Suffolk (Independent City), Virginia Genealogy

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Suffolk, Virginia
—  Independent City  —
Location in Virginia
Founded 1910

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The City of Suffolk is located in the Southeastern portion of the Commonwealth of Virginia and was named after Governor William Gooch's home of Suffolk County, England[1].

Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Suffolk City Courthouse

For additional records, see Nansemond County.

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1910--Suffolk was created in 1910 from Nansemond County. [2]

Record Loss[edit | edit source]


1734, 1779, and 1866 Many Nansemond County (later Suffolk Independent City) Courthouse records were lost by the burning of the county clerk's office where the records were in April 1734, when the courthouse was razed by British troops in 1779, and by a fire 7 February 1866.[3]

  • Lost federal censuses: 1790, 1800, 1810, 1890

Visit the Library of Virginia's website to determine exactly what records have been lost and their Lost Records Localities Database to find additional resources.

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Suffolk (Independent City), Virginia online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the City
  • FindAGrave Clicking on Place Name (without the word "cemetery") may list more.
See Virginia Cemeteries for more information.

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Church of England[edit | edit source]

Quaker[edit | edit source]

  • Putnam, Martha A. Quaker Records of Southeast Virginia. Westminster, Maryland: Family Line Publications, 1996. Available at FHL. [Includes records about Quakers in Dinwiddie, Isle of Wight, Nansemond, Norfolk, Prince George, Southampton counties and Suffolk City from 1600s and 1700s (Blackwater Monthly Meeting, Chuckatuck Monthly Meeting, Pagan Creek Meeting, Western Branch Monthly Meeting, and Somerton Monthly Meeting.)]

Immigration[edit | edit source]

  • Ljungstedt, Milnor. "Items from Southern Records" (Showing Family and Trade Connections with Northern Colonies and the Home Countries), The American Genealogist, Vol. 15 (1938):95-104. Online at American Ancestors by NEHGS ($). Suffolk, VA surname: Gibson.

Land and Property[edit | edit source]

Grants and Patents[edit | edit source]

Maps[edit | edit source]

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Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Military[edit | edit source]

Civil War, 1861-1865[edit | edit source]

Since Suffolk was created in 1910 from Nansemond County[4], go to the Nansemond County page for information about the Civil War military units of that county. Civil War service men from Suffolk served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their area.

Civil War Battles[edit | edit source]

The following Civil War battles were fought in Suffolk:

Maps of Civil War battles in Virginia: 1861, 1862, 1863, 1864, 1865

Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. Lost Records Localities: Counties and Cities with Missing Records, 3, in Library of Virginia (accessed 4 April 2014).
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  5. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 7 August 2012).
  6. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 7 August 2012).