Roanoke (Independent City), Virginia

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United States Gotoarrow.png Virginia Gotoarrow.png Roanoke County Gotoarrow.png Roanoke (Independent City)


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The town first called Big Lick was established in 1852 and chartered in 1874. It was named for a large outcropping of salt which drew the wildlife to the site near the Roanoke River.[8] In 1882 it became the town of Roanoke, and in 1884 it was chartered as the independent city of Roanoke.

Parent County

1884: Roanoke was created in 1884 from Roanoke County. [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties



  • History of Roanoke City and history of the Norfolk & Western Railway Company FHL
  • Garland, Hugh A. The Life of John Randolph of Roanoke. New York: D. Appleton, 1851. Two volumes. FHL World Vital Records ($) Volume 1 and Volume 2.


Gotoarrow.png Roanoke County Cemeteries


  • Records of the field offices for the state of Virginia, Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands : NARA, RG105, M1913, 1865-1872 FHL


Church History and Records

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

"Through the years know the Mormons in the Virginia Roanoke Mission: from Southern States Mission 1832 to Virginia Roanoke Mission 1987." FHL


  • Presbyterian churches of Roanoke, Virginia FHL
    Contains historical information about the following Presbyterian churches from both the city and county of Roanoke: Salem, First, Second, Bethany, Norwich, Vinton, West End, Belmont, Melrose and Raleigh Court.

Court Records

  • Circuit Superior Court of Law and Chancery
Chancery order book, no. 1, 1838-1866 FHL
  • Circuit Court
Chancery papers, ca. 1836-1900 FHL
  • County Court
County Court common law order books, 1838-1868 FHL
County Court papers, ca.1838-1910 FHL
Judgements, ca.1837-1899 FHL


  • Roanoke, Virginia, city directory : including Salem and Vinton, also a buyers' guide and a complete classified business directory FHL


Places near the mountains : from the community of Amsterdam, Virginia up the road to Catawba, on the waters of the Catawba and Tinker Creeks, along the Carolina Road as it aproached Big Lick and other areas, primarily North Roanoke FHL


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Gotoarrow.png Biography, Dwellings

  • History and wars of Roanoke County FHL
  • History of Roanoke County, Salem, Roanoke City, Virginia and representative citizens, 1734-1900 FHL
  • A place apart : a brief history of the early Williamson Road and North Roanoke Valley residents and places FHL
  • Roanoke : story of county and city FHL
  • Salem and Roanoke Valley : a circular of information, location, railroad facilities, business interests, manufacturing prospects, water power, mineral wealth, fertile lands, healthful climate, social, moral, religious and educational advantages FHL
  • When past is prologue: a history of Roanoke County FHL

Inventories, registers, catalogs

Land and property



Military History and Records




Vital Records

  • Records of the field offices for the state of Virginia, Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands : NARA, RG105, M1913, 1865-1872 FHL
Freedmen's Bureau Virginia Marriages, 1815-1866 Family Search Historical Records Pilot

Societies, Libraries and Museums


  • 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).