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Rockingham County, Virginia
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Local Addresses

Rockingham Co.Circuit Court Clerk's Office
Rockingham Co. Court House
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
Harrisonburg-Rockingham
Historical Society
382 High Street
Dayton, VA 22821
Massanutten Regional Library
174 South Main Street
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce
800 Country Club Road
Harrisonburg, VA 22801

 


Lookups

Volunteers may do unlimited lookups if and only if:

  1. The lookup volunteer is the actual author and copyright holder of the publication
  2. The lookup volunteer is using primary source documents...whether they are trekking to the courthouse or using their own Xeroxed copies of public domain documents.
  3. The lookup volunteer has written permission from the author/copyright holder to use their publications for lookups
  4. Volunteers may be able to make certain limited scope lookups in copyrighted publications under the "fair use" provisions of existing law. Potential volunteers are encouraged to review the explanations of copyright protection, especially the "fair use" provisions, available elsewhere
    on the Web.

Having said that, if anyone would like to volunteer to do lookups, within the above guidelines, please send me an e-mail with the particulars. Qualifying material will be posted on this web page. hwelch@ntelos.net


Look-up Volunteers
Please send your request directly to the listed volunteer.

Obituary Lookups From the obituary collection at the Harrisonburg Rockingham Historical Society and from the Daily News Record.
Lookup volunteer: Angel Joseph-DeLawder

southern_angel@msn.com
The Weaver Families of Georgia - Volume I Author: James K. Bass, Jr. Documents the various migrations of the Weaver families from Virginia and the Carolinas into Georgia, and then the westward trek to Alabama, Mississippi, Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas and further. Look up volunteer: Jim Bass email@TribalFox.com
Early Church Records of Rockingham County Virginia  by F. Edward Wright Churches included: Rader's Church, Peaked Mountain Church, Friedens Church, St. Micheal's Church, Trinity Lutheran Church, Smith's Creek and Linville (later Linville and still later Brock's Gap) Baptist Church, Smith's Creek Baptist Church, Marriages by Rev. John Alderson, Jr., Marriages in Rockingham County (from Virginia Valley Records pp. 7-12) - Lookup volunteer:  Loretta Layman lynneage@house-of-lynn.com
Rockingham County Virginia Marriages 1778-1850 by John Vogt & T. William Kethley Jr. Lookup volunteer: June Castorena castorena@webtv.net
The Burning:  Sheridan's Devastation of the Shenandoah Valley, by John L. Heatwole Index lookups: David Kearney
A Database of Shenandoah National Park Land Records The book lists many Rockingham County landowners.  Information included in the book are name, location of property, value of property, size of house and much more.  The list was compiled from the area of Rockingham County surveyed in the late 1920s and early 1930 for the planned park. Please put "Rockingham County Lookup" in the subject bar of your email to
Anita Schultz-Peters

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The Rockingham County Clerk's Office personnel will do LIMITED lookups and copying by request. Requests must be specific and in writing; please, no phone calls. You must give an approximate date for the event and specific names (asking for everything for the surname Jones just won't work). They will check the indexes for the type of record you request (marriage bonds, wills, deeds, etc.) and copy any document that may be found. Copies are $.50 per page and they will bill you if records are found. Also, please be kind and send along a self addressed, stamped envelope. You can mail your requests to: Rockingham County Circuit Court Clerk's Office; Rockingham County Court House; Harrisonburg, VA 22801

Check below for records availability. There have been two fires which damaged or destroyed court records in Rockingham County, so you may save yourself some time if you first determine if records are available for the time period in which you are searching.

Birth and Death Records: Years available at the Clerk's Office are 1862-1894. (Death registers are available on microfilm at the Library of VA for 1853-1896 and death certificates 1912-1939). Registry was voluntary so information is not complete. For information after 1894 write; Bureau of Vital Statistics; 109 Governor St.; Richmond, VA 23219. An application form is available at http://www.vdh.state.va.us/vitalrec/appform.pdf

Deeds: begin in 1778. Records were burned in 1787 and again in 1864 and are incomplete

Marriages: start in 1778. Marriage records were not burned.

Wills: begin in 1864. Most early wills were destroyed by fire. Any information saved has been re-recorded.


