washington/ USGenWeb Archives]
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/pa/washington/obits.htm Washington County Obituaries] courtesy [http://usgwarchives.net/pa/washington/ USGenWeb Archives]
  
 
'''Obituary Excerpts and Abstracts'''  
 
'''Obituary Excerpts and Abstracts'''  
  
:*Compiled by Yvonne L. Blair Morgan, ''Index of Census, Newspaper Obituary Files and Microfilm:Fayette, Green, Washington and Westmoreland Counties'' (Apollo, Pennsylvania:Closson Press, c2003) {{WorldCat|60671546|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1153458|item|disp=FHL book 974.88 V42m}}  
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*Compiled by Yvonne L. Blair Morgan, ''Index of Census, Newspaper Obituary Files and Microfilm:Fayette, Green, Washington and Westmoreland Counties'' (Apollo, Pennsylvania:Closson Press, c2003) {{WorldCat|60671546|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1153458|item|disp=FHL book 974.88 V42m}}  
:*Compliled by Bonnie Malmat, ''Abstracts of the Washington, PA Reporter:Washington County, PA'' (Apollo, Pennsylvania:Closson Press, c1990-2008) {{FHL|110572|item|disp=FHL book 974.882 B38m 1810-1850 (seven volumes)}}
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*Compliled by Bonnie Malmat, ''Abstracts of the Washington, PA Reporter:Washington County, PA'' (Apollo, Pennsylvania:Closson Press, c1990-2008) {{FHL|110572|item|disp=FHL book 974.882 B38m 1810-1850 (seven volumes)}}
  
 
==== Occupations  ====
 
==== Occupations  ====
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'''Online Probate Indexes'''  
 
'''Online Probate Indexes'''  
  
:*'''1781–1796'''[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=24808 Estate Records in Washington County] ($) on [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry]. Taken from Bell, Raymond Martin. ''Estate Records and Deed Records''
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*'''1683-1993''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8802 Pennsylvania Wills and Probate Records 1683-1993] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
  
<br>'''Online Probate Records'''<br>Original probate records for some Pennsylvania counties are available free online as digital images at [https://www.familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org]. The dates vary significantly for each county and not all counties are listed. Some counties may only have probate indexes. This Pennsylvania collection of images may be browsed through the links listed below:<br>Complete Collection:<br>
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*'''1683-1994''' {{RecordSearch|1999196|Pennsylvania Probate Records 1683-1994}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] images  
  
:*'''1683-1994''' {{RecordSearch|1999196|Pennsylvania, Probate Records, 1683-1994}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org]<br>
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*'''1781-1796''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=24808 Estate Records in Washington County] ($) on [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry]. Taken from Bell, Raymond Martin. ''Estate Records and Deed Records''
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'''Online Probate Records'''<br>Original probate records for some Pennsylvania counties are available free online as digital images at [https://www.familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org]. The dates vary significantly for each county and not all counties are listed. Some counties may only have probate indexes. This Pennsylvania collection of images may be browsed through the links listed below:<br>Complete Collection:<br>
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*'''1683-1994''' {{RecordSearch|1999196|Pennsylvania, Probate Records, 1683-1994}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org]<br>
  
 
Washington County Only: <br>  
 
Washington County Only: <br>  
  
:*'''1781–1850''' [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FMM5Y-7V8%3An1099418621%3Fcc%3D1999196 Washington County Probate Records]<br>
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*'''1781-1850''' [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index?owc=9PM6-L2Z%3A268493301%3Fcc%3D1999196 Washington County Probate Records]<br>
  
<br>'''Online Probate Abstracts'''  
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'''Online Probate Abstracts'''  
  
:*'''1786–1830''' [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~pawashin/estate_partitions/index.html PAGenWeb] – incomplete Extract of Washington County Partitions, Estate Divisions. Includes name, wife, children with spouses.
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*'''1786-1830''' [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~pawashin/estate_partitions/index.html Washington County PAGenWeb Genealogy Project ] – incomplete Extract of Washington County Partitions, Estate Divisions. Includes name, wife, children with spouses.
  
<br>'''Original Probate Records on Microfilm'''  
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'''Original Probate Records on Microfilm'''  
  
:*'''1781–1872''' Wills, includes index 1781–1935. {{FHL|294730|item|disp=FHL film 863622 (first of 17 films)}}  
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*'''1781-1872''' Wills, includes index 1781–1935. {{FHL|294730|item|disp=FHL film 863622 (first of 17 films)}}  
:*'''1781–1850''' Probate Files, includes index 1781–1924. {{FHL|438578|item|disp=FHL film 1683181 (first of 57 films)}}  
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*'''1781-1850''' Probate Files, includes index 1781–1924. {{FHL|438578|item|disp=FHL film 1683181 (first of 57 films)}}  
:*'''1781–1868''' Orphans' Court Records, includes index 1781–1952. {{FHL|294780|item|disp=FHL film 863629–863636}}
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*'''1781-1868''' Orphans' Court Records, includes index 1781–1952. {{FHL|294780|item|disp=FHL film 863629–863636}}
  
<br>{{PA probate FHLC and WorldCat|Washington|343174}}<br>  
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{{PA probate FamilySearch Catalog and WorldCat|Washington|343174}}<br>
  
