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Accomack County, Virginia
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Accomack County, Virginia Facts

When was Accomack County, VA Created?
Accomack County was established 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

What is the County Seat of Accomack County, VA?
The County Seat is located in Accomac also, the county government website is .

What counties are adjacent to Accomack County, VA?
Bordering Counties are Somerset County, Maryland (northwest), Worcester County, Maryland (northeast), Northampton County (south), Middlesex County (west), Lancaster County (west), Northumberland County (west).

What cities and towns are in Accomack County, VA?
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, VA Vital Records

Where can find Accomack County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
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.

The Archives Division has copies of surviving birth and death records for the period 1853 to 1896 and marriage records prior to 1936. Another resource is the Accomack County Health Department, (Headquarters Office) 23191 Front Street, P.O. Box 177, Accomac, VA 23301-0177 ;757-787-5880

Accomack County, VA Census Records

What Accomack County, VA census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Accomack County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available 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. See Also Virginia Census Records Research Guide

Accomack County, VA Courthouse and Government Records

Accomack County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Accomack County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Accomack County. The years listed below are the first noted records with this county. See Also Virginia Corthouse Records Research Guide.

  • 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
  • Virginia Land, Marriage, and Probate Records, 1639-1850
  • Using County and City Court Records in the Archives at the Library of Virginia
  • County and City Research in Virginia Guides and Indexes - 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.
  • Virginia County Records, Volume, VI, VII , IX, X - The records in these series were compiled as part of a series known as the Virginia County Records . The volume includes wills, land grants, and marriage bonds as well as other miscellaneous information on early Virginia settlers.
  • BLM Land Records

Accomack County, VA Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Accomack County, VA?
A list of Accomack County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Virginia Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.

Where can I connect with other Accomack County, VA Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Accomack County, VA?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining 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.

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Accomack Co. VA Church / Bible Records & Cemeteries / Graveyards

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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