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     Albemarle County is a county located in the the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2000 census, the population was 79,236. Its county seat is Charlottesville.

     In 1744 the Virginia General Assembly created Albemarle County by taking the northern portion of Goochland County. Its original land area included today's counties of Amherst, Buckingham, Fluvanna, and Nelson, much of Appomattox and part of Campbell.

          The county was named in honor of Willem Anne van Keppel, 2nd Earl of Albemarle and titular Governor of Virginia at the time. The large county was divided up in 1761, forming Buckingham and Amherst counties, at which time the county seat was moved from the formerly-central Scottsville to a piece of newly-central land, christened Charlottesville. Charlottesville, which was established as a town in 1762 and established as a city in 1888.  Albemarle County assumed its present boundaries in 1777.

     President Thomas Jefferson was born in the county at Shadwell, though it was then part of Goochland County. His home of Monticello is located in the county, however.

Counties that lie adjacent to Albemarle are: Greene County, Virginia (north); Orange County, Virginia (northeast); Louisa County, Virginia (east); Fluvanna County, Virginia (southeast); Buckingham County, Virginia (south); Nelson County, Virginia (southwest); Augusta County, Virginia (west); and Rockingham County, Virginia (northwest).


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McVicker; Moreland; Pinnell; Scruggs and allied families

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Charlottesville;     Crozet;     Oakwood Cemetery;  

St. Anne’s Parish;     St. Anns Township;    White Hall


LOCATION:  Country: United States;   State: Virginia;   County: Albemarle;  Coordinates/Map: 38° 1′ 47.64″ N, 78° 28′ 44.4″ W

NAME / DESCRIPTION:  Charlottesville was formed by charter in 1762 along a trade route called Three Notched Road (present day U.S. Route 250) which led from Richmond to the Great Valley.  It is an independent city geographically surrounded by but separate from Albemarle County in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and named after Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, the queen consort of King George III of the United Kingdom.   It is the county seat of Albemarle County though the two are separate legal entities.

ANCESTORS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS GEN-SITE:  Joseph Lynn Morrow;   Susan Wood OAKS Scruggs;   Samuel Monroe Scruggs;   Florence Lillian Smith;   Francis Mildred Scruggs;   Martha Judson Scruggs;   William Dyer Wheeler;  

INTERNET WEB LINK(S):   Charlottesville, Virginia - Wikipedia


LOCATION:  Country: United States;   State: Virginia;   County: Albemarle;  Coordinates/Map: 38° 4′ 12″ N, 78° 42′ 6″ W

NAME / DESCRIPTION:  Crozet is situated approximately 12 miles (19 km) west of Charlottesville and 21 miles (34 km) east of Staunton.  Originally called "Wayland's Crossing", it was renamed in 1870 in honor of Colonel Claudius Crozet, the French-born civil engineer who directed the construction of the Blue Ridge Tunnel.


INTERNET WEB LINK(S):   Crozet, Virginia - Wikipedia;   Crozet Gazette, monthly newspaper;   Crozet Community blog, RealCrozetVA,

Oakwood Cemetery

LOCATION:  Country: United States;   State: Virginia;   County: Albemarle;  Coordinates/Map: Latitude - 38.0254172,  38° 01' 31.5" N;  Longitude - -78.4858451,  78° 29' 09" W;   Location of graves contact: City of Charlottesville, Parks and Recreation Dept., (434) 970-3260.

NAME / DESCRIPTION:  Located at Elliot & First Street Southeast, Charlottesville, VA 2290.   From the Downtown Mall: From the west end of the Mall take Ridge Street south a few blocks and turn left onto Elliott Avenue.  The cemetery is on the left.  From Route 250 and Route 29: Head south on Emmet Street and turn left onto University Avenue onto West Main Street and continue east.  Turn right on Ridge Street, proceed south a few blocks and turn left onto Elliott Avenue.  The cemetery is on the left.

ANCESTORS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS GEN-SITE:  Martha Judson Scruggs;   William Dyer Wheeler;   Susan Wood OAKS Scruggs;   Francis Mildred Scruggs;   Abram Eades Theophilus Scruggs

INTERNET WEB LINK(S):   Charlottesville : Oakwood Cemetery;   Oakwood Cemetery Home Page, Charlottesville VA;   Find A Grave: Oakwood Cemetery;    Oakwood Cemetery -  Histopolis;  

St. Anne’s Parish

LOCATION:  Country: United States;   State: Virginia;   County: Albemarle;  Coordinates/Map: Ballenger Church site at 37° 46.679′ N, 78° 35.62′ W;   Old Parish Glebe site at 37° 47.741′ N, 78° 33.697′ W;       Address: P.O. Box 337, Scottsville, VA 24590; Phone: (434) 286-3437; Rectory: (434) 286-2727; Email;

