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  Washington County, Oregon 1900 U. S. Census, volumes 1 and 2 published in 2004 contains a wealth of information about residents living in Washington County during 1900. At that time, their were 14,467 persons living in Washington County.

Each resident recorded in the census is included in the publication. The two volumes are indexed and organized by precincts, so each person listed is readily ccessible. The complete census information is included. Name, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Year of immigration, Marriage, Number of Children and Occupation are some of the items recorded in the census. These volumes in the detailed Washington County references that would be of interest to anyone, especially useful to Genealogists, Historians, Researchers, Teachers and Students. Libraries will want to include these volumes in their Historical Reference materials.

Two Washington County residents, Judy Goldmann and Ginger L. Christmas-Beattie made this valuable resource possible. Goldmann spent many years hand transcribing the 1900 census. Her work was transcribed by the Washington County Family History Society of Oregon and compiled by Christmas-Beattie.

Joan Krahmer
Hillsboro Argus Columnist

  Court minutes are certainly some of the most under appreciated yet revealing public records a researcher can use. No other record gives us a slice of life across all levels of society like the minutes of the county courts. It's all here. From boundary disputes to family disputes, from trials for murder to trials for bad debts and co-mingled with all the other records that give a glimpse of life in the old days. Yet reading these court minutes is a tedious task, for they are almost never indexed and do not always follow a logical sequence.

Ginger Christmas-Beattie has done researchers a great favor by transcribing these minutes and providing a thorough index, thereby eliminating all the pain and leaving only the gain.

David Gammon
  Former Book Review Editor for the North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal, editor and compiler of Eastern North Carolina Families, Volume I (collection of genealogies) and compiler and abstracter of more than forty volumes of county records.

  Your books are wonderful. They will be a great help in solving some of my research mysteries. Thank you for your hard work.

Barbara Walker Winge
Retired Book Reviewer for the Society of Professional Genealogists, Member of D.A.R., Genealogy and Historical Research at Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama, Confederate Salt Works Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy.

  This book, with its full-name index, should be very helpful to Warren County researchers.

North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal Book Review, Vol. XXV, No. 4 Nov. 1999

  The first two volumes of the Warren Co., NC Minutes of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions provide a wide range of information and are especially user friendly with their FULL name index. These are records which are often overlooked or passed over because of the difficulty and time required to pour over microfilmed copies. Ginger has done the work for you in these easy to read printed volumes. A "must have" for anyone seriously researching families in Warren County.
Thanks, Ginger!"

Linda Shields

  In transcribing the Warren County Court Minutes, Ginger Christmas-Beattie has added tremendously to the original source material available for Warren County researchers.

Nola Duffy

  Most genealogists are well aware that one of the richest lodes of information about their ancestors are found in the Minutes of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, the lowest court of record in Colonial North Carolina. Usually, the court met every three months and the minutes of those sessions allow a peek into eighteenth century life.
  The first name for this Northern central area of North Carolina was Bute County, which name was changed to Franklin County in 1778. Warren County was created our of Franklin County in 1779. In 1781, another part of the parent county became Vance County.

  In this volume of Warren County Court Minutes, there are deeds registered, administration of wills proved, intestate records mentioned, bills of sales recorded and apprenticeships granted. There are the usual references to the building and maintenance of the courthouse, jail, bridges and roads, the licensing of taverns and inns and the reports of tax collectors. The lists of jurors often furnish proof that an ancestor was residing in the county at a certain time.
  A veteran genealogist, Ms. Christmas-Beattie has transcribed a very helpful indexed resource for those folks with Colonial Warren County roots.

Ann H. Hutteman,
North Carolina Genealogical Society

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