Virginia County Resources

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This entry was originally written by Johni Cerny and Gareth L. Mark for Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources.

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Most pre-1900 county records have been microfilmed and can be searched at the Library of Virginia and the FHL, although the dates covered by the two collections vary. A list of records available for each county at the Library of Virginia appears at www.lva.lib.va.us/whatwehave/local/local_rec/county_city/index.htm. The holdings of the FHL can be searched at www.familysearch.org. Most original records remain in the county and independent city courthouses.

Research in the Library of Virginia county collection can be done at a local library as well. The library participates in the American Library Association Interlibrary Loan program and will loan up to five reels of their extensive collection for a period of twenty-eight days. Obtain the microfilm reel number from the Library of Virginia online catalog and ask your local librarian to place the ILL request.

Virginia is the only state with independent cities; they are independent of the county or counties in which they are located geographically. Researchers should treat them as they would a county when constructing a research plan. A list of records for sixteen independent cities is available at the Library of Virginia and can be viewed at www.lva.lib.va.us/whatwehave/local/local_rec/county_city/index.htm. Since population determines independent city status in Virginia, twenty-five towns did not incorporate until after 1904. See Lyndon H. Hart III and J. Christian Kolbe, comps., A Preliminary Guide to Pre-1904 Municipal Records in the Archives Branch, Virginia State Library and Archives (Richmond, Va.: Virginia State Library, 1983). Many Virginia counties have been absorbed by independent cities. To the extent possible, the records of the county are detailed separately from those of an independent city.

Some counties in Virginia have experienced devastating loss of early records, especially during the Civil War. Researching ancestors from “Burned Record Counties” requires willingness to probe deeply for the few scraps of information that might have survived. The Library of Virginia has a Burned Record Counties Database with entries from records mentioning people from a burned county. The Library photocopied these and filed them to form the Burned Records County Collection, which can be accessed through the library’s manuscript room. See VA—Notes: Burned County Records at www.lva.lib.va.us/whatwehave/local/va22_burnedco.htm for details about burned county records and a link to the database. Counties with severe record loss include Appomattox, Buchanan, Buckingham, Dinwiddie, Elizabeth City, Gloucester, Hanover, Henrico, James City, King and Queen, Nansemond, New Kent, Prince George, and Warwick. As previously lost records are discovered and new information surfaces from the counties and independent cities, the beginning dates of record categories on the following pages may change.


Map County County Address Date Formed Parent County(ies) Birth Marriage Death Land Probate Court
Accawmack 1634 original
Records transferred.
A5 Accomack P.O. Box 388 Accomack 23301-0388 1663 Northampton 1854 1774 1853 1663 1695 1663
Temporarily abolished, 1670, restored 1673.
F4 Albemarle 401 McIntire Rd. Charlottesville 22901-4579 1744 Goochland (part of Louisa added, 1761) 1853 1780 1853 1744 1744 1744
Alexandria P.O. Box 178 Alexandria 22313-0178 1789 (renamed Arlington, 1920) Fairfax 1853 1801 1853 1669 1778 1772
Transferred to District of Columbia, 1801; returned to Virginia, 1846.
C5 Alleghany 9213 Winterberry Ave., Ste. C Covington 24426-6239 1822 Bath/Botetourt/Monroe —— 1822 —— 1822 1822 1822
G6 Amelia Courthouse P.O. Box A Amelia 23002-0066 1735 Prince George/Brunswick 1853 1735 1853 1734 1734 1734
Records fragmented.
E5 Amherst P.O. Box 390 Amherst 24521-0390 1761 Albemarle —— 1763 —— 1761 1761 1761
E6 Appomattox P.O. Box 863 Appomattox 24522-0863 1845 Buckingham/Campbell/Prince Edward/Charlotte —— 1892 —— 1892 1892 1892
Record loss, 1892.
