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{{TOCright}}''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Virginia Genealogy|Virginia]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Virginia_Archives_and_Libraries|Archives and Libraries]]''<br><br>  
  
=== Archives  ===
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These archives, libraries, societies, and museums preserve sources, maintain indexes, and provide services to help genealogists document their ancestors who lived in Virginia.
  
==== National Archives—Mid-Atlantic Region (Downtown Philadelphia) ====
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=== National  ===
  
900 Market Street<br>Philadelphia, PA 19107-4292<br>Telephone: 215-606-0100<br>Fax: 215-606-0116<br>Website: [http://www.archives.gov/midatlantic/ National Archives-Mid Atlantic Downtown Philadelphia]
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[[Image:National Archives at Philadelphia sign.jpg|right|200px|National Archives at Philadelphia sign.jpg]]'''[[National Archives at Philadelphia]]''' <br>900 Market Street (entrance on Chesnut Street)<br>Philadelphia, PA 19107-4292<br>Telephone: 215-606-0100<br>Fax: 215-606-0111<br>E-mail: [mailto:Philadelphia.archives@nara.gov Philadelphia.archives@nara.gov]<br>Internet: http://www.archives.gov/philadelphia/ <br><br>
  
==== National Archives—Mid-Atlantic Region (Northeast Philadelphia) ====
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:Has federal agency and court records for '''''Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia''''', and '''''West Virginia'''''. All U.S. federal censuses 1790-1940, and indexes. Also have passenger arrivals in Philadelphia 1800-1945 and Baltimore, pension and bounty land warrant applications, naturalizations 1790-1990, early federal history, diplomacy, military history, Chinese-Americans, World War II homefront, National Park Service, merchant marine, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, federal tax evasion and smuggling cases.<ref name="DB12627">William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. ''America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers'' (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998), 126-27. {{WorldCat|39493985|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}. {{FHL|728550|item|disp=FHL Ref Book 973 J54d}}.</ref><br><br>
  
14700 Townsend Road<br>Philadelphia, PA 19154-1025<br>Telephone: 215-305-2000<br>Fax: 215-305-2038<br>Website: [http://www.archives.gov/midatlantic/ National Archives-Mid Atlantic Northeast Philadelphia]  
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[[Image:National Archives and Records Administration.jpg|right|225px|National Archives and Records Administration.jpg]]'''[[National Archives and Records Administration]]'''<br>700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW<br> Washington DC<br> Telephone: &nbsp;1-866-272-6272<br> Fax: &nbsp;301-837-0483<br> E-mail: [http://www.archives.gov/contact/inquire-form.html National Archives and Records Administration]<br> Internet: http://archives.gov/ <br><br>
  
==== Appalachia Archives ====
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:Nationwide censuses, pre-WWI military service and pensions, passenger lists, naturalizations, passports, federal bounty land, homesteads, bankruptcy, ethnic sources, prisons, and federal employees. The National Archives Building in Washington, DC (Archives I), houses textual and microfilm records relating to genealogy, American Indians, pre-World War II military and naval-maritime matters, the New Deal, the District of Columbia, the Federal courts, and Congress.<ref>[http://www.archives.gov/dc-metro/washington/researcher-info.html Information for Researchers at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC] in ''National Archives'' (accessed 31 December 2013).</ref> <br><br>
  
''Archives in Appalachia: A Directory''. Boone, North Carolina: Appalachian Consortium Press, 1985. (Family History Library book 975 A3a.) The record covers the states of Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. The record is arranged alphabetically by state, then by the name of the repository. Each entry lists the archive, its address, phone number, inclusive dates of the collection, the records of the collection, what subjects are covered by the collection, and the size of the collection. There are two indexes: Record type, and Subject, with reference numbers corresponding to the repository. Also included is a list, under “Coming Attractions,” of agencies that do not currently collect manuscript materials but plan to do so in the future.  
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'''[[Library of Congress]]'''[[Image:Library of Congress Jefferson Building.jpg|right|330px|Library of Congress Jefferson Building.jpg]]<br> 101 Independence Ave. SE <br> Thomas Jefferson Building, LJ G4 <br> Washington, D.C. 20540-4660 <br> Telephone:<ref name="ContInfo" /> &nbsp;Reading Room: 202-707-5537<br> Fax:<ref name="ContInfo" /> &nbsp;202-707-1957 <br> E-mail: &nbsp;[http://www.loc.gov/rr/askalib/ask-genealogy.html Ask a Librarian]<ref name="ContInfo">[http://www.loc.gov/rr/genealogy/address.html Contact Information] in ''The Library of Congress'' (accessed 12 May 2010).</ref> <br>Internet: http://www.loc.gov/rr/genealogy/ <br><br>
  
