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Craig County, Virginia
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Craig County, Virginia Facts

When was Craig County, VA Created?
Craig County was established on March 21, 1851 from Botetourt County, Giles County, Roanoke County and Monroe County (West Virginia) (Parts of Monroe County (West Virginia) County added in 1853 and 1856, part of Montgomery County added in 1853, part of Alleghany County added in 1856, and part of Giles County added in 1858) . This county was named for Robert Craig, U.S. Representative from Virginia .

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

What counties are adjacent to Craig County, VA?
Bordering Counties are Alleghany County (north), Botetourt County (east), Roanoke County (southeast), Montgomery County (south), Giles County (southwest), Monroe County, West Virginia (west).

What cities and towns are in Craig County, VA?
Cities and towns located in Craig County include New Castle.

Craig County, VA Vital Records

Where can find Craig County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Craig 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 Craig County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also order Order Electronically Online or you can download an application for copies of Craig 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 Craig County Health Department, 161 Main Street, P. O. Box 6, New Castle, VA 24127; Phone: (540) 864-5136

Craig County, VA Census Records

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

Craig Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1860, 1870 and 1880. Craig Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1860, 1870 and 1880. Craig Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. The Slave Schedules exist for 1860. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Virginia Census Records Research Guide

Craig County, VA Courthouse and Government Records

Craig County Courthouse

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

  • Craig 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: PO Box 185, 182 Main Street, Suite 4, New Castle, VA 24127
    • Phone: (540) 864-6141
    • Marriage Records: 1865 
    • Land Records: 1851
    • Court Records: 1851
    • Probate Records: 1851
  • 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

Craig County, VA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Craig Co. VA Books, Newspapers & Publications

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

Craig Co. VA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Craig Co. VA General and History Websites

Craig Co. VA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Craig Co. VA Military Records

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