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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Virginia]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]]'' '''Wise County'''
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Guide to '''Wise County Virginia genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, immigration records, and military records.
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[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southwest_Virginia Southwest Virginia] county.
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== County Courthouse ==
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== Wise County, Virginia Courthouse ==
  
County Courthouse<br>206 East Main Street<br>P.O. Box 1248<br>Room 245<br>Wise, VA 24293<br>276-328-6111
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[http://www.wisecounty.org/ Wise County Courthouse]<br>206 East Main Street<br>P.O. Box 1248<br>Room 245<br>Wise, VA 24293<br>Phone: 276-328-6111<br><br>Clerk Circuit Court has marriage, and&nbsp;divorce,<br>probate court and land records&nbsp;<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Wise County, Virginia. Page 723 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
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== Wise County, Virginia History  ==
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==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1856'''--Wise County was created 16 February 1856 from [[Lee County, Virginia|Lee]], [[Russell County, Virginia|Russell]], and [[Scott County, Virginia|Scott ]]Counties. <br>'''County seat:''' Wise <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,'' 10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1856'''--Wise County was created 16 February 1856 from [[Lee County, Virginia|Lee]], [[Russell County, Virginia|Russell]], and [[Scott County, Virginia|Scott ]]Counties. <br>'''County seat:''' Wise <ref name="HBG"/>
  
 
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*Lost census: 1890
 
*Lost census: 1890
  
== Places/Localities  ==
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==== Populated Places  ====
 
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== Resources  ==
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== Wise County, Virginia Genealogy Resources  ==
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==== Bible Records  ====
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==== Biographies  ====
 
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*Adams, James Taylor (1892-1954). ''Wise County Historical Inventory: Family Burying Grounds''. St. Louis, Mo.:&nbsp;R.R. Seibel and D.A. Griffith, 1971. Available at {{FHL|572529|title-id|disp=FHL}}.  
 
*Adams, James Taylor (1892-1954). ''Wise County Historical Inventory: Family Burying Grounds''. St. Louis, Mo.:&nbsp;R.R. Seibel and D.A. Griffith, 1971. Available at {{FHL|572529|title-id|disp=FHL}}.  
 
*[http://www.nkclifton.com/cemeteries/Cemetery6.html Ben Bolling Cemetery], Flat Gap, Wise Co., VA  
 
*[http://www.nkclifton.com/cemeteries/Cemetery6.html Ben Bolling Cemetery], Flat Gap, Wise Co., VA  
*Kilgore, Paul. ''Butcher's Fork, American Legion, Skeen's Ridge and Back Valley Cemeteries of Wise County, Virginia''. [West Virginia]: Wis<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1269270521553_691" /><span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1269270521553_546" />e County Historical Society (Va.), [1997?]. Available at {{FHL|1123637|title-id|disp=FHL}}.&nbsp;  
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*Kilgore, Paul. ''Butcher's Fork, American Legion, Skeen's Ridge and Back Valley Cemeteries of Wise County, Virginia''. [West Virginia]: Wise County Historical Society (Va.), [1997?]. Available at {{FHL|1123637|title-id|disp=FHL}}.&nbsp;  
 
*Kilgore, Paul. ''Powell Valley Memorial Gardens: Located in Beautiful Powell Valley, Wise County, VA''. Wise, Va.: Wise County Historical Society (Va.), 2003. Available at {{FHL|1393012|title-id|disp=FHL}}.
 
*Kilgore, Paul. ''Powell Valley Memorial Gardens: Located in Beautiful Powell Valley, Wise County, VA''. Wise, Va.: Wise County Historical Society (Va.), 2003. Available at {{FHL|1393012|title-id|disp=FHL}}.
  
 
==== Census  ====
 
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<br> '''''1860 Agriculture Census'''''  
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'''''1860 Agriculture Census'''''  
  
 
*Weaver, Jeffrey C. ''The 1860 Agriculture Census of Wise County, Virginia''. Clintwood, Va.: Mullins Printing, 1992. Available at {{FHL|593610|title-id|disp=FHL}}.
 
