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Mathews County, Virginia
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Mathews County, Virginia Facts

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

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

What counties are adjacent to Mathews County, VA?
Bordering Counties are Northampton County (east, across the Chesapeake Bay), ), Middlesex County (north), Gloucester County (south & west).

What cities and towns are in Mathews County, VA?
Cities and towns located in Mathews County include Hudgins, Mathews, Susan .

Mathews County, VA Vital Records

Where can find Mathews County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
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.

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 Mathews County Health Department, 536 Church Street, P.O. Box 26, Mathews, VA 23109; 804-725-7131

Mathews County, VA Census Records

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

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. See Also Virginia Census Records Research Guide

Mathews County, VA Courthouse and Government Records

Mathews County Courthouse

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

  • 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
  • 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

Mathews County, VA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Mathews Co. VA Books, Newspapers & Publications

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

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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