The Resource Virginia Beach(Va.) Wills

Virginia Beach(Va.) Wills

Virginia Beach(Va.) Wills, 1746-1965
Virginia Beach(Va.) Wills
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  • Virginia Beach (Va.) Wills, 1746-1965, record the deceased's plan for how his or her estate was to be divided among his or her heirs following his or her death. Information commonly recorded in wills include the name of the deceased, also referred 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. Additional record types may be found in this collection such as fiduciary records (inventories and accounts.) 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
  • Virginia Beach (Va.) Wills, 1746-1965 consist of wills recorded in Princess Anne County, 1746-1962, and Virginia Beach (City) 1963-1965
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Biographical or historical data
  • Princess Anne County (extinct) was named for Anne, daughter of James II, who became queen of England in 1702. The county was formed from Lower Norfolk County in 1691 and became extinct in 1963, after its consolidation with the city of Virginia Beach.
  • Virginia Beach was in Princess Anne County, which is now extinct. The ocean resort was incorporated as a town in 1906 and as a city by an act of the General Assembly on 14 February 1952. It was greatly enlarged on 1 January 1963 by consolidation with Princess Anne County, which thereby became extinct.
Cataloging source
Location of other archival material
Additional Princess Anne County Will Books 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.
Virginia Beach(Va.) Wills
  • These items came to the Library of Virginia in a transfer of court papers from City of Virginia Beach
  • The collection is located at the State Records Center. Contact Archives Research Services for access information, directions, and hours
Arranged chronologically.
  • The Library of Virginia
Governing access note
There are no restrictions
Immediate source of acquisition
Virginia Beach (City) Circuit Court
Terms governing use
There are no restrictions.
Type of unit
cu. ft. (64 boxes)

Library Locations

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      800 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA, 23219, US
      37.5415632 -77.4360805
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