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Biographies provide useful genealogical information such as a person’s birth date and place; names of family members, including maiden names; education; occupation; and social, political, and religious affiliation. They may also contain a physical description of the person, previous residences, and immigration information. Biographies are the product of family knowledge or previous research about early settlers and prominent citizens of a state, county, or town. Local histories may contain biographical sketches of lesser-known people.  
 
Biographies provide useful genealogical information such as a person’s birth date and place; names of family members, including maiden names; education; occupation; and social, political, and religious affiliation. They may also contain a physical description of the person, previous residences, and immigration information. Biographies are the product of family knowledge or previous research about early settlers and prominent citizens of a state, county, or town. Local histories may contain biographical sketches of lesser-known people.  
  
''' Biographical Dictionaries and Encyclopedias ===
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=== Biographical Dictionaries and Encyclopedias ===
  
 
*McCartney, Martha W. ''Virginia Immigrants and Adventurers 1607-1635:&nbsp;A Biographical Dictionary''. (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Pub. Co., 2007.) {{FHL|1384461|item|disp=FHL book 975.5 D36m) Purchase at [http://www.genealogical.com/products/Virginia%20Immigrants%20and%20Adventurers%201607%201635%20A%20Biographical%20Dictionary/3505.html Genealogical.com].<br>For information about Virginia's earliest colonists, McCartney's work is a great place to start:
 
*McCartney, Martha W. ''Virginia Immigrants and Adventurers 1607-1635:&nbsp;A Biographical Dictionary''. (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Pub. Co., 2007.) {{FHL|1384461|item|disp=FHL book 975.5 D36m) Purchase at [http://www.genealogical.com/products/Virginia%20Immigrants%20and%20Adventurers%201607%201635%20A%20Biographical%20Dictionary/3505.html Genealogical.com].<br>For information about Virginia's earliest colonists, McCartney's work is a great place to start:
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*Wardell, P.G. ''Timesaving Aid to Virginia-West Virginia Ancestors: A Genealogical Index of Surnames from Published Sources''. Two Volumes. (Athens, Georgia: Iberian Publishing, 1985.) {{FHL|510207|item|disp=FHL book 975 D22w}}An index to biographical sketches in several hundred local histories and genealogies.
 
*Wardell, P.G. ''Timesaving Aid to Virginia-West Virginia Ancestors: A Genealogical Index of Surnames from Published Sources''. Two Volumes. (Athens, Georgia: Iberian Publishing, 1985.) {{FHL|510207|item|disp=FHL book 975 D22w}}An index to biographical sketches in several hundred local histories and genealogies.
  
=== Statewide Information ===
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=== Statewide Information ===
  
 
*[http://www.apva.org/ Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities]<br>204 West Franklin Street<br>Richmond, Virginia 23220-5012<br>Phone: 804-648-1889 <br>Fax: 804-775-0802
 
*[http://www.apva.org/ Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities]<br>204 West Franklin Street<br>Richmond, Virginia 23220-5012<br>Phone: 804-648-1889 <br>Fax: 804-775-0802
  
=== Family History Library Collection ===
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=== Family History Library Collection ===
  
*Brock, Robert Alonzo. ''Virginia and Virginians''. (Richmond and Toledo: H. H. Hardesty, 1888.) {{FHL|240108|title-id|disp=897042 items 2-3}} An index is found on {{FHL|437234|item|disp=FHL fiche 6048346-47}}. It lists five to ten prominent citizens from each county with early governors and generals.  
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*Brock, Robert Alonzo. ''Virginia and Virginians''. (Richmond and Toledo: H. H. Hardesty, 1888.) {{FHL|240108|title-id|disp=897042 items 2-3}} An index is found on {{FHL|437234|item|disp=FHL fiche 6048346-47}}. It lists five to ten prominent citizens from each county with early governors and generals.
  
*Foote, William Henry. ''Sketches of Virginia: Historical and Biographical''. Two Volumes. (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: William S. Martien, 1850-56.) {{FHL|70867|item|disp=FHL book 975.5 H2f}}; Volume 1 on {{FHL|70867|item|disp=FHL film 1000631}}; Volume 2 on {{FHL|383012|item|disp=FHL film 1598334 item 27}}.
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*Foote, William Henry. ''Sketches of Virginia: Historical and Biographical''. Two Volumes. (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: William S. Martien, 1850-56.) {{FHL|70867|item|disp=FHL book 975.5 H2f}}; Volume 1 on {{FHL|70867|item|disp=FHL film 1000631}}; Volume 2 on {{FHL|383012|item|disp=FHL film 1598334 item 27}}.
  