 
==== Repositories  ====
 
==== Repositories  ====
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/pennsylvania/pa-society-archive/ List of Pennsylvania Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical &amp; Genealogical Societies]
  
 
===== Archives  =====
 
===== Archives  =====
  
:*{{PA Archives}}
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*{{PA Archives}}
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*[http://www.archives.gov/philadelphia/ National Archives at Philadelphia]<br>14700 Townsend Road<br>Philadelphia, PA 19154-1096<br>Phone: (215) 305-2044<br>Fax (215) 305-2052<br>
  
 
===== Courthouse  =====
 
===== Courthouse  =====
  
[http://www.washingtoncourts.us/pages/home.aspx Washington County Courthouse]<br>1 South Main St.<br>Washington, PA 15301<br>Phone: 724-228-6787<br>Hours: 9:00–4:30<br>[http://www.co.washington.pa.us/maindepartment.aspx?menuDept=154 Directions to County complex]<br>
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*[http://www.washingtoncourts.us/pages/home.aspx Washington County Courthouse]<br>1 South Main St.<br>Washington, PA 15301<br>Phone: 724-228-6787<br>
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:[http://www.washingtoncourts.us/pages/roGenealogyResources.aspx Genealogy Resources] describes and limitations on research requests.  Additionally,<br>
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:[http://www.washingtoncourts.us/pages/portalResearch.aspx Research Portal] lists resources and links for researchers.
  
From the county courthouse's website you will find a great amount of information. The tab called "Recording Offices" will have the links to the following: <br>
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:*[http://www.washingtoncourts.us/pages/roClerkOfCourts.aspx Clerk of the Courts]<br>Suite 1005<br>Phone: 724-228-6787 <br>
 
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:*[http://www.washingtoncourts.us/pages/roProthonotary.aspx Prothonotary]<br>Suite 1001<br>Phone: 724-228-6770<br>
:[http://www.washingtoncourts.us/pages/roClerkOfCourts.aspx Clerk of the Courts]<br>Suite 1005<br>Phone: 724-228-6787 <br>
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:*[http://www.washingtoncourts.us/pages/roRegisterOfWills.aspx Register of Wills and Clerk of Orphans' Court]<br>Suite 1002<br>Phone: 724-228-6775<br>Fax: 724-250-4821
 
 
:[http://www.washingtoncourts.us/pages/roProthonotary.aspx Prothonotary]<br>Suite 1001<br>Phone: 724-228-6770
 
 
 
:[http://www.washingtoncourts.us/pages/roRegisterOfWills.aspx Register of Wills and Clerk of Orphans' Court]<br>Suite 1002<br>Phone: 724-228-6775<br>Fax: 724-250-4821
 
 
 
[http://www.washingtoncourts.us/pages/roGenealogyResources.aspx Genealogy Resource] describes their limitations on requests. Some of them are:
 
 
 
*Simple requests
 
*Requests in writing
 
*$10.00 search fee
 
*Stamped, self-addressed return envelope
 
 
 
For more extensive requests, they will provide a list of genealogists available to hire.
 
  
 
===== Family History Centers  =====
 
===== Family History Centers  =====
  
{{PAfhc|Washington}}  
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}{{PAfhc|Washington}}The [[Monongahela Pennsylvania Family History Center|Monongahela Center]] is also nearby.
 
 
The [[Monongahela Pennsylvania Family History Center|Monongahela Center]] is also nearby.  
 
  
 
===== Libraries  =====
 
===== Libraries  =====
  
[http://www.washingtoncountylibraries.org/ Washington County Library System] consists of 14 public libraries in Washington County. Each library has access to genealogical databases - especially newspaper sites. Many are accessible with your library card from home. There website has links web sites and public records for genealogist. A list of the libraries in this system and their website and contact information is found [http://www.washingtoncountylibraries.org/ here.]
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*[http://www.washlibs.org/ Washington County Library System] consists of 14 public libraries in Washington County. Each library has access to genealogical databases - especially newspaper sites. Many are accessible with your library card from home.<br>
 
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:Visit main website (above) for all library locations, hours, services and available resources, or
<br>  
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:Visit [http://www.washlibs.org/locations/ WCLS locations]
 
 
*[http://www.citlib.org/ Citizens Library]<br>55 South College St.<br>Washington, PA 15301<br>Phone: 724-222-2400<br>Fax: 724-222-2606<br>Email: citlib@citlib.org<br>Hours: Monday to Thursday: 10:00 AM–8:00 PM
 
 
 
::Friday and Saturday: 10:00 AM–5:30 PM
 
:Their [http://www.citlib.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=47&Itemid=57 Genealogy Page] lists a brief listing of their holdings which include newspapers, manuscripts, family histories, local histories, etc. The staff provide basic searches for pre-paid fees of $10.00 per name, $15.00 per name if only month and year are provided. Fees include postage and five copies, reqardless of the succes of the search.
 
 
 
<br>
 
 
 
*[http://www.donorapubliclibrary.org/ Donora Public Library]<br>510 Meldon Ave.<br>Donora, PA 15033<br>Phone: 724-379-7940<br>Fax: 724-379-8809<br>Hours: Monday to Thursday: 12:00 PM–7:00 PM<br>
 
 
 
::Friday and Saturday: 12:00 PM–5:00 PM
 
:Their [http://www.donorapubliclibrary.org/html/dpl_microfilm_info.html Microfilm Collection] will be helpful for genealogist. They have census and newspapers.
 
