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1815 DIRECTORY OF VIRGINIA LANDOWNERS & GAZETTEER, vol. 1 Central Region (Includes the counties of Albemarle, Amelia, Amherst, Buckingham, Charles City, Chesterfield, Cumberland, Dinwiddie, Fluvanna, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, independent city of Petersburg, independent city of Richmond, Louisa, Nelson, New Kent, Nottoway, Powhatan, and Prince George.) abstracted by Roger G. Ward. 1997, vi, 239 pages, indices, maps.
In 1782 the General Assembly of Virginia enacted new tax laws which created within each county an enumeration of land and certain personal property. These early land tax laws required a tax commissioner in each district of a county to record a list of the names of persons owning land or town lots, the quantity of land owned and its value, and the amount of tax owed. By 1813, a brief geographic description (usually citing an adjacent stream, road, or other landmark) was required; in 1814, the distance and direction from the courthouse for each parcel was also added to the tax rolls.
The present work is an alphabetical listing of all 1815 landowners found in each county, as well as the accompanying description of the location of the said property. We have not included the number of acres, taxes assessed, or any transactions between landowners which may have been noted on the tax rolls; also, in many cases the geographic location was provided as "adjacent to John Smith", etc. and, while useful many times to a genealogist, was considered to be beyond the objectives of this project. The reader is encouraged to consider the information here-in as an "outline" of early landowners in Virginia rather than a "text" due to the year-to-year variation in information provided to the clerk (or recorded by the clerk), omissions, lack of "identifiers" to determine if "same name" was also "same person" within a district or across districts, marginal quality/clarity (in a few cases) of the microfilm copy, and, not least, errors on the part of either the original clerks or the current author while transcribing.
Some of the approaches to utilizing the 1815 landowner information include:

  1. observe distinct clusters of the same surname within a county in order to clarify the common surnames such as "Smith", "Anderson", etc;
  2. identify non-resident landowners and their county (or state) of residence (these people often being former residents of the current county);
  3. determine neighbors with different surnames (often being relatives);
  4. use the 1815 information as a "bridge" from the 18th and 19th century deed/will books to the 17th and 18th century land grants/patents in the county;
  5. evaluate the 1810 to 1840 census information which generally grouped neighbors;
  6. substitute this information for missing deed/will books in the "burned" counties; and, clarify/enhance vague deed/will information in the counties with more complete records.
FORMAT OF PRESENTATION: Each entry is listed as: Surname, name, personal identifiers (if any); location/place-name of land; miles/direction from the 1815 courthouse. If multiple owners are listed for a property, the listing is duplicated under each of the owner's surnames (i.e "Smith and Brown" is also listed as "Brown, --see Smith"); when multiple owners share a common surname, the property is only listed once. When a landowner had land at more than one location/place-name, the miles/direction listing for each parcel is in the same sequence as the location listing (i.e. James RV, Slate CK; 12N, 5SW.). In the few cases where a landowner had "many" parcels, the miles/direction notation is attached to the location listing (i.e. Sandy RV- 5NE, Willow CK-7S, etc.)

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1815 DIRECTORY OF VIRGINIA LANDOWNERS & GAZETTEER Vol. 2-South Central Region (Includes the counties of Bedford, Brunswick, Campbell, Charlotte, Franklin, Greensville, Halifax, Henry, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Patrick, Pittsylvania, Prince Edward, Southampton, and Sussex. abstracted by Roger G. Ward. 1997, vi, 234 pages, indices, maps. This work is the second volume in a continuing project to record all 1815 landowners found in each county, as well as the accompanying description of the location of the property.

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1815 DIRECTORY OF VIRGINIA LANDOWNERS & GAZETTEER Vol. 3-Eastern Region. Includes the counties of Accomack, Caroline, Elizabeth City, Essex, Gloucester, Isle of Wight, James City, King and Queen, King George, King William, Lancaster, Mathews, Middlesex, Nansemond, Norfolk, Northampton, Northumberland, Princess Anne, Richmond, Surry, Warwick, Westmoreland, York, and the independent city of Norfolk. abstracted by Roger G. Ward. 1998, viii, 209 pages, indices, maps. The third volume in a continuing project to record all 1815 landowners found in each county, as well as the accompanying description of the location of the property.

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1815 DIRECTORY OF VIRGINIA LANDOWNERS & GAZETTEER Vol. 4-Northern Region. Includes the counties of Culpeper, Virginia, Fairfax, Fauquier, Frederick, Independent City of Alexandria, Independent City of Fredericksburg, Independent City of Winchester, Loudoun, Madison, Orange, Prince William, Rockingham, Shenandoah, Spotsylvania, Stafford abstracted by Roger G. Ward. 1999, viii, 220 pages, indices, maps.

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Includes counties of: Augusta, Bath, Botetourt, Giles, Grayson, Greenbrier ([W.]Va.), Independent City of Staunton, Lee, Monroe, Montgomery, Pendleton, Rockbridge, Russell, Scott, Tazewell, Washington, Wythe abstracted by Roger G. Ward. 2000, viii, 240 pages, indices, maps.

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1815 DIRECTORY OF VIRGINIA LANDOWNERS & GAZETTEER Vol. 6-Northwest Region. Includes the counties of Berkeley, Brooke, Cabell, Hampshire, Hardy, Harrison, Jefferson, Kanawha, Mason, Monongalia, Ohio, Pendleton, Randolph, Tyler, and Wood abstracted by Roger G. Ward. 2000, x, 232 pages, indices, maps.

