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Fluvanna County, Virginia Genealogy

Guide to Fluvanna County, Virginia ancestry, family history and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, immigration records, and military records.


Fluvanna County, Virginia
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Boundary map of Fluvanna County, Virginia
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Location in the state of Virginia
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Location of Virginia in the U.S.
Facts
Founded 1777
County Seat Palmyra
Courthouse
VirginiaFluvannaCourthouse.jpg


County InformationEdit

DescriptionEdit

Fluvanna County is located in the Central portion of the Commonwealth of Virginia and was named for the Fluvanna River, the name given to the James River west of Columbia, Virginia. Fluvanna means "Annie's River" in honor of Queen Anne of England[1].

Fluvanna County Virginia CourthouseEdit

Fluvanna County Courthouse
P O Box 299
Palmyra, Virginia 22963
Phone: 804-589-8011


Clerk Circuit Court has birth and death records 1853-1896, marriage, divorce, probate court and land records from 1777 and some burial records[2]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[3]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1853 1777 1853 1777 1777 1777 1810
Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1912.
General compliance year is unknown.

Fluvanna County Virginia HistoryEdit

Parent CountyEdit

1777 Fluvanna County was created 5 May 1777 from Albemarle County.
County seat: Palmyra [2]

Boundary ChangesEdit

For animated maps illustrating Virginia county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Virginia County Boundary Maps" (1617-1995) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Record LossEdit

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

  • Lost censuses: 1790, 1800, 1890

Fluvanna County Virginia Places/LocalitiesEdit

Populated PlacesEdit

Fluvanna County Virginia Genealogy ResourcesEdit

Research GuidesEdit

  • A Guide to the Counties of Virginia: Fluvanna County. The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 10, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1966):76-77. Available at FHL; digital version at American Ancestors ($).
  • Fluvanna County Research. By Marie Martin Murphy. The Virginia Genealogical Society Newsletter, Vol. 23, No. 6 (Jun. 1999):1-3. Available at FHL; digital version at Virginia Genealogical Society.

African AmericanEdit

Fluvanna County, Virginia Genealogy cohabitation records are available online.

Freedmen's Bureau Letters or Correspondence, 1865-1872

  • Fluvanna County Personal Property Tax List 1782-1818. By Paul Heinegg. Online at: Free African Americans.
  • Search the Library of Virginia's Virginia Untold collection for digitized images of African Americans of Fluvanna County.

Bible RecordsEdit

Images of the Virginia Historical Society's family Bible collection have been digitized:


CemeteriesEdit

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
VAGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
VAGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
Virginia Gravestones
Billion Graves
See Virginia Cemeteries for more information.

CensusEdit

For tips on accessing Fluvanna County, Virginia Genealogy census records online, see: Virginia Census.


Historical populations
Census Pop.
17903,921
18004,62317.9%
18104,7753.3%
18206,70440.4%
18308,22122.6%
18408,8127.2%
18509,4877.7%
186010,3539.1%
18709,875−4.6%
188010,8029.4%
18909,508−12.0%
19009,050−4.8%
19108,323−8.0%
19208,5472.7%
19307,466−12.6%
19407,088−5.1%
19507,1210.5%
19607,2271.5%
19707,6215.5%
198010,24434.4%
199012,42921.3%
200020,04761.3%

1782 Enumeration

1890 Union Veterans

Church RecordsEdit

BaptistEdit

Early Baptist churches (with years constituted):

  1. Fork (1774)[4]
  2. Lyle's (1798), Wilmington, Va.[4] A history, which includes membership lists 1799-1815, 1877-1974, was published in 1974: FHL Book 975.547 K2t.[5] Another history was published in the Fluvanna County Historical Society Bulletin, Issue 59 (Spring 1995), as well as back in Issue 18 (April 1974).

The 10,000 name petition (dated 16 October 1776) has been digitized at the Library of Congress website. It was signed by people from all over Virginia who wanted an end to persecution of Baptists by the Established Church. Baptists and Baptist sympathizers alike signed the petition. To find your ancestor in this record, first check Hall's transcription in the Magazine of Virginia Genealogy (Vols. 35-38, with annotations in Vol. 39), which is available online at Ancestry ($). It is also available in book form at the Family History Library: FHL Book 975.5 B2vs v. 35-39. Then proceed to the Library of Congress website to see the original images.

