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Henrico County, Virginia Facts

When was Henrico County, VA Created?
Henrico County was established on 1634 as one of the eight original shires . This county was named for Henry Frederick, Prince of Wales, oldest son of James I of England.

What is the County Seat of Henrico County, VA?
The County Seat is located in Richmond also, the county government website is www.co.henrico.va.us/ .

What counties are adjacent to Henrico County, VA?
Bordering Counties are Chesterfield County (south), Goochland County (west), Hanover County (north), New Kent County (northeast), Charles City County (southeast).

What cities and towns are in Henrico County, VA?
Cities and towns located in Henrico County include Chamberlayne, Dumbarton, East Highland Park, Glen Allen, Highland Springs, Lakeside, Laurel, Montrose, Sandston, Short Pump, Tuckahoe, Varina and Wyndham .


Henrico County, VA Vital Records

Where can find Henrico County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Henrico 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 Henrico County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also order Order Electronically Online or you can download an application for copies of Henrico 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. Another resource is the Henrico County Health Department


Henrico County, VA Census Records

What Henrico County, VA census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Henrico 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.

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


Henrico County, VA Courthouse and Government Records


Henrico County Courthouse

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

In 1752 Henrico Courthouse, a colonial-style brick structure, was built in Richmond in the middle of 22nd and East Main streets. The Declaration Independence was read publicly for the first time from its steps on August 5, 1776.


Old Henrico County Virginia Courthouse

In 1824, the courthouse was in need of repair and a committee decided to completely rebuild the structure. It opened in November of 1825 and stood in the middle of 22nd Street like its predecessor. It was described as a building 70 by 46 feet, one story high, with a gallery around the courtroom. It was made of brick and was fronted by a Doric portico with four columns. In 1848, the courthouse was dismantled and rebuilt on the corner of 22nd and East Main streets opening the road to traffic. This structure was damaged during the Civil War in the evacuation fire of April 1865. It was replaced in 1896 by a new courthouse designed to house all of the county’s offices. Annexation by the City of Richmond expanded beyond the boundaries of the courthouse which make it necessary to declare the courthouse parcel part of Henrico in order to maintain its county jurisdiction.

  • Henrico 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 90775, 4301 East Parham Road, Henrico, VA 23273-0775
    • Phone: (804) 501-4202
    • Marriage Records: 1781 
    • Land Records: 1650
    • Court Records:1650
    • Probate Records:1650
  • Early Virginia Families Along the James River: Their Deep Roots and Tangled Branches. Vol. I
  • 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

Henrico County, VA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Henrico Co. VA Books, Newspapers & Publications

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

Henrico Co. VA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Henrico Co. VA General and History Websites

Henrico Co. VA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Henrico Co. VA Military Records

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