Virginia Genealogy

Virginia Genealogy is being developed as a genealogical and historical resource for your personal use. It contains information and records for Virginia ancestry, family history, and genealogy. Specifically, it provides sources for birth records, death records, marriage records, census records, tax records, court records, and military records. It also provides some historical details about different times and people in Virginia history.

Virginia County Names

Virginia County Names: Two hundred and seventy years of Virginia History

This book aims to tell how the Virginia counties got their names, and in telling the story it endeavors to show that the thoughts and feelings of the Virginians are reflected in the names the counties bear.

In the unfolding of this story I have been impressed, first, by the amount of history suggested by the names; and, second, by the fact that the naming of the Virginia counties furnishes more material for colonial history than the county-naming of any other State in the Union. Of course the history suggested in this way falls far short of being a history of Virginia, but it is not too much to claim that these county-namings are interesting and helpful in presenting some parts of the history of the Old Dominion from a new point of view. The names are the magnet; the facts of Virginia history are the iron filings: it has been my part to put the magnet among the filings.

I have been at much pains in my efforts to verify the facts herein presented, and when in doubt I have endeavored to attach to my statements the exact measure of doubt that I myself entertained.

To include all the facts that have a bearing on Virginia county names I have gone back in Scotch history to 1370; and have brought my work up to date by showing that among the exhibits of the Jamestown Exposition of 1907 were many honoring men after whom Virginia counties had been named.

The second part of the title of the book, “Two hundred and seventy years of Virginia History,” is given because of the fact that, with reference to Virginia history, I begin with 1607 and end, as far as the naming of the counties is concerned, with 1880, when the youngest county of the State was organized.

Neighboring States

Recent Virginia Genealogy

Richard Baker and Abigail Beverly of Wise Co., VA

Richard Baker II was born on July 25, 1797 in Washington Co., TN and died August 25, 1871 in Wise Co., VA. He was the son of Richard Baker I and Mary “Polly” Mullins. Richard Baker II married Abigail Beverly. Abigail was born about 1805 in Wythe Co., VA and died 1862 in Wise Co., VA. Abigail was the daughter of Elijah Beverly, Sr. and Mary “Polly” Freeman. Richard and Abigail settled in Russell Co. (now Wise, Co.), VA on Guest’s River between Tacoma and Ramsey near Norton, VA. They later moved to the Bold Camp section of Wise Co.,…
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Biography of James Noah Hillman

This article profiles James Noah Hillman, who was born on November 6, 1883, in Coeburn, Virginia. He pursued his education through the public schools of Wise County and obtained A.B. and A.M. degrees from William and Mary College. His career was marked by a dedicated tenure as a school teacher, eventually rising to become the Division Superintendent of Wise County Schools. A descendant of an early English family that settled in Virginia in the 1600s, Hillman carried forward a legacy of steadfast service and civic engagement. An active Methodist and prominent member of several fraternal organizations, he was married to…
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Biography of Nancy Susanna Hillman

This article profiles Mrs. Nancy Susanna Hillman, born on July 12, 1865, in Flatwoods, Wise County, Virginia. She received her education in local private schools and married Benjamin Franklin Hillman at the age of seventeen. The daughter of Francis Bonham Greear and a member of the Methodist Protestant Church, Mrs. Hillman descends from a blend of English and Scotch-Irish ancestry, evident in her familial heritage that includes the Bonhams, Stallards, and Greears. These lineages are associated with notable historical contributions and familial coats of arms from the British Isles. Mrs. Hillman’s life in Coeburn, Virginia, reflects her deep roots in…
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Jefferson-Madison Regional Library Collection of Yearbooks

The Jefferson-Madison Regional Library has digitized numerous yearbooks of Lovingston and Nelson County High School in Lovingston, Virginia. These yearbook images they have placed online for everyone at Internet Archive. To facilitate your access, we have provided links to the individual yearbooks below, by year published, oldest to newest. All 51 of these yearbooks, can be read, and/or downloaded from the following links for free!
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Virginia Worm Fence

A “Virginia worm fence,” also known as a zigzag fence, snake fence, worm fence, or split rail fence, is a type of fence that was widely used in the American frontier and rural areas, including Virginia, from the colonial period through the 19th century. It’s characterized by its zigzag pattern, which arises from the way the fence rails are stacked at an angle, without the need for posts to be dug into the ground. This construction method made it highly adaptable to various terrains and easy to build with the materials available on hand, typically split logs from trees like…

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