Shenandoah County
Historical Society
Shenandoah County
Historical Society

Areas of Interest

Historic Barns of Shenandoah County
African-American History Resources
Historic Buildings Series
Historic Church Listings

Genealogy Research Services – Now Available

Upon request, the Genealogy Committee will conduct family research of a limited scope at the Shenandoah Room, the local history resource at the Shenandoah County Library in Edinburg, VA.

If the family being searched was in the county from about 1772, the sources searched are marriage records, deed and minute book abstracts, will abstracts from 1772 to 1850, tombstone records and obituary records. There is an extensive microfilm collection that includes original marriage bonds and ministers returns, land tax and personal property tax records from 1782 to 1850, local newspapers, some church records, Shenandoah County US census records and some VA & WV census records. There are limited records from neighboring Frederick, Page, Rockingham and Warren counties.

In addition, old deeds, wills and appraisals can be digitally photographed at the courthouse and emailed.

Charges, for a 1-family surname search are:

2-hour genealogy research search: $30.00 [$15 per hour if more time required]

Copy fees:

•  $1.00 per page photographed and emailed

•  $.50 per page for copy from microfilm

•  $.25 per page for copies of pages from books

•  There will be postage fee added for extra weight

Requests should be sent to:

Genealogical Research

P.O. Box 506
Edinburg, VA 22824

Enclose a check or money order for $30.00, payable to SCHS to start the search

Additional information required:

To request a 2-hour search please give as much information as you have on that person. If possible include person’s name, date of birth, date of death, marriage date, spouse’s name/maiden name, children’s names and any other pertinent information. Try to be specific about what information you seek.

If any information is located, copy fees request will be sent along with the research information.

For DAR Genealogy Requests:

For research assistance regarding DAR applications and patriots, please contact the Narrow Passage Daughters of the American Revolution Chapter via their website

Shenandoah County Historical Society Photograph Reproduction Fee Schedule and Policies

The Shenandoah County Historical Society's Morrison Studio Photographic Collection is a valuable record of Shenandoah Valley history that we wish to share with the community. The Morrison Collection, as it becomes available, is accessible for viewing at the Shenandoah County Library in Edinburg, Va. Our policies and procedures are designed to protect and preserve this priceless resource. Funds from the sale and use of these archives help support our goals. SCHS is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) corporation.

Reproduction Fees:

Digital files (files only, no prints included)

    • .jpeg files - $15.00 per image

    • .tif files - $15.00 per image

    • Shipping and handling:

      • No charge for electronic transmission (Email)

      • $10.00 for digital files on CD (shipping, handling & materials)

Black & White Prints (made from digital files):

  • 5x7 or smaller - $10.00 for the first copy, additional copies - $2.00 each

  • 8x10 - $15.00 for the first copy, additional copies - $3.00 each

  • Shipping and handling - $5.00

Use Fees:

  • Personal Use (no publication or public presentation) - No use fee

  • Publication/Commercial Use - $20.00 per image per use (ex: if 4 images are requested for publication,exhibit,etc. there will be a $20.00 use fee charged for each image). The Publication/Commercial Use fee applies to both non-profit and for-profit enterprises.

  • Research Fee - $20.00 per hour plus cost of any materials

Custom Services:

  • All existing digital files of Morrison negatives were scanned at 300 dpi. SCHS will charge $50 to rescan any negative at 600 dpi. Once created, these high resolution files and any images made from them will be subject to the same fee schedules as existing 300 dpi files. (see above)

  • Requests for prints larger than 8 x 10 and any other custom orders will be negotiated individually and will depend upon the costs incurred by SCHS to meet the needs of the requestor.


  • We request payment at the time of application. Obtaining copies of images does not imply the right to publish, recopy or reproduce them in any form without written permission of SCHS. Written permission may be requested with the Photograph Reproduction Request form. Images may not be used for any other purpose than that stated or by any other party.

  • Please provide the following credit line in exhibit, publications, research, etc.: “Courtesy Shenandoah County Historical Society Morrison Studio Photographic Collection”

  • We request one copy of any final publication for our archives.


Download a printable (PDF) version of the SCHS Reproduction Request Form HERE.

Museum Brochure

Download a printable (PDF) version of the brochure HERE.

2020 Winter Newsletter Highlights

Morrison Photo Collection to go on line . . . Shenandoah Publishing House Postcards on Display . . . Historic Courthouse/Visitor Center Hours to Change in 2020 . . . President’s Message . . . From the County Archives [Fort Brick Church] . . . March Program Meeting: The History of Shine Mont . . . Preservation Awards Nominations sought . . . Barn Calendar in limited supply . . . Strasburg Heritage Association Introduces new book: Legacy: A History of St. Paul Lutheran Church Strasburg, VA 1700-2000 . . . Upcoming Events . . . Historic Building Series: Mount Pleasant – Hite Lane in Strasburg, VA . . . Items from the Shenandoah County Library Newspapers Archive . . . New Addition to Book List: Mt. Jackson – the Past of the Present and the Future . . . Traditional Figgy Pudding Recipe . . . more Upcoming Events.

To view a downloadable version of our printed newsletter, click HERE.

