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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas|Texas]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas Counties W|Counties W]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] Washington County'' <br>
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Guide to '''Washington County Texas ancestry, family history, and genealogy research page.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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{{Click|Image:TX_ORP.png|Texas Online Genealogy Records|left}}<br>
  
 
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| seat wl = Brenham
 
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== County Courthouse  ==
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== County Information ==
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==== Washington County, Texas Record Dates ====
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<center>'''Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[#Vital_Records|Birth]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[#Vital_Records|Marriage]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[#Vital_Records|Death]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[#Census|Census]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | [[#Land|'''Land''']]
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[#Probate|Probate]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1903
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1837
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1850
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1832
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1837
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=== County Courthouse  ===
  
[http://www.co.washington.tx.us/ips/cms Washington County Courthouse]<br>100 East Main Street<br>Brenham, Texas 77384<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1347391165756_335" /><br>Phone: 409-277-6200  
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[http://www.co.washington.tx.us Washington County Courthouse]<br>100 East Main Street<br>Brenham, Texas 77384<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1347391165756_335" /><br>Phone: 409-277-6200  
  
 
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County Clerk hasa birth and death records from 1903<br>marriage records from 1833, probate and land records<br>District Clerk has divorce records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Washington County, Texas. Page 675 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
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County Clerk has birth and death records from 1903<br>marriage records from 1833, probate and land records<br>District Clerk has divorce records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Washington County, Texas. Page 675 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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'''County Clerk'''
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100 E. Main; Ste 102<br>Brenham 77833<br>Phone: 979-277-6216
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'''District Clerk'''
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100 E. Main; Ste 304<br>Brenham 77833<br>Phone: 979-277-6200<br>  
  
 
== History  ==
 
== History  ==
  
The town of Washington-on-the Brazos was founded in 1830. The creation of [[Brazos County, Texas|Brazos]], [[Burleson County, Texas|Burleson]] and [[Lee County, Texas|Lee]] counties led to the relocation of the county seat to Brenham in 1844. The land that became Washington County was part of Stephen F. Austin's Colony.  
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'''1830-1844--''' The town of Washington-on-the Brazos was founded in 1830. The creation of [[Brazos County, Texas Genealogy|Brazos]], [[Burleson County, Texas Genealogy|Burleson]] and [[Lee County, Texas Genealogy|Lee]] counties led to the relocation of the county seat to Brenham in 1844. The land that became Washington County was part of Stephen F. Austin's Colony.  
  
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1836--'''Washington County was created 17 March 1836 from a Texas Municipality.'''County seat:''' Brenham <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1836--'''Washington County was created 17 March 1836 from a Texas Municipality.<br>
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*'''County seat:''' Brenham <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
 
== Places / Localities  ==
 
== Places / Localities  ==
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'''Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog'''
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Washington, Berlin|place|disp=Berlin}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Washington, Brenham|place|disp=Brenham}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Washington, Burton|place|disp=Burton}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Washington, Latium|place|disp=Latium}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Washington, Wesley|place|disp=Wesley}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Washington, Wiedeville|place|disp=Wiedeville}}
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Austin County, Texas|Austin]]  
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[[Austin County, Texas Genealogy|Austin]] {{•}} [[Brazos County, Texas Genealogy|Brazos]] {{•}} [[Burleson County, Texas Genealogy|Burleson]] {{•}} [[Fayette County, Texas Genealogy|Fayette]] {{•}} [[Grimes County, Texas Genealogy|Grimes]] {{•}} [[Lee County, Texas Genealogy|Lee]] {{•}} [[Waller County, Texas Genealogy|Waller]]  
*[[Brazos County, Texas|Brazos]]  
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<center>{{TX WASHINGTON County, Texas Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
*[[Burleson County, Texas|Burleson]]  
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== Resources  ==
*[[Fayette County, Texas|Fayette]]  
 
*[[Grimes County, Texas|Grimes]]  
 
*[[Lee County, Texas|Lee]]  
 
*[[Waller County, Texas|Waller]]
 
  
== Resources ==
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==== African American ====
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*'''1865-1870''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1989155 Freedmen's Bureau Field Office Records](images) - FamilySearch<br>
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
  
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/washington/cemeteries/atkinson16gcm.txt Atkinson Cemetery ]~ transcription ~ USGenWeb Archives Project
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Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.  
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/washington/cemetery/bthlehm.txt Bethlehem Cemetery ]~ transcription ~ USGenWeb Archives Project
 
