Floyd County, Virginia Genealogy

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Floyd County, Virginia
Boundary map of Floyd County, Virginia
Map of Virginia highlighting Floyd County
Location in the state of Virginia
Map of the U.S. highlighting Virginia
Location of Virginia in the U.S.
Founded 1831
County Seat Floyd
United States  Gotoarrow.png  Virginia  Gotoarrow.png  Floyd County 

Southwest Virginia county.

County Courthouse

Floyd County Courthouse, Floyd, Va.

Floyd County, Virginia
100 East Main Street Room 200
Floyd, Virginia 24091

  • Clerk Circuit Court has divorce, probate, court, and land records from 1831.[1]
Beginning Dates for Floyd County, Virginia Genealogy Government Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1853 1840 1853


Governor John Floyd (1783-1837)

The county was named after Virginia Governor John Floyd (1783-1837).

Parent County

1831--Floyd County was created 15 January 1831 from Montgomery and Franklin Counties.
County seat: Floyd [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

  • Lost census: 1890


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties


African American

Cemeteries ====


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

Historical populations
Census Pop.


  • Douthat, James L. 1840 Mountain Empire of Virginia Census. Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press, 2001. FHL Collection 975.5 X2d 1840. Free online surname index and purchase details at Mountain Press website. [Includes Floyd County.]

1890 Union Veterans




More than a dozen genealogies have been published about Floyd County families. To view a list, visit Floyd County, Virginia Genealogy.


Local Histories



Revolutionary War
  • Kegley, Mary B. Revolutionary War Pension Applications of Southwest Virginia Soldiers. n.p.: M.B. Kegley, 1997. FHL Collection [Includes Floyd County pensioners.]
  • 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, Western District, Floyd County on page 134.]
  • Rejected or Suspended Applications for Revolutionary War Pensions. Washington, D.C., 1852. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1969, and 1991. Reprints include "an Added Index to States." FHL Collection 973 M24ur; digital version at Ancestry ($). [Includes veterans from this county; Virginia section begins on page 238.]
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, Floyd County, p. 79. Identifies War of 1812 veterans living in this county in 1883.]

Virginia, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers 1861-1865

Virginia, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers 1861-1865


Virginia Naturalization Petitions, 1906-1929


Private Papers

Virginia, Historical Society Papers, 1607-2007

Research Guides

  • "A Guide to the Counties of Virginia: Floyd County," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 10, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1966):74-75. Available at FHL; digital version at New England Ancestors ($).
  • Sweeney, Alice J. "Bassett Historical Center," The Virginia Genealogical Society Newsletter, Vol. 28, No. 4 (Aug. 2002):1-3. Available at FHL; digital version at Virginia Genealogical Society website.


Vital Records

Indexes to Floyd 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


Beth Fridley has published abstracts of the following Floyd County birth record online at Ancestry:

  • Floyd County, Virginia Births, 1853-73 [database on-line]. Available at Ancestry ($).
  • Floyd County, Virginia Births, 1873-79 [database on-line]. Available at Ancestry ($).
  • Floyd County, Virginia Births, 1880-84 [database on-line]. Available at Ancestry ($).


  • Fisher, Therese A. Marriages in the New River Valley, Virginia : Montgomery, Floyd, Pulaski and Giles Counties. Bowie, Maryland: Heritage Books, 1991. Available at FHL.


Beth Fridley has published abstracts of the following Floyd County death records online at Ancestry:

  • Floyd County, Virginia Deaths, 1853-82 [database on-line]. Available at Ancestry ($).
  • Floyd County, Virginia Deaths, 1883-96 [database on-line]. Available at Ancestry ($).

Societies and Libraries

  • Bassett Historical Center, Bassett, Virginia. Website includes descriptions of collections. Excellent resource for family history research in Henry, Patrick, Floyd, Franklin and Pittsylvania counties in Virginia, the city of Martinsville, Virginia, and Rockingham, Stokes and Surry counties in North Carolina.[2]

Family History Centers


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  1. 1.0 1.1 The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Alice J. Sweeney, "Bassett Historical Center," The Virginia Genealogical Society Newsletter, Vol. 28, No. 4 (Aug. 2002):1-3, available online at: http://www.vgs.org/vgsn2804.pdf.
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