Amherst County, Virginia Genealogy Guide

Amherst County, Virginia (Map It) was created in April 07, 1761 and was formed from Albemarle County. Amherst county was named for the Jeffery Amherst, British conqueror of Quebec during the Seven Years War and colonial governor of Virginia . Learn More About State of Virginia History

Amherst County is bordered by Rockbridge County (northwest), Nelson County (northeast), Appomattox County (southeast), Campbell County (south), Independent city of Lynchburg (south), Bedford County (southwest).

Amherst County Cities and Towns include Amherst, Madison Heights .

Amherst County, Virginia Courthouse Records

Amherst County, VA Courthouse
Amherst County, VA Courthouse

Old Amherst County, VA Courthouse
Old Amherst County, VA Courthouse

The Amherst County Courthouse is located in Amherst, Virginia. The old courthouse was built in 1870. The first sections of the current Amherst courthouse date from 1970 with a newer section seven years later. 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 Amherst 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.

  • Amherst County Clerk of Circuit Court has Marriage Records from 1763, Land Records from 1761, Court Records from 1761 and Probate Records from 1761. 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.
  • Amherst 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.

Amherst County, Virginia Census Records

Amherst County, Virginia Vital Records

Amherst County, Virginia Resources

Amherst County, Virginia External Links

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