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=102000 Burton Cemetery, Brenham]~ transcriptions, photos ~ BillionGraves
 
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/washington/cemeteries/masonicc17gcm.txt Chappell Hill Masonic Cemetery&nbsp;]&nbsp;~ transcription ~ USGenWeb Archives Project
 
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/washington/cemetery/derrick.txt Derrick Family Cemetery]&nbsp; ~ transcription ~ USGenWeb Archives Project
 
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/washington/cemetery/reynolds.txt Reynolds Cemetery]&nbsp; ~ transcription ~ USGenWeb Archives Project
 
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/washington/cemetery/sandyhil.txt Sandy Hill Cemetery]&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;~ transcription ~ USGenWeb Archives Project
 
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/washington/cemetery/williams.txt Williams Cemetery]&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;~ transcription ~ USGenWeb Archives Project
 
*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/texas/texas.html Tombstone Transcription Project] ~ Partial transcription of cemetery tombstones ~ USGenWeb
 
  
*[http://www.historictexas.net/cemeteries/1-countytables.htm Texas Historic Cemeteries] ~ Partial indexes to historic cemeteries  
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''List of Cemeteries in the county'''
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=46&GScnty=2758&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n FindAGrave] 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|473908|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=46&CScnty=2758 FindAGrave]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.linkpendium.com/washington-tx-genealogy/cem/ Linkpendium]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?qt=worldcat_org_all&q=Cemeteries%2C+Washington+County%2C+Texas WorldCat]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/texas/washington.html Tombstone Project]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search#/ Billion Graves (name)]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.cemeteries-of-tx.com/Etx/Washington/ListWashington.html Cemeteries of TX]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/washington/washtoc.htm GenWeb Archives]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://texascemeteries.org/washington/washington-county-cemeteries Texas Cemeteries]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Texas&county=Washington&cemetery_name=a#/ Billion Graves (cemetery)]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://texasgravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=239 TX Gravestones]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://theusgenweb.org/tx/washington/Cemeteries/cemeteries.html TXGenWeb]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=22814&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=59&stateAbbv=&stateName= Epodunk]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.namesinstone.com/CemeteryList.aspx Names in Stone]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" colspan="3"|See [[Texas Cemeteries|Texas Cemeteries]] for more information.  
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''Additional Cemetery Sources''
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*[http://www.preservationtexas.org/endangered/historic-texas-cemeteries/ Texas Historic Cemeteries] ~ Preservation Tex,as, historic cemeteries  
 
*[http://africanamericancemeteries.com/tx/ African American Cemeteries Online]&nbsp;~ Partial index/transcriptions of African American cemeteries  
 
*[http://africanamericancemeteries.com/tx/ African American Cemeteries Online]&nbsp;~ Partial index/transcriptions of African American cemeteries  
 
*[http://www.texasescapes.com/DEPARTMENTS/Grave_Thoughts/TexasCemeteries.htm Texas Escapes] Listing of Texas cemeteries with transcriptions and lots of pictures.
 
*[http://www.texasescapes.com/DEPARTMENTS/Grave_Thoughts/TexasCemeteries.htm Texas Escapes] Listing of Texas cemeteries with transcriptions and lots of pictures.
 
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==== Census  ====
 
==== Census  ====
  
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/washington/census/1850/ 1850 Federal Census] ~&nbsp; transcription&nbsp; ~&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project
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{{US Census population
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/washington/census/1860/pg0193a.txt 1860 Federal Census]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; transcription&nbsp; ~&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project
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|1850= 5983
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|1860= 15215
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|1870= 23104
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|1880= 27565
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|1890= 29161
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|1900= 32931
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|1910= 25561
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|1920= 26624
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|1930= 25394
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|1940= 25387
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|1950= 20542
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|1960= 19145
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|1970= 18842
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|1980= 21998
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|1990= 26154
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|2000= 30373
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/washington/census/1850/ '''1850''' Federal Census] ~ transcription ~ USGenWeb Archives Project
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/washington/census/1860/pg0193a.txt '''1860''' Federal Census] ~ transcription ~ USGenWeb Archives Project
  
 
==== Church  ====
 
==== Church  ====
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{{TX Church Intro}}
  
 
*[http://brenham.areaconnect.com/churches.htm Washington County Church Information]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Listing of churches in the area  
 
