Bedford County Records Available (not online):

Bedford County land records: deeds from 1754

Bedford County naturalization records: none

Bedford County vital records: births from 1853; deaths from 1853; marriages from 1754

Bedford County probate records: from 1754

Bedford County census records: from 1810 (1790, 1800, and 1890 censuses lost)

Bentley, E. P. (1995). County Courthouse Book (2nd ed.). Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publication Co., Inc., p. 366

Everton Pub. (2002). Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America (10th ed.). Draper, UT: Everton Pub, p. 710


Bedford County Department Contact Information

Bedford County History

Bedford County was established in 1753 with land from Albemarle and Lunenburg Counties.

“The Fourth Duke of Bedford, John Russell, gave Bedford its name. In 1754 Bedford County was formed from Lunenburg County and was named for Bedford, who was then Secretary of State for Great Britain during the reign of King George II. Although New London, in Bedford’s eastern section, was the first county seat, the seat was moved to the more centrally located town of Liberty in 1782. This is the present-day Town of Bedford.”

“Bedford County is one of the fastest-growing counties in the Commonwealth of Virginia. It encompasses 764 square miles of Piedmont Plateau in the Western Central portion of Virginia and is bordered by the Blue Ridge Mountains to the west, the James River on its northeast and Smith Mountain Lake to the south. It has rolling, hilly terrain with elevations ranging from 800 to 4200 feet above sea level.”

“In 1782, the Town of Liberty (now the Town of Bedford) was established. The Town of Liberty was changed to the Town of Bedford in 1890 and to the City of Bedford in 1912 to the now present day Town of Bedford. The town covers an area of 6.81 square miles of history, culture, outstanding architecture, boutiques and fine dining.”

from Visit Bedford “History”


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