Charlottesville (Independent City), Virginia

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

Charlottesville, Virginia
—  Independent City  —
Location in Virginia
Founded 1762

County Information


The City of Charlottesville is located in the West-Central portion of the Commonwealth of Virginia and was named in honor of Princess Charlotte, who became queen of England when she married King George III in 1761[1].


Charlottesville City Courthouse

For additional records, see Albemarle County.


Parent County

1762 -- Charlottesville was created in 1762 from Albemarle County.[2]



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

The following is a list of cemeteries in Charlottesville:[3]

  • Maplewood Cemetery
  • Oakwood Cemetery
  • Riverview Cemetery
  • University Cemetery

Court Records

Indexes (1889-1939) and images (1889-1926) to Charlottesville, Virginia Chancery Records are available online through Virginia Memory: Chancery Records Index. These records, often concerned with inheritance disputes, contain a wealth of genealogical information.[4]


During the War of 1812, American officials reported finding one British alien living in Charlottesville.[5]


Civil War

Civil War records for Charlottesville were kept by the city.


  • 1855-1880 - Jeffersonian Republican (Charlottesville, Va.) at Genealogy Bank ($).


  • Cutten, George Barton. The Silversmiths of Virginia (together with Watchmakers and Jewelers) from 1694 to 1850. Richmond, Va.: The Dietz Press, Incorporated, 1952. Available at FHL. [Includes a section on Charlottesville silversmiths.]

Vital Records


Charlottesville (Independent City), Virginia deaths are included in the Library of Virginia's Death Index of Virginia, 1853-1896, sponsored by The Virginia Genealogical Society, available online - free.



  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. USGS Map,
  4. "Virginia Memory: Chancery Records Index Availability," Library of Virginia (accessed 26 January 2010).
  5. Kenneth Scott. British Aliens in the United States During the War of 1812. Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1979, 320-333. FHL Collection 973 W4s; digital version at Ancestry ($).