Past Newsletters

Spring 2019Summer 2019 Fall 2019

Preservation Awards

In 2014 the Shenandoah County Historical Society established an Excellence in Historic Preservation Awards program to be given at the annual meeting and banquet in May of each year. The purpose of the program is to honor projects within Shenandoah County that deserve recognition for their preservation efforts. By doing so we hope to encourage others to follow the examples of those being recognized. These awards continue an earlier program that had been created by the former Shenandoah Preservation League.

The Excellence in Historic Preservation Awards are intended to recognize outstanding projects in the fields of history, architecture, scenic beauty, and material culture (this includes furniture, textiles, documents, folk art, photography, basketry, tools and more). The original, or source object(s) must be at least 60 years old, and the preservation project must have been completed to be eligible for consideration.

"Each year we look forward to receiving a number of high quality applications," Society president Barbara Adamson said. "Shenandoah County is rich in accomplished and potential historic preservation projects and we are pleased to be able to support this awards program. The Society believes that the quality of life in Shenandoah County is greatly enhanced by preserving evidence of our unique history, and that publically recognizing these achievements may bring about a greater awareness of the value of historic preservation."

Application deadline is April 1 of each year. Nomination forms will be available in early winter throughout Shenandoah County at libraries, museums and town historical societies, and by contacting the Society at 540-459-1795, or by e-mail at

In addition, you may view and print a copy of the nomination form by clicking HERE.

Past Preservation Award Winners, by Year

The 2014, “Excellence in Historic Preservation” Awards were presented to:

R. Patrick Murphy, for his well-documented and beautifully written book, The French and Indian War in Shenandoah County: Life on the Inner Frontier, 1752-1766.

Mr. Kenna Fansler, for a faithful and elegant rehabilitation of his historic Federal-style and Greek Revival home often referred to as The Pennybacker House. located on Main Street in the Mt. Jackson National Register Historic District, where it will serve as a valuable model for future projects.

The Strasburg Presbyterian Church, for outstanding restoration and reconstruction of its historic church, the oldest church in Strasburg, which was badly damaged by fire in July, 2011, and for creating an attractive and functional addition to address modern safely needs.

The 2015 awards for “Excellence in Historic Preservation” were presented to:

Gloria Stickley for her book, Strasburg, Virginia: Our History in Post Cards, which beautifully documents the sites and culture of Shenandoah County, particularly the area around Strasburg, during the late 19th and early 20th Centuries through photographs and written text.

Delmar and Joan Hooley for their careful Restoration of the historic Wilkins Farmhouse on Swover Creek near Edinburg. With portions of the house dating from 1776, 1789 and 1842, they have faithfully maintained a rare, surviving example of mixed Germanic and English architecture in Shenandoah County.

The Edinburg Heritage Foundation and the Town of Edinburg for their rehabilitation of the historic Edinburg Mill and its transformation into the Museum at the Edinburg Mill, which displays the history and heritage of Edinburg, Shenandoah County and the Shenandoah Valley. The three-story museum is a result of a unique and effective partnership between the Foundation and the Town of Edinburg.

The 2016 awards for “Excellence in Historic Preservation” were presented to:

Jeanettte Ritenour and James & Margaret Trott, for their book, Welcome to Fort Valley, which through intensive research beautifully documents Fort Valley’s unique geography, population, culture, and history.

Ricci & Erica Troxell, and Greg Orndorff for their rehabilitation, preservation and creation of the Historic Nash/Hudson Automobile Dealership Museum in Strasburg, displaying vintage automobiles, original signage, tools, and collectibles.

Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors, Shenandoah County School Board, United Methodist Family Services, and the Charterhouse School for the careful rehabilitation and preservation of the Edinburg School to provide space as an educational center for students and the community.

The 2017 awards for “Excellence in Historic Preservation” were presented to:

The Shenandoah County Library (Zachary Hottel and Dallas Moore) for the creation and development of Shenandoah Stories, a public web platform showcasing the history of specific sites in Shenandoah County. Zach Hottel accepted the award.

Corhaven Graveyard for the preservation of the of the former Edgehill Plantation Burial Ground for Enslaved African Americans in Quicksburg, Va. Accepting the award were Sarah Kohrs, Tara Haley, and Bill Haley.

The Woodstock Brewing Company for the preservation and rehabilitation of the original Casey Jones Factory in Woodstock, Va. Accepting the award were Travis Cooper and Karl Roulston.

The 2018 awards for “Excellence in Historic Preservation” were presented to:

William J. Miller for his book, Decision at Toms Brook: George Custer, Thomas Roster and the Joy of the Fight, a comprehensive and readable account of the Battle of Toms Brook, as well as valuable descriptions of the skirmish at Mill Creek and the Burning in Shenandoah County.

William Grillo for the careful and thorough rehabilitation of the 1797 Log Building at 129 S. Main St. in Woodstock, which preserves an important visual reminder of the town’s 18th Century heritage.

Bird Haven Farm, James Madison University Public History Program and the Shenandoah County Library Truban Archives for the Bird Haven Oral History Project, which preserves the history of the Bird Haven Community, the Shenandoah Community Workers and surrounding areas of southwestern Shenandoah County from the 1920s to the 1960s. Accepting on behalf of Bird Haven Farm owners Tom and Leslie Carr was staff member Abby Neese. Evan Friss, from the James Madison University Department of History, accepted for his students in the JMU Public History Program. Zachary Hottel, Shenandoah County Library Archivist, accepted for the Truban Archives.

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