 
 
<br>
 
 
 
*[http://www.monarealibrary.org/index.html Monongahela Area Library]<br>813 West Main Street<br>Monongahela, PA 15063<br>Phone: 724-258-5409<br>Fax: 724-258-5440<br>E-mail: monongahelalib@gmail.com
 
 
 
:Hours: Monday to Thursday: 11:00 AM–7:00 PM
 
::Friday: 11:00 AM-5:00 PM
 
::Saturday: 10:00 AM-5:00 PM /10:00 AM-2:00 PM (July and August)
 
:Their [http://www.monarealibrary.org/html/mal_genealogy.html Genealogical Page] gives their holdings and some suggestions. They require you sign a consent form agreeing to these rules and provide ID. There is a $1.00 charge to use the microfilm collection and a $0.25 cent per page printing charge.<ref>Information from http://www.monarealibrary.org/html/mal_genealogy.html</ref>
 
 
 
<br>
 
 
 
*[http://www.ptlibrary.org/default.asp Peters Township Public Library]<br>616 E. McMurray Road<br>McMurray, PA 15317<br>Phone: 724-941-9430
 
 
 
:Hours: Monday to Thursday: 9:00 AM–9:00 PM
 
::Friday: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
 
::Saturday: 9:00 AM–4:00 PM
 
::Sunday: 12:00 PM-4:00 PM(September to May)
 
:::Closed (June to August)
 
:The library has online help and a brochure to help with access to online databases such as, America's News, Biography Resource Center, HeritageQuest. These would be accessed through the library card.
 
 
 
<br>
 
  
 
===== Museums  =====
 
===== Museums  =====
  
*[http://www.bradfordhouse.org/index.html David Bradford House]<br>175 S. Main St.<br>P.O. Box 537<br>Washington PA 15301<br>E-mail: bradfordhouse@verizon.net (for general inquiries) or <br>bradforddirector@verizon.net (Historical Director)
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*[http://www.bradfordhouse.org David Bradford House]<br>175 S. Main St.<br>P.O. Box 537<br>Washington PA 15301<br>Email: [mailto:bradfordhouse@verizon.net bradfordhouse@verizon.net] (for general inquiries) or <br>[mailto:bradforddirector@verizon.net bradforddirector@verizon.net] (Historical Director)<br>
 
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:They publish a newsletter about the history of the area.
:They publish a newsletter to learn more of the history of the area.
 
 
 
<br>
 
 
 
*[http://www.wchspa.org Washington County Historical Society Museums]<br>49 East Maiden St.<br>Washington, PA 15301<br>E-mail: wchspa@verizon.net<br>Phone: 724-225-6740<br>
 
  
The Society offers tours of the museums throughout downtown Washington. One house is 199-year old LeMoyne House was an Underground Railroad.<ref>Information from http://www.wchspa.org/tours.html.</ref>  
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*[http://www.wchspa.org Washington County Historical Society Museums]<br>49 East Maiden St.<br>Washington, PA 15301<br>Phone: 724-225-6740<br>Email: [mailto:wchspa@verizon.net wchspa@verizon.net]<br>
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:The Society offers tours of the museums throughout downtown Washington. One house, the 199-year old LeMoyne House, was an Underground Railroad.<ref>Information from http://www.wchspa.org/tours.html.</ref>  
  
 
===== Societies  =====
 
===== Societies  =====
  
Rich in history, {{PAGENAME}} contains a number of societies dealing with the history of the area.
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*[http://www.wchspa.org Washington County Historical Society]<br>49 East Maiden St.<br>Washington, PA 15301<br>Email: [mailto:wchspa@verizon.net wchspa@verizon.net]<br>Phone: 724-225-6740<br>
 
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:Visit website for hours and services
*[http://www.wchspa.org Washington County Historical Society]<br>49 East Maiden St.<br>Washington, PA 15301<br>E-mail: wchspa@verizon.net<br>Phone: 724-225-6740<br>Hours: Tuesday to Friday: 11:00 AM–4:00 PM
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:The [http://www.wchspa.org/research.html Research Library] has some tools to help the researcher in the area of Washington County.  
 
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:[http://www.wchspa.org/research.html The Research Library] has some tools to help the researcher in the area of Washington County. You may research at the library or use their[http://www.wchspa.org/docs/contract.pdf ''Research Contract.'']<br>
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*[http://www.genealogicalsocietyswpa.com Genealogical Society of Southwestern Pennsylvania]<br>c/o Citizens Library<br>55 South College St.<br>Washington, PA 15301<br>Email: [mailto:gsswpa55@yahoo.com gsswpa55@yahoo.com]<br>
 
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:[http://www.genealogicalsocietyswpa.com/Keyhole-Archives.html ''The Keyhole''] is the Society's quarterly publication; the index is archived on the internet. {{WorldCat|4721787|disp=At various libraries(WorldCat)}}<br>
<br>
 
 
 
*[http://www.genealogicalsocietyswpa.com Genealogical Society of Southwestern Pennsylvania]<br>c/o Citizens Library<br>55 South College St.<br>Washington, PA 15301<br>E-mail: gsswpa55@yahoo.com<br>
 
 
 
:The Southwestern Pennsylvania Genealogical Society covers counties.
 
