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Shenandoah County, Virginia Facts

When was Shenandoah County, VA Created?
Shenandoah County was established on 1772 from Frederick County (was originally named Dunmore County , was renamed in January 12, 1778). This county was named for the Shenandoah River.

What is the County Seat of Shenandoah County, VA?
The County Seat is located in Woodstock also, the county government website is www.shenandoahcountyva.us/ .

What counties are adjacent to Shenandoah County, VA?
Bordering Counties are Hardy County, West Virginia (northwest), Frederick County (northeast), Warren County (east), Page County (southeast), Rockingham County (southwest).

What cities and towns are in Shenandoah County, VA?
Cities and towns located in Shenandoah County include Strasburg, Toms Brook, Woodstock, Edinburg, Mount Jackson and New Market .


Shenandoah County, VA Vital Records

Where can find Shenandoah County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Shenandoah 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 Shenandoah County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also order Order Electronically Online or you can download an application for copies of Shenandoah 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 Shenandoah County Health Department, 494 North Main Street, Suite #100, Woodstock, VA 22664; Phone: (540) 459-3733


Shenandoah County, VA Census Records

What Shenandoah County, VA census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Shenandoah 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.

Shenandoah Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Shenandoah Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Shenandoah 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


Shenandoah County, VA Courthouse and Government Records


Shenandoah County Courthouse

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

Woodstock is the county seat for Shenandoah County. The cornerstone states the courthouse was built in 1795 and is the oldest still in use west of the Blue Ridge Mountains. 

  • Shenandoah County Clerk of Circuit Court serves as custodian of all county court records, and is responsible for providing access to those court records by court personnel, the legal community and the public.
    • Address: P. O. Box 406, 112 South Main Street, Woodstock, VA 22664-1423
    • Phone: (540) 459-6150
    • Marriage Records: 1772 
    • Land Records: 1772
    • Court Records: 1772
    • Probate Records: 1772
  • Shenandoah County, Virginia Wills, 1771-91
  • 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

Shenandoah County, VA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

What other genealogical resources are available in Shenandoah County, VA?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Shenandoah 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.

Shenandoah Co. VA Books, Newspapers & Publications

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

Shenandoah Co. VA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Shenandoah Co. VA General and History Websites

Shenandoah Co. VA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Shenandoah Co. VA Military Records

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