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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Virginia]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]]'' '''Giles County'''
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<br>'''Giles County, Virginia''' genealogy and family history research page. Guide to '''Giles County''' (established 1806) genealogy, history, and courthouse sources including birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, wills, deeds and land records, Civil War records, Revolutionary War records, family histories, cemeteries, churches, tax records, newspapers, and obituaries.
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{{Infobox U.S. County
 
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| seat wl = Pearisburg
 
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[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southwest_Virginia Southwest Virginia] county.
 
  
 
== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County Courthouse  ==
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[[Image:{{VAGilescourthouse}}]]  
  
'''Giles County, Virginia'''<br>501 Wenonah Ave<br>P&nbsp;O&nbsp;Box 502<br>Pearisburg, Va 24134<br>540-626-7075<br>
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[http://gilescounty.org/circuit.html Giles County Courthouse]<br>501 Wenonah Ave<br>P&nbsp;O&nbsp;Box 502<br>Pearisburg, Va 24134<br>Phone: 540-626-7075<br>  
  
'''Giles County Vital RecordsGiles County Clerk<br>'''120 North Main Street<br>Pearisburg, VA 24134-1625<br>(540) 921-2525 <br>
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Clerk Circuit Court has marriage records from 1806,<br>birth and death records 185801896<br>divorce, probate court and land records.<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Giles County, Virginia. Page 714 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
  
[http://gilescounty.org/ Giles County, Virginia Administration]
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== History  ==
 
== History  ==
 
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==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~vagiles/placesingilescounty.htm Towns in Giles County, Virginia]
 
 
[http://www.pearisburg.org/noteaboutourTown.htm A Note about Our Town Pearisburg, Virginia]
 
  
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
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Heinegg, Paul. [http://freeafricanamericans.com/gilescounty.htm "Giles County Register of Free Negroes, 1816-1864,"] ''Free African Americans.com'', available online.  
 
Heinegg, Paul. [http://freeafricanamericans.com/gilescounty.htm "Giles County Register of Free Negroes, 1816-1864,"] ''Free African Americans.com'', available online.  
  
*Kegley, Mary B. ''Free People of Colour: Free Negroes, Indians, Portuguese and Freed Slaves''. Wytheville, Virginia: Kegley Books, 2003. Available at {{FHL|1234067|title-id|disp=FHL}}; digital version at [http://contentdm.lib.byu.edu/u?/FH42,53652 BYU Family History Archives]. [Includes information from Giles County.]
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*Kegley, Mary B. ''Free People of Colour: Free Negroes, Indians, Portuguese and Freed Slaves''. Wytheville, Virginia: Kegley Books, 2003. Available at {{FSbook|69756}} {{FHL|1234067|title-id|disp=FHL}} (Includes information from Giles County.)
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==== Bible Records  ====
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{{VABible}}
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
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{{RAOGKcemetery}}  
 
{{RAOGKcemetery}}  
  
*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/virginia/giles.html Tombstone Transcription Project Giles County] - cemetery transcriptions - USGenWeb  
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*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/virginia/giles.html Tombstone Transcription Project Giles County] - cemetery transcriptions - USGenWeb
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~vagiles/cemeteries.htm Giles County, Virginia Cemeteries]
 
*[http://www.genealogy-quest.com/virginia/Giles/cemeteries/index.html Giles County, Virginia Cemeteries]
 
  
 
==== Census  ====
 
==== Census  ====
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*Davis, Charley L. ''Giles County, Virginia 1860 Census Annotated: Family Histories - Births - Marriages - Deaths''. Virginia?: C.L. Davis, 1991. Available at {{FHL|468283|title-id|disp=FHL}}.
 
*Davis, Charley L. ''Giles County, Virginia 1860 Census Annotated: Family Histories - Births - Marriages - Deaths''. Virginia?: C.L. Davis, 1991. Available at {{FHL|468283|title-id|disp=FHL}}.
  
==== Church  ====
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==== Church Records ====
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===== Baptist  =====
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Early Baptist churches (with years constituted):
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#Blue Stone (1804)<ref name="baptist" />
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#Sinking Creek (1796)<ref name="baptist">Robert Baylor Semple and George William Beale, ''A History of the Rise and Progress of the Baptists in Virginia'' (Pitt and Dickinson, 1894), 349, 421. Digital version at [http://books.google.com/books?id=t6RhTC8ziQQC Google Books].</ref>
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Giles County fell within the bounds of the New River Association and the Greenbrier Association.
  
