Researching Blacksburg, Virginia, History: Microfilm-County & Federal Records

This guide contains information on resources for researching Blacksburg, Virginia, history in Newman Library, including Special Collections.

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Federal Census Records for Montgomery County on Microfilm

Information on Blacksburg can be found in federal census records and in county records that are available on film in the Microforms Area of Newman Library. 

Federal Census Records for Montgomery County:

  • 1810 [HA682A45 1810 Microfilm, roll 70]
  • 1820 [HA682A45 1820 Microfilm, roll 130]
  • 1830 [HA682A45 1830 Microfilm, roll 198]
  • 1840 [HA682A45 1840 Microfilm, roll 567]
  • 1850, free [HA682A45 1850 Microfilm, roll 962]
  • 1850, slave [HA682A45 1850 Microfilm, roll 990]
  • 1860, free [HA682A45 1860 Microfilm, roll 1363]
  • 1860, slave [HA682A45 1860 Microfilm, roll 1394]
  • 1870 [HA682A45 1870 Microfilm, roll 1664]
  • 1880 [HA682A45 1880 Microfilm, roll 1378]
  • 1900 [HA682 A45 1900 Microfilm, roll 1718]
  • 1910 [HA681.5 1910 T4, roll 1636]

Montgomery County Records on Microfilm

Fifty-two rolls of MONTGOMERY COUNTY RECORDS/MONTGOMERY COUNTY CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT are available on microfilm [KFV2916 M6A7 1773 Microfilm]. These include deed books, 1773-1868 (reels 1-9); general index to deeds, 1773-1933 (reels 10-13); will books, 1796-1874 (reels 14-17); circuit court will book, 1821- 1899 (reel 18); general index to wills, 1773-1933 (reel 19); order books, 1773-1868 (reels 20-27); general index to order books, 1773-1855 (reel 28); chancery order book, 1831-1866 (reel 29); index to marriage registers, 1777-1853 and marriage registers, 1777-1853 (reel 30); marriage register, 1854- 1902 (reel 31); register of births, 1853-1868 (reel 32); record of plotts, A-F, 1773-1890 (reels 33-35); general index to plotts, 1773-1890 (reel 36); soldiers' records, 1818-1839 (reel 37); marriage bonds, 1789-1865 (reels 38-49); minister returns, 1780-1856 (reels 50-52); marriage record, 18501861, general index (reel 52).

Tax records up to 1850 can be located in: Montgomery County Commissioner of Revenue, LAND TAX BOOKS, 1782-1850 [HJ9012 V8 M7J Microfilm, 4 reels].