New Kent County, Virginia

New Kent County was founded on 1654 from York County . This county was named for Kent County, England.

The New Kent County Seat is located in New Kent also, the county government website is www.co.new-kent.va.us/ .

Areas bordering to New Kent County are King William County (north), King and Queen County (east), James City County (southeast), Charles City County (south), Henrico County (southwest), Hanover County (west).

Cities and towns located in New Kent County include Baltimore Crossroads, Bottoms Bridge, Eltham, Lanexa, New Kent Courthouse, Providence Forge, Quinton and Talleysville .

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

New Kent 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.

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

New Kent County Societies and Family History Resources

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

New Kent County Courthouse and Government Records


NewKent County Courthouse

Genealogist frequently forget the value of New Kent 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 New Kent 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 New Kent county.  The dates indicated below are the first known records for each county. County court records were destroyed when John Posey burned the courthouse on 15 July 1787, and records created after that date were lost to fire in 1865.

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.
  • New Kent 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 98, Courthouse, 12001 Courthouse Circle, New Kent, VA 23124-0098
    • Phone: (804) 966-9520
    • Marriage Records: 1850 
    • Land Records: 1674
    • Court Records: 1827
    • Probate Records: 1820
  • New Kent County Commissioner of Revenue
  • New Kent Health Department, 12025 Courthouse Circle, P.O. Box 86, New Kent, Virginia 23124; (804) 966-9640
  • 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.

New Kent County Links

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

New Kent Co. VA Books, Newspapers & Publications

New Kent Co. VA Birth, Marriage & Death Records

New Kent Co. VA Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

New Kent Co. VA Census Records

New Kent Co. VA Cemeteries & Graveyards

New Kent Co. VA Church & Bible Records

New Kent Co. VA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

New Kent Co. VA General and History Websites

New Kent Co. VA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

New Kent Co. VA Military Records

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