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[[File:War.jpg|right|175px]]'''1782''' and '''1864.''' British troops during the American Revolutionary War, and Union troops during the American Civil War destroyed most of the courthouse records. Only a few volumes of deeds, orders, and wills survived.<ref>"Prince George County Records," ''The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography'', Vol. 4, No. 3 (Jan. 1897):272-292. Available at [http://www.jstor.org/stable/4241962 JSTOR] ($). [Discusses record loss in the county.]</ref> <ref name="lost">[http://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/guides/rn30_lostrecords.pdf Lost Records Localities: Counties and Cities with Missing Records] in ''Library of Virginia'' (accessed 4 April 2014).</ref><br><br>
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[[Image:War.jpg|right|175px|War.jpg]]'''1782''' and '''1864.''' British troops in the American Revolutionary War, and Union troops in the American Civil War destroyed most courthouse records. Only a few volumes of deeds, orders, and wills survived.<ref>"Prince George County Records," ''The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography'', Vol. 4, No. 3 (Jan. 1897):272-292. Available at [http://www.jstor.org/stable/4241962 JSTOR] ($). [Discusses record loss in the county.]</ref> <ref name="lost">[http://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/guides/rn30_lostrecords.pdf Lost Records Localities: Counties and Cities with Missing Records] in ''Library of Virginia'' (accessed 4 April 2014).</ref><br><br>  
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== Prince George County, Virginia Places/Localities  ==
 
== Prince George County, Virginia Places/Localities  ==

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

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Prince George County, Virginia Courthouse

Prince George County Courthouse
P.O. Box 98
6601 Courts Drive
Prince George, VA 23875-0098
804-733-2600

Clerk Circuit Court has incomplete birth records 1865-1896,
marriage, divorce and probate record from 1865,
court record from 1945 and land records[1]

Beginning Dates for Prince George County, Virginia Government Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1853 1853 1853 1810 1710 1710

Prince George County, Virginia History

Prince George of Denmark and Norway, Duke of Cumberland (1653-1708)

This county is named after Prince George of Denmark and Norway, Duke of Cumberland (1653-1708), the husband of Queen Anne of Great Britain.

Parent County

1700--Prince George County was created 5 December 1700 from Charles City.
County seat: Prince George [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

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1782 and 1864. British troops in the American Revolutionary War, and Union troops in the American Civil War destroyed most courthouse records. Only a few volumes of deeds, orders, and wills survived.[3] [4]

  • Lost censuses: 1790, 1800, 1890

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.

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

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

Prince George County, Virginia Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Prince George County, Virginia Genealogy Resources

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 Prince George County, Virginia census records online, see: Virginia Census.

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1790 8,173
1800 7,425 −9.2%
1810 8,050 8.4%
1820 8,030 −0.2%
1830 8,367 4.2%
1840 7,175 −14.2%
1850 7,596 5.9%
1860 8,411 10.7%
1870 7,820 −7.0%
1880 10,054 28.6%
1890 7,872 −21.7%
1900 7,752 −1.5%
1910 7,848 1.2%
1920 12,915 64.6%
1930 10,311 −20.2%
1940 12,226 18.6%
1950 19,679 61.0%
1960 20,270 3.0%
1970 29,092 43.5%
1980 25,733 −11.5%
1990 27,394 6.5%
2000 33,047 20.6%
Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.
1890 Union Veterans

Church Records

Baptist

Early Baptist churches (with years constituted):

  1. Davenport's.[5]

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.

Prince George County fell within the bounds of the Portsmouth Association.