Fluvanna County fell within the bounds of the Albemarle Association.

  • First Minute Book, Upper Beaver Dam Church, Fluvanna, Virginia. By Mrs. James E. King." [1830s-1850s] The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 14, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1970):99-104. FHL; digital version at American Ancestors ($).
Church of EnglandEdit

Gotoarrow.png See also Fluvanna Parish

Meade's 1861 history of parishes in Fluvanna County is available online.[6]

CourtEdit

Library of Virginia's Chancery Record Index includes digital images of Fluvanna County chancery records for the years 1779-1882. Additional unindexed chancery records are available via the Fluvanna County Circuit Court Clerk's office.

GenealogyEdit

More than 25 genealogies have been published about Fluvanna County families. To view a list, visit Fluvanna County, Virginia Compiled Genealogies.

See also: Virginia Compiled Genealogies

ImmigrationEdit

During the War of 1812, American officials reported finding a total of 1 British alien living in Fluvanna County.[7]

Land and PropertyEdit

Grants and Patents

Land patents (pre-1779), land grants (after 1779) and surveys are available online at the Library of Virginia website. For step-by-step instructions on retrieving these records, read the Virginia Land and Property article.

Local HistoriesEdit

MapsEdit

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MilitaryEdit

French and Indian WarEdit
  • Virginia's Colonial Soldiers. By Lloyd DeWitt Bockstruck. 1988. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. FHL US/CAN Book 975.5 M2bL.
Revolutionary WarEdit

Regiments. Service men in Fluvanna County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Fluvanna County supplied soldiers for the:

- Fluvanna County Militia

Additional resources:

  • A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census. 1841. Online at: U.S. Census Bureau, Google Books. 1967 reprint: FHL Collection 973 X2pc 1840. See Virginia, Eastern District, Fluvanna County on page 130.
  • Rejected or Suspended Applications for Revolutionary War Pensions. Washington, D.C., 1852. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1969 and 1991. Reprints include an Added Index to States. Online at: Ancestry. FHL Collection. Virginia section begins on page 238.
  • Virginia Militia in the Revolutionary War: McAllister's Data. c1913. By J. T. McAllister. Hot Springs, Virginia : McAllister Pub. Co. Online at: Hathitrust, Internet Archive, Google Books; At various libraries (WorldCat).
War of 1812Edit

Fluvanna County men served in the 12th Regiment.[8]

  • List of Pensioners on the Roll, January 1, 1883; Giving the Name of Each Pensioner, the Cause for Why Pensioned, the Post-Office Address, the Rate of Pension Per Month, and the Date of Original Allowance... 1883. Washington, D.C : Government Printing Office. Online at: Internet Archive, Google Books. See Vol. 5, Virginia, Fluvanna County, pp. 79-80. Identifies War of 1812 veterans living in this county in 1883.
  • Roster of War of 1812, Southside, Virginia. By James L. Douthat. 2007. Signal Mountain, Tenn : Mountain Press. Free online surname index and purchase details at Mountain Press ($); At various libraries (WorldCat).
Civil WarEdit

Regiments. Service men in Fluvanna County, Virginia Genealogy served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Fluvanna County, Virginia Genealogy:

- 14th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate). Company C (Fluvanna Rifle Guard).[9]
- 44th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate). Company D (Ambler Grays), Company F (Fluvanna Hornets) and Company K (Fluvanna Guards).[10]
- 46th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate). Company D (Scottsville Grays).[11]

Online Records

Miscellaneous RecordsEdit

NaturalizationEdit

NewspapersEdit

The Virginia Newspapers Project identifies local Fluvanna County, Virginia Genealogy newspapers.

Indexed images of the Virginia Gazette (1736-1780) are available online through the Colonial Williamsburg website. In addition, Professor Tom Costa and The Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia have created a database of all runaway advertisements for slaves, indentured servants, transported convicts, and ship deserters listed in this source and other Virginia newspapers (1736-1803), see: The Geography of Slavery in Virginia. These newspapers are valuable resources for all regions of Virginia.

Private PapersEdit

Virginia, Historical Society Papers, 1607-2007

ProbateEdit

A free index to Fluvanna County, Virginia Genealogy wills and administrations (1777-1800) is available at the Library of Virginia.


TaxationEdit

How can Virginia tax lists help me?

