Augusta County, Virginia

Augusta County was founded in December 15, 1738 and was formed from Orange County (Authorized in 1738, but the government was not formed until 1745. See also Montgomery County) . This county was named for Augusta of Saxe-Gotha, the Princess of Wales.

The Augusta County Seat is located in Staunton also, the county government website is www.co.augusta.va.us/ .

Areas bordering to Augusta County are Pendleton County, West Virginia (north), Rockingham County (northeast), Albemarle County (east), Nelson County (southeast), Rockbridge County (southwest), Bath County (west), Highland County (northwest).

Cities and towns located in Augusta County include Craigsville, Grottoes (partial). The Independent City of Staunton and Independent City of Waynesboro (incorporated as such in 1902 and 1948 respectively) are located within the boundaries of Augusta County, but are not a part of the county .

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

Augusta 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.

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

Augusta County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Augusta County Courthouse and Government Records


Augusta County Courthouse

Genealogist frequently forget the value of Augusta 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 Augusta 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 Augusta 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.
  • Augusta 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 689, Augusta County Courthouse, 1 East Johnson Street, Staunton, VA 24402-0689
    • Phone: (540) 245-5321
    • Marriage Records: 1785 
    • Land Records: 1745
    • Court Records: 1745
    • Probate Records: 1745
  • Augusta County Property Records Search
  • Augusta County Commissioner of the Revenue
  • Augusta County Treasurer
  • Augusta-Staunton Health Department, District Headquarters building, 1414 North Augusta Street, P.O. Box 2126, Staunton, VA 24402; Main Reception: (540) 332-7830
  • 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.

Augusta County Links

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

Augusta Co. VA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Augusta Co. VA Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Augusta Co. VA Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Augusta Co. VA Census Records

Augusta Co. VA Cemeteries & Graveyards

Augusta Co. VA Church & Bible Records

Augusta Co. VA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Augusta Co. VA General and History Websites

Augusta Co. VA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Augusta Co. VA Military Records

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