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CHANCERY RECORDS INDEX AVAILABILITY

LOCALITYREGIONTIME FRAMEVIEWING STATUSNOTES
Accomack CoNorthern Tidewater1727-1805ScannedAdditional Accomack County chancery causes will be added at a later date.
Albemarle CoNorthern Blue Ridge1768-1969OriginalsCourt designations were used in the processing of this locality. CC for Circuit Court, CSC for Circuit Superior Court, and no abbreviation indicates County Court.
Alexandria CityPotomac1859-1925ScannedThese materials were scanned with the bills, answers, and decrees at the end of the case file.
Amelia CoCentral Piedmont1738-1939ScannedThe bulk of this series runs 1747-1913.
Amherst CoCentral Blue Ridge1773-1879Originals11/18/2011- The index and digital images have been removed to facilitate editing and the indexing of additional records. The images and index will be reposted when they are available. Originals may be used in the Archives Research Room with the caveat that additional indexing and corrections are required.
Arlington CoPotomac1790-1912Scanned, OriginalsDigital images available for the years 1790-1842. Original records available 1843-1912. See online catalog or contact Archives Research Services for availability. Additional suits will be available at a future date.
Augusta CoNorthern Blue Ridge1746-1928Scanned, OriginalsDigital images available for the years 1746-1912. Original records available 1913-1928. See online catalog or contact Archives Research Services for availability.
Bath CoCentral Blue Ridge1793-1919Microfilm- LVA and Clerk's Office
Bedford CoSouthwestern Piedmont1755-1912ScannedAll records marked "original" or that are unscanned can be found at the Bedford County Courthouse. In some instances, additional documents (e.g. plats) have been added but not scanned.
Bland CoSouthern Blue Ridge1874-1938Scanned, OriginalsDigital images available for the years 1874-1928. Indexed information and original records available through 1938. See online catalog or contact Archives Research Services for availability. Additional but unindexed post-1913 records may be available at the Circuit Court Clerk's Office.
Brunswick CoSoutheastern Piedmont1781-1942Originals
Campbell CoSouthwestern Piedmont1794-1946Scanned, OriginalsDigital images available for the years 1793-1914. Indexed information and original records available through 1946. See online catalog or contact Archives Research Services for availability. Additional unindexed post-1913 records may be available at the Circuit Court Clerk's Office.
Caroline CoNorthern Piedmont1787-1873ScannedAdditional unindexed pre-1913 records are also available in the Caroline County Circuit Court Clerk's Office.
Charlotte CoSoutheastern Piedmont1765-1912Scanned
Charlottesville CityNorthern Blue Ridge1889-1939ScannedDigital images available for the years 1889-1939 (bulk 1889-1913). Additional unindexed post-1913 records available in the Circuit Court Clerk's Office.
Chesterfield CoCentral Piedmont1787-1913Originals
Craig CoCentral Blue Ridge1853-1942Scanned, OriginalsDigital images available for the years 1853-1912. Indexed information and original records available through 1942. See online catalog or contact Archives Research Services for availability.
Culpeper CoNorthwest1829-1927Scanned, OriginalsDigital images available for the years 1829-1912. Indexed information and original records available through 1927. See online catalog or contact Archives Research Services for availability.
Cumberland CoCentral Piedmont1750-1912ScannedThe bulk of this series is 1764-1912. Additional unindexed post-1913 records may be available at the Circuit Court Clerk's Office.These materials were scanned with the bills, answers, and decrees at the end of the case file.
Dinwiddie CoSoutheastern Piedmont1844-1954Scanned, OriginialsDigital images available for the years 1844-1932. Indexed information and original records available through 1954. See online catalog or contact Archives Research Services for availability. Additional unindexed post-1913 records may be available at the Circuit Court Clerk's Office. These materials were scanned with the bills, answers, and decrees at the end of the case file.
Elizabeth City CoNorthern Tidewater1747-1913Originals2/20/2014- The previously posted digital images have been removed and will be replaced by updated digital images. The original records are closed for digital reformatting. The full, updated index remains available for research purposes.