==== Court  ====
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==== Court Records ====
  
 
'''''Chancery Court'''''  
 
'''''Chancery Court'''''  
  
Indexes (1807-1936) and images (1807-1929) to Giles County, Virginia Chancery Records are available online through [http://www.virginiamemory.com/collections/chancery/ Virginia Memory: Chancery Records Index]. These records, often concerned with inheritance disputes, contain a wealth of genealogical information
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Indexes (1807-1936) and images (1807-1929) to Giles County, Virginia Chancery Records are available online through [http://www.virginiamemory.com/collections/chancery/ Virginia Memory: Chancery Records Index]. These records, often concerned with inheritance disputes, contain a wealth of genealogical information.  
 
 
[http://ead.lib.virginia.edu/vivaxtf/view?docId=lva/vi02913.xml A Giles to Giles County Virginia Chancery Causes, 1807-1929.]
 
  
 
==== Genealogy  ====
 
==== Genealogy  ====
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More than 25 genealogies have been published about Giles County families. To view a list, visit [[Giles County, Virginia Genealogy]].  
 
More than 25 genealogies have been published about Giles County families. To view a list, visit [[Giles County, Virginia Genealogy]].  
  
==== Land  ====
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==== Land and Property ====
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
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==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
 
Giles County, Virginia Map
 
 
[http://www.livgenmi.com/1895/VA/County/giles.htm Giles county, Virginia 1895]
 
 
[[]]
 
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
  
 
===== '''''Revolutionary War'''''  =====
 
===== '''''Revolutionary War'''''  =====
 
[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~vacraig/GilesREVWARpension.html Revolutionary War Pension Appilcations]
 
  
 
*Kegley, Mary B. ''Revolutionary War Pension Applications of Southwest Virginia Soldiers''. n.p.: M.B. Kegley, 1997. Available at {{FHL|677541|title-id|disp=FHL}}. [Includes Giles County pensioners.]  
 
*Kegley, Mary B. ''Revolutionary War Pension Applications of Southwest Virginia Soldiers''. n.p.: M.B. Kegley, 1997. Available at {{FHL|677541|title-id|disp=FHL}}. [Includes Giles 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 [http://www2.census.gov/prod2/decennial/documents/1840c-01.pdf U.S. Census Bureau] and [http://books.google.com/books?id=W7JYAAAAMAAJ Google Books] ''et. al''. 1967 reprint: {{FHL|282860|item}} 973 X2pc 1840. [See Virginia, Western District, Giles County on page 134.]  
 
*''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 [http://www2.census.gov/prod2/decennial/documents/1840c-01.pdf U.S. Census Bureau] and [http://books.google.com/books?id=W7JYAAAAMAAJ Google Books] ''et. al''. 1967 reprint: {{FHL|282860|item}} 973 X2pc 1840. [See Virginia, Western District, Giles 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&nbsp;"an Added Index to States." {{FHL|287870|item}} 973 M24ur; digital version at [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=48141 Ancestry] ($). [Includes veterans from this county; Virginia section begins on page 238.]
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*''Rejected or Suspended Applications for Revolutionary War Pensions''. Washington, D.C., 1852. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1969, and 1991. Reprints include&nbsp;"an Added Index to States." {{FHL|287870|item|disp=FHL Book 973 M24ur}}; digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=48141 Ancestry] ($). [Includes veterans from this county; Virginia section begins on page 238.]
  
 
===== War of 1812  =====
 
===== War of 1812  =====
  
Giles County men served in the 86th Regiment.<ref>Stuart Lee Butler, ''A Guide to Virginia Militia Units in the War of 1812'' (Athens, Ga.: Iberian Pub. Co., 1988), 90. {{FHL|669440|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2bs}}.</ref>
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Giles County men served in the 86th Regiment.<ref>Stuart Lee Butler, ''A Guide to Virginia Militia Units in the War of 1812'' (Athens, Ga.: Iberian Pub. Co., 1988), 90. {{FHL|669440|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2bs}}.</ref>  
  
 
*''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|286899|item}} 973 M2Lp v. 5; digital versions at [http://books.google.com/books?id=t7oqAAAAMAAJ Google Books] and [http://www.archive.org/details/listpensionerso02buregoog Internet Archive]. [See Vol. 5, Virginia, Giles County, p. 81. Identifies War of 1812 veterans living in this county in 1883.]
 
