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Genealogy & Local History

MRL Genealogy & Local History Room

Conrad T. Logan, President of the Rockingham Public Library Board from 1928 to 1948, was instrumental in starting the genealogy and local history collection. Today, the collection contains over 5,000 books, atlases and pamphlets documenting the families and history of Rockingham County and the Shenandoah Valley.  It is an excellent place to begin research into your Valley roots. Click to view a searchable PDF index of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County materials available in the MRL Genealogy and Local History Room.

In addition to print sources, the library maintains the following records on microfilm:

  • Daily News-Record from July 1913
  • Rockingham Register and miscellaneous local newspapers from October 1822
  • Census record for Rockingham and surrounding counties from 1790

Photographs depicting early days in Harrisonburg are housed in the collection. Early scenes of Harrisonburg, Boys Band, Telephone Company and the Massanutten Regional Library (formerly Rockingham Public Library) are some of the subjects included in our extensive photograph collection. Contact our reference librarians at 540.434.4475 ext. 122 or by using our Contact Form.

MRL Local History Indexes

The Massanutten Regional Library seeks to preserve the past as well as the present. For more information on items located in our local history pamphlet file, map file and photograph collection use the links below to access searchable indexes, or contact our reference librarians at 540.434.4475 ext. 122 or by using our Contact Form.

Click to view a searchable PDF index of the MRL Local History Pamphlet File.

Click to view a searchable PDF index of the MRL Map File.

Click to view a searchable Excel index of the MRL Photograph Collection.

Additional Local History Resources

Local Courthouses

  • Augusta County Clerk of the Circuit Court
    P.O. Box 689
    Staunton, VA 24401
    540.885.8931 ext. 264
  • Rockingham County Clerk of the Circuit Court
    The Court House
    Harrisonburg, VA 22801

Local University Libraries

Historical Societies

Genealogy Websites

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