*[http://brenham.areaconnect.com/churches.htm Washington County Church Information]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Listing of churches in the area  
*[http://www.churchangel.com/texas.htm Texas Christian Church Directory ]~ ChurchAngel  
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*[http://www.churchangel.com/texas.htm Texas Christian Church Directory ]~ ChurchAngel
*[http://www.dioceseofbmt.org/parishes/index.html Catholic Parishes in Texas]
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===== Catholic  =====
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*[https://www.dioceseofbmt.org/ Catholic Parishes in Texas]
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===== Lutheran  =====
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*Martin Lutheran Church, Carmine -Records of Martin Lutheran Church, Carmine, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at [http://www.archives.com Archives.com] ($).*:
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*Phillipsburg - Records of the American Lutheran Church, Phillipsburg, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at [http://www.archives.com Archives.com] ($).
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*St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, Brenham - Records of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, Brenham, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at [http://www.archives.com Archives.com] ($).
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*Records of Salem Lutheran Church, Brenham, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at [http://www.archives.com Archives.com] ($).
  
 
==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
  
 
==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
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{{TX Land}}
  
 
*[http://texashistory.unt.edu/permalink/meta-pth-29761 ''Record Book of Conditional Land Grants for Washington County, 1841''], from the Portal to Texas History.<br>
 
*[http://texashistory.unt.edu/permalink/meta-pth-29761 ''Record Book of Conditional Land Grants for Washington County, 1841''], from the Portal to Texas History.<br>
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
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{{TX County Histories}}
  
 
*''History of Brenham and Washington County,'' 1915 by Mrs. R. E. Pennington.&nbsp; [http://www.archive.org/details/historyofbrenham00penn Digitized book online]<br>  
 
*''History of Brenham and Washington County,'' 1915 by Mrs. R. E. Pennington.&nbsp; [http://www.archive.org/details/historyofbrenham00penn Digitized book online]<br>  
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==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
  
*[http://www.birdseyeviews.org/zoom.php?city=Brenham&year=1873&extra_info= Brenham 1873 Panoramic Map] from the Amon Carter Museum  
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[[Image:Txwashington.jpg|270px|Txwashington.jpg]] <br>
*[http://www.birdseyeviews.org/zoom.php?city=Brenham&year=1881&extra_info= Brenham 1881 Panoramic Map] from the Amon Carter Museum  
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*[http://www.livgenmi.com/1895/TX/County/washington.htm Washington County 1895 US&nbsp;Atlas]  
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*[http://www.historygeo.com/search/ Texas Land Survey Maps for {{PAGENAME}}] (land patent maps) at HistoryGeo.com ($). Free surname search.
*[http://www.historicmapworks.com/Atlas/US/7275/Washington+County+1920/ Washington County 1920 Landowners Map] from Historic Map Works  
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*'''1873''' [http://www.birdseyeviews.org/zoom.php?city=Brenham&year=1873&extra_info= Brenham Panoramic Map] from the Amon Carter Museum  
*[http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/cgi-bin/aris/maps/maplookup.php?mapnum=5019 Washington County 1940 General Highway Map]  
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*'''1881''' [http://www.birdseyeviews.org/zoom.php?city=Brenham&year=1881&extra_info= Brenham Panoramic Map] from the Amon Carter Museum  
*[http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/cgi-bin/aris/maps/maplookup.php?mapnum=5329 Washington County 1961 General Highway Map]<br>
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*'''1895''' [http://www.livgenmi.com/1895/TX/County/washington.htm Washington County US Atlas]  
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*'''1920''' [http://www.historicmapworks.com/Atlas/US/7275/Washington+County+1920/ Washington County Landowners Map] from Historic Map Works  
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*'''1940''' [http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/cgi-bin/aris/maps/maplookup.php?mapnum=5019 Washington County General Highway Map]  
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*'''1961''' [http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/cgi-bin/aris/maps/maplookup.php?mapnum=5329 Washington County General Highway Map]<br>
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
  
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/military.html Military Resources] ~ Links to research Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom&nbsp;~&nbsp;Hidden Ancestors  
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*'''1838 - 1900'''  [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2059 Texas Muster Roll Index Cards 1838-1900] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images '''$'''
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/Fallen_Heroes.htm Fallen Heroes]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Partial Index of casualties from Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors  
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/military.html Military Resources] ~ Links to research Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors  
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/Fallen_Heroes.htm Fallen Heroes] ~ Partial Index of casualties from Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors  
 
