Dunmore County, Virginia Genealogy

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Dunmore County, Virginia genealogy and family history research page. Guide to Dunmore County (1772-1778) genealogy, history, and courthouse sources including wills, deeds and land records, Revolutionary War records, family histories, cemeteries, and churches.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1772--Dunmore County was created on 15 May 1772 from Frederick County.[1]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

1778--Renamed Shanando (now Shenandoah) County effective 1 February 1778.[2]

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

Places/Localities[edit | edit source]

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Church[edit | edit source]

Baptists[edit | edit source]

The 10,000 name petition (dated 16 October 1776) has been digitized at the Library of Congress website. It was signed by people from all over Virginia who wanted an end to persecution of Baptists by the Established Church. Baptists and Baptist sympathizers alike signed the petition. To find your ancestor in this record, first check Hall's transcription in the Magazine of Virginia Genealogy (Vols. 35-38, with annotations in Vol. 39), which is available online at Ancestry ($). It is also available in book form at the Family History Library: FHL Book 975.5 B2vs v. 35-39. Then proceed to the Library of Congress website to see the original images.

Court[edit | edit source]

Genealogy[edit | edit source]

It is anticipated that this bibliography will eventually identify all known family histories published about residents of this county. Use this list to:

  • Locate publications about direct ancestors
  • Find the most updated accounts of an ancestor's family
  • Identify publications, to quote Elizabeth Shown Mills, about an ancestor's "FAN Club" [Friends, Associates, and Neighbors]


Land and Property[edit | edit source]

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Maps[edit | edit source]

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military[edit | edit source]

Revolutionary War[edit | edit source]

Regiments. Service men in Dunmore County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Dunmore County supplied soldiers for the:

- 8th Virginia Regiment
- 12th Virginia Regiment (7th Company)[3]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. William Waller Hening, editor, The Statutes at Large; Being a Collection of all the Laws of Virginia, from the First Session of the Legislature in the year 1619, 13 vols. (Richmond: J.&G. Chochran, Printers, 1821), vol. VIII, page 597-599, Chapter XLIII, "An act for dividing the county of Frederick into three distinct counties," February 1772, creation of Dunmore County from Frederick County effective 15 May 1772, digital images, Internet Archive (https://archive.org : 25 October 2018).
  2. William Waller Hening, editor, The Statutes at Large; Being a Collection of all the Laws of Virginia, from the First Session of the Legislature in the year 1619, 13 vols. (Richmond: J.&G. Cochran, Printers, 1821), vol. IX, page 424, Chapter XVIII, "An act for forming several new counties, and reforming the boundaries of two others," October 1777, the name of Dunmore County changed to Shanando on 1 February 1778, digital images, Internet Archive (https://archive.org : 25 October 2018).
  3. E.M. Sanchez-Saavedra, A Guide to Virginia Military Organizations in the American Revolution, 1774-1787 (Richmond, Va.: Virginia State Library, 1978), 67-68. FHL Book 975.5 M2s.