Looking for your family in Surry County, Virginia?
First you may need to determine that the individuals for whom you are searching actually lived in Surry County, Virginia. (There is also a Surry County in North Carolina.) Here are some publications and links that can be helpful.
Virginia land patent abstracts, with seven volumes published so far, begin with Nell Marion Nugent, Cavaliers and Pioneers Abstracts
of Virginia Land Patents and Grants 1623-1666, Vol. 1 (Baltimore, 1969) and continue through Volume Eight: 1779-1782,
ed. Dennis Ray Hudgins (Richmond, 2005).
A serchable Database for
Virginia Land Patents and Grants is now on line at the Library of Virginia. From the Database, you can go to an image of the patent book
page and read the complete patent.
Clayton Torrence, Virginia Wills and Administrations 1632-1800 (Baltimore, 1972) lists names and counties where their wills
or administrations were found. This list is now on line at the Library of Virginia!
Index to Wills and Administrations at LVA.
Heads of Families at the First Census of the United States Taken in the Year 1790 Records of the State Enumerations: 1782 to 1785 Virginia (Baltimore, 1986)
Augusta B. Fothergill and John Mark Naugle, Virginia Tax Payers 1782-87 Other Than Those Published by the United States Census Bureau (Baltimore, 1986)
Steve & Bunny Binns's WONDERFUL web site with digital images of Virginia County and City Tax Lists for 1790, 1799 and 1800 has returned to the web! Scroll down and click on your County or City of interest.
Elizabeth Petty Bentley, Index to the 1810 Census of Virginia (Baltimore, 1980)
W. Troy Valos, 1810 Surry County, Virginia - US Federal Census Schedule. All the information on the 1810 Federal Census sheets for
Surry County, VA with a "Snapshot of 1810 Surry" analysis. For order information, see the Surry County, Virginia, Historical Society web site. Look in the NEW section under BOOKS.
Roger G. Ward, 1815 Directory of Virginia Landowners (and Gazetteer) in four volumes (Athens, GA, 1997-1999)
Jeanne Robey Felldin, Index to the 1820 Census of Virginia (Baltimore, 1981)
June Banks Evans, Census of 1840 Surry County, Virginia (1989)
firstname.lastname@example.org Excellent transcription!
Also by June Banks Evans, Anthony Evans of Colonial Southside Virginia: Family History and Genealogy with Banks, Blackwell, Bugg, Burnett, Davis, Fox, Ingram, Mathews, Smith, Walker. and 18th Century Persons in Revolutionary War Proceedings 1775-76.
It is important to join the Surry Mailing List and place your queries there and on the Surry Query Board. This is an excellent way
to connect with others who are working on Surry projects. They can help you. You may find cousins. Reading the history notes for Surry County
will help you figure out what records you want to find. And don't forget to ask for Lookups. All of these links are on the Main page.
Virginia Vital Records
Because Virginia's history stretches back 400 years, under different governments and through several wars, the records you seek may no longer exist.
Many still do, however, so you need to understand the different types of records that are still available and which ones can give you the information you want.
During the Colonial period vital records were kept at the Anglican Parishes in Parish Registers. Some of these still exist, but many do not.
For Surry and Sussex Counties, there is the Albemarle Parish Register. As other Protestant denominations arose, they kept their own records
of baptisms, marriages, and burials. There was no state law requiring the government to keep vital records until 1853. Many records were lost
during the Civil War.
Surry County's court records begin in 1652. Before that time, the area was part of James City County. If your family was in the Surry area
before 1652, you need to search for them in James City County records.
Surry County's court records are well preserved. Microfilm copies of the originals are available at the
Library of Virginia . They can be borrowed by interlibrary loan through your local library.
If you don't feel confident trying to read early hand written records, there are excellent published transcriptions of the records from 1652
through 1718 and 1741 through 1753 by Weynette Parks Haun, available at WaynetteParksHaun.com.