Place:Washington, Maryland, United States


NameWashington
Alt namesWashingtonsource: Getty Vocabulary Program
TypeCounty
Coordinates39.617°N 77.767°W
Located inMaryland, United States     (1776 - )
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


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Washington County is a county located in the western part of the US state of Maryland, bordering southern Pennsylvania to the north, northern Virginia to the south, and the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia to the south and west. As of the 2010 census, the population was 147,430. Washington County was the first county in the United States to be named for the Revolutionary War general (and later President) George Washington. Its county seat is Hagerstown.

Washington County is one of three counties in the Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV Metropolitan Statistical Area. Washington County has experienced a population boom, and is one of the fastest growing counties in the country, due to an influx of people from the Washington–Baltimore metropolitan areas.

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History

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The western portions of Maryland (including present Washington County) were incorporated into Prince George's County in 1696. This original county included six current counties. The first to be created was Frederick, separated from Prince George's County in 1748.

Washington County was formed on October 1, 1776 by the division of Frederick County. At the same time, Montgomery County was also separated from Frederick County and was named for General Richard Montgomery. Washington County as created included land later to become Allegany County (created in 1789) and Garrett County (included in Allegany County when it was created in 1789, but separated from Allegany County in 1872). Washington County thus originally included the entire western part of the state.

A number of properties in the county are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Timeline

Date Event Source
1776 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1777 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1790 First census Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1790 No significant boundary changes after this year Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990

Population History

source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
Census Year Population
1790 15,822
1800 18,650
1810 18,730
1820 23,075
1830 25,268
1840 28,850
1850 30,848
1860 31,417
1870 34,712
1880 38,561
1890 39,782
1900 45,133
1910 49,617
1920 59,694
1930 65,882
1940 68,838
1950 78,886
1960 91,219
1970 103,829
1980 113,086
1990 121,393

Research Tips

External links

  • Outstanding guide to Washington County family history and genealogy resources (FamilySearch Research Wiki). Birth, marriage, and death records, wills, deeds, county histories, cemeteries, churches, newspapers, libraries, and genealogical societies.


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