Essex CoNorthern Tidewater1728-1914Microfilm- LVA and Clerk's Office
Fairfax CoPotomac1803-1970ScannedDigital images available for the years 1803-1913. Indexed information available through 1970. Inquiries regarding post-1913 causes should be made to 703-246-4168, by email at arch@fairfaxcounty.gov, or by mail toFairfax Circuit Court, Attn.: Historic Records Center, 4000 Chain Bridge Road, Suite 1600, Fairfax, VA 22030.
Fauquier CoNorthwest1759-1919ScannedAdditional post-1913 records may be available at the Circuit Court Clerk's Office.These materials were scanned with the bills, answers, and decrees at the end of the case file.
Floyd CoSouthern Blue Ridge1828-1916Microfilm- LVA and Clerk's Office
Fluvanna CoCentral Piedmont1779-1882ScannedAdditional unindexed Fluvanna County chancery causes are available at the Fluvanna County Circuit Court Clerk's office.
Franklin CoSouthwestern Piedmont1787-1929Scanned, OriginalsDigital images are available for the years 1787-1912. Indexed information and original records available through 1929. See online catalog or contact Archives Research Services for availability. Additional unindexed post-1913 records are available at the Circuit Court Clerk's Office.
Frederick CoNorthwest1745-1926Scanned, Microfilm- LVA and Clerk's Office, OriginalsIndex information is available for 1745-1926. Microfilmed records available for the years 1745-1859. Digital images available for the years 1860-1912. In some instances, Court designations were used in the processing of this locality. CC for Circuit Court, CSC for Circuit Superior Court, SC for Superior Court, DC for District Court, and no abbreviations indicates County Court. Additional post-1912 chancery causes, in original format, can be found at the Library of Virginia and the Frederick County Circuit Court Clerk's office. Not all post-1912 Frederick County chancery causes have been indexed. Those that have are located at the Library of Virginia. Please contact Archives Research Services staff for availability.
Giles CoSouthern Blue Ridge1807-1936Scanned, OriginalsThe bulk of this series runs from 1812-1908. Digital images available for the years 1807-1929. Indexed information and original records available through 1936. See online catalog or contact Archives Research Services for availability. Additional unindexed post-1913 records may be available at the Circuit Court Clerk's Office.
Gloucester CoNorthern Tidewater1866-1931ScannedThe bulk of this series runs from 1867-1917.
Goochland CoCentral Piedmont1731-1924Scanned, OriginalsDigital images available for the years 1731-1912. Indexed information and original records available through 1924. See the online catalog or contact Archives Research Services for availability of original records. Additional post-1912 records may be available at the Circuit Court Clerk's Office.
Greene CoNorthern Blue Ridge1838-1961Originals
Hanover CoNorthern Piedmont1831-1913Scanned
Henrico CoCentral Piedmont1770-1955OriginalsThe bulk of this series runs 1782-1912. 9/4/2008- The court designations (CC for Circuit Court and no abbreviations indicating County Court) that were used in the processing of this locality have been removed. In some instances, this has necessitated changing the index number. In those cases, the old index number has been placed in the Local Case File Number field for reference.
Henry CoSouthwestern Piedmont1783-1946Scanned, OriginalsDigital images available for the years 1783-1931. Indexed information and original records available through 1946. See online catalog or contact Archives Research Services for availability. Additional unindexed post-1913 records may be available at the Circuit Court Clerk's Office.
Highland CoNorthern Blue Ridge1848-1912Scanned
Isle of Wight CoSouthern Tidewater1767-1966Scanned, OriginalsDigital images available for the years 1767-1933. Indexed information and original records available through 1966. See online catalog or contact Archives Research Services for availability. Additional unindexed post-1913 records may be available at the Circuit Court Clerk's Office.
James City CoNorthern Tidewater1799-1967Scanned, OriginalsIncludes records from the City of Williamsburg. The bulk of this series runs from 1866-1955. Digital images available for the years 1799-1933. Indexed information and original records available through 1967. See online catalog or contact Archives Research Services for information on availability. Additional unindexed post-1913 records may be available at the Circuit Court Clerk's Office.
King & Queen CoNorthern Tidewater1818-1913ScannedThe bulk of this series runs from 1840-1913.
