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Rockingham County, Virginia
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Cemeteries and Church Records

Rockingham Co. Cemetery Project An ongoing project by the Harrisonburg/Rockingham Historical Society to walk and record all of the church, public and private cemeteries in Rockingham County. Updated 03-28-2009
Rockingham County Tombstone Photo Project Photographs of cemeteries & tombstones in Rockingham County. Coordinated by Robert Crawford
Friedens Lutheran and Reformed Congregations of Rockingham County, Translated Records Scanned images of a book containing over 1800 Baptisms and over 2500 Communicant names.
Friedens United Church of Christ Cemetery This cemetery is one of the oldest in Rockingham County. A few stones date from the mid 1700s and the names of many of the earliest settlers of the area can be found there. This work, commissioned by the church and transcribed by Sandra Huemann-Kelly, includes the entire inscription from the stones.
Churches and Religious Life from John Wayland's "History of Rockingham County"
   

Court Records

Rockingham County Minutes - Court Martial 1814 Found by Frank Blackburn, June 1927 in Clerk’s Office Rockingham County. Taken from typed copy at Rockingham Co. Clerk's Office.
Early Court Minutes for Rockingham County Includes mention of many of the early residents of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, especially in relation to compensation for provisions contributed during the Revolutionary War
Lyman Chalkley's "Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia" These are abstracts of court records from Augusta County for 1745 to 1800. From Augusta's formation until 1778 Rockingham County was a part of Augusta County, so these are very valuable records for anyone researching in Rockingham for that time period. (Outside link)
   

Land Records

Coots Deeds on the Coots Store website. More than 40 transcribed deeds pertaining to the Coots family and that area. (Outside link)
   

Maps

Railroad Maps Some include Rockingham County (Library of Congress - Outside link)
1895 map of Rockingham County From the 1895 U.S. Atlas (Outside link)
Historic USGS Maps Great for finding older place names! (Outside link)
   

Military

List of Confederate Widows Drawing Pension List of widows receiving confederate pension found among miscellaneous papers at the Rockingham County Court House
Muster Rolls of Rockingham Soldiers 1774; 1813; 1814 from John Wayland's "History of Rockingham County"
Muster Rolls of Rockingham Soldiers Civil War Units from John Wayland's "History of Rockingham County"
War of 1812 Payrolls Extracted by Dave Spangler
WWI Service Men Approximately Twelve-Hundred Names - Furnished by Rockingham County War History Commission, October, 1921
Rockingham Co. WWII Honor Roll WWII casualties, including photographs when available
   

Miscellaneous

Southern Claims Commission - List of Claims Claims made against the Federal Government after the Civil War by avowed Unionists living in the South. This is a list of claimants from Rockingham County
Southern Claims Commission - Reports of Disallowed Claims Summary of claims made including property lost with value, and summary of depositions - Rockingham County
1850 Census for Town of Harrisonburg Transcription of 1850 Census for people living within the town limits of Harrisonburg (outside link - .pdf file)
Town of Harrisonburg Council Minutes from 1850s Excerpts from the Town Council minutes beginning in 1849 when the town was incorporated. Includes real and personal property tax lists. (outside link - .pdf file)
Rockingham County Family Album Pre-1920 photographs of Rockingham County Families. Coordinated by Robert Crawford
1784 Heads of Families for Rockingham County From: Heads of Families at the First Census of the United States Taken in the Year 1790, Virginia
Records of the State Enumerations: 1782 to 1785 Originally published 1908 by Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C.
People & Places of Historic Harrisonburg c. 1820 Diagrams of street layouts, buildings and owners/occupants based on a book titled "My Recollections of Rocktown - Now Known as Harrisonburg" by Maria G. Carr.
1870 Rockingham County Township descriptions Boundaries of the various townships in Rockingham County. Information typed from a handwritten copy at the Harrisonburg/Rockingham Historical Society.
Thomson's Mercantile and Professional Directory - Virginia - 1851 "New River Notes" website. List of merchants & professionals in Rockingham County & Harrisonburg. (Outside link)
Statistical Gazetteer of the State of Virginia by Richard Edwards 1854 "New River Notes" website (Outside link)
List of Patrons for the Atlas of Rockingham County, Va. Includes many names with acres owned, post office, business, nativity and date of settlement. Listed by district. Taken from the Atlas of Rockingham County, Va., D. J. Lake & Co., 1885.
1887 list of those attending series of meetings of Brethren at Timberville and also those baptized On Bridgewater College Library website (Outside link)
"A History of Rockingham County" by John W. Wayland. Entire text of the book retyped and searchable on the website.
Henry Smals Diaries Partial index created by researcher Ken Hinkle, 2003, and highlights noted by researcher Peggy Dillard, Fall, 2002. Located in JMU Special Collections. Henry Smals lived in Bridgewater and the diaries are from 1871 - 1891. (Outside link)
Letters from Home Letters written to David Harrison Homan, who was living in Henry Co., IL, from family and friends in Rockingham Co. - c. 1861 Letters transcribed by Christine M. Smith
Gabriel Shank & Aldine Kieffer Collection Civil War diary and additional correspondence during Gabriel Shank's service in the 10th Virginia Infantry and letters written by Aldine Kieffer. Contributed by Margaret S. Mohr Weaver
Entries of Genealogical Interest Extracted From Life and Labors of Elder John Kline, the Martyr Missionary Collated from his Diary by Benjamin Funk
Published by the Brethren Publishing House, Elgin, Illinois (1900)
Extracted by Donald W. Nazelrod
Town names in Rockingham County Includes previous names of the towns
History of Rockingham County Schools Developed by the Rockingham County School system (Outside link)
Online data at the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society 1798 Tax Schedule, Rockingham County, VA
1810 Census, Rockingham County, VA
1813 Free Negroes, Rockingham County, VA
1860 Mortality Schedule, Rockingham County, VA
1870 Mortality Schedule, Rockingham County, VA
Supplement information to "Mills of Rockingham County" (Outside link)
Rockingham County Post Offices Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society Website (Outside link)
Digital Library for Rockingham County Part of the USGenWeb Archives. These are actual court and other documents transcribed and donated by researchers. Includes, wills, deeds, bible records, vital records, etc. (outside link)
   

Vital Records

Certificates of Death from Rockingham County 1912 - 1939 Over 1500 entries extracted from death certificates for people dying in Rockingham County. Extracted and contributed by Robert Crawford  Updated 3/22/04
Selected Death Records 1853 - 1893 Transcribed and contributed by Deb Wake. Many surnames are included so be sure to check for yours! Updated 3/29/03

 

Library of Virginia: Many of their databases have digitized images of the original documents. These are a few of their offerings. Be sure to check their "What We Have" page for their full collection.


Last updated March 28, 2009