Washington County, Arkansas Genealogy
Guide to Washington County Arkansas genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
|Washington County, Arkansas|
Location in the state of Arkansas, United States Genealogy
Location of Arkansas in the U.S.
|Founded||October 17, 1828|
|Address||Washington County Courthouse|
280 N College Ave #300
Fayetteville, AR 72701
- 1 County Courthouse
- 2 History
- 3 Places/Localities
- 4 Genealogy Resources
- 4.1 Research Guides
- 4.2 African Americans
- 4.3 Bible Records
- 4.4 Biographies
- 4.5 Cemeteries
- 4.6 Census
- 4.7 Church Records
- 4.8 Court
- 4.9 Genealogy
- 4.10 Land and Property
- 4.11 Local Histories
- 4.12 Maps
- 4.13 Military
- 4.14 Naturalization
- 4.15 Newspapers
- 4.16 Occupations
- 4.17 Probate Records
- 4.18 Taxation
- 4.19 Vital Records
- 5 Genealogy Societies and Libraries
- 6 Websites
- 7 References
County Courthouse[edit | edit source]
Washington County Courthouse
280 N College Ave #300
Fayetteville, AR 72701
County Clerk has marriage records from 1845 and probate records from 1828; Clerk Circuit Court has divorce, court and land records; City Librarian has cemetery records
History[edit | edit source]
Washington County is Arkansas's seventeenth county, formed on October 17, 1828, and named for George Washington, the first President of the United States.
Parent County[edit | edit source]
- 1828--Washington County was created 17 October 1828 from Crawford County. County seat: Fayetteville 
Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]
See an interactive map of Washington County boundary changes.
Variant Spellings[edit | edit source]
Record Loss[edit | edit source]
Places/Localities[edit | edit source]
Populated Places[edit | edit source]
- Elm Springs
- Prairie Grove
- West Fork
Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]
Genealogy Resources[edit | edit source]
Research Guides[edit | edit source]
African Americans[edit | edit source]
Bible Records[edit | edit source]
[edit | edit source]
- Family Biographies from The History of Washington County, Arkansas (1889) published by Goodspeed are available free on the My Genealogy Hound website.
Cemeteries[edit | edit source]
Cemeteries of Washington County - Index and Transcriptions - Washington County ARGenWeb,
Combs Cemetery, Confederate Cemetery, Fayetteville National Cemetery, Harrell Cemetery, Joyce Cemetery, Mount Salem Cemetery, Reese Cemetery 1, Reese Cemetery 2, Roberson Cemetery, Tharp Cemetery, Walker Cemetery, Whitehouse Cemetery, Zion Cemetry
Census[edit | edit source]
- 1830 Census - Tripod Mika Jackson
- 1840 Census - Tripod Mika Jackson
- 1850 Census with Index - USGenWeb Washington County Archives
Church Records[edit | edit source]
Court[edit | edit source]
Genealogy[edit | edit source]
- Biographies from The History of Washington County, Arkansas (1889) published by Goodspeed Publishing Company are available free on the My Genealogy Hound website.
Land and Property[edit | edit source]
Local Histories[edit | edit source]
- Penny Postcards from Washington County - USGenWeb Washington County Archives
- National Register of Historic Places for Washington County AR
- American Memory for Washington County - Library of Congress
- St. John's College of Arkansas - Washington County ARGenWeb
- School Records Indexcovers early 1900s and is courtesy of the Fayetteville Public Library
Maps[edit | edit source]
- Family Maps of Washington County, Arkansas Genealogy (land patent maps) at HistoryGeo.com ($). Free surname search.
- Gold Bug Historic Maps - reflect changes in county boundaries
- Interactive Battle Map for Arkansas
- Map of 1909 Washington County, Arkansas with numerous small settlements. (My Genealogy Hound)
Military[edit | edit source]
Revolutionary War[edit | edit source]
- A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census]. 1841. Digital version at Google Books. 1967 reprint: FHL Collection 973 X2pc 1840. [See Arkansas, Washington County on page 191.]
- Rejected or Suspended Applications for Revolutionary War Pensions. Washington, D.C., 1852. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1969, and 1991. Reprints include "an Added Index to States." FHL Collection 973 M24ur; digital version at Ancestry ($). [Includes veterans from this county; Arkansas section begins on page 439.]