H2 Arlington 2100 Clarendon Blvd. Arlington 22201-5445 1789 (as Alexandria; renamed 1920) Alexandria 1853 1801 1853 1669 1778 1772
Pre-1920 records belong to Alexandria and Fairfax Counties and the District of Columbia.
E4 Augusta P.O. Box 590 Staunton 24402-0590 1745 Orange 1853 1785 1853 1745 1745 1745
Authorized in 1738, but the government was not formed until 1745.
See also Montgomery County.
Barbour 1843 (see West Virginia) Harrison/Lewis/Randolph
D4 Bath P.O. Box 309 Warm Springs 24484-0309 1791 Augusta/Botetourt/Greenbrier 1853 1791 1853 1791 1791 1791
D6 Bedford 122 E. Main St., Ste. 202 Bedford 24523-2000 1754 Lunenberg 1853 1755 1853 1754 1754 1754
Berkeley 1772 (see West Virginia) Frederick
A6 Bland P.O. Box 510 Bland 24315-0510 1861 Giles/Wythe Tazewell 1861 1861 1861 1861 1861 1861
Record loss, 1885.
Boone 1847 (see West Virginia) Kanawha/Cabell/Logan
C6 Botetourt 1 W. Main St., Box 1 Fincastle 24090-0000 1770 Augusta 1853 1770 1853 1770 1770 1770
Bourbon 1786 (see Kentucky) Fayette
Braxton 1836 (see West Virginia) Lewis/Kanawha/Nicholas
Brooke 1797 (see West Virginia) Ohio
G7 Brunswick P.O. Box 399 Lawrenceville 23868-0399 1732 Prince George/Surry/Isle of Wight 1853 1750 1853 1732 1732 1732
Authorized in 1720, but the government was not formed until 1732.
C1 Buchanan P.O. Box 950 Grundy 24614-0950 1858 Tazewell/Russell —— 1885 —— 1885 1885 1880
Record losses, 1885, 1977.
F5 Buckingham P.O. Box 252 Buckingham 23921-0252 1761 Albemarle 1869 1784 1869 1762 1869 1868
Record loss, 1869.
Cabell 1809 (see West Virginia) Kanawha
Calhoun 1856 (see West Virginia) Gilmer
E6 Campbell P.O. Box 100 Rustburg 24588-0100 1782 Bedford 1853 1782 1853 1782 1782 1782
H4 Caroline P.O. Box 447 Bowling Green 22427-0447 1728 Essex/King and Queen/ King William 1864 1787 1865 1728 1732 1665
Pre-Civil War records fragmented, pre-1728 records from parent counties.
B7 Carroll 605-1 N. Main St. Hillsville 24343 1842 Grayson 1853 1842 1853 1842 1842 1842
H6 Charles City P.O. Box 128 Charles City 23030-0128 1634 original 1865 1762 1865 1655 1655 1650
Pre-Civil War records fragmented.
Charles River 1634 (renamed York, 1642/43) original
Renamed York, 1642/43. Records transferred.
E7 Charlotte P.O. Box 608 Charlotte 23923-0608 1765 Lunenberg —— 1765 —— 1765 1765 1763
G6 Chesterfield P.O. Box 40 Chesterfield 23832-0040 1749 Henrico —— 1770 1855 1749 1740 1746
F2 Clarke 102 N. Church St. 2nd Fl. Berryville 22611-1110 1836 Frederick —— 1836 —— 1836 1836 1836
Clay 1858 (see West Virginia) Braxton/Nicholas
C6 Craig P.O. Box 308 New Castle 24127-0308 1851 Botetourt/Giles/Roanoake/Monroe 1864 1865 1864 1851 1851 1851
G3 Culpeper 302 N. Main St. Culpeper 22701-2622 1749 Orange 1864 1781 1864 1749 1749 1749
F6 Cumberland 1 Courthouse Circle P.O. Box 110 Cumberland 23040-0110 1749 Goochland 1853 1749 1853 1749 1749 1749
Records fragmented.
