Many thanks to Elaine Vann, Washington County Register of Deeds, for her
assistance in making this information available. Although these records are
public information, we only include deaths occuring on or before 1980 in
the data presented herein to avoid the possibility of offending the families
of the recently deceased.
The Washington County Death Record Index is from the Register of Deeds' Index,
which was transcribed from the original records. Researchers must keep in mind
that there are some transcription errors and many spelling variations for surnames
because of the poor spelling of the informants and the clerks who filled out the
original death certificates. You should check for all known spelling variations
of a surname plus those you hadn't thought of. Unfortunately, the death record
index does not contain date of death or age. However, the date of death can be
approximated by determining the book number in which it is recorded.
The death record index is displayed alphabetically by surname of the deceased. There are
links to the first record beginning with each letter of the alphabet below. Use these
links and then page through the records to find a specific surname of interest.
Links to the next page may be found at the bottom of each page.
The death index includes the names of the parents of the deceased. The mother's
name is supposed to be the maiden name. Separate indexes are provided for
fathers and mothers of the deceased. These may be accessed from the links below.
Once in the father or mother index just click on a name and it will take you
to the record of the deceased child of that person. Note there are multiple entries
in the father and mother indices for some individuals, indicating multiple
deceased children. Each link takes you to a different deceased child.
All death index records include the book and page number of the original death
certificate. The original death certificate contains additional information not found
in the death index, such as date of birth, age, place of birth, place of birth of parents,
cause of death, place of burial, etc. You may order copies of the original death
certificates from the Register of Deeds, Washington County, 120 Adams Street,
Plymouth, NC 27962 . Include in your letter the book and page number of each death
certificate you want copied and a fee of 25 cents for each copy.