Welcome to the Isle of Wight County (Virginia) Historical Society

Antioch Church on Antioch Road

Hear Ye  Hear Ye

Please respond to support this important local preservation effort:

We request that the Town of Smithfield refrain from any further damage and destruction to the historic structure at 888 Main Street, Smithfield, Virginia, known as the Doctor Jordan Wombwell House. This traditional, vernacular “Tidewater Cottage” is named for the town’s first known resident physician. A recent investigation by the Senior Historian of the Eastern Region Preservation Office, Virginia Department of Historic Resources, indicates a circa 1820 construction date, making it one of the older and more significant extant homes now within the Smithfield Town limits. Additionally, documents and photographs indicate that a Wombwell family cemetery may be located very close to the house. This possibility should be fully explored before any further harm is done to the property.

Send “Yes” to our website or to albert.b@charter.net or call 757-613-6183 to leave “Yes” message and name.

All respondents will be added by name to the petition.

Windsor Castle Kitchen Outbuilding

Wolftrap Plantation on Emanual Church Road

Roland Edwards house, now owned by Thomas Barlow ... after fire in 2006

Old Bethany Church



Family Search Project Update

The FamilySearch project has been completed. All digital images of genealogical/historical records, including deeds, wills, marriage records, order books, land tax books, bond books, etc. can now be viewed on the FamilySearch website.

The link to FamilySearch has been provided on our Home Page – Genealogy section.
Working with Tony Gilreath from FamilySearch was a pleasure, and the project ran smoothly.

I also want to thank the Isle of Wight County Historical Society and all those who volunteered their time in unfolding all loose papers and documents and preparing the documents for digitization. The efforts of the volunteers made it possible to complete this project within a four-month period.

On a personal note, thank you again Volunteers! Your time is greatly appreciated.
Sharon Jones, Clerk

Genealogy / Research

The Clerk’s Office of the Circuit Court is a good place to conduct genealogical research. The Clerk’s Office contains the following materials:
Will records beginning in the 1600′s
Deed records beginning in the early 1700′s
Birth records 1853 to 1885
Death records 1853 to 1876
Marriage records beginning in 1772

We invite you to visit our spacious records room, where you can view documents on our public computers or pull the actual books from the shelves.

The Clerk’s office provides SRA (secure remote access) to our land records.($300.00 for six months subscription. SRA provides Internet access to Deeds and Wills…Date Range 1647 to present for Wills; and Date Range 1701 to present for Deeds. Also available are Marriage Licenses, Judgments, and Financing Statements…Date Range 1993 to present. The hardware and software used to generate these electronic records are supplied and maintained by Logan Systems, Inc.
If you are interested in signing up for SRA, please read our SRA cover letter and submit an application.

SRA Cover Letter
SRA Application

In 1980 documents of pre-1913 chancery causes (also known as “loose papers”) were transferred to the Library of Virginia, and said documents were then scanned and indexed by LVA, and are available to anyone free of charge. Just visit http://www.virginiamemory.com/collections/chancery/, or simply go the http://www.lva.virginia.gov/ and search for Chancery Records Index. The digital images as well as the original case files are maintained at LVA at no cost to the County.
For additional records and information on how to begin tracing your family history visit the Library of Virginia’s Website. Many of the records stored in the Clerk’s Office can be accessed through this link.

On May 21, 2012 FamilySearch began capturing digital images of genealogical/historical records, including deeds, wills, marriage records, order books, land tax books, bond books, etc from 1647 to 1917. Today, all of these records are available online through the FamilySearch website.

For your convenience, if the researcher provides a book and page number reference, the Clerk’s Office staff will make copies at a cost of 50 cents per page. When you send in your request, please be sure to include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for returning of documents.


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This Page Updated:February 04, 2019