B1 Dickenson P.O. Box 1098 Clintwood 24228-1098 1880 Russell/Wise/Buchanan 1880 1880 1880 1880 1880 1880
G7 Dinwiddie P.O. Drawer 70 Dinwiddie 23841-0070 1752 Prince George 1865 1850 1865 1755 1704 1789
Record loss, 1864. Records fragmented.
Doddridge 1845 (see West Virginia) Harrison/Tyler/Ritchie/Lewis
Dunmore 1772 (renamed Shenandoah, 1778) Frederick
Records transferred.
Elizabeth City 1634 original (merged with City of Hampton, 1952) —— 1865 —— 1684 1684 1689
Records fragmented. Records transferred to City of Hampton.
H5 Essex P.O. Box 1079 Tappahannock 22560-1079 1692 [Old] Rappahannock 1853 1804 1853 1692 1692 1692
Records of Rappahannock County (old) are housed in Essex County.
H3 Fairfax 1200 Government Center Pkwy Fairfax 22035-0066 1742 Prince William 1853 1853 1853 1742 1742 1731
G3 Fauquier 40 Culpeper St. Warrenton 22186-3206 1759 Prince William 1853 1759 1853 1759 1759 1759
Fayette 1780 (see Kentucky) Kentucky
Fayette 1831 (see West Virginia) Logan/Nicholas/Greenbrier/Kanawha
Fincastle 1772 (abolished 1777) Botetourt
Records transferred to Montgomery County.
B7 Floyd P.O. Box 218 Floyd 24091-0218 1831 Montgomery 1853 1831 1853 1831 1831 1831
F5 Fluvanna P.O. Box 299 Palmyra 22963-0299 1777 Albemarle 1853 1777 1853 1777 1777 1777
C7 Franklin 40 E. Court St. Rocky Mount 24151-1304 1785/6 Bedford/Henry 1853 1785 1853 1786 1785 1786
F2 Frederick 107 North Kent St. Winchester 22601-5039 1743 Orange 1853 1771 1853 1743 1743 1743
Authorized in 1738, but the government was not formed until 1743.
B6 Giles 507 Wenonah Ave. Pearisburg 24134-1633 1806 Tazewell/Monroe/Montgomery 1853 1806 1853 1806 1806 1806
Gilmer 1845 (see West Virginia) Kanawha/Lewis
J6 Gloucester P.O. Box 329 Gloucester 23061-0329 1651 York 1863 1853 1865 1733 1862 1820
Record losses, 1821, 1865. Early records fragmented.
G5 Goochland P.O. Box 10 Goochland 23063-0010 1728 Henrico 1853 1730 1853 1728 1728 1728
Grant 1866 (see West Virginia) Hardy
A8 Grayson P.O. Box 217 Independence 24348-0217 1793 Wythe 1853 1793 1853 1793 1793 1793
Greenbrier 1777 (see West Virginia) Montgomery
F4 Greene P.O. Box 358 Standardsville 22973-0358 1838 Orange 1853 1838 1853 1838 1838 1838
Pre-Civil War records fragmented.
G7 Greensville 1750 Atlantic St. Emporia 23847-6584 1781 Brunswick 1853 1781 1853 1781 1781 1781
Some records fragmented.
E7 Halifax 134 S. Main St. Halifax 24558-3215 1752 Lunenberg 1853 1753 1853 1746 1752 1752
Hampshire 1754 (see West Virginia) Augusta/Frederick
Hancock 1848 (see West Virginia) Brooke
G5 Hanover P.O. Box 470 Hanover 23069-0470 1721 New Kent 1853 1863 1853 1733 1733 1733
Record loss, 1865. Records fragmented.
Hardy 1786 (see West Virginia) Hampshire
Harrison 1784 (see West Virginia) Monongalia
H6 Henrico P.O. Box 27032 Richmond 23273-7032 1634 original 1853 1781 1853 1650 1650 1650
Pre-Revolutionary War records fragmented.
