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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Virginia|Virginia]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Norfolk County, Virginia|Norfolk County]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Norfolk,_Virginia|Norfolk (Independent City)]]''  
  
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{{Infobox settlement
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| name                    = Norfolk, Virginia
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| settlement_type        = Independent City
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| map_caption            = Location in [[Virginia]]
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| established_title      = Founded
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| established_date        = 1845
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| website                = http://www.norfolk.gov/
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{{Tip|For additional records, see [[Norfolk County, Virginia|Norfolk County]].}}
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== Courthouse  ==
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{{RAOGKcourthouse}}
  
 
== History  ==
 
== History  ==
  
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
'''1845--'''Norfolk was created in 1845 from Norfolk County. <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
 
  
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'''1845--'''Norfolk was created in 1845 from [[Norfolk County, Virginia|Norfolk County]]. <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
  
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== Resources ==
  
== Places/Localities ==
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==== Directories ====
  
==== Populated Places  ====
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[http://www.donslist.net/PGHLookups/DirM.htm Don's List] contains Norfolk telephone directories for 1957, 1961-1962, and 1964.
  
==== Neighboring Counties ====
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==== Family Histories ====
  
== Resources  ==
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*'''[Sweny] '''Henkel, Steve. "Murder in the Family: Identifying the Parents and Siblings of George Wythe Sweny, Murderer of His Great-Uncle, George Wythe, Chancellor of Virginia," ''The American Genealogist'', Vol. 78, No. 2 (April 2003):87-94.
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*'''[Willoughby]&nbsp;'''[http://www.archive.org/details/captainthomaswil00walt Captain Thomas Willoughby 1601-1657&nbsp;: of England, Barbadoes and Lower Norfolk County, Virginia&nbsp;: some of his descendents 1601-1800 ](1978)
  
==== Cemeteries ====
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==== Maps ====
  
==== Church  ====
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*Walter, Alice Granbery. ''Map of Norfolk Town &amp; Vicinity, 1682, Norfolk Borough 1736''. 1972. {{FHL|164910|item|disp=FHL Books 975.5521 E7w no. 1-no. 2 and supp.}}.<br>
  
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==== Military ====
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[[Image:Vanorfolk.jpg|thumb|right|400px|Vanorfolk.jpg]]
  
==== Family Histories ====
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===== Civil War  =====
  
*'''[Sweny] '''Henkel, Steve. "Murder in the Family: Identifying the Parents and Siblings of George Wythe Sweny, Murderer of His Great-Uncle, George Wythe, Chancellor of Virginia," ''The American Genealogist'', Vol. 78, No. 2 (April 2003):87-94.
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Since Norfolk was created in 1845, the Civil War records for the men of this area will usually be found in the city records, rather than county records.<br>
  
==== Land ====
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====== Civil War Battle ======
  
==== Local Histories  ====
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The following Civil War battle was fought in Norfolk:
  
==== Maps  ====
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*May 18-19, 1861 = [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/va001.htm Sewell's Point]<ref>Heritage Preservation Services, [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/va001.htm Civil War Battle Summaries by State], (accessed 7 August 2012).</ref>
  
==== Military  ====
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:Maps of Civil War battles in Virginia: [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/va186162.htm 1861], [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/va186162.htm 1862], [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/va1863.htm 1863], [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/va1864.htm 1864], [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/va1865.htm 1865]
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
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:*'''1802-1803''' - ''Norfolk Herald'' at [http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=r0s_y6AIs4IC Google News] - free.
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:*'''1804-1816''' - ''Norfolk Gazette and Publick Ledger'' at [http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=8bEfNjzhQ0EC Google News] - free.
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:*'''1811-1859''' - ''Norfolk &amp; Portsmouth Herald'' at [http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=FQnhRx9bfrkC Google News] - free.
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:*'''1820-1833''' - ''The Norfolk and Portsmouth Herald'' at [http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=wP5e0sba15sC Google News] - free.
  
 
Indexed images of the [http://research.history.org/DigitalLibrary/BrowseVG.cfm Virginia Gazette ](1736-1780) are available online through the [http://www.colonialwilliamsburg.org/ 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: [http://www2.vcdh.virginia.edu/gos/ The Geography of Slavery in Virginia]. These newspapers are valuable resources for all regions of Virginia.  
 
Indexed images of the [http://research.history.org/DigitalLibrary/BrowseVG.cfm Virginia Gazette ](1736-1780) are available online through the [http://www.colonialwilliamsburg.org/ 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: [http://www2.vcdh.virginia.edu/gos/ The Geography of Slavery in Virginia]. These newspapers are valuable resources for all regions of Virginia.  
  
==== Probate ====
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==== Occupations ====
  
==== Taxation  ====
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*Cutten, George Barton. ''The Silversmiths of Virginia (together with Watchmakers and Jewelers) from 1694 to 1850.'' Richmond, Va.: The Dietz Press, Incorporated, 1952. Available at {{FHL|78198|title-id|disp=FHL}}. [Includes a section on Norfolk silversmiths.]
  
