Tazewell County, Virginia
Genealogy and Facts

Tazewell County was founded on December 20, 1799 from Wythe County and Russell County (Parts of Russell County were added in 1807 and 1835, parts of Washington County and Wythe County were added in 1826, and part of Logan County West Virginia was added in 1834) . This county was named for Henry Tazewell, U.S. Senator from Virginia .

The Tazewell County Seat is located in Tazewell also, the county government website is www.tazewellcounty.org .

Areas bordering to Tazewell County are McDowell County (North and West), Mercer County (Northeast), Buchanan County (Northwest), Russell County (West), Smyth County (South), Bland County (East).

Cities and towns located in Tazewell County include Bluefield, Cedar Bluff, Pocahontas, Richlands and Tazewell .

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

Tazewell 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.

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

Tazewell County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Tazewell County Courthouse and Government Records


Tazewell County Courthouse

Genealogist frequently forget the value of Tazewell 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 Tazewell 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.

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 Tazewell 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.
  • Tazewell 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: 101 East Main Street, Suite 202, Tazewell, VA 24651-1071
    • Phone: (276) 988-1222
    • Marriage Records: 1800 
    • Land Records: 1800
    • Court Records: 1800
    • Probate Records: 1800
  • Tazewell County Health Department, PO Box 350, 253 Chamber Dr, Tazewell, Va 24651; 276-988-5585
  • 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.

Tazewell County Links

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

Tazewell Co. VA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Tazewell Co. VA Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Tazewell Co. VA Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Tazewell Co. VA Census Records

Tazewell Co. VA Cemeteries & Graveyards

Tazewell Co. VA Church & Bible Records

Tazewell Co. VA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Tazewell Co. VA General and History Websites

Tazewell Co. VA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Tazewell Co. VA Military Records

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