We are fortunate
in Washington County to have several biographical histories at our disposal.
There are five ways to get access to these books:
Copies of these books can be
found in the genealogy section at Citizens
Library in Washington, PA and in the genealogy collections of most
major libraries throughout the country.
These books have been microfilmed
and many major libraries have these films on hand in their genealogy departments.
The LDS (Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter Day Saints, aka Mormon) have them available at their local LDS
Family History Centers where they may be ordered and viewed.
They are also available for
rent from the Hoenstine
Purchase the ones that have
been reprinted from one of several genealogical
Crumrine, Boyd, History of Washington County, Pennsylvania with Biographical
Sketches of Many of Its Pioneers and Prominent Men (Philadelphia:
L. H. Everts and Co., 1882).
This work contains
an account of Washington County's early history of Washington County. There
are separate chapters for each of the original townships. The township
chapters are full of genealogical information of the pioneer families who
settled there starting in the late 1790's. The work is interspersed with
biographical sketches on disguised people from the county
Click here to go to
on-line transcriptions of the township/borough chapters (510
printed pages in all) of this book. Also,
copies of this book are now
available for sale from genealogical
Beers, J. H. and Co., Commemorative Biographical Record of Washington
County, Pennsylvania (Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co., 1893), 1468
pages. Separate index available.
This massive work
contains biographical sketches of some 2500 citizens of Washington County
in the late 1890's. It includes portrait drawings of many subjects. This
work is an excellent source, especially if you need to establish family
relationships or you need to determine where a family moved migrated from
Click here to go to Beers
Biographical Record On-line.
Also, copies of this book are now available for sale from genealogical
McFarland, Joseph F., 20th Century History of the City of Washington
and Washington County, Pennsylvania (Chicago: Richmond-Arnold Publishing
Co., 1910), 1369 pages.
Another history of Washington County, including biographical sketches of some 800 persons.
This book is a nice supplement to the Beers work as it was written 20 years
Clark, S. J., History of Washington County, Pennsylvania
(Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1926). Two volumes.