Powhatan County, Virginia
Genealogy and Facts

Powhatan County was founded on June 03, 1777 from Cumberland County (Part of Chesterfield County was added in 1850) . This county was named for the Powhatan tribe.

The Powhatan County Seat is located in Powhatan also, the county government website is www.powhatanva.gov/ .

Areas bordering to Powhatan County are Goochland County (north), Chesterfield County (east), Amelia County (south), Cumberland County (west).

Cities and towns located in Powhatan County include Powhatan .

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

Powhatan 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.

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

Powhatan County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Powhatan County Courthouse and Government Records


Powhatan County Courthouse

Genealogist frequently forget the value of Powhatan 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 Powhatan 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 first courthouse was built here about 1783 and around it grew the village of Scottville. Named for Revolutionary War Gen. Charles Scott, who was born in the area, the town eventually became known as Powhatan Court House. The present courthouse was designed by Alexander Jackson Davis, of New York, and built in 1849. It is a masterpiece of Greek Revival architecture. The oldest building in the court square is the clerk's office built about 1798 and nearby is a late-18th-century double-galleried courthouse tavern. Part of the Confederate army, retreating from Richmond, passed here on 4 Apr. 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.

The following information indicates what birth, marriage, death, property, probate, and courtroom records are located in Powhatan 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.
  • Powhatan 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 37, 3880 Old Buckingham Road, Suite C, Powhatan, VA 23139-0037
    • Phone: (804) 598-5660
    • Marriage Records: 1777 
    • Land Records: 1777
    • Court Records: 1777
    • Probate Records: 1777
  • Powhatan Health Department,
  • 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.

Powhatan County Links

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

Powhatan Co. VA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Powhatan Co. VA Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Powhatan Co. VA Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Powhatan Co. VA Census Records

Powhatan Co. VA Cemeteries & Graveyards

Powhatan Co. VA Church & Bible Records

Powhatan Co. VA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Powhatan Co. VA General and History Websites

Powhatan Co. VA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Powhatan Co. VA Military Records

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