Botetourt County, Virginia

Botetourt County was founded on November 28, 1769 from Augusta County. (Part of Rockbridge County was added in 1785). This county was named for Norborne Berkeley, 4th Baron Botetourt, colonial governor of Virginia.

The Botetourt County Seat is located in Fincastle also, the county government website is www.co.botetourt.va.us/ .

Areas bordering to Botetourt County are Roanoke County (southwest), Craig County (west), Alleghany County (northwest), Rockbridge County (northeast), Bedford County (southeast).

Cities and towns located in Botetourt County include  Blue Ridge, Buchanan, Cloverdale, Daleville, Eagle Rock, Fincastle, Hollins, Oriskany, Springwood and Troutville. .

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

Botetourt 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.

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

Botetourt County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Botetourt County Courthouse and Government Records


Botetourt County Courthouse

Genealogist frequently forget the value of Botetourt 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 Botetourt 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 Botetourt 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.
  • Botetourt 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 219, Courthouse, Main Street, Fincastle, VA 24090-0219
    • Phone: (540) 473-8274
    • Marriage Records: 1770 
    • Land Records: 1770
    • Court Records: 1770
    • Probate Records: 1770
  • Botetourt County Treasurer's Office
  • Botetourt County Health Department, 21 Academy Street, P. O. Box 220, ncastle, VA 24090; Phone: (540) 473-8240
  • 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.

Botetourt County Links

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

Botetourt Co. VA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Botetourt Co. VA Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Botetourt Co. VA Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Botetourt Co. VA Census Records

Botetourt Co. VA Cemeteries & Graveyards

Botetourt Co. VA Church & Bible Records

Botetourt Co. VA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Botetourt Co. VA General and History Websites

Botetourt Co. VA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Botetourt Co. VA Military Records

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