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Portsmouth (Independent City), Virginia Genealogy

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Portsmouth, Virginia
—  Independent City  —
Location in Virginia
Founded 1858
Website http://www.portsmouthva.gov/

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The City of Portsmouth is located in the Eastern portion of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Portsmouth was founded by Colonel William Crawford, a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses and named for Portsmouth, England[1].

Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Portsmouth City Courthouse

For additional records, see Norfolk County.

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1858--Portsmouth was created in 1858 from Norfolk County. [2]

Resources[edit | edit source]

African American[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]
  • The Portsmouth Star newspaper contained a column for African American residents, which began in 1924.  Colored Notes was originally authored by Jeffrey T. Wilson; the inaugural year has been indexed and can be accessed through the Portsmouth Public Library.   

Court[edit | edit source]

Chancery Court[edit | edit source]
  • Indexes and images to Portsmouth, Virginia Chancery Records 1859-1932 are available online through Virginia Memory: Chancery Records Index. These records, which were often concerned with inheritance disputes, contain a wealth of genealogical information.

Immigration[edit | edit source]

  • Coldham, Peter Wilson. North American Wills Registered in London 1611-1857. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2007. [Includes will of a resident of Portsmouth proved in London. These records often help establish an immigrant's place of origin.]

Maps[edit | edit source]

Map of Portsmouth City, Virginia

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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, Portsmouth County [sic] on page 133.]
Civil War[edit | edit source]

Civil War records for Portsmouth were kept by the city.

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

  • 1811-1859 - Norfolk & Portsmouth Herald at Google News - free.
  • 1820-1833 - The Norfolk and Portsmouth Herald at Google News - free.

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 Portsmouth silversmiths.]

Probate[edit | edit source]

London Courts

  • Coldham, Peter Wilson. North American Wills Registered in London 1611-1857. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2007. [Includes will of a resident of Portsmouth proved in London. These records often help establish an immigrant's place of origin.]

Taxation[edit | edit source]

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Birth[edit | edit source]
Marriage[edit | edit source]
Death[edit | edit source]

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


Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portsmouth,_Virginia
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. 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.
  4. 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.