King George CoNorthern Piedmont1802-1922Microfilm- LVA and Clerk's OfficeThe bulk of this series runs from 1815-1916.
King William CoNorthern Tidewater1868-1938Scanned, Originals The bulk of this series runs from 1885-1913. Digital images available for the years 1868-1913. Indexed information available through 1938. See online catalog or contact Archives Research Services for availability of original records.
Lancaster CoNorthern Tidewater1722-1936ScannedThe bulk of this series runs from 1751-1914.
Lee CoAppalachian Plateau1857-1912Scanned
Loudoun CoPotomac1758-1912Scanned
Louisa CoNorthern Piedmont1753-1913ScannedPost-1913 remain in the Circuit Court Clerk's office.
Lunenburg CoSoutheastern Piedmont1743-1921Microfilm- LVA and Clerk's Office, OriginalsSuits marked as "ORIGINAL" in the index only available at the Library of Virginia.
Lynchburg CitySouthwestern Piedmont1807-1945Originals3/9/2012 - Portions of this collection are undergoing conservation. Please contact Archives Reference Services for information on availability.
Madison CoNorthwest1802-1881ScannedAdditional pre-1913 original records are currently closed for reformatting.
Mathews CoNorthern Tidewater1842-1904OriginalsThis is not a complete run of Mathews Co. chancery causes (only 71 cases indexed). The vast majority of the records remain in the Mathews Co. Circuit Court Clerk's Office.
Mecklenburg CoSoutheastern Piedmont1783-1941Originals9/4/2008- The court designations (CSC for Circuit Superior Court, CC for Circuit Court, and no abbreviations indicating County Court) that were used in the processing of this locality have been removed. In some instances, this has necessitated changing the index number. In those cases, the old index number has been placed in the Local Case File Number field for reference. Note: Not all Plaintiff and Defendant First Names were recorded.
Middlesex CoNorthern Tidewater1754-1912Scanned
Nansemond CoSouthern Tidewater1866-1944Scanned, OriginalsDigital images available for the years 1866-1933. Indexed information and original records available through 1944. See online catalog or contact Archives Research Services for availability. Additional unindexed post-1913 records may be available at the Circuit Court Clerk's Office.
Nelson CoNorthern Blue Ridge1808-1912Scanned
New Kent CoNorthern Tidewater1848-1956Scanned
Norfolk CoUrban Tidewater1718-1938OriginalsThe majority of the causes dated before 1825 are incomplete, containing only a few pieces of paper. When ordering, please use Option 1 ($30.00) for any cases dated before 1825.
Northampton CoNorthern Tidewater1721-1816ScannedAdditional pre-1912 will be available at a future date.
Northumberland CoNorthern Tidewater1759-1980Scanned, OriginalsDigital images available for the years 1759-1912 (bulk 1786-1912). Indexed information available through 1980. See online catalog or contact Archives Research Services for availability of original records.
Nottoway CoSoutheastern Piedmont1818-1968Scanned, OriginalDigital images available for the years 1818-1932. Indexed information and original records available through 1968. See online catalog or contact Archives Research Services for availability. Additional unindexed post-1913 records may be available at the Circuit Court Clerk's Office.
Orange CoNorthern Piedmont1736-1952Microfilm- LVA and Clerk's OfficeThe bulk of this series covers 1736 to 1913. Index numbers are not recorded on file folders. Additional unindexed post-1913 cases may be available at the Circuit Court Clerk's Office.
Page CoNorthwest1831-1914Scanned
Petersburg CitySoutheastern Piedmont1787-1960Scanned, OriginalsDigital images available for the years 1787-1912. Indexed information and original records available through 1960. See online catalog or contact Archives Research Services for availability.
Portsmouth CityUrban Tidewater1859-1932Scanned
Powhatan CoCentral Piedmont1782-1938Scanned, OriginalThe bulk of this collection covers 1783 through 1913. Digital images available for the years 1783-1929. For suits marked "Original," see online catalog or contact Archives Research Services for availability. Additional unindexed post-1913 records may be available at the Circuit Court Clerk's Office.
