Richmond County, Virginia Genealogy Guide

Richmond County, Virginia (Map It) was created in April 26, 1692 from Old Rappahannock County . Richmond county was named for Charles Lennox, 1st Duke of Richmond, illegitimate son of King Charles II .. Learn More About State of Virginia History

Richmond County is bordered by Westmoreland County (north), Northumberland County (east), Lancaster County (southeast), Essex County (southwest).

Richmond County Cities and Towns include Warsaw, Farnham, Foneswood, Haynesville, Lyells, Sharps and Village .

Richmond County, Virginia Courthouse Records

Richmond County, VA Courthouse
Richmond County, VA Courthouse

The Richmond County Courthouse is located in Warsaw, Virginia. At that time Richmond County's seat was simply named Richmond County Courthouse. It was located along the shore of the Rappahannock River. In 1730, it was moved inland to the intersection of the major crossroads of the Northern Neck. In 1748, the present Palladian style Courthouse was built by Carter on the site of the 1730 structure. It is a rectangular building with four bay arcades on the longer sides. There two additional blind arches on each of these to look as if there are six bays. In 1877 the arches were closed in and an added entrance opened on the north ends. In 1831, the name of the town was changed to Warsaw in sympathy with the Polish struggle for independence. 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 Richmond 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. Some record books were damaged and mutilated due to unknown causes; additionally, the will books prior to 1699 were missing as early as 1793, and order books for the period 1794-1816 are also missing.

  • Richmond County Clerk of Circuit Court has Marriage Records from 1853, Land Records from 1692, Court Records from 1692 and Probate Records from 1692. 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.

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