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Hanover County, Virginia

Hanover County was founded on November 20, 1720 from New Kent County. This county was named for Henry Frederick, Prince of Wales, oldest son of James I of England.

The Hanover County Seat is located in Hanover also, the county government website is .

Areas bordering to Hanover County are Spotsylvania County (northwest), Caroline County (north), King William County (northeast), New Kent County (east), Henrico County (south), Goochland County (southwest), Louisa County (west).

Cities and towns located in Hanover County include Hanover, Atlee, BeaverdamDoswell, Elmont, Hanover Courthouse, Mechanicsville, Montpelier, Old Church, Rockville, Studley .

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

Hanover 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.

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

Hanover County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Hanover County Courthouse and Government Records

Hanover County Courthouse

Genealogist frequently forget the value of Hanover 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 Hanover 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 following indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in Hanover county.  The dates indicated below are the first known records for each county. Most county court records were destroyed by fire in Richmond on 3 April 1865. A few isolated record books that were not sent to Richmond and various scraps of loose papers survive.

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.
  • Hanover 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 39, 7507 Library Drive, Hanover, VA 23069-0039
    • Phone: (804) 365-6150
    • Marriage Records: 1863 
    • Land Records: 1733
    • Court Records:1733
    • Probate Records:1733
  • Hanover County (VA) Treasurer
  • Hanover County Assessor
  • Hanover Health Department, 12312 Washington Highway, Ashland, Virginia 23005; (804) 365-4313
  • 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.

Hanover County Links

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

Hanover Co. VA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Hanover Co. VA Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Hanover Co. VA Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Hanover Co. VA Census Records

Hanover Co. VA Cemeteries & Graveyards

Hanover Co. VA Church & Bible Records

Hanover Co. VA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Hanover Co. VA General and History Websites

Hanover Co. VA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Hanover Co. VA Military Records

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