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Spotsylvania County was formed from Essex, King & Queen and King William Counties in 1721. Surviving Court records, dating from 1722, are located at the Spotsylvania Circuit Court with the following exceptions :

No parish registers have survived.

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Germans in Spotsylvania County

The following text is courtesy of John Blankenbaker

In the original Spotsylvania County, there were many German families who are studied today as a part of the Germanna Colonies. As a result of migration in the area and redefined county boundaries, records of these Germans are more likely to be found in Orange, Culpeper, and Madison Counties. Perhaps as many as fifty different German families lived in old Spotsylvania County. Even more lived in the area from which Spotsylvania was formed but they had moved on to Stafford (in a part which became Prince William and then Fauquier County) before Spotsylvania was formed. Even after some of the Germans had moved away from the area which became Spotsylvania, they continued to transact business at the Spotsylvania court house, perhaps because they had been closely associated with Lt. Gov. Alexander Spotswood. Thus their names appear in the Spotsylvania County records even past the time they lived in the county.

Names of Germans in the county records include at least: Holtzclaw, Camper (Kemper), Martin, Cobler (Kabler), Spilman, Fishback, Huffman, Cuntz (Coons) Rector, Brumback, Weaver, Hitt, Motz, Harnsberger, Zimmerman, Snyder, Smith, Cook, Kerker, Carpenter, Parlur (Barlow) Bryoles/Briles, Yeager, Paulitz, Tanner, Long and Wayland, Amberger, Blankenbaker, Moyer, Cook, Kaifer and Sheible. Nearly all of these people arrived before Spotsylvania was formed into a county.

The Germanna Foundation / Memorial Foundation of the Germanna Colonies In Virginia, Inc. collection, currently housed at the Germanna Community College, contains extensive research materials on the German families of the Colonies of 1714, 1717, and 1719 as well as those who came as late as 1730. Through its research collection and its newsletter, GERMANNA, the Germanna Foundation is a source of information on the first German Colonies in Virginia - in the areas now known as Orange, Spotsylvania, Culpeper, Madison, Rappahannock and Fauquier Counties - as well as other states to which Germanna Colonists migrated.

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