  • Urner, Clarence H. "Early Baptist Records in Prince George County, Virginia," The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 41, No. 2 (Apr. 1933):97-101. Digital version at JSTOR ($).
Church of England

Gotoarrow.png See also Bath Parish
Gotoarrow.png See also Bristol Parish
Gotoarrow.png See also Martin's Brandon Parish
Gotoarrow.png See also Westover Parish
Gotoarrow.png See also Weyanoke Parish

Meade's 1861 history of parishes in Prince George County is available online.[6]

  • Chamberlayne, Churchill Gibson. Births from the Bristol Parish Register of Henrico, Prince George and Dinwiddie Counties, Virginia, 1720-1798. Richmond, Virginia: C.G. Chamberlayne, 1898. Two published transcripts available at FHL here[low quality link] and here[low quality link]; digital book at Ancestry ($); and World Vital Records ($).
  • Chamberlayne, Churchill Gibson. The Vestry Book and Register of Bristol Parish, Virginia, 1720 - 1789. Richmond, VA: [s.n.] 1898. Available at FHL US/CAN Film 1036590 Item 2. Digital versions at Google Books (full view); and World Vital Records ($).
  • Mason, George Carrington. "The Colonial Churches of Prince George and Dinwiddie Counties, Virginia," The William and Mary Quarterly, Second Series, Vol. 23, No. 3 (Jul. 1943):249-271. Available at JSTOR ($).
  • Mason, George Carrington. Colonial Churches of Tidewater Virginia. Richmond, Virginia: Whittet & Shepperson, 1945. Available at FHL; digital version at FamilySearch Books Online. [Includes Prince George County.]
Quaker

Early monthly meetings (with years of existence):

  • Binford's Monthly Meeting (1699-1721 and 1820-1826) aka Merchant's Hope[7]
  • Burleigh Monthly Meeting (1696-1832) or Burley.[7] Hinshaw published the early records: FHL Book 973 D2he 1993 v. 6.[8]
  • Hunnicutt's Monthly Meeting (1718-1762)[7]

Friends from Prince George County, Virginia also attended the Blackwater Monthly Meeting in Surry County, Virginia.[9]

Court

  • "Prince George County Records," The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 4, No. 3 (Jan. 1897):272-292. Available at JSTOR ($). [Discusses record loss in the county.]

Genealogy

More than 250 genealogies have been published about Prince George County families. To view a list, visit Prince George County, Virginia Genealogy.

Historic Residences

  • Wyatt, Edward Avery. Plantation Houses around Petersburg, in the Counties of Prince George, Chesterfield, and Dinwiddie, Virginia. 1955.

Immigration

Headright grants identify many Prince George County, Virginia immigrants who arrived before 1720.[10] The Virginia Immigration article provides tips about using this source.

Additional resources include:

  • Coldham, Peter Wilson. North American Wills Registered in London 1611-1857. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2007. [Includes wills of residents of Bristol Parish, Merchant's Hope, Persey's Hundred (Flowerdew [Peirsey's] Hundred), and Prince 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 Prince Edward, Prince George, and Prince William Counties, Virginia (work in progress), courtesy: Immigrant Servants Database.

Land and Property

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.

  • Duvall, Lindsay O. Prince George County ... Land Patents, 1666-1719. Irvington, Virginia, 1962. Reviewed in The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 6, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec.1962):182. Review available at American Ancestors ($).
  • Hudgins. 382 patents dated 1642-1802 in what is now Prince George County, Virginia placed on a map. DeedMapper. [Names of those who received land patents, dates, land descriptions, and references may be viewed free of charge (click "Index" next to the county listing); however, in order to view the maps, it is necessary to purchase Direct Line Software's DeedMapper product.]

Record Book

  • Stewart, Robert Armistead. "Abstracts of Prince George [Record] Book, 1759-60," The William and Mary Quarterly, Second Series, Vol. 11, No. 1 (Jan. 1931):42-49. Available at JSTOR ($).

Local Histories

  • Cooke, John Esten. Henry St. John, Gentleman, of "Flower of Hundreds," in the County of Prince George, Virginia: A Tale of 1774-'75. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1860. Available at Google Books. [Fiction]
  • Shands, William et al. Proceedings of Citizens of Prince George County, Virginia: On the Subject of Re-annexing Texas to the United States, May 17, 1844. Blair & Rives, Printers, 1844.

