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Independent City of Norfolk


Seventeenth-century records first mention Norfolk as a community in 1680 established by an Act of Assembly. The town's name apparently derives from the former English county home of the same name of Adam Thoroughgood, an early settler on the site. Norfolk incorporated as a borough (town) in 1736 and as a city in 1845. In 1906 Norfolk City annexed the adjacent town of Berkeley and reached its present size. The city of Norfolk's court records begin with court records in 1761, probate and land records in 1784, and marriage records in 1803. The only records earlier than that are the minutes of the common Council, dating from 1736 when the community was elevated to the status of a borough.

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BOROUGH OF NORFOLK, VA 1810 CENSUS transcribed, with an index by John Vogt. 2010, 10 1/2 x 8 1/2, x, 31 pages, illustrations, maps, This is the first surviving census for the borough of Norfolk, since both the 1790 and 1800 censuses have been lost. The faithful transcription is left in its rough alphabetic order. Beginning in the early 1600s as a "Half-Moone Fort," The Borough of Norfolk grew through the colonial period to become the second largest metropolitan area in Virginia, second only to Richmond. Although it suffered severe destruction during the Revolution and a disastrous fire in 1804, by 1810 and the time of this census, Norfolk Borough ranked twelfth among the cities in America. It contained a large foreign population (a good number of whome were French from the surnames in the census) and a large number of private companies dealing in tradegoods and shipping between Virginia and the rest of the world.
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Norfolk City 1815 Directory of Landowners by Roger G. Ward. 2005. 30 pages, map, 5 1/2X8 1/2.
For a full description of the 1815 LAND DIRECTORY Records and a listing of available counties, see: Individual County Booklets, 1815 Directory of Virginia Landowners

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