C8 Henry P.O. Box 7 Collinsville 24078-0007 1777 Pittsylvania 1853 1777 1853 1777 1777 1777
D4 Highland P.O. Box 130 Monterey 24465-0130 1847 Pendleton/Bath 1853 1847 1853 1847 1847 1847
Record loss, 1947.
Illinois 1778 Augusta (ceded to the U.S. and became part of Ohio, 1784)
J7 Isle of Wight P.O. Box 80 Isle of Wight 23397-0080 1637 Warrosquyoake 1853 1771 1853 1636 1636 1746
Records fragmented.
Jackson 1831 (see West Virginia) Mason/Wood/Kanawha
J6 James City P.O. Box 8784 Williamsburg 23185-8784 1634 original 1865 1865 1864 1854 1865 1865
Record loss, 1865 (Tax Records, 1768—69, preserved).
Jefferson 1780 (see Kentucky) Kentucky
Jefferson 1801 (see West Virginia) Berkeley
Kanawha 1789 (see West Virginia) Greenbrier/Montgomery
Kentucky 1777 (abolished 1780) Fincastle
H5 King and Queen P.O. Box 177 King and Queen 23085-0177 1691 New Kent 1865 1864 1865 1719 1864 1831
Record losses, 1825, 1865. Records fragmented.
H4 King George 10459 Courthouse Dr. Ste. 200 King George 22485-3866 1721 Richmond 1871 1786 1871 1721 1721 1721
Records fragmented.
H5 King William P.O. Box 215 King William 23086-2519 1701/2 King and Queen 1885 1786 1885 1701 1701 1701
Record loss, 1885. Records fragmented.
J5 Lancaster 8311 Mary Ball Rd. Lancaster 22503-2519 1651 York/Northumberland 1853 1701 1853 1652 1651 1652
A2 Lee P.O. Box 367 Jonesville 24263-0367 1793 Russell 1853 1830 1853 1793 1793 1808
Lewis 1816 (see West Virginia) Harrison
Lincoln 1780 (see Kentucky) Kentucky
Lincoln 1867 (see West Virginia) Boone/Cabell/Kanawha/Putnam
Logan 1824 (see West Virginia) Giles/Cabell/Tazewell/Kanawha
G2 Loudoun 1 Harrison St. SE Leesburg 20175-3102 1757 Fairfax 1853 1757 1853 1757 1757 1757
G5 Louisa P.O. Box 160 Louisa 23093-0160 1742 Hanover 1864 1763 1864 1742 1742 1742
Lower Norfolk 1637 New Norfolk (abolished 1691) —— —— —— 1637 1646 1637
Records are housed in the City of Chesapeake.
F7 Lunenberg Courthouse Square Lunenburg 23952-0000 1745/6 Brunswick 1853 1746 1853 1743 1746 1745
Madison 1786 (see Kentucky) Lincoln
F4 Madison P.O. Box 705 Madison 22727-0705 1793 Culpeper 1853 1793 1853 1792 1793 1793
Marion 1842 (see West Virginia) Monongalia/Harrison
Marshall 1835 (see West Virginia) Ohio
Mason 1789 (see Kentucky) Bourbon
Mason 1804 (see West Virginia) Kanawha
K6 Mathews P.O. Box 839 Mathews 23109-0839 1791 Gloucester 1865 1827 1865 1817 1795 1795
Record loss, 1865. Records fragmented.
McDowell 1858 (see West Virginia) Tazewell
F7 Mecklenburg P.O. Box 307 Boydton 23917-0307 1764/65 Lunenberg 1853 1765 1853 1765 1764 1764
Mercer 1786 (see Kentucky) Lincoln
Mercer 1837 (see West Virginia) Giles/Tazewell
J5 Middlesex P.O. Box 428 Saluda 23149-0428 1669 Lancaster 1853 1740 1853 1673 1673 1673
Monongalia 1776 (see West Virginia) Augusta
Monroe 1799 (see West Virginia) Greenbrier
B6 Montgomery 755 Roanoke St. Ste. 2E Christiansburg 24073-3178 1777 Fincastle 1853 1773 1853 1750 1773 1753
Includes records of Augusta (1750—72) and Fincastle (1772—76).
