Fluvanna County, Virginia Genealogy

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Fluvanna County, Virginia
Boundary map of Fluvanna County, Virginia
Map of Virginia highlighting Fluvanna County
Location in the state of Virginia
Map of the U.S. highlighting Virginia
Location of Virginia in the U.S.
Founded 1777
County Seat Palmyra
United States  Gotoarrow.png  Virginia  Gotoarrow.png  Fluvanna County 

Virginia county in the Piedmont region.

County Courthouse



Parent County

1777--Fluvanna County was created 5 May 1777 from Albemarle County.
County seat: Palmyra [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

  • Lost censuses: 1790, 1800, 1890


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties


African American


  • Tombstone Transcription Project Fluvanna County - cemetery transcriptions and photos -  USGenWeb

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:

Virginia Funeral Home Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)


Historical populations
Census Pop.

1890 Union Veterans


  • King, Mrs. James E. "First Minute Book, Upper Beaver Dam Church, Fluvanna, Virginia," [1830s-1850s] The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 14, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1970):99-104. Available at FHL; digital version at New England Ancestors ($).
Church of England

Gotoarrow.png See also Fluvanna Parish



More than 25 genealogies have been published about Fluvanna County families. To view a list, visit Fluvanna County, Virginia Genealogy.


During the War of 1812, American officials reported finding a total of 1 British alien living in Fluvanna County.[2]


Grants and Patents

Local Histories

  • Fluvanna County Historical Society. The Bulletin of the Fluvanna County Historical Society. Issues 1-12. The Society, 1965-1971. Digital version at Google Books (full-view).



French and Indian War
  • Bockstruck, Lloyd DeWitt. Virginia's Colonial Soldiers. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1988. Available at FHL. [Identifies some Fluvanna County veterans; see place name index.]
Revolutionary War

Regiments. Service men in Fluvanna County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Fluvanna County supplied soldiers for the:

- Fluvanna County Militia

Additional resources:

Fluvanna residents recommended for military commissions during the Revolutionary War.[3]

  • 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, Fluvanna County on page 130.]
  • 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
  • Douthat, James L. Roster of War of 1812, Southside, Virginia. Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press, 2007. Free online surname index and purchase details at Mountain Press website. FHL Collection 975.5 M2djL. [Includes Fluvanna County.]
  • 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, Fluvanna County, pp. 79-80. Identifies War of 1812 veterans living in this county in 1883.]


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.


Research Guide

  • "A Guide to the Counties of Virginia: Fluvanna County," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 10, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1966):76-77. Available at FHL; digital version at New England Ancestors ($).
  • Murphy, Marie Martin. "Fluvanna County Research," The Virginia Genealogical Society Newsletter, Vol. 23, No. 6 (Jun. 1999):1-3. Available at FHL; digital version at Virginia Genealogical Society website.


How can Virginia tax lists help me?

  • [1782-1850] Fluvanna County, Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists, 1782-1850. Original records, Library of Virginia, Richmond, Va.; also available on microfilm at FHL.
  • [1782-1818] Heinegg, Paul. "Fluvanna County Personal Property Tax List 1782-1818," Free African Americans.com, available online. [Heinegg abstracted free blacks listed in these records.]
  • [1782-1800, 1863-1864, 1892] Fluvanna County, Virginia Land (Tax) Books, 1782-1800, 1863-1864, 1892. Original records, Fluvanna County Courthouse, Palmyra, Va.; also available on microfilm at FHL.
  • [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. Fluvanna County is included in Vol. 1.]
  • [1790, 1802] Indexed images of the 1790 and 1802 Personal Property Tax Lists of Fluvanna County, Virginia are available online, courtesy: Binns Genealogy.
  • [1800] "Fluvanna County, Virginia, 1800 Tax List," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 22, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1978):16-22. Available at FHL; digital version at New England Ancestors ($).
  • [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. Fluvanna County is included in Vol. 1.]

Vital Records

Vital Record Substitutes

The Virginia Historical Society's Marriage and Obituary Index, 1736-1820 (newspaper abstracts) is available for free online. Images of the original index cards are browseable, arranged alphabetically by surname.

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:

Virginia Funeral Home Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers



  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. 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 ($).
  3. J.T. McAllister, Virginia Militia in the Revolutionary War: McAllister's Data (Hot Springs, Va.: McAllister Pub. Co., 1913), 31-32. Digitized by Internet Archive.