Halifax County, Virginia
Genealogy and Facts

Halifax County was founded on April 17, 1752 from Lunenburg County . This county was named for George Montagu-Dunk, 2nd Earl of Halifax, President of the Board of Trade.

The Halifax County Seat is located in Halifax also, the county government website is www.halifaxcountyva.gov/ .

Areas bordering to Halifax County are Campbell County (northwest), Charlotte County (northeast), Mecklenburg County (east), Granville County, North Carolina (southeast), Person County, North Carolina (south), Caswell County, North Carolina (southwest), Pittsylvania County (west).

Cities and towns located in Halifax County include Halifax, Scottsburg, South Boston and Virgilina .

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

Halifax 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.

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

Halifax County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Halifax County Courthouse and Government Records


Halifax County Courthouse

Genealogist frequently forget the value of Halifax 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 Halifax 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 court has occupied the current site since 1803. It's records date back to 1752. The current courthouse is Classical Revival style designed and built by Dabney Cosby and son, Dabney Cosby, Jr.

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 Halifax 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.
  • Halifax 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 729, Main Street, Halifax, VA 24558-0729
    • Phone: (434) 476-6211
    • Marriage Records: 1753 
    • Land Records: 1746
    • Court Records: 1752
    • Probate Records: 1752
  • Halifax County Health Department, P.O. Box 845, Halifax, VA 24558; 434-476-4863
  • 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.

Halifax County Links

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

Halifax Co. VA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Halifax Co. VA Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Halifax Co. VA Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Halifax Co. VA Census Records

Halifax Co. VA Cemeteries & Graveyards

Halifax Co. VA Church & Bible Records

Halifax Co. VA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Halifax Co. VA General and History Websites

Halifax Co. VA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Halifax Co. VA Military Records

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