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The Directory of Virginia Landowners is also available as county by county booklets

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Charles and Virginia Hamrick, 2001. 54,707 Modern American Surnames, each used by 30 or more families in the United States today. Hereditary, or family, names present the most difficult element of language for Researchers to decipher when working with handwritten records or oral histories. This is primarily because human names are constructed of linguistic elements (or parts) which often are quite ancient... whose meanings are no longer familiar to us. Nor do they share contextual affinity with other elements of the text in which they appear. For that reason, a Lexicon of modern American Surnames arranged in a reverse alphabetical order will be a useful, if not essential, reference work for anyone attempting to read and transcribe handwritten public records or correctly interpret recorded Oral Histories. The usefulness of this Lexicon stems from the fact that names contain a limited variety of endings which, by long usage, have become quite familiar to us. These name endings are often the first part we recognize when confronted with a new and difficult name. This is true, although the first part may be quite strange to us. A listing of the possible choices of 'beginnings' with which these 'endings' may be 'connected' will aid greatly in deciphering the true name. But a single sample will exemplify this better than all the words in a dictionary. Take for example a document in which you can clearly see that a strange name ends in -----RICK; a look at page 111 shows that RICK is the first name in column 4 and the last name ending in RICK is WYRICK at the beginning of column 3 on page 112. That's more than 100 different choices. However after closer examination you determine the next letter is an "M" making you puzzle ---MRICK. Your choices have now narrowed to three choices HAMRICK,EMRICK and HENRICK. You may now concentrate on determining whether the first letter is an "H" or an "E" (here the length of the word should dictate the choice "H") and you are left with discriminating between "AM" an "EN." So, have at it and expect near perfect results.

"An independent researcher whose specialized area is 18th century American business records he is expert in reading and transcribing 18th century handwriting. His diligence and precision in working with such rare items result in providing a new level of accessibility for researchers in all appropriate fields. I only wish our collection included more material of this kind."
                        --Joyce A. McMullin, Branch Manager Lloyd House Library of Virginia History and Genealogy

[Llex]Temporarily out of print

CHART ON THE FORMATION OF VIRGINIA COUNTIES designed by John Vogt. 11x17, printed on 65# cover stock. This reference chart provides a complete guide to the organization of Virginia's county government structure since the colony's founding. For each new county, the chart shows all of the contributing parent counties in an easy-to-read fashion. The chart also includes the regions of West Virginia and Kentucky up to the time when they became separate states. (An enlarged version of this formation chart is currently in use by the Virginia State Library, Archives Division, in its Genealogical Research Room.)


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ATLAS OF COUNTY BOUNDARY CHANGES IN VIRGINIA, 1634-1895 by Michael F. Doran. 1987, viii, 61 pages, 11"x17". Maps covering the growth of Virginia counties and their subdivisions for each decade beginning in 1634 and ending with the last county formed in West Virginia in 1895. Each map is accompanied with a discussion of the changes and a table listing each new county and its parent county(ies). With the Atlas a researcher can locate exactly what county an ancestor lived in during the colonial days by checking the maps for the appropriate time period. It is possible that the absence of any records on an individual might not necessarily denote his moving, but the shifting of the county boundary and recording of information in a different county.
All of the maps in the section
Virginia in Maps are include, along with accompanying textual descriptors.

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FORERUNNERS: A HISTORY OR GENEALOGY OF THE STRICKLER FAMILIES, THEIR KITH AND KIN Strickler, Harry M., 1925. Reprinted by New Papyrus Publishing Co., 1998. Harry Strickler's classic work on the Stricklers of the Shenandoah Valley is back in print. Included in this early work is material on not only on the Stricklers, but also collaterial lines among the following families. Kauffmans, Stovers, Burners, Ruffners, Beavers, Shavers, Brumbachs, Zirkles, Blossers, Groves, Brubakers, Neffs, Rothgebs, and many other early families of Shenandoah, Rockingham, Frederick, Augusta and Page Counties, Virginia.

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OWEN FAMILY PROFILES: A Compilation of Historic Records by Billy Wayne Owen, 2010. 523 pp. A wide ranging study of those persons with the surname "Owen". The author has included not only genealogical connections, but historical interpretations and decriptive narrative to give life to the subjects discussed.

[Owen] $44.95

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THE BROWN CONNECTION: ROOTS ALONG THE GREAT KANAWHA AND THE JAMES RIVERS by Helen Brown Nichols, 2007. 207 pp. Included in this work is material on not only on the Browns, but also collaterial lines among the following families- Slaughter, Donnally, Roberts, Landcraft, Draper, Bowyer, and Nichols.

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DELORME ATLASES & GAZETTEERS paperback, 11" x 15", 63 maps, 80 pages, full color. These atlases will be an invaluable resource for genealogical researchers. Each 11" x 15" chart is extremely detailed and maps back roads (paved & unpaved), along with trails, forests, mountains, and all lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams. Together, the maps in the set cover the entire state in the same fashion as the 1:250,000 series of geological survey maps issued by the U. S. government. A place name gazetteer identifies even the tiniest village and country crossroad. Most importantly, the atlas identifies many of the smallest watercourses which researchers can use to locate property and family sites. Similar atlases/gazetteers are available for other states: DeLorme Logo

1790 U.S. Census

HEADS OF FAMILIES AT THE FIRST CENSUS OF THE UNITED STATES TAKEN IN THE YEAR 1790 (bicentennial edition) A bicentennial edition of the United States Federal Census for 1790. Between 1906 and 1908 the Government printing office published the surviving records of the first federal census of 1790 in volumes for each state. Today, most of these records and even their reprints are out of print and inaccessible except through use in research libraries and archives. New Papyrus Publishing has arranged to utilize Bureau of the Census logos for the bicentennial of the census and produce a new edition of this most important work. To date, four states are available. These volumes are printed using the original G.P.O. texts on 8x11 inch acid-free vellum stock with a permanency of two centuries under normal usage.