Rappahannock County, Virginia
Genealogy and Facts

Rappahannock County was founded on February 18, 1833 from Culpeper County . This county was named for the Rappahannock River.

The Rappahannock County Seat is located in Washington also, the county government website is www.rappahannockcountyva.gov/.

Areas bordering to Rappahannock County are Warren County (northwest), Fauquier County (northeast), Culpeper County (southeast), Madison County (southwest), Page County (west).

Cities and towns located in Rappahannock County include Washington .

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

Rappahannock County consists of Federal Census Schedules to guide in looking into your family tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found for 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

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

Rappahannock County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Rappahannock County Courthouse and Government Records


Rappahannock County Courthouse

Genealogist frequently forget the value of Rappahannock 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 Rappahannock 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 Rappahannock 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.
  • Rappahannock 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: 238 Gay Street, P. O. Box 517, Washington, VA 22747-0517
    • Phone: (540) 675-5350
    • Marriage Records: 1833 
    • Land Records: 1833
    • Court Records: 1833
    • Probate Records: 1833
  • Rappahannock County Health Department, 491A Main Street, P. O. Box 5, Washington, VA 22747;540-675-3516
  • 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.

Rappahannock County Links

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

Rappahannock Co. VA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Rappahannock Co. VA Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Rappahannock Co. VA Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Rappahannock Co. VA Census Records

Rappahannock Co. VA Cemeteries & Graveyards

Rappahannock Co. VA Church & Bible Records

Rappahannock Co. VA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Rappahannock Co. VA General and History Websites

Rappahannock Co. VA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Rappahannock Co. VA Military Records

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