Greensville County, Virginia
Genealogy and Facts

Greensville County was founded on November 28, 1780 from Brunswick County (Additional part of Brunswick County was added in 1787 and part of Sussex County was added in 1802) . This county was named for Richard Grenville, commander of the English expedition to found Roanoke Colony.

The Greensville County Seat is located in Emporia also, the county government website is www.greensvillecountyva.gov .

Areas bordering to Greensville County are Brunswick County (west), Dinwiddie County (north), Sussex County (northeast), Southampton County (east), Northampton County, North Carolina (south).

Cities and towns located in Greensville County include Jarratt, Skippers, Emporia .

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

Greensville 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.

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

Greensville County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Greensville County Courthouse and Government Records


Greensville County Courthouse

Genealogist frequently forget the value of Greensville 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 Greensville 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.

In 1781 when the county was created Emporia was selected as the county seat because of its central location and the courthouse was built in 1787.

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 Greensville 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.
  • Greensville 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 631, 337 South Main Street, Emporia, VA 23847-0631
    • Phone: (434) 348-4215
    • Marriage Records: 1781 
    • Land Records: 1781
    • Court Records: 1781
    • Probate Records: 1781
  • Greensville/Emporia Health Department, 140 Uriah Branch Way, Emporia, Virginia 23847; (434) 348-4235
  • 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.

Greensville County Links

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

Greensville Co. VA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Greensville Co. VA Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Greensville Co. VA Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Greensville Co. VA Census Records

Greensville Co. VA Cemeteries & Graveyards

Greensville Co. VA Church & Bible Records

Greensville Co. VA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Greensville Co. VA General and History Websites

Greensville Co. VA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Greensville Co. VA Military Records

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