Bedford County, Virginia, Genealogy

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Includes the "independent city" of Bedford (Liberty)

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Links to information of all sorts, about the county. — Historical Facts & Useful Links for Bedford Co

Microfilmed records available through Inter-Library Loan, from the Library of VA.

1895 Map of Bedford County

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Emergency Locator (9-1-1) Map

This map takes even longer to load ... but you can query on the property owners, by "clicking" on the binocular icon.
You'll need to authorize download of a "Control Routine", and probably need to experiment on how to use the various controls. I haven't figured them out yet. (Hint: Use the Right-hand Mouse button for a menu of options.)

The Hornbook of Virginia History

Bedford County was probably named for John Russell, fourth duke of Bedford, who, as secretary of state for the southern department from 1748 to 1751, had general supervision of colonial affairs.
Parishes: Cumberland 1753-1756 (also Lunenburg Co), Russell (also Campbell Co. & Franklin Co.)

Short History of Bedford Co

Peter Veimeister has made available a short history of Bedford Co, with excerpts from several on-line books.


Clerk of the Circuit Court
Physically located at 129 Main St., but when writing them use the address:
P.O. Box 235
Bedford, VA 24523
My thanks to Gloria Gibbel for this tip

Court Records are back
The renovated, remodeled Bedford courthouse has now opened to the public. It is located on Main St. next to the Bedford Museum. [IMAGE] I'm told there is even a history room, and also that it is now quite user friendly.

Bedford Genealogical Society, Inc.
P. O. Box 1439
Bedford, VA 24523
Hours: 10-5 Mon-Sat, exc Holidays

the Society's website and

Bedford Museum Genealogy and History Forum
Bedford Museum Genealogical Library

201 East Main St.
Bedford, VA 24523
Phone: (540) 586-4520
Hours: - 10-5 Monday through Saturday (Beginning July 16, 2011)

Thomas A. Markham's "Welcome to Bedford Co"

Miscellaneous pictoral presentations on subjects of interest to Bedford Co researchers, Another good job, Tommy!

The Friends of New London, Inc.

A fairly new group, striving to preserve the history of New London, the county seat of Bedford before the formation of Campbell Co.

Newspapers - online (obituaries, etc.)

Central Virginia Genealogical Association  online
P.O. Box 5583
Charlottesville, VA 22905-5583

Primary focus is on the old VA counties of Albemarle, Augusta, Hanover, and Orange. Annual dues are $12.50, which includes subscription to Central Virginia Heritage, published quarterly.
Includes Bedford Co



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Genealogically Oriented Pages

Bedford County Marriage Bonds

Extracted from the appendix in Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy, Vol VI, Virginia. (Marriages are NOT Quaker) They've been grouped by surname, and arranged chronologically. The bonds are also listed under the bride's surname.

The format is generally: Date of bond; information on the groom, & information on the bride; Surety; Consent by; Married by and date of marriage return.
All this information is not always present
Some abbreviations used are: s = son of, dt = daughter of, wd = widowed
The "Surety" is a person whose name appears on the bond as equally responsible to pay the bond's penalty amount to the state, if there is discovered some legal reason that the marriage cannot take place
Consent information seems to have been provided whenever the consent papers did not specify that the person giving consent was the father or mother of the bride or groom. Perhaps a step-father, uncle, or simply a guardian. Warning: Sureties were usually related, but not always, and even then they were not usually a parent

Assorted Marriages from Bedford Co, VA, Marriage Index

This is a file of "assorted" marriages, initially provided to us by Evelyn Huffman, and pertaining to her family research. To these, I've added the listings from my own research into the microfilmed marriage books. Subsequently, Patricia Bergener provided us with a large number of "assorted" records from her research in the Marriage Books, to which I've added my own.
Judy S. Fink has provided to us, her list of HOGAN marriages. I have added entries to the index listings, with HyperLinks to the marriage record.
If you have transcribed records from the marriage books, consider allowing them to be included here. There are two versions of the index:
1. sorted by Groom's Name, and
2. sorted by Bride's Name

Be warned, there may be errors!! Some marriage dates, and spelling of names, differ from those in the version of the index currently being published in the Genealogical Society's Newletter!!

Bedford Co Death Records

The VA State Library now has Bedford Co deaths (1853-1897) included in it's Death Record Inscription Project. The data base includes numerous, but not all, and there's a search engine to help locate your ancestor.

Bedford County Processioners List - 1795

Posted online by James Pylant

Bedford Co, census

S-K Publications webpage with SURNAME INDEX to the 1810 census

S-K Publications webpage with SURNAME INDEX to the 1820 census

An ASCII text file with an SURNAME INDEX to the 1860 census

An ASCII text file with an SURNAME INDEX to the 1870 census

Bedford Co Tax Lists

Free Negroes in Bedford Co for the year 1851,
A List of free Negroes of 12 years of age & upwards within the Southern District of Bedford County for the year 1851. Found in Salt Lake Family History Library's Microfilm No. 2024477, which contains Personal Property Lists 1845-1851. Contributed by Vee Elliott

Bedford Co Cemeteries

Check the Bedford Co page in the Tombstone Inscription Project

City of Bedford Parks, Recreation & Cemeteries -- Ancestor Search: allows you to view an interactive map of Bedford City active cemeteries. You can search by the name of the person buried, or the current owner of the plot.

St. Thomas Episcopal Church Cemetery, Provided to us by Florence J. Cox. There are 149 burials listed, and Flo indicates there are other unmarked graves.

Timber Ridge Baptist Church History, Pictures, and info on the Cemetery. Hosted by Thomas Markham. ... Thanks Tommy

Thomas Cottrell's Will, 1835

John Kasey Papers

Pam Kasey has indexed the diary of John Kasey of Bedford Co, and offers to send you images of individual pages

Abraham Karnes' Will

Richard Cotrell has provided this transcription of Abraham Karnes' will, probated 1866, along with this image of the original document.

John Sinor, Sr. 1751-1823 and John Sinor,Jr. 1785-1858

Marian Dingman has provided these short histories of John Sinor, Sr, a Revolutionary War soldier, and his son, John Sinor, Jr., a veteran of the War of 1812.

Michael Uhle's Will

Sharon Tabor has provided this transcription of the 1791 will of Michael Uhle.

Bedford County Revolutionary War Pension Applications

Found among those of Franklin Co soldiers, provided by C. Leon Harris to Rena Worthen

French and Indian War

A schedule of payments to militia and "sundry citizens" who provided provisions.

Revolutionary War Muster & Pay Roll

An RTF file with a transcription of the 1 July 1777 Muster Roll, and a Pay Roll ending 1 Aug 1777 for Capt. James Calderwood's Company of the 11th VA Regiment.

World War II Casualties

From Bedford Co (first of two pages
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Surname Register

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Researcher's WebPages

And if you have a WebPage, covering your  Bedford Co families, send the surnames and URL to me, Freddie Spradlin  and I'll post it.

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Query Page

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Books for Sale & Lookup

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Bedford County Specific Files

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Where to Write for Vital Statistics

This WebSite <> has address for both state and counties


Climbing the Web

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Shortcuts to Ancestor Counties

Bedford Co meets one of Jeff Foxworthy's criteria for being a "redneck". Its family tree does not fork
          Charles City Co (Original Shire)
          Prince George Co (1703)
          Brunswick Co (1732)
          Lunenburg Co (1746)
           Bedford Co (1754)


Shortcuts to Neighboring Counties

Botetourt Co   Rockbridge
Co Amherst Co
Roanoke Co     Bedford Co     Campbell
      Franklin Co     Pittsylvania Co


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