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Rockingham County, Virginia Facts

When was Rockingham County, VA Created?
Rockingham County was established on January 12, 1778 from Augusta County .

What is the County Seat of Rockingham County, VA?
The County Seat is located in Harrisonburg also, the county government website is www.rockinghamcountyva.gov .

What counties are adjacent to Rockingham County, VA?
Bordering Counties are Pendleton County, West Virginia, Hardy County, West Virginia, Shenandoah County, Page County, Greene County, Albemarle County, Augusta County.


Rockingham County, VA Vital Records

Where can find Rockingham County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Rockingham County vital records can be found at the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) Office of Vital Records which has Birth and Death Records since June 14, 1912 and copies of Marriage and Divorce Records since 1918 to present. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Virginia for current fees and application process.

You can search online for Rockingham County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also order Order Electronically Online or you can download an application for copies of Rockingham Co. Virginia Birth, Marriage, Divorce, Death Certificate Applications to mail.

The Archives Division has copies of surviving birth and death records for the period 1853 to 1896 and marriage records prior to 1936. Another resource is the Rockingham-Harrisonburg Health Department, 110 North Mason Street, P.O. Box 26, Harrisonburg, VA 22801; (540) 574-5100


Rockingham County, VA Census Records

What Rockingham County, VA census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Rockingham County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1790 (destroyed), 1800 (destroyed), 1810, 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 Virginia Census Records Research Guide


Rockingham County, VA 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 listed below are the first noted records with this county. See Also Virginia Corthouse Records Research Guide.

  • Rockingham County Clerk of Circuit Court
    • Address: 80 Court Square, Courthouse, Harrisonburg, VA 22802
    • Phone: (540) 564-3111
    • Marriage Records: 1778 
    • Land Records: 1778
    • Court Records: 1778
    • Probate Records: 1778
  • Virginia Land, Marriage, and Probate Records, 1639-1850
  • Using County and City Court Records in the Archives at the Library of Virginia
  • County and City Research in Virginia Guides and Indexes - County and city records document the daily activities of the courts in Virginia's counties, independent cities, and towns. The Library of Virginia houses both original and microfilm records for many of Virginia's counties and independent cities. The guides list will help researchers navigate the complex variety of county and city records in the Library's collections. It includes County and City Records at the Library of Virginia, Using County and City Court Records, Chancery Cases, Judgments, Lost Records Localities database and Burned Jurisdiction database.
  • Virginia County Records, Volume, VI, VII , IX, X - The records in these series were compiled as part of a series known as the Virginia County Records . The volume includes wills, land grants, and marriage bonds as well as other miscellaneous information on early Virginia settlers.
  • BLM Land Records

Rockingham County, VA Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Rockingham County, VA?
A list of Rockingham County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Virginia Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.

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

What other genealogical resources are available in Rockingham County, VA?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Rockingham County. A lot of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Commercial Sites, Personal Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some call for a fee. This is just a listing which has been compiled or submitted. I do not endorse or promote one genealogy site above another.

Rockingham Co. VA Books, Newspapers & Publications

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

Rockingham Co. VA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Rockingham Co. VA General and History Websites

Rockingham Co. VA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Rockingham Co. VA Military Records

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