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''[[United States|United States ]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]]  [[Virginia|Virginia ]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]]  [[Highland_County,_Virginia|Highland County]]''
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<br>'''Highland County, Virginia''' genealogy and family history research page. Guide to '''Highland County''' (established 1847) genealogy, history, and courthouse sources including birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, wills, deeds and land records, Civil War records, Revolutionary War records, family histories, cemeteries, churches, tax records, newspapers, and obituaries.
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{{Infobox U.S. County
 
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}} ''[[United States|United States&nbsp;]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] &nbsp;[[Virginia|Virginia&nbsp;]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] &nbsp;[[Highland_County,_Virginia|Highland County]]''
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Virginia county in the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shenandoah_Valley Shenandoah Valley] region.
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== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County Courthouse  ==
  
[[Image:{{VAHighlandcourthouse}}]] P.O. Box 190<br>Monterey, VA 24465-0190
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[[Image:{{VAHighlandcourthouse}}]]&nbsp;
  
== History  ==
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[http://www.highlandcova.org/ Highland County Courthouse]<br>P.O. Box 190<br>Monterey, VA 24465-0190<br>Phone 540-468-2447
  
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Clerk Circuit Court has birth records from 1850-1898,<br>marriage, divorce and land records from 1850<br>probate records from 1860 and court records from 1837<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Higland County, Virginia. Page 715 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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== History  ==
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The county takes its name from its elevation in the Appalachian Mountains.  
 
The county takes its name from its elevation in the Appalachian Mountains.  
  
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== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
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==== Research Guides  ====
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*Hamilton, Clay. "Genealogical Research in Highland County," ''The Virginia Genealogical Society Newsletter,'' Vol. 29, No. 3 (June 2003):1-2. {{FHL|137581|item}}; digital version at [http://www.vgs.org/newsletter.htm Virginia Genealogical Society] website.
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==== Bible Records  ====
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==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
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==== Census  ====
 
==== Census  ====
  
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*Turner, Ronald Ray. ''[http://www.pwcvabooks.com/documents/VirginiaCivilWarVets.doc Virginia's Union Veterans: Eleventh Census of the United States 1890]''. Available online, courtesy: [http://www.pwcvabooks.com/index.htm Prince William County Virginia] website. [Includes residents of this county.]
 
*Turner, Ronald Ray. ''[http://www.pwcvabooks.com/documents/VirginiaCivilWarVets.doc Virginia's Union Veterans: Eleventh Census of the United States 1890]''. Available online, courtesy: [http://www.pwcvabooks.com/index.htm Prince William County Virginia] website. [Includes residents of this county.]
  
==== Church  ====
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==== Church Records ====
  
 
==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
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More than 15 genealogies have been published about Highland County families. To view a list, visit [[Highland County, Virginia Genealogy]].  
 
More than 15 genealogies have been published about Highland County families. To view a list, visit [[Highland County, Virginia Genealogy]].  
  
==== Land  ====
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==== Land and Property ====
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An early settlers map is available for Highland County. Cambelt plots the locations of pioneers' farms. The Family History Library has a copy: {{FHL|169166|item|disp=FHL Map 975.589 E7c (2 parts)}}.
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
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==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
  
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*''List of Pensioners on the Roll, January 1, 1883; Giving the Name of Each Pensioner, the Cause for Why Pensioned, the Post-Office Address, the Rate of Pension Per Month, and the Date of Original Allowance...'' Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1883. {{FHL|286899|item}} 973 M2Lp v. 5; digital versions at [http://books.google.com/books?id=t7oqAAAAMAAJ Google Books] and [http://www.archive.org/details/listpensionerso02buregoog Internet Archive]. [See Vol. 5, Virginia, Highland County, p. 86. Identifies War of 1812 veterans living in this county in 1883.]
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*[http://vagenweb.org/highland/1812war.htm &nbsp;Highland County, Virginia Soldiers in the War of 1812]
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*''List of Pensioners on the Roll, January 1, 1883; Giving the Name of Each Pensioner, the Cause for Why Pensioned, the Post-Office Address, the Rate of Pension Per Month, and the Date of Original Allowance...'' Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1883. {{FHL|286899|item|disp=FHL Book 973 M2Lp v. 5}}; digital versions at [http://books.google.com/books?id=t7oqAAAAMAAJ Google Books] and [http://www.archive.org/details/listpensionerso02buregoog Internet Archive]. [See Vol. 5, Virginia, Highland County, p. 86. Identifies War of 1812 veterans living in this county in 1883.]
  