*Weaver, Jeffrey C. ''The 1860 Agriculture Census of Wise County, Virginia''. Clintwood, Va.: Mullins Printing, 1992. Available at {{FHL|593610|title-id|disp=FHL}}.
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*Turner, Ronald Ray. ''[http://www.pwcvabooks.com/documents/VirginiaCivilWarVets.doc Virginia's Union Veterans: Eleventh Census of the United States 1890]''. Available online, courtesy: [http://www.pwcvabooks.com/index.htm Prince William County Virginia] website. [Includes residents of this county.]
 
*Turner, Ronald Ray. ''[http://www.pwcvabooks.com/documents/VirginiaCivilWarVets.doc Virginia's Union Veterans: Eleventh Census of the United States 1890]''. Available online, courtesy: [http://www.pwcvabooks.com/index.htm Prince William County Virginia] website. [Includes residents of this county.]
  
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*'''Little Primitive Baptist Church''', Wise, Va. (by 1856).<ref>Charles A. Johnson, ''A narrative history of Wise County, Virginia'' (Norton, Va.: Norton Press, 1938), 8. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/Browse/BookList.aspx?dbid=30038 Ancestry] ($).</ref>
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==== Court Records ====
  
 
'''''Chancery Court'''''  
 
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More than 25 genealogies have been published about Wise County families. To view a list, visit [[Wise County, Virginia Genealogy|Wise County, Virginia Genealogy]].  
 
More than 25 genealogies have been published about Wise County families. To view a list, visit [[Wise County, Virginia Genealogy|Wise County, Virginia Genealogy]].  
  
==== Land  ====
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==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
  
*Johnson, Charles A. ''A Narrative History of Wise County, Virginia''. Norton, Va.: Norton Press, 1938. Reprint edition, The Overmountain Press, 1988.&nbsp;{{FHL|121215|item}}; digital version at [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=30038 Ancestry] ($); and [http://www.worldvitalrecords.com/indexinfo.aspx?ix=qcdva3017_wise World Vital Records] ($). [http://books.google.com/books/about/Wise_County_Virginia.html?id=6RyGQfOhl18C Google Books] page.  
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*Johnson, Charles A. ''A Narrative History of Wise County, Virginia''. Norton, Va.: Norton Press, 1938. Reprint edition, The Overmountain Press, 1988.&nbsp;{{FHL|121215|item}}; digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=30038 Ancestry] ($); and [http://www.worldvitalrecords.com/indexinfo.aspx?ix=qcdva3017_wise World Vital Records] ($). [http://books.google.com/books/about/Wise_County_Virginia.html?id=6RyGQfOhl18C Google Books] page.  
*''Wise County: Her Industries, Resources and Prominent Men''. Norton, Va.: n.p., 1920. {{FHL|625034|item}}; digital version at [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=10410 Ancestry] ($).
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*''Wise County: Her Industries, Resources and Prominent Men''. Norton, Va.: n.p., 1920. {{FHL|625034|item}}; digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=10410 Ancestry] ($).
  
 
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*''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|286899|item}} 973 M2Lp v. 5; digital versions at [http://books.google.com/books?id=t7oqAAAAMAAJ Google Books] and [http://www.archive.org/details/listpensionerso02buregoog Internet Archive]. [See Vol. 5, Virginia, Wise County, p. 107. Identifies War of 1812 veterans living in this county in 1883.]
 
*''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|286899|item}} 973 M2Lp v. 5; digital versions at [http://books.google.com/books?id=t7oqAAAAMAAJ Google Books] and [http://www.archive.org/details/listpensionerso02buregoog Internet Archive]. [See Vol. 5, Virginia, Wise County, p. 107. Identifies War of 1812 veterans living in this county in 1883.]
  