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/veterans/Veterans.htm Honoring Our Veterans] ~ Partial index of veterans from Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors
 
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/veterans/Veterans.htm Honoring Our Veterans] ~ Partial index of veterans from Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors
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*'''1845 - 1848'''  [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2058 US American Volunteer Soldiers Mexican War 1845-1848] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index '''$'''
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=====Civil War=====
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*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932381|Texas, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932425|Texas, Civil War Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*[https://www.tsl.texas.gov/apps/arc/pensions/ Confederate Pension Applications] ~ Texas State Library and Archives Commission
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
  
*[http://www.hometownnews.com/tx.htm Home Town News]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Texas Newspaper Index with links  
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{{TX Newspaper Abstracts|Washington}}
*[http://newslink.org/txnews.html Newslink]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Texas Newspaper List (sorted by publication frequency)  
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*[http://theoldentimes.com/oldtexas_main.html The Olden Times]&nbsp;&nbsp; -&nbsp;&nbsp; Historic Texas News Online
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*The Portal to Texas History includes a Texas Newspaper collection here:[http://texashistory.unt.edu/explore/collections/TDNP/ ]
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*[http://www.hometownnews.com/tx.htm Home Town News] Texas Newspaper Index with links  
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*[http://newslink.org/txnews.html Newslink]Texas Newspaper List (sorted by publication frequency)  
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*[http://theoldentimes.com/oldtexas_main.html The Olden Times] Historic Texas News Online
  
 
==== Obituaries  ====
 
==== Obituaries  ====
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==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
  
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/category.aspx?cat=36 Search Tax, Criminal, Land and Wills Records]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Ancestry.com&nbsp; (subscription)
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{{TX Probate Intro}}
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'''Online Probate Records'''
  
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*'''1800 – 1990''' {{RecordSearch|2016287|Texas Probate Records}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — images
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*'''1800 – 2000''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2115 Texas Wills and Probate Records] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/category.aspx?cat=36 Search Tax, Criminal, Land and Wills Records] ~ Ancestry.com (subscription)
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
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{{TX Tax Intro}}
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
  
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1375599 Texas Death Index 1964 to 1998] [no images] Name index to Texas Statewide Death Certificates or four million people who have died since 1964.
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{{TX Vital Intro}}
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1320964 Texas Death Records 1890 – 1976 [with images]]<br>Name index and images of statewide death certificates, 1890-1976. The name index has been created by FamilySearch and is tied to images of the Texas death certificates. Few certificates are available prior to 1903.
 
*[http://www.usgwcensus.org/states/texas/ USGenWeb Census Project] ~ Texas&nbsp; 1850 - 1930
 
  
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===== Birth  =====
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''Online Birth Indexes and Records''
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*'''1903-1935''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1803956 Texas, Birth Certificates, 1903-1935] (images and index) - FamilySearch<br>  
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*'''1903-1997''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1949342 Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997&nbsp;] (index)-&nbsp; FamilySearch<br>
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===== Marriage  =====
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''Online Marriage Indexes and Records''
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*'''1814-1909 and 1966-2011''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8795 Texas Marriage Collection 1814-1909 and 1966-2011] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
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*'''1837-1973''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1681052 Texas, Marriages, 1837-1973&nbsp;]&nbsp; &nbsp;- &nbsp;FamilySearch record collection
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*'''1837-1977''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1803987 Texas County Marriage Records, 1837-1977] - FamilySearch.&nbsp;&nbsp;Index to a variety of marriage records (registers, licenses, intentions to marry, etc.) from select counties in Texas.<br>
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*'''1837-1977''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60183 Texas Select County Marriage Index 1837-1977] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
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*'''1966-2010''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/2031191 Texas, Marriages, 1966-2010]&nbsp; &nbsp;- &nbsp;FamilySearch record collection
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===== Death  =====
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''Online Death Indexes and Records''
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*'''1890-1976''' [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1320964 Texas Death Records 1890 – 1976 [with images]]<br>Name index and images of statewide death certificates, 1890-1976. The name index has been created by Family Search and is tied to images of the Texas death certificates. Few certificates are available prior to 1903.
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*'''1903-1973''' {{RecordSearch|1681049|Texas Deaths and Burials 1903-1973}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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*'''1903-1982''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2272 Texas Death Certificates 1903-1982] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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*'''1903-2000''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1949337 'Texas, Death Index, 1903-2000'] (index) - FamilySearch<br>
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*'''1964-1998''' [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1375599 Texas Death Index 1964 to 1998] [no images] Name index to Texas Statewide Death Certificates or four million people who have died since 1964.
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*'''1977-1986''' {{RecordSearch|1930157|Texas Deaths 1977-1986}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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===== Divorce  =====
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*'''1968-2005''' [http://www.hiddenancestors.com/Texas/texas_divorce_records.htm Texas Divorce Records&nbsp; 1968 - 2005]&nbsp; (index) - Hidden Ancestors
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*'''1968-2010''' {{RecordSearch|2038378|Texas Divorce Index 1968-2010}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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*'''1968-2011''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8794 Texas Divorces 1968-2011] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
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*'''1850-1930''' [http://www.usgwcensus.org/states/texas/ USGenWeb Census Project] Texas&nbsp; 1850 - 1930
  
