Smyth County, Virginia
Genealogy and Facts

Smyth County was founded on February 23, 1832 from Wythe County and Washington County. This county was named for Alexander Smyth, Congressman from Virginia.

The Smyth County Seat is located in Marion also, the county government website is www.smythcounty.org .

Areas bordering to Smyth County are Russell County (northwest), Tazewell County (north), Bland County (northeast), Wythe County (east), Grayson County (south), Washington County (southwest).

Cities and towns located in Smyth County include Adwolf, Atkins, Chilhowie, Marion, Saltville and Sugar Grove .

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

Smyth 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.

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

Smyth County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Smyth County Courthouse and Government Records


Smyth County Courthouse

Genealogist frequently forget the value of Smyth 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 Smyth 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 courthouse was built in 1834. Frank P. Lowbern was the architect. J.E. Parish was the builder in 1900.

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 Smyth 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.
  • Smyth 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: 109 West Main Street, Room 144, Marion, VA 24354
    • Phone: (276) 782-4044
    • Marriage Records: 1832 
    • Land Records: 1832
    • Court Records: 1832
    • Probate Records: 1832
  • Smyth County (VA) Treasurer
  • Smyth County Commissioner of Revenue
  • Smyth County Health Department , 201 Francis Marion Lane, Marion, VA 24354; Phone: (276) 781-7460
  • 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.

Smyth County Links

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

Smyth Co. VA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Smyth Co. VA Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Smyth Co. VA Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Smyth Co. VA Census Records

Smyth Co. VA Cemeteries & Graveyards

Smyth Co. VA Church & Bible Records

Smyth Co. VA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Smyth Co. VA General and History Websites

Smyth Co. VA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Smyth Co. VA Military Records

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