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Halifax County, Virginia Facts

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

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

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

What cities and towns are in Halifax County, VA?
Cities and towns located in Halifax County include Halifax, Scottsburg, South Boston and Virgilina .


Halifax County, VA Vital Records

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

The Archives Division has copies of surviving birth and death records for the period 1853 to 1896 and marriage records prior to 1936.


Halifax County, VA Census Records

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


Halifax County, VA Courthouse and Government Records


Halifax County Courthouse

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

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.

  • 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
  • Another resource is the Halifax County Health Department, P.O. Box 845, Halifax, VA 24558; 434-476-4863
  • 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

Halifax County, VA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Halifax Co. VA Books, Newspapers & Publications

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

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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