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Bedford County, Virginia
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Bedford County, Virginia Facts

When was Bedford County, VA Created?
Bedford County was established on December 13, 1753 and was formed from Lunenburg County. (Part of Albemarle County was added in 1754 and part of Lunenberg County was added later. Parts of Bedford Co was used to form Campbell County (1782) and Franklin County (1786) . This county was named for John Russell, 4th Duke of Bedford, British politician and one of the head negotiators of the Peace of Paris.

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

What counties are adjacent to Bedford County, VA?
Bordering Counties are Rockbridge County (north), Amherst County (northeast), Lynchburg (east), Campbell County (southeast), Pittsylvania County (south), Franklin County (southwest), Roanoke County (west), Botetourt County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Bedford County, VA?
Cities and towns located in Bedford County include Forest, New London, Huddleston, Moneta, Montvale, Thaxton, Goode and Big Island .

Bedford County, VA Vital Records

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

Bedford County, VA Census Records

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

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

Bedford County, VA Courthouse and Government Records

Bedford County Courthouse

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

Bedford County, VA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Bedford Co. VA Books, Newspapers & Publications

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

Bedford Co. VA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Bedford Co. VA General and History Websites

Bedford Co. VA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Bedford Co. VA Military Records

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