Morgan 1820 (see West Virginia) Berkeley/Hampshire
Nansemond 1642/3 Upper Norfolk —— 1866 —— 1734 1866 1774
Incorporated as the City of Nansemond, 1972; merged with the City of Suffolk, 1974. Record loss, 1866. Records transferred to the City of Suffolk.
Nelson 1785 (see Kentucky) Jefferson
E5 Nelson P.O. Box 336 Lovingston 22949-0336 1808 Amherst 1853 1808 1853 1808 1808 1808
H6 New Kent P.O. Box 50 New Kent 23124-0050 1654 York 1865 1850 1865 1674 1827 1820
Record losses, 1787, 1865. Records fragmented.
New Norfolk 1636 (abolished 1637) Elizabeth City (see Lower Norfolk and Upper Norfolk)
Nicholas 1818 (see West Virginia) Greenbrier/Kanawha/Randolph
Norfolk 1691 Lower Norfolk (merged with the City of Chesapeake, 1963) 1853 1706 1853 1691 1691 1723
Records transferred to the City of Chesapeake. Records fragmented. Some records may also be in the City of Portsmouth.
K6 Northampton P.O. Box 66 Heathsville 22473-0066 1642/3 Accawmack 1853 1706 1853 1632 1632 1632
Includes records of Accawmack.
J5 Northumberland P.O. Box 129 Heathsville 22473-0129 about 1645 original (formed from Chickacoan Indian District) —— 1735 —— 1650 1652 1650
Although not authorized until 1648, Northumberland was in use by about 1645. Record loss, 1710. Records fragmented. Birth and death records, 1650—1810, are in the St. Stephen’s Parish records.
F6 Nottoway P.O. Box 92 Nottoway 23955-0092 1789 Amelia —— 1784 —— 1789 1789 1789
Ohio 1776 (see West Virginia) Augusta
F4 Orange P.O. Box 111 Orange 22960-0800 1734 Spotsylvania 1866 1747 —— 1734 1734 1734
F3 Page 108 S. Court St. Luray 22835-1225 1831 Rockingham/Shenandoah 1865 1831 1864 1831 1831 1831
B8 Patrick P.O. Box 466 Stuart 24171-0466 1791 Henry 1853 1791 1853 1791 1791 1791
Pendleton 1788 (see West Virginia) Augusta/Hardy/Rockingham
D7 Pittsylvania P.O. Box 426 Chatham 24531-0426 1767 Halifax 1853 1767 1853 1737 1767 1765
Pleasants 1851 (see West Virginia) Wood/Tyler/Ritchie
Pocahontas 1821 (see West Virginia) Bath/Pendleton/Randolph
G6 Powhatan 3834 Old Buckingham Rd. Ste. A Powhatan 23139-7051 1777 Cumberland 1853 1777 1853 1777 1777 1777
Preston 1818 (see West Virginia) Monongalia
F6 Prince Edward P.O. Box 382 Farmville 23901-0382 1754 Amelia 1853 1754 1853 1754 1754 1754
H6 Prince George P.O. Box 68 Prince George 23875-0068 1702 Charles City 1865 1865 1865 1710 1713 1714
Pre-Civil War records fragmented.
G3 Prince William 1 County Court Complex Prince William 22192-9201 1731 Stafford/King George 1864 1859 1864 1731 1734 1731
Pre-Civil War records fragmented.
Princess Anne 1691 Lower Norfolk (merged with the City of Virginia Beach, 1963) 1853 1724 1853 1691 1691 1691
Records transferred to the City of Virginia Beach.
B7 Pulaski 143 3rd St. NW, Ste. 1 Pulaski 24301-4900 1839 Montgomery/Wythe 1853 1839 1853 1839 1839 1839
Marriage bonds, 1844­—57, also in Montgomery.