=== Libraries  ===
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:The "Local History and Genealogy Reading Room" has moved to the main reading room, but services are unchanged. They are part of the world's largest library including 50,000 genealogies, 100,000 local histories, and collections of manuscripts, microfilms, maps, newspapers, photographs, and published material, strong in North American, British Isles, and German sources.<ref>[http://www.loc.gov/rr/genealogy/lhgcoll.html The Collections] in ''Local History and Genealogy Reading Room'' in ''The Library of Congress'' (accessed 8 January 2014).</ref><br><br>
  
==== Library of Virginia (formerly Virginia State Library and Archives)  ====
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'''[[New York Public Library|New York Public Library]]'''[[Image:New York Public Library exterior.jpg|right|225px|New York Public Library exterior.jpg]]<br>U.S. History, Local History and Genealogy Division<br>Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, Room 315S<br>New York, NY 10018-2788<br>Telephone: 212-930-0829<br>E-mail: [http://www.nypl.org/locations/tid/36/node/126488 Ask a librarian]<br>Internet: [http://www.nypl.org/ http://www.nypl.org/]<br><br>
  
800 East Broad Street <br>Richmond, VA 23219-8000<br>Telephone: 804-692-3500 <br>Fax: 804-692-3556<br>Websites:[http://www.lva.lib.va.us/ Library of Virginia]<br>[http://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/using_collections.asp Using the Collection]
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:This is one of the largest research libraries in the world including excellent genealogical resources for Virginia. The library has city and telephone directories, vital records indexes, local histories, genealogies, federal and state censuses, passenger lists, genealogical collections (including DAR transcripts), and church records.<ref name="DB81">Dollarhide and Bremer, 81.</ref> For maps, try the Map Division at the same address.<br><br>
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=== State  ===
  
The research collections of the Library of Virginia are divided between the General Library and the Research and Information Services Division. The General Library contains printed materials, while the Research and Information Services Division consists of government records and other historical documents.  
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[[Image:Library of Virginia.jpg|right|250px|Library of Virginia.jpg]]'''[[Library of Virginia]]''' <br>800 East Broad Street <br>Richmond, VA 23219-8000<br>Telephone: 804-692-3500 <br>Fax: 804-692-3556<br>E-mail: [http://www.lva.virginia.gov/about/contact.asp Contact Us] Select department to open dialog box.<br>Internet: http://www.lva.virginia.gov/ <br><br>
  
Many collections are available online, such as Confederate Pension Rolls, Veterans and Widows, Index to Wills and Administrations, Revolutionary War Bounty Warrants, and Virginia Land Office Patents and Grants.  
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:Their large genealogical collection has family Bibles, birth, marriages, deaths, divorces, histories, biographies, and newspapers. Many of their manuscripts are now online. The '''''General Library''''' contains printed materials, while the '''''Research and Information Services Division''''' consists of government records and other historical documents. Many collections are available '''''online''''', such as Confederate pensions, veterans and widows, an index to wills and administrations, Revolutionary War bounty land, and Virginia Land Office patents and grants.<ref name="DB97" /> <ref>[http://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/using_collections.asp#_guides Using the Collections] in ''Library of Virginia'' (accessed 7 January 2014).</ref><br><br>
  
State records in the Research and Information Services Division are described in:  
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[[Image:Virginia Historical Society.jpg|right|250px|Virginia Historical Society.jpg]]'''[[Virginia Historical Society]]'''<br>428 North Blvd<br> Richmond, VA 23221-0311<br>Telephone: 804-358-4901<br>E-mail: [http://www.vahistorical.org/collections-and-resources/how-we-can-help-your-research/ask-curator-or-librarian/ask-librarian-about Ask a Librarian]] form<br>Internet: [http://www.vahistorical.org/collections-and-resources/how-we-can-help-your-research/looking-people Looking for People] <br><br>
  
Salmon, John. S., comp. ''A Guide to State Records in the Archives Branch''. Richmond, Virginia: Virginia State Library, 1985. {{FHL|478979|item|disp=FHL book 975.5 A3sj}}
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:County records such as marriages, county court records, wills, censuses, land, militia lists, bounty lands, passenger lists, tax lists, poll lists, genealogies, newspapers, family Bibles, and African American genealogy. They have a card index to 10 million documents of the Old Dominion, that is '''''Virginia, West Virginia''''', and '''''Kentucky'''''. <ref name="DB97">Dollarhide and Bremer, 97.</ref> <ref>[http://www.vahistorical.org/collections-and-resources/how-we-can-help-your-research/looking-people Looking for People] in ''Virginia Historical Society'' (accessed 7 January 2014).</ref><br><br>
  
