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'''King George County, Virginia''' genealogy and family history research page. Guide to '''King George County''' (established 1720) genealogy, history, and courthouse sources including birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, wills, deeds and land records, Civil War records, Revolutionary War records, family histories, cemeteries, churches, tax records, newspapers, and obituaries.  
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*'''1871-1917''' - King George County Birth Index 1871-1917. Batch {{IGI|C868802}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr">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.</ref>
 
*'''1871-1917''' - King George County Birth Index 1871-1917. Batch {{IGI|C868802}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr">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.</ref>
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*'''1660-1800''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3002 Virginia Marriages 1660-1800] (Ancestry) ($).  
 
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*'''1780s-1840s''' - Crozier, William Armstrong. ''Early Virginia Marriages.'' Baltimore: Southern Book Co., 1953. Digital version at {{FSbook|113561}} - free. Includes King George County marriages 1780s-1840s.
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== King George County, Virginia Genealogy Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== King George County, Virginia Genealogy Societies and Libraries  ==

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Guide to King George County Virginia genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, immigration records, and military records.

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Founded 1720
County Seat King George.
Courthouse

Contents

King George County, Virginia Courthouse

King George County Courthouse, King George, Va.

King George County Courthouse
P O Box 105
King George, Virginia 22485
Phone: 540-775-3322

Clerk Circuit Court has marriage records from 1786
divorce, court, land and probate records from 1721[1]

Beginning Dates for King George County, Virginia Government Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1853 1786 1853 1810 1721 1721

King George County, Virginia History

King George I of Great Britain (1660-1727)

The county is named after King George I of Great Britain (1660-1727).

Parent County

1720--King George County was created 2 November 1720 from Richmond and Westmoreland Counties.
County seat: King George [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

  • Lost censuses: 1790, 1800, 1890

George Harrison Sanford King's Card File is especially valuable for reconstructing King George County families. His papers are available online, see Virginia Genealogy.[3]

Visit the Library of Virginia's website to determine exactly what records have been lost and their Lost Records Localities Database to find additional resources.

King George County, Virginia Places/Localities

Part of the Northern Neck region

Populated Places

Home Town Locator

Neighboring Counties

King George County, Virginia Genealogy Resources

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Getting Started

Compiled genealogies are a good place to start research for this area, see King George County, Virginia Genealogy.

If you are researching families who lived in King George County, Virginia between the 1720s and 1780s, the Sparacios' books are a great time saver. They comprehensively index several publications covering that period:

  • Sparacio, Ruth Trickey and Sam Sparacio. Surname Index of Antient Press Publications. 14+ vols. McLean, Va.: R. & S. Sparacio, Antient Press, 1993-. FHL Collection 975.5 P22s v. 1-2; publisher's website: Antient Press. (Some of the index volumes have not been printed and it is necessary to contact the publishers to search them.)

Research Guides

  • Davis, Virginia Lee Hutcheson. "Records of Tidewater Virginia Counties," Tidewater Virginia Families: A Magazine of History and Genealogy, Vol. 1, No. 2 (May-June 1992):53-66. FHL Collection 975.51 D25t [For King George County, see p. 60]
  • Dorman, John Frederick. "A Guide to the Counties of Virginia: King George County," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 15, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1971):193-195. 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

Census

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


Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1790 7,366
1800 6,749 −8.4%
1810 6,454 −4.4%
1820 6,116 −5.2%
1830 6,397 4.6%
1840 5,927 −7.3%
1850 5,971 0.7%
1860 6,571 10.0%
1870 5,742 −12.6%
1880 6,397 11.4%
1890 6,641 3.8%
1900 6,918 4.2%
1910 6,378 −7.8%
1920 5,762 −9.7%
1930 5,297 −8.1%
1940 5,431 2.5%
1950 6,710 23.5%
1960 7,243 7.9%
1970 8,039 11.0%
1980 10,543 31.1%
1990 13,527 28.3%
2000 16,803 24.2%
Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.