:Their publication, [http://www.genealogicalsocietyswpa.com/Keyhole-Archives.html ''The Keyhole''] is a quarterly publication, the index is archived on the internet. {{WorldCat|4721787|disp=At various libraries(WorldCat)}}<br>
 
 
 
<br>  
 
  
 
*[http://www.wpgs.org Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society] (WPGS)<br>c/o PA Department, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh<br>4400 Forbes Avenue<br>Pittsburgh, PA 15213-4080<br>
 
*[http://www.wpgs.org Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society] (WPGS)<br>c/o PA Department, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh<br>4400 Forbes Avenue<br>Pittsburgh, PA 15213-4080<br>
 
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:The focus of the WPGS is the 26 counties west of Centre County, including Washington County. They are based out of Pittsburgh, PA in the [http://www.carnegielibrary.org/event/resources-genealogy-research-pennsylvania-department/ Pennnsylvania Department of the Carnegie Library.] <ref>http://www.wpgs.org/default.aspx</ref>  
:The focus of the WPGS 26 counties west of Centre County including Washington County. The are based out of Pittsburgh, PA in the [http://www.clpgh.org/research/genealogy// Pennnsylvania Department of the Carnegie Library.] <ref>http://www.wpgs.org/default.aspx</ref>  
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:Visit website for research services and fees. <ref name="WPGS">http://www.wpgs.org/default.aspx</ref>
:The [http://www.wpgs.org/research.htm Research Request] lists fees for research and look ups in indexes, naturalizations, WPA Home Survey, and more. <ref name="WPGS">http://www.wpgs.org/default.aspx</ref>
 
  
 
==== School Records  ====
 
==== School Records  ====
  
:*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/pa/washington/education.htm Washington County Education Records] courtesy [http://usgwarchives.net/pa/washington/ USGenWeb Archives]  
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/pa/washington/education.htm Washington County Education Records] courtesy [http://usgwarchives.net/pa/washington/ USGenWeb Archives] <br>
::1877 Common School Report  
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:1877 Common School Report  
::Donora High School, 1919  
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:Donora High School, 1919  
::East Bethlehem Senior Annual, 1919  
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:East Bethlehem Senior Annual, 1919  
::West Bethlehm "Last Will and Testament for 1929"  
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:West Bethlehm "Last Will and Testament for 1929"  
::Pennsylvania Reform School, 1893.
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:Pennsylvania Reform School, 1893.
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
  
:*'''1781''' - [http://www.usgwarchives.net/pa/washington/taxlist.htm Washington County Tax Lists] courtesy [http://usgwarchives.net/pa/washington/ USGenWeb Archives]  
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*'''1781''' [http://www.usgwarchives.net/pa/washington/taxlist.htm Washington County Tax Lists] courtesy [http://usgwarchives.net/pa/washington/ USGenWeb Archives]  
:*'''1783''' - ''The 1783 Tax Lists and the 1790 Federal Census for Washington County, Pennsylvania'' at {{FSbook|87032}} - free.  
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*'''1783''' ''The 1783 Tax Lists and the 1790 Federal Census for Washington County, Pennsylvania'' at {{FSbook|87032}} - free.  
:*'''1786''' - ''Returns of Taxables for the Counties of Bedford (1773 to 1784), Huntingdon (1788), Westmoreland (1783, 1786), Fayette (1785, 1786), Allegheny (1791), Washington (1786) and Census of Bedford (1784) and Westmoreland (1783).'' (Pennsylvania Archives, Series 3, Vol. 22). Digital versions at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2206 Ancestry] ($); [http://books.google.com/books?id=GEMOAAAAIAAJ Google Books] - free.  
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*'''1786''' ''Returns of Taxables for the Counties of Bedford (1773 to 1784), Huntingdon (1788), Westmoreland (1783, 1786), Fayette (1785, 1786), Allegheny (1791), Washington (1786) and Census of Bedford (1784) and Westmoreland (1783).'' (Pennsylvania Archives, Series 3, Vol. 22). Digital versions at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2206 Ancestry] ($); [http://books.google.com/books?id=GEMOAAAAIAAJ Google Books] - free.  
:*'''1786''' - [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~pawashin/taxes/index.html A Duplicate of the State Taxes for the Year 1786] at [http://www.pagenweb.org/ PAGenWeb] - free.  
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*'''1786''' [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~pawashin/taxes/index.html A Duplicate of the State Taxes for the Year 1786] at [http://www.pagenweb.org/ PAGenWeb] - free.  
:*'''1798''' - Pennsylvania, U.S. Direct Tax Lists, 1798 at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2060 Ancestry] ($).  
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*'''1798''' Pennsylvania, U.S. Direct Tax Lists, 1798 at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2060 Ancestry] ($).  
:*'''1809-1810''' - [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~pawashin/taxes/index.html Anwell Township Tax List] at [http://www.pagenweb.org/ PAGenWeb] - free.  
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*'''1809-1810''' [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~pawashin/taxes/index.html Anwell Township Tax List] at [http://www.pagenweb.org/ PAGenWeb] - free.  
:*'''1822-1824''' - [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~pawashin/taxes/index.html West Bethlehem Township Tax Lists] at [http://www.pagenweb.org/ PAGenWeb] - free.
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*'''1822-1824''' [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~pawashin/taxes/index.html West Bethlehem Township Tax Lists] at [http://www.pagenweb.org/ PAGenWeb] - free.
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
  