The Library of Virginia has also published two excellent preliminary guides to the pre-1904 county and municipal records and also publishes annual updates:  
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[[Image:Virginia Theological Seminary.jpg|right|250px|Virginia Theological Seminary.jpg]]'''Virginia Theological Seminary'''<br>Archives of the Bishop Payne Library<br>3737 Seminary Road<br>Alexandria, VA 22304<br>Telephone: 703-461-1731<br>E-mail: [mailto:AskArchives@vts.edu AskArchives@vts.edu]<br>Internet: [http://www.vts.edu/podium/default.aspx?t=118926 Virginia Theological Seminary Archives]<br><br>
  
Ray, Suzanne Smith. ''A Preliminary Guide to Pre- 1904 County Records in the Archives Branch, Virginia State Library and Archives''. (Richmond, Virginia: Library and Archives, [1988?].) {{FHL|626107|item|disp=FHL book 975.5 A3r}}
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:Houses many of the original Church of England (now Episcopalian Church) parish registers, vestry books, and manuscripts of colonial Virginia, as well as photos, and the African American Episcopal Historical Collection.<ref>[http://www.vts.edu/podium/default.aspx?t=118926 Archives] in ''Virginia Theological Seminary'' (accessed 5 January 2014).</ref> Formerly known as the Protestant Episcopal Theological Seminary in Virginia.
  
Hart, Lyndon H. ''A Preliminary Guide to Pre-1904 Municipal Records in the Archives Branch, Virginia State Library and Archives''. (Richmond, Virginia Library and Archives, [1988?].) {{FHL|626110|item|disp=FHL book 975.5 A3h}})
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=== Regional  ===
  
Virginia State Library. Archives and Records Division. ''Annual Reports of Archival Accessions''. (Richmond, Virginia: Library and Archives, 1971–.) {{FHL|939150|item|disp=FHL book 975.5 A35v}}
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'''[[Bristol Public Library]]''' <br>701 Goode Street <br>Bristol, VA 24201-4199 <br>Telephone: 540-645-8780 <br>Fax: 276) 669-5593 <br>E-mail: [mailto:bplref@yahoo.com bplref@yahoo.com]<br>Internet: http://www.bristol-library.org/ <br>
  
==== University of Virginia ====
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:They have a relatively small family folder collection. Nevertheless, it is an important resource for settlers coming from '''''Pennsylvania, Maryland''''', and northern '''''Virginia''''' &nbsp;along the [[Great Valley Road]] into '''''Tennessee, Kentucky''''', and '''''North Carolina'''''.<ref>Dollarhide and Bremer, 105.</ref><br><br>
  
[http://www.lib.virginia.edu/alderman/ Alderman Library]<br>PO Box 400113<br>Charlottesville VA 22904-4113<br>434-924-3021<br>fax: 434.924.1431 A helpful guide to this library is ''Virginia Genealogy, A Guide to Resources in the University of Virginia Library'' (Charlottesville, Virginia: The University Press of Virginia, 1983) {{FHL|76157|item|disp=FHL book 975.5 D23u}}).  
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[[Image:EG Swem Library.jpg|right|250px|EG Swem Library.jpg]]'''[[Earl Gregg Swem Library at the College of William and Mary]]'''<br>P.O. Box 8794<br>Landrum Drive <br>College of William and Mary<br>Williamsburg, Virginia 23187-8794<br>Phone: (757) 221-3050<br>Fax: (757) 221-2635<br>E-mail: [mailto:sweref@wm.edu sweref@wm.edu]<br>Internet: http://guides.swem.wm.edu/genealogy <br><br>
  
==== College of William and Mary  ====
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:Features the famous "Swem Index" of Virginia settlers. This library also has the original papers from Jamestown, the Virginia Company, manuscripts, and journals, including numerous genealogical references. This is the place for researching the earliest Virginia colonists. They also have censuses, ship's passenger lists, vital records, wills and probate records, local history, church records, funeral homes, cemeteries, newspapers, periodicals and indeses.<ref name="DB113" /> <ref>[http://guides.swem.wm.edu/genealogy Genealogy Resources at Swem] in ''Swem Library'' (accessed 7 January 2014).</ref><br><br>
  