Maps

Migration

  • Elliott, Katherine B. Emigration to Other States from Southside Virginia. 2 vols. South Hill, Virginia: K.B. Elliott, 1966. Vol. 1 of original edition available at FHL; 1983 reprints (both volumes) available at FHL; 1990-1992 reprints (both volumes) also available at FHL. [Includes individuals who migrated out of Prince George County to other parts of the country.]

Early migration routes to and from Prince George County for European settlers included:[11]

Military

French and Indian War
  • Bockstruck, Lloyd DeWitt. Virginia's Colonial Soldiers. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1988. Available at FHL. [Identifies some Prince George 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 Prince George County, see p. 97.]
  • Crozier, William Armstrong. Virginia Colonial Militia 1651-1776. Baltimore: Southern Book Co., 1954. Available at FHL; digital book at Ancestry ($). [Identifies some Prince George County militia officers; see place name index.]
Revolutionary War

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

- 6th Virginia Regiment
- 14th 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, Prince George County on page 133.]
  • 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

Prince George County men served in the 62nd Regiment.[12]

  • 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, Prince George County, p. 99. Identifies War of 1812 veterans living in this county in 1883.]
Civil War

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

- 5th Battalion, Virginia Infantry (Wilson's)(Archer's)(Confederate).
- 5th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (12 months, 1861-62) (Mullins') (Confederate).[13]
- 13th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (12th Months, 1861-62) (Confederate). Company F (Prince George Cavalry).[14]

Records and histories are available, including:

Naturalization

Newspapers

The Virginia Newspapers Project identifies local Prince 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.

Private Papers

  • Virginia Historical Society Papers, 1607-2007
  • [Bland] Campbell, Charles. The Bland Papers: Being a Selection from the Manuscripts of Colonel Theodorick Bland, Jr. of Prince George County, Virginia. 2 vols. Petersburg, Virginia: Edmund & Julian C. Ruffin, 1840. Volume 1 is available at Google Books.
  • [Bolling] Warfield, J. Ogle. "Bolling Family Bible, Prince George County," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 12, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1968):33-34. Available at American Ancestors ($).
  • [Jordan] "Bible Record of Joshua M. Jordan, of Prince George County," The William and Mary Quarterly, Vol. 14, No. 1 (Jul. 1905):32-33. Available at JSTOR ($).

Probate Records

A free index to Prince George County, Virginia wills and administrations (1713-1800) is available at the Library of Virginia website.

Original Wills

  • 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 Prince George County.]

Remnants of Prince George County Court

SamPubCo has created a free online resource for locating extant Prince George County wills:

Other Prince George County probate resources include:

  • "Prince George County Records," The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 4, No. 3 (Jan. 1897):272-292. Available at JSTOR ($). [Discusses record loss in the county.]
  • Stewart, Robert Armistead. "Abstracts of Prince George [Record] Book, 1759-60," The William and Mary Quarterly, Second Series, Vol. 11, No. 1 (Jan. 1931):42-49. Available at JSTOR.

London Courts

  • Coldham, Peter Wilson. North American Wills Registered in London 1611-1857. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2007. [Includes wills of residents of Bristol Parish, Merchant's Hope, Persey's Hundred (Flowerdew [Peirsey's] Hundred), and Prince George County proved in London. These records often help establish an immigrant's place of origin.]

Research Guides

  • "A Guide to the Counties of Virginia: Prince George County," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 20, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1976):294-296. Available at American Ancestors ($).
  • "Prince George County Records," The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 4, No. 3 (Jan. 1897):272-292. Available at JSTOR ($). [Discusses record loss in the county.]

Taxation

How can Virginia tax lists help me? 