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
  
Nancy Carol Roberts Memorial Library<br>100 Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy<br>Brenham, TX 77833<br>Phone: (979) 337-7201  
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'''Nancy Carol Roberts Memorial Library'''<br>100 Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy<br>Brenham, TX 77833<br>Telephone Number: 979-337-7201<br><br>
  
Washington County Genealogical Society <br>211 South Day St., Suite 105<br>Brenham, TX 77833  
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'''Washington County Genealogical Society''' <br>211 South Day St., Suite 105<br>Brenham, TX 77833<br><br>
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[http://www.bluebonnetgenealogy.org www.bluebonnetgenealogy.org]  
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*[http://www.bluebonnetgenealogy.org www.bluebonnetgenealogy.org]
  
==== Family History Centers<br> ====
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==== Family History Centers  ====
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
  
== Web Sites ==
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== Websites ==
  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/washington/washtoc.htm Washington County Archives Project] - USGenWeb  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/washington/washtoc.htm Washington County Archives Project] - USGenWeb  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txwashin/ Washington County TXGenWeb]  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txwashin/ Washington County TXGenWeb]  
 
*[http://txgenweb.org/ TXGenWeb project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select&nbsp;the county.  
 
*[http://txgenweb.org/ TXGenWeb project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select&nbsp;the county.  
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com Hidden Ancestors]&nbsp; Information on Texas genealogy research as well as genealogy research in general.
 
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/tx/txfiles.htm USGenWeb Texas Archives] Vital statistics, maps, obituaries, Bible records, tombstone transcriptions and many other records.  
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/tx/txfiles.htm USGenWeb Texas Archives] Vital statistics, maps, obituaries, Bible records, tombstone transcriptions and many other records.  
*{{FHL|Texas%2C+Washington|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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*{{FHL|Texas Washington|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}} — The catalog is genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications)  This catalog is different than the indexed Historical Records.
  
 
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Latest revision as of 17:36, 12 April 2017

United States
Texas
Washington County

Guide to Washington County Texas ancestry, family history, and genealogy research page. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.


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Washington County, Texas
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Map of Texas highlighting Washington County
Location in the state of Texas
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Facts
Founded March 17, 1836
County Seat Brenham
Courthouse
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County Information



Washington County, Texas Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1903 1837 1850 1832 1837


County Courthouse

Washington County Courthouse
100 East Main Street
Brenham, Texas 77384
Phone: 409-277-6200


County Clerk has birth and death records from 1903
marriage records from 1833, probate and land records
District Clerk has divorce records[1]

County Clerk

100 E. Main; Ste 102
Brenham 77833
Phone: 979-277-6216

District Clerk

100 E. Main; Ste 304
Brenham 77833
Phone: 979-277-6200

History

1830-1844-- The town of Washington-on-the Brazos was founded in 1830. The creation of Brazos, Burleson and Lee counties led to the relocation of the county seat to Brenham in 1844. The land that became Washington County was part of Stephen F. Austin's Colony.

Parent County

1836--Washington County was created 17 March 1836 from a Texas Municipality.

  • County seat: Brenham [2]

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Washington County border changes.

