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Petersburg (Independent City), Virginia Genealogy

Petersburg, Virginia
—  Independent City  —
Location in Virginia
Founded 1850
Website www.petersburg-va.org

County InformationEdit

DescriptionEdit

The City of Petersburg is located in the Central portion of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Originally named Peter's Point around 1675, the city was renamed to Petersburgh in 1733 with a spelling change later on[1].

CourthouseEdit

Petersburg City Courthouse
Old Petersburg, Virginia Courthouse

For additional records, see Dinwiddie, Prince George, and Chesterfield counties.

HistoryEdit

Parent CountyEdit

1850--Petersburg was created 16 March 1850 from Dinwiddie, Prince George, and Chesterfield Counties. [2]

ResourcesEdit

African AmericanEdit

CemeteriesEdit

Cemeteries of Petersburg (Independent City), Virginia online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the City
  • FindAGrave Clicking on Place Name (without the word "cemetery") may list more.
See Virginia Cemeteries for more information.


Additional Information:
Research suggests - Petersburg's cemeteries were segregated by race and by religion. In 1815, the Petersburg Beneficial Society of Free Men of Color was established to support its free black members in times of sickness and death.

  • Blandford Cemetery: The oldest marked grave dates back to 1702. Is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Blandford Cemetery History
  • Brith Achim and Rod of Sholom Cemeteries: Are burial places of Jewish individuals, Beth Ahabah Museum and Archives
  • Fairgrounds Post Hospital Cemetery: There are approximately 1700 Confederate graves in the cemetery.
  • Peoples Memorial Cemetery: First lots purchased in 1840. Peoples Cemetery, also known as Providence Cemetery, incorporates the second Beneficial Society lot. In 1985, this African- American cemetery was deeded over to the City of Petersburg. In 2008 it was named to the National Register of Historic Places.

ChurchEdit

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BaptistEdit
Church of EnglandEdit
OldBlandfordChurchVirginia.jpg

Blandford Church served Petersburg's residents.

CourtEdit

Library of Virginia's Virginia Memory: Chancery Records Index can be used to search Petersburg City chancery records for the years 1787-1960. Digital images are available for the years 1787-1912. Indexed and original records available through 1960 - see online catalog or contact Archives Research Services for availability.

GenealogyEdit

  • Duncan - Dobson, Mary Ann Duncan. Duncan Research Files of Mary Ann (Duncan) Dobson. MSS. 1975-1999. FHL Film 795592 Item 5 Includes Dinwiddie County and Petersburg Duncan families.
  • Page - Rutherford, Dolores Crumrine. Page Family Records in Virginia Counties. 2 vols. Carmichael, Calif.: D.C. Rutherford, 1982-2006. FHL Book 929.273 P141rdc v. 2 (Petersburg appears in Vol. 2 Part 4)
  • Page - Rutherford, Dolores Crumrine. The Page Family in Virginia Personal Property Taxes (1782-1850). 2 vols. Carmichael, Calif.: D.C. Rutherford, 2002. FHL Book 929.273 P141rd v. 1-2 (Petersburg appears in Vol. 2)

ImmigrationEdit

  • Coldham, Peter Wilson. "Intercepted Letters Relating to America 1777-1811," The Genealogist, Vol. 14, No. 2 (Fall 2000):184-200; Vol. 15, No. 1 (Spring 2001):53-74. [Overseas correspondence of residents of Petersburg with the following surnames: King, Mare, Neveu, Schvarts, Scott.]
  • Coldham, Peter Wilson. North American Wills Registered in London 1611-1857. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2007. [Includes wills of residents of Petersburgh [Petersburg] proved in London. These records often help establish an immigrant's place of origin.]

