Owing to the total destruction of the county courthouse in 1869, few records of Buckingham County, Virginia survive. Nevertheless, with an eye out for her own Buckingham County ancestors, Mrs. Edythe R. Whitley, over the past fifty years, has doggedly collected every scrap of information on the county that could be unearthed. The results of her lifelong interest can be found in this work, the only collection of genealogical source records on Buckingham County ever published.
From documents in the Virginia State Library and the University of Virginia’s Alderman Library, and from materials still in private hands, Mrs. Whitley has amassed a genealogical record of the county–not continuous and complete, since that would be impossible, but a rich selection of the kind of materials that would have been in the old courthouse. Records abstracted include the tax lists of 1764, 1773, 1774, and 1800; military records of the Revolution and the War of 1812; land grants; a few scattered marriage records; and records of the settlement known as Planterstown. Highlighting the work is a collection of family sketches, Mrs. Whitley’s own invaluable contribution to the genealogical history of Buckingham County, Virginia.