Record Loss

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

Places / Localities

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated Places

Brenham | Burton | Chappell Hill | Independence | Latium | Muellersville | Phillipsburg | Prairie Hill | Quarry | Washington-on-the-Brazos | Wesley

Neighboring Counties

Austin  • Brazos  • Burleson  • Fayette  • Grimes  • Lee  • Waller

Washington CountyLee CountyBurleson CountyBrazos CountyGrimes CountyWaller CountyAustin CountyFayette CountyTX WASHINGTON.JPG
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Resources

African American

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 Family History Library FindAGrave
Linkpendium WorldCat Tombstone Project
Billion Graves (name) Cemeteries of TX
GenWeb Archives Texas Cemeteries
Billion Graves (cemetery) TX Gravestones
TXGenWeb Epodunk
Names in Stone
See Texas Cemeteries for more information.

Additional Cemetery Sources

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
18505,983
186015,215154.3%
187023,10451.9%
188027,56519.3%
189029,1615.8%
190032,93112.9%
191025,561−22.4%
192026,6244.2%
193025,394−4.6%
194025,3870%
195020,542−19.1%
196019,145−6.8%
197018,842−1.6%
198021,99816.7%
199026,15418.9%
200030,37316.1%
201033,71811.0%

Church

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/burial date and place. For general information about Texas denominations, view the Texas Church Records wiki page.


Catholic
Lutheran
  • Martin Lutheran Church, Carmine -Records of Martin Lutheran Church, Carmine, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).*:
  • Phillipsburg - Records of the American Lutheran Church, Phillipsburg, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).
  • St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, Brenham - Records of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, Brenham, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).
  • Records of Salem Lutheran Church, Brenham, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).

Court

Land

After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions, including deeds and mortgages, have been recorded by the county. You can obtain copies of these land records by writing to the county clerk at the county courthouse. For more information, see Texas Land and Property.

The FamilySearch Catalog lists microfilm copies of deeds, trust deeds, and mortgages of many counties.


Local Histories

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

  • History of Brenham and Washington County, 1915 by Mrs. R. E. Pennington.  Digitized book online
  • History of Washington County, 1949 by Charles F. Schmidt
  • The Blazing Story of Washington County, 1950 by W. O. Dietrich
  • Historic Homes of Washington County, 1971 by Betty Cantrell Plummer
  • Brenham, Texas, 1844-1958, by Robert A. Hasskarl, Jr.
  • A History of Brenham, 1933 by Eula Richardson Hasskarl
  • Blue Bell ice cream: a century at the little creamery in Brenham, Texas, 1907-2007, by Dorothy McLeod MacInerney information
  • Washington County History from the Handbook of Texas Online
  • History of the Jews in Brenham from wikipedia.org

Maps

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Military

Mexican-American War
Civil War

Newspapers

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

TX Newspaper Abstracts (For instructions see WorldCat Online Catalog).
  • The Portal to Texas History includes a Texas Newspaper collection here:[1]
  • Home Town News Texas Newspaper Index with links
  • NewslinkTexas Newspaper List (sorted by publication frequency)
  • The Olden Times Historic Texas News Online

Obituaries


Probate

Probate records of Texas have been kept by the probate clerk in each county courthouse. You can obtain copies of the records from the clerk's office. In most counties, all information pertaining to a probate case is recorded in the "probate minutes."

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

Record types: Wills, estates, guardianships, naturalizations, marriage, adoption, and birth and death records.

See the Wiki page Texas Probate Records for information about how to use probate records.

Online Probate Records

Taxation

Texas tax records complement land records and can be used in place of censuses or to supplement the years between censuses. Because only persons who owned taxable property were listed, many residents were not included in tax lists. There may also be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties. For more information, see the wiki page Texas Taxation.

1846-1910 Texas County Tax Rolls lists FHL films with county tax lists. The lists vary by county and year. Most records are between the years of 1846 - 1910.

Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents.

Certified birth and death certificates or birth and death verifications can be ordered online or by mail at the Texas Vital Records State Department of Health. Copies can also be obtained from the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred and are often less expensive. You can also order them online through a third party company.

Marriages records can be obtained from the county the marriage occurred. Only marriage verifications can be obtained from the Texas Vital Records State Department of Health.

See Texas Vital Records for more information about Vital records in Texas.

Birth

Online Birth Indexes and Records

Marriage

Online Marriage Indexes and Records

Death

Online Death Indexes and Records

Divorce



Societies and Libraries

Nancy Carol Roberts Memorial Library
100 Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy
Brenham, TX 77833
Telephone Number: 979-337-7201

Washington County Genealogical Society
211 South Day St., Suite 105
Brenham, TX 77833


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.

Websites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Washington County, Texas. Page 675 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).