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See also [http://www.genealogyinc.com/pennsylvania/pa-vital-records/ How to order Pennsylvania Vital Records]
  
 
===== Birth  =====
 
===== Birth  =====
  
:*'''1852-1930''' - {{RecordSearch|1681005|Pennsylvania, Births and Christenings, 1709-1950}} - free index. Not complete for all years.&nbsp;  
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*'''1852-1930''' {{RecordSearch|1681005|Pennsylvania, Births and Christenings, 1709-1950}} - free index. Not complete for all years.&nbsp;  
:*'''1852-1854''' Pennsylvania Births [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2349 Ancestry.com] – $ Index with images.
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*'''1852-1854''' Pennsylvania Births [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2349 Ancestry.com] – $ Index with images.
  
 
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*'''1677-1950'''  {{RecordSearch|2466357|Pennsylvania Civil Marriages, 1677-1950}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — index and images<br>
:*'''1700-1821''' - Pennsylvania Marriage Records [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2383 Ancestry.com] – ($) This database is incomplete for all counties.  
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*'''1700-1821''' Pennsylvania Marriage Records [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2383 Ancestry.com] – ($) This database is incomplete for all counties.  
:*'''1752-1976''' - {{RecordSearch|1681011|Pennsylvania, Marriages, 1709-1940}} - free index. Not complete for all years.  
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*'''1752-1976''' {{RecordSearch|1681011|Pennsylvania, Marriages, 1709-1940}} - free index. Not complete for all years.  
:*'''Pre-1810''' Pennsylvania Marriages [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2098 Ancestry.com] – ($) This database is incomplete for all counties. Includes 35,000 marriage records from vol. VIII of of the second series of the Pennsylvania Archives.  
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*'''Pre-1810''' Pennsylvania Marriages [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2098 Ancestry.com] – ($) This database is incomplete for all counties. Includes 35,000 marriage records from vol. VIII of of the second series of the Pennsylvania Archives.  
:*'''1852-1854''' - Pennsylvania Marriages [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2486 Ancestry.com] – ($) Index with images.  
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*'''1852-1854''' Pennsylvania Marriages [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2486 Ancestry.com] – ($) Index with images.  
:*'''1885-1950''' - {{RecordSearch|1589502|Pennsylvania County Marriage, 1885-1950}} Extracted marriage records – free. Most of the records consist of marriage licenses, certificates, applications, docket books, and affidavits. This database is incomplete for all counties. May also contain marriage records earlier than 1885.
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*'''1885-1950''' {{RecordSearch|1589502|Pennsylvania County Marriage, 1885-1950}} Extracted marriage records – free. Most of the records consist of marriage licenses, certificates, applications, docket books, and affidavits. This database is incomplete for all counties. May also contain marriage records earlier than 1885.
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*'''1947-2010'''  {{RecordSearch|2282148|Pennsylvania Obituary and Marriage Collection, 1947-2010}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
 
Marriage records recorded in the Register of Wills Office are from 1885 through the present. Write for the records at:<ref>Information from: http://www.washingtoncourts.us/pages/roGenealogyResources.aspx</ref>  
 
Marriage records recorded in the Register of Wills Office are from 1885 through the present. Write for the records at:<ref>Information from: http://www.washingtoncourts.us/pages/roGenealogyResources.aspx</ref>  
  
[http://www.washingtoncourts.us/pages/roGenealogyResources.aspx Register of Wills Office]<br>1 South Main Street<br>Suite 1002,<br>Washington, PA 15301<br>Hours: 9:00 am to 4:30 pm  
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[http://www.washingtoncourts.us/pages/roGenealogyResources.aspx Register of Wills Office]<br>1 South Main Street<br>Suite 1002,<br>Washington, PA 15301<br>Hours: 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
  
 
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===== Death  =====
 
===== Death  =====
  
:*'''1852-1854''' Pennsylvania Deaths [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2487 Ancestry.com] – $ Index with images.
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*'''1852-1854''' Pennsylvania Deaths [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2487 Ancestry.com] – $ Index with images.  
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*'''1893-1906'''  Washington County Death Index 1893-1906 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr1">Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at [[Media:Igipennsylvaniat.pdf|https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/2/20/Igipennsylvaniat.pdf]].</ref>
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*'''1947-2010'''  {{RecordSearch|2282148|Pennsylvania Obituary and Marriage Collection, 1947-2010}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
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== Washington County Pennsylvania Genealogy Websites  ==
 
== Washington County Pennsylvania Genealogy Websites  ==
  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/pennsylvania/washington-county/ Washington County, PA History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/PA/Washington/ Linkpendium - Washington County]  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/PA/Washington/ Linkpendium - Washington County]  
*USGenWeb project - [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~pawashin/ Washington County]  
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~pawashin/about.htm  Washington County PAGenWeb Genealogy Project]
*{{FHL|Pennsylvania%2C+Washington|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/pa/washington/ USGenWeb]
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*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/PA/Washington-County-Cemetery-Records.htm Washington County PA Genealogy]  
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United States
Pennsylvania
Washington County

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


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Washington County, Pennsylvania
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Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Washington County
Location in the state of Pennsylvania
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Facts
Founded March 28, 1781
County Seat Washington
Courthouse
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Address Washington County Courthouse
1 South Main St.
Washington, PA 15301
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Washington County Pennsylvania Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Land
Probate
1893
1885
1893
1781
1781

Parent Counties: Formed from Westmoreland County 28 March 1781. [1]

County Seat: Washington

Neighboring Counties: Washington County residents may also have records in: [2]

Named for General George Washington of the American Revolutionary War.