*''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|286899|item}} 973 M2Lp v. 5; digital versions at [http://books.google.com/books?id=t7oqAAAAMAAJ Google Books] and [http://www.archive.org/details/listpensionerso02buregoog Internet Archive]. [See Vol. 5, Virginia, Giles County, p. 81. Identifies War of 1812 veterans living in this county in 1883.]
  
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:- [[7th Battalion, Virginia Infantry, Local Defense (1st Nitre Battalion) (Confederate)|7th Battalion, Virginia Infantry, Local Defense (1st Nitre Battalion) (Confederate)]]. Company D (The Mountain Boomers).<ref>David F. Riggs, ''7th Virginia Infantry'' (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1982). {{FHL|342012|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 3}}.</ref>
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:- [[23rd Battalion, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)|23rd Battalion, Virginia Infantry Reserves (Confederate)]]. Company G.<ref>J.L. Scott, ''23rd Battalion Virginia Infantry'' (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, c1991). {{FHL|479129|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 79}}.</ref>
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:- [[24th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)|24th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)]]. Company F (New River Rifles).<ref>Ralph White Gunn, ''24th Virginia Infantry'' (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1987). {{FHL|577176|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 34}}.</ref>
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:- [[32nd Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)|32nd Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)]]. Companies A, B, G, and K.<ref>Les Jensen, ''32nd Virginia Infantry'' (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1990). {{FHL|406591|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 70}}.</ref>
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:- [[34th Battalion, Virginia Cavalry (Witcher's Battalion, Virginia Mounted Rifles) (Confederate)|34th Battalion, Virginia Cavalry (Witcher's Battalion, Virginia Mounted Rifles) (Confederate)]]. Company K.<ref>Scott C. Cole, ''34th Virginia Cavalry'' (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1993). {{FHL|676842|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 94}}.</ref>
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Records and histories are available, including:
  
*Virginia, Civil War {{RecordSearch|1932382|Service Records of Confederate Soldiers 1861-1865}}
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*Virginia, Civil War {{RecordSearch|1932382|Service Records of Confederate Soldiers 1861-1865}}  
 
*Virginia, Civil War {{RecordSearch|1932427|Service Records of Union Soldiers 1861-1865}}
 
*Virginia, Civil War {{RecordSearch|1932427|Service Records of Union Soldiers 1861-1865}}
  
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==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
  
[http://www.virginianleader.com/ Virginia Leader Serving Giles &amp; Monroe Counties since 1857]
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{{VAnews}}  
 
 
{{RAOGKobituary}}
 
  
 
==== Private Papers  ====
 
==== Private Papers  ====
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*French, David. Day Book, v. 2, 1835-1837. Original records, Giles County Courthouse, Pearisburg, Va.; also available on microfilm at {{FHL|783779|title-id|disp=FHL}}. [Book seems to be an account or ledger book for a private business or store. David French may have been the secretary or owner. Name and location of store or business was not given.]
 
*French, David. Day Book, v. 2, 1835-1837. Original records, Giles County Courthouse, Pearisburg, Va.; also available on microfilm at {{FHL|783779|title-id|disp=FHL}}. [Book seems to be an account or ledger book for a private business or store. David French may have been the secretary or owner. Name and location of store or business was not given.]
  
==== Probate  ====
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==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
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==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
  
[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~vagiles/gilescountymarriages1880.htm Gilest County, Virginia Marriage Records]
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===== Marriage =====
  
[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~vagiles/DeathCertificates.html Giles County, Virginia Death Records]  
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*'''1740-1850''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3723 Virginia Marriages 1740-1850] (Ancestry) ($).
  
