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Rockingham County, North Carolina History

When was Rockingham County, NC Created?
Rockingham County was created on December 29, 1785 from Guilford County. This county was named for Charles Watson-Wentworth, 2nd Marquess of Rockingham (1730–1782), a British statesmen and two-time Prime Minister of Great Britain.

What is the County Seat of Rockingham County, NC?
The County Seat is located in Wentworth also, the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Rockingham County, NC?
Bordering Counties are Pittsylvania County, Virginia (northeast), Caswell County (east), Guilford County (south), Stokes County (west), Henry County, Virginia (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Rockingham County, NC?
Cities and towns located in the County include Eden, Madison, Mayodan, Reidsville, Stoneville, Wentworth, Summerfield, Ruffin, Monroeton.

Rockingham County, NC Vital Records

Where can find Rockingham County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Rockingham County vital records can be found at the North Carolina Department of Health which has copies of birth records after 1913 and death records after 1930, copies of marriage since Jan 1962 and a Divorce records since 1958. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in North Carolina for current fees and application process.

Birth, death and marriage certificates also may be obtained at the Rockingham County Register of Deeds (ROD) office. Divorce certificates may be obtained from the  Rockingham County clerk of court.

You can search online for Rockingham County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or you can download an application for North Carolina Birth Certificate, Death, Divorce and Marriage Certificate Application to mail.

The North Carolina State Archives has the following vital records: Death Certificates, 1913-1975 (Statewide Index: 1913-1979); microfilmed Indexes to Births and Deaths (except Wake, Durham); Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868 (not required by law); Cohabitation Records, 1866-1867; microfilmed Marriage Registers and Indexes; microfilmed Marriage Licenses for many of the counties See Also North Carolina Vital Records Research Guide

Rockingham County, NC Census Records

What Rockingham County, NC census records are available?
County census records consists of Federal Census Schedules which can guide in looking into your family tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found for 1790 (incomplete), 1800 (incomplete), 1810 (incomplete), 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Rockingham Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Rockingham Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Rockingham Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. The Slave Schedules exist for 1850 & 1860. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also North Carolina Census Records Research Guide

Rockingham County, NC Courthouse and Government Records

Rockingham County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Rockingham County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Rockingham County. The years pointed out listed below are the first noted records with this county. See Also North Carolina Corthouse Records Research Guide.

Old Rockingham County Courthouse

Rockingham County, NC Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Rockingham County, NC?
A list of Rockingham County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives. See also a list of Statewide North Carolina Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.

Where can I connect with other Rockingham County, NC Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Rockingham County, NC?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Rockingham County. A majority of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Professional Sites, Personal Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some require a payment. This is merely a directory that has been collected or submitted. I do not recommend or promote one genealogy site over another.

Rockingham Co. NC Books, Newspapers & Publications

Rockingham Co. NC Church / Bible Records & Cemeteries / Graveyards

Rockingham Co. NC Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Rockingham Co. NC General and History Websites

Rockingham Co. NC Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Rockingham Co. NC Military Records

Rockingham Co. NC Schools & Directories

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