Giles County, Virginia
Genealogy and Facts

Giles County was founded on January 16, 1806 from Tazewell County, Monroe County and Montgomery County (part of Wythe County added in 1808, parts of Tazewell County added in 1826 and 1836, part of Monroe County, West Virginia added in 1829, part of Mercer County, West Virginia was added in 1841, and part) . This county was named forWilliam Branch Giles, U.S. Senator from Virginia .

The Giles County Seat is located in Pearisburg also, the county government website is www.gilescounty.org/ .

Areas bordering to Giles County are Summers County, West Virginia (north), Monroe County, West Virginia (north), Craig County (east), Montgomery County (southeast), Pulaski County (south), Bland County (west), Mercer County, West Virginia (northwest).

Cities and towns located in Giles County include Glen Lyn, Narrows, Pearisburg, Pembroke and Rich Creek, Village of Newport (the only official Village still in existence today in the Commonwealth of Virginia).

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

Giles County consists of Federal Census Schedules to guide in looking into your family tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found for 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

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

Giles County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Giles County Courthouse and Government Records


Giles County Courthouse

Genealogist frequently forget the value of Giles 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 Giles 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 Giles 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.
  • Giles 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 502, 501 Wenonah Avenue, Pearisburg, VA 24134
    • Phone: (540) 921-1722
    • Marriage Records: 1806
    • Land Records: 1806
    • Court Records: 1806
    • Probate Records: 1806
  • Giles County Health Department, 120 North Main Street, Pearisburg VA 24134; (540) 921-2891
  • 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.

Giles County Links

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

Giles Co. VA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Giles Co. VA Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Giles Co. VA Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Giles Co. VA Census Records

Giles Co. VA Cemeteries & Graveyards

Giles Co. VA Church & Bible Records

Giles Co. VA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Giles Co. VA General and History Websites

Giles Co. VA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Giles Co. VA Military Records

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