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Richmond County, Virginia
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Richmond County, Virginia Facts

When was Richmond County, VA Created?
Richmond County was established on April 26, 1692 from Old Rappahannock County . This county was named for Charles Lennox, 1st Duke of Richmond, illegitimate son of King Charles II .

What is the County Seat of Richmond County, VA?
The County Seat is located in Warsaw also, the county government website is .

What counties are adjacent to Richmond County, VA?
Bordering Counties are Westmoreland County (north), Northumberland County (east), Lancaster County (southeast), Essex County (southwest).

What cities and towns are in Richmond County, VA?
Cities and towns located in Richmond County include Warsaw, Farnham, Foneswood, Haynesville, Lyells, Sharps and Village .

Richmond County, VA Vital Records

Where can find Richmond County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Richmond 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 Richmond County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also order Order Electronically Online or you can download an application for copies of Richmond 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 Richmond County Health Department, 5591 W. Richmond Rd., P.O. Box 700, Warsaw, VA 22572, 804-333-4043

Richmond County, VA Census Records

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

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

Richmond County, VA Courthouse and Government Records

Richmond County Courthouse

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

At that time Richmond County's seat was simply named Richmond County Courthouse. It was located along the shore of the Rappahannock River. In 1730, it was moved inland to the intersection of the major crossroads of the Northern Neck.

In 1748, the present Palladian style Courthouse was built by Carter on the site of the 1730 structure. It is a rectangular building with four bay arcades on the longer sides. There two additional blind arches on each of these to look as if there are six bays. In 1877 the arches were closed in and an added entrance opened on the north ends.

In 1831, the name of the town was changed to Warsaw in sympathy with the Polish struggle for independence

  • Richmond 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 1000, 101 Court Circle, Warsaw, VA 22572-0956
    • Phone: (804) 333-3781
    • Marriage Records: 1853 
    • Land Records: 1692
    • Court Records: 1692
    • Probate Records: 1692
  • Wills of Richmond County, Virginia, 1699-1800
  • Richmond County records, 1704-1724
  • 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

Richmond County, VA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Richmond Co. VA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Richmond Co. VA Church / Bible Records & Cemeteries / Graveyards

Richmond Co. VA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Richmond Co. VA General and History Websites

Richmond Co. VA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Richmond Co. VA Military Records

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