Putnam 1848 (see West Virginia) Cabell/Kanawha/Mason
Raleigh 1850 (see West Virginia) Fayette
Randolph 1787 (see West Virginia) Harrison
Rappahannock (old) 1656 Lancaster (abolished 1692) —— —— —— 1656 1656 1665
Records transferred to Essex.
F3 Rappahannock (present) P.O. Box 519 Washington 22747-0519 1833 Culpeper 1853 1833 1853 1833 1833 1833
J5 Richmond P.O. Box 1000 Warsaw 22572-1000 1692 [Old] Rappahannock 1853 1853 1692 1692
Ritchie 1843 (see West Virginia) Harrison/Lewis/Wood
Roane 1856 (see West Virginia) Gilmer/Kanawha/Jackson
C6 Roanoake P.O. Box 29800 Salem 24153-0798 1838 Botetourt 1853 1838 1853 1838 1838 1838
D5 Rockbridge 150 S. Main St. Lexington 24450-2359 1778 Augusta/Botetourt 1853 1778 1853 1778 1778 1778
E3 Rockingham P.O. Box 1252 Harrisonburg 22803-1252 1778 Augusta 1862 1778 1862 1778 1778 1778
Record loss, 1864.
C2 Russell P.O. Box 1208 Lebanon 24266-1208 1786 Washington 1853 1853 1853 1768 1803 1786
Record loss, 1853.
B2 Scott 112 Water St., Ste. 1 Gate City 24251 1814 Lee/Russell/Washington 1853 1815 1853 1815 1815 1815
E3 Shenandoah 600 N. Main St., Ste. 102 Woodstock 22644-1855 1778 Dunmore 1853 1772 1853 1772 1772 1772
Includes records of Dunmore (1772—78).
D2,A7 Smyth 121 Bagley Cir., Ste. 100 Marion 24354-3140 1832 Wythe/Washington 1857 1832 1857 1832 1832 1832
Some records fragmented.
H7 Southampton P.O. Box 400 Courtland 23837-0400 1749 Isle of Wight 1853 1750 1853 1749 1749 1749
G4 Spotsylvania P.O. Box 99 Spotsylvania 22553-0099 1721 Essex/King and Queen/King William —— 1795 —— 1720 1722 1724
G4 Stafford P.O. Box 339 Stafford 22554-0339 1664 Westmoreland 1853 1854 1853 1686 1664 1664
Pre-Civil War records fragmented.
J7 Surry P.O. Box 65 Surry 23883-0065 1652 James City 1853 1768 1853 1645 1652 1645
H7 Sussex P.O. Box 1397 Sussex 23884-0397 1754 Surry 1853 1754 1853 1754 1754 1754
D1,A7 Tazewell 315 School St. Box 2 Tazewell 24651-1398 1800 Wythe/Russell 1853 1800 1853 1800 1800 1800
Taylor 1844 (see West Virginia) Harrison/Barbour/Marion
Tucker 1856 (see West Virginia) Randolph
Tyler 1814 (see West Virginia) Ohio
Upper Norfolk 1637 New Norfolk
Renamed Nansemond, 1642/43. Records transferred.
Upshur 1851 (see West Virginia) Randolph/Lewis/Barbour
F2 Warren 220 N. Commerce Ave. Ste. 100 Front Royal 22630-4412 1836 Shenandoah/Frederick 1853 1836 1853 1836 1836 1836
Warrosquyoake 1634 (renamed Isle of Wight, 1637) original
Records transferred.
Warwick 1642/3 (as Warwick River;renamed 1642/43) Warwick River —— —— —— 1662 1648 1646
Pre-Civil War records fragmented. Incorporated as City of Warwick, 1952, and merged with the City of Newport News, 1958. Records transferred.
