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Southampton County, Virginia Facts

When was Southampton County, VA Created?
Southampton County was established 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.

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

What counties are adjacent to Southampton County, VA?
Bordering Counties 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).

What cities and towns are in Southampton County, VA?
Cities and towns located in Southampton County include Boykins, Branchville, Capron, Courtland, Ivor and Newsoms .


Southampton County, VA Vital Records

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

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 Southampton County Health Department, 26022 Administration Center Drive, P.O. Box 09 , Courtland, VA 23837; 757-653-3040


Southampton County, VA Census Records

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

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. See Also Virginia Census Records Research Guide


Southampton County, VA Courthouse and Government Records


Southampton County Courthouse

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

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.

  • 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
  • Wills and Administrations of Southampton County, Virginia, 1749-1800  (search.ancestry.com)
  • 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

Southampton County, VA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Southampton Co. VA Books, Newspapers & Publications

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

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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