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*''The Civil War in Wise County, Virginia: 1861-1865''. Wise, VA: Wise County Historical Society, 2004. [http://www.worldcat.org/title/civil-war-in-wise-county-virginia-1861-1865/oclc/55613219&referer=brief_results WorldCat] page.  
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:- [[4th Regiment, Virginia State Line (Cavalry and Infantry) (Confederate)|4th Regiment, Virginia State Line (Cavalry and Infantry) (Confederate)]]. Company C.<ref>[http://www.ranger95.com/civil_war/virginia/cavalry/virginia_state_line_organ.html The Virginia State Line: Organizational Structure of the Virginia State Line], ''Ranger95.com,'' accessed 11 June 2012.</ref>
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:- [[29th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)|29th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)]]. Company F.<ref>John Perry Alderman, ''29th Virginia Infantry'' (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1989). {{FHL|417086|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 53}}.</ref>
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:- [[50th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)|50th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)]]. Company H (Wise Yankee Catchers).<ref>John C. Chapla, ''50th Virginia Infantry'' (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1997). {{FHL|650201|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 129}}.</ref>
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*Virginia, Civil War {{RecordSearch|1932382|Service Records of Confederate Soldiers 1861-1865}}
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*Virginia, Civil War {{RecordSearch|1932427|Service Records of Union Soldiers 1861-1865}}
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*Virginia, ''The Civil War in Wise County, Virginia: 1861-1865''. Wise, VA: Wise County Historical Society, 2004. [http://www.worldcat.org/title/civil-war-in-wise-county-virginia-1861-1865/oclc/55613219&referer=brief_results WorldCat] page.  
 
*Gobble, Lillian and Rhonda Robertson. ''Between Brothers: Civil War Soldiers of Wise &amp; Dickenson County [Virginia]''. [Big Stone Gap, Va.: L. Gobble &amp; R. Robertson, 200-?]. {{FHL|1217570|item}}
 
*Gobble, Lillian and Rhonda Robertson. ''Between Brothers: Civil War Soldiers of Wise &amp; Dickenson County [Virginia]''. [Big Stone Gap, Va.: L. Gobble &amp; R. Robertson, 200-?]. {{FHL|1217570|item}}
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Virginia {{RecordSearch|1877093|Naturalization Petitions, 1906-1929}}
  
 
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*''The Big Stone Gap Post'', Big Stone Gap, VA, 1892-1928. ([http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn88061179/ Chronicling America]&nbsp;at the Library of Congress)  
 
*''The Big Stone Gap Post'', Big Stone Gap, VA, 1892-1928. ([http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn88061179/ Chronicling America]&nbsp;at the Library of Congress)  
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*[http://www.newspaperobituaries.net/virginia/wise-county-obituaries.htm Wise County, Virginia Obituaries] (NewspaperObituaries.net)
 
*[http://www.newspaperobituaries.net/virginia/wise-county-obituaries.htm Wise County, Virginia Obituaries] (NewspaperObituaries.net)
  
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Virginia, {{RecordSearch|1932510|Historical Society Papers, 1607-2007}}
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==== Research Guides  ====
 
==== Research Guides  ====
  
*"A Guide to the Counties of Virginia: Wise County," ''The Virginia Genealogist'', Vol. 24, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1980):204-206. Available at [http://www.americanancestors.org/search.aspx?Ca=098&Da=285 New England Ancestors] ($).
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*"A Guide to the Counties of Virginia: Wise County," ''The Virginia Genealogist'', Vol. 24, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1980):204-206. Available at [http://www.americanancestors.org/search.aspx?Ca=098&Da=285 American Ancestors] ($).
  
 
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'''''Birth'''''
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*''Wise Co., Va., Births, 1867-1871'', MSS., James Taylor Adams Collection, Box 68. St. Louis, Mo.: R.R. Seibel and D.A. Griffith, 1971. Microfilmed reproduction: {{FHL|573473|item}}
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'''''Death'''''  
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*'''1856-1861''' - [http://vagenweb.org/wise/ Wise County, Virginia Births 1856-1861] (VAGenWeb) - free.
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*'''1856-1871''' - Wise County Birth Index 1856-1871. Batch {{IGI|C868697}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr">Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/3/37/Igivirginia.pdf.</ref>
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*'''1867-1871''' - ''Wise Co., Va., Births, 1867-1871'', MSS., James Taylor Adams Collection, Box 68. St. Louis, Mo.: R.R. Seibel and D.A. Griffith, 1971. Microfilmed reproduction: {{FHL|573473|item}}
  
