Charles City County, Virginia
Genealogy and Facts

Charles City County was founded on 1634 as was one of the eight original shires . This county was named for King Charles I of England.

The Charles City County Seat is located in Charles City also, the county government website is www.co.charles-city.va.us/ .

Areas bordering to Charles City County are New Kent County (north), James City County (east), Surry County (southeast), Prince George County (south), Chesterfield County (southwest), Henrico County (west).

Cities and towns located in Charles City County include Binns Hall, Holdcroft, Charles City Courthouse, Ruthville, Sandy Point.

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

Charles City 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.

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

Charles City County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Charles City County Courthouse and Government Records


CharlesCity County Courthouse

Genealogist frequently forget the value of Charles City 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 Charles City 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 Charles City county.  The dates indicated below are the first known records for each county. Records have been destroyed at various times. The most damage occurred during the Civil War when the records were strewn through woods in a rainstorm. Many fragments of records exist, so many, in fact, that there is something for almost every year.

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.
  • Charles City 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 86, 10780 Courthouse Road, Charles City, VA 23030-0086
    • Phone: (804) 652-2105
    • Marriage Records: 1762 
    • Land Records: 1655
    • Court Records: 1655
    • Probate Records: 1650
  • Charles City County Treasurer Office
  • Charles City Health Department, 7501 Adkins Road, Charles City, VA 23030; Phone: (804) 829-2490
  • 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.

Charles City County Links

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

Charles City Co. VA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Charles City Co. VA Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Charles City Co. VA Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Charles City Co. VA Census Records

Charles City Co. VA Cemeteries & Graveyards

Charles City Co. VA Church & Bible Records

Charles City Co. VA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Charles City Co. VA General and History Websites

Charles City Co. VA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Charles City Co. VA Military Records

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