Richmond County, Virginia

Richmond County was founded 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 .

The Richmond County Seat is located in Warsaw also, the county government website is www.co.richmond.va.us/ .

Areas bordering to Richmond County are Westmoreland County (north), Northumberland County (east), Lancaster County (southeast), Essex County (southwest).

Cities and towns located in Richmond County include Warsaw, Farnham, Foneswood, Haynesville, Lyells, Sharps and Village .

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.

Richmond 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.

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.

Richmond County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Richmond County Courthouse and Government Records


Richmond County Courthouse

Genealogist frequently forget the value of Richmond 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 Richmond 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.

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

The following indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in Richmond county.  The dates indicated below are the first known records for each county. Some record books were damaged and mutilated due to unknown causes; additionally, the will books prior to 1699 were missing as early as 1793, and order books for the period 1794-1816 are also missing.

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.
  • 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
  • Richmond County Health Department, 5591 W. Richmond Rd., P.O. Box 700, Warsaw, VA 22572, 804-333-4043
  • 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.

Richmond County Links

The following are web links to Family history and genealogy, Records and Resources related 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. Feel free to provide your own favorite Richmond County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.

Richmond Co. VA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Richmond Co. VA Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Richmond Co. VA Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Richmond Co. VA Census Records

Richmond Co. VA Cemeteries & Graveyards

Richmond Co. VA Church & Bible Records

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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