Craig County, Virginia Genealogy

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


Craig County, Virginia
Boundary map of Craig County, Virginia
Map of Virginia highlighting Craig County
Location in the state of Virginia
Map of the U.S. highlighting Virginia
Location of Virginia in the U.S.
Founded 1851
County Seat New Castle

County Information


Craig County is located in the Western portion of the Commonwealth of Virginia sharing a border with West Virginia. Craig was formed in 1851 from parts of six neighboring counties[1]. Craig County was named for Robert Craig, a 19th-century Virginia congressman[2]. New Castle is the County seat[3].

Craig County Virginia Courthouse

Craig County Courthouse
P.O. Box 185
303 Main Street
New Castle, VA 24127-0185
Phone: 540-864-6141

Clerk Circuit Court has birth records 1864-1896,
marriage, divorce, probate and court and land records from 1851[4]

Beginning Dates for Craig County, Virginia Genealogy Government Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1853 1851 1853 1860 1851 1851

Craig County Virginia History

Parent County

1851--Craig County was created 21 March 1851 from Botetourt, Giles, Roanoke and Monroe (West Virginia) Counties.
County seat: New Castle.[4]

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating Virginia county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Virginia County Boundary Maps" (1617-1995) may be viewed for free at the website.

Record Loss

1863 and 1864 Deed Book A and most loose papers were destroyed in December 1863 and June 1864.[5]

After the record loss, deeds were re-recorded in Deed Books B and C. Bound volumes of court orders and wills still exist.[5]

  • Lost census: 1890

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

Craig County Virginia Genealogy Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Alleghany | Botetourt | Giles | Monroe County, West Virginia | Montgomery | Roanoke

Craig County Virginia Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

  • "A Guide to the Counties of Virginia: Craig County," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 8, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1964):26-27. FHL; digital version at American Ancestors ($).

African Americans

Bible Records

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

Additional Bible records include:


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 Craig County, Virginia Cemeteries.

The following is a list of cemeteries in Craig County:[6]

  • Brickey Cemetery
  • Bryan Cemetery
  • Caldwell Cemetery
  • County Farm Cemetery
  • Furrow Cemetery
  • Grave Cemetery
  • Grave Cemetery
  • Harper Cemetery
  • Huffman Cemetery
  • Huffman Memorial Park
  • Lee Cemetery
  • Leffel Cemetery
  • Level Green Cemetery
  • Looney Cemetery
  • Nutter Cemetery
  • Paitsel Cemetery
  • Paxton Cemetery
  • Ross Cemetery
  • Ruble Cemetery
  • Sarver Cemetery
  • Taylor Cemetery
  • Williams Cemetery


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

Historical populations
Census Pop.


  • Burton, Charles T. Botetourt County, Va., 1785 Enumeration. Troutville, Va.: Burton?, 1972. Available at FHL; digital version at Ancestry ($). [All of part of present-day county of Craig is included.]

1890 Union Veterans

Church Records



Land and Property

Local Histories



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, Craig County, p. 68.61]
Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Craig 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 Craig County, Virginia Genealogy:

- 28th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate). Company B (Craig Rifles) and Company D (Craig Mountain Boys).[7]
- 54th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate). Company K (The Roanoke Guards).[8]

Records and histories are available, including:

Miscellaneous Records



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

Probate Records


Vital Records

Indexes to Craig 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 - free. See also How to order Virginia Vital Records

Vital Record Substitutes

Craig County Virginia Genealogy Societies and Libraries

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.

Craig County Virginia Genealogy Websites

Craig County Virginia Genealogy References

  4. 4.0 4.1 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Craig County, Virginia. Page 712 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Lost Records Localities: Counties and Cities with Missing Records, 4-5, in Library of Virginia (accessed 4 April 2014).
  6. USGS Map,
  7. Frank E. Fields, 28th Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1985). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 15.
  8. George L. Sherwood and Jeffrey C. Weaver, 54th Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1993). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 91.
  9. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at