Upper Norfolk County, Virginia Genealogy

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United States  Gotoarrow.png  Virginia  Gotoarrow.png  Upper Norfolk County

Upper Norfolk was a county, now extinct, in seventeenth-century Virginia.

County Courthouse

The original records of Upper Norfolk County, Virginia are now held at the Chesapeake City Courthouse, Chesapeake, Va. and at the Library of Virginia, Richmond, Va.


Parent County

1637-- New Norfolk County was split and renamed Upper Norfolk and Lower Norfolk.

Boundary Changes

1646-- Upper Norfolk County was renamed Nansemond County.

Record Loss


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties





Church of England

Gotoarrow.png See also East Parish
Gotoarrow.png See also Elizabeth River Parish
Gotoarrow.png See also Lower Parish
Gotoarrow.png See also South Parish
Gotoarrow.png See also Upper Parish
Gotoarrow.png See also West Parish




It is anticipated that this bibliography will eventually identify all known family histories published about residents of this county. Use this list to:

  • Locate publications about direct ancestors
  • Find the most updated accounts of an ancestor's family
  • Identify publications, to quote Elizabeth Shown Mills, about an ancestor's "FAN Club" [Friends, Associates, and Neighbors]
  • [Gookin] Thornton, J. Wingate. "The Gookin Family," The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol. 1 (1847):345-352. Digital versions at Google Books, Internet Archive, and New England Ancestors ($).
  • [Gookin] Gookins, Richard N. A History and Genealogy of the Gookin Family of England, Ireland, and America. Rev. ed. Salem, Ore.: R.N. Gookins, 1991. FHL Book 929.273 G641g 1991 and supp..
  • [Newton] "Notes and Queries," The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol. 39 (1885):194. Digital version at New England Ancestors ($). [Announces plans of Mr. Virginius Newton to publish a family history on the Newtons of Lower Norfolk, Nansemond, and Stafford counties.]
  • [Smithwick] Brayton, John Anderson. Order of First Families of North Carolina Ancestor Biographies Vol. 1. Memphis, Tenn., 2011. FHL Book 975.6 D3bj v. 1.


Headright grants identify many Upper Norfolk County, Virginia Genealogy immigrants who arrived before 1720.[1] The Virginia Immigration article provides tips about using this source.

Additional resources include:


Local Histories





London Courts


Vital Records

Societies and Libraries

Web Sites

  • USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
  • Family History Library Catalog


  1. John Frederick Dorman, "Review of Cavaliers and Pioneers," in The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 24, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1980):221. Digital version at American Ancestors ($). FHL Book 975.5 B2vg v. 24 (1980)