Portsmouth (Independent City), Virginia

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Portsmouth, Virginia
—  Independent City  —
Location in Virginia
Founded 1858
Website http://www.portsmouthva.gov/

Courthouse

History

Parent County

1858--Portsmouth was created in 1858 from Norfolk County. [1]

Resources

Court

Chancery Court
  • Indexes and images to Portsmouth, Virginia Chancery Records 1859-1932 are available online through Virginia Memory: Chancery Records Index. These records, which were often concerned with inheritance disputes, contain a wealth of genealogical information.

Immigration

  • Coldham, Peter Wilson. North American Wills Registered in London 1611-1857. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2007. [Includes will of a resident of Portsmouth proved in London. These records often help establish an immigrant's place of origin.]

Military

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 versions at U.S. Census Bureau and Google Books et. al. 1967 reprint: FHL Collection 973 X2pc 1840. [See Virginia, Eastern District, Portsmouth County [sic] on page 133.]
Civil War

Since the independent city of Portsmouth was created in 1858, Civil War records for that area were kept by the city.

Newspapers

  • 1811-1859 - Norfolk & Portsmouth Herald at Google News - free.
  • 1820-1833 - The Norfolk and Portsmouth Herald at Google News - free.

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 Portsmouth silversmiths.]

Probate

London Courts

  • Coldham, Peter Wilson. North American Wills Registered in London 1611-1857. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2007. [Includes will of a resident of Portsmouth proved in London. These records often help establish an immigrant's place of origin.]

Taxation

Vital Records

Birth
Marriage
Death

Portsmouth (Independent City), 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.

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Websites

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).

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