The Resource Botetourt County (Va.) Court Records

Botetourt County (Va.) Court Records

Botetourt County (Va.) Court Records, 1720-1970
Botetourt County (Va.) Court Records
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Botetourt County (Va.) Court Records, 1720-1970, consist of Board of Supervisors records, bonds/commissions/oaths, business records, census records, Commissioner of the Revenue records, county court records, circuit court records, circuit superior court of law and chancery records, superior court of law records, election records, fiduciary records, justice of the peace records, land records, marriage records and vital statistics, military and pension records, organization records, road and bridge records, school records, tax and fiscal records, township records, treasurer's records, and wills. Please consult Archives Research Services for details
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Biographical or historical data
  • Botetourt County was named for Norborne Berkeley, baron de Botetourt, the royal governor of Virginia from 1768 to 1770. It was formed from Augusta County in 1769, and part of Rockbridge County was added in 1785.
  • On 1970 December 15, a fire gutted the Botetourt County courthouse in Fincastle, Virginia. The court records were not burned but were heavily water damaged. Many of the court papers are extremely fragile today as a result of this water damage and some are not useable. Because of the near-loss of the Botetourt County records, the Virginia General Assembly passed the Virginia Public Records Act in 1975. The act mandated that deeds, wills, and other vital records be inventoried and microfilmed and copies of the film stored permanently in the Library of Virginia in Richmond for safekeeping. Counties could also choose to send court records to the Library of Virginia for storage and safekeeping as needed.
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Location of other archival material
Additional Botetourt County records including order books, deed books, will books, marriage records, and other records can be found on microfilm at the Library of Virginia. Consult "A Guide to Virginia County and City Records On Microfilm" found on the Library of Virginia web site.
Botetourt County (Va.) Court Records
  • These items came to the Library of Virginia in transfers of court papers from Botetourt County
  • The collection is located at the State Records Center. Contact Archives Research Services for access information, directions and hours
  • The Library of Virginia
Governing access note
Access to original Botetourt County records is not granted without an appointment and without prior discussion with an archivist. Same day access to records is not possible. Advance notice of at least one week is required so that an archivist will have time to inspect the requested records. An archivist may determine that some materials cannot be served due to their physical state. The records were heavily water damaged and as a result are extremely fragile and can be severely moldy. Persons with mold or dust sensitivity may want to avoid research in these records. Patrons must consult with Archives Research Services prior to a visit to the Library of Virginia to view any original Botetourt County records
Immediate source of acquisition
Botetourt County Circuit Court
Terms governing use
These materials can be extremely fragile and moldy due to extensive water damage. An archivist may determine that a record is too fragile or damaged to be served. Patrons must consult with Archives Research Services prior to a visit to the Library of Virginia to view any original Botetourt County records.

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