1890 Union Veterans

Church Records

Baptist

The 10,000 name petition (dated 16 October 1776) has been digitized at the Library of Congress website. It was signed by people from all over Virginia who wanted an end to persecution of Baptists by the Established Church. Baptists and Baptist sympathizers alike signed the petition. To find your ancestor in this record, first check Hall's transcription in the Magazine of Virginia Genealogy (Vols. 35-38, with annotations in Vol. 39), which is available online at Ancestry ($). It is also available in book form at the Family History Library: FHL Book 975.5 B2vs v. 35-39. Then proceed to the Library of Congress website to see the original images.


Church of England

Gotoarrow.png See also Brunswick Parish
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Court

District Court of Fredericksburg

The District Court of Fredericksburg and later the Superior Court of Chancery had jurisdiction over certain King George County court cases. An index has been compiled:

  • Indexes of Court Records in the Clerk's Office, Fredericksburg, Virginia, 1782-1904. Original records, Fredericksburg City Courthouse, Fredericksburg, Va., microfilmed reproduction available at FHL. [Indexes the following records: District Court law book v. 8, 1782-1792; District Court law books 1790-1793, v. A-F 1789-1811; Superior Court of Law law order books v. G-H 1812-1831; Superior Court of Chancery chancery order books 1814-1831; Hustings Court orders v. A-O 1782-1871; Circuit Superior Court of Law and Chancery law order books v. A-E 1831-1875; Circuit Superior Court of Law and Chancery chancery order books v. A-D 1831-1872; Circuit Court chancery order books v. A2, B-C 1875-1904; Fredericksburg District Court (1789-1808) had jurisdiction over the following counties: Spotsylvania (including Fredericksburg), Caroline, King George, Stafford, Orange, and Culpeper; Superior Court of Chancery (1802-1831) had jurisdiction over the following localities: city of Fredericksburg and the counties of Caroline, Culpeper, Fauquier, Fairfax, Lancaster, Northumberland, Madison, King George, Orange, Prince William, Richmond, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Essex, and Westmoreland.]

Superior Court of Chancery

A Guide to the King George County, Virginia Chancery Causes 1802-1922

See District Court of Fredericksburg

Genealogy 

More than 100 genealogies have been published about King George County families. To view a list, visit King George County, Virginia Genealogy.

Immigration

  • Coldham, Peter Wilson. North American Wills Registered in London 1611-1857. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2007. [Includes will of a resident of King George County proved in London. These records often help establish an immigrant's place of origin.]
  • List of imported servants and transported convicts from Europe who served labor terms in Colonial King George, King and Queen, and King William Counties, Virginia (work in progress), courtesy: Immigrant Servants Database.
  • Ljungstedt, Milnor. "Items from Southern Records" [Showing Family and Trade Connections with Northern Colonies and the Home Countries], The American Genealogist, Vol. 15 (1938):95-104. Digital version at American Ancestors ($). [Todd family of King George County, Virginia.]

Land and Property

Grants and Patents

  • Gray, Gertrude E. Virginia Northern Neck Land Grants 1694-1742. Vol. I. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1987. Available at [1]. [Includes King George County.]

Local Histories

  • Harris, Nancy E. King George County, Virginia 1720-1990. Baltimore, MD, USA: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1994. FHL; digital version at Ancestry ($); and World Vital Records.
  • Lawrence, Liza. The Vistas at "Eagle's Nest": The Fitzhugh-Grymes Family Home King George County Virginia. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free.

Maps

King George County, Virginia Map 1895

Migration

  • Clay, Robert Y. "Some Delinquent Taxpayers 1787-1790," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 20, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1976):199-208; Vol. 21, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1977):287-292. Available at FHL; digital version at American Ancestors ($). [These records identify migrants who left the county and often their intended destinations. King George County's 1786, 1789, and 1790 Delinquent Lists appear on 20:199-201; another 1789 Delinquent List appears on 21:292.]

