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Petersburg, Virginia
—  Independent City  —
Location in Virginia
Founded 1850
Website www.petersburg-va.org

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The City of Petersburg is located in the Central portion of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Originally named Peter's Point around 1675, the city was renamed to Petersburgh in 1733 with a spelling change later on[1].

Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Petersburg City Courthouse
Old Petersburg, Virginia Courthouse

For additional records, see Dinwiddie, Prince George, and Chesterfield counties.

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1850--Petersburg was created 16 March 1850 from Dinwiddie, Prince George, and Chesterfield Counties. [2]

Resources[edit | edit source]

African American[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

For a detailed list of cemeteries, see Petersburg, Virginia Cemeteries.

Blandford Church Cemetery Records

Blandford Church Cemetery is an active cemetery, with burials stretching from colonial days to the present. Soldiers from all United States wars are buried in this cemetery. 

Click on "Visitors" near the top of the page, then select Blandford Cemetery Records from the drop-down menu.  Try not to use middle names or initials.  When you locate an interred, you can see everyone interred on the square by clicking on "grave interment" and then "more info".

Church[edit | edit source]

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Baptist[edit | edit source]
Church of England[edit | edit source]
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Blandford Church served Petersburg's residents.

Genealogy[edit | edit source]

  • Duncan - Dobson, Mary Ann Duncan. Duncan Research Files of Mary Ann (Duncan) Dobson. MSS. 1975-1999. FHL Film 795592 Item 5 Includes Dinwiddie County and Petersburg Duncan families.
  • Page - Rutherford, Dolores Crumrine. Page Family Records in Virginia Counties. 2 vols. Carmichael, Calif.: D.C. Rutherford, 1982-2006. FHL Book 929.273 P141rdc v. 2 (Petersburg appears in Vol. 2 Part 4)
  • Page - Rutherford, Dolores Crumrine. The Page Family in Virginia Personal Property Taxes (1782-1850). 2 vols. Carmichael, Calif.: D.C. Rutherford, 2002. FHL Book 929.273 P141rd v. 1-2 (Petersburg appears in Vol. 2)

Immigration[edit | edit source]

  • Coldham, Peter Wilson. "Intercepted Letters Relating to America 1777-1811," The Genealogist, Vol. 14, No. 2 (Fall 2000):184-200; Vol. 15, No. 1 (Spring 2001):53-74. [Overseas correspondence of residents of Petersburg with the following surnames: King, Mare, Neveu, Schvarts, Scott.]
  • Coldham, Peter Wilson. North American Wills Registered in London 1611-1857. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2007. [Includes wills of residents of Petersburgh [Petersburg] proved in London. These records often help establish an immigrant's place of origin.]

During the War of 1812, American officials reported finding a total of 50 British aliens, many of whom had families, living in Petersburg.[3]

Maps[edit | edit source]

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Migration[edit | edit source]

Early migration routes to and from Petersburg for European settlers included:[4]

Military[edit | edit source]

Revolutionary War[edit | edit source]
  • A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census]. 1841. Digital versions at U.S. Census Bureau and Google Books et. al. 1967 reprint: FHL Collection 973 X2pc 1840. [See Virginia, Eastern District, Dinwiddie County, Petersburg on page 130.]
Civil War[edit | edit source]

Since the city of Petersburg was created 1850, Civil War records for the men of this area usually will be found in the city records rather than the county records.

Civil War Battles[edit | edit source]

The following Civil War battles were fought in Petersburg.

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

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

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 Petersburg silversmiths.]

Probate[edit | edit source]

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


London Courts[edit | edit source]
  • Coldham, Peter Wilson. North American Wills Registered in London 1611-1857. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2007. [Includes wills of residents of Petersburgh [Petersburg] proved in London. These records often help establish an immigrant's place of origin.]

Taxation[edit | edit source]

How can Virginia tax lists help me?

  • 1787 - Schreiner-Yantis, Netti and Florene Speakman Love. The 1787 Census of Virginia: An Accounting of the Name of Every White Male Tithable Over 21 Years, the Number of White Males Between 16 & 21 Years, the Number of Slaves over 16 & Those Under 16 Years, Together with a Listing of Their Horses, Cattle & Carriages, and Also the Names of All Persons to Whom Ordinary Licenses and Physician's Licenses Were Issued. 3 vols. Springfield, Va.: Genealogical Books in Print, 1987. Available at FHL. (The source of this publication is the 1787 personal property tax list. Petersburg is included in Vol. 1.)
  • 1790, 1799 - Indexed images of the 1790 and 1799 Personal Property Tax Lists of Petersburg, Virginia are available online at Binns Genealogy.
  • 1790 - Indexed images of the 1790 Land Tax List of Petersburg, Virginia are available online at Binns Genealogy.
  • 1800-1833 - Heinegg, Paul. "Petersburg Personal Property Tax List, 1800-1833," Free African Americans.com. (Heinegg abstracted free blacks listed in these records.)
  • 1815 - Ward, Roger D. 1815 Directory of Virginia Landowners (and Gazetteer). 6 vols. Athens, Georgia: Iberian Pub. Co., 1997-2000. Available at FHL. (The source for this publication is the 1815 land tax. Petersburg is included in Vol. 1.)

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Birth[edit | edit source]
  • 1853-1896 - Petersburg Birth Index 1853-1896. Batch C868642 at FamilySearch - free.
Marriage[edit | edit source]
  • 1784-1910 - Petersburg Marriage Index 1784-1910. Batch M868641 at FamilySearch - free.
Death[edit | edit source]
  • 1853-1896 - Petersburg Death Index 1853-1896. Batch B868643 at FamilySearch - free.[11]

Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. https://kids.kiddle.co/History_of_Petersburg,_Virginia
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. Kenneth Scott, British Aliens in the United States During the War of 1812 (Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1979), 320-333. FHL Book 973 W4s; digital version at Ancestry ($).
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 847-61. (FHL Book 973 D27e 2002) WorldCat entry., and William E. Myer, Indian Trails of the Southeast. (Nashville, Tenn.: Blue and Gray Press, 1971), 12-14, and the book's pocket map "The Trail System of the Southeastern United States in the early Colonial Period" (1923). (FHL Book 970.1 M992i) WorldCat entry.
  5. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 2 August 2012).
  6. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 2 August 2012).
  7. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 17 August, 2012)
  8. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 16 August, 2012)
  9. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 17 August, 2012)
  10. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 2 August 2012).
  11. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/3/37/Igivirginia.pdf.