Accomack County, Virginia
Genealogy and Facts

Accomack County was founded on 1663 (One of the original eight shires established in 1634. It was renamed Northampton in 1642. In 1663 Northampton was divided into two counties and the northern half got back its original name,but spelled Accomac. Temporarily abolished, 1670, restored 1673. It was renamed Accomack County in 1940.) . This county was named for the Native American word Accawmack, meaning "on the other side", referencing the county's position across Chesapeake Bay

The Accomack County Seat is located in Accomac also, the county government website is www.co.accomack.va.us/ .

Areas bordering to Accomack County are Somerset County, Maryland (northwest), Worcester County, Maryland (northeast), Northampton County (south), Middlesex County (west), Lancaster County (west), Northumberland County (west).

Cities and towns located in Accomack County include Accomac, Belle Haven, Bloxom, Chincoteague, Hallwood, Keller, Melfa, Onancock, Onley, Painter, Parksley, Saxis, Tangier and Wachapreague

Accomack County vital records can be found at the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) Office of Vital Records which has Birth and Death Records since June 14, 1912 and copies of Marriage and Divorce Records since 1918 to present. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Virginia for current fees and application process.

You can search online for Accomack County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also order Order Electronically Online or you can download an application for copies of Accomack Co. Virginia Birth, Marriage, Divorce, Death Certificate Applications to mail.

Accomack County consists of Federal Census Schedules to guide in looking into your family tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found for 1790 (destroyed), 1800 (destroyed), 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Accomack Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Accomack Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Accomack Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. The Slave Schedules exist for 1850 & 1860. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research.

Accomack County Societies and Family History Resources

A list of Accomack County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.

Accomack County Courthouse and Government Records


Accomack County Courthouse

Genealogist frequently forget the value of Accomack County court, probate, and land documents as a resource of genealogy and family history information. Hidden away in Virginia courthouses and archives everywhere are often the aspirations and worries of countless Virginia residents.

The possibilities are great that your ancestors and forefathers have left a detailed record of at least a few elements of their lives in the Accomack County court records. Even if your forebears is not mentioned in a Court case, give some thought to all of the other methods that could have lead to him or her appearing in court records.

The following indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in Accomack county.  The dates indicated below are the first known records for each county.

Please make sure to get in touch with the clerk's department to determine hours, mailing address, fees and other particulars in advance of visiting or requesting information because of many times changing contact information. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The files are readily available to interested parties, barring confidential issues. The majority of staff will guide individuals in obtaining the materials, however it's up to the individual to perform the research.
  • Accomack County Clerk of Circuit Court serves as custodian of all county court records, and is responsible for providing access to those court records by court personnel, the legal community and the public.
    • Address: P.O. Box 126, 23316 Courthouse Avenue, Accomac, VA 23301-0126
    • Phone: (757) 787-5776
    • Marriage Records: 1774 
    • Land Records: 1663
    • Court Records: 1695
    • Probate Records: 1663
  • Accomack County Assessor's Office
  • Accomack County Health Department, (Headquarters Office) 23191 Front Street, P.O. Box 177, Accomac, VA 23301-0177 ;757-787-5880
  • County and City Research in Virginia Guides and Indexes (lva.virginia.gov) County and city records document the daily activities of the courts in Virginia's counties, independent cities, and towns. The Library of Virginia houses both original and microfilm records for many of Virginia's counties and independent cities. The guides list will help researchers navigate the complex variety of county and city records in the Library's collections. It includes County and City Records at the Library of Virginia, Using County and City Court Records, Chancery Cases, Judgments, Lost Records Localities database and Burned Jurisdiction database.

Accomack County Links

The following are web links to Family history and genealogy, Records and Resources related to Accomack County. A lot of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Commercial Sites, Personal Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some call for a fee. This is just a listing which has been compiled or submitted. I do not endorse or promote one genealogy site above another. Feel free to provide your own favorite Accomack County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.

Accomack Co. VA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Accomack Co. VA Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Accomack Co. VA Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Accomack Co. VA Census Records

Accomack Co. VA Cemeteries & Graveyards

Accomack Co. VA Church & Bible Records

Accomack Co. VA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Accomack Co. VA General and History Websites

Accomack Co. VA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Accomack Co. VA Military Records

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