*Foote, William Henry ''An Index to Sketches of Virginia: Historical and Biographical'' (Richmond, Virginia: The Library, Union Theological Seminary in Virginia, 1966) {{FHL|520891|item|disp=FHL book 975.5 H2f (index).}}Presbyterian history, ministers, and families.  
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*Foote, William Henry ''An Index to Sketches of Virginia: Historical and Biographical'' (Richmond, Virginia: The Library, Union Theological Seminary in Virginia, 1966) {{FHL|520891|item|disp=FHL book 975.5 H2f (index).}}Presbyterian history, ministers, and families.
  
 
*French, S. Bassett. ''Biographical Sketches'' [of Virginia]. (Richmond, Virginia: Virginia State Library, 1949?) {{FHL|365067|item|disp=FHL film 029664-67}} Contains brief handwritten sketches of persons born from the 1700s to 1800s, sometimes with birth and death dates.
 
*French, S. Bassett. ''Biographical Sketches'' [of Virginia]. (Richmond, Virginia: Virginia State Library, 1949?) {{FHL|365067|item|disp=FHL film 029664-67}} Contains brief handwritten sketches of persons born from the 1700s to 1800s, sometimes with birth and death dates.
  
*The Family History has a collection of county histories which include biographical information. To access biographies in the FHL catalog, use a Place-name Search for:  
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*The Family History has a collection of county histories which include biographical information. To access biographies in the FHL catalog, use a Place-name Search for:
  
 
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Biographies provide useful genealogical information such as a person’s birth date and place; names of family members, including maiden names; education; occupation; and social, political, and religious affiliation. They may also contain a physical description of the person, previous residences, and immigration information. Biographies are the product of family knowledge or previous research about early settlers and prominent citizens of a state, county, or town. Local histories may contain biographical sketches of lesser-known people.

Biographical Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

  • McCartney, Martha W. Virginia Immigrants and Adventurers 1607-1635: A Biographical Dictionary. (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Pub. Co., 2007.) {{FHL|1384461|item|disp=FHL book 975.5 D36m) Purchase at Genealogical.com.
    For information about Virginia's earliest colonists, McCartney's work is a great place to start:
  • True, Ransom B., ed. Biographical Dictionary of Early Virginia, 1607-1660. (Richmond, Virginia: Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities, 1982.) FHL fiche 6332718 (first of 22) Includes more than 100,000 entries with references to 30,000 people who are mentioned in Virginia wills , deeds , court orders, histories, and Virginia Company records. A supplemental Guide FHL film 1750757 item 2; book 975.5 D3bd 1985 contains an explanation of the dictionary and a listing of the sources with their codes.An excellent list of early Virginians.
  • Wardell, P.G. Timesaving Aid to Virginia-West Virginia Ancestors: A Genealogical Index of Surnames from Published Sources. Two Volumes. (Athens, Georgia: Iberian Publishing, 1985.) FHL book 975 D22wAn index to biographical sketches in several hundred local histories and genealogies.

Statewide Information

Family History Library Collection

  • Brock, Robert Alonzo. Virginia and Virginians. (Richmond and Toledo: H. H. Hardesty, 1888.) 897042 items 2-3 An index is found on FHL fiche 6048346-47. It lists five to ten prominent citizens from each county with early governors and generals.
  • Foote, William Henry An Index to Sketches of Virginia: Historical and Biographical (Richmond, Virginia: The Library, Union Theological Seminary in Virginia, 1966) FHL book 975.5 H2f (index).Presbyterian history, ministers, and families.
  • French, S. Bassett. Biographical Sketches [of Virginia]. (Richmond, Virginia: Virginia State Library, 1949?) FHL film 029664-67 Contains brief handwritten sketches of persons born from the 1700s to 1800s, sometimes with birth and death dates.
  • The Family History has a collection of county histories which include biographical information. To access biographies in the FHL catalog, use a Place-name Search for:
Virginia - BIOGRAPHIES
Virginia, [COUNTY] - BIOGRAPHY
Virginia, [COUNTY] - HISTORY
Virginia, [COUNTY], [TOWN] - BIOGRAPHY
Virginia, [COUNTY]. [TOWN] - HISTORY