Please be advised that effective Monday, June 22, 2020, the Archives will re-open by appointment only. You may schedule an appointment by clicking this link:
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Archives research requests may be sent in the mail with a $20.00 research fee. Please see below for further instruction.
Housed in a 5,000 sq. ft. vault in the basement of the Washington County Municipal Center the Archives is the repository for many of the County's oldest and most fragile document. For that reason it is an environmentally controlled facility where temperature and humidity are constantly monitored. In addition, the documents are stored in acid-free containers and many are microfilmed to insure their preservation.
An area has been set aside within the Archives where public is welcomes and encouraged to conduct their family or historical research. A collection of newsletters, pamphlets, indices, books and other research aids is available to help in your effort.
Requests for Record Searches
The Washington County Archives is located in the basement of Building “A” in the County Municipal Center, and is open to the public Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. The Archives holds records from numerous County Courts, Departments and Offices, and visitors have access to databases and other finding aids to help in their research. Photocopies/microfilm copies are $1.30 per page.
Researchers can request a “records search” through the mail. To order, send a non‑refundable $20.00 check or money order, made payable to the “Washington County Clerk,” and a letter providing relevant information about the person, family or subject, and what information is being sought. The course of each search is based on the written request, so care should be taken in its composition. The researcher will receive a report of findings, and photocopies are provided if the relevant pages are few in number. If numerous records and pages are discovered, a listing will be sent from which to order copies at $1.30 per page, but do not send additional money for copies with the initial $20.00 fee. Direct your requests and inquiries to:
Washington County Clerk's Office
Attn: Melanie M. Howard, County Archivist
Washington County Municipal Center
383 Broadway Blg A
Fort Edward NY 12828
In addition to the resources in Archives, researchers have easy access to records in the County Clerk's Office, the Surrogate's Court, and the County Historian's Office.