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Isle of Wight County, Virginia Facts

When was Isle of Wight County, VA Created?
Isle of Wight County was established 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.

What is the County Seat of Isle of Wight County, VA?
The County Seat is located in Isle of Wight also, the county government website is www.co.isle-of-wight.va.us/ .

What counties are adjacent to Isle of Wight County, VA?
Bordering Counties are Southampton County (south & west), Surry County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Isle of Wight County, VA?
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, VA Vital Records

Where can find Isle of Wight County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
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.

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 Isle of Wight County Health Department, 919 South Church St., Smithfield, VA. 23431 Phone: 757-357-4177


Isle of Wight County, VA Census Records

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

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. See Also Virginia Census Records Research Guide


Isle of Wight County, VA Courthouse and Government Records


IsleofWight County Courthouse

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


Old Isle of Wight County Virginia Courthouse
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Wills and Administrations of Isle of Wight County, Virginia, 1647-1800
  • BLM Land Records

Isle of Wight County, VA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

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Isle of Wight Co. VA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Isle of Wight Co. VA Military Records

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