  • [1704] "Virginia Quit Rent Rolls, 1704," Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 28 (1920):207-218, 328-339; Vol. 29 (1921):18-28, 337-343, 402-412; Vol. 30 (1922):21-30, 280-285, 341-347; Vol. 31 (1923):70-75, 153-163, 215-231, 314-318; Vol. 32 (1924):69-75, 144-158, 281-287, 338-343; Vol. 33 (1925):47-50, 359-370; Vol. 34 (1926):113-119, 252-258, 313, 321. Available at FHL; reprinted in Virginia Tax Records. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1983, which is also available at FHL; digital version of VMHB at JSTOR ($). [Prince George County appears in 28:328-339.]
  • [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 Prince George County.]
  • [1782-1834] Heinegg, Paul. "Prince George County Personal Property Tax List, 1782-1834," 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. Petersburg (the portion in Prince George County) is included in Vol. 1; Prince George County is included in Vol. 2.]
  • [1790, 1800] Indexed images of the 1790 and 1800 Personal Property Tax Lists of Prince George County, Virginia are available online, courtesy: Binns Genealogy.
  • [1790, 1799] Indexed images of the 1790 and 1799 Land Tax Lists of Prince George County, Virginia are available online, courtesy: Binns Genealogy.
  • [1800] Tax List, 1800, Virginia Genealogist. Falmouth VA: Jan 2006. Vol. 50 Iss. 1.
  • [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. Prince George County is included in Vol. 1.]

Vital Records

Indexes to Prince 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
  • 1720-1798 - Chamberlayne, Churchill Gibson. Births from the Bristol Parish Register of Henrico, Prince George and Dinwiddie Counties, Virginia, 1720-1798. Richmond, Virginia: C.G. Chamberlayne, 1898. Two published transcripts available at FHL here[low quality link] and here[low quality link]; digital book at Ancestry ($); and World Vital Records ($).
  • 1865-1896 - Prince George County Birth Index 1865-1896. Batch C868628 at FamilySearch - free.[15]
Marriage
Death
  • 1865-1873 - Prince George County Death Index 1865-1873. Batch B868628 at FamilySearch - free.[15]
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.

Prince George County, Virginia Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Prince George County, Virginia Genealogy Websites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Prince George 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. "Prince George County Records," The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 4, No. 3 (Jan. 1897):272-292. Available at JSTOR ($). [Discusses record loss in the county.]
  4. Lost Records Localities: Counties and Cities with Missing Records in Library of Virginia (accessed 4 April 2014).
  5. Robert Baylor Semple and George William Beale, A History of the Rise and Progress of the Baptists in Virginia (1810; reprint, Richmond, Va.: Pitt and Dickinson, 1894), 442-443. Digital version at Google Books.
  6. William Meade, Old Churches, Ministers and Families of Virginia, 2 vols. (Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott and Co., 1861). Digital versions at Internet Archive: Vol. I and Vol. II.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Jay Worrall, The Friendly Virginians: America's First Quakers (Athens, Ga.: Iberian Publishing Company, 1994), 537-539. FHL Book 975.5 K2wj.
  8. William Wade Hinshaw, Thomas W. Marshall and John Cox, Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy (Ann Arbor, Mich.: Edwards Bros., 1950). Vol. 6. FHL Book 973 D2he 1993 v. 6.
  9. Martha A. Putnam, Quaker Records of Southeast Virginia (Westminster, Md.: Family Line Publications, 1996). FHL Book 975.5 K2qu.
  10. John Frederick Dorman, "Review of Cavaliers and Pioneers," in The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 24, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1980):221. Digital version at American Ancestors ($). FHL Book 975.5 B2vg v. 24 (1980)
  11. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 847-61. (FHL Book 973 D27e 2002) WorldCat entry., and William E. Myer, Indian Trails of the Southeast. (Nashville, Tenn.: Blue and Gray Press, 1971), 12-14, and the book's pocket map "The Trail System of the Southeastern United States in the early Colonial Period" (1923). (FHL Book 970.1 M992i) WorldCat entry.
  12. Stuart Lee Butler, A Guide to Virginia Militia Units in the War of 1812 (Athens, Ga.: Iberian Pub. Co., 1988), 178. FHL Book 975.5 M2bs.
  13. Robert J. Driver, 5th Virginia Cavalry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1997). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 127.
  14. Daniel T. Balfour, 13th Virginia Cavalry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, c1986). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 26.
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 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.