*Kilgore, Paul and Fred Harry King Funeral Home. ''Death Records, Fred H. King Funeral Home, 1927-1935''. Wise, Va.: Wise County Historical Society (Va.), [1999?]. {{FHL|1008202|item}}
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===== Marriage  =====
*Robertson, Rhonda. ''The Wise County, Virginia Death Register 1856-1894''. [Wise, Virginia]: Wise County Historical Society (VA), [200-?]. {{FHL|1393009|item}}
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== Societies and Libraries  ==
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*'''1856-1908''' - Wise County Marriage Index 1856-1908. Batch {{IGI|M868697}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
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*'''1856-1892''' - [http://vagenweb.org/wise/ Wise County, Virginia Deaths 1856-1892] (VAGenWeb) - free.
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*'''1856-1894''' - Wise County Death Index 1856-1894. Batch {{IGI|B868697}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
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*'''1856-1894''' - Robertson, Rhonda. ''The Wise County, Virginia Death Register 1856-1894''. [Wise, Virginia]: Wise County Historical Society (VA), [200-?]. {{FHL|1393009|item}}
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*Kilgore, Paul and Fred Harry King Funeral Home. ''Death Records, Fred H. King Funeral Home, 1927-1935''. Wise, Va.: Wise County Historical Society (Va.), [1999?]. {{FHL|1008202|item}}
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== Wise County, Virginia Genealogy Societies and Libraries  ==
  
 
*[http://wisevahistoricalsoc.org/new/ Wise County Historical Society]
 
*[http://wisevahistoricalsoc.org/new/ Wise County Historical Society]
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Guide to Wise County Virginia genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, immigration records, and military records.

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Wise County, Virginia Courthouse

Wise County Courthouse
206 East Main Street
P.O. Box 1248
Room 245
Wise, VA 24293
Phone: 276-328-6111

Clerk Circuit Court has marriage, and divorce,
probate court and land records [1]


Beginning Dates for Wise County, Virginia Government Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1857 1856 1857 1860 1856 1856

Wise County, Virginia History

Gov. Henry A. Wise (1806-1876)

The county is named after Virginia Governor Henry A. Wise (1806-1876), who was in office at the time of Wise County's organization. He later served as a Confederate States Army General during the Civil War.[2]

Parent County

1856--Wise County was created 16 February 1856 from Lee, Russell, and Scott Counties.
County seat: Wise [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

  • Lost census: 1890

Wise County, Virginia Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Wise County, Virginia Genealogy Resources

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Bible Records

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

Additional Bible records include:

Biographies

  • Sutherland, Elihu Jasper. Some Sandy Basin Characters. Clintwood, Va.: Hettie Sutherland, 1962. 1985 reprint available at FHL.

Cemeteries

  • Adams, James Taylor (1892-1954). Wise County Historical Inventory: Family Burying Grounds. St. Louis, Mo.: R.R. Seibel and D.A. Griffith, 1971. Available at FHL.
  • Ben Bolling Cemetery, Flat Gap, Wise Co., VA
  • Kilgore, Paul. Butcher's Fork, American Legion, Skeen's Ridge and Back Valley Cemeteries of Wise County, Virginia. [West Virginia]: Wise County Historical Society (Va.), [1997?]. Available at FHL
  • Kilgore, Paul. Powell Valley Memorial Gardens: Located in Beautiful Powell Valley, Wise County, VA. Wise, Va.: Wise County Historical Society (Va.), 2003. Available at FHL.

Census

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

Historical populations
Census Pop.
18604,508
18704,7856.1%
18807,77262.4%
18909,34520.2%
190019,653110.3%
191034,16273.8%
192046,50036.1%
193051,16710.0%
194052,4582.5%
195056,3367.4%
196043,579−22.6%
197035,947−17.5%
198043,86322.0%
199039,573−9.8%
200040,1231.4%

1860 Agriculture Census

  • Weaver, Jeffrey C. The 1860 Agriculture Census of Wise County, Virginia. Clintwood, Va.: Mullins Printing, 1992. Available at FHL.

