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Spotsylvania County, Virginia Facts

When was Spotsylvania County, VA Created?
Spotsylvania County was established on December 17, 1720 from Essex County, King and Queen County and King William County. This county was named for Alexander Spotswood, colonial lieutenant governor of Virignia .

What is the County Seat of Spotsylvania County, VA?
The County Seat is located in Spotsylvania also, the county government website is www.spotsylvania.va.us/ .

What counties are adjacent to Spotsylvania County, VA?
Bordering Counties are Culpeper County (north), Stafford County (northeast), Caroline County (southeast), Hanover County (south), Louisa County (southwest), Orange County (west and northwest).

What cities and towns are in Spotsylvania County, VA?
Cities and towns located in Spotsylvania County include Alsop, Arcadia, Artillery Ridge, Bells Crossroad, Belmont, Blades Corner, Brockroad, Brokenburg, Carters Store, Chancellor, Chancellorsville, Chewnings Corner, Cookstown, Dunavant, Five Mile Fork, Four Mile Fork, Granite Springs, Lanes Corner, Leavells, Lewiston, Margo, Marye, Massaponax, McHenry, Old Trap, Olivers Corner, Partlow, Paytes, Post Oak, Shady Grove Corner, Snell, Spotsylvania Courthouse, Stubbs, Thornburg and Todds Tavern .


Spotsylvania County, VA Vital Records

Where can find Spotsylvania County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Spotsylvania 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 Spotsylvania County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also order Order Electronically Online or you can download an application for copies of Spotsylvania 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 Spotsylvania County Health Department, 9104 Courthouse Road, PO Box 126, Spotsylvania, VA 22553; 540-507-7400


Spotsylvania County, VA Census Records

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

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


Spotsylvania County, VA Courthouse and Government Records


Spotsylvania County Courthouse

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

The County was formed in 1720 with the county seat at Germanna in 1722. Later the county seat was moved to Fredericksburg, 1732, to the "Old Court House", 1778, and finlally to its present location. The building was completed in 1840. A new, larger building with a similar design was constructed using the original Doric columns abd a wing was added on the southwest corner in 1964 for government offices.


Old Spotsylvania County Virginia Courthouse

Spotsylvania County, VA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Spotsylvania Co. VA Books, Newspapers & Publications

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

Spotsylvania Co. VA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Spotsylvania Co. VA General and History Websites

Spotsylvania Co. VA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Spotsylvania Co. VA Military Records

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