Henrico County, Virginia

Henrico County was founded 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.

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

Areas bordering to Henrico County are Chesterfield County (south), Goochland County (west), Hanover County (north), New Kent County (northeast), Charles City County (southeast).

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 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.

Henrico 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.

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.

Henrico County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Henrico County Courthouse and Government Records


Henrico County Courthouse

Genealogist frequently forget the value of Henrico 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 Henrico 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 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. 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.

The following indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in Henrico county.  The dates indicated below are the first known records for each county. Henrico County Court records prior to 1655 and almost all prior to 1677 are missing; additionally, many isolated records were destroyed during the Revolutionary War, and almost all Henrico County Circuit Court records were destroyed by fire in Richmond on 3 April 1865.

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.
  • 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
  • Henrico County, Virginia - Department of Finance
  • Henrico County Real Estate Division
  • Henrico County Health Department
  • 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.

Henrico County Links

The following are web links to Family history and genealogy, Records and Resources related 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. Feel free to provide your own favorite Henrico County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.

Henrico Co. VA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Henrico Co. VA Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Henrico Co. VA Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Henrico Co. VA Census Records

Henrico Co. VA Cemeteries & Graveyards

Henrico Co. VA Church & Bible Records

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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