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Since Norfolk was created in 1845, the Civil War records for the men of this area will usually be found in the city records, rather than county records.<br>
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Revision as of 02:13, 27 March 2013

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Norfolk, Virginia
—  Independent City  —
Founded 1845
Website http://www.norfolk.gov/




Parent County

1845--Norfolk was created in 1845 from Norfolk County. [1]



Don's List contains Norfolk telephone directories for 1957, 1961-1962, and 1964.

Family Histories



Civil War
Civil War Battle

The following Civil War battle was fought in Norfolk:

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



  • 1804-1816 - Norfolk Gazette and Publick Ledger at Google News - free.
  • 1811-1859 - Norfolk & Portsmouth Herald at Google News - free.
  • 1820-1833 - The Norfolk and Portsmouth Herald at Google News - free.

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.


  • 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 Norfolk silversmiths.]


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


How can Virginia tax lists help me?

Vital Records

  • Tucker, George Holbert. Abstracts from Norfolk City Marriage Bonds [1797-1850]. [Norfolk, Va.?]: William H. Delaney, 1934. Available at FHL; digital version at World Vital Records ($).

Societies and Libraries



  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 7 August 2012).