Prince Edward CoSoutheastern Piedmont1754-1913ScannedAdditional unindexed post-1913 records may be available at the Circuit Court Clerk's Office.
Prince George CoSoutheastern Piedmont1809-1956Scanned, OriginalsThe bulk of this collection covers 1869 through 1916. Digital images available for the years 1809-1917. For suits marked "Original," see online catalog or contact Archives Research Services for availability. Additional unindexed post-1917 records may be available at the Circuit Court Clerk's Office.
Prince William CoPotomac1804-1951ScannedThe bulk of this collection covers 1831 through 1921. These materials were scanned with the bills, answers, and decrees at the end of the case file.
Princess Anne CoUrban Tidewater1742-1913Originals
Pulaski CoSouthern Blue Ridge1841-1913Scanned
Rappahannock CoNorthwest1833-1940Microfilm- LVA and Clerk's Office
Richmond CoNorthern Tidewater1748-1958Microfilm- LVA and Clerk's Office
Roanoke CoCentral Blue Ridge1838-1942OriginalsThe original records are closed for digital reformatting. The first twenty-seven boxes (1839-1876) of Roanoke County chancery causes have been scanned and added to the Chancery Records Index. More images will be posted in the coming months as the project progresses. The full index remains available for research purposes. Additional unindexed post-1913 records are available at the Circuit Court Clerk's Office.
Rockbridge CoCentral Blue Ridge1781-1958ScannedDigital images available for the years 1781-1931. Indexed information available through 1958. All original records are housed at the Rockbridge County Circuit Court Clerk's office.
Rockingham CoNorthern Blue Ridge1781-1946Scanned, OriginalsDigital images available for the years 1781-1913. Indexed information and originals available through 1946. See online catalog or contact Archives Research Services for availability. The bulk of this series runs from 1789-1913.
Russell CoAppalachian Plateau1840-1960Scanned, OriginalsDigital images available for the years 1840-1933. For marked "Original," see online catalog or contact Archives Research Services for availability. Additional unindexed post-1913 records may also be available at the Circuit Court Clerk's Office.
Scott CoAppalachian Plateau1816-1942Scanned, OriginalsDigital images available for the years 1816-1912. Indexed information and originals available through 1942. See online catalog or contact Archives Research Services for availability.
Shenandoah CoNorthwest1772-1927Scanned
Smyth CoAppalachian Plateau1833-1913Microfilm- LVA and Clerk's Office
Southampton CoSouthern Tidewater1749-1912Microfilm- LVA and Clerk's Office
Spotsylvania CoNorthern Piedmont1812-1913Originals
Stafford CoPotomac1866-1912Scanned
Staunton CityNorthern Blue Ridge1808-1951Scanned, OriginalsThe bulk of this series runs from 1871 through 1933. Digital images available for the years 1808-1913. Indexed information and original records available through 1951. See online catalog or contact Archives Research Services for availability. Additional unindexed post-1913 records may be available at the Circuit Court Clerk's Office.
Surry CoSouthern Tidewater1785-1922ScannedThe bulk of this series runs from 1806-1917.
Tazewell CoAppalachian Plateau1800-1920Scanned
Warren CoNorthwest1837-1948Originals
Washington CoAppalachian Plateau1849-1913Microfilm- LVA and Clerk's Office
Westmoreland CoNorthern Tidewater1753-1950Scanned, OriginalsDigital images available for the years 1753 through 1872. Indexed information available through 1950. Chancery suits found after digital reformatting are marked "Original." See online catalog or contact Archives Research Services for availability. Indexed and unindexed post-1913 records available at the Circuit Court Clerk's Office.
Winchester CityNorthwest1787-1936ScannedThe bulk of this series runs from 1859 through 1936.
Wise CoAppalachian Plateau1855-1925ScannedDigital images available for the years 1855 through 1912. Indexed information and original records available through 1925. See online catalog or contact Archives Research Services for availability. Post-1912 records are housed in the office of the Wise County Circuit Court Clerk.
York CoNorthern Tidewater1768-1891OriginalsAdditional unindexed pre-1913 chancery records are available in the York County Circuit Court Clerk's office.