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Albemarle County, Virginia Facts

When was Albemarle County, VA Created?
Albemarle County was established on October 16, 1744 and was formed from Goochland County. Parts of Louisa County were added in 1761 and 1838 . This county was named for the Willem Anne van Keppel, 2nd Earl of Albemarle, colonial proprietary governor

What is the County Seat of Albemarle County, VA?
The County Seat is located in Charlottesville also, the county government website is www.albemarle.org/ .

What counties are adjacent to Albemarle County, VA?
Bordering Counties are Greene County (north), Orange County (northeast), Louisa County (east), Fluvanna County (southeast), Buckingham County (south), Nelson County (southwest), Augusta County (west), Rockingham County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Albemarle County, VA?
Cities and towns located in Albemarle County include Crozet, Keene, Scottsville and Earlysville .


Albemarle County, VA Vital Records

Where can find Albemarle County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Albemarle 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 Albemarle County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also order Order Electronically Online or you can download an application for copies of Albemarle 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 Charlottesville/Albemarle Health Department, (District Headquarters Office), 1138 Rose Hill Drive, PO Box 7546, Charlottesville, VA 22906; Phone Number: 434-972-6200


Albemarle County, VA Census Records

What Albemarle County, VA census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Albemarle 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.

Albemarle Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Albemarle Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Albemarle 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


Albemarle County, VA Courthouse and Government Records


Albemarle County Courthouse

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

The county seat was moved from Scottsville to Charlottesville in 1762. Charlottesville is named for Queen Charlotte, the wife of King George III. The first portion of the courthouse was built 1763-1781 and added to in 1803 and 1860. In 1938 it was remolded and restored.

  • Albemarle 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: Albemarle County Courthouse, Court Square, 501 East Jefferson Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5110
    • Phone: (434) 972-4085, (434) 972-4083
    • Marriage Records: 1780 
    • Land Records:1744
    • Court Records:1744
    • Probate Records:1744
  • 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

Albemarle County, VA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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