Essex County

Research Facilities


Circuit Court Clerk's Office

The Circuit Court Clerk's Office houses all extant records for Essex County with the exception of loose wills and some court papers which have been transferred to the Library of Virginia. In addition to the bound will, deed, order and guardian books, marriage, birth and death registers, there are general index volumes available for wills and deeds. The records of Rappahannock County, the county which in 1692 was divided into Essex and Richmond counties, are also available at this office.

The records can be examined in person during the hours of 8:30 am until 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday, except for state holidays. (Note: In Virginia, Columbus Day is a state holiday.) Photocopies of county records may be obtained by mail with the book and page citation. Address requests for copies to: Circuit Court Clerk's Office, P. O. Box 445, Tappahannock, VA 22560.

My thanks to Ms. Agnes Andrews, and Ms. Carolyn Spencer, Clerk's Office staff, for furnishing information for this section.


Essex County Public Library

The Essex County Public Library, located on Highway 17 in Tappahannock, has a collection of published genealogical materials concerning Essex County in particular, but also on some neighboring counties and the state of Virginia as well. A notable item in the library's genealogical collection is the Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission Survey Forms completed in 1973. These forms have been photocopied and bound in volumes to make them available to researchers.

At the present, the limited number of staff members are unable to perform individual searches. The library hours are:

My thanks to Mrs. Bess Haile, Library Director, for furnishing the information for this section.


Family History Center Library

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has opened a Family History Center Library at their Church in Tappahannock. In the library is one computer designated specifically for use with the LDS database CDs and several other computers which patrons can use to enter their family data into the PAF genealogy program and download disks. Also, there are several microfilm readers and a microfiche catalog of the LDS Library holdings in Salt Lake City which can be rented for viewing at the library.

Hours of operation for the library are:

The library is located on Cold Cheer Road in Tappahannock, on the street adjacent to the Race Track gas station. Telephone: (804) 443-3165.

My thanks to Chuck Johnson for furnishing the information for this section.


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This page was last updated 2/15/2003