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