==== Newspapers ====
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===== Civil War =====
  
==== Probate  ====
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==== Research Guides  ====
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:- [[14th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)|14th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)]]. Company A (White's Mounted Riflemen), Company C (Valley Cavalry or Rangers).<ref>Robert J. Driver, ''14th Virginia Cavalry'' (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, c1988). {{FHL|370000|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 47}}.</ref>
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:- [[18th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)|18th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)]]. Company G.<ref>Roger U. Delauter, ''18th Virginia Cavalry'' (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1985). {{FHL|429987|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 18}}.</ref>
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:- [[25th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Heck's) (Confederate)|25th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Heck's) (Confederate)]]. Company D (Highland Rangers).<ref>Richard L. Armstrong, ''25th Virginia Infantry and 9th Battalion Virginia Infantry'' (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1990). {{FHL|406595|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 71}}.</ref>
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:- [[26th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)|26th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)]]. Company E.<ref>Richard L. Armstrong, ''26th Virginia Cavalry'' (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1994). {{FHL|761578|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 110}}.</ref>
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:- [[31st Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)|31st Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)]]. Future 2nd Company B (The Highlanders) and Company E (Highland County Highlanders).<ref>John M. Ashcraft, ''31st Virginia Infantry'' (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1988). {{FHL|370004|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 48}}.</ref>
  
*Hamilton, Clay. "Genealogical Research in Highland County," ''The Virginia Genealogical Society Newsletter,'' Vol. 29, No. 3 (June 2003):1-2. {{FHL|137581|item}}; digital version at [http://www.vgs.org/newsletter.htm Virginia Genealogical Society] website.
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====== Civil War Battle  ======
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The following Civil War battle was fought in Highland County.
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*May 8, 1862 = [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/va102.htm McDowell], also known as&nbsp;Sitlington’s Hill<ref>Heritage Preservation Services, [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/va102.htm Civil War Battle Summaries by State], (accessed 2 August 2012).</ref>
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:Maps of Civil War battles in Virginia: [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/va186162.htm 1861], [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/va186162.htm 1862], [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/va1863.htm 1863], [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/va1864.htm 1864], [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/va1865.htm 1865]
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==== Vital Records  ====
 
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'''''Birth'''''
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*Fridley, Beth, comp. ''Highland County Virginia Birth Records, 1853-1896 ''[database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2001. Available at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5736 Ancestry] ($).
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*Fridley, Beth, comp. ''Highland County Virginia Birth Records, 1853-1896 ''[database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2001. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5736 Ancestry] ($).
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{{Tip|For birth, marriage, and death record substitutes, see [[{{PAGENAME}}#Bible Records|Bible Records]], [[{{PAGENAME}}#Cemeteries|Cemeteries]], [[{{PAGENAME}}#Church Records|Church Records]], [[{{PAGENAME}}#Newspapers|Newspapers]], and [[{{PAGENAME}}#Probate Records|Probate Records]].}}
  
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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== Web Sites  ==
 
== Web Sites  ==
  
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
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*[http://vagenweb.org/highland/ Highland Co., VAGenWeb]. Part of the [http://usgenweb.org/ USGenWeb Project]. Maps, name indexes, history.  
 
*{{FHL|Virginia%2C+Highland|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
 
*{{FHL|Virginia%2C+Highland|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
 
*[http://www.cyndislist.com/us/va/counties/highland/ Cyndi's List]
 
*[http://www.cyndislist.com/us/va/counties/highland/ Cyndi's List]
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Highland County, Virginia genealogy and family history research page. Guide to Highland County (established 1847) genealogy, history, and courthouse sources including birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, wills, deeds and land records, Civil War records, Revolutionary War records, family histories, cemeteries, churches, tax records, newspapers, and obituaries.


Highland County, Virginia
Map
Boundary map of Highland County, Virginia
Map of Virginia highlighting Highland County
Location in the state of Virginia
Map of the U.S. highlighting Virginia
Location of Virginia in the U.S.
Facts
Founded 1847
County Seat Monterey
Courthouse

Contents

County Courthouse

Highland County Courthouse, Monterey, Va.
 