NAME / DESCRIPTION:  Historic St. Anne's Parish was founded as a Church of England Parish in 1745.  Prior to that time the area encompassed by this parish fell into St. James Parish of Henrico County.  When Goochland County was formed in 1728, St. James Parish fell within its boundaries on both sides of the James River and westward.  Upon the formation of Albemarle County from Goochland in 1744, the Parish was divided into three parishes of which St. Anne's Parish covered what was then Albemarle.  During the pre-revolutionary war period, this parish was the center of sacred and secular life in Albemarle County. The original parish church was "The Ballenger Church" located near Howardsville.  Ballenger Church stood on a knoll 100 yards north on nearby Ballenger Creek. The building was totally abandoned and in ruins by 1820.    In 1762 the vestry of St. Anne's Parish purchased 400 acres near Esmont, Virginia, now on Langhorne Road (County Route 626), for the residence and lands of the rector of the parish.  This glebe was so used almost until the dissolution of the old parish in 1785.  North Garden Church, Forge Church and Broken Back Church near Palmyra were later established within the parish.  The most famous parishioner of the Colonial Period was Thomas Jefferson.  Unfortunately, none of these pre-revolutionary war buildings survived.  Today, the parish is comprised of three active churches: Christ Church, Glendower, 1832; St. John's, Scottsville, 1875; St. Stephen's, Esmont, 1914.    


INTERNET WEB LINK(S):   St Annes Parish, Scottesville  VA;  

St. Anns Township

LOCATION:  Country: United States;   State: Virginia;   County: Albemarle;  Coordinates/Map:

NAME / DESCRIPTION:  After the St. Anne’s Church Parish was dissolved, in 1785, at the end of the American Revolutionary War.  The term was still used to define a section of the county, analogous to a township, within official documents as follows: (1) St. Anns is listed as a township in the 1810 Federal Census; (2) in the 1820 census it is called St. Anns Parish; (3) in the 1840 Census St. Anne’s; (4) 1860 St. Annes Parish; (5) 1870 Census St. Anns Parish.  After 1870 that area known as St. Anne’s probably feel into the Enumeration Districts of Scottsville.



White Hall 

LOCATION:  Country: United States;   State: Virginia;   County: Albemarle;  Coordinates/Map: 38° 7′ 4″ N, 78° 39′ 41″ W

NAME / DESCRIPTION:  The village of White Hall lies in western Albemarle County, about a dozen miles northwest of Charlottesville, between the foot of Bucks Elbow Mountain and the Moormans River where it emerges from Sugar Hollow, both of which lead up into the Blue Ridge Mountains. The community now known as White Hall has gone by various names since European settlers first arrived in the 18th century: Glenn's Store, William Maupin's Store, Maupin's Tavern, Miller's Tavern, and Shumate's Tavern, besides Whitehall or White Hall, a name dating from about 1835.

ANCESTORS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS GEN-SITE:  Lelia A. Scruggs,  Martha Ola Wood,  Abram Eades Theophilus Scruggs,

INTERNET WEB LINK(S):   White Hall, Albemarle Co., VA - Histopolis;   About White Hall, Virginia

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Profiles for 240 cities, towns and other populated places in Albemarle County Virginia

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The only incorporated town in Albemarle County is Scottsville, the original county seat. Unincorporated communities include Barboursville, Crozet, Earlysville, Free Union, Ivy, Keene, and Keswick, among with many smaller hamlets. Some parts of Albemarle County are considered unincorporated Charlottesville.

In addition, the city of Charlottesville is enclaved within Albemarle County. Under Virginia law in effect since 1871, all municipalities in the state incorporated as cities are legally and politically independent of any county.

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County boundary changes

Historical Changes in the Boundaries of this County

     Conducting genealogical research in the United States requires an understanding of county boundaries.  As the population grew more counties were created to meet the public’s need for localized governments.  This phenomena was common in all states during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.  As such you must be sure that you are not looking for records in the wrong county or state. 

     The web-site for the Atlas of Historical County Boundary Project provides interactive maps for all states. This Atlas is meant to be a resource for people seeking records of past events, and people trying to analyze, interpret and display county-based historical data like Land Records, Probate Records, Court Records, Tax Records, and Vital Records that document birth, death, and marriage.   Listed below are the boundary changes for this county, the dates they occurred, as well as the government statute that decreed the change.  To see actual changes in a mapping format follow this link to the Atlas of Historical County Boundary Project .

Map of 1744 County Boundaries (in black)

31 Dec 1744 - ALBEMARLE created from GOOCHLAND.

01 Jan 1755 - ALBEMARLE lost to BEDFORD.

01 May 1761 - ALBEMARLE gained from LOUISA, lost to creation of AMHERST and BUCKINGHAM.

31 Jan 1770 - Islands in the Fluvanna [James] River were assigned to ALBEMARLE

01 Jul 1777 - ALBEMARLE lost to creation of FLUVANNA.

10 Jul 1902 - ALBEMARLE lost to creation of Charlottesville as an independent city, 2d class.

01 Aug 1916 - ALBEMARLE lost to the independent city of Charlottesville.

01 Jan 1939 - ALBEMARLE lost to the independent city of Charlottesville.

01 Jan 1963 - ALBEMARLE lost to the independent city of Charlottesville.

01 Jan 1968 - ALBEMARLE lost small area to the independent city of Charlottesville.

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·        African American Cemeteries