[http://www.swem.wm.edu/ Earl Gregg Swem Library]<br>P.O. Box 8794<br>Landrum Drive <br>College of William and Mary<br>Williamsburg, Virginia 23187-8794<br>Phone: (757) 221-3050<br>Fax: (757) 221-2635
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[[Image:Handley Library Winchester Virginia.jpg|right|190px|Handley Library Winchester Virginia.jpg]]'''[[Handley Regional Library]]'''<br> 100 W. Piccadilly Street<br> PO Box 58 <br>Winchester, VA 22604<br> Telephone: 540-662-9041<br> Fax: 540-722-4769<br> E-mail: [mailto:archives@handleyregional.org archives@handleyregional.org]<br> Internet: http://www.handleyregional.org/handley/default.asp <br><br>
  
==== Handley Library ====
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:Very large collection about Germans and Scots-Irish who traveled the [[Great Valley Road]] from '''''Pennsylvania&nbsp;''''' to '''''Virginia''''', including manuscripts, newspapers, biographies, and histories,<ref name="DB97">Dollarhide and Bremer, 97.</ref> and people of the Lower Shenandoah Valley since 1732, emphasizing Winchester and Frederick County in 4000 books, county court abstracts, county histories, genealogies, regimental histories, battles, newspapers since 1787, censuses, 600 linear feet of manuscripts, maps, photos, and oral history tapes.<ref>[http://www.handleyregional.org/handley/services.asp?loc=5 Family and Local History] in ''Handley Regional Library'' (accessed 28 December 2013).</ref><br><br>
  
[http://www.handleyregional.org/handley/default.asp Handley Library]<br>100 W. Piccadilly St. Winchester, VA 22601<br>Phone: (540) 662-9041<br>Fax: (540) 722-4769<br>Email: hlref@hrl.lib.state.va.us
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[[Image:John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library.jpg|right|250px|John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library.jpg]]'''[[John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library at Colonial Williamsburg]]'''<br>PO Box 1776<br>313 First Street<br> Williamsburg, VA 23187-1776<br> Telephone: 757-565-8542<br> Fax: 757-565-8548<br> E-mail: [mailto:libref@cwf.org libref@cwf.org] <br>Internet: http://research.history.org/JDRLibrary.cfm<br><br>
  
==== Jones Memorial Library ====
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:Emphasis is on the history of colonial British America, the American Revolution, and the early United States with books, manuscripts, images, Civil War materials, family Bibles, and databases for research in the political and economic life of the thirteen colonies, the new republic, and African American studies.<ref>[http://research.history.org/JDRLibrary.cfm John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library] in ''Colonial Williamsburg'' (accessed 7 January 2014].</ref><br><br>
  
[http://www.jmlibrary.org/ Jones Memorial Library]<br>2311 Memorial Avenue <br>Lynchburg, VA 24501 <br>Telephone: 434-846-0501 <br>Fax: 434-846-1572  
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[[Image:Jones Library Lynchburg VA.JPG|right|250px|Jones Library Lynchburg VA.JPG]]'''[[Jones Memorial Library]]'''<br>2311 Memorial Avenue <br>Lynchburg, VA 24501 <br>Telephone: 434-846-0501 <br>Fax: 434-846-1572<br>E-mail: [mailto:refdesk@jmlibrary.org refdesk@jmlibrary.org]<br>Internet: http://www.jmlibrary.org/ <br><br>
  
=== Virginia Digital Collections  ===
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:Really good historical materials, family folders, and genealogies of people migrating from the tidelands over the Blue Ridge Mountains into Virginia's Great Valley, many via Lynchburg. Covers Virginia and surrounding states, including county histories and court records, family histories and genealogies, the Civil War, county taxes, and census records.<ref name="DB113">Dollarhide and Bremer, 113.</ref> <ref>[http://www.jmlibrary.org/index.php Home] in ''Jones Memorial Library'' (accessed 7 January 2014).</ref><br><br>
  
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[[Image:Mary Ball Washington Museum and Library.jpg|right|250px|Mary Ball Washington Museum and Library.jpg]]'''Mary Ball Washington Museum and Library'''<br> 8346 Mary Ball Road<br> Lancaster, Virginia 22503<br> Telehone: 804-462-7280<br> Fax: 804-462-6107<br> E-mail: [mailto:nfo@mbwm.org nfo@mbwm.org]<br>Internet: http://www.mbwm.org/genealogy.asp<br><br>
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has <u>statewide</u> '''online''' database links which ''may&nbsp;'' include vital records, biographies, cemeteries, censuses, histories, immigration records, land records, maps, military records, naturalizations, newspapers, obituaries, or probate records.
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=== Web Sites  ===
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:A small library with a good name index to nearly every history book published in '''''Virginia&nbsp;''''' or '''''Kentucky''''', including court records from 1651, indexes and abstracts, Virginia vital records, census records, county histories, biographies, church and cemetery records, family histories, newspapers, obituaries, vertical files, militia records, and fraternal organizations.<ref name="DB113" /> <ref>[http://www.mbwm.org/genealogy.asp Genealogy and History Library] in ''Mary Ball Washington Museum and Library'' (accessed 7 January 2014).</ref><br><br>
  
