Norfolk (Independent City), Virginia Genealogy

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Norfolk, Virginia
—  Independent City  —
Founded 1845
Website http://www.norfolk.gov/

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The City of Norfolk is located in the Eastern portion of the Commonwealth of Virginia and was named for Norfolk, England[1].

Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Norfolk City Courthouse

For additional records, see Norfolk County.


Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Norfolk (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.

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1845--Norfolk was created in 1845 from Norfolk County. [2]

Resources[edit | edit source]

African American[edit | edit source]

Search the Library of Virginia's Virginia Untold collection for digitized records related to African Americans of the City of Norfolk.

Directories[edit | edit source]

Don's List contains Norfolk telephone directories for 1957, 1961-1962, and 1964.

Family Histories[edit | edit source]

Maps[edit | edit source]

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Military[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Since Norfolk was created in 1845, the Civil War records for the men of this area will usually be found in the city records, rather than county records.

Civil War Battle[edit | edit source]

The following Civil War battle was fought in Norfolk:

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

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

  • 1804-1816 - Norfolk Gazette and Publick Ledger at Google News - free.
  • 1811-1859 - Norfolk & Portsmouth Herald at Google News - free.
  • 1820-1833 - The Norfolk and Portsmouth Herald at Google News - free.

Indexed images of the Virginia Gazette (1736-1780) are available online through the Colonial Williamsburg website. In addition, Professor Tom Costa and The Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia have created a database of all runaway advertisements for slaves, indentured servants, transported convicts, and ship deserters listed in this source and other Virginia newspapers (1736-1803), see: The Geography of Slavery in Virginia. These newspapers are valuable resources for all regions of Virginia.

Occupations[edit | edit source]

  • 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 Norfolk silversmiths.]

Probate[edit | edit source]

A free index to Norfolk (Independent City), Virginia Genealogy wills and administrations (1784-1800) is available at the Library of Virginia.


Taxation[edit | edit source]

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Vital Records[edit | edit source]

  • Tucker, George Holbert. Abstracts from Norfolk City Marriage Bonds [1797-1850]. [Norfolk, Va.?]: William H. Delaney, 1934. Available at FHL; digital version at World Vital Records ($).

Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norfolk,_Virginia
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 7 August 2012).