Warwick River 1634 (renamed Warwick, 1642/43) original
C2 Washington 205 Academy Dr. Abingdon 24210-2635 1777 Fincastle 1853 1782 1853 1778 1777 1777
Wayne 1842 (see West Virginia) Cabell
Webster 1860 (see West Virginia) Braxton/Nicholas/Randolph
J4 Westmoreland P.O. Box 1000 Montross 22520-1000 1653 Northumberland 1858 1772 1857 1653 1653 1653
Wetzel 1846 (see West Virginia) Tyler
Wirt 1848 (see West Virginia) Jackson/Wood
B2 Wise P.O. Box 570 Wise 24293-0570 1856 Lee/Russell/Scott 1856 1856 1856 1856 1856 1856
Wood 1798 (see West Virginia) Harrison
Woodford 1789 (see Kentucky) Fayette
Wyoming 1850 (see West Virginia) Logan
A7 Wythe 345 S. 4th St. Wytheville 24382-2504 1790 Montgomery 1853 1790 1853 1790 1790 1790
Yohogania 1776 (ceded to Pennsylvania 1786) Augusta
J6 York P.O. Box 532 Yorktown 23690-0532 1634 (as Charles River; renamed 1642/43) Charles River 1854 1772 1853 1633 1633 1633
Includes records of Charles River.


Virginia City Resources

Map Independent City City Hall Address Established (Parent County/ies) Town Incorporated City Incorporated Birth Marriage Death Land Probate Court
H3 Alexandria 301 King St., Alexandria 22314 1749 (Fairfax) 1779 1852 —— 1870 —— 1783 1786 1780
First named Hunting Creek, then Belhaven. Declared an independent municipality in 1801.
D6 Bedford P.O. Box 807, Bedford 24523-0807 (Bedford) 1839 1969
Originally named Liberty; renamed 1890.
C2 Bristol 497 Cumberland, Bristol 24201-4394 1850 (Washington) 1856 1890 —— 1890 —— 1890 1890 1890
Originally named Goodson; renamed 1890.
D5 Buena Vista 2039 Sycamore Ave., Buena Vista 24416-3133 1889 (Rockbridge) 1890 1892 —— 1892 —— 1892 1892 1892
F4 Charlottesville P.O. Box 911, Charlottesville 22902-0911 1762 (Albemarle) 1801 1888 —— —— —— 1871 —— 1888
K7 Chesapeake P.O. Box 15225, Chesapeake 23320 1963 1963
Created in 1963 by merger of the City of South Norfolk and Norfolk County.
C5 Clifton Forge P.O. Box 631, Clifton Forge 24422-0631 1861 (Alleghany) 1884 1906 —— 1906 —— 1906 1906 1906
Established as Williamson’s Station, renamed 1884.
H6 Colonial Heights 1507 Blvd., Colonial Heights 23834-3049 1910 (Chesterfield) 1926 1961 —— 1961 —— 1961 1961 1961
C5 Covington 158 N. Court Ave., Covington 24426 1818 (Alleghany) 1833 1953
D8 Danville City Courthouse, Danville 24543 1793 (Pittsylvania) 1830 1890 1874 1841 —— 1841 1857 1859
G8 Emporia Emporia 23847 1887 (Greensville) 1887, 1892 1967
H3 Fairfax 10455 Armstrong St., Fairfax 22030-3627 1805 (Fairfax) 1874 1961
Originally Providence; renamed 1859.
H2 Falls Church 300 Park, Falls Church 22046-3395 1850 (Fairfax) 1875 1948
J8 Franklin 207 W. 2nd Ave., Franklin 23851-1713 1830–40 (Southampton) 1876 1961
G4 Fredericksburg P.O. Box 7447, Fredericksburg 22404-07447 1728 (Spotsylvania) 1782 1879 1853 1781 1853 1782 1782 1782
A8 Galax 123 N. Main St., Galax 24333-2907 (Carroll/Grayson) 1906 1954
Originally named Bonaparte.
