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County and City Records at the Library of Virginia

The links below serve as a guide to records availability at the Library of Virginia, including formation histories for Virginia's counties and independent cities.

As you conduct your research in the records of a specific area, remember that when a new locality was formed or incorporated, the records for the area encompassed within the new locality were not moved but stayed in the parent locality; likewise, many county and city records remain within the locality today and are not housed at the Library of Virginia.

Microfilmed records for Virginia counties and cities are available in the reading rooms at the Library of Virginia or through Interlibrary Loan. Please contact us for more information regarding original records available for research use at the Library.

Sources consulted: Virginia's Acts of Assembly; The Hornbook of Virginia History: A Ready Reference Guide to the Old Dominion, edited by Emily J. Salmon and Edward D. C. Campbell, Jr., 1994.