African-American History Resources - click here
Historic Buildings Series - click here
The Historic Barns of Shenandoah County Project Brochure - click here

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.

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.

Church History Project

Religion has played a large part in the history of Shenandoah County and  it is not only of interest to people who live here, but is also valuable to those doing genealogical research.      

With that in mind, the Shenandoah County Historical Society launched a project that is still a work in progress, though an impressive amount of information has already been assembled.   Nearly 150 churches have been identified and listed.  Data has been collected on a great number of the churches, and efforts have been made to provide historical information on all of the them.   

The project has compiled a list and photo of all of the churches in Shenandoah County.  Along with each name and photo, is a description of the church and history of the building and congregation.  If an existing church has a web site, it will include a link to that church’s web site.

This will be a historical record of the churches and will not list times of services, pastor’s names or upcoming events.  

To view the Project results to date, click HERE.

As this is a work in progress, it is hoped that representatives, of the churches without the historical information, will contact us and provide the needed material.
The Society will need the following information:  
· Full name of the Church
· Information as to whether it was the first Church on the site
· Physical description  of the church and changes through the years.
· Photo of the church, and old photos if it looks different today.  (color photos preferred, unless not available)
· List of notable events that may have happened there and photos.   

The Society can be reached by phone at 540-459-1795, by mail at P.O. Box 506, Edinburg, VA  22824 or by e-mail at

Museum Brochure

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

Fall 2018 Newsletter Highlights

Historic Barns of Shenandoah County Project Gets Organized (Program Update by John Adamson) . . . November Program Meeting: Shenandoah County: A Legacy of Iron . . .County Archivist Column: New Photo Collection now at County Library . . . President’s Message . . . Morrison Photo Collection to be featured exhibit at Visitor Center . . . Rare Film uncovered of San Francisco 1906 Earthquake . . . Free Genealogy E-Books from Family Tree Magazine . . . Robert E. Lee Symposium: The Shenandoah Campaigns and Harpers Ferry announced . . . Library Celebrates National Archives Month . . . Historic Property: Baker’s Store on Back Road in Mount Olive, VA . . . From Dawn to Decadence: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life – 1500 to the Present (2000) passages presented . . . Newly available In Print: Civil War Battles Pull-out Card featuring 101 Battles . . . Remedies and Curious Cures excerpt from Shenandoah Voices by John Heatwole . . . and, Upcoming Events.

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

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