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Smyth County, Virginia Facts

When was Smyth County, VA Created?
Smyth County was established on February 23, 1832 from Wythe County and Washington County. This county was named for Alexander Smyth, Congressman from Virginia.

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

What counties are adjacent to Smyth County, VA?
Bordering Counties are Russell County (northwest), Tazewell County (north), Bland County (northeast), Wythe County (east), Grayson County (south), Washington County (southwest).

What cities and towns are in Smyth County, VA?
Cities and towns located in Smyth County include Adwolf, Atkins, Chilhowie, Marion, Saltville and Sugar Grove .


Smyth County, VA Vital Records

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

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 Smyth County Health Department , 201 Francis Marion Lane, Marion, VA 24354; Phone: (276) 781-7460


Smyth County, VA Census Records

What Smyth County, VA census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Smyth County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available 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. See Also Virginia Census Records Research Guide


Smyth County, VA Courthouse and Government Records


Smyth County Courthouse

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

The courthouse was built in 1834. Frank P. Lowbern was the architect. J.E. Parish was the builder in 1900.

  • 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
  • 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

Smyth County, VA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

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Smyth Co. VA Military Records

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