District of Columbia County Resources

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This entry was originally written by Johni Cerny in Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources.

This article is part of
The District of Columbia Family History Research series.
History of the District of Columbia
District of Columbia Vital Records
Census Records for the District of Columbia
Background Sources for the District of Columbia
District of Columbia Maps
District of Columbia Land Records
District of Columbia Probate Records
District of Columbia Court Records
District of Columbia Tax Records
District of Columbia Cemetery Records
District of Columbia Church Records
District of Columbia Military Records
District of Columbia Periodicals, Newspapers, and Manuscript Collections
District of Columbia Archives, Libraries, and Societies
District of Columbia Immigration
African Americans of the District of Columbia
District of Columbia County Resources


Only one courthouse exists for the District of Columbia since its jurisdiction encompasses a single county. Land records are at the recorder of deeds, probate records are at the register of wills, and court records before 1863 are at Washington National Records Center. Later court records are in the appropriate court’s office.


County Address Date Formed Parent County(ies) Birth Marriage Death Land Probate Court
District of Columbia 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W, Washington, DC 20004-3001 1790 Montgomery, Md./ Prince George’s, Md./ Alexandria, Va. 1874* 1811*1874* 179218011801
*See Vital Records above for location of records.
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