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An excellent list of early Virginians is in:  
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True, Ransom B., ed. ''Biographical Dictionary of Early Virginia, 1607-1660''. Richmond, Virginia: Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities, 1982. (On 22 Family History Library fiche [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=392288&disp=Biographical+dictionary+of+early+Virgini%20%20&columns=*,0,0 6332718].) Includes more than 100,000 entries with references to 30,000 people who are mentioned in [[Portal:Virginia|Virginia]] wills , deeds , court orders, histories, and Virginia Company records. ''A supplemental Guide'' (Family History Library [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=392288&disp=Biographical+dictionary+of+early+Virgini%20%20&columns=*,0,0 book 975.5 D3bd 1985; film 1750757 item 2]1) contains an explanation of the dictionary and a listing of the sources with their codes.  
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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.  
  
You can also request information from the:
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=== Biographical Dictionaries and Encyclopedias  ===
  
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<br>http://www.apva.org/  
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*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:
  
An index to biographical sketches&nbsp; in several hundred local histories and genealogies is:
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*True, Ransom B., ed. ''Biographical Dictionary of Early Virginia, 1607-1660''. (Richmond, Virginia: Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities, 1982.) {{FHL|392288|item|disp=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|392288|item|disp=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. (Family History Library book [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=510207&disp=Timesaving+aid+to+Virginia%2DWest+Virgin%20%20&columns=*,0,0 975 D22w])
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*Tyler, Lyon Gardiner. ''Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography''. Five Volumes. New York, NY: Lewis Historical Publication, 1915. {{FHL|68071|item|disp=FHL film 1000632; book 975.5 D3tl}} Digital versions of Vols. 1-2 at [http://search.ancestry.com/iexec/Default.aspx?htx=List&dbid=6398 Ancestry] ($)
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:*Vol. 1 at [http://books.google.com/books?id=CWiel4PVkEkC Google Books] and [http://www.archive.org/details/encyclopediavir03unkngoog Internet Archive]
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:*Vol. 2 at [http://www.archive.org/details/encyclopediavir06unkngoog Internet Archive] and [http://books.google.com/books?id=TykSAAAAYAAJ Google Books]
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:* Vol. 3 at [http://books.google.com/books?id=kCkSAAAAYAAJ Google Books] and [http://www.archive.org/details/encyclopediavir05unkngoog Internet Archive]
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:* Vol. 4 at [http://books.google.com/books?id=ESkSAAAAYAAJ Google Books] and [http://www.archive.org/details/encyclopediavir07unkngoog Internet Archive]; Vol. 5 at [http://www.archive.org/details/encyclopediaofvi05tyle Internet Archive]. Includes multi-generation family histories.
  
Other important biographical sources are:  
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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.
  
Brock, Robert Alonzo. ''Virginia and Virginians''. Richmond and Toledo: H. H. Hardesty, 1888. (Family History Library film [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=240108&disp=Virginia+and+Virginians%20%20&columns=*,0,0 897042 items 2-3].) An index is on Family History Library fiche [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=437234&disp=Index+to+Virginia+and+Virginians%2C+emin%20%20&columns=*,0,0 6048346-47]. Lists five to ten prominent citizens from each county with early governors and generals.
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=== Statewide Information  ===
  
Foote, William Henry. ''Sketches of Virginia: Historical and Biographical''. Two Volumes. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: William S. Martien, 1850-56. (Family History Library book [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=70867&disp=Sketches+of+Virginia%20%20&columns=*,0,0 975.5 H2f]; Volume 1 on film [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=70867&disp=Sketches+of+Virginia++ 1000631]; Volume 2 on film [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=383012&disp=Sketches+of+Virginia%2C+historical+and+b++ 1598334 item 27].) Presbyterian history, ministers, and families. Volume one is indexed in ''An Index to Sketches of Virginia: Historical and Biographical''by William Henry Foot (Richmond, Virginia: The Library, Union Theological Seminary in Virginia, 1966; Family History Library book [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=520891&disp=An+Index+to+Sketches+of+Virginia+histori%20%20&columns=*,0,0 975.5 H2f index).]
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*[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
  
Tyler, Lyon Gardiner. ''Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography''. Five Volumes. New York, NY: Lewis Historical Publication, 1915. (Family History Library [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=68071&disp=Encyclopedia+of+Virginia+biography%20%20&columns=*,0,0 book 975.5 D3tl; film 1000632]) Includes multi-generation family histories.
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=== Family History Library Collection  ===
  
The Family History Library also has:  
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*Brock, Robert Alonzo. ''Virginia and Virginians''. (Richmond and Toledo: H. H. Hardesty, 1888.) {{FHL|240108|title-id|disp=FHL film 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.
  
French, S. Bassett. ''Biographical Sketches'' [of Virginia]. Richmond, Virginia: Virginia State Library, 1949? (Family History Library films [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=365067&disp=Biographical+sketches+%5Bof+Virginia%5D%20%20&columns=*,0,0 029664-67]) Contains brief handwritten sketches of persons born from the 1700s to 1800s, sometimes with birth and death dates.
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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 film 1000631; book 975.5 H2f}} Digital version available through FHL catalog entry; Volume 2 on {{FHL|383012|item|disp=FHL film 1598334 item 27}}.
  
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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.
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*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.
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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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United States  Gotoarrow.png  Virginia  Gotoarrow.png  Biography

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 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.) FHL film 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


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