During the War of 1812, American officials reported finding a total of 50 British aliens, many of whom had families, living in Petersburg.[3]

MapsEdit

Colonial Heights (Independent City)Hopewell (Independent City)Chesterfield CountyCharles City CountyPrince George CountyVA PETERSBURG IND CITY.PNG
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MigrationEdit

Early migration routes to and from Petersburg for European settlers included:[4]

MilitaryEdit

Revolutionary WarEdit
  • A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census]. 1841. Digital versions at U.S. Census Bureau and Google Books et. al. 1967 reprint: FHL Collection 973 X2pc 1840. [See Virginia, Eastern District, Dinwiddie County, Petersburg on page 130.]
Civil WarEdit

Since the city of Petersburg was created 1850, Civil War records for the men of this area usually will be found in the city records rather than the county records.

Civil War BattlesEdit

The following Civil War battles were fought in Petersburg.

Maps of Civil War battles in Virginia: 1861, 1862, 1863, 1864, 1865

NewspapersEdit

OccupationsEdit

  • Cutten, George Barton. The Silversmiths of Virginia (together with Watchmakers and Jewelers) from 1694 to 1850. Richmond, Va.: The Dietz Press, Incorporated, 1952. Available at FHL. [Includes a section on Petersburg silversmiths.]

ProbateEdit

A free index to Petersburg (Independent City), Virginia Genealogy wills and administrations (1784-1800) is available at the Library of Virginia.


London CourtsEdit
  • Coldham, Peter Wilson. North American Wills Registered in London 1611-1857. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2007. [Includes wills of residents of Petersburgh [Petersburg] proved in London. These records often help establish an immigrant's place of origin.]

TaxationEdit

How can Virginia tax lists help me?

  • 1787 - Schreiner-Yantis, Netti and Florene Speakman Love. The 1787 Census of Virginia: An Accounting of the Name of Every White Male Tithable Over 21 Years, the Number of White Males Between 16 & 21 Years, the Number of Slaves over 16 & Those Under 16 Years, Together with a Listing of Their Horses, Cattle & Carriages, and Also the Names of All Persons to Whom Ordinary Licenses and Physician's Licenses Were Issued. 3 vols. Springfield, Va.: Genealogical Books in Print, 1987. Available at FHL. (The source of this publication is the 1787 personal property tax list. Petersburg is included in Vol. 1.)
  • 1790, 1799 - Indexed images of the 1790 and 1799 Personal Property Tax Lists of Petersburg, Virginia are available online at Binns Genealogy.
  • 1790 - Indexed images of the 1790 Land Tax List of Petersburg, Virginia are available online at Binns Genealogy.
  • 1800-1833 - Heinegg, Paul. "Petersburg Personal Property Tax List, 1800-1833," Free African Americans.com. (Heinegg abstracted free blacks listed in these records.)
  • 1815 - Ward, Roger D. 1815 Directory of Virginia Landowners (and Gazetteer). 6 vols. Athens, Georgia: Iberian Pub. Co., 1997-2000. Available at FHL. (The source for this publication is the 1815 land tax. Petersburg is included in Vol. 1.)

Vital RecordsEdit

BirthEdit
  • 1853-1896 - Petersburg Birth Index 1853-1896. Batch C868642 at FamilySearch - free.
MarriageEdit
  • 1784-1910 - Petersburg Marriage Index 1784-1910. Batch M868641 at FamilySearch - free.
DeathEdit
  • 1853-1896 - Petersburg Death Index 1853-1896. Batch B868643 at FamilySearch - free.[11]

Societies and LibrariesEdit

WebsitesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. https://kids.kiddle.co/History_of_Petersburg,_Virginia
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. Kenneth Scott, British Aliens in the United States During the War of 1812 (Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1979), 320-333. FHL Book 973 W4s; digital version at Ancestry ($).
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 847-61. (FHL Book 973 D27e 2002) WorldCat entry., and William E. Myer, Indian Trails of the Southeast. (Nashville, Tenn.: Blue and Gray Press, 1971), 12-14, and the book's pocket map "The Trail System of the Southeastern United States in the early Colonial Period" (1923). (FHL Book 970.1 M992i) WorldCat entry.
  5. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 2 August 2012).
  6. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 2 August 2012).
  7. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 17 August, 2012)
  8. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 16 August, 2012)
  9. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 17 August, 2012)
  10. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 2 August 2012).
  11. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/3/37/Igivirginia.pdf.