Mexican War[edit | edit source]
- Fayetteville Roster Mexican War - Washington County ARGenWeb
Civil War[edit | edit source]
Civil War service men from Washington County served in various regiments. Men often joined a regiment or a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are the military units that were formed in or had many men from Washington County.
- - 1st Battalion, Arkansas Cavalry (Stirman's) (Confederate), Companies D and E
- - 16th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate), Company G
- - 17th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Griffith's) (Confederate), Companies D and E
- - 34th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate), Companies A, B, C, H and K
- - Witherspoon's Battalion, Arkansas Cavalry (Confederate)
- - 1st Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Union)
- - 1st Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Union)
- - 3rd Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Union)Company C
- Confederate Soldiers Buried in Washington County - Washington County ARGenWeb
- Arkansas Civil War Biographies - Washington County ARGenWeb
- United Daughters of Confederacy - Prairie Grove, Arkansas
Also see Arkansas in the Civil War
Civil War Battle[edit | edit source]
The following Civil War battles were fought in Washington County.
- November 28, 1862 = Cane Hill also known as Canehill, Boston Mountains
- December 7, 1862 = Prairie Grove also known as Fayetteville
- Map showing Civil War battles in Arkansas
Naturalization[edit | edit source]
Newspapers[edit | edit source]
Finding More Arkansas Newspapers Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Washington newspapers in online catalogs like:
- FamilySearch. Do a Washington County, Arkansas Genealogy Place-name search for these and other records in the FamilySearch Catalog (For instructions see, FamilySearch Catalog Places Search).
- Fayetteville Democrat at Ancestry.com ($)
- Fayetteville Daily Democrat at Ancestry.com ($)
- Daily Fayetteville Democrat at Ancestry.com ($)
- Northwest Arkansas Times at Ancestry.com ($)
- Courier Times at Ancestry.com ($)
- Northwest Arkansas Online
- Northwest Arkansas Times
- Fayetteville Free Weekly
- Springdale Morning News
- Obituary Records: 1868-2010 | Courtesy of the Fayetteville Public Library | This index covers three newspapers: Northwest Arkansas Times, Fayetteville Weekly Democrate and the Fayetteville Daily Democrate
Occupations[edit | edit source]
Probate Records[edit | edit source]
- Probate Records 1837-1931 Part of: County Records, 1817-1979 FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
- Includes Letters of administration 1840-1905; Letters of testamentary 1841-1905; Probate records 1837-1886; Wills 1889-1931.
Taxation[edit | edit source]
Vital Records[edit | edit source]
Birth[edit | edit source]
Marriage[edit | edit source]
- 1845-1922 - Washington County Marriage Books D-R Index 1845-1922 in International Genealogical Index at FamilySearch - free.
- 1887-1949 - Washington County Marriage Books I-Z, A1-C1 Index 1887-1949 in Arkansas, County Marriages, 1837-1957 at FamilySearch - free.
- Washington County Marriages - submitted to Washington County ARGenWeb
- Washington County Archive Marriage Record Search, 1845-1941
- Arkansas Marriage Records - GenWed.com
Death[edit | edit source]
- Obituaries submitted to Washington County ARGenWeb
Vital Record Substitutes[edit | edit source]
Genealogy Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]
Family History Centers[edit | edit source]
- Introduction to Family History Centers
- Springdale Arkansas Family History Center 922 E Emma Springdale AR 72764 United States
Websites[edit | edit source]
- USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
- Family History Library Catalog
- Washington County, Arkansas Genealogy and Family History (Linkpendium)
References[edit | edit source]
- The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 70.
- Alice Eichholz, Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, 3rd ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry Pub., 2004), 65-67. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 2004.
- The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
- Arkansas, Adjutant General's Office, Report of the Adjutant General of Arkansas, for the period of the late rebellion, and to November 1, 1866, (Bethesda, Maryland: University Publications of America, c1990) FHL fiche 6082312
- Desmond Walls Allen, Third Arkansas Union Cavalry, (Conway, Arkansas: Arkansas Research, c1987) FHL book 976.7 M28dc
- Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 2 August 2012).
- Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 15 August 2012).
- Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/d/d7/Arkansasnz.pdf.
- FamilySearch Wiki contributors, "Arkansas, County Marriages - FamilySearch Historical Records," in FamilySearch Wiki, accessed 18 April 2013.