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Isle of Wight County

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St. Lukes Church
Established in 1632, "oldest existing church of English
foundation in America "

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What's New Bible Records Books Cemeteries
Census, Tax,
Voting Records
Deeds &
Land Records
History Marriages
Military Records Miscellaneous
Orphan Records
Wills & Estates Family Pages Isle of Wight
Virginia Surnames Virginia Links Links to Neighbors Other Links
Photo Dating, Maps, etc.

What's New:

July 2009
Wills & Estates:  New page of miscellaneous will abstracts that were probated in Isle of Wight after 1800. (Note: This is an ongoing project.)

June 2009
Books: Books added.

May 2009
Family Pages: Families Added: Arrington; Baggett; Bryan/Bryant; Goodman; Macquinney/McKinnie, Baranby; Mayo

March 2009
Family Pages: Families Added: Allen; Bennett; Combs; Elias Fort; Morris/Maurice; Person(s); Christopher Reynolds
Books:  Enhanced book page to include links to booksellers with description of books.

February 2009
Site updated to include archived material available at the USGenWeb Digital Library for Virginia. These links are designated as "Archive" Deeds or "Archive" Wills, etc. The USGenWeb Digital Library for Virginia was developed to provide free on line data for genealogical research. These archives are dependent on volunteers, people just like you, to donate their time by transcribing public domain records or other non-copyrighted primary sources. If you have Isle of Wight records to contribute, please click

January 2009
Isle of Wight Links:  
Will and deed abstracts freeing slaves.
Family Pages: Cutchin family added; Hardy family added; Piland family added
Other Links: Restoring Old Photographs; Looking Beyond Will Abstracts

History of Isle of Wight County:

A Brief History of Isle of Wight County:   Written about 1907 by Col. E. M. Morrison (contributed by his great, great, great grand-nephew)

Archive History  From Historical Collections Of Virginia By Henry Howe, 1845

Isle of Wight Queries

Current Queries
Archived Queries

Marriage Records:

Marriage Register, Ministers' Returns(1801-1824)

Wills & Estates:

Archives Wills
Miscellaneous Will Abstracts (post 1800)

Military Records

Archives Military Records

Miscellaneous Records

Archives Court & Other Miscellaneous Records

Cemetery Records:

Archives Cemetery Records
The Isle of Wight Historical Society's cemetery transcriptions. (Excellent site!)

Deeds & Land Records:

Archives Deeds, Land Records & Patents
Newport Parish Vestry Book:  Processioning - 1752-1760 ("Processioning" was the process of land owners and witnesses reconfirming the boundary lines between adjacent properties -- generally every four years).

Census, Tax & Voting Records

Isle of Wight Family Research Pages: All of the links below will contain many additional names of Isle of Wight residents. You will also note close family connections with residents in the adjacent counties of Surry and Nansemond. Often property owned by one individual might cross county lines as they still do today. Since Southampton County was created from Isle of Wight about 1750, the people who later show up in Southampton did not migrate, but had county boundaries created around them.

Local Newspapers

The Smithfield Times
P.O. Box 366
Smithfield, VA 23430

Founded in 1920, published weekly on Wednesdays

The Tidewater News
1000 Armory Drive
Franklin, VA 23851

Franklin is separated from Isle of Wight by a bridge over the Blackwater River, and this paper, established in 1905, covers a lot of Isle of Wight news.

Isle of Wight History & Genealogy Sites

Virginia History & Genealogy Sites