[http://www.genealogy-quest.com/virginia/Giles/vital-records/index.html Giles County, Virginia Vital Records]
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===== Vital Record Substitutes  =====
  
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{{Tip|For birth, marriage, and death record substitutes, see [[{{PAGENAME}}#Bible Records|Bible Records]], [[{{PAGENAME}}#Cemeteries|Cemeteries]], [[{{PAGENAME}}#Church Records|Church Records]], [[{{PAGENAME}}#Newspapers|Newspapers]], and [[{{PAGENAME}}#Probate Records|Probate Records]].}}  
  
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
  
[http://www.newriverheritage.org/members-giles.htm Rever Giver Heritage Coalition Giles County Historical Society]
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==== Family History Centers<br> ====
 
 
[http://www.gilescountyhistorical.org/museumShop.htm Giles county, Virginia Historical Society]
 
 
 
==== Family History Centers<br> ====
 
  
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]  
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]  
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*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
 
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
*[http://gilescounty.net/ Web Portal.for &nbsp;Giles County.net]
 
*[http://www.geol.vt.edu/outreach/vtso/Giles-Intensity.html Giles County, Virginia Earthquake of May 31, 1897]
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giles_County,_Virginia Giles County, Virginia Wikipedia]
 
*[http://imagebase.lib.vt.edu/browse.php?folio_ID=/lh/gil Giles County, Virginia Images]
 
*[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJMXMhSHOw8 Giles County, Virginia UTube]
 
*[http://bridgehunter.com/va/giles/ Giles County, Virginia Bridges]
 
*[http://www.genealogy-quest.com/virginia/Giles/family.html Giles County, Virginia Families]
 
*[http://www.genealogy-quest.com/virginia/Giles/biographies/index.html Giles County, Virginia Biographies]
 
*[http://www.genealogy-quest.com/virginia/Giles/pictures/index.html Giles County, Virginia Photos]
 
 
*{{FHL|Virginia%2C+Giles|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
 
*{{FHL|Virginia%2C+Giles|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
 
*[http://www.cyndislist.com/us/va/counties/giles/ Cyndi's List]
 
*[http://www.cyndislist.com/us/va/counties/giles/ Cyndi's List]
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Giles County, Virginia genealogy and family history research page. Guide to Giles County (established 1806) genealogy, history, and courthouse sources including birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, wills, deeds and land records, Civil War records, Revolutionary War records, family histories, cemeteries, churches, tax records, newspapers, and obituaries.

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Giles County, Virginia
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Boundary map of Giles County, Virginia
Map of Virginia highlighting Giles County
Location in the state of Virginia
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Location of Virginia in the U.S.
Facts
Founded 1806
County Seat Pearisburg
Courthouse


County Courthouse

Giles County Courthouse, Pearisburg, Va.

Giles County Courthouse
501 Wenonah Ave
P O Box 502
Pearisburg, Va 24134
Phone: 540-626-7075

Clerk Circuit Court has marriage records from 1806,
birth and death records 185801896
divorce, probate court and land records.[1]


Beginning Dates for Giles County, Virginia Genealogy Government Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1853 1806 1853 1810 1806 1806

History

Gov. William B. Giles (1762-1830)

The county was named after Virginia Senator William B. Giles (1762-1830), who later served as the Virginia's Governor.

Parent County

1806--Giles County was created 16 January 1806 from Montgomery, Monroe County (West Virginia), Tazewell  and  Wythe Counties.
County seat: Pearisburg [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

  • Lost census: 1890

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Resources

African American


Freedmen's Bureau Letters or Correspondence, 1865-1872

Heinegg, Paul. "Giles County Register of Free Negroes, 1816-1864," Free African Americans.com, available online.

  • Kegley, Mary B. Free People of Colour: Free Negroes, Indians, Portuguese and Freed Slaves. Wytheville, Virginia: Kegley Books, 2003. Available at FamilySearch Books Online FHL (Includes information from Giles County.)

Bible Records

Images of the Virginia Historical Society's family Bible collection have been digitized:

Additional Bible records include:


Cemeteries

Census

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


Historical populations
Census Pop.
18103,745
18204,52120.7%
18305,27416.7%
18405,3070.6%
18506,57023.8%
18606,8834.8%
18705,875−14.6%
18808,79449.7%
18909,0903.4%
190010,79318.7%
191011,6237.7%
192011,9012.4%
193012,8047.6%
194014,63514.3%
195018,95629.5%
196017,219−9.2%
197016,741−2.8%
198017,8106.4%
199016,366−8.1%
200016,6571.8%


1810

  • Schreiner-Yantis, Netti. 1810 Census of Giles County, Virginia. Springfield, Va.: N. Schreiner-Yantis, 1970. Available at FHL.
  • 1810 Census of Giles County, Virginia. Beverly, W. Va.: Crickard, 1979. Available at FHL; digital version at Ancestry ($).