  • 1782-1812 Fluvanna County Personal Property Tax Lists 1782-1812 (images); digital version in Tax List Club at Binns Genealogy ($).
  • 1782-1850 Fluvanna County, Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists, 1782-1850. Original records, Library of Virginia, Richmond, Va.; also available on microfilm at FHL.
  • 1782-1818 Fluvanna County Personal Property Tax List 1782-1818. By Paul Heinegg. Online at: Free African Americans.
  • 1782-1800, 1863-1864, 1892 Fluvanna County, Virginia Land (Tax) Books, 1782-1800, 1863-1864, 1892. Original records, Fluvanna County Courthouse, Palmyra, Va.; also available on microfilm at FHL.
  • 1783 Personal Property (or Land) Tax List, 1783. Online at: Revolutionary War Service.
  • 1787 The 1787 Census of Virginia: An Accounting of the Name of Every White Male Tithable Over 21 Years, the Number of White Males Between 16 & 21 Years, the Number of Slaves over 16; Those Under 16 Years, Together with a Listing of Their Horses, Cattle; Carriages, and Also the Names of All Persons to Whom Ordinary Licenses and Physician's Licenses Were Issued. By Netti Schreiner-Yantis and Florene Speakman Love. c1987. Springfield, Virginia : Genealogical Books in Print. At various libraries (WorldCat). Fluvanna County is included in Vol. 1.
  • 1790, 1802 Images of the 1790-1802 Personal Property Tax List of Fluvanna County, Virginia - Binns Genealogy ($).
  • 1800 Fluvanna County, Virginia, 1800 Tax List. The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 22, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1978):16-22. Available at FHL; digital version at American Ancestors ($).
  • 1815 1815 Directory of Virginia Landowners (and Gazetteer). By Roger D. Ward. c1997. Athens, Georgia: Iberian Pub. Co. FHL 975 E4w. At various libraries (WorldCat). Fluvanna County is included in Vol. 1.

Vital RecordsEdit

Indexes to Fluvanna County, Virginia Genealogy births, marriages, and deaths are available online. These collections are incomplete, but are easy to search. Most records can also be ordered electronically online as well. Courtesy: FamilySearch. See also How to order Virginia Vital Records

BirthEdit
MarriageEdit
DivorceEdit
DeathEdit
Vital Record SubstitutesEdit

The Virginia Historical Society's Marriage and Obituary Index, 1736-1820 (newspaper abstracts) is available at FamilySearch. Images of the original index cards are browseable, arranged alphabetically by surname.

Funeral home records can be browsed on the following online FamilySearch collection: Virginia, Fluvanna County Colbert Funeral Home Records, 1929-1976

Fluvanna County Virginia Genealogy Societies and LibrariesEdit

Family History CentersEdit

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.

Fluvanna County Virginia Genealogy WebsitesEdit

Fluvanna County Virginia Genealogy ReferencesEdit

  1. https://www.fluvannacounty.org/ced/page/fluvanna-county-history
  2. 2.0 2.1 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Fluvanna County, Virginia. Page 713 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Fluvanna County, Virginia . Page 710-723 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 715-720.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Robert Baylor Semple and George William Beale, A History of the Rise and Progress of the Baptists in Virginia (Pitt and Dickinson, 1894), 221. Digital version at Google Books.
  5. Archie Paul Thompson, Lyles Baptist Church, 1774-1974, Fluvanna County, Virginia (Va.: A.P. Thompson and Trustees of Lyles Baptist Church, 1974). FHL Book 975.547 K2t.
  6. William Meade, Old Churches, Ministers and Families of Virginia, 2 vols. (Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott and Co., 1861). Digital versions at Internet Archive: Vol. I and Vol. II.
  7. Kenneth Scott, British Aliens in the United States During the War of 1812 (Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1979), 320-333. FHL Book 973 W4s; digital version at Ancestry ($).
  8. Stuart Lee Butler, A Guide to Virginia Militia Units in the War of 1812 (Athens, Ga.: Iberian Pub. Co., 1988), 84. FHL Book 975.5 M2bs.
  9. Edward R. Crews and Timothy A. Parish, 14th Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1995). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 117.
  10. Kevin C. Ruffner, 44th Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1987). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 39.
  11. Darrell L. Collins, 46th Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1992). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 85.
  12. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/3/37/Igivirginia.pdf.