1890 Union Veterans

Church Records

Baptist
  • Little Primitive Baptist Church, Wise, Va. (by 1856).[3]

Court Records

Chancery Court

  • Indexes (1855-1925) and images (1855-1912) to Wise County, Virginia Chancery Records are available online through Virginia Memory: Chancery Records Index. These records, often concerned with inheritance disputes, contain a wealth of genealogical information.

Genealogy

More than 25 genealogies have been published about Wise County families. To view a list, visit Wise County, Virginia Genealogy.

Land and Property

Local Histories

  • Johnson, Charles A. A Narrative History of Wise County, Virginia. Norton, Va.: Norton Press, 1938. Reprint edition, The Overmountain Press, 1988. FHL Collection; digital version at Ancestry ($); and World Vital Records ($). Google Books page.
  • Wise County: Her Industries, Resources and Prominent Men. Norton, Va.: n.p., 1920. FHL Collection; digital version at Ancestry ($).

Maps

Military

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, Wise County, p. 107. Identifies War of 1812 veterans living in this county in 1883.]
Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Wise County, Virginia 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 Wise County, Virginia:

- 4th Regiment, Virginia State Line (Cavalry and Infantry) (Confederate). Company C.[4]
- 29th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate). Company F.[5]
- 50th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate). Company H (Wise Yankee Catchers).[6]

Records and histories are available, including:

Naturalization

Virginia Naturalization Petitions, 1906-1929

Newspapers

The Virginia Newspapers Project identifies local Wise County, Virginia newspapers.

Private Papers

Virginia, Historical Society Papers, 1607-2007

Probate Records

Research Guides

  • "A Guide to the Counties of Virginia: Wise County," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 24, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1980):204-206. Available at American Ancestors ($).

Taxation

How can Virginia tax lists help me?

Vital Records

Indexes to Wise County, Virginia 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

Birth
  • 1856-1861 - Wise County, Virginia Births 1856-1861 (VAGenWeb) - free.
  • 1856-1871 - Wise County Birth Index 1856-1871. Batch C868697 at FamilySearch - free.[7]
  • 1867-1871 - Wise Co., Va., Births, 1867-1871, MSS., James Taylor Adams Collection, Box 68. St. Louis, Mo.: R.R. Seibel and D.A. Griffith, 1971. Microfilmed reproduction: FHL Collection
Marriage
  • 1856-1908 - Wise County Marriage Index 1856-1908. Batch M868697 at FamilySearch - free.[7]
Death

Wise County, Virginia deaths are included in the Library of Virginia's Death Index of Virginia, 1853-1896, sponsored by The Virginia Genealogical Society, available online - free.

  • 1856-1892 - Wise County, Virginia Deaths 1856-1892 (VAGenWeb) - free.
  • 1856-1894 - Wise County Death Index 1856-1894. Batch B868697 at FamilySearch - free.[7]
  • 1856-1894 - Robertson, Rhonda. The Wise County, Virginia Death Register 1856-1894. [Wise, Virginia]: Wise County Historical Society (VA), [200-?]. FHL Collection
  • Kilgore, Paul and Fred Harry King Funeral Home. Death Records, Fred H. King Funeral Home, 1927-1935. Wise, Va.: Wise County Historical Society (Va.), [1999?]. FHL Collection
Vital Record Substitutes

Wise County, Virginia Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Wise County, Virginia Genealogy Websites

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Wise County, Virginia. Page 723 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. "Henry A. Wise," in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_A._Wise, accessed 13 January 2012.
  3. Charles A. Johnson, A narrative history of Wise County, Virginia (Norton, Va.: Norton Press, 1938), 8. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  4. The Virginia State Line: Organizational Structure of the Virginia State Line, Ranger95.com, accessed 11 June 2012.
  5. John Perry Alderman, 29th Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1989). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 53.
  6. John C. Chapla, 50th Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1997). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 129.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/3/37/Igivirginia.pdf.