James City County, Virginia Genealogy Guide2016-05-19T16:30:00+00:00

James City County, Virginia Genealogy Guide

James City County, Virginia (Map It) was created in 1617 as one of the original eight shires. Part of New Kent County was added later. Part of York County was added in 1852. James City county was named for King James I of England.. Learn More About State of Virginia History

James City County is bordered by  New Kent County (northwest), King and Queen County (northeast), Gloucester County (northeast), York County (east), Surry County (south), Charles City County (west) .

James City County Cities and Towns include Croaker, Diascund, Five Forks, Grove, Indigo Park, Jamestown, Kingspoint, Kingsmill, Lightfoot, Norge and Toano .

James City County, Virginia Courthouse Records

James City County, VA Courthouse
James City County, VA Courthouse

Old James City County, VA Courthouse
Old James City County, VA Courthouse

The James City County Courthouse is located in Williamsburg, Virginia. The current courthouse was built in 1999. The original, as seen in Colonial Williamsburg, was built in 1770. It is Early Georgian with a cupola and pedimented façade, shutters. The interior has been reconstructed to look as the original. James City County was one of the original shires. It straddled the James River until 1646. The court was in Jamestown and did not move to Williamsburg until 1715. The courthouse house serves both James City County and Williamsburg. During the Peninsula campaign of the Civil War Union troops occupied Williamsburg from 1682. Like Hanover and other counties the records were sent to Richmond for safe keeping. They were destroyed in the fire of 1865. 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 James City 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 county court records were lost in 1865, Tax Records (1768-69) were saved.

  • James City County Clerk of Circuit Court has Marriage Records from 1865, Land Records from 1854, Court Records from 1865 and Probate Records from 1865. 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.
  • James City County (VA) Treasurer
  • James City County Real Estate Assessments
  • Williamsburg/James City County Office, WIC Clinic, Vital Records, 1126 Professional Drive , Williamsburg, VA 23185; (757) 253-4813
  • 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.

James City County, Virginia Census Records

James City County, Virginia Vital Records

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