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Guide to Carroll County, Virginia ancestry, family history and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, immigration records, and military records.


Carroll County, Virginia
Boundary map of Carroll County, Virginia
Map of Virginia highlighting Carroll County
Location in the state of Virginia
Map of the U.S. highlighting Virginia
Location of Virginia in the U.S.
Founded 1842
County Seat Hillsville

Southwest Virginia county.

County Information


Carroll County is located in the Southwestern portion of the Commonwealth of Virginia and shares a border with North Carolina. Carroll County was named in honor of Charles Carroll, a signer of the Declaration of Independence[1].

Carroll County Virginia Courthouse

Carroll County, Virginia
P O Box 218
Hillsville, Virginia 24343-0515
Clerk Circuit Court has birth records 1842-1896,
marriage, divorce, probate and land records from 1842[2]

Beginning Dates for Carroll County, Virginia Genealogy Government Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1855 1843 1854 1850 1842 1842

Carroll County Virginia History

Charles Carroll (1737-1832)

The county is named after Charles Carroll (1737-1832), a signer of the Declaration of Independence.[3]

Parent County

1842--Carroll County was created 17 January 1842 from Grayson and Patrick Counties.
County seat: Hillsville [4]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

  • Lost census: 1890


Populated Places

Carroll County Virginia Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

  • "A Guide to the Counties of Virginia: Carroll County," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 7, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1963):33-35. Available at FHL; digital version at American Ancestors ($).

African American

Bible Records

Images of the Virginia Historical Society's family Bible collection have been digitized:


Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county Family History Library
VAGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
VAGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
Billion Graves
See Virginia Cemeteries for more information.

For a detailed list, including addresses, phone numbers, and external links, see Carroll County, Virginia Cemeteries.


For tips on accessing Carroll County, Virginia Genealogy census records online, see: Virginia Census.

Historical populations
Census Pop.

1890 Union Veterans

Church Records


Early monthly meetings (with years of existence):

  • Goodspur Monthly Meeting (1790-1800) aka Dugspur[5]
  • Road Creek Monthly Meeting (1802-1810)[5]
  • Ward's Gap Monthly Meeting, Hillsville, Va. (1795-1825)[5]

Court Records


Gotoarrow.png See Carroll County, Virginia Compiled Genealogies

Land and Property

Local Histories

  • Alderman, John Perry. Carroll 1765-1815, the Settlements: A History of the First Fifty Years of Carroll County, Virginia. n.p.: Central Va. Newspapers, 1985. Available at FHL.


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Military Records and History

Revolutionary War
  • Kegley, Mary B. Revolutionary War Pension Applications of Southwest Virginia Soldiers. n.p.: M.B. Kegley, 1997. FHL Collection [Includes Carroll County pensioners.]
War of 1812
  • List of Pensioners on the Roll, January 1, 1883; Giving the Name of Each Pensioner, the Cause for Why Pensioned, the Post-Office Address, the Rate of Pension Per Month, and the Date of Original Allowance... Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1883. FHL Collection 973 M2Lp v. 5; digital versions at Google Books and Internet Archive. [See Vol. 5, Virginia, Carroll County, p. 67.]
Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Carroll County, Virginia Genealogy served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Carroll County, Virginia Genealogy:

- 4th Regiment, Virginia State Line (Cavalry and Infantry) (Confederate). Company D.[6]
- 22nd Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Bowen's Virginia Mounted Riflemen) (Confederate). Company G.
- 24th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate). Company C (Carroll Boys).[7]
- 25th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate). Company F.[8]
- 29th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate). Company C (Carroll Marksmen), Company D (Rifle Rangers), and Company E.[9]
- 30th Battalion, Virginia Sharpshooters (Clarke's) (Confederate). Company E.[10]
- 37th Battalion, Virginia Cavalry (Dunn's Battalion, Partisan Rangers) (Confederate). Company D and Company I.[11]
- 45th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate). Company E (Rough and Readys) and Company I (Reed Island Rifles).[12]
- 47th Battalion, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate). Company C.[13]
- 50th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate). Company I.[14]
- 54th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate). Company G.[15]
- 63rd Regiment, Virginia Infantry (McMahon's) (Confederate). Company G.[16]

Records and histories are available, including:

Miscellaneous Records

Naturalization and Citizenship

Virginia Naturalization Petitions, 1906-1929


The Virginia Newspapers Project identifies local Carroll County, Virginia Genealogy newspapers.

Probate Records


Online Carroll County, Virginia Tax Lists
Type Index Images
Free FHC Fee Free FHC Fee
Personal Property 1842 - - - 1842 -
Personal Property - - - - 1843-1850 -


  • [1842] - 1842 Carroll County, Virginia Personal Property Tax List; index online at New River Notes - free.

Vital Records

Indexes to Carroll County, Virginia Genealogy births, marriages, and deaths are available online. These collections are incomplete, but are easy to search. Most records can also be ordered electronically online as well. Courtesy: FamilySearch. See also How to order Virginia Vital Records

Vital Record Substitutes

Carroll County Virginia Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Carroll County Historical Society and Museum.
515 North Main Street
Hillsville, VA 24343
Phone: (276) 728 – 4113

Family History Centers

Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Carroll County Virginia Genealogy Websites

Carroll County Virginia Genealogy References

  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Carroll County, Virginia. Page 711 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. Wikipedia Contributors, "Charles Carroll of Carrollton," in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia,, accessed 13 January 2012.
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Jay Worrall, The Friendly Virginians: America's First Quakers (Athens, Ga.: Iberian Publishing Company, 1994), 537-539. FHL Book 975.5 K2wj.
  6. The Virginia State Line: Organizational Structure of the Virginia State Line,, accessed 11 June 2012.
  7. Ralph White Gunn, 24th Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1987). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 34.
  8. Dobbie E. Lambert, 25th Virginia Cavalry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1994). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 106.
  9. John Perry Alderman, 29th Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1989). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 53.
  10. Michael West, 30th Battalion Virginia Sharpshooters (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1995). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 108.
  11. J.L. Scott, 36th and 37th Battalions Virginia Cavalry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1986). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 24.
  12. J.L. Scott, 45th Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1989). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 58.
  13. Richard L. Armstrong, 26th Virginia Cavalry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1994). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 110.
  14. John C. Chapla, 50th Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1997). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 129.
  15. George L. Sherwood and Jeffrey C. Weaver, 54th Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1993). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 91.
  16. Jeffrey C. Weaver, 63rd Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1991). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 76.
  17. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at