Virginia Census Records
Virginia Census Notes
1790 Federal Virginia Census Records were lost unfortunately. Using state census records, a reconstructed census has been created and is often used when searching for ancestors in Virginia during this time period. See Heads of Families Index created from 1782-1785 Virginia state census records at Ancestry.
Federal Virginia census records are available to the public for census years 1800, 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920 & 1930. See 1790-1940 US Census Records at Ancestry.
1890 Federal Virginia Census Records were completely lost in a 1921 warehouse fire, however, the 1890 Veterans and Widows Census survived the fire and may be used as a census substitute. See A Fire Destroyed The 1890 Census, Bridging the 1890 Census Gap & 1890 Veterans Schedules at Ancestry. There is an 1890 census copy for Floyd County. Also See Local Copies of 1890 Census Records.
Virginia State Census Records: The state of Virginia took a census in the following years: 1782, 1783, 1784, 1785 & 1786. All of these censuses are incomplete. See Heads of Families Index created from 1782-1785 Virginia state census records at Ancestry.
1863 Virginia Split - The state of Virginia was split during the Civil War. Many of the Virginia counties are now part of West Virginia. If your ancestor lived in one of these counties, you will need to search for census records in both states.
More information about the Virginia / WV Split:
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Virginia Vital Records
P.O. Box 1000
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 662-6200
Due to Virginia privacy laws, VA Birth Records are private until 100 years after the event.
VA Death, marriage and divorce records are also private until 50 years after the event.
VA Vital Record Databases
Newspapers & Obituaries
Virginia Databases Online
Virginia Genealogy Links
Online Virginia Books
*1892-1919 William and Mary College Quarterly Historical Magazine
*History of The Middle New River Settlements and Contiguous Territory
*New Papyrus Publishing $
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(Statehood: 1788 )
Statewide Virginia Census Records Online
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VA Census Records Online by County
Accawmack County Original Shire formed 1634. Name changed to Northampton County in 1642. Northampton was divided into two counties in 1663 - Accomac County and Northampton County. The k was added to Accomac in 1940, making the proper county name we know today as Accomack County.
Accomack County Census Records
Albemarle County Census Records (formed 1744 from Goochland & Louisa)
Alexandria County Census Records
(formed 1791 from Fairfax County, VA and ceded to the District of Columbia. In 1801, the area became Alexandria County, District of Columbia. This county was enumerated in the 1800 census with the state of Virginia but this census was lost. It was enumerated with DC in the 1820, 1830 and 1840 Federal Census. In 1846, Alexandria County was retro ceded back to the state of Virginia. In 1920, it was renamed Arlington County.)
Alexandria City Census Records
(Established as a city in 1748 in Fairfax County, VA. First named Hunting Creek, then Belhaven. Ceded to the District of Columbia in 1789. Declared an independent municipality in 1801. Enumerated in the 1820, 1830 and 1840 Federal Census as part of District of Columbia. Retro ceded back to Virginia in 1846 as part of Alexandria County, VA. Alexandria City was incorporated as a city independent of Alexandria County in 1870.
Alleghany County Census Records (formed 1822 from Bath, Botetourt & Monroe)
Amelia County Census Records (formed 1734 from Brunswick & Prince George)
Amherst County Census Records (formed 1761 from Albemarle)
Appomattox County Census Records
(formed 1845 from Buckingham, Campbell, Charlotte & Prince Edward)
Arlington County Census Records (formed 1791 from Fairfax County as Alexandria County, VA. In 1801, the area became Alexandria County, District of Columbia. This county was enumerated in the 1800 census with the state of Virginia but this census was lost. It was enumerated with DC in the 1820, 1830 and 1840 Federal Census. In 1846, Alexandria County was retro ceded back to the state of Virginia. In 1920, it was renamed Arlington County.
Augusta County Census Records (formed 1738 from Orange)
Chalkley's Chronicles - Important source for Augusta & Rockingham early records.
Barbour County Census Records
(formed 1843 from Harrison, Lewis & Randolph. Now in W. Virginia)
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