Goochland County, Virginia

Goochland County was founded on March 06, 1727 from Henrico County . This county was named for William Gooch, colonial lieutenant governor of Virginia .

The Goochland County Seat is located in Goochland also, the county government website is www.co.goochland.va.us/ .

Areas bordering to Goochland County are Louisa County (north), Hanover County (northeast), Henrico County (east), Powhatan County (south), Cumberland County (southwest), Fluvanna County (west).

Cities and towns located in Goochland County include Goochland, Maidens, Manakin-Sabot, Sandy Hook .

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

Goochland County consists of Federal Census Schedules to guide in looking into your family tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found for 1790 (destroyed), 1800 (destroyed), 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

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

Goochland County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Goochland County Courthouse and Government Records


Goochland County Courthouse

Genealogist frequently forget the value of Goochland 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 Goochland 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.

The present courthouse is the fourth to serve the county and the second to occupy this site. The building was erected in 1826 by Valentine Parrish, a Cumberland builder, and Dabney Crosby, a skilled Staunton brick mason who had worked for Thomas Jefferson at the University of Virginia.

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 Goochland 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.
  • Goochland 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 196, 2938 River Road West, Goochland, VA 23063
    • Phone: (804) 556-5353
    • Marriage Records: 1730 
    • Land Records: 1728
    • Court Records: 1728
    • Probate Records: 1728
  • Goochland County (VA) Treasurer
  • Goochland County Commissioner of the Revenue
  • 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.

Goochland County Links

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

Goochland Co. VA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Goochland Co. VA Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Goochland Co. VA Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Goochland Co. VA Census Records

Goochland Co. VA Cemeteries & Graveyards

Goochland Co. VA Church & Bible Records

Goochland Co. VA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Goochland Co. VA General and History Websites

Goochland Co. VA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Goochland Co. VA Military Records

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