Wise County, Virginia Genealogy

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Wise County, Virginia
Map
Boundary map of Wise County, Virginia
Map of Virginia highlighting Wise County
Location in the state of Virginia
Map of the U.S. highlighting Virginia
Location of Virginia in the U.S.
Facts
Founded 1856
County Seat Wise
Courthouse
United States  Gotoarrow.png  Virginia  Gotoarrow.png  Wise County 
Southwest Virginia county.

County Courthouse

Wise County Courthouse
206 East Main Street
P.O. Box 1248
Room 245
Wise, VA 24293
276-328-6111

  • Circuit Clerk has marriage and divorce records from 1856 as well as probate and land records.[1]
Beginning Dates for Wise County, Virginia Genealogy Government Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate

History

Gov. Henry A. Wise (1806-1876)

The county is named after Virginia Governor Henry A. Wise (1806-1876), who was in office at the time of Wise County's organization. He later served as a Confederate States Army General during the Civil War.[2]

Parent County

1856--Wise County was created 16 February 1856 from Lee, Russell, and Scott Counties.
County seat: Wise [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

  • Lost census: 1890

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Biographies

Cemeteries

Census

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1860 Agriculture Census

1890 Union Veterans

Church

Court

Chancery Court

  • Indexes (1855-1925) and images (1855-1912) to Wise County, Virginia Chancery Records are available online through <a href="http://www.virginiamemory.com/collections/chancery/">Virginia Memory: Chancery Records Index</a>. These records, often concerned with inheritance disputes, contain a wealth of genealogical information.

Genealogy

More than 25 genealogies have been published about Wise County families. To view a list, visit <a href="Wise County, Virginia Genealogy">Wise County, Virginia Genealogy</a>.

Land

Local Histories

Maps

Military

War of 1812
Civil War

Virginia, Civil War <a href="https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1932382">Service Records of Confederate Soldiers 1861-1865</a>

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


Virginia, The Civil War in Wise County, Virginia: 1861-1865. Wise, VA: Wise County Historical Society, 2004. <a href="http://www.worldcat.org/title/civil-war-in-wise-county-virginia-1861-1865/oclc/55613219&referer=brief_results">WorldCat</a> page.

Naturalization


Virginia <a href="https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1877093">Naturalization Petitions, 1906-1929</a>
Newspapers

Private Papers


Virginia, <a href="https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1932510">Historical Society Papers, 1607-2007</a>
<a href="https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1932510">Probate</a>

Research Guides

Taxation

<a href="Virginia Tax Lists">How can Virginia tax lists help me?</a>

Vital Records

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Birth

Death

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Websites

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. "Henry A. Wise," in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_A._Wise, accessed 13 January 2012.
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