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Powhatan County, Virginia Facts

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

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

What counties are adjacent to Powhatan County, VA?
Bordering Counties are Goochland County (north), Chesterfield County (east), Amelia County (south), Cumberland County (west).

What cities and towns are in Powhatan County, VA?
Cities and towns located in Powhatan County include Powhatan .


Powhatan County, VA Vital Records

Where can find Powhatan County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
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.

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 Powhatan Health Department.


Powhatan County, VA Census Records

What Powhatan County, VA census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Powhatan 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.

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. See Also Virginia Census Records Research Guide


Powhatan County, VA Courthouse and Government Records


Powhatan County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Powhatan County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Powhatan County. The years listed below are the first noted records with this county. See Also Virginia Corthouse Records Research Guide

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.

  • 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
  • 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

Powhatan County, VA Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Powhatan County, VA?
A list of Powhatan County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Virginia Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.

Where can I connect with other Powhatan County, VA Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Powhatan County, VA?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining 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.

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