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Bath County, Virginia
Boundary map of Bath County, Virginia
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Location in the state of Virginia
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Location of Virginia in the U.S.
Founded 1790
County Seat Warm Springs
United States  Gotoarrow.png  Virginia  Gotoarrow.png  Bath County

Virginia county in the Shenandoah Valley region.


County Courthouse

County Courthouse
P.O. Box 180
Warm Springs, VA 24484-0180

Beginning Dates for Bath County, Virginia Genealogy Government Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate


Bath County, Virginia takes its name from Bath, England. Pictured here are the Roman Baths in Bath Spa, England.

The county is named after the resort city of Bath, England.[1]

Parent County

1790--Bath County was created 14 December 1790 from Augusta, Botetourt and Greenbrier (now in West Virginia) Counties.
County seat: Warm Springs.[2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

  • 1890 Census


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties


Research Guides

African Americans


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

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

  • Bratton Cemetery
  • Brattons Run Cemetery
  • Chestnut Cemetery
  • Cleek Cemetery
  • Doyle Cemetery
  • Green Valley Cemetery
  • Lightner Cemetery
  • McClintic Cemetery
  • Mount Horeb Baptist Church Cemetery
  • Mount Mary Cemetery
  • Rehobeth Community Cemetery
  • Sively Cemetery
  • The Pines Cemetery
  • Warm Springs Cemetery

The Genealogy Center of the Allen County Public Library has a number of Bath County, Virginia cemetery databases on-line.


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

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1800 5,508
1810 4,837 −12.2%
1820 5,237 8.3%
1830 4,002 −23.6%
1840 4,300 7.4%
1850 3,486 −18.9%
1860 3,676 5.5%
1870 3,795 3.2%
1880 4,482 18.1%
1890 4,587 2.3%
1900 5,595 22.0%
1910 6,538 16.9%
1920 6,389 −2.3%
1930 8,137 27.4%
1940 7,191 −11.6%
1950 6,296 −12.4%
1960 5,335 −15.3%
1970 5,192 −2.7%
1980 5,860 12.9%
1990 4,799 −18.1%
2000 5,048 5.2%
Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.

1790 - Lost

1800 - Lost, but a substitute is available, see Taxation



  • Douthat, James L. 1840 Bath County, Virginia Census. Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press, 2004. Free online surname index and purchase details at Mountain Press website.

1890 Union Veterans





Grants and Patents

  • Sims, Edgar Barr. Sims Index to Land Grants in West Virginia. [Springfield, Virginia]: Genealogical Books in Print, c1992. Available at FHL US/CAN Book 975.4 R22w 1992. [Includes Bath County, Virginia.]

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, Western District, Bath County on page 134.]
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, Bath County, p. 63.]

Civil War

Virginia, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers 1861-1865

Virginia, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers 1861-1865


Virginia Naturalization Petitions, 1906-1929


  • 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 the Virginia Gazette and other Virginia newspapers (1736-1803), see: The Geography of Slavery in Virginia.
  • Bath County News-Outlook - full text of more than 100 issues freely available via Google Newspaper Archive


  • Eckenrode, H.J. Virginia State Library: A Calendar of Legislative Petitions Arranged by Counties Accomac - Bedford. Richmond, Va.: Davis Bottom, Superintendent of Public Printing, 1908. Digital version at Google Books. [Bath County petitions (1777-1863) are described on pp. 194-210.]

Private Papers


A free index to Bath County, Virginia Genealogy wills and administrations (1791-1800) is available at the Library of Virginia website.


How can Virginia tax lists help me? 

  • [1793] Tax List, Delinquent, 1793, Bath County Heritage Newsletter, Issue 15 (Fall 1987).
  • [1800] "Bath County, Virginia, 1800 Tax List," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 7, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1963):21-28. FHL 975.5 B2vg; digital version at New England Ancestors ($).
  • [1815] Ward, Roger D. 1815 Directory of Virginia Landowners (and Gazetteer). 6 vols. Athens, Georgia: Iberian Pub. Co., 1997-2000. FHL 975 E4w v. 5 [The source for this publication is the 1815 land tax. Bath County is included in Vol. 5.]

Vital Records

Indexes to Bath 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


  • Fridley, Beth, comp. Bath County, Virginia Births: 1853-96 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2000. Available at Ancestry ($).

Societies and Libraries

Bath County Historical Society

Family History Centers


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  1. Wikipedia Contributors, "Bath County, Virginia," in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia,,_Virginia, accessed 13 January 2012.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. USGS Map,


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