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This page is about the independent city in Virginia. For the county see Norfolk County, Virginia.

United States  > Virginia > Norfolk (Independent City)





Parent County

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

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties





Family Histories


Local Histories



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



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.


  • 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.]


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


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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


  • USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
  • Family History Library Catalog


  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).


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