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Guide to Greene County Virginia ancestry, family history, and genealogy. birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, immigration records, and military records.

Greene County, Virginia
Boundary map of Greene County, Virginia
Map of Virginia highlighting Greene County
Location in the state of Virginia, United States Genealogy
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Location of Virginia in the U.S.
Founded 1838
County Seat Stanardsville

County Information


Greene County is located in the Central portion of the Commonwealth of Virginia and was named in honor of Nathanael Greene who gained fame in the Revolutionary War as second-in-command to General George Washington[1].

Greene County Virginia Courthouse

Greene County Courthouse
P.O. Box 386
Standardsville, VA 22973-0386
Phone 434-985-5208

Clerk Circuit Court has birth records 1853-1896
and 1912-1919, death records 1838-1860
marriage, divorce, probate, court and land records from 1838[2]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[3]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1853 1838 1838 1838 1838 1838 1810
Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1912.
General compliance year is unknown.

Greene County Virginia History

General Nathanael Greene (1742-1786)

The county is named after Revolutionary War General Nathanael Greene (1742-1786).

Parent County

1838--Greene County was created 24 January 1838 from Orange County.
County seat: Stanardsville [2]

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating Virginia county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Virginia County Boundary Maps" (1617-1995) may be viewed for free at the website.

Record Loss


During the American Civil War the county's Deed Book 1, 1838-1841 was lost. A courthouse fire on 24 October 1979 left some court records with water damage.[4]

  • Lost census: 1890

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

Greene County Virginia Places/Localities

Populated Places

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[5]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places

Greene County Virginia Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

  • Dorman, John Frederick. "A Guide to the Counties of Virginia: Greene County," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 12, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1968):106-107. Digital version at FHL; digital version at American Ancestors ($).

African American

Bible Records

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


Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county Family History Library
VA Gravestones WorldCat Billion Graves
VAGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
Billion Graves
See Virginia Cemeteries for more information.


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1840 4,232
1850 4,400 4.0%
1860 5,022 14.1%
1870 4,634 −7.7%
1880 5,830 25.8%
1890 5,622 −3.6%
1900 6,214 10.5%
1910 6,937 11.6%
1920 6,369 −8.2%
1930 5,980 −6.1%
1940 5,218 −12.7%
1950 4,745 −9.1%
1960 4,715 −0.6%
1970 5,248 11.3%
1980 7,625 45.3%
1990 10,297 35.0%
2000 15,244 48.0%
2010 18,403 20.7%
Source: "".

Church Records


Library of Virginia's Chancery Record Index can be used to search for Greene County chancery records for the years 1838-1961. Original records located at the Library of Virginia.

Funeral Homes


Compiled Genealogies by Surname

Land and Property

Grants and Patents

Land patents (pre-1779), land grants (after 1779) and surveys are available online at the Library of Virginia website. For step-by-step instructions on retrieving these records, read the Virginia Land and Property article.

Local Histories


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Revolutionary War
  • 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, Greene County on pages 130-131.]
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 Greene 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, Greene County, p. 82. Identifies War of 1812 veterans living in this county in 1883.]
Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Greene 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 Greene County, Virginia Genealogy:

- 7th Battalion, Virginia Infantry, Local Defense (1st Nitre Battalion) (Confederate). Company F.[6]
- 34th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate). Company D (Greene Rough and Readys) and Company K (King and Queen Artillery).[7]

Miscellaneous Records


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

  • 2011-present - Greene County Record (Stanardsville, Va.) at Genealogy Bank ($).

Probate Records

Online Probate Records

  • Images of Wills, Estates, Deeds, Bonds 1838-1860; 1860-1925. Virginia Pioneers ($)
  • Images of WIlls, Estates, Deeds, Bonds in the Circuit Court 1842-1891. Virginia Pioneers ($)


Vital Records

Indexes to Greene 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. See also How to order Virginia Vital Records


Beth Fridley has published abstracts of Greene County, Virginia birth records online at Ancestry:

  • Greene County, Virginia Births, 1853-1871 [database on-line]. Available at Ancestry ($).
  • Greene County, Virginia Births, 1872-1878 [database on-line]. Available at Ancestry ($).
  • Greene County, Virginia Births, 1879-1887 [database on-line]. Available at Ancestry ($).
  • Greene County, Virginia Births, 1888-1896 [database on-line]. Available at Ancestry ($).
  • 1838-1944 - Greene County Marriage Index 1838-1944. Batch M868754 at FamilySearch - free.[8]
Vital Record Substitutes

Greene County Virginia Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Libraries

Greene County Virginia Genealogy Websites

Greene County Virginia Genealogy References

  2. 2.0 2.1 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Greene County, Virginia. Page 714 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Greene County, Virginia . Page 710-723 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 715-720.
  4. Lost Records Localities: Counties and Cities with Missing Records, 5, in Library of Virginia (accessed 4 April 2014).
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Greene _ County,_Virginia," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Virginia#Communities accessed 20 January 2020.
  6. David F. Riggs, 7th Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1982). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 3.
  7. Johnny L. Scott, 34th Virginia Infantry (Appomattox, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1999). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 135.
  8. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at