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Amherst County, Virginia
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Amherst County, Virginia Facts

When was Amherst County, VA Created?
Amherst County was established on April 07, 1761 and was formed from Albemarle County . This county was named for the Jeffery Amherst, British conqueror of Quebec during the Seven Years War and colonial governor of Virginia

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

What counties are adjacent to Amherst County, VA?
Bordering Counties are Rockbridge County (northwest), Nelson County (northeast), Appomattox County (southeast), Campbell County (south), Independent city of Lynchburg (south), Bedford County (southwest).

What cities and towns are in Amherst County, VA?
Cities and towns located in Amherst County include Amherst, Madison Heights .

Amherst County, VA Vital Records

Where can find Amherst County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Amherst 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 Amherst County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also order Order Electronically Online or you can download an application for copies of Amherst 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.

Amherst County, VA Census Records

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

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

Amherst County, VA Courthouse and Government Records

Amherst County Courthouse

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

The old courthouse was built in 1870. The first sections of the current Amherst courthouse date from 1970 with a newer section seven years later.

FirstAmherst County Courthouse
  • Amherst 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 462, 113 Taylor Street, Amherst, VA 24521
    • Phone: (434) 946-9321
    • Marriage Records: 1763 
    • Land Records: 1761
    • Court Records: 1761
    • Probate Records: 1761
  • Another resource is the Another resource is the Amherst County Health Department , 224 2nd Street, Amherst, Va. 24521; Phone: 434-946-9408; Fax: 434-946-9409
  • 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

Amherst County, VA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Amherst Co. VA Books, Newspapers & Publications

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

Amherst Co. VA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Amherst Co. VA General and History Websites

Amherst Co. VA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Amherst Co. VA Military Records

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