K7 Hampton 22 Lincoln St., Hampton 23669-3522 1680 (Elizabeth City) 1849, 1852, 1887 1908
Extant from 1610. Consolidated with Elizabeth City County, 1952.
E4 Harrisonburg Rockingham Courthouse, Harrisonburg 22801 1780 (Rockingham) 1849 1916 1862 1778 1862 1778 1803 1778
H6 Hopewell 300 N. Main, Hopewell 23860-2740 about 1915 (Prince George) —— 1916 —— 1916 —— 1916 1916 ——
Founded as Charles City Point, 1613. Renamed Hopewell about 1913. City Point annexed in 1923.
D5 Lexington 300 E. Washington St., Lexington 24450-2720 1778 (Rockbridge) 1874 1965
D6 Lynchburg P.O. Box 60, Lynchburg 24505-0060 1786 (Campbell) 1805 1852 1853 1805 1853 1805 1805 1787
G3 Manassas 9311 Lee Ave., Manassas 22110-5555 1852 (Prince William) 1874 1975 —— —— —— —— —— 1873
G3 Manassas Park 103 Manassas Dr., Manassas Park 22111-2335 1955 (Prince William) 1957 1975
Manchester —— 1874
Annexed by the City of Richmond, 1910.
C8 Martinsville P.O. Box 1112, Martinsville 24112-1112 1791 (Henry) 1873 1928 —— 1942 —— 1942 1942 1942
Nansemond 1972
Created from Nansemond County in 1972, it merged with the City of Suffolk in 1974.
J7 Newport News 2400 Walsh Ave., Newport News 23607-4301 1880 (Warwick) —— 1896 —— —— —— 1866 —— 1866
Extant from 1619. Consolidated with the City of Warwick, 1958.
K7 Norfolk 100 St. Paul Blvd., Ste. 100, Norfolk 23501-2712 1680 (Norfolk) 1736 1845 1792 1797 1853 1784 1784 1761
Some records were destroyed during the Revolutionary War.
B2 Norton P.O. Box 618, Norton 24273-0618 about 1787 (Wise) 1894 1954
Originally named Prince’s Flats, renamed about 1891.
H6 Petersburg 7 Courthouse Ave., Petersburg 23803-4459 1748 (Dinwiddie/Chesterfield/Prince George) 1784 1850 1853 1780 1853 1784 1784 1784
Extant by 1645 as Fort Henry; renamed Peter’s Point. Pre-1784 records fragmented.
K7 Poquoson 830 Poquoson Ave., Poquoson 23704-1733 1885–88 (York) 1952 1976
K7 Portsmouth 801 Crawford St., Portsmouth 23704-3822 1752 (Norfolk) 1836 1858 1853 1782 1853 1776 1755 1743
Some pre-1858 records may be of Norfolk County.
B6 Radford 319 2nd St., Radford 24141-1512 1885 (Montgomery) 1887 1892 —— 1892 —— 1892 1892 1892
Formerly called Lovely Mount, English or Ingle’s Ferry, Central Depot, and Central City; renamed 1890.
H6 Richmond 900 E. Broad St., Richmond 23219-1907 1742 (Henrico) 1782 1842 1853 1780 1853 1782 1810 1782
C6 Roanoake 215 Church Ave., S.W., Roanoake 24011-1536 1852 (Roanoake) 1874 1884 1884 1884 —— 1884 1884 1884
Originally named Big Lick. Renamed Roanoake in 1882.
C6 Salem P.O. Box 869, Salem 24153-0869 1806 (Roanoake) 1836 1968
E8 South Boston P.O. Box 417, South Boston 24592-0417 1796 (Halifax) 1884 1960
Originally named Boyd’s Ferry.
South Norfolk (Norfolk) 1919 1921
Merged with Norfolk County, 1963, and renamed the City of Chesapeake. Records transferred.
E4 Staunton P.O. Box 58, Staunton 22401-0058 1761 (Augusta) 1801 1871 1854 1802 1853 1802 1802 1796