- Albemarle County Courthouse, 401 McIntire Road | Charlottesville, VA 22902
Albemarle County, Virginia “was formed in 1744 by an act of the General Assembly. Its original land area included today’s counties of Amherst, Buckingham, Fluvanna, and Nelson, much of Appomattox and part of Campbell. Albemarle County assumed its present boundaries in 1777. It was named in honor of William Ann Keppel, second Earl of Albemarle, who was then governor of the colony. The first county seat was located in Scottsville. In 1761, however, county government was moved to Charlottesville, which was established as a town in 1762 and established as a city on 1888.”*
Neighboring counties currently include Greene, Orange, Louisa, Fluvanna, Buckingham, Nelson, Augusta, Rockingham Counties in Virginia.
Vital records, land records, tax records, and voting records are some records potentially kept at the county level. Many county histories include the history of the area, the early inhabitants and notable people, early officers and representatives, military service, the geology, roads, and waterways and more. County histories can provide valuable information about our ancestors and the information may include women, for whom records are often more difficult to obtain.
Online Albermarle County Histories and related historical material include:
Albemarle County (Virginia) A hand book giving a description of its topography, climate, geology, minerals, fruits, plants, history, educational, agricultural and manufacturing advantages, and inducements the county offers the industrious and intelligent farmer and manufacturer, by William Henry Seamon, 1888
Memorial history of the John Bowie Strange Camp, United Confederate Veterans, including some account of others who served in the Confederate Armies from Albemarle County, together with brief sketches of the Albemarle Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and the R. T. W. Duke Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans … Publishing committee: C. B. Linney, Channing M. Bolton, John Z. Holladay; edited by Homer Richey, 1920
Jefferson’s Albemarle, a guide to Albemarle County and the city of Charlottesville, Virginia. Compiled by workers of the Writers’ Program of the Work Projects Administration in the state of Virginia., Sponsored by the Charlottesville and Albemarle County Chamber of Commerce, 1941
and see Online Virginia Histories, Biographies, and Related Records for histories of Virginia that include Albemarle County
* “About the County.” County of Albemarle, Virginia. Accessed February 23, 2017. http://www.arcounties.org/counties/