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Caroline County was formed in 1728 from Essex, King and Queen, and King William counties. It was named for Queen Caroline, the wife of George II. Capt. John Smith is credited with being the first white man to reach what is today Caroline County sometime between 1607 and 1609.

Caroline County
was the home of statesman Edmund Pendleton and the childhood home of brothers Gen. George Rogers Clark,the Revolutionary War hero; and William Clark, of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

During the Civil War more than 1 million men marched or camped in the county. Confederate troops under Gen. George E. Pickett fought Union troops near Milford in 1864. Confederate Gen. Stonewall Jackson died in Guinea after being shot by his own troops at Chancellorsville.
John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of President Lincoln, was allegedly shot by federal troops in Caroline County.

John Taylor, another Caroline native son, was a celebrated Revolutionary War soldier, a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, three times chosen U.S. Senator, and a Jeffersonian Democrat.
Caroline County is also the birthplace of the great Secretariat, winner of the 1973 Triple Crown and record holder for the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes.

"Caroline was the third most populous and affluent county in Virginia during the Revolution. The descendants of its early families contributed, perhaps as much as any other county in America, to the building of the United States."
Marshall Wingfield

"Caroline also has been in the forefront in nurturing men who have wrought mightily in shaping the destiny of the Commonwealth and the Nation....."
John Gwathmey

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GenConnect Caroline Reference Page
Letters written by Reuben Ellis McDaniel. Many Caroline names listed.
Homepages and Newsletters for Caroline Families -
Questionnaires for World War I Soldiers from Caroline
Caroline Soldiers Who Fought in World War I
Caroline County Archives
Microfilm Available for Caroline
Historical Places in Caroline
Historicial Connections
Revolutionary War Soldiers from Caroline
French and Indian War Soldiers from Caroline
Caroline Confederate Pensioners for 1909
VaGenWeb Photo Album
Caroline Genealogy Club

Bethesda Church
Liberty Baptist Church
Upper Zion Baptist Church
Zoar Baptist Church

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Caroline County, A Pictorial History by Mary Tod Haley Gray

Iberian Publishing has books transcribed by Kim Campbell: Caroline County Court Records Probate and Other Records From Court Order and Minute Books 1781-1799 and Court Records: Will Book 1793-1897, Will and Platt Book 1742-1840, and Will Book 1814-1818

Herbert Collins's
Bureau of Vital Statistics 1853-1896 is available at Heritage Books.

Stitches and Things has Rose's Diary and People, Post Offices and Communities in Caroline County 1727-1969. Write them at P.O. Box 184, Port Royal, VA 22535 or call 804.742.5706 to order your copies.

The second edition of the Broaddus/Broadus Family book now in its second edition and has over 10,000 descendants of Edward Broaddus. If you wish to purchase a copy, contact Edwin Broadus.

Antient Press
of McLean, VA (703.356.5099) has the following books available for purchase: 18 books of Caroline County orders for 1765 to 1787; 2 Appeals and Land Cause books, 1787-1784 and 1795-1800; 4 Land Tax books for 1782-1798 and a Caroline County book of Guardian Bonds, 1806-1821 and a book of Early Caroline County Surveys (found in a book in Campbell Co., KY) 1729-1763. Included is a Committee of Safety Book 1774-1776.

Cemeteries of Caroline County Vol. 3 is a continuation of a project Mr. Herbert Collins began in 1960. This new volume contains additional information on private and church cemeteries and additions and corrections to Cemeteries of Caroline County Vols. 1 and 2.
Caroline County Court Records 1742-1833 and Marriages 1782-1819
by William Hopkins is also available through Willow Bend Books.

Therese Fisher's book on Marriages of Caroline County (1789-1853)
is available at Heritage Books.

Caroline Caroline - A History of Caroline County by T. E. Campbell and A History of Caroline County by Marshall Wingfield can be ordered from Hearthstone.

 Historic Port Royal, Inc. is selling The Hidden Village.
Contact Dal Mallory for more information on the book.

 The Caroline Circuit Courthouse houses marriage records back to the 1700's and land deeds back into the 1800's. You may visit the courthouse and do research but the staff is unable to do research.

Caroline County's homepage
Capital city:  Bowling Green
GNIS Location Map for places in Caroline. Go to this site and type in Virginia and Caroline

Caroline Progress : This weekly paper published in Bowling Green prints a column about the history of the area and also maintains an archive.

Caroline Historical Society. P.O. Box 324, Bowling Green, VA 22427. Dues are $8.00 a year
Visit HPR's new website!
Historic Port Royal  P.O. Box 233, Port Royal, VA 22535 invites you to celebrate historic Port Royal with them. Individual dues are $20.00 year and they will need your full name, phone number and mailing address.
Caroline Library. 17202 Richmond Turnpike, Bowling Green, VA 22427. Phone: 804-633-5455. There is also a branch located at 18108 Allen, Ruther Glen, VA 22546. Phone: 1-804-448-0357

Genealogy Sites
Family Reunion Page
Archives and Manuscripts and Bible Records
Virginia Records Site
Virginia Religious PetitionsVirginia
Virginia Tidewater Families
Virginia Migrations Page
Civil War Query Forum Page
Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlements in Virginia

Virginia County Archives Site .

Roots Surname List

Learn about obtaining land patents and warrants.

Virginia Parish Register and Vestry Records.

My name is Peg Price and I am the volunteer webmaster for Caroline County.
Researching these Caroline County families:
Trice, Bruce, Brooks, Wright
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