Military

French and Indian War
  • Bockstruck, Lloyd DeWitt. Virginia's Colonial Soldiers. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1988. Available at FHL. [Identifies some Westmoreland County militia officers, soldier enlistments, and veterans; see place name index.]
  • Boogher, William F. Gleanings of Virginia History: An Historical and Genealogical Collection, Largely from Original Sources. Washington: n.p., 1903. Available at FHL; digital version at Google Books. [Includes a chapter titled "Legislative Enactments connecting the preceding historic sketch [French and Indian War, Lord Dunmore's War] with the adjudication of the resulting accounts that follow; with the list of officers, soldiers and civilians entitled to compensation for military and other services rendered." For King George County, see pp. 88, 111.]
  • Crozier, William Armstrong. Virginia Colonial Militia 1651-1776. Baltimore: Southern Book Co., 1954. Available at FHL; digital book at Ancestry ($). [Identifies some Accomack County militia officers; see place name index.]
Revolutionary War

Regiments. Service men in King George County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. King George County supplied soldiers for the:

- 3rd Virginia Regiment
- 10th Virginia Regiment

Additional resources:

  • 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, Eastern District, King George County on page 131.]
War of 1812

King George County men served in the 25th Regiment.[4]

  • 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, King George County, p. 87. Identifies War of 1812 veterans living in this county in 1883.]
Civil War

Regiments. Service men in King George 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 King George County, Virginia:


- 9th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate). Company I (Potomac Cavalry).[5]
- 30th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate). Company K (King George Grays).[6]
- 47th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate). Company B.[7]

Records and histories are available, including:

World War I
World War II

Native Americans

  • Deyo, William L. A Brief Outline of Recorded History of the Patawomeck [Potomac] Tribe. Colonial Beach, Va.: DeJoux Publications, 2000. FHL Book 970.3 P849d

Newspapers

The Virginia Newspapers Project identifies local King George County, Virginia newspapers.


Indexed images of the Virginia Gazette (1736-1780) are available online through the Colonial Williamsburg website. In addition, Professor Tom Costa and The Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia have created a database of all runaway advertisements for slaves, indentured servants, transported convicts, and ship deserters listed in this source and other Virginia newspapers (1736-1803), see: The Geography of Slavery in Virginia. These newspapers are valuable resources for all regions of Virginia.

Officials

  • Fisher, Therese. Skeletons in the Closet: 200 Years of Murders in Old Virginia; a Genealogical and Historical Resource. Bowie, Maryland: Heritage Books, 2001. Available at FHL. [Identifies King George County's sheriffs 1776-1781.]

Probate Records

Local Court

  • Hopkins, William Lindsay. Some Wills from the Burned Counties of Virginia and Other Wills Not Listed in Virginia Wills and Administrations 1632-1800. Richmond, Virginia: W.L. Hopkins, 1987. Available at FHL. [Includes King George County.]
  • King, George Harrison Sanford. "Copies of Extant Wills from Counties Whose Records Have Been Destroyed: Will of Major John Dinwiddie of King George County, Virginia," [and Dinwiddie Family Notes] The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 3, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1959):51-64. Digital version at American Ancestors ($).
  • King, George Harrison Sanford. "Copies of Extant Wills from Counties Whose Records Have Been Destroyed: Will of William Berry of King George County," [and Berry Family Notes] The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 1, No. 1 (Jan-Mar 1957):5-17. Digital version at American Ancestors ($).

The organization Strictly By Name provides free online indexes to early King George County probate records. They offer a record retrieval service to photocopy and transcribe microfilm copies of the original documents for a small fee. Available indexes:

  1. King George County Inventories 1721-1744
  2. George County Orphans Accounts 1740-1761
  3. King George County Letters of Administration 1740-1765
  4. King George County Fiduciary Accounts No. 4 1794-1807

London Courts

  • Coldham, Peter Wilson. North American Wills Registered in London 1611-1857. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2007. [Includes will of a resident of King George County proved in London. These records often help establish an immigrant's place of origin.]

Taxation

How can Virginia tax lists help me?