At first glance, researchers might conclude that Virginia tax lists contain very little family history data, though one soon learns that valuable genealogical conclusions can be drawn from these records, nicknamed "annual censuses," such as: relationships, approximate years of birth, socio-economic status, identification of neighbors, the ability to distinguish between persons of the same name,&nbsp;evidence of land inheritance, years of migration, and years of death.
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==== Probate  ====
  
Virginia began enumerating residents' payments of personal property and land taxes in 1782. These two types of taxation were recorded in separate registers. Personal property tax lists include more names than land tax lists, because they caught more of the population. The Family History Library has an excellent microfilm collection of personal property tax lists from 1782 (or the year the county was organized) well into the late nineteenth century for most counties, but only scattered land tax lists. Microfilm collections at [http://www.lva.virginia.gov/ The Library of Virginia]&nbsp;include land tax lists for all counties and independent cities for the years 1782 through 1978, as well as personal property tax lists for the years 1782 through 1930 (and every fifth year thereafter). Taxes were not collected in 1808.&nbsp;
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Some tax records are available online or in print, though published abstracts often omit useful details found only in the original sources. Statewide indexes can help genealogists identify specific counties where surnames occurred in the past, providing starting points for research.<ref>"Using Personal Property Tax Records in the Archives at the Library of Virginia," Library of Virginia, http://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/guides/rn3_persprop.htm.</ref><ref>"Using Land Tax Records in the Archives at the Library of Virginia," Library of Virginia, http://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/guides/rn1_landtax.pdf.</ref>
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==== Taxation  ====
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[[Virginia Tax Lists|How can Virginia tax lists help me?]]
  
*Indexed images of the [http://www.binnsgenealogy.com/VirginiaTaxListCensuses/ 1789 and 1798 Personal Property Tax Lists of Norfolk, Virginia]&nbsp;are available online, courtesy: [http://www.binnsgenealogy.com/ Binns Genealogy].
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*'''[1789, 1798] '''Indexed images of the [http://www.binnsgenealogy.com/VirginiaTaxListCensuses/ 1789 and 1798 Personal Property Tax Lists of Norfolk, Virginia]&nbsp;are available online, courtesy: [http://www.binnsgenealogy.com/ Binns Genealogy].  
*Ward, Roger D. ''1815 Directory of Virginia Landowners (and Gazetteer)''. 6 vols. Athens, Georgia: Iberian Pub. Co., 1997-2000. Available at [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=692063&disp=1815+Directory+of+Virginia+landowners+%2%20%20&columns=*,0,0 FHL]. [The source for this publication is the 1815 land tax. Norfolk is included in Vol. 3.]
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*'''[1815] '''Ward, Roger D. ''1815 Directory of Virginia Landowners (and Gazetteer)''. 6 vols. Athens, Georgia: Iberian Pub. Co., 1997-2000. Available at {{FHL|692063|title-id|disp=FHL}}. [The source for this publication is the 1815 land tax. Norfolk is included in Vol. 3.]
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
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*Tucker, George Holbert. ''Abstracts from Norfolk City Marriage Bonds [1797-1850].'' [Norfolk, Va.?]: William H. Delaney, 1934. Available at {{FHL|199180|title-id|disp=FHL}}; digital version at [http://www.worldvitalrecords.com/indexinfo.aspx?ix=gpc0806351152_georgeholberttucker World Vital Records] ($).
  
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
  
== Websites ==
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*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
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*{{FHL|Virginia%2C+Norfolk+%28Independent+City%29|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=190614&subject_disp=Virginia%2C+Norfolk+%28Independent+City%29&columns=*,0,0 Family History Library Catalog]
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United States Gotoarrow.png Virginia Gotoarrow.png Norfolk County Gotoarrow.png Norfolk (Independent City)

Norfolk, Virginia
—  Independent City  —
Founded 1845
Website http://www.norfolk.gov/

Contents

Courthouse

Template:RAOGKcourthouse

History

Parent County

1845--Norfolk was created in 1845 from Norfolk County. [1]

Resources

Directories

Don's List contains Norfolk telephone directories for 1957, 1961-1962, and 1964.

Family Histories

Maps

Military

Vanorfolk.jpg
Civil War

Since Norfolk was created in 1845, the Civil War records for the men of this area will usually be found in the city records, rather than county records.

Civil War Battle

The following Civil War battle was fought in Norfolk:

Maps of Civil War battles in Virginia: 1861, 1862, 1863, 1864, 1865

Newspapers

 

  • 1804-1816 - Norfolk Gazette and Publick Ledger at Google News - free.
  • 1811-1859 - Norfolk & Portsmouth Herald at Google News - free.
  • 1820-1833 - The Norfolk and Portsmouth Herald at Google News - free.

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.

Occupations

  • Cutten, George Barton. The Silversmiths of Virginia (together with Watchmakers and Jewelers) from 1694 to 1850. Richmond, Va.: The Dietz Press, Incorporated, 1952. Available at FHL. [Includes a section on Norfolk silversmiths.]

Probate

A free index to Norfolk, Virginia wills and administrations (1784-1800) is available at the Library of Virginia website.


Taxation

How can Virginia tax lists help me?

Vital Records

  • Tucker, George Holbert. Abstracts from Norfolk City Marriage Bonds [1797-1850]. [Norfolk, Va.?]: William H. Delaney, 1934. Available at FHL; digital version at World Vital Records ($).

Societies and Libraries

Websites

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 7 August 2012).