Description

The county was named for the George Washington. It's county seat is Washington and was founded March 28, 1781. It is located in the South West tip of the state.[3]

Boundary Changes

Note: Washington County was claimed by both Virginia and Pennsylvania until the Mason-Dixon Line was finalized in 1767.

  • 27 Jan 1750: Part of Cumberland County.
  • 9 March 1771: Became part of Bedford County when it was was erected.
  • 26 January 1773: The future county became part of Westmoreland County.
  • 24 September 1788: Allegheny County set off. [4]
  • 9 February 1796: Greene County set off. [5]
  • 12 March 1800: Beaver County set off. [6]


For animated maps illustrating Pennsylvania county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Pennsylvania County Boundary Maps" (1673-1878) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Records Loss

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

Bible Records

Cemeteries

Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
HomeTownLocator WorldCat BillionGraves
PAGenWeb Archives Linkpendium
Interment PAGravestones
USGW Cemetery Project Epodunk
Pennsylvania Genealogy Access Genealogy
BillionGraves (name)
See Pennsylvania Cemeteries for more information.

Additional Cemetery Resources

Census

For tips on accessing Washington County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Federal (or United States) census records online, see: Pennsylvania Census.

There are no county or state census records available for Pennsylvania. County and city tax records can be used as a substitute when census records are not available.

Church Records

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. In Pennsylvania, church records are often used as a substitute for birth, marriage, and death information. For general information about Pennsylvania denominations, view the Pennsylvania Church Records wiki page.

Washington County Pennsylvania churches

Finding Church Records at Other Repositories

Additional church records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Washington County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Church Records  in online catalogs like:


County-wide Database - Multi-denominational
Contains the church records of:
  • Canonsburg: Canonsburg United Presbyterian Church
  • Finleyville: Mingo Presbyterian Church
  • Peters: Center United Presbyterian Church
  • Washington: Covenant United Presbyterian Church; Faith United Presbyterian Church; First Presbyterian Church; First United Methodist Church; Jefferson Avenue United Methodist Church
Roman Catholic
  • "100 years of the Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese 1843–1943". Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society Quarterly, 17:1. FamilySearch Library book 974.8 B2wg. Contains chronolgy, map, county-by-county information.

Court Records

Washington County, Pennsylvania Genealogy court records are housed at the Washington County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Courthouse. For many counties copies of court records may be found at the Pennsylvania State Archives and in the FamilySearch collection. Note that within these collections some films may contain the same records, but have different titles. Other titles are not duplicates. See Finding Court Records at other repositories within this section for links to the online catalogs for these two collections. Films at the Pennsylvania State Archives are not available for inter-library loan. If court records are available FamilySearch films may be available at a local Family History Center. Call ahead for availability.


Court of Common Pleas

The Courts of Common Pleas are the trial courts of Pennsylvania. Major civil and criminal cases are heard in these courts. Judges also decide cases involving adoption, divorce, child custody, abuse, juvenile delinquency, estates, guardianships, charitable organizations and many other matters. The Common Pleas courts are organized into 60 judicial districts. Washington County has its own judicial district. Judges of the Common Pleas courts are elected to 10-year terms. A president judge and a court administrator serve in each judicial district.[7]

Clerk of the Courts

The Clerk of Courts prepares and maintains the records for the Criminal Division of the Court of Common Pleas. The Clerk signs and affixes the Seal of the Courts to all writs and processes, administers oaths and affirmations, and assumes custody of the seal and records of the Courts. The Clerk certifies and distributes orders of the Court. The Clerk also certifies and prepares bills of costs for the defendants and utilizes the computerized financial management system to disburse fines, costs and restitution.[8] For the Washington County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Clerk of Courts address see the Courthouse section on this page.


Prothonotary

The office of the Prothonotary is the custodian of all civil matters in the county. This includes naturalization, immigration, equity actions, judgements, federal and local tax liens, city liens, family court, arbitrations, license suspension appeals, appeals to higher court, commercial code filings, applications for passports and divorce proceedings. See the Courthouse section on this page for the Washington County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Prothonotary office information.


Orphans' Court

See Vital Records
The Orphans' Court is responsible for a wide range of matters. The name of the Court is derived from the more general definition of "orphan," that being a person or thing that is without protective affiliation or sponsorship. This would include those not capable of handling their own affairs, minors, incapacitated persons, decedents estates, nonprofit corporations and trusts. It is the role of the Court to ensure that the best interests of the person or entity are not compromised.

It is believed the name of this court was borrowed from the Court of Orphans of the city of London, England which had the care and guardianship of children of deceased citizens, in their minority.[9]

For Washington County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Orphans' Court contact information see the Courthouse section on this page.


Finding Court Records at Other Repositories

Additional court records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Washington County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Court Records in online catalogs like:


Emigration and Immigration

For information about emigration into Pennsylvania, see the Pennsylvania Emigration and Immigration page.


