Washington County, Virginia

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New River Valley History:

New River History and Genealogy Discussion Group

For discussion of history and genealogy of the New River Valley of North Carolina and Virginia you are welcomed to join the New River History and Genealogy Discussion Group.

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New River Notes — Complete

January 21, 2014

After about two years of work we have completed a major upgrade to New River Notes. On January 21, 2014 we switched in the last of the updated files and final page revisions.

In January 2013 we introduced the new site layout but because there were many pages left to do there was a big red Under Construction on the front page. A year later we've finished all of the pages that were on the original site. Construction is complete. We have a great looking site full of material to help you in your research and possibly entertain you.

New River Notes

January 6, 2013

New River Notes, a leading genealogy resource for the New River Valley of North Carolina and Virginia, launched its new look website today.

new river valley mapNew River Notes was originally launched in 1998 by Jeffrey C. Weaver providing New River Valley researchers with a new wealth of information and that tradition is continued today by the Grayson County, Virginia Heritage Foundation, Inc.

Welcome and we hope you enjoy our new look.

Washington County Seal

Washington County, Virginia

Washington County, Virginia was named for General George Washington. The county was established on 7 December 1776 from Fincastle County (extinct). The county courthouse was established at Black's Fort which became the incorporated town of Abingdon in 1778.

Each of these counties were formed from Washington County:

  • Russell County in 1786,
  • Lee County in 1793,
  • Tazewell County in 1800,
  • Scott County in 1814,
  • Smyth County in 1832,
  • Wise County in 1836,
  • Buchanan County in 1858,
  • Dickenson County in 1880.

General information for researchers can be found at:

Wikipedia history overview of Washington County
Public records: Washington County Clerk
History and genealogy: Historical Society of Washington County, Virginia