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Highland County, Virginia
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Highland County, Virginia Facts

When was Highland County, VA Created?
Highland County was established on March 19, 1847 from Bath County and Pendleton County (West Virginia) . This county was named for the Mountainous topography

What is the County Seat of Highland County, VA?
The County Seat is located in Monterey also, the county government website is .

What counties are adjacent to Highland County, VA?
Bordering Counties are Pendleton County, West Virginia (north), Augusta County (southeast), Bath County (southwest), Pocahontas County, West Virginia (west).

What cities and towns are in Highland County, VA?
Cities and towns located in Highland County include Blue Grass, Head Waters, Hightown, New Hampden, Palo Alto .

Highland County, VA Vital Records

Where can find Highland County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Highland 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 Highland County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also order Order Electronically Online or you can download an application for copies of Highland 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 Highland County Health Department, Fleisher Avenue, P.O. Box 558, Monterey, VA 24465; (540) 468-2270

Highland County, VA Census Records

What Highland County, VA census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Highland County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

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

Highland County, VA Courthouse and Government Records

Highland County Courthouse

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

  • Highland 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 190, Monterey, VA 24465-0190
    • Phone: (540) 468-2447
    • Marriage Records: 1847 
    • Land Records: 1847
    • Court Records: 1847
    • Probate Records: 1847
  • Virginia Land, Marriage, and Probate Records, 1639-1850
  • 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

Highland County, VA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Highland Co. VA Books, Newspapers & Publications

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

Highland Co. VA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Highland Co. VA General and History Websites

Highland Co. VA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Highland Co. VA Military Records

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