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Bland County, Virginia genealogy and family history research page. Guide to Bland County (established 1861) 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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Bland County, Virginia
Boundary map of Bland County, Virginia
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Location in the state of Virginia
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Location of Virginia in the U.S.
Founded 1861
County Seat Bland


County Courthouse

Bland County Courthouse
612 Main Street, Suite 104
Bland, VA 24315
Phone: 540-688-4562

Clerk Circuit court has marriage, probate and land records 1861
and divorce records from 1900[1]

Beginning Dates for Bland County, Virginia Genealogy Government Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1861 1861 1861 1870 1861 1861


Richard Bland (1710-1776)

The county was named after Richard Bland (1710-1776), Virginia delegate to the Continental Congress in 1774 and 1775.[2]

Parent County

1861--Bland County was created 30 March 1861 from Giles, Tazewell and Wythe Counties.
County seat: Bland [3]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties



Research Guides

  • Dorman, John Frederick. "A Guide to the Counties of Virginia: Bland County," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 5, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1961):77-78. Available at New England Ancestors ($).

Bible Records

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

Additional Bible records include:


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

The following is a list of cemeteries in Bland County: [4]

  • Bethel Cemetery
  • Bivins Cemetery
  • Clark Cemetery
  • Clark Cemetery
  • Comfort Cemetery
  • Crabtree Cemetery
  • Gibson Cemetery
  • Hogan Cemetery
  • Hoges Chapel Cemetery
  • Hoges Chapel Methodist Cemetery
  • Houndshell Cemetery
  • Newberry Cemetery
  • Pruett Cemetery
  • Red Oak Cemetery
  • Rose Hill Cemetery
  • Sharon Cemetery
  • Shewey Cemetery
  • Shields Cemetery
  • Shrader Cemetery
  • Sword Cemetery
  • Temple Hill Cemetery
  • Tuggle Cemetery
  • Tynes and Ferguson Cemetery
  • Wagner Cemetery


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

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1870 4,000
1880 5,004 25.1%
1890 5,129 2.5%
1900 5,497 7.2%
1910 5,154 −6.2%
1920 5,593 8.5%
1930 6,031 7.8%
1940 6,731 11.6%
1950 6,436 −4.4%
1960 5,982 −7.1%
1970 5,423 −9.3%
1980 6,349 17.1%
1990 6,514 2.6%
2000 6,871 5.5%
Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.

Church Records

Court Records

Chancery Court
  • Indexed images of Bland County, Virginia Chancery Records 1874-1928 are available online through Virginia Memory: Chancery Records Index. The online indexes continues from 1928 through 1938, but at present does not include images. These records, often concerned with inheritance disputes, contain a wealth of genealogical information.[5]


Land and Property

Local Histories



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, Bland County, p. 64.]
Civil War

Bland County men most often served in regiments (and companies) from their home county. At times, however, individuals and small groups can be found serving in regiments from neighboring counties. Later in the war, Confederate units often reorganized.

  • History of Bland County (Virginia).Radford, Virginia: Commonwealth Press, 1961, that includes names of units from this county and a roster of the men who served in these units on pages 259-277.975.5765 H2b Pages 275-276 lists very small groups of Bland County soldiers who served in other regiments. 
- 8th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate). Company F (Bland Rangers)[6]
- 36th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate).
- 45th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate). Company F (Sharpshooters).[7]
- 51st Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)


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

Probate Records


  • 1890 - Smith, Denise A. 1890 Bland County, Virginia Property Tax Records. Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press, 2004. FamilySearch Books Online - free.

Vital Records

Indexes to Bland 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. Bland County, Virginia Births: 1861-96 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2000. Available at Ancestry ($).
Vital Record Substitutes

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers



  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Bland County, Virginia. Page 711 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Wikipedia Contributors, "Bland County, Virginia," in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia,, accessed 13 January 2012.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. USGS Map,
  5. "Virginia Memory: Chancery Records Index Availability," Library of Virginia (accessed 26 January 2010).
  6. Jack L. Dickinson, 8th Virginia Cavalry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1986). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 25.
  7. J.L. Scott, 45th Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1989). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 58.


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