Pittsylvania County, Virginia

Pittsylvania County was founded 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..

The Pittsylvania County Seat is located in Chatham also, the county government website is www.pittgov.org/ .

Areas bordering to Pittsylvania County 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).

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 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.

Pittsylvania 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.

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.

Pittsylvania County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Pittsylvania County Courthouse and Government Records


Pittsylvania County Courthouse

Genealogist frequently forget the value of Pittsylvania 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 Pittsylvania 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.

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.

The following information indicates what birth, marriage, death, property, probate, and courtroom records are located in Pittsylvania County. The dates stated listed below could be the first known documents for this particular county.

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.

Pittsylvania County Links

The following are web links to Family history and genealogy, Records and Resources related 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. Feel free to provide your own favorite Pittsylvania County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.

Pittsylvania Co. VA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Pittsylvania Co. VA Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Pittsylvania Co. VA Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Pittsylvania Co. VA Census Records

Pittsylvania Co. VA Cemeteries & Graveyards

Pittsylvania Co. VA Church & Bible Records

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

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