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Founded 1839
County Seat Pulaski
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Pulaski County, Virginia Courthouse

Pulaski County Courthouse
45 Third Street, NW
Suite 101
Pulaski, VA 24301
Phone: 540-980-7825

Clerk Circuit Court has marriage records from 1882,
divorce, probate, court and land records from 1839[1]


Beginning Dates for Pulaski County, Virginia Government Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1853 1839 1853 1840 1839 1840

Pulaski County, Virginia History

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The county is named after General Casimir Pulaski (1745-1779), a Polish nobleman who died fighting for the Patriot cause in the Revolutionary War.

Parent County

1839--Pulaski County was created 30 March 1839 from Montgomery and Wythe Counties.
County seat: Pulaski [2]

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating Virginia county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Virginia County Boundary Maps" (1617-1995) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss

  • Lost census: 1890

For a list of record loss in Virginia counties see: Virginia Counties with Burned Courthouses

Pulaski County, Virginia Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Pulaski County, Virginia Genealogy Resources

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Research Guides

  • "A Guide to the Counties of Virginia: Pulaski County," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 21, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1977):122-123. Digital version at American Ancestors ($).

African American

Bible Records

Images of the Virginia Historical Society's family Bible collection have been digitized:

Additional Bible records include:

Cemeteries

  • Tombstone Transcription Project Pulaski County - cemetery transcriptions - USGenWeb

Census

For tips on accessing Pulaski County, Virginia census records online, see: Virginia Census.

Historical populations
Census Pop.
18403,739
18505,11836.9%
18605,4165.8%
18706,53820.7%
18808,75533.9%
189012,79046.1%
190014,60914.2%
191017,24618.1%
192017,111−0.8%
193020,56620.2%
194022,76710.7%
195027,75821.9%
196027,258−1.8%
197029,5648.5%
198035,22919.2%
199034,496−2.1%
200035,1271.8%
201034,872−0.7%

1840

  • Douthat, James L. 1840 Mountain Empire of Virginia Census. Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press, 2001. FHL Collection 975.5 X2d 1840. Free online surname index and purchase details at Mountain Press website. [Includes Pulaski County.]

1890 Union Veterans

Church Records

Presbyterian
  • 1854-1875 - Drapers Valley Presbyterian Christenings 1854-1875. Batch C504741 at FamilySearch - free.[3]

Court

Genealogy

Several genealogies have been published about Pulaski County families. To view a list, visit Pulaski County, Virginia Genealogy.

Land and Property

An early settlers map is available for Pulaski County. The cartographer plots the locations of pioneers from 1776-1976. The Family History Library has a copy: FHL Map 975.5775 E7m.

Grants and Patents

Land patents (pre-1779), land grants (after 1779) and surveys are available online at the Library of Virginia website. For step-by-step instructions on retrieving these records, read the Virginia Land and Property article.

Local Histories

  • Pulaski County, Virginia: A Historic and Descriptive Sketch Designed to Show Forth the Natural Advantages, Resources and General Adaptability of the Banner County of Southwest Virginia, to Agriculture, Cattle Raising, and also Commercial and Industrial Enterprises. Pulaski, Va.: Southwest Pub. Co., 1907. Availale at FHL; digital version at Ancestry ($).

Maps

Military

Revolutionary War
  • A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census]. 1841. Digital versions at U.S. Census Bureau and Google Books et. al. 1967 reprint: FHL Collection 973 X2pc 1840. [See Virginia, Western District, Pulaski County on page 136.]
  • Rejected or Suspended Applications for Revolutionary War Pensions. Washington, D.C., 1852. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1969, and 1991. Reprints include "an Added Index to States." FHL Book 973 M24ur; digital version at Ancestry ($). [Includes veterans from this county; Virginia section begins on page 238.]
War of 1812
  • List of Pensioners on the Roll, January 1, 1883; Giving the Name of Each Pensioner, the Cause for Why Pensioned, the Post-Office Address, the Rate of Pension Per Month, and the Date of Original Allowance... Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1883. FHL Collection 973 M2Lp v. 5; digital versions at Google Books and Internet Archive. [See Vol. 5, Virginia, Pulaski County, p. 100. Identifies War of 1812 veterans living in this county in 1883.]
Civil War
Civil War Battle

The following Civil War battle was fought in Pulaski County.

Maps of Civil War battles in Virginia: 1861, 1862, 1863, 1864, 1865


Regiments. Service men in Pulaski County, Virginia served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Pulaski County, Virginia:[5][6]

- 4th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate). Company C (Pulaski Guards).[7]
- 24th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate). Company E (Pulaski Guards).[8]
- 50th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate). Company I.[9]
- 54th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate). Company F.[10]
- Dublin Provost Guard (Confederate)(Information about this Pulaski County Guard can be found on page 275 of the preceding reference 1.)

Records and histories are available, including:

Naturalization

Newspapers

The Virginia Newspapers Project identifies local Pulaski County, Virginia newspapers.

Private Papers

Probate Records

Taxation

  • [1839] Personal Property Tax List, 1839, Virginia Appalachian Notes. Roanoke VA: Feb 1983. Vol. 7 Iss. 1.

Vital Records

Indexes to Pulaski County, Virginia births, marriages, and deaths are available online. These collections are incomplete, but are easy to search. Most records can also be ordered electronically online as well. Courtesy: FamilySearch - free. See also How to order Virginia Vital Records

Birth
  • 1853-1893 - Fridley, Beth. Pulaski County, Virginia Births, 1853-93 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 1999. Available at Ancestry ($).
Marriage
Vital Record Substitutes

Pulaski County, Virginia Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Pulaski County, Virginia Genealogy Websites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Prince William County, Virginia. Page 719 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/3/37/Igivirginia.pdf.
  4. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 16 August, 2012)
  5. Pages 257-275, The Land That Is Pulaski County FHL book 975.5775 H2s Pulaski County
  6. FHL book 975.5 M2vr v. 29 titled A Guide to Virginia Military Organizations 1861-1865.
  7. James I. Robertson, 4th Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.F. Howard, 1982). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 1.
  8. Ralph White Gunn, 24th Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1987). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 34.
  9. John C. Chapla, 50th Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1997). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 129.
  10. George L. Sherwood and Jeffrey C. Weaver, 54th Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1993). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 91.


 

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