Ethnic Groups

Germans

Family Histories

  • (Walton) Walton, John. "Job Walton of Fleming County, Kentucky," National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 52, No. 1 (Mar. 1964):15-24. FHL Collection 973 B2ng v. 52

Gazetteers

Genealogy

History

Published Histories

Land and Property

Land records in Washington County began in 1781. These records are filed with the Recorder of Deeds in Washington, Pennsylvania. If your ancestor lived in the area which became Washington County, they may have filed land claims with Virginia when the area was know as the District of West Augusta.

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts, indexes, mortgages, leases, grants, sheriff sales, land patents, and maps. Property records include liens as well as livestock brands and estray records.

The following are examples of available resources:

Online Land Records

  • 1967–present Images are available online using the Landex system. There is a fee to view the images.

Online Land Abstracts

Land Records on Microfilm

Maps

  • MacInnes, Sharon Cook. Early Landowners of Pennsylvania: Atlas of Township Warrantee Maps of Washington County. Apollo, Pennsylvania : Closson Press, 2004. FHL book 974.882 R2m

Note that the "Maps" section below also includes maps related to land ownership.

Additional Resources

See Pennsylvania Land and Property for more information about using land records, especially about original land warrants, surveys, and patents filed at the state land office.

Additional resources can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Washington County Pennsylvania Land in online catalogs such as:

Local Histories

  • History of Washington County : from its first settlement to the present time ... 1870 by Alfred Creigh.  Digitized book from archive.org.  Digitized book from Penn State.
  • History of Washington County, Pennsylvania : with biographical sketches of many of its pioneers and prominent men, 1882, by Boyd Crumrine. Digitized book from archive.org  Digitized book from Historic Pittsburgh  Transcription from chartiers.com.
  • Commemorative Biographical Record of Washington County Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens...1893, by J. H. Beers.  Volume 1 Transcription from chartiers.com.
  • 20th Century History of the City of Washington and Washington County, Pennsylvania and representative citizens, 1910 by Joseph Fulton McFarland, 2 volumes.  Digitized book online from archive.org:  Volume 1   Volume 2
  • Some pioneers of Washington County, Pa. A family history, 1902 by Francis Smith Reeder. Digitized book  from archive.org.
  • The centennial celebration of the incorporation of the borough of Washington, Pa., in its Old Home Week of October 2-8, 1910 from GoogleBooks
  • A century of education; or, The history of the schools of Burgettstown, Washington County, Pennsylvania, for one hundred years, 1898, by William Melvin. Digitized book at archive.org.
  • Centennial anniversary of the founding of Monongahela City, Pa. : celebrated November 15th, 1892 by C. W. Hazzard.  Digitized book at Historic Pittsburgh.

Maps

Washington County

Migration

Military

Revolutionary War

Local men served in the Washington County Militia. A guide at the Pennsylvania State Archives website identifies townships where specific companies recruited soldiers, see Revolutionary War Militia Battalions and Companies, Arranged by County.

Men living in what is now Washington County (then Westmoreland County) also served in the 8th Pennsylvania Regiment.[10]

Naturalization and Citizenship

Naturalization records can contain information about immigration and nativity. Prior to 1906, it is rare to find the town of origin in naturalization records. See Pennsylvania Naturalization for more information about the types of records and availability.

Naturalizations granted at the county level were kept by the office of the Prothonotary. Naturalizations could also be granted on the Federal Court level.


Naturalization records available for Washington County, Pennsylvania include the following:

Online Naturalization Indexes and Records

Original Naturalization Records on Microfilm

Finding Naturalization Indexes at Other Repositories

Additional naturalization indexes can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Washington County, Pennsylvania Genealogy naturalization in online catalogs like:

Newspapers

Washington County, Pennsylvania Genealogy newspapers may contain genealogical value including obituaries, births, marriages, deaths, anniversaries, family gatherings, family travel, achievements, business notices, engagement information, and probate court proceedings.

To access newspapers, contact public libraries, historical/genealogical societies, college or university libraries, or state archives in the area where the newspaper was published.

For information on state-wide newspapers see Pennsylvania Newspapers


Newspapers of Washington County

Online Newspapers

To learn if there are newspapers online for a specific town or city in Pennsylvania, see news.google.com/newspapers and search for the town or the name of a newspaper.

Online Newspaper Abstracts

Newspaper Abstracts

Obituaries

Obituaries are generally found in local newspapers where the person died. However, sometimes an obituary is found in the location from which he or she originated. To find an obituary, see the information under the Newspaper heading


Online Obituary Abstracts

Obituary Excerpts and Abstracts

Occupations

Indentured Servants

Periodicals

Poorhouse, Almshouse

Probate Records

Probate matters in Washington County, Pennsylvania Genealogy are handled by the Orphans' Court and start when the county was created. To obtain original probate records, contact the Orphan's Court in the County Courthouse.

In addition to wills and administrations, the Orphans' Court also handles: audits of accounts of executors, administrators, trustees, and guardians; distribution of estates of decedents, incompetents, and minors; appointment and control of guardians; adoptions; appeals from the Register of Wills involving probate matters; inheritance tax appeals and various petitions and motions.