Highland County Courthouse
P.O. Box 190
Monterey, VA 24465-0190
Phone 540-468-2447

Clerk Circuit Court has birth records from 1850-1898,
marriage, divorce and land records from 1850
probate records from 1860 and court records from 1837[1]

Beginning Dates for Highland County, Virginia Government Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1853 1847 1853 1850 1847 1859

History

The county takes its name from its elevation in the Appalachian Mountains.

Parent County

1847--Highland County was created 19 March 1847 from Bath and Pendleton Counties.
County seat: Monterey [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

  • Lost census: 1890

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Research Guides

Bible Records

Images of the Virginia Historical Society's family Bible collection have been digitized:

Additional Bible records include:

Cemeteries

The Genealogy Center at Allen County Public Library (Indiana) has a number of searchable databases of Highland County cemeteries:

Clover Creek Presbyterian Church Cemetery
Doe Hill Cemetery
Headwaters Community Cemetery
McDowell Community Cemetery
McKendree Methodist Cemetery
Old McDowell Presbyterian Cemetery

Tombstone Transcription Project Highland County - cemetery transcriptions - USGenWeb

Census

For tips on accessing Highland County, Virginia census records online, see: Virginia Census.

Historical populations
Census Pop.
18504,227
18604,3192.2%
18704,151−3.9%
18805,16424.4%
18905,3523.6%
19005,6475.5%
19105,317−5.8%
19204,931−7.3%
19304,525−8.2%
19404,8757.7%
19504,069−16.5%
19603,221−20.8%
19702,529−21.5%
19802,93716.1%
19902,635−10.3%
20002,536−3.8%
20102,321−8.5%

1890 Union Veterans

Church Records

Court

Genealogy

More than 15 genealogies have been published about Highland County families. To view a list, visit Highland County, Virginia Genealogy.

Land and Property

An early settlers map is available for Highland County. Cambelt plots the locations of pioneers' farms. The Family History Library has a copy: FHL Map 975.589 E7c (2 parts).

Local Histories

  • Morton, Oren Frederic. A Handbook of Highland County and a Supplement to Pendleton and Highland History. Monterey, Va.: Highland Recorder, 1922. FHL Collection; digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • Morton, Oren Frederic. A History of Highland County, Virginia. Monterey, Va.: Morton, c1911. Original edition: FHL Collection; 1979 reprint with index: FHL Collection; digital versions of original edition at Ancestry ($); and World Vital Records ($).

Maps

Military

War of 1812
Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Highland County, Virginia served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Highland County, Virginia:

- 14th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate). Company A (White's Mounted Riflemen), Company C (Valley Cavalry or Rangers).[3]
- 18th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate). Company G.[4]
- 25th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Heck's) (Confederate). Company D (Highland Rangers).[5]
- 26th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate). Company E.[6]
- 31st Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate). Future 2nd Company B (The Highlanders) and Company E (Highland County Highlanders).[7]
Civil War Battle

The following Civil War battle was fought in Highland County.

  • May 8, 1862 = McDowell, also known as Sitlington’s Hill[8]
Maps of Civil War battles in Virginia: 1861, 1862, 1863, 1864, 1865

Newspapers

Probate Records

Taxation

Vital Records

Indexes to Highland County, Virginia births, marriages, and deaths are available online. These collections are incomplete, but are easy to search. Most records can also be ordered electronically online as well. Courtesy: FamilySearch - free. See also How to order Virginia Vital Records

Birth
  • Fridley, Beth, comp. Highland County Virginia Birth Records, 1853-1896 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2001. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
Vital Record Substitutes

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Higland County, Virginia. Page 715 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. Robert J. Driver, 14th Virginia Cavalry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, c1988). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 47.
  4. Roger U. Delauter, 18th Virginia Cavalry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1985). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 18.
  5. Richard L. Armstrong, 25th Virginia Infantry and 9th Battalion Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1990). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 71.
  6. Richard L. Armstrong, 26th Virginia Cavalry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1994). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 110.
  7. John M. Ashcraft, 31st Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1988). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 48.
  8. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 2 August 2012).