The following sites are important gateways:  
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'''Portsmouth Public Library'''<br> 601 Court Street<br> Portsmouth, VA 23704<br> Telephone: 757-393-8501<br>E-mail: [http://www.portsmouth-va-public-library.com/ask-a-librarian/ Ask a Librarian] form<br>Internet: http://www.portsmouth-va-public-library.com/blog/genealogy-your-library/ <br>
  
*'''[http://www.usgenweb.com/ USGenWeb]'''
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:A good solid genealogical collection. Materials about Portsmouth and Norfolk counties and surrounding areas of southeastern Virginia, including births, marriages, deaths, cemeteries, genealogies, memoirs, scrapbooks and notebooks of Portsmouth families and organizations, photos, Civil War, Jeffrey T Wilson – 1924 "Colored Notes" index and articles from Portsmouth Star newspaper; Bertha Edward - Notes on Portsmouth Black History; African American Historical Association of Portsmouth records, and high school yearbooks.<ref name="DB113" /> <ref>[http://www.portsmouth-va-public-library.com/local-history-collection/ Local History] in ''Portsmouth Public Library'' (accessed 7 January 2014).</ref><br><br>
  
A cooperative effort by many volunteers to list genealogical databases, libraries, bulletin boards, and other resources available on the Internet for each county, state, and country.  
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'''Roanoke County Public Library'''<br> 706 S. Jefferson Street<br> Roanoke, VA 24016<br> Telephone: 540-853-2073<br> E-mail: [mailto:virginiaroom@gmail.com virginiaroom@gmail.com] <br>Internet: [http://www.roanokeva.gov/85256A8D0062AF37/vwContentByKey/N27C83Z8562WALNEN Virginia Room]
  
*'''[http://www.rootsweb.com/roots-l/usa/ Roots-web]'''
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:Wonderful southwest Virginia collection of family folders, books, genealogies, and indexes.<ref name="DB113" /> Open by appointment, the Virginia Room comprehensively collects materials for the Roanoke Valley, for Virginia, and for closely associated states, including surname files, photos, vertical files and oral histories. The [[Great Valley Road]] forked here toward Knoxville, Tennessee, and toward Augusta, Georgia. Some families stayed-over in the area before moving on to Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, or Georgia.<ref>[http://www.roanokeva.gov/85256A8D0062AF37/CurrentBaseLink/N27C83Z8562WALNEN Virginia Room] in ''Roanoke, Virginia'' (accessed 7 January 2014).</ref><br><br>
  
A useful list of sites and resources. Includes a large, regularly updated research coordination list.  
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[[Image:Univ of Virginia Library.png|right|300px|Univ of Virginia Library.png]]'''[[University of Virginia Library]]'''<br>PO Box 400113<br>Charlottesville VA 22904-4113<br>Telephone: 434-924-3021<br>Fax: 434-924-1431<br>E-mail: [mailto:library@virginia.edu library@virginia.edu]<br>Internet: http://www.library.virginia.edu/ <br><br>
  
*'''[http://www.cyndislist.com/ Cyndi's List]'''
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:Virtually a second state archives with a large genealogical collection, colonial records, federal, private, and state manuscripts, vital records, censuses, maps, military records, newspapers, periodicals, African American genealogy, and computer databases.<ref name="DB113" /> <ref>[http://guides.lib.virginia.edu/content.php?pid=81921&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;sid=608081 Genealogy] in ''University of Virginia Library'' (accessed 7 January 2014).</ref><br><br>
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:*University of Virginia Library, ''Virginia Genealogy: A Guide to Resources in the University of Virginia Library'' (Charlottesville, Virginia: University Press of Virginia, 1983). {{WorldCat|8494964|item|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}. {{FHL|76157|item|disp=FHL book 975.5 D23u}}.<br>
  
A comprehensive list of websites available for specific areas and subjects. Updated frequently.  
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'''Family History Centers'''. Some of the collections described above are at least partially available on microfilms at the [[Family History Library]] in Salt Lake City, and through thousands of its branch Family History Centers. For further information see [[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]. To locate a center near you, see [http://familysearch.org/locations/centerlocator Find a Family History Center].  
  
