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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


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

  • 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.

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

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