Southampton County, Virginia
Genealogy and Facts

Southampton County was founded on April 20, 1749 from Isle of Wight County (Part of Nansemond County was added in 1785) . This county was named for either Southampton, England or Henry Wriothesley, 3rd Earl of Southampton, one of the founders of the Virginia Company.

The Southampton County Seat is located in Courtland also, the county government website is www.southamptoncounty.org/ .

Areas bordering to Southampton County are Greensville County (west), Sussex County (northwest), Surry County (north), Isle of Wight County (northeast), Hertford County, North Carolina (south), Northampton County, North Carolina (southwest).

Cities and towns located in Southampton County include Boykins, Branchville, Capron, Courtland, Ivor and Newsoms .

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

Southampton 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.

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

Southampton County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Southampton County Courthouse and Government Records


Southampton County Courthouse

Genealogist frequently forget the value of Southampton 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 Southampton 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 first courthouse was built in 1752 on the east bank of the Nottoway River where the present courthouse now stands. The current courthouse building is the latest of several which have served the county. It was constructed in 1834 and extensively remodeled in 1924. Later a new county office building was added in 1960.

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 Southampton 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.
  • Southampton 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 190, 22350 Main Street, Courtland, VA 23837
    • Phone: (757) 653-2200
    • Marriage Records: 1750
    • Land Records: 1749
    • Court Records:1749
    • Probate Records:1749
  • Southampton County Commissioner of Revenue
  • Southampton County Health Department, 26022 Administration Center Drive, P.O. Box 09 , Courtland, VA 23837; 757-653-3040
  • 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.

Southampton County Links

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

Southampton Co. VA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Southampton Co. VA Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Southampton Co. VA Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Southampton Co. VA Census Records

Southampton Co. VA Cemeteries & Graveyards

Southampton Co. VA Church & Bible Records

Southampton Co. VA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Southampton Co. VA General and History Websites

Southampton Co. VA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Southampton Co. VA Military Records

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