Welcome to the Isle of Wight County (Virginia) Historical Society

Antioch Church on Antioch Road

Hear Ye  Hear Ye

Swigs and Swine
3 p.m. Sunday, June 12
A Special Program of the Isle of Wight County Museum

Taste some history! Join us for a sumptuous afternoon of beer & pork.

We'll begin at the Isle of Wight County Museum where the curator will showcase Smithfield's ham history as well as the in-residence world's oldest ham. Afterwards, we'll stroll to Wharf Hill Brewing Company for a flight of beer expertly paired with the perfect pork. It will be a superlative adventure full of flavors that compliment and linger...the perfect recipe for your very own hog heaven.

$25 per person. Reservations required.
757.356.1223 or jengland@smithfieldva
 
 
 
Interpreting local history, the museum’s exhibits include prehistoric fossils, Native American and Colonial artifacts, a country store and the museum’s most notable artifact - the world’s oldest, edible cured ham. The 1902 pork product exemplifies the patented Smithfield curing process. Admission is $2 for adults.

The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The museum is closed New Year's Day, Easter, Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and staff in-service day.

 

Windsor Castle Kitchen Outbuilding

Wolftrap Plantation on Emanual Church Road

Roland Edwards house, now owned by Thomas Barlow ... after fire in 2006

Old Bethany Church

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Family Search Project Update

The FamilySearch project has been completed. All digital images of genealogical/historical records, including deeds, wills, marriage records, order books, land tax books, bond books, etc. can now be viewed on the FamilySearch website.

The link to FamilySearch has been provided on our Home Page – Genealogy section.
Working with Tony Gilreath from FamilySearch was a pleasure, and the project ran smoothly.

I also want to thank the Isle of Wight County Historical Society and all those who volunteered their time in unfolding all loose papers and documents and preparing the documents for digitization. The efforts of the volunteers made it possible to complete this project within a four-month period.

On a personal note, thank you again Volunteers! Your time is greatly appreciated.
Sharon Jones, Clerk


Genealogy / Research

The Clerk’s Office of the Circuit Court is a good place to conduct genealogical research. The Clerk’s Office contains the following materials:
Will records beginning in the 1600′s
Deed records beginning in the early 1700′s
Birth records 1853 to 1885
Death records 1853 to 1876
Marriage records beginning in 1772

We invite you to visit our spacious records room, where you can view documents on our public computers or pull the actual books from the shelves.

The Clerk’s office provides SRA (secure remote access) to our land records.($300.00 for six months subscription. SRA provides Internet access to Deeds and Wills…Date Range 1647 to present for Wills; and Date Range 1701 to present for Deeds. Also available are Marriage Licenses, Judgments, and Financing Statements…Date Range 1993 to present. The hardware and software used to generate these electronic records are supplied and maintained by Logan Systems, Inc.
 
If you are interested in signing up for SRA, please read our SRA cover letter and submit an application.

SRA Cover Letter
SRA Application

In 1980 documents of pre-1913 chancery causes (also known as “loose papers”) were transferred to the Library of Virginia, and said documents were then scanned and indexed by LVA, and are available to anyone free of charge. Just visit http://www.virginiamemory.com/collections/chancery/, or simply go the http://www.lva.virginia.gov/ and search for Chancery Records Index. The digital images as well as the original case files are maintained at LVA at no cost to the County.
 
For additional records and information on how to begin tracing your family history visit the Library of Virginia’s Website. Many of the records stored in the Clerk’s Office can be accessed through this link.

On May 21, 2012 FamilySearch began capturing digital images of genealogical/historical records, including deeds, wills, marriage records, order books, land tax books, bond books, etc from 1647 to 1917. Today, all of these records are available online through the FamilySearch website.

For your convenience, if the researcher provides a book and page number reference, the Clerk’s Office staff will make copies at a cost of 50 cents per page. When you send in your request, please be sure to include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for returning of documents.
 

 

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This Page Updated:May 31, 2016