Dickenson County, Virginia Genealogy

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United States  Gotoarrow.png  Virginia  Gotoarrow.png  Dickenson County

Southwest Virginia county.

Location of Dickenson County, Virginia
Dickenson County Boundary Map


County Courthouse


Parent County

1880--Dickenson County was created 3 March 1880 from Buchanan, Russell and Wise Counties.
County seat: Clintwood [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties




Historical populations
Census Pop.

1890 Union Veterans


  • Vanover, Gregory Lynn, Joan Short Vanover, and Barbara Kendrick Vanover. Dickenson County, Virginia, 1900 Federal Census. Pound, Virginia: G.L. Vanover, 1984. Available at FHL.



  • Sutherland, Elihu Jasper. Sand Lick Primitive Baptist Church, the First Hundred Years, 1837-1937: A History of the Oldest Religious Organization in Dickenson County, Virginia. 1937; reprint, [Clintwood, Virginia?]: Mullins Printing, 1985. Available at FHL.



It is anticipated that this bibliography will eventually identify all known family histories published about residents of this county. Use this list to:

  • Locate publications about direct ancestors
  • Find the most updated accounts of an ancestor's family
  • Identify publications, to quote Elizabeth Shown Mills, about an ancestor's "FAN Club" [Friends, Associates, and Neighbors]

As of November 2010, a query for individuals born in Dickenson, Virginia at World Connect, results in more than 10,000 entries.

Dickenson County, Virginia Surnames (courtesy: Linkpendium) contains links to several online resources about this county's families, including compiled genealogies.

Compiled genealogies that treat multiple Dickenson County families include:

  • Sutherland, Elihu Jasper. E. J. Sutherland Collection, Dickenson County, Virginia, 1650-1965. MSS., FHL Collection [Includes Dickenson Co. families, 1650-1964 and Dickenson Co. genealogy 1732-1933.]
  • Sutherland, Elihu Jasper. Some Sandy Basin Characters. Clintwood, Va.: E.J. Sutherland, 1962. 1985 reprint: FHL Collection
  • [Amburgey] Sutherland, Elihu Jasper. E. J. Sutherland Cllection, Dickenson County, Virginia, 1650-1965. MSS., FHL Collection
  • [Beverly] Adkins, Frank M. "A Historical Sketch of the Beverlys," The Southwest Virginian, Vol. 4, No. 19 (Feb. 1981):14-20. FHL Book 975.57 D25s v. 4 (1981).
  • [Colley] Boardman, Elizabeth Joye Mabe. Thomas Colley Family: Russell County, Virginia; Washington County, Virginia; Dickenson County, Virginia; Buchanan County, Virginia; Smyth County, Virginia. [Palm Coast, Florida]: J. Boardman, 2001. FHL Collection; digital version at BYU Family History Archives.
  • [Counts] See Amburgey.
  • [Crabtree] Steele, Fannie Lane and Ina Jean Stanley Dotson. The Crabtree-Stanley Collection: A Memorial, a Collection of the Ancestry and Descendants of James Crabtree and James Stanley. Wise, Virginia: F.L. Steele, 1996. FHL Collection
  • [Ervin] Ervin, Maxwell. Clan Ervin: Russell and Dickenson Counties, Virginia. Springfield, Massachusetts: M. Ervin, 2008. FHL Collection
  • [Fuller] Wilcox, Roxie Hammill. Some Fullers of Buchanan and Dickenson Counties in Virginia: And Their Descendants. Portland, Oregon: R.H. Wilcox, 1977. FHL Collection
  • [Kiser] Kiser, Esther. Sandy Ridge Kiser - Powers Kinsfolks. Cleveland, Va.: E. Kiser, 1986. FHL Collection
  • [Lane] Steele, Fannie Lane. The Lane Family: The Ancestry and Descendants of General Jackson Lane and Allied Families: Crabtree, Estep, Hutchinson, Powers, Ritchie, Roberson, Russell. Wise, Virginia: F.L. Steele, 1991. FHL Collection
  • [Mullins] Sutherland, Elihu Jasper. "The Mullins Family in Dickenson County," The Cumberland Empire, Vol. 4 (Oct. 1932). FHL Collection
  • [Rose] Johnson, Denver G. My Rose Family of Dickenson County, Virginia -- and Beyond: A Genealogy of My Mother’s Rose Family of Southwest Virginia. n.p.: D.G. Johnson, 2009. FHL Collection
  • [Stanley] See Crabtree.
  • [Sutherland] See Amburgey.
  • [Taylor] Owens, Jane E. Bolton. Owens Family: And Related Families. San Diego, Calif.: J.B. Owens, 1989. FHL Collection


Local Histories

  • Giles, Albert William. The Geology and Coal Resources of Dickenson County, Virginia. University of Virginia, 1921. Digital version at Google Books (full-view).
  • Schwab, W.G. The Forests of Dickenson County, Virginia. Charlottesville, Va., 1917. Digital version at Google Books (full-view).
  • Sutherland, Elihu Jasper. Meet Virginia's Baby: A Brief Pictorial History of Dickenson County, Virginia, from Its Formation in 1880 to 1955, with Stress on Pioneer Background. Clintwood, Va.: E.J. Sutherland, 1955. 1975 reprint available at FHL.
  • Sutherland, Elihu Jasper and Hetty Swindall Sutherland. Pioneer Recollections of Southwest Virginia. Clintwood, Va.: H.S. Sutherland, G.L. Vanover, and J.S. Vanover, 1984. Available at FHL.



Civil War

  • Gobble, Lillian and Rhonda Robertson. Between Brothers: Civil War Soldiers of Wise & Dickenson County [Virginia]. [Big Stone Gap, Virginia: L. Gobble & R. Robertson, 200-?]. Available at FHL.


Private Papers

  • Dickenson County, Virginia, Family Bible Records, 1934-1935. Clintwood, Virginia: Mullins Printing, 1999. Available at FHL.


Research Guides

  • "A Guide to the Counties of Virginia: Dickenson County," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 8, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1964):124-126. Available at FHL; digital version at New England Ancestors ($).


Vital Records

  • Sutherland, Elihu Jasper. E. J. Sutherland Collection, Dickenson County, Virginia, 1650-1965. MSS., available at FHL. [Includes Dickenson County Vital Statistics, 1830-1938.]

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers



  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).