*'''[http://www.familysearch.org/ FamilySearch]'''[http://www.familysearch.org/ ™]
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=== Outside Virginia  ===
  
The Family History Library and&nbsp;all Family History Centers have computers with FamilySearch™. FamilySearch is a collection of computer files containing several million names. FamilySearch is a good place to begin your research. Some of the records come from compiled sources; some have been automated from original sources.  
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'''[[Santa Cruz Public Library Downtown]]''' <br>224 Church Street<br>Santa Cruz, California 95060 <br>Telephone: 831-427-7707 ext.&nbsp;5794<br>E-mail: [http://www.santacruzpl.org/contact/askscpl/ E-mail reference service] form<br>Internet: http://www.santacruzpl.org/branches/14/<br>
  
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:Holds the Genealogial Society of Santa Cruz County's library, including the '''''[http://scgensoc.org/special-collections-tina-brayton-collection/ Tina Brayton Collection]''''' which is equivalent to the ''[http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/military/draper/ Draper Collection]'' but larger and with a better index, and many compiled genealogies of '''''Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee''''', and '''''West Virginia&nbsp;''''' families.<ref name="DB113" /> <ref>[http://scgensoc.org/special-collections-tina-brayton-collection/ The Tina Brayton Collection] in ''Genealogical Society of Santa Cruz County'' (accessed 3 January 2014).</ref><br><br>
  
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*Ellen Garrison, ''Archives in Appalachia: A Directory&nbsp;'' (Boone, North Carolina: Appalachian Consortium Press, 1985). {{WorldCat|12712710|item|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}. {{FHL|12712710|item|disp=FHL Book 975 A3a}}. For Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia, arranged alphabetically, each entry shows the archive, address, phone, inclusive dates of the collection, the records of the collection, subjects, and size of the collection. Indexed by record type, and by subject.
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Latest revision as of 04:31, 30 January 2015

Contents

United States Gotoarrow.png Virginia Gotoarrow.png Archives and Libraries

These archives, libraries, societies, and museums preserve sources, maintain indexes, and provide services to help genealogists document their ancestors who lived in Virginia.

National

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National Archives at Philadelphia
900 Market Street (entrance on Chesnut Street)
Philadelphia, PA 19107-4292
Telephone: 215-606-0100
Fax: 215-606-0111
E-mail: Philadelphia.archives@nara.gov
Internet: http://www.archives.gov/philadelphia/

Has federal agency and court records for Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. All U.S. federal censuses 1790-1940, and indexes. Also have passenger arrivals in Philadelphia 1800-1945 and Baltimore, pension and bounty land warrant applications, naturalizations 1790-1990, early federal history, diplomacy, military history, Chinese-Americans, World War II homefront, National Park Service, merchant marine, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, federal tax evasion and smuggling cases.[1]

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National Archives and Records Administration
700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington DC
Telephone:  1-866-272-6272
Fax:  301-837-0483
E-mail: National Archives and Records Administration
Internet: http://archives.gov/

Nationwide censuses, pre-WWI military service and pensions, passenger lists, naturalizations, passports, federal bounty land, homesteads, bankruptcy, ethnic sources, prisons, and federal employees. The National Archives Building in Washington, DC (Archives I), houses textual and microfilm records relating to genealogy, American Indians, pre-World War II military and naval-maritime matters, the New Deal, the District of Columbia, the Federal courts, and Congress.[2]

Library of Congress
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101 Independence Ave. SE
Thomas Jefferson Building, LJ G4
Washington, D.C. 20540-4660
Telephone:[3]  Reading Room: 202-707-5537
Fax:[3]  202-707-1957
E-mail:  Ask a Librarian[3]
Internet: http://www.loc.gov/rr/genealogy/

The "Local History and Genealogy Reading Room" has moved to the main reading room, but services are unchanged. They are part of the world's largest library including 50,000 genealogies, 100,000 local histories, and collections of manuscripts, microfilms, maps, newspapers, photographs, and published material, strong in North American, British Isles, and German sources.[4]

New York Public Library
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U.S. History, Local History and Genealogy Division
Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, Room 315S
New York, NY 10018-2788
Telephone: 212-930-0829
E-mail: Ask a librarian
Internet: http://www.nypl.org/

This is one of the largest research libraries in the world including excellent genealogical resources for Virginia. The library has city and telephone directories, vital records indexes, local histories, genealogies, federal and state censuses, passenger lists, genealogical collections (including DAR transcripts), and church records.[5] For maps, try the Map Division at the same address.