·        Albemarle County  VA Cem. Transcription & Photo Project

·        Albemarle County Cemeteries

·        Albemarle County Cemeteries - USGenWeb 

·        Albemarle County Cemetery List

·        Albemarle County Cemetery Registration

·        Charlottesville City Cemeteries

·        Charlottesville City Cemetery List

·        Graveyards of Southeast Virginia;

·        Ivy Creek Cemetery

·        Maplewood Cemetery Tour

·        Oak Union Cemetery

·        The Political Graveyard  Albemarle Co., VA

·        The Political Graveyard  Charlottesville

·        Virginia Gravestone Photo Project



Your LINK to the Historical Places and Districts in ALBEMARLE County

·        Albemarle County

·        Albemarle County Bibliography

·        Albemarle County Historical Markers -  Database

·        Albemarle County Historical Markers – History

·        Albemarle County History

·        Albemarle County in Virginia

·        Charlottesville (Independent City)

·        Charlottesville Historical Markers – Database

·        Charlottesville Historical Markers – History

·        National Register of Historic Places

·        National Register of Historic Places in Charlottesville

Libaries, Museums, Archives

Libraries, Museums & Archives

·        Albemarle County Libraries

·        Albert & Shirley Small Special Collections Library

·        The Carter G. Woodson Institute- Afro-Amer. Studies

·        Charlottesville City County Libraries

·        Charlottesville County Libraries

·        Family History Library Holdings – Albemarle Co., VA

·        Family History Library Holdings  City of Charlottesville

·        Guide to VA County & City Records - Albemarle Co.

·        Jefferson Library  Monticello

·        Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center 

·        PERiodical Source Index Search  Albemarle Co., VA

·        Resources on the history of Charlottesville and Albemarle County

·        Scottsville Museum

·        Special Collections  Jefferson-Madison Regional Library

Maps and Gazetteers

Maps and Gazetteers

·        Albemarle County - 1895 U.S. Atlas

·        Albemarle County Gazetteer

·        Albemarle County Post Offices 

·        Albemarle County Post Offices  1846

·        Albemarle County Topo Maps and Aerial Photos

·        Charlottesville City Gazetteer

·        Charlottesville City Topo Maps and Aerial Photos

·        Charlottesville, Virginia (1920)

·        Charlottesville, Virginia 1919

·        Proffit Historic District Maps

·        Quad List of Alberene, Virginia

·        Quad List of Charlottesville, Virginia

·        Quad List of Covesville, Virginia

·        Quad List of Esmont, Virginia

·        Quad List of Howardsville, Virginia

·        Quad List of Keswick, Virginia

·        Quad List of Parrott, Virginia

·        Quad List of Rio, Virginia

·        Quad List of Scottsville, Virginia

·        Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps  Charlottesville,1920 & 1907

·        Sanborn Maps of Charlottesville - 1907

·        Tiger Map Server Browser 

County Records


·        Albemarle County Bibles

·        Livingston's Law Register, 1851  Albemarle Co. Lawyers

·        Albemarle County, Virginia City, County and Rural Directories

·        Charlottesville city directories African-Amer.,1898-1919

·        Albemarle County Wills

·        Albemarle County Deeds

·        Albemarle.gz  1722-1858 Albemarle land patents

·        Albemarle County Military Records

·        Charlottesville During the Civil War

·        Memorial history of the John Bowie Strange Camp, United Confederate Veterans  1920

·        Albermarle County, Virginia  WW II Casualties

·        Albemarle County Newspaper Abstracts

·        Charlottesville City Newspaper Abstracts

·        Chronicling America Albemarle County

·        Genealogy, Old News & History from Albemarle County, Virginia

·        Albemarle County Obituaries

·        The Daily Progress  Charlottesville, Virginia

·        List of Pensioners on the Roll January 1, 1883  Albemarle County, Virginia

·        Hill & Wood Funeral Service  Charlottesville, Virginia

·        The J. F. Bell Funeral Home Records  Charlottesville, 1917-1989

·        McClenny Funeral Service  Charlottesville, Virginia

·        Obituary Index  Individuals born in Albemarle County

·        Virginia Obituaries

·        Albemarle County School Records

·        University of Virginia 1928 Graduates Summer Quarter

·        University of Virginia Law Graduates, Class of 1907, Charlottesville, VA

·        University of Virginia, Albemarle Co, Virginia, 1917, Alumni Lists

·        University of Virginia, Masters Degree in 1941, Charlottesville, Virginia

·        1782 Personal Property Tax List

·        Albemarle County Marriages

·        Albemarle County Vital Records

·        Albemarle County Vital Records

·        Death Records Indexing Project  includes Albemarle Co., 1853-1896

·        Death Records Indexing Project  includes Charlottesville, 1871-1896


Societies (Historical & Genealogical)

·        19th VA Inf. Camp 1493 - Sons of Confederate Veterans

·        African American Genealogy Group of Albemarle

·        The Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society 

·        Central Virginia Genealogical Association 

·        The Children of Shenandoah 

·        Shadwell Chapter  D.A.R.

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