Bedford County, Virginia

Bedford County was founded 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.

The Bedford County Seat is located in Bedford also, the county government website is www.co.bedford.va.us/ .

Areas bordering to Bedford County are Rockbridge County (north), Amherst County (northeast), Lynchburg (east), Campbell County (southeast), Pittsylvania County (south), Franklin County (southwest), Roanoke County (west), Botetourt County (northwest).

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

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.

Bedford 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.

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.

Bedford County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Bedford County Courthouse and Government Records


Bedford County Courthouse

Genealogist frequently forget the value of Bedford 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 Bedford 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.

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.

The following information indicates what birth, marriage, death, property, probate, and courtroom records are located in Bedford County. The dates stated listed below could be the first known documents for this particular 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.
  • Bedford 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: 123 East Main St., Suite 201, Bedford, VA 24523
    • Phone: (540) 586-7632
    • Marriage Records: 1755 
    • Land Records: 1754
    • Court Records:1754
    • Probate Records:1754
  • Bedford County (VA) Treasurer
  • Bedford County Commissioner of the Revenue
  • Bedford County Real Estate Parcel Search
  • Bedford County Health Department, 600 Bedford Ave., Bedford, VA 24523; Phone: 540-586-7952; Fax: 540-586-7950
  • 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.

Bedford County Links

The following are web links to Family history and genealogy, Records and Resources related 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. Feel free to provide your own favorite Bedford County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.

Bedford Co. VA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Bedford Co. VA Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Bedford Co. VA Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Bedford Co. VA Census Records

Bedford Co. VA Cemeteries & Graveyards

Bedford Co. VA Church & Bible Records

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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