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Winchester (Independent City), Virginia Genealogy

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Guide to Winchester, Virginia ancestry, family history and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, immigration records, and military records.

Winchester, Virginia
—  Independent City  —
Location in Virginia
Founded 1874
Website http://www.winchesterva.gov/

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The City of Winchester is located in the Northern portion of the Commonwealth of Virginia and is included in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. The City of Winchester was named for Winchester, England[1].

Courthouse[edit | edit source]

For additional records, see Frederick County, Virginia.

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1874--Winchester became an independent city in 1874. Previously, it had belonged to Frederick County. [2]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries
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Church[edit | edit source]

Court[edit | edit source]

Chancery Court

  • Indexed images of Winchester, Virginia Chancery Records 1787-1936 are available online through Virginia Memory: Chancery Records Index. These records, often concerned with inheritance disputes, contain a wealth of genealogical information.

Genealogy[edit | edit source]


  • [Page] Rutherford, Dolores Crumrine. The Page Family in Virginia Personal Property Taxes (1782-1850). 2 vols. Carmichael, Calif.: D.C. Rutherford, 2002. FHL Book 929.273 P141rd v. 1-2 [Winchester appears in Vol. 2]

Land[edit | edit source]

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

  • Morton, Oren Frederic. The Story of Winchester in Virginia, the Oldest Town in the Shenandoah Valley. Strasburg, Va.: Shenandoah Publishing House, 1925. Available at FHL; digital version at Ancestry ($).

Maps[edit | edit source]

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Military[edit | edit source]

General Information[edit | edit source]
  • Morton, Oren Frederic. The Story of Winchester in Virginia, the Oldest Town in the Shenandoah Valley. Strasburg, Va.: Shenandoah Publishing House, 1925. Available at FHL; digital version at Ancestry ($) - includes information about French and Indian War, Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Civil War, and World War 1.
French and Indian War[edit | edit source]
  • Bockstruck, Lloyd DeWitt. Virginia's Colonial Soldiers. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1988. Available at FHL. [Identifies some Winchester militia officers, soldier enlistments, and veterans; see place name index.]
Civil War[edit | edit source]

Since Winchester became an independent city in 1874 from Frederick County,[3] go to the Frederick County page for information about the Civil War military units of that area. During the Civil War men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their area.

Civil War Battles[edit | edit source]

The following Civil War battles were fought in Winchester.

Maps of Civil War battles in Virginia: 1861, 1862, 1863, 1864, 1865

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

  • 1798-1820 - Winchester Gazette (Winchester, Va.) at Genealogy Bank ($).
  • 1806-1809 - Philanthropist (Winchester, Va.) at Genealogy Bank ($).
  • 1828-1836 - Winchester Virginian (Winchester, Va.) at Genealogy Bank ($).
  • 1855-1873 - Winchester Virginian at Google News - free.
  • 2009-present - Winchester Star (Winchester, Va.) at Genealogy Bank ($).

Indexed images of the Virginia Gazette (1736-1780) are available online through the Colonial Williamsburg website. In addition, Professor Tom Costa and The Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia have created a database of all runaway advertisements for slaves, indentured servants, transported convicts, and ship deserters listed in this source and other Virginia newspapers (1736-1803), see: The Geography of Slavery in Virginia. These newspapers are valuable resources for all regions of Virginia.

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:

Virginia, Winchester, Evening Star Obituaries (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Occupations[edit | edit source]

  • 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 Winchester silversmiths.]

Officials[edit | edit source]

  • Morton, Oren Frederic. The Story of Winchester in Virginia, the Oldest Town in the Shenandoah Valley. Strasburg, Va.: Shenandoah Publishing House, 1925. Available at FHL; digital version at Ancestry ($). [Includes civil officers, 1743-1908.]

Probate[edit | edit source]

Taxation[edit | edit source]

  • [1782] Morton, Oren Frederic. The Story of Winchester in Virginia, the Oldest Town in the Shenandoah Valley. Strasburg, Va.: Shenandoah Publishing House, 1925. Available at FHL; digital version at Ancestry ($). [Includes 1782 list of inhabitants and 1782 list of lot owners.]
  • [1787-1841] Winchester Personal Property Tax Lists 1787-1841 (images); digital version in Tax List Club at Binns Genealogy ($).
  • [1792, 1803] Images of the 1792 and 1803 Personal Property Tax Lists of Winchester, Virginia are available online, courtesy: Binns Genealogy.
  • [1815] Ward, Roger D. 1815 Directory of Virginia Landowners (and Gazetteer). 6 vols. Athens, Georgia: Iberian Pub. Co., 1997-2000. Available at FHL. [The source for this publication is 1815 land tax. Winchester is included in Vol. 4.]

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winchester,_Virginia
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 17 August, 2012)
  5. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 7 August 2012).
  6. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 7 August 2012).
  7. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 2 August 2012).
  8. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 17 August, 2012)