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Rappahannock County, Virginia
Boundary map of Rappahannock County, Virginia
Map of Virginia highlighting Rappahannock County
Location in the state of Virginia
Map of the U.S. highlighting Virginia
Location of Virginia in the U.S.
Founded 1833
County Seat Washington
United States  Gotoarrow.png  Virginia  Gotoarrow.png  Rappahannock County


County Courthouse

Rappahannock County, Virginia Courthouse

Rappahannock County, Virginia
238 Gay Street
P O Box 116
Washington, Virginia 22747
Phone: 540-675-3621

Clerk Circuit Court has marriage, divorce, probate
and court records from 1833, land records from 1838
and some personal property records from 1834[1]

Beginning Dates for Rappahannock County, Virginia Genealogy Government Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1853 1833 1853 1840 1833 1833


The county takes its name from the Rappahannock River. View of Fredericksburg, Virginia from across the Rappahannock River (1863).

The county is named after the Rappahannock River.

Parent County

1833--Rappahannock County was created 8 February 1833 from Culpeper County.
County seat: Washington [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

  • Lost census: 1890


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties


African American

Freedmen's Bureau Letters or Correspondence, 1865-18721


Bible Records

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

Additional Bible records include:


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

Historical populations
Census Pop.

1890 Union Veterans



Early monthly meetings (with years of existence):

  • Culpeper Monthly Meeting (1777-1797)[3]



Several genealogies have been published about Rappahannock County families. To view a list, visit Rappahannock County, Virginia Genealogy.


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 version at [1]Google Books. 1967 reprint: FHL Collection 973 X2pc 1840. [See Virginia, Eastern District, Rappahannock County on page 133.]
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, Rappahannock County, p. 100. Identifies War of 1812 veterans living in this county in 1883.]
Civil War

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

- 6th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate). Company B (Rappahannock Cavalry) and Company C (Rockingham Cavalry, River Rangers).[4]
- 7th Battalion, Virginia Infantry, Local Defense (1st Nitre Battalion) (Confederate). Company B (Rappahannock Guard) and Company G (Sperryville Sharpshooters).[5]
- 12th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate). Company G.[6]

Records and histories are available, including:


Private Papers

Virginia, Historical Society Papers, 1607-2007

  • [Gibson] Davis, Bruce G. "Gibson Family Bible, Rappahannock County, Virginia," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 14, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1970):163-164. Available at FHL; digital version at New England Ancestors ($).


  Will Book A, 1833-1842 (digital images) Virginia Pioneers ($)

  Will Book B, 1842-1849 (digital images) Virginia Pioneers ($)

  Will Book C, 1849-1855 (digital images) Virginia Pioneers ($)

  Will Book D, 1855-1866 (digital images) Virginia Pioneers ($)

Research Guides

  • "A Guide to the Counties of Virginia: Rappahannock County," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 21, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1977):220-222. Available at FHL; digital version at New England Ancestors ($).


Vital Records

Indexes to Rappahannock 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

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Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites

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  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Rappahannock County, Virginia. Page 720 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. Jay Worrall, The Friendly Virginians: America's First Quakers (Athens, Ga.: Iberian Publishing Company, 1994), 537-539. FHL Book 975.5 K2wj.
  4. Michael P. Musick, 6th Virginia Cavalry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, c1990). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 66.
  5. David F. Riggs, 7th Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1982). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 3.
  6. Dennis E. Frye, 12th Virginia Cavalry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, c1988). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 42.


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