Newport News (Independent City), Virginia Genealogy
|Newport News, Virginia|
|— Independent City —|
County Information[edit | edit source]
Description[edit | edit source]
The City of Newport News is located in the Eastern portion of the Commonwealth of Virginia and was named for Christopher Newport, Captain of the Susan Constant, the lead ship of the 3-ship fleet that carried the Jamestown settlers to the New World in 1607.
Courthouse[edit | edit source]
For additional records, see Warwick County.
Cemeteries[edit | edit source]
History[edit | edit source]
- Originally a Native American village named Kecoughtan when Sir Thomas Gates took possession of it in 1610.
- Became independent of Warwick County in 1896.
- County seat was at Denbigh until 1810 when it moved to City of Newport News.
Parent County[edit | edit source]
Record Loss[edit | edit source]
1864 and 1865. Courthouse records for Warwick (before it was merged with Newport News) were destroyed several times, but the most damage was done in two incidents during the American Civil War. Court minute books and loose papers 1787-1819 were destroyed when the clerk's office was burned 15 December 1864. Additional courthouse records were destroyed in the 3 April 1865 fire in Richmond where the records had been taken for safekeeping.
For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:
- Burned Counties. By Michael John Neill at 24-7 Family History Circle.
- When the Records are Gone. By Arlene Eakle at Arlene Eakle's Tennessee Blog.
- Burned Counties Research in the FamilySearch Research Wiki.
- List of counties in the United States with Record Loss
Places/Localities[edit | edit source]
Populated Places[edit | edit source]
Annexed: Denbigh (merged 1958). Warwick County (merged 1958)
Communities: Colony Pines . Christopher Shores-Stuart Gardens . Denbigh . East End . Fort Eustis . Glendale . Hildenwood . Hilton Village . Huntington Heights (Overtown). Jefferson Park . Kiln Creek . Lee Hall . Menchville . Morrison (Harpersville) . Newmarket . North End . Oyster Point . Parkview . Port Warwick . Richneck . Riverside . Summerlake . Village Green . Warwick
Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]
Resources[edit | edit source]
Court Records[edit | edit source]
- Dunn, Richard. Warwick County, Virginia: Colonial Court Records in Transcription. Baltimore, MD, USA: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2002. Available at FHL US/CAN Book 975.5416 P2d; digital version at Ancestry ($). Includes orders 1648-1651, order book 1680, 1689-1690 court book (2), orders 1691, 1697-8, 1701, 1701, 1705, 1705, 1713-1714 and county minutes 1748-1762.
Maps[edit | edit source]
The Old Dominion Land Company maps are posted courtesy of the Newport News Public Digital Library. The Old Dominion Land Company was the primary designer and developer of the original city of Newport Nes. The organization was chartered in 1880 and remained in business until 1948.
Military[edit | edit source]
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Since Newport News was created in 1896 from Warwick County, Civil War records for the men of this area will be found in Warwick County military records.
Civil War Battle[edit | edit source]
The following Civil War battle was fought in Newport News.
Obituaries[edit | edit source]
- Daily Press Obituary Index, 1898-1988 - provided by the Newport News Public Library
Family History Centers[edit | edit source]
Websites[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
- Lost Records Localities: Counties and Cities with Missing Records, 4, in Library of Virginia (accessed 4 April 2014).
- Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 7 August 2012).