1840

  • 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 Giles County.]

1860

  • Davis, Charley L. Giles County, Virginia 1860 Census Annotated: Family Histories - Births - Marriages - Deaths. Virginia?: C.L. Davis, 1991. Available at FHL.

Church Records

Baptist

Early Baptist churches (with years constituted):

  1. Blue Stone (1804)[3]
  2. Sinking Creek (1796)[3]

Giles County fell within the bounds of the New River Association and the Greenbrier Association.

Court Records

Chancery Court

Indexes (1807-1936) and images (1807-1929) to Giles County, Virginia Chancery Records are available online through Virginia Memory: Chancery Records Index. These records, often concerned with inheritance disputes, contain a wealth of genealogical information.

Genealogy

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

Land and Property

Local Histories

  • Friend, Robert C. Giles County, 1806-1956: A History. Pearisburg, Va.: Giles County Chamber of Commerce, 1956?. Available at FHL; digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • Johnston, David E. A History of Middle New River Settlements and Contiguous Territory. Bowie, Maryland: Heritage Books, 1988. Available at FHL.

Maps

Military

Revolutionary War
  • Kegley, Mary B. Revolutionary War Pension Applications of Southwest Virginia Soldiers. n.p.: M.B. Kegley, 1997. Available at FHL. [Includes Giles 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, Giles 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 Book 973 M24ur; digital version at Ancestry ($). [Includes veterans from this county; Virginia section begins on page 238.]
War of 1812

Giles County men served in the 86th Regiment.[4]

  • 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, Giles County, p. 81. Identifies War of 1812 veterans living in this county in 1883.]
Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Giles County, Virginia Genealogy served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Giles County, Virginia Genealogy:


- 7th Battalion, Virginia Infantry, Local Defense (1st Nitre Battalion) (Confederate). Company D (The Mountain Boomers).[5]
- 23rd Battalion, Virginia Infantry Reserves (Confederate). Company G.[6]
- 24th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate). Company F (New River Rifles).[7]
- 32nd Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate). Companies A, B, G, and K.[8]
- 34th Battalion, Virginia Cavalry (Witcher's Battalion, Virginia Mounted Rifles) (Confederate). Company K.[9]

Records and histories are available, including:

Naturalization

Newspapers

The Virginia Newspapers Project identifies local Giles County, Virginia Genealogy newspapers.


Private Papers

  • French, David. Day Book, v. 2, 1835-1837. Original records, Giles County Courthouse, Pearisburg, Va.; also available on microfilm at FHL. [Book seems to be an account or ledger book for a private business or store. David French may have been the secretary or owner. Name and location of store or business was not given.]

Probate Records

Taxation

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  • [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. Giles County is included in Vol. 5.]
  • [1815] Schreiner-Yantis, Netti. 1815 Tax List of Giles County, Virginia: Abstracts of 300 Deeds and Surveys, 1806-1830; Detailed Map of Area Covered by Tax Collector. Springfield, Va.: N. Schreiner-Yantis, 1971. Available at FHL.

Vital Records

Indexes to Giles 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

Marriage
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Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

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References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Giles County, Virginia. Page 714 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. 3.0 3.1 Robert Baylor Semple and George William Beale, A History of the Rise and Progress of the Baptists in Virginia (Pitt and Dickinson, 1894), 349, 421. Digital version at Google Books.
  4. Stuart Lee Butler, A Guide to Virginia Militia Units in the War of 1812 (Athens, Ga.: Iberian Pub. Co., 1988), 90. FHL Book 975.5 M2bs.
  5. David F. Riggs, 7th Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1982). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 3.
  6. J.L. Scott, 23rd Battalion Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, c1991). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 79.
  7. Ralph White Gunn, 24th Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1987). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 34.
  8. Les Jensen, 32nd Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1990). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 70.
  9. Scott C. Cole, 34th Virginia Cavalry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1993). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 94.