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Isle of Wight County, Virginia

Isle of Wight County was founded on 1634 as one of the original eight shires (establish as Warrosquyoake County, renamed in 1637. Part of Nansemond County was added in 1769) . This county was named for Isle of Wight, England.

The Isle of Wight County Seat is located in Isle of Wight also, the county government website is .

Areas bordering to Isle of Wight County are Southampton County (south & west), Surry County (northwest).

Cities and towns located in Isle of Wight County include Smithfield, Windsor, Battery Park, Benns Church, Burwell's Bay, Carrsville, Central Hill, Indika, Isle of Wight, Lawson, Mogart's Beach, Raynor, Rescue, Rushmere, Stott, Walters, Wills Corner and Zuni .

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

Isle of Wight 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.

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

Isle of Wight County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Isle of Wight County Courthouse and Government Records

IsleofWight County Courthouse

Genealogist frequently forget the value of Isle of Wight 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 Isle of Wight 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 Isle of Wight county.  The dates indicated below are the first known records for each county. Records fragmented.

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.
  • Isle of Wight 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: 17000 Josiah Parker Circle, P.O. Box 110, Isle of Wight, VA 23397-0110
    • Phone: (757) 365-6233
    • Marriage Records: 1771 
    • Land Records: 1636
    • Court Records: 1636
    • Probate Records: 1746
  • Isle of Wight County (VA) Treasurer
  • Isle of Wight County Commissioner of the Revenue
  • Isle of Wight County Health Department, 919 South Church St., Smithfield, VA. 23431 Phone: 757-357-4177
  • 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.

Isle of Wight County Links

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

Isle of Wight Co. VA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Isle of Wight Co. VA Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Isle of Wight Co. VA Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Isle of Wight Co. VA Census Records

Isle of Wight Co. VA Cemeteries & Graveyards

Isle of Wight Co. VA Church & Bible Records

Isle of Wight Co. VA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Isle of Wight Co. VA General and History Websites

Isle of Wight Co. VA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Isle of Wight Co. VA Military Records

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