Albemarle County, Virginia Genealogy Guide

Albemarle County, Virginia (Map It) was created in October 16, 1744 and was formed from Goochland County. Parts of Louisa County were added in 1761 and 1838 . Albemarle county was named for the Willem Anne van Keppel, 2nd Earl of Albemarle, colonial proprietary governor . Learn More About State of Virginia History

Albemarle County is bordered by Greene County (north), Orange County (northeast), Louisa County (east), Fluvanna County (southeast), Buckingham County (south), Nelson County (southwest), Augusta County (west), Rockingham County (northwest).

Albemarle County Cities and Towns include Crozet, Keene, Scottsville and Earlysville .

Albemarle County, Virginia Courthouse Records

Albemarle County, VA Courthouse
Albemarle County, VA Courthouse

The Albemarle County Courthouse is located in Charlottesville, Virginia. The county seat was moved from Scottsville to Charlottesville in 1762. Charlottesville is named for Queen Charlotte, the wife of King George III. The first portion of the courthouse was built 1763-1781 and added to in 1803 and 1860. In 1938 it was remolded and restored. Learn More About State of Virginia Court, Tax, Land and Probate Records.

Please contact the each clerk's department to confirm mailing address, hours, fees and other information before visiting or requesting information because contact information sometimes changes.  The Clerk's Office DOES NOT DO RESEARCH .  The documents are available to interested parties, barring confidential issues.  Most staff will assist people in finding the materials, but it is up to the individual to do the research.

The Albemarle County record dates below are from the earliest date to present time. They may include records of land, estates, taxes, vital records, divorces, naturalizations, voter registration, military discharges and court records. All order books except the first and all loose papers were destroyed in Tarleton's raid on Charlottesville in 1781 .

  • Albemarle County Clerk of Circuit Court has Marriage Records from 1780, Land Records from 1744, Court Records from 1744 and Probate Records from 1744. The County Clerk of Circuit Court serves as custodian of all county court records, and is responsible for providing access to those court records by court personnel, the legal community and the public.
  • Albemarle County Assessor
  • Albemarle County Department of Finance
  • Charlottesville/Albemarle Health Department, (District Headquarters Office), 1138 Rose Hill Drive, PO Box 7546, Charlottesville, VA 22906; Phone Number: 434-972-6200
  • County and City Research in Virginia Guides and Indexes County and city records document the daily activities of the courts in Virginia's counties, independent cities, and towns. The Library of Virginia houses both original and microfilm records for many of Virginia's counties and independent cities. The guides list will help researchers navigate the complex variety of county and city records in the Library's collections. It includes County and City Records at the Library of Virginia, Using County and City Court Records, Chancery Cases, Judgments, Lost Records Localities database and Burned Jurisdiction database.

Albemarle County, Virginia Census Records

Albemarle County, Virginia Vital Records

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