Mathews County, Virginia

Mathews County was founded on December 16, 1790 from Gloucester County. This county was named for Thomas Mathews, British commander in the War of the Austrian Succession.

The Mathews County Seat is located in Mathews also, the county government website is www.co.mathews.va.us/ .

Areas bordering to Mathews County are Northampton County (east, across the Chesapeake Bay), ), Middlesex County (north), Gloucester County (south & west).

Cities and towns located in Mathews County include Hudgins, Mathews, Susan .

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

Mathews 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.

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

Mathews County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Mathews County Courthouse and Government Records


Mathews County Courthouse

Genealogist frequently forget the value of Mathews 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 Mathews 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 Mathews county.  The dates indicated below are the first known records for each county. All county court records were burned in Richmond on 3 April 1865. At least two bond books, one plat book, and a number of fee books survive.

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.
  • Mathews 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 463, 10622 Buckley Hall Road, Mathews, VA 23109
    • Phone: (804) 725-2550
    • Marriage Records: 1827 
    • Land Records: 1817
    • Court Records: 1795
    • Probate Records: 1795
  • Mathews County Commissioner of Revenue
  • Mathews County Treasurer
  • Mathews County Health Department, 536 Church Street, P.O. Box 26, Mathews, VA 23109; 804-725-7131
  • 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.

Mathews County Links

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

Mathews Co. VA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Mathews Co. VA Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Mathews Co. VA Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Mathews Co. VA Census Records

Mathews Co. VA Cemeteries & Graveyards

Mathews Co. VA Church & Bible Records

Mathews Co. VA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Mathews Co. VA General and History Websites

Mathews Co. VA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Mathews Co. VA Military Records

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