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York County, Virginia

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

The York County Seat is located in Yorktown also, the county government website is .

Areas bordering to York County 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).

Cities and towns located in York County include Tabb, Yorktown, Lackey, Grafton, Seaford and Queens Lake .

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.

York 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.

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.

York County Societies and Family History Resources

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

York County Courthouse and Government Records

York County Courthouse

Genealogist frequently forget the value of York 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 York 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 York county.  The dates indicated below are the first known records for each county. Includes records from Charles River 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.
  • York 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 371, 300 Ballard Street, Yorktown, VA 23690-0371
    • Phone: (757) 890-3350
    • Marriage Records: 1772 
    • Land Records: 1633
    • Court Records: 1633
    • Probate Records: 1633
  • York County (VA) Treasurer
  • York County Commissioner of the Revenue
  • York/Denbigh WIC Clinic, 606 Denbigh Boulevard, Suite 304, Newport News, VA 23608; (757) 886-2810
  • 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.

York County Links

The following are web links to Family history and genealogy, Records and Resources related 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. Feel free to provide your own favorite York County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.

York Co. VA Books, Newspapers & Publications

York Co. VA Birth, Marriage & Death Records

York Co. VA Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

York Co. VA Census Records

York Co. VA Cemeteries & Graveyards

York Co. VA Church & Bible Records

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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