State

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Library of Virginia
800 East Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23219-8000
Telephone: 804-692-3500
Fax: 804-692-3556
E-mail: Contact Us Select department to open dialog box.
Internet: http://www.lva.virginia.gov/

Their large genealogical collection has family Bibles, birth, marriages, deaths, divorces, histories, biographies, and newspapers. Many of their manuscripts are now online. The General Library contains printed materials, while the Research and Information Services Division consists of government records and other historical documents. Many collections are available online, such as Confederate pensions, veterans and widows, an index to wills and administrations, Revolutionary War bounty land, and Virginia Land Office patents and grants.[6] [7]

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Virginia Historical Society
428 North Blvd
Richmond, VA 23221-0311
Telephone: 804-358-4901
E-mail: Ask a Librarian] form
Internet: Looking for People

County records such as marriages, county court records, wills, censuses, land, militia lists, bounty lands, passenger lists, tax lists, poll lists, genealogies, newspapers, family Bibles, and African American genealogy. They have a card index to 10 million documents of the Old Dominion, that is Virginia, West Virginia, and Kentucky. [6] [8]

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Virginia Theological Seminary
Archives of the Bishop Payne Library
3737 Seminary Road
Alexandria, VA 22304
Telephone: 703-461-1731
E-mail: AskArchives@vts.edu
Internet: Virginia Theological Seminary Archives

Houses many of the original Church of England (now Episcopalian Church) parish registers, vestry books, and manuscripts of colonial Virginia, as well as photos, and the African American Episcopal Historical Collection.[9] Formerly known as the Protestant Episcopal Theological Seminary in Virginia.

Regional

Bristol Public Library
701 Goode Street
Bristol, VA 24201-4199
Telephone: 540-645-8780
Fax: 276) 669-5593
E-mail: bplref@yahoo.com
Internet: http://www.bristol-library.org/

They have a relatively small family folder collection. Nevertheless, it is an important resource for settlers coming from Pennsylvania, Maryland, and northern Virginia  along the Great Valley Road into Tennessee, Kentucky, and North Carolina.[10]

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Earl Gregg Swem Library at the College of William and Mary
P.O. Box 8794
Landrum Drive
College of William and Mary
Williamsburg, Virginia 23187-8794
Phone: (757) 221-3050
Fax: (757) 221-2635
E-mail: sweref@wm.edu
Internet: http://guides.swem.wm.edu/genealogy

Features the famous "Swem Index" of Virginia settlers. This library also has the original papers from Jamestown, the Virginia Company, manuscripts, and journals, including numerous genealogical references. This is the place for researching the earliest Virginia colonists. They also have censuses, ship's passenger lists, vital records, wills and probate records, local history, church records, funeral homes, cemeteries, newspapers, periodicals and indeses.[11] [12]

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Handley Regional Library
100 W. Piccadilly Street
PO Box 58
Winchester, VA 22604
Telephone: 540-662-9041
Fax: 540-722-4769
E-mail: archives@handleyregional.org
Internet: http://www.handleyregional.org/handley/default.asp

Very large collection about Germans and Scots-Irish who traveled the Great Valley Road from Pennsylvania  to Virginia, including manuscripts, newspapers, biographies, and histories,[6] and people of the Lower Shenandoah Valley since 1732, emphasizing Winchester and Frederick County in 4000 books, county court abstracts, county histories, genealogies, regimental histories, battles, newspapers since 1787, censuses, 600 linear feet of manuscripts, maps, photos, and oral history tapes.[13]

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John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library at Colonial Williamsburg
PO Box 1776
313 First Street
Williamsburg, VA 23187-1776
Telephone: 757-565-8542
Fax: 757-565-8548
E-mail: libref@cwf.org
Internet: http://research.history.org/JDRLibrary.cfm

Emphasis is on the history of colonial British America, the American Revolution, and the early United States with books, manuscripts, images, Civil War materials, family Bibles, and databases for research in the political and economic life of the thirteen colonies, the new republic, and African American studies.[14]

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Jones Memorial Library
2311 Memorial Avenue
Lynchburg, VA 24501
Telephone: 434-846-0501
Fax: 434-846-1572
E-mail: refdesk@jmlibrary.org
Internet: http://www.jmlibrary.org/

Really good historical materials, family folders, and genealogies of people migrating from the tidelands over the Blue Ridge Mountains into Virginia's Great Valley, many via Lynchburg. Covers Virginia and surrounding states, including county histories and court records, family histories and genealogies, the Civil War, county taxes, and census records.[11] [15]

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Mary Ball Washington Museum and Library
8346 Mary Ball Road
Lancaster, Virginia 22503
Telehone: 804-462-7280
Fax: 804-462-6107
E-mail: nfo@mbwm.org
Internet: http://www.mbwm.org/genealogy.asp

