NEWS ABOUT THE NEWSPAPERS!!!!!!
The Historian’s office is pleased to announce that the Sandy Hill Herald/The Herald newspapers from 1825 to 1945 have been digitized and are available for research in the Historian’s office. There are also various other newspapers with various editions available, such as The Greenwich Journal and The Washington County Observer.
The office is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays between the hours of 8:30am to 4:30pm and you are welcome to contact this office to schedule an appointment time for research. There is no charge for you to come in to research this information yourself. If you would like copies of information, there is a per page copy fee.
To make an appointment, please call the Washington County Clerk 518-746-2170 on Monday, Thursday, or Friday, or the Historian’s office at 518-746-2178 on Tuesday or Wednesday. The contact hours are listed above.
If you are not local or are unable to come in to conduct research, a request for research can be made. That request requires a non-refundable payment in the amount of $20.00 (check or money order made out to “Washington County Treasurer”) and mailed to:
Washington County Historian
383 Broadway Blg A.
Fort Edward, NY 12828
Please be advised that research cannot be done over the phone or by email – payment must be received in the mail.
Please call for an appointment to come in to this office.
The Historian's Office is open by appointment only on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Please call 518-746-2178 to schedule an appointment.
The research material is available through volunteers who are knowledgeable in genealogical and historical searches. There is no charge for in-person research.
Request Search of Record
Researchers can request a search of records to be done by sending a request through the mail. To order, send a written request detailing the information you are seeking, a self-addressed-stamped-envelope and a non-refundable $20.00 check or money order made payable to the “Washington County Treasurer.”
Mail payment and written request to:
Washington County Historian
383 Broadway Blg A
Fort Edward NY 12828
Available for Research in the Historian’s Office
New Lists Available:
- Washington County Sheriffs and State Senators
- Past County Clerks
- 1833 Baptisms Church of the United Brethren (PDF)
- Camden Brethren's Church Marriages (PDF)
- Church Records in the Washington County Historian's Office (PDF)
- Mutual Insurance Co. (PDF)
- DAR Applications (PDF)
- Veterans Names (PDF)
Other Available Lists:
- Published regional histories, plus histories of several towns in Washington County and nearby counties
- Published and unpublished Washington County family histories
- Books or Manuscripts in the Washington County Historian’s Office (PDF)
- The Asa Fitch Papers on Washington County genealogy and history
- The Gibson Collection of genealogical material
- The Goodspeed Collection containing over 50 boxes of information collected by a local genealogist (PDF), Aaron Goodspeed of Granville, Washington County, New York lived from 1862 to 1932. He made a hobby and a business of gathering genealogical data on local people of his area and Vermont. He collected newspaper articles, wrote hundreds of letters requesting information from families and spent a lifetime pursuing his love of genealogy. He was a “top notch” pharmacist owning a drug store which still stands today and now houses a dry cleaning business. Much of Goodspeed’s collection is from the mid 1800s to the early 1900s, but some of his notes in his own handwriting might contain information relating to even earlier times. The following index has been prepared to advise researchers of the surnames in this collection. Some of the information found within is extensive, but in some cases it might contain a lone newspaper article.
- Cemetery records for all 17 towns of Washington County
- Washington County Poor House Records
- The Morris-Rote-Rosen collection from his Granville Sentinel newspaper column on local history
- The John Williams Papers
- Flack Journal Index (PDF)
- Over 40 years of County Historian’s genealogical correspondence filed by family name
- Church Records (limited)
- Fort Ann Births 1884 - 1899 (PDF), Loretta Bates, September 2011
- Fort Ann Deaths 1860 - 1894 (PDF), Loretta Bates, September 2011
- Membership List of the Fort Miller Reformed Church Records,1822 -1909 (PDF), Compiled by the D.A.R of New York State 1950. Copied by Loretta Bates, Deputy Historian Washington County, New York; October 2011
- Fort Miller Reformed Church Built 1813 (PDF), Loretta Bates, 2011
- List of Pensioners War of 1812 and the Civil War (PDF)
- Absentee Ballots for Soldiers 1864 (PDF)
- Early Baptisms by Archibald White (PDF)
- Marriage Records 1795-1857 (PDF), Source Unknown
- Register of Marriages (PDF), Coila, Cambridge, Salem Celebrated by John Dunlop, Minister of the Gospel Original documents copied from the photostat of the Coila Church records in the State Library.
- Marriage records from the Salem Press, Sandy Hill Herald and the Greenwich Journal (PDF), (Published December 11th 1849 - 1949), collected and compiled by Susan Wade, 1st Washington County Historian and others.
- Death records from the Salem Press (PDF), (Published January 2, 1874 - January 28, 1948) collected and compiled by Susan Wade, 1st Washington County Historian
- December 27th 1779 A tax list of the District of Cambridge (PDF), pursuant to an act of the Legislature of the State of New York entitled an act for raising the sum of 2,500,000 by tax within this state passed October 23, 1779”. This list was signed by John Younglove, Supervisor, February 22, 1780.
Also available is an assortment of:
- Business Ledgers
- Civil War letters pertaining to Washington County
- Family Bibles
- Newspapers (Microfilm only and limited)
- Quaker Records
- School Records
- Veterans Records (limited)