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Amelia County, Virginia (Map It) was created in September 30, 1734 and formed from Prince George County and Brunswick County. In 1754, Prince Edward County was carved from Amelia, and later Amelia County was reduced when Nottoway County was separated in 1789. Amelia county was named for Princess Amelia Sophia, second daughter of George II of Great Britain. During the Revolutionary War, in 1781, Amelia was raided by British forces under General Tarleton. Eighty-four years later, the Amelia County records amazingly survived through the Civil War. According to legend, they were saved in April, 1865 because Federal General George Custer, of Little Big Horn fame, placed a guard over the Amelia County Clerk's Office with orders that all records be preserved. The last major battle of the Civil War was fought at what is now Sailor's (Sayler's) Creek Battlefield Historical State Park located on the western edge of Amelia County. In this battle alone, General Lee lost half his army during the three days of conflicts. The Confederate Army suffered a crippling defeat which led to General Robert E. Lee's surrender at Appomattox seventy-two hours later.. Learn More About State of Virginia History
Amelia County is bordered by Powhatan County (north), Chesterfield County (northeast), Dinwiddie County (southeast), Nottoway County (south), Prince Edward County (southwest), Cumberland County (west).
Amelia County Cities and Towns include Amelia Court House, Jetersville, Mannboro .
Amelia County, Virginia Courthouse Records
Amelia County, VA Courthouse
The Amelia County Courthouse is located in Amelia Court House, Virginia. Amelia County Courthouse is located on a large square. The open area just invites moments of contemplation on the history of the heroes and events commemorated in the local monuments. The court was moved several times before finally reaching its present location. The first Courthouse was located near Pridesville, but was destroyed by fire in 1766. Another location was chosen at Dennisville and in 1849, the Courthouse was moved to its current location. The Courthouse current building was constructed in 1924. 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 Amelia 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. Records fragmented.
- Amelia County Clerk of Circuit Court has Marriage Records from 1735, Land Records from 1734, Court Records from 1734 and Probate Records from 1734. 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.
- Amelia County Commissioner of Revenue
- Amelia County Treasurer
- Amelia County Health Department
- 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.
Amelia County, Virginia Census Records
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- U.S. Federal Population Schedules: 1790 (destroyed), 1800 (destroyed), 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragmented), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940
- U.S. Census Reconstructed Records: 1660-1820
- State Population Schedules: Virginia Heads of families 1790: records of the state enumerations, 1782 to 1785
- U.S. Federal Census Slave Schedules: 1850 and 1860
- U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Agriculture Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Industry Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Union Veterans Schedules: 1890
Amelia County, Virginia Vital Records
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- Birth & Death Records: from January 1853 to December 1896 and since June 14, 1912 to present. The Virginia Archives has copies of surviving birth and death records for the period 1853 to 1896
- Marriage Records: from January 1853 to present. The Virginia Archives has copies of marriage records prior to 1936.
- Divorce Records: from January 1918 to present.
- Locations: Virginia Office of Vital Statistics, Virginia State Archives
- Vital Records Online: USAVital, VitalChek or Social Security Death Index
- Vital Records by Mail: Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Divorce Certificate, Death Certificate Applications.
- In Person: 2001 Maywill Street, Richmond, Virginia 23230
Amelia County, Virginia Resources
- State of Virginia Archives and Societies
- RAOGK Volunteers for Virginia
- Amelia County Historical Society
- South Central Virginia Genealogical Society
- James L. Hamner Public Library
- Amelia County, Virginia Message Boards
- Amelia County, Virginia Genealogy Forum
- Amelia County microfilmed holdings at The Library of Virginia
- Virginia Heritage - Guides to manuscript and Archival Collections in Amelia Co. Virginia
Amelia County, Virginia External Links
- Historical Newspapers from Virginia (1784 - 1922 )
- Amelia County, Virginia Books - Amazon
- Using County and City Court Records in the Archives at the Library of Virginia
- Virginia County Records, Volume , VI, VII , IX, X The records in these series were compiled as part of a series known as the Virginia County Records . The volume includes wills, land grants, and marriage bonds as well as other miscellaneous information on early Virginia settlers.
- Amelia Co., Virginia - FindaGrave
- Amelia County History