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== County Courthouse  ==
== County Courthouse  ==
116 South Court Street<br>Suite A<br>Luray, VA 22835  
County Courthouse<br>116 South Court Street<br>Suite A<br>Luray, VA 22835  
== History  ==
== History  ==
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==== Census  ====
==== Census  ====
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==== Vital Records  ====
==== Vital Records  ====
== Societies and Libraries  ==
== Societies and Libraries  ==
*[[Genealogical Society of Page County, Virginia|Genealogical Society of Page County, Virginia]]
*[[Genealogical Society of Page County, Virginia|Genealogical Society of Page County, Virginia]]  
*[[Central_Virginia_Genealogical_Association|Central Virginia Genealogical Association]]
*[[Central Virginia Genealogical Association|Central Virginia Genealogical Association]]
== Websites  ==
== Websites  ==

Revision as of 17:54, 28 February 2012

Page County, Virginia
Boundary map of Page County, Virginia
Map of Virginia highlighting Page County
Location in the state of Virginia
Map of the U.S. highlighting Virginia
Location of Virginia in the U.S.
Founded 1831
County Seat Luray
United States  Gotoarrow.png  Virginia  Gotoarrow.png  Page County 

Virginia county in the Shenandoah Valley region.

County Courthouse

County Courthouse
116 South Court Street
Suite A
Luray, VA 22835


Governor John Page (1744-1808)

The county is named after Virginia Governor John Page (1744-1808).

Parent County

1831--Page County was created 30 March 1831 from Rockingham and Shenandoah Counties.
County seat: Luray [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

  • Lost census: 1890


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties


Research Guides

  • Good, Rebecca H. and Rebecca A. Ebert. Finding Your People in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia: A Genealogical Guide. Bowie, Md.: Heritage Books, 1998. 4th ed. FHL Book 975 D27e 1998
  • Kelley, Teresa. "Paging Through the Past at the Page Public Library, Luray, Page County, Virginia," The Virginia Genealogical Society Newsletter, Vol. 25, No. 3 (Jun. 1999):1-2. Available at FHL; digital version at Virginia Genealogical Society website.


  • Ellsberry, Elizabeth Prather, comp. Cemetery Records of Page County, Virginia, Volume I, Luray Cemetery. Chillicothe, MO, USA: Elizabeth Prather Ellsberry, c1965. Available at FHL; digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • Tombstone Transcription Project Page County - cemetery transcriptions - USGenWeb


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

Historical populations
Census Pop.

1890 Union Veterans' Census


German Reformed

  • Braun, Johannes, Klaus Wust and Joseph H. Meyerhoeffer. Shenandoah Valley Family Data, 1799-1813: From the Memorandum Book of Pastor Johannes Braun. Edinburg, Va.: Shenandoah History Publishers, 1978. FHL US/CAN Book 975.5 K2bjo.


Indexes and images to Page County, Virginia Chancery Records 1831-1914 are available online through Virginia Memory: Chancery Records Index. These records, which were often concerned with inheritance disputes, contain a wealth of genealogical information.


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


Local Histories


  • Massanutten Area Atlas. Original records, Shenandoah County Archives, Woodstock, Va. Microfilmed reproduction available at FHL. [This is a bound book of hand drawn maps showing property boundaries for grant map, ca. 1748-1915. It covers parts of Shenandoah, Warren and Page counties.]


Revolutionary War
  • A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census]. 1841. Digital version at Google Books. 1967 reprint: FHL Collection 973 X2pc 1840. [See Virginia, Western District, Page County on pages 135-136.]
War of 1812
  • 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 Collection 973 M2Lp v. 5; digital versions at Google Books and Internet Archive. [See Vol. 5, Virginia, Orange County, p. 97. Identifies War of 1812 veterans living in this county in 1883.]



  • Cutten, George Barton. The Silversmiths of Virginia (together with Watchmakers and Jewelers) from 1694 to 1850. Richmond, Va.: The Dietz Press, Incorporated, 1952. Available at FHL. [Includes a section on Luray silversmiths.]



How can Virginia tax lists help me?

  • [1777] "Augusta County Tithables, 1777," Magazine of Virginia Genealogy, Vol. 42 Iss. 4 (Nov. 2004):307-310. Available at FHL. [Covers area of present-day eastern Rockingham and Page counties.]
  • [1855] Free Negroes and Mulattoes, within County, over 12 Years of Age, 1855, Mountain Memories. Luray VA: Spring 2004. Vol. 15 Iss. 2.
  • [1856] Free Negroes and Mulattoes, Modesitt District, with Ages, 1856, Mountain Memories. Luray VA: Spring 2004. Vol. 15 Iss. 2.
  • [1858] Free Negroes over 12, 1858, Mountain Memories. Luray VA: Winter 2001. Vol. 12 Iss. 1.

Vital Records

Indexes to Page County, Virginia Genealogy 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

Societies and Libraries


  • USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
  • Family History Library Catalog


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).