Rockingham County, Virginia Facts
Rockingham County Facts
- Government Website: www.rockinghamcountyva.gov
- Created Date / Origin: 1778 from Augusta County
- County Seat: Harrisonburg
- Named After: Charles Watson-Wentworth, 2nd Marquess of Rockingham, British Prime Minister
- Bordering Counties: Pendleton County, West Virginia (west), Hardy County, West Virginia (north), Shenandoah County (northeast), Page County (east), Greene County (southeast), Albemarle County (southeast), Augusta County (southwest).
- Cities & towns include: Bridgewater, Broadway, Clover Hill, Cootes' Store, Cross Keys, Dayton, Edom, Elkton, Grottoes, Harrisonburg, Keezletown, Lacey Spring, Linville, McGaheysville, Mt. Clinton, Mt. Crawford, Newhaven, Ottobine, Port Republic, River Bank, Rushville, Singers Glen, Sparta (Mauzy), Spring Creek, Stemphleytown, Timberville, Turleytown
Rockingham County Genealogical & Historical Societies and Family History Resources
A list of Rockingham County Historical and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.
- Virginia-North Carolina Piedmont Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 2272, Danville 24541-0272
- Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society, P.O. Box 716 (Bowman & High Streets), Dayton, VA 22821
- Massanutten Regional Library, (formerly Rockingham Public Library), 174 S. Main St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801, (540) 434-4475, 1-800-594-BOOK
- Bridgewater College, Alexander Mack Memorial Library, East College Street, Bridgewater, VA 22812, (540) 828-5410
- Eastern Mennonite University, Menno Simons Historical Library and Archives, 1200 Park Road, Harrisonburg, VA 22801-2462, (540) 432-4177
- Virginia State Genealogy Network (facebook.com)
- Rockingham County USGenWeb Archives Project (usgwarchives.net)
- Rockingham County, Virginia Message Boards (boards.ancestry.com) read and post messages about your ancestors in Rockingham County
- Rockingham County, Virginia Genealogy Forum (genforum.genealogy.com) read and post messages with other genealogy researchers for Rockingham County
- Rockingham County microfilmed holdings at The Library of Virginia (lva.virginia.gov)
- Virginia Heritage - Guides to manuscript and Archival Collections in Rockingham Co. Virginia
Rockingham County Courthouse and Government Records
Genealogist frequently forget the value of Rockingham County court, probate, and land documents as a resource of genealogy and family history information. Hidden away in Virginia courthouses and archives everywhere are often the aspirations and worries of countless Virginia residents.
The possibilities are great that your ancestors and forefathers have left a detailed record of at least a few elements of their lives in the Rockingham County court records. Even if your forebears is not mentioned in a Court case, give some thought to all of the other methods that could have lead to him or her appearing in court records.
Please make sure to get in touch with the clerk's department to determine hours, mailing address, fees and other particulars in advance of visiting or requesting information because of many times changing contact information. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The files are readily available to interested parties, barring confidential issues. The majority of staff will guide individuals in obtaining the materials, however it's up to the individual to perform the research.
The following indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in Rockingham county. The dates indicated below are the first known records for each county. Many pre-Civil War records were lost during the Valley Campaign of 1864. In an effort to safeguard the records, they were loaded onto a wagon that was subsequently set afire by Union troops. Records that were saved include: administrators, executors, and guardians bonds.
- Rockingham County Clerk of Circuit Courtserves 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: 80 Court Square, Courthouse, Harrisonburg, VA 22802
- Phone: (540) 564-3111
- Marriage Records: 1778
- Land Records: 1778
- Court Records: 1778
- Probate Records: 1778
- Rockingham County (VA) Treasurer
- Rockingham County Commissioner of Revenue
- Virginia Department of Health (VDH) Office of Vital Records has copies for copies of birth certificates, marriage licenses and divorce decrees. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Virginia for current fees and application process.
- County and City Research in Virginia Guides and Indexes (lva.virginia.gov) 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.
Rockingham County Links
The following are web links to Family history and genealogy, Records and Resources related 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. Feel free to provide your own favorite Rockingham County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.
Rockingham Co. VA Books, Newspapers & Publications
Rockingham Co. VA Birth, Marriage & Death Records
- See Also Statewide Birth, Marriage, Divorce and Death Records in Virginia
- Order Hard Copies of Vital Records (archives.com)
- Rockingham County, Virginia Births, 1866-84 (search.ancestry.com)
- Rockingham County, Virginia Deaths, 1862-77 (search.ancestry.com)
- Rockingham County, Virginia Deaths, 1886-95 (search.ancestry.com)
- Rockingham County, Virginia Births, 1860-65 (search.ancestry.com)
- Rockingham County, Virginia Deaths, 1878-85 (search.ancestry.com)
- Rockingham County, Virginia Births, 1894-96 (search.ancestry.com)
- Rockingham County, Virginia Births, 1853-56 (search.ancestry.com)
- Rockingham County, Virginia Births, 1885-87 (search.ancestry.com)
- Rockingham County, Virginia Births, 1857-59 (search.ancestry.com)
- Rockingham County, Virginia Births, 1888-90 (search.ancestry.com)
- Rockingham County, Virginia Deaths, 1853-61 (search.ancestry.com)
- Rockingham County, Virginia Births, 1891-93 (search.ancestry.com)
- Social Security Death Index (search.ancestry.com)
Rockingham Co. VA Court, Probate Land and Tax Records
Rockingham Co. VA Census Records
Rockingham Co. VA Cemeteries & Graveyards
Rockingham Co. VA Church & Bible Records
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