Stafford County, Virginia
Genealogy and Facts

Stafford County was founded on 1664 from Westmoreland County. This county was named for Stafford, England.

The Stafford County Seat is located in Stafford also, the county government website is www.co.stafford.va.us/ .

Areas bordering to Stafford County are Fauquier County (northwest), Prince William County (north), Charles County, Maryland (east), King George County (southeast), Caroline County (south), Spotsylvania County (southwest), Culpeper County (west).

Cities and towns located in Stafford County include Aquia Harbour, Falmouth, Garrisonville, Stafford, Hartwood and White Oak .

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

Stafford 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.

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

Stafford County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Stafford County Courthouse and Government Records


Stafford County Courthouse

Genealogist frequently forget the value of Stafford 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 Stafford 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 following indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in Stafford county.  The dates indicated below are the first known records for each county. Many pre-Civil War county court records were lost to vandalism during the war. Scattered years of deeds, wills, and orders have survived as has an old General Index.

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.
  • Stafford 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 69, 1300 Courthouse Road, Stafford, VA 22555-0069
    • Phone: (540) 658-8750
    • Marriage Records: 1854 
    • Land Records: 1686
    • Court Records: 1664
    • Probate Records: 1664
  • Stafford County (VA) Treasurer
  • Stafford County Commissioner of the Revenue
  • Stafford County Health Department, 1300 Courthouse Road, PO Box 27, Stafford, VA 2255; 540-659-3101
  • 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.

Stafford County Links

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

Stafford Co. VA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Stafford Co. VA Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Stafford Co. VA Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Stafford Co. VA Census Records

Stafford Co. VA Cemeteries & Graveyards

Stafford Co. VA Church & Bible Records

Stafford Co. VA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Stafford Co. VA General and History Websites

Stafford Co. VA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Stafford Co. VA Military Records

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