Wise County, Virginia Genealogy
|Wise County, Virginia|
Location in the state of Virginia
Location of Virginia in the U.S.
Southwest Virginia county.
- 1 County Courthouse
- 2 History
- 3 Places/Localities
- 4 Resources
- 5 Societies and Libraries
- 6 Websites
- 7 References
Wise County Courthouse
206 East Main Street
P.O. Box 1248
Wise, VA 24293
Circuit Clerk has marriage and div records
Probate and Land Records
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.
- Lost census: 1890
- Sutherland, Elihu Jasper. Some Sandy Basin Characters. Clintwood, Va.: Hettie Sutherland, 1962. 1985 reprint available at FHL.
- 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.
- <a href="http://www.nkclifton.com/cemeteries/Cemetery6.html">Ben Bolling Cemetery</a>, 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.
For tips on accessing Wise County, Virginia Genealogy census records online, see: Virginia Census.
1860 4,508 1870 4,785 6.1% 1880 7,772 62.4% 1890 9,345 20.2% 1900 19,653 110.3% 1910 34,162 73.8% 1920 46,500 36.1% 1930 51,167 10.0% 1940 52,458 2.5% 1950 56,336 7.4% 1960 43,579 −22.6% 1970 35,947 −17.5% 1980 43,863 22.0% 1990 39,573 −9.8% 2000 40,123 1.4%
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
- Turner, Ronald Ray. <a href="http://www.pwcvabooks.com/documents/VirginiaCivilWarVets.doc">Virginia's Union Veterans: Eleventh Census of the United States 1890</a>. Available online, courtesy: <a href="http://www.pwcvabooks.com/index.htm">Prince William County Virginia</a> website. [Includes residents of this county.]
- Indexes (1855-1925) and images (1855-1912) to Wise County, Virginia Chancery Records are available online through <a href="http://www.virginiamemory.com/collections/chancery/">Virginia Memory: Chancery Records Index</a>. These records, often concerned with inheritance disputes, contain a wealth of genealogical information.
More than 25 genealogies have been published about Wise County families. To view a list, visit <a href="Wise County, Virginia Genealogy">Wise County, Virginia Genealogy</a>.
- 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 <a href="http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=30038">Ancestry</a> ($); and <a href="http://www.worldvitalrecords.com/indexinfo.aspx?ix=qcdva3017_wise">World Vital Records</a> ($). <a href="http://books.google.com/books/about/Wise_County_Virginia.html?id=6RyGQfOhl18C">Google Books</a> page.
- Wise County: Her Industries, Resources and Prominent Men. Norton, Va.: n.p., 1920. FHL Collection; digital version at <a href="http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=10410">Ancestry</a> ($).
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 <a href="http://books.google.com/books?id=t7oqAAAAMAAJ">Google Books</a> and <a href="http://www.archive.org/details/listpensionerso02buregoog">Internet Archive</a>. [See Vol. 5, Virginia, Wise County, p. 107. Identifies War of 1812 veterans living in this county in 1883.]
Virginia, Civil War <a href="https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1932382">Service Records of Confederate Soldiers 1861-1865</a>
Virginia, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers 1861-1865
Virginia, The Civil War in Wise County, Virginia: 1861-1865. Wise, VA: Wise County Historical Society, 2004. <a href="http://www.worldcat.org/title/civil-war-in-wise-county-virginia-1861-1865/oclc/55613219&referer=brief_results">WorldCat</a> page.
- Gobble, Lillian and Rhonda Robertson. Between Brothers: Civil War Soldiers of Wise & Dickenson County [Virginia]. [Big Stone Gap, Va.: L. Gobble & R. Robertson, 200-?]. FHL Collection
Virginia <a href="https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1877093">Naturalization Petitions, 1906-1929</a>
- The Big Stone Gap Post, Big Stone Gap, VA, 1892-1928. (<a href="http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn88061179/">Chronicling America</a> at the Library of Congress)
- The Big Stone Post, Big Stone Gap., VA, 1890-1892. (<a href="http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn87060150/">Chronicling America</a> at the Library of Congress)
- <a href="http://www.cvtimes.com/">Clinch Valley Times</a>
- <a href="http://www.thecoalfieldprogress.com/">The Coalfield Progress, The Dickenson Star, and The Post</a>
- Meade, Angie Bell. A Collection of Obituaries and Other Published Death Notices: Mostly of Russell, Scott and Wise Counties of Virginia, a Few Other Counties, Some Out-of-state: Most Collections Before 1940. Wise, Va.: Wise County Historical Society (Va.), [2000?]. FHL Collection
- <a href="http://www.newspaperobituaries.net/virginia/wise-county-obituaries.htm">Wise County, Virginia Obituaries</a> (NewspaperObituaries.net)
Virginia, <a href="https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1932510">Historical Society Papers, 1607-2007</a><a href="https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1932510">Probate</a>
- "A Guide to the Counties of Virginia: Wise County," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 24, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1980):204-206. Available at <a href="http://www.americanancestors.org/search.aspx?Ca=098&Da=285">New England Ancestors</a> ($).
<a href="Virginia Tax Lists">How can Virginia tax lists help me?</a>
-  Weaver, Jeffrey C. <a href="http://www.newrivernotes.com/va/wise1857.htm">The 1857 Wise County, Virginia Land Tax List (Surnames A through M only)</a>, available online, courtesy: <a href="http://www.newrivernotes.com/">New River Notes</a>.
Indexes to Wise 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
- 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
- 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
- Robertson, Rhonda. The Wise County, Virginia Death Register 1856-1894. [Wise, Virginia]: Wise County Historical Society (VA), [200-?]. FHL Collection
Societies and Libraries
Family History Centers
- Family History Library Catalog
- Lumbee Indians and Goins Family: Wise County, VA Early Records
- RootsWeb Mailing List: SW_VA-L (Topic: Southwest Virginia)
- Wise Co., VA (RootsWeb)
- Wise Co., VA Genealogy Forum (GenForum)
- Wise County Genealogy and Family History (Linkpendium)
- Wise County, Virginia (government, tourism, etc.)
- Wise County, Virginia (Wikipedia)
- Wise County, Virginia History, Genealogy (New River Notes)
- Wise County, Virginia Genealogical Research Site (VA GenWeb)
- Wise County, Virginia Genealogy Links (GenealogyLinks.net)
- Wise County, Virginia Genealogy Trails
- Cyndi's List
- Learning How to Edit our Wiki Sites
Wise County Family History Hall of Fame
"May we preserve their memories & Contributions!"
- Help us find Historians and Genealogist
- "Henry A. Wise," in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_A._Wise, accessed 13 January 2012.
- The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).