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Washington County New York Genealogy and History

County Seat: Hudson Falls

Named for: George Washington

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Washington County History

When counties were established in New York State in 1683, the present Washington County was part of Albany County. This was an enormous county, including the northern part of New York State as well as all of the present State of Vermont and, in theory, extending westward to the Pacific Ocean. This county was reduced in size on July 3, 1766 by the creation of Cumberland County, and further on March 16, 1770 by the creation of Gloucester County, both containing territory now in Vermont.

On March 12, 1772, what was left of Albany County was split into three parts, one remaining under the name Albany County. The other two were called Tryon County (later renamed Montgomery County) and Charlotte County.

In 1784, the name "Charlotte County" was changed to Washington County in honor of George Washington, the American Revolutionary War general and later President of the United States of America.

In 1788, Clinton County was split off from Washington County. This was a much larger area than the present Clinton County, including several other counties or county parts of the present New York State.

In 1791, the Town of Cambridge was transferred from Albany County to Washington County.

In 1813, Warren County was split off from Washington County.

In 1994, with the completion of the new municipal center, the county seat was moved from Hudson Falls to Fort Edward.

Genealogical Research in Washington County, New York

Washington County Courthouse
Washington County Municipal Center, Bldg C
383 Broadway
Fort Edward, NY 12828

Washington County Clerk
Washington County Municipal Center, Bldg A
383 Broadway
Fort Edward, NY 12828
Phone (518) 746-2170

Washington County Archives
Washington County Municipal Center
383 Broadway
Fort Edward, NY 12828
Phone: (518) 746-2136

Washington County Historian
Washington County Municipal Center, Bldg. A
383 Broadway
Fort Edward, New York 12828
Telephone (518) 746-2178

Washington County Towns

Washington County Towns include the towns of Argyle, Cambridge, Dresden, Easton, Fort Ann, Fort Edward, Granville, Greenwich, Hampton, Hartford, Hebron, Jackson, Kingsbury, Putnam, Salem, Sandy Hill, Whitehall, and White Creek.

Adjacent counties

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