Online Probate Indexes

Online Probate Records
Original probate records for some Pennsylvania counties are available free online as digital images at FamilySearch.org. The dates vary significantly for each county and not all counties are listed. Some counties may only have probate indexes. This Pennsylvania collection of images may be browsed through the links listed below:
Complete Collection:

Washington County Only:

Online Probate Abstracts

Original Probate Records on Microfilm

Additional Probate Indexes and Abstracts

Additional probate indexes or abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Washington County, Pennsylvania Genealogy probate wills in online catalogs like:


Repositories

Archives
  • The Pennsylvania Archives collection contains county archive records that can be searched onsite. Currently the Archives' staff cannot provide research or make copies of these records. Their collections include Almshouse Registers; Tax records; Birth, Death and Marriage Indexes and Records; Midwife records; African American records; Wills; Deeds; Naturalizations; Coroner's inquests; and Orphan's Court dockets. A list of the Archive's county holdings are on Microfilm or Manuscript form.


Courthouse
Genealogy Resources describes and limitations on research requests. Additionally,
Research Portal lists resources and links for researchers.
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.Family History Centers (FHCs) are branches of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, and are located all over the world. Their goal is to provide resources for family history research.

The main FHC for Washington County, Pennsylvania Genealogy is the Washington Pennsylvania Family History Center. For additional nearby Family History Centers, search online in the FHC directory.

The Monongahela Center is also nearby.

Libraries
  • Washington County Library System consists of 14 public libraries in Washington County. Each library has access to genealogical databases - especially newspaper sites. Many are accessible with your library card from home.
Visit main website (above) for all library locations, hours, services and available resources, or
Visit WCLS locations
Museums
They publish a newsletter about the history of the area.
The Society offers tours of the museums throughout downtown Washington. One house, the 199-year old LeMoyne House, was an Underground Railroad.[11]
Societies
Visit website for hours and services
The Research Library has some tools to help the researcher in the area of Washington County.
The Keyhole is the Society's quarterly publication; the index is archived on the internet. At various libraries(WorldCat)
The focus of the WPGS is the 26 counties west of Centre County, including Washington County. They are based out of Pittsburgh, PA in the Pennnsylvania Department of the Carnegie Library. [12]
Visit website for research services and fees. [13]

School Records

1877 Common School Report
Donora High School, 1919
East Bethlehem Senior Annual, 1919
West Bethlehm "Last Will and Testament for 1929"
Pennsylvania Reform School, 1893.

Taxation

Vital Records

Vital records are handled by the County Orphans' Court. Between the years 1852-1855 Pennsylvania made a failed attempt to record birth, marriage and death events at the county level. While the records for that time period are available, there were few events recorded. County marriage records were kept in earnest in 1885. Births and deaths, at the county level, were begun in 1893 and kept through 1905. Abstracts and copies of vital records are available for some counties, but most are incomplete. For the most complete set of records, always contact the County Orphans' Court.

See also How to order Pennsylvania Vital Records

Birth

Early births 1893–1905 are located at the County Orphans' Court. See the heading Court Records on this page for contact information.

Indexes for Pennsylvania birth records are available through the Department of of Health for 1906 and 1907. Once an individual is located in the index a non certified Birth certificate can be obtained by writing and sending $3.00 to:

Division of Vital Records
ATTN: Public Records
P.O. Box 1528
New Castle, PA 16103


Marriage

Pennsylvania marriages are located at the county level. Contact the Washington County, Pennsylvania Genealogy clerk's office for these records.

Marriage records recorded in the Register of Wills Office are from 1885 through the present. Write for the records at:[14]

Register of Wills Office
1 South Main Street
Suite 1002,
Washington, PA 15301
Hours: 9:00 am to 4:30 pm

Divorce

Divorce records are handled by the office of the Prothonotary. While no on-line indexes or records are available, records may be obtained by visiting or writing to the Prothonotary at:

Death

Early deaths 1893–1905 are located at the County Orphans' Court. See the heading Court Records on this page for contact information.

Indexes for Pennsylvania death records are available through the Department of Health for 1906 through 1962. Once an individual is located in the index a non certified death certificate can be obtained obtained by writing and sending $3.00 to:

Division of Vital Records
ATTN: Public Records
P.O. Box 1528
New Castle, PA 16103


Washington County Pennsylvania Genealogy Websites

Washington County Pennsylvania Places

Populated Places

Washington County Pennsylvania Genealogy References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Washington County, Pennsylvania" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_County,_Pennsylvania.
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_County,_Pennsylvania 2/12/2017
  4. referer=brief_results Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].
  5. referer=brief_results Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].
  6. referer=brief_results Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].
  7. The Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania http://www.pacourts.us/T/CommonPleas/ accessed 10 July 2012.
  8. Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania, Clerk of Courts in http://www.pacourts.us/T/CommonPleas/ClerksOfCourts.htm (accessed 25 Aug 2012)
  9. The Philadelphia Courts at http://www.courts.phila.gov/common-pleas/orphans/ accessed 10 July 2012
  10. Harold Frederic, William C. Frederick III with William J. McMaster Sr., Path of Blood: The Untold Story of the Kittanning PA. Regiment in the American Revolution (Kittanning, Pa.: W.C. Frederick, 1998). FHL Book 974.8 M2ff
  11. Information from http://www.wchspa.org/tours.html.
  12. http://www.wpgs.org/default.aspx
  13. http://www.wpgs.org/default.aspx
  14. Information from: http://www.washingtoncourts.us/pages/roGenealogyResources.aspx
  15. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/2/20/Igipennsylvaniat.pdf.