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Clarke County, Virginia
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Clarke County, Virginia Facts

When was Clarke County, VA Created?
Clarke County was established on March 08, 1836 from Frederick County (part of Warren County was added in 1860) . This county was named for George Rogers Clarke, Revolutionary War general .

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

What counties are adjacent to Clarke County, VA?
Bordering Counties are Loudoun County (east), Warren County (southwest), Fauquier County (southeast), Frederick County (west), Jefferson County, West Virginia (North).

What cities and towns are in Clarke County, VA?
Cities and towns located in Clarke County include Berryville and Boyce.

Clarke County, VA Vital Records

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

Another resource is the Clarke County Health Department, 100 North Buchmarsh Street, Berryville, VA 22611; Phone: (540) 955-1033

Clarke County, VA Census Records

What Clarke County, VA census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Clarke County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

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

Clarke County, VA Courthouse and Government Records

Clarke County Courthouse

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

  • Clarke 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 189, 102 N. Church Street, Berryville, VA 22611-0189
    • Phone: (540) 955-5116
    • Marriage Records: 1836 
    • Land Records: 1836
    • Court Records: 1836
    • Probate Records: 1836
  • Virginia Land, Marriage, and Probate Records, 1639-1850
  • Using County and City Court Records in the Archives at the Library of Virginia
  • County and City Research in Virginia Guides and Indexes - 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.
  • Virginia County Records, Volume, VI, VII , IX, X - The records in these series were compiled as part of a series known as the Virginia County Records . The volume includes wills, land grants, and marriage bonds as well as other miscellaneous information on early Virginia settlers.
  • BLM Land Records

Clarke County, VA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Clarke Co. VA Books, Newspapers & Publications

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

Clarke Co. VA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Clarke Co. VA General and History Websites

Clarke Co. VA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Clarke Co. VA Military Records

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