Some Published Sources for Church Records

Sometimes the only remaining records mentioning our ancestors are the early church records. Many of the early church records in Rockingham County were written in German, and some of those have been translated. I have listed below several of the published sources for church records (not necessarily all from German) of which I am aware. If you know of others please let me know and I'll post them.

The Olive Branch Linville Creek Church of the Brethren  - 1860s - Historical account of the Brethren and Mennonite experiences during the Civil War. Originally published in 1907 by Sanger and Hayes. Recently reprinted by the church: available from Shenandoah District Office; P.O. Box 248; Dayton, VA 22821. Not indexed. Cost is $12.95 plus $2.00 shipping.
William & Mary College Quarterly Vol. 13, p.247-256 & Vol. 14, p.9-19; p.186-193 Peaked Mountain Church - Reformed & Lutherans 1792-1797. Baptismal Records, communicant lists, few marriage and burial records; translated from German. This information is also available in the  VAGenWeb - Rockingham Co. Archives
Virginia Valley Records by John W. Wayland, Reprint by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. 1985

 Linville Creek, Smith Creek, Brock's Gap & etc.- Baptist.1756-1844 - Church minutes, also listing communicants, baptisms, "comings and goings" of the congregation, etc. Also Alderson marriage records of Linville Creek & Greenbrier

Record Book of Rader Lutheran Church, Timberville, Virginia. by Rader, Dr. William A. & June L. (Hudnut) 1990 (revised)

 Rader Lutheran Church, Timberville 1762-1889. Record Book; translated from German.

 

VAGenWeb - Rockingham Co. Archives

 Rader Lutheran Church, Timberville 1878-1879. Subscription rolls

Record of the Churches of the Lacey Spring Circuit of the Virginia Annual Conference of the Churches of the United Brethren in Christ 1833-1890 by Arrington, Marie K. 1984, indexed Lacey Spring Circuit including Salem, Mt. Tabor, Mt. Valley, Bethlehem, Pleasant View, Singers Glen, Mt. Carmel, Whitehal, Forest Grove, Armentrout (Bethel) and Cedar Grove - United Brethren in Christ. 1833-1890. From the original record book kept by the Pastors. Includes deaths, funerals, baptisms, marriages, etc.
Davidsburg Church Baptisms 1785-1845 New Market, Virginia by Stewart, John & Wust, Klaus, 1983, indexed Davidsburg Church, New Market, VA

 Lutheran & German Reformed. 1785-1845. From the church book of the Lutheran and German Reformed Davidsburg Church in New Market, Va - largely German entries pertaining to baptisms and births. (transcriptions and translations)


Libraries in Rockingham County with Genealogical and Historical Collections

Massanutten Regional Library
 

174 South Main Street
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
www.mrlib.org
(searchable card catalog)

Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society
 

P. O. Box 716
Dayton, VA 22821
http://www.heritagecenter.com

Menno Simons Historical Library/Archives
 

Eastern Mennonite University
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
http://www.emu.edu/library/histlib.html (searchable card catalog)

Alexander Mack Memorial Library
 

Bridgewater College
Bridgewater, VA 22812
http://www.bridgewater.edu/index.php?id=161

Carrier Library
 

James Madison University
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
http://www.lib.jmu.edu/default.aspx (searchable card catalog)


Town Names in Present Day Rockingham County (including some previous names)

Current Name Earlier Name(s)
Bergton West Gap; Dovesville
Bridgewater Dinkletown; Bridgeport
Broadway ---------
Brocks Gap ---------
Dayton Rifeville; Rifetown
Elkton Conrad's Store
Fulks Run --------
Grottoes Mt. Vernon Forge; Shendun
Harrisonburg Rocktown
Hinton Karicofe
Keezletown Keisell's Town
Lacey Springs ----------
Linville ----------
McGaheysville Ursulasburg
Mt. Clinton Muddy Creek
Mt. Crawford Mt. Pleasant; Mt. Stevens (?)
Penn Laird ---------
Pleasant Valley Rockingham
Port Republic ---------
Singers Glen Mountain Valley
Tenth Legion ---------
Timberville Williamsport; Thompson's Store; Riddle's Tavern

Last updated December 01, 2007