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The Clerk of Circuit Court is a constitutional officer required by
the Constitution of Virginia and elected by the citizens of Isle of
Wight County. The office was established in colonial times to preserve
and make accessible to the public important records, such as deeds and
other documents relating to the ownership of real estate and court
records. Today the office serves as support for Circuit Court Judges,
maintains County records and provides various services to Isle of Wight
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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
Genealogy / ResearchThe 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
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.
Fort Boykin Fire Source Unknown
Sad Day for Old Smithfield Jail built in 1902
A winery at the 'Castle?' (read the entire story)
The Isle of Wight Historical Society wisely concluded that, while the Charles Driver Jordan House should certainly be preserved, it is outside the society's ability to undertake the task . . .
The IWCHS has reluctantly come to the conclusion that they can no longer pursue the restoration of the Jordan House and have turned it back to the owners Henry Morgan and Richard Turner. The hope still is that someone will buy the property, move and restore the house or use the massive structural timbers, flooring, and the massive curved staircase in another project.
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This Page Updated:May 17, 2013