A small library with a good name index to nearly every history book published in Virginia  or Kentucky, including court records from 1651, indexes and abstracts, Virginia vital records, census records, county histories, biographies, church and cemetery records, family histories, newspapers, obituaries, vertical files, militia records, and fraternal organizations.[11] [16]

Portsmouth Public Library
601 Court Street
Portsmouth, VA 23704
Telephone: 757-393-8501
E-mail: Ask a Librarian form
Internet: http://www.portsmouth-va-public-library.com/blog/genealogy-your-library/

A good solid genealogical collection. Materials about Portsmouth and Norfolk counties and surrounding areas of southeastern Virginia, including births, marriages, deaths, cemeteries, genealogies, memoirs, scrapbooks and notebooks of Portsmouth families and organizations, photos, Civil War, Jeffrey T Wilson – 1924 "Colored Notes" index and articles from Portsmouth Star newspaper; Bertha Edward - Notes on Portsmouth Black History; African American Historical Association of Portsmouth records, and high school yearbooks.[11] [17]

Roanoke County Public Library
706 S. Jefferson Street
Roanoke, VA 24016
Telephone: 540-853-2073
E-mail: virginiaroom@gmail.com
Internet: Virginia Room

Wonderful southwest Virginia collection of family folders, books, genealogies, and indexes.[11] Open by appointment, the Virginia Room comprehensively collects materials for the Roanoke Valley, for Virginia, and for closely associated states, including surname files, photos, vertical files and oral histories. The Great Valley Road forked here toward Knoxville, Tennessee, and toward Augusta, Georgia. Some families stayed-over in the area before moving on to Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, or Georgia.[18]

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University of Virginia Library
PO Box 400113
Charlottesville VA 22904-4113
Telephone: 434-924-3021
Fax: 434-924-1431
E-mail: library@virginia.edu
Internet: http://www.library.virginia.edu/

Virtually a second state archives with a large genealogical collection, colonial records, federal, private, and state manuscripts, vital records, censuses, maps, military records, newspapers, periodicals, African American genealogy, and computer databases.[11] [19]

Family History Centers. Some of the collections described above are at least partially available on microfilms at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, and through thousands of its branch Family History Centers. For further information see Introduction to LDS Family History Centers. To locate a center near you, see Find a Family History Center.

Outside Virginia

Santa Cruz Public Library Downtown
224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, California 95060
Telephone: 831-427-7707 ext. 5794
E-mail: E-mail reference service form
Internet: http://www.santacruzpl.org/branches/14/

Holds the Genealogial Society of Santa Cruz County's library, including the Tina Brayton Collection which is equivalent to the Draper Collection but larger and with a better index, and many compiled genealogies of Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia  families.[11] [20]

Online Records


Links to online databases and indexes that may include vital records, biographies, cemeteries, censuses, histories, immigration records, land records, maps, military records, naturalizations, newspapers, obituaries, or probate records.

Guides

  • Ellen Garrison, Archives in Appalachia: A Directory  (Boone, North Carolina: Appalachian Consortium Press, 1985). At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Book 975 A3a. For Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia, arranged alphabetically, each entry shows the archive, address, phone, inclusive dates of the collection, the records of the collection, subjects, and size of the collection. Indexed by record type, and by subject.

References

  1. William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998), 126-27. At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Ref Book 973 J54d.
  2. Information for Researchers at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC in National Archives (accessed 31 December 2013).
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Contact Information in The Library of Congress (accessed 12 May 2010).
  4. The Collections in Local History and Genealogy Reading Room in The Library of Congress (accessed 8 January 2014).
  5. Dollarhide and Bremer, 81.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Dollarhide and Bremer, 97.
  7. Using the Collections in Library of Virginia (accessed 7 January 2014).
  8. Looking for People in Virginia Historical Society (accessed 7 January 2014).
  9. Archives in Virginia Theological Seminary (accessed 5 January 2014).
  10. Dollarhide and Bremer, 105.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 11.6 Dollarhide and Bremer, 113.
  12. Genealogy Resources at Swem in Swem Library (accessed 7 January 2014).
  13. Family and Local History in Handley Regional Library (accessed 28 December 2013).
  14. John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library in Colonial Williamsburg (accessed 7 January 2014].
  15. Home in Jones Memorial Library (accessed 7 January 2014).
  16. Genealogy and History Library in Mary Ball Washington Museum and Library (accessed 7 January 2014).
  17. Local History in Portsmouth Public Library (accessed 7 January 2014).
  18. Virginia Room in Roanoke, Virginia (accessed 7 January 2014).
  19. Genealogy in University of Virginia Library (accessed 7 January 2014).
  20. The Tina Brayton Collection in Genealogical Society of Santa Cruz County (accessed 3 January 2014).




 

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