Henrico County, Virginia Genealogy Guide

Henrico County, Virginia (Map It) was created in 1634 as one of the eight original shires . Henrico county was named for Henry Frederick, Prince of Wales, oldest son of James I of England.. Learn More About State of Virginia History

Henrico County is bordered by Chesterfield County (south), Goochland County (west), Hanover County (north), New Kent County (northeast), Charles City County (southeast).

Henrico County Cities and Towns include Chamberlayne, Dumbarton, East Highland Park, Glen Allen, Highland Springs, Lakeside, Laurel, Montrose, Sandston, Short Pump, Tuckahoe, Varina and Wyndham .

Henrico County, Virginia Courthouse Records

Henrico County, VA Courthouse
Henrico County, VA Courthouse

Old Henrico County, VA Courthouse
Old Henrico County, VA Courthouse

The Henrico County Courthouse is located in Richmond, Virginia. In 1752 Henrico Courthouse, a colonial-style brick structure, was built in Richmond in the middle of 22nd and East Main streets. The Declaration Independence was read publicly for the first time from its steps on August 5, 1776. In 1824, the courthouse was in need of repair and a committee decided to completely rebuild the structure. It opened in November of 1825 and stood in the middle of 22nd Street like its predecessor. It was described as a building 70 by 46 feet, one story high, with a gallery around the courtroom. It was made of brick and was fronted by a Doric portico with four columns. In 1848, the courthouse was dismantled and rebuilt on the corner of 22nd and East Main streets opening the road to traffic. This structure was damaged during the Civil War in the evacuation fire of April 1865. It was replaced in 1896 by a new courthouse designed to house all of the county’s offices. Annexation by the City of Richmond expanded beyond the boundaries of the courthouse which make it necessary to declare the courthouse parcel part of Henrico in order to maintain its county jurisdiction. 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 Henrico 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. Henrico County Court records prior to 1655 and almost all prior to 1677 are missing; additionally, many isolated records were destroyed during the Revolutionary War, and almost all Henrico County Circuit Court records were destroyed by fire in Richmond on 3 April 1865.

  • Henrico County Clerk of Circuit Court has Marriage Records from 1781, Land Records from 1650, Court Records from 1650 and Probate Records from 1650. 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.
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  • 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.

Henrico County, Virginia Census Records

Henrico County, Virginia Vital Records

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