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Giles County, Virginia
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Giles County, Virginia Facts

When was Giles County, VA Created?
Giles County was established 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 .

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

What counties are adjacent to Giles County, VA?
Bordering Counties 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).

What cities and towns are in Giles County, VA?
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, VA Vital Records

Where can find Giles County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
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.

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 Giles County Health Department, 120 North Main Street, Pearisburg VA 24134; (540) 921-2891

Giles County, VA Census Records

What Giles County, VA census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Giles County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available 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. See Also Virginia Census Records Research Guide

Giles County, VA Courthouse and Government Records

Giles County Courthouse

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

  • 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
  • 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

Giles County, VA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Giles Co. VA Books, Newspapers & Publications

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

Giles Co. VA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Giles Co. VA General and History Websites

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Giles Co. VA Military Records

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