First Settlers of the Shenandoah Valley

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We are a non-profit lineage group of men and women whose desire is to memorialize those that came to the Shenandoah Valley, founded our civil and military governments and pioneered our basic industries.

The society was founded in 2009 by Elizabeth Jane “Janie” Sherman, Professional Genealogist and Author of Augusta County, Virginia, Earliest Will Index, 1745- post 1900, published by Gateway Press, December 2008.

  • To honor and perpetuate the memory of those hardy, enterprising early settlers who arrived prior to 31 December 1799 and who concentrated their efforts, labor and skills in building the enduring greatness of the Shenandoah Valley.
  • To recognize and record those early individuals who settled, established residency, owned land or businesses in the Shenandoah Valley.
  • To collect and preserve historic data of persons and settlements, family histories, lineages and tradition of early settlers.
  • To educate and perpetuate knowledge of the history of the Shenandoah Valley and support patriotic and genealogical, literacy and social activities that further the purposes of The First Settlers of the Shenandoah.
  • To promote and encourage social and friendly relations among the descendants of The First Settlers of the Shenandoah Valley.

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We invite you to browse our website for more information on our society, our projects, and how to become a member.
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