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

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Founded 1851
County Seat New Castle
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Craig County Virginia Courthouse

Craig County Courthouse
P.O. Box 185
303 Main Street
New Castle, VA 24127-0185
Phone: 540-864-6141

Clerk Circuit Court has birth records 1864-1896,
marriage, divorce, probate and court and land records from 1851[1]

Beginning Dates for Craig County, Virginia Government Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1853 1851 1853 1860 1851 1851

Craig County Virginia History

Parent County

1851--Craig County was created 21 March 1851 from Botetourt, Giles, Roanoke and Monroe (West Virginia) Counties.
County seat: New Castle.[1]

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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1863 and 1864 Union troops raided the courthouse in December 1863 and in June 1864 during the American Civil War. Deed Book A and most loose papers were destroyed.[2]

After the record loss, deeds were re-recorded in Deed Books B and C. Bound volumes of court orders and wills still exist.[2]

  • Lost census: 1890

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:

Craig County Virginia Genealogy Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Alleghany | Botetourt | Giles | Monroe County, West Virginia | Montgomery | Roanoke

Craig County Virginia Genealogy Resources

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Research Guides

  • "A Guide to the Counties of Virginia: Craig County," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 8, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1964):26-27. FHL; digital version at New England Ancestors ($).

African Americans

Cemeteries

For a detailed list, including addresses, phone numbers, and external links, see Craig County, Virginia Cemeteries.

The following is a list of cemeteries in Craig County:[3]

  • Brickey Cemetery
  • Bryan Cemetery
  • Caldwell Cemetery
  • County Farm Cemetery
  • Furrow Cemetery
  • Grave Cemetery
  • Grave Cemetery
  • Harper Cemetery
  • Huffman Cemetery
  • Huffman Memorial Park
  • Lee Cemetery
  • Leffel Cemetery
  • Level Green Cemetery
  • Looney Cemetery
  • Nutter Cemetery
  • Paitsel Cemetery
  • Paxton Cemetery
  • Ross Cemetery
  • Ruble Cemetery
  • Sarver Cemetery
  • Taylor Cemetery
  • Williams Cemetery
  • Tombstone Transcription Project Craig County - cemetery transcriptions - USGenWeb

Bible Records

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

Additional Bible records include:

Census

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

Historical populations
Census Pop.
18603,553
18702,942−17.2%
18803,79429.0%
18903,8351.1%
19004,29311.9%
19104,7119.7%
19204,100−13.0%
19303,562−13.1%
19403,7695.8%
19503,452−8.4%
19603,356−2.8%
19703,5245.0%
19803,94812.0%
19904,37210.7%
20005,09116.4%

1785

  • Burton, Charles T. Botetourt County, Va., 1785 Enumeration. Troutville, Va.: Burton?, 1972. Available at FHL; digital version at Ancestry ($). [All of part of present-day county of Craig is included.]

1890 Union Veterans

Church Records

Court

Genealogy

Land and Property

Local Histories

Maps

Military

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, Craig County, p. 68.61]
Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Craig 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 Craig County, Virginia:

- 28th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate). Company B (Craig Rifles) and Company D (Craig Mountain Boys).[4]
- 54th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate). Company K (The Roanoke Guards).[5]

Records and histories are available, including:

Naturalization

Newspapers

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

Probate Records

Taxation

Vital Records

Indexes to Craig 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
  • 1853-1896 - Fridley, Beth. Craig County, Virginia Births, 1853-96 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 1999. Available at Ancestry ($).
  • 1864-1896 - Craig County Birth Index 1864-1896. Batch C868743 at FamilySearch - free.[6]
Marriage
Death
  • 1853-1896 - Fridley, Beth, comp. Craig County, Virginia Deaths, 1853-96 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2001. Available at Ancestry ($).
Vital Record Substitutes

Craig County Virginia Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Craig County Virginia Genealogy Websites

Craig County Virginia Genealogy References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Craig County, Virginia. Page 712 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Lost Records Localities: Counties and Cities with Missing Records, 4-5, in Library of Virginia (accessed 4 April 2014).
  3. USGS Map, Topozone.com
  4. Frank E. Fields, 28th Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1985). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 15.
  5. George L. Sherwood and Jeffrey C. Weaver, 54th Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1993). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 91.
  6. 6.0 6.1 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.


 

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