The Resource Lancaster County (Va.) Deeds, Wills and Records

Lancaster County (Va.) Deeds, Wills and Records

Lancaster County (Va.) Deeds, Wills and Records, 1652-1793
Lancaster County (Va.) Deeds, Wills and Records
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  • Lancaster County (Va.) Deeds, Wills and Records, Book numbers 1-2,4, 6-7, 9, 11-19 and 21, 1652-1793, record deeds (deeds of bargain and sale, lease and release and deeds of gift); wills(including the name of testator, list of heirs and year will was proven in court) and records (such as inventories and appraisements, lists of sales of estates, estate accounts, settlements of estates and settlements of administration and guardians' accounts) for Lancaster County. Information commonly recorded in wills include the name of the deceased, also referred to as the testator; names of heirs; a listing of real and personal property (including slaves) and how it was to be divided among the heirs; names of individuals who were to be the will's executors; the date will was written; and the date will was recorded at the court house. These volumes also include other record categories, usually found in county court order or minute books, such as apprentice indentures, powers of attorney, sheriffs' bonds, allotments of dower rights, election polls, road orders, selling of property, and orphans'accounts
  • Volumes 13 and 17 contain order books. For practical purposes, the negative photostatic volumes 2, 9, 12-13, 15 and 21 are divided into two parts. Only original volumes 14 and 15 are divided into two parts. Volumes 2, 9, 12-13 and 15 -16 contain unnumbered, alphabetical indices. Volumes 14 and 17 contain numbered indices
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Biographical or historical data
  • Lancaster County was formed from Northumberland and York Counties in 1651. It was probably named for the English county.
  • The deed was signed by the grantor, and possibly his wife or anyone else having a claim to the property, and by at least two witnesses. On presentation to the court, deeds were proved and recorded. If the deed was not witnessed, the grantor acknowledged the deed in open court.
  • Individuals dying with a written will died testate. After the death of an individual, his or her will was brought into court, where two of the subscribing witnesses swore that the document was genuine. After the will was proved, the executor was bonded to carry out his or her duties to settle the estate. The court then ordered the will to be recorded.
  • The originial deeds, wills and records, used to compile these volumes, were created by the county court.
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Location of other archival material
  • Additional Lancaster County Land Records and Wills 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's web site.
  • The original volumes are found at the Library of Virginia's State Records Center. Contact Archives Research Services for access information, directions and hours.
Lancaster County (Va.) Deeds, Wills and Records
  • These items came to the Library of Virginia in a transfer of court papers from Lancaster County
  • The negative photostatic copies were compiled and created by the Virginia State Library's (now the Library of Virginia) Archives Division, under the accession numbers 20158-20160, 20165, 20169, 20172, 20174, 20175, 20196, 20198, 20199, 20200, 20203-20204, from the original court records found in the Lancaster County Circuit Court Clerk's Office
  • Microfilm reels 1, 3-5 and 7 were generated by The Genealogical Society of Utah--while filming at the Virginia State Library. Microfilm reels 2 and 6 were generated in-house by the Virginia State Library's Microfilm Section
Arranged chronologically with the exception of Deeds, Wills, Records, Parts 1 and 2, Number 2, 1653-1702.
  • The Library of Virginia
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  • 7
Governing access note
There are no restrictions
Immediate source of acquisition
  • Lancaster County (Va.) Circuit Court
  • Virginia State Library
  • Virginia State Library
  • Virginia State Library
  • Virginia State Library
  • The Genealogical Society of Utah
  • Virginia State Library's Microfilm Section
Reproduction note
photostats (negative)
Terms governing use
Use microfilm copies, Lancaster County (Va.) Reels 1-7.
Type of unit
  • v. (9394 p.)
  • microfilm reels.



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