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York County, Virginia
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York County, Virginia Facts

When was York County, VA Created?
York County was established on 1634 as one of the original eight shires  . This county was named for James Stuart, Duke of York, the future King James II.

What is the County Seat of York County, VA?
The County Seat is located in Yorktown also, the county government website is .

What counties are adjacent to York County, VA?
Bordering Counties are  Gloucester County (northeast, across the York River), Mathews County (east, water boundary only, in Chesapeake Bay), Northampton County (east, water boundary only, in Chesapeake Bay), James City County (west).

What cities and towns are in York County, VA?
Cities and towns located in York County include Tabb, Yorktown, Lackey, Grafton, Seaford and Queens Lake .

York County, VA Vital Records

Where can find York County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
York 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 York County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also order Order Electronically Online or you can download an application for copies of York 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 York/Denbigh WIC Clinic, 606 Denbigh Boulevard, Suite 304, Newport News, VA 23608; (757) 886-2810

York County, VA Census Records

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

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

York County, VA Courthouse and Government Records

York County Courthouse

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

York County, VA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

York Co. VA Books, Newspapers & Publications

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

York Co. VA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

York Co. VA General and History Websites

York Co. VA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

York Co. VA Military Records

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