The Clerk's Office has genealogy section located in the Deed Room on the first floor of the Courthouse. Please see our Online Records Information for options to search records online without a visit to our office.
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Histories along the Blue Ridge
Histories along the Blue Ridge (HBR) is the new name for the Exploring Rockingham’s Past project, which was launched in 2017-2018 to make selected historic records from the Rockingham County Circuit Court digitally available to the public. Keeping with the original project mission, each year, graduate students of James Madison University partner with local Circuit Court Clerk, Chaz Haywood, to make select collections digitally available. Since 2018, the project has grown rapidly beyond Rockingham County through collaborations with interested community actors and courthouses in neighboring counties along the Blue Ridge Mountain Range in Virginia. Future initiatives will also add select, non-court records to the HBR collection as well.
On the site, you will find information about their most recent digital collections and general updates about the project. To explore all digitized collections visit the "Browse Digital Collections" on the site.
In addition, HBR does provide information on collections housed by the Rockingham County courthouse that are not digitized. If the record group has not been digitized a note has been made at the top of the finding aid. For further information about all collections visit our "Finding Aids" page.
Land Grants 1739-1811
Treasury Warrant Land Grants 1792-1822
Transcriptions provided by Randy Buie, 2013, Valley Preservation Alliance for American History and Architecture, Harrisonburg, Virginia.
WWI Memorial and WWI Returned Servicemen records are available online via our Secure Remote Access website under the Genealogy filter. Images are free to view.
The early court clerks kept Minute Books in which a record of all transactions before the circuit court were noted. Some years may be spread over several books, some years may be missing. Below is a list of all the Minute Books we have in our office. Click on the book titles below to view a PDF version of the book.