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Alleghany County, Virginia

Alleghany County was founded on January 05, 1822 and was formed from  Bath County, Botetout County and Monroe County, West Virginia in 1822, additional parts of Bath County (1823) and Monroe County, West Virginia (1843) were added . This county was named for the Alleghany Mountains

The Alleghany County Seat is located in Covington also, the county government website is .

Areas bordering to Alleghany County are Bath County (north), Rockbridge County (east), Botetourt County (southeast), Craig County (south), Monroe County, West Virginia (southwest), Greenbrier County, West Virginia (west).

Cities and towns located in Alleghany County include Covington, Clifton Forge, Iron Gate, Low Moor and Selma.

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

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

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

Alleghany County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Alleghany County Courthouse and Government Records

Allegheny County Courthouse

Genealogist frequently forget the value of Alleghany 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 Alleghany 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 Alleghany county.  The dates indicated below are the first known records for each county. (note from Circuit Clerk) "all records on birth and death which exist here are simply informal and unofficial records deposited here without sanction by the clerk over the years for a lack of a better place to put stray records. none of them is a court record and none can be certified. this includes the roster maintained throughout virginia in the 1850s to 1870s(?) for births and deaths. those records, if any, are properly obtained from the bureau of vital statistics in richmond."

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.
  • Alleghany 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 670, Courthouse, 266 West Main Street, Covington, VA 24426-0670
    • Phone: (540) 965-1730
    • Marriage Records: 1801 
    • Land Records: 1669
    • Court Records: 1778
    • Probate Records: 1772
  • Alleghany County Commissioner of the Revenue
  • Clifton Forge Health Department, 322 Jefferson Avenue, P. O. Box 15, Clifton Forge, VA 24422; Phone: (540) 862-4131
  • Covington Health Department, 321 Beech Street | P.O. Box 747, Covington, VA 24426; Phone: (540) 962-2173

  • 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.

Alleghany County Links

The following are web links to Family history and genealogy, Records and Resources related to Alleghany 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 Alleghany County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.

Alleghany Co. VA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Alleghany Co. VA Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Alleghany Co. VA Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Alleghany Co. VA Census Records

Alleghany Co. VA Cemeteries & Graveyards

Alleghany Co. VA Church & Bible Records

Alleghany Co. VA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Alleghany Co. VA General and History Websites

Alleghany Co. VA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Alleghany Co. VA Military Records

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