This is a basic book in Virginia genealogy as it consists of thousands of abstracts of original courthouse records. Will books are abstracted from 1722 to 1800, except for the years 1750 to 1761. Marriages are abstracted from 1722 through 1750 and from 1795 to 1800. Guardians’ bonds are listed from 1725 to 1798, and deeds from 1722 to 1800. Genealogists will appreciate that settlers from the Eastern Shore of Virginia and Maryland passed through Spotsylvania County, often remaining a generation or two before moving on to Orange, Culpeper, or Madison counties.