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Essex County, Virginia Facts

When was Essex County, VA Created?
Essex County was established on  April 26, 1694 from Old Rappahhannock County .

What is the County Seat of Essex County, VA?
The County Seat is located in Tappahannock also, the county government website is www.essex-virginia.org/ .

What counties are adjacent to Essex County, VA?
Bordering Counties are Westmoreland County (north), Richmond County (northeast), Middlesex County (southeast), King and Queen County (south), Caroline County (west), King George County (northwest).


Essex County, VA Vital Records

Where can find Essex County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Essex 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 Essex County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also order Order Electronically Online or you can download an application for copies of Essex 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 Essex County Health Department, 423 North Church Lane, P.O. Box 206, Tappahannock, VA 22560; 804-443-3396


Essex County, VA Census Records

What Essex County, VA census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Essex County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1790 (destroyed), 1800 (destroyed), 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

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


Essex County, VA Courthouse and Government Records


Essex County Courthouse

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

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

Essex Co. VA Books, Newspapers & Publications

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

Essex Co. VA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Essex Co. VA General and History Websites

Essex Co. VA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Essex Co. VA Military Records

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