Floyd County, Virginia Genealogy
Floyd County, Virginia genealogy and family history research page. Guide to Floyd County (established 1831) 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.
|Floyd County, Virginia|
Location in the state of Virginia
Location of Virginia in the U.S.
- 1 County Courthouse
- 2 History
- 3 Places/Localities
- 4 Resources
- 4.1 Research Guides
- 4.2 African American
- 4.3 Bible Records
- 4.4 Cemeteries
- 4.5 Census
- 4.6 Church Records
- 4.7 Court
- 4.8 Genealogy
- 4.9 Land and Property
- 4.10 Local Histories
- 4.11 Maps
- 4.12 Military
- 4.13 Naturalization
- 4.14 Newspapers
- 4.15 Probate Records
- 4.16 Private Papers
- 4.17 Taxation
- 4.18 Vital Records
- 5 Societies and Libraries
- 6 Websites
- 7 References
Floyd County Courthouse
100 East Main Street Room 200
Floyd, Virginia 24091
Clerk Circuit Court has birth and death records from 1852-1872, marriage, divorce, probate and court and land records from 1831
The county was named after Virginia Governor John Floyd (1783-1837).
- Lost census: 1890
- "A Guide to the Counties of Virginia: Floyd County," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 10, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1966):74-75. Available at FHL; digital version at American Ancestors ($).
- Sweeney, Alice J. "Bassett Historical Center," The Virginia Genealogical Society Newsletter, Vol. 28, No. 4 (Aug. 2002):1-3. Available at FHL; digital version at Virginia Genealogical Society website.
Floyd County, Virginia Genealogy cohabitation records are available online.
- Freedmen's Bureau Letters or Correspondence, 1865-1872
Images of the Virginia Historical Society's family Bible collection have been digitized:
- Virginia Historical Society Papers, 1607-2007 - browse collection at FamilySearch; free.
Additional Bible records include:
- Talbert, Bobby. Floyd County, Virginia Burials (VAGenWeb).
- Tombstone Transcription Project Floyd County - cemetery transcriptions - USGenWeb
For tips on accessing Floyd County, Virginia Genealogy census records online, see: Virginia Census.
- Douthat, James L. 1840 Mountain Empire of Virginia Census. Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press, 2001. FHL Collection 975.5 X2d 1840. Free online surname index and purchase details at Mountain Press website. [Includes Floyd County.]
1890 Union Veterans
- Turner, Ronald Ray. Virginia's Union Veterans: Eleventh Census of the United States 1890. Available online, courtesy: Prince William County Virginia website. [Includes residents of this county.]
Early Baptist churches (with years constituted):
- Pine Creek. Membership lists (1795-1920) have been published: Virginia Appalachian Notes, Vol. 2, No. 4 (Oct. 1978). FHL Book 975.5 D25v v. 1-2 (1977-1978).
More than a dozen genealogies have been published about Floyd County families. To view a list, visit Floyd County, Virginia Genealogy.
Land and Property
- Kegley, Mary B. Revolutionary War Pension Applications of Southwest Virginia Soldiers. n.p.: M.B. Kegley, 1997. FHL Collection [Includes Floyd County pensioners.]
- 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 versions at U.S. Census Bureau and Google Books et. al. 1967 reprint: FHL Collection 973 X2pc 1840. [See Virginia, Western District, Floyd County on page 134.]
- Rejected or Suspended Applications for Revolutionary War Pensions. Washington, D.C., 1852. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1969, and 1991. Reprints include "an Added Index to States." FHL Book 973 M24ur; digital version at Ancestry ($). [Includes veterans from this county; Virginia section begins on page 238.]
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, Floyd County, p. 79. Identifies War of 1812 veterans living in this county in 1883.]
Regiments. Service men in Floyd 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 Floyd County, Virginia Genealogy:
- - 4th Regiment, Virginia State Line (Cavalry and Infantry) (Confederate). Company I (1st).
- - 21st Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate). Company G 2nd.
- - 24th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate). Company A (Floyd Riflemen).
- - 25th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate). Company F.
- - 42nd Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate). Company A (Henry Volunteers), Company F (Leatherwood Fencibles), and Company G (Second Company of Volunteers).
Records and histories are available, including:
- Virginia, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers 1861-1865
- Virginia, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers 1861-1865
- Virginia Naturalization Petitions, 1906-1929
The Virginia Newspapers Project identifies local Floyd County, Virginia Genealogy newspapers.
- 1831-1852 - Will Book I, 1831-1852, Floyd County, VA (New River Notes) - free.
- Virginia, Historical Society Papers, 1607-2007
Indexes to Floyd 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
Beth Fridley has published abstracts of the following Floyd County birth record online at Ancestry:
- Floyd County, Virginia Births, 1853-73 [database on-line]. Available at Ancestry ($).
- Floyd County, Virginia Births, 1873-79 [database on-line]. Available at Ancestry ($).
- Floyd County, Virginia Births, 1880-84 [database on-line]. Available at Ancestry ($).
- 1740-1850 - Virginia Marriages 1740-1850 (Ancestry) ($).
- Fisher, Therese A. Marriages in the New River Valley, Virginia : Montgomery, Floyd, Pulaski and Giles Counties. Bowie, Md.: Heritage Books, 1991. FHL.
- 1853-1872 - Index to Death Records Floyd County, Virginia 1853-1872 (VAGenWeb) PDF file.
Beth Fridley has published abstracts of the following Floyd County death records online at Ancestry:
- Floyd County, Virginia Deaths, 1853-82 [database on-line]. Available at Ancestry ($).
- Floyd County, Virginia Deaths, 1883-96 [database on-line]. Available at Ancestry ($).
Vital Record Substitutes
|For birth, marriage, and death record substitutes, see Bible Records, Cemeteries, Church Records, Newspapers, and Probate Records.|
Societies and Libraries
- Bassett Historical Center, Bassett, Virginia. Website includes descriptions of collections. Excellent resource for family history research in Henry, Patrick, Floyd, Franklin and Pittsylvania counties in Virginia, the city of Martinsville, Virginia, and Rockingham, Stokes and Surry counties in North Carolina.
Family History Centers
- Floyd County, VirginiaUSGENWEB.
- Family History Library Catalog
- Cyndi's List
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- Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Floyd County, Virginia. Page 713 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
- The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
- The Virginia State Line: Organizational Structure of the Virginia State Line, Ranger95.com, accessed 11 June 2012.
- John E. Olson, 21st Virginia Cavalry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, c1989). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 57.
- Ralph White Gunn, 24th Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1987). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 34.
- Dobbie E. Lambert, 25th Virginia Cavalry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1994). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 106.
- John Chapla, 42nd Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1983). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 5.
- Alice J. Sweeney, "Bassett Historical Center," The Virginia Genealogical Society Newsletter, Vol. 28, No. 4 (Aug. 2002):1-3, available online at: http://www.vgs.org/vgsn2804.pdf.