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Guide to Greene County Virginia ancestry, family history, and genealogy. birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, immigration records, and military records.

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Greene County, Virginia
Boundary map of Greene County, Virginia
Map of Virginia highlighting Greene County
Location in the state of Virginia
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Location of Virginia in the U.S.
Founded 1838
County Seat Stanardsville


Greene County Virginia Courthouse

Greene County Courthouse, Stanardsville, Va.

Greene County Courthouse
P.O. Box 386
Standardsville, VA 22973-0386
Phone 434-985-5208

Clerk Circuit Court has birth records 1853-1896
and 1912-1919, death records 1838-1860
marriage, divorce, probate, court and land records from 1838[1]

Beginning Dates for Greene County, Virginia Genealogy Government Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1853 1838 1853 1840 1835 1839

Greene County Virginia History

General Nathanael Greene (1742-1786)

The county is named after Revolutionary War General Nathanael Greene (1742-1786).

Parent County

1838--Greene County was created 24 January 1838 from Orange County.
County seat: Stanardsville [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 website.

Record Loss

During the American Civil War the county's Deed Book 1, 1838-1941 was removed from the courthouse and lost. Later, a courthouse fire on 24 October 1979 left some court records with water damage.[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:

Greene County Virginia Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Greene County Virginia Genealogy Resources


Research Guides

  • Dorman, John Frederick. "A Guide to the Counties of Virginia: Greene County," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 12, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1968):106-107. Digital version at FHL; digital version at American Ancestors ($).

Bible Records

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

Additional Bible records include:



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

Historical populations
Census Pop.

Church Records



Several genealogies have been published about Greene County families. To view a list, visit Greene County, Virginia Compiled Genealogies.

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.

Local Histories



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, Eastern District, Greene County on pages 130-131.]
War of 1812
  • Douthat, James L. Roster of War of 1812, Southside, Virginia. Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press, 2007. Free online surname index and purchase details at Mountain Press website. FHL Collection 975.5 M2djL. [Includes Greene County.]
  • 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, Greene County, p. 82. Identifies War of 1812 veterans living in this county in 1883.]
Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Greene County, Virginia Genealogy 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 Greene County, Virginia Genealogy:

- 7th Battalion, Virginia Infantry, Local Defense (1st Nitre Battalion) (Confederate). Company F.[3]
- 34th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate). Company D (Greene Rough and Readys) and Company K (King and Queen Artillery).[4]


The Virginia Newspapers Project identifies local Greene County, Virginia Genealogy newspapers.

  • 2011-present - Greene County Record (Stanardsville, Va.) at Genealogy Bank ($).

Probate Records


Vital Records

Indexes to Greene County, Virginia Genealogy 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


Beth Fridley has published abstracts of Greene County, Virginia birth records online at Ancestry:

  • Greene County, Virginia Births, 1853-1871 [database on-line]. Available at Ancestry ($).
  • Greene County, Virginia Births, 1872-1878 [database on-line]. Available at Ancestry ($).
  • Greene County, Virginia Births, 1879-1887 [database on-line]. Available at Ancestry ($).
  • Greene County, Virginia Births, 1888-1896 [database on-line]. Available at Ancestry ($).
  • 1838-1944 - Greene County Marriage Index 1838-1944. Batch M868754 at FamilySearch - free.[5]
Vital Record Substitutes

Greene County Virginia Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See Family History Center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Greene County Virginia Genealogy Websites

Greene County Virginia Genealogy References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Greene County, Virginia. Page 714 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Lost Records Localities: Counties and Cities with Missing Records, 5, in Library of Virginia (accessed 4 April 2014).
  3. David F. Riggs, 7th Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1982). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 3.
  4. Johnny L. Scott, 34th Virginia Infantry (Appomattox, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1999). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 135.
  5. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at


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