  • [1782] Fothergill, Augusta B. and John Mark Naugle. Virginia Tax Payers, 1782-87, Other Than Those Published by the United States Census Bureau. 1940; reprint, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1978. Available at FHL. [1782 personal property tax list of King George County.]
  • [1782] Stewart, Robert Armistead. "Land Tax List of King George County, 1782," The Researcher: A Magazine of History and Genealogical Exchange, Vol. 1, No. 4 (Jul. 1927):238-239. Available at FHL.
  • [1782-1815] Heinegg, Paul. "King George County Personal Property Tax List, 1782-1815," Free African Americans.com. [Heinegg abstracted free blacks listed in these records.]
  • [1787] Schreiner-Yantis, Netti and Florene Speakman Love. The 1787 Census of Virginia: An Accounting of the Name of Every White Male Tithable Over 21 Years, the Number of White Males Between 16 & 21 Years, the Number of Slaves over 16 & Those Under 16 Years, Together with a Listing of Their Horses, Cattle & Carriages, and Also the Names of All Persons to Whom Ordinary Licenses and Physician's Licenses Were Issued. 3 vols. Springfield, Va.: Genealogical Books in Print, 1987. Available at FHL. [The source of this publication is the 1787 personal property tax list. King George County is included in Vol. 1.]
  • [1787] Land Tax Records, 1787, Tidewater Virginia Families, Vol. 7, No. 3 (Nov. 1998). Available at FHL.
  • [1786, 1789, 1790] Clay, Robert Y. "Some Delinquent Taxpayers 1787-1790," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 20, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1976):199-208; Vol. 21, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1977):287-292. Available at FHL; digital version at American Ancestors ($). [These records identify migrants who left the county and often their intended destinations. King George County's 1786, 1789, and 1790 Delinquent Lists appear on 20:199-201; another 1789 Delinquent List appears on 21:292.]
  • [1800] Tax List, 1800, Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 34, No. 2 (Apr. 1990). Available at FHL
  • [1815] Ward, Roger D. 1815 Directory of Virginia Landowners (and Gazetteer). 6 vols. Athens, Georgia: Iberian Pub. Co., 1997-2000. Available at FHL. [The source for this publication is the 1815 land tax. King George County is included in Vol. 3.]

Vital Records

Indexes to King George 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
  • 1871-1917 - King George County Birth Index 1871-1917. Batch C868802 at FamilySearch - free.[8]
Marriage
  • 1660-1800 - Virginia Marriages 1660-1800 (Ancestry) ($).
  • 1740-1850 - Virginia Marriages 1740-1850 (Ancestry) ($).
  • 1780s-1840s - Crozier, William Armstrong. Early Virginia Marriages. Baltimore: Southern Book Co., 1953. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free. Includes King George County marriages 1780s-1840s.
  • 1786-1850 - King George County Marriage Index 1786-1850. Batch M868801 at FamilySearch - free.[8]
  • 1856-1930 - King George County Marriage Index 1856-1930. Batch M868802 at FamilySearch - free.[8]
Death

King George County, Virginia deaths are included in the Library of Virginia's Death Index of Virginia, 1853-1896, sponsored by The Virginia Genealogical Society, available online - free.

The records have also been published King George County, Virginia, Death Records 1853-1896, written by Elizabeth Nuckols Lee.  It's on the shelf at the Family History Library.  Lee copied the county records and they are neatly typed and indexed.  Very helpful.

Vital Record Substitutes

The Virginia Historical Society's Marriage and Obituary Index, 1736-1820 (newspaper abstracts) is available for free online. Images of the original index cards are browseable, arranged alphabetically by surname.


King George County, Virginia Genealogy Societies and Libraries

King George County Historical Society
P O Box 424
King George, Virginia 22485

L.E. Smoot Memorial Library

Library of Virginia Microfilm King George County, Virginia

 

Family History Centers

King George County, Virginia Genealogy Websites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), King George County, Virginia. Page 716 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. Susan Chiarello, "George Harrison Sanford King's Card File," Magazine of Virginia Genealogy, Vol. 45, No. 1 (Feb. 2007):5. FHL Book 975.5 B2vs. Explanation by Barbara Vines Little.
  4. Stuart Lee Butler, A Guide to Virginia Militia Units in the War of 1812 (Athens, Ga.: Iberian Pub. Co., 1988), 116. FHL Book 975.5 M2bs.
  5. Robert K. Krick, 9th Virginia Cavalry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, c1982). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 2.
  6. Robert K. Krick, 30th Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1983). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 4.
  7. Homer D. Musselman, 47th Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1991). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 73.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 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.