Pittsylvania County, Virginia
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Pittsylvania County, Virginia Facts
When was Pittsylvania County, VA Created?
Pittsylvania County was established on December 15, 1766 from Halifax County. This county was named for the the 1st Earl of Chatham, William Pitt (1708-1778). Pitt was serving as Great Britain's Prime Minister at the time Pittsylvania County was organized..
What is the County Seat of Pittsylvania County, VA?
The County Seat is located in Chatham also, the county government website is www.pittgov.org/ .
What counties are adjacent to Pittsylvania County, VA?
Bordering Counties are Bedford County (northwest), Campbell County (northeast), Halifax County (east), Caswell County, North Carolina (southeast), Rockingham County, North Carolina (southwest), Henry County (west/southwest), Franklin County (west/northwest).
What cities and towns are in Pittsylvania County, VA?
Cities and towns located in Pittsylvania County include Chatham, Gretna and Hurt. Although Danville is within the boundaries of Pittsylvania County, it is not a part of the county. Since it is incorporated as a city, it is an independent city under Virginia law. .
Pittsylvania County, VA Vital Records
Where can find Pittsylvania County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Pittsylvania 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 Pittsylvania County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also order Order Electronically Online or you can download an application for copies of Pittsylvania 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 Pittsylvania/Danville Health District, 326 Taylor Drive, Danville, Virginia 24541; 434-766-9857
- Virginia Marriages, 1851-1929
- Danville, Pittsylvania County, Virginia Births, 1853-96
- U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007
- Social Security Death Index
- USGenweb Archives Virginia Marriage Project
- Virginia Births and Christenings, 1853-1917
- Virginia Birth, Marriage, and Death Registers
- Virginia Birth and Marriage (Husband-Wife) Indexes
- Virginia, Marriages, 1785-1940
- Virginia Marriage Records
- Virginia Marriages before 1824
- Early Virginia Marriage Records
- Virginia Marriages to 1800
- Virginia Marriages, 1740-1850
- Virginia Marriages, 1851-1929
- Virginia Vital Records
- Early Virginia Marriage Records - Research Notes Number 26.
- Henley Marriage/Obituary Index to Virginia Newspapers
- Index to Virginia Marriage Records
- Marriage Index for Richmond Enquirer/Richmond Visitor
- Virginia Death Records Indexing Project
- Virginia Death Certificates, 1912-1939
- Virginia Deaths and Burials, 1853-1912
Pittsylvania County, VA Census Records
What Pittsylvania County, VA census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Pittsylvania 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.
Pittsylvania Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Pittsylvania Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Pittsylvania 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
Pittsylvania County, VA Courthouse and Government Records
Pittsylvania County Courthouse
What genealogical records can I find in the Pittsylvania County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Pittsylvania County. The years listed below are the first noted records with this county. See Also Virginia Corthouse Records Research Guide
PLEASE READ FIRST!!! Please call the clerk's department to confirm hours, mailing address, fees and other specifics before visiting or requesting information because of sometimes changing contact information. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The files are available to interested parties, barring private issues. Many staff will guide individuals in locating the materials, however it's up to the person to carry out the research.
- Pittsylvania 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: Drawer 31, 3 N. Main Street, Chatham, VA 24531
- Phone: (434) 432-7887
- Marriage Records: 1767
- Land Records: 1737
- Court Records: 1767
- Probate Records: 1765
- Genealogical Treasures at the Clerk's Office
- 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
Pittsylvania County, VA Societies and Family History Resources
What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Pittsylvania County, VA?
A list of Pittsylvania County Historical and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Virginia Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.
- Pittsylvania County Library, Center Street, P.O. Box 1049, Chatham, VA 24531; Genealogical Resources at the Pittsylvania County Library
- Virginia-North Carolina Piedmont Genealogical Society and Library, P.O. Box 2272, Danville, VA 24541
- Pittsylvania County Historical Society, P.O. Box 1148, Chatham, VA 24531, (434) 432-2172
- Danville Public Library , PO Box 2272, Danville, VA 24541-0272
- South Central Virginia Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 295, Charlotte C.H., Va 23923; The society services 13 counties: Amelia, Appomattox, Brunswick, Buckingham, Campbell, Charlotte, Cumberland, Halifax, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Nottoway, Pittsylvania and Prince Edward
- The Library of Virginia, Archives And Research Services , 800 East Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219-8000; 804-692-3500
- The Library of Virginia, 800 East Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219-8000; 804-692-3500
- Virginia Genealogical Society, 5001 West Broad Street, Suite 115, Richmond, Virginia 23230-3023 Telephone (804) 285-8954
- Virginia Historical Society, 428 North Boulevard, Richmond, Virginia 23220, Phone: 804.358.4901
- Pittsylvania County microfilmed holdings at The Library of Virginia (lva.virginia.gov)
- Virginia Heritage - Guides to manuscript and Archival Collections in Pittsylvania Co. Virginia
Where can I connect with other Pittsylvania County, VA Researchers through message boards and forums?
What other genealogical resources are available in Pittsylvania County, VA?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Pittsylvania 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.
Pittsylvania Co. VA Books, Newspapers & Publications
Pittsylvania Co. VA Church / Bible Records & Cemeteries / Graveyards
Pittsylvania Co. VA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories
Pittsylvania Co. VA General and History Websites
Pittsylvania Co. VA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers
Pittsylvania Co. VA Military Records
- Virginia Military Records Research Guide (raogk.org)
- Virginia Revolutionary War Units (revolutionarywar101.com)
- The following list of Pittsylvania companies which served in this great conflict is correct as far as it goes. It was compiled from the memories of the veterans (Wyatt Whitehead, James Carter, Rawley Martin and others):
- 38th Regiment Colonel Issac Carrington of Pittsylvania Courthouse
- Company A: Captain David Townes
- Company B: Captain John Cabell, "Pittsylvania Vindicators"
- Company C: Captain William Simpson
- Company D: Captain R. C. Herndon
- Company E: Captain Joseph R. Cabell
- Company H: Captain Joseph M. Terry
- Company K: Captain George R. Griggs
- 53rd Regiment Colonel Aylett; Lt. Colonel R. W. Martin, Pittsylvania Courthouse
- Company I: Captains Werth and William Tredway, "Chatham Greys"
- Company G: Captains Ross Carter, W. S. Perrick, R. A. Mustein
- Company F: Halifax-Pittsylvania Border Company
- 18th Regiment Colonels Robert Withers and George C. Cabell
- Company I: Captain James Luck, "Spring Garden Blues"
- Company A: "Danville Blues"
- Company B: "Danville Greys"
- 57th Regiment Colonel William H. Ramsey, of Pittsylvania
- Company E: "Pigg River Greys"
- Company I: "Pittsylvania Life Guards"
- 21st Regiment Company H: Captain Sherrod Mustein
- Company I: "Turkey Cock Greys," Captain Ad Witcher
- 46th Regiment
- Company C: "Pigg River Invincibles," Captain Isaac Watson
- 6th Virginia Cavalry Colonel Thomas S. Flournoy
- Company E: "Pittsylvania Dragoons," Captain Cabell Flournoy
- 13th Virginia Artillery
- Company B: "Ringgold Battery," Captains Stamps and Crispen Dickerson
- Greene's Battery, Danville, 6th Virginia Reserves
- Company C, Danville, Captain R. J. Moorman
- Pittsylvania Home Guards, Captain Chesley Martin
- Virginia Military Records (Fold3.com) gives you easy access to military records, stories, photos, and personal documents belonging to the Virginia both women and men which served. Ideal for genealogists, researchers, historians and much more.