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Founded in 1831, the Virginia Historical Society is a private organization and derives its support from membership and endowment. Chief Justice John Marshall was elected its first president, and former president James Madison was elected its first honorary member.  The organization is housed in the Battle Abbey, that began as the Confederate Memorial Association shrine to the Confederate Dead.
 
  
 
=== Contact Information  ===
 
=== Contact Information  ===
  
'''E-mail:'''&nbsp; [mailto:fpollard@vahistorical.org fpollard@vahistorical.org] (Frances Pollard, Chief Librarian)<br>  
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'''E-mail:'''<ref name="Email"> [http://www.vahistorical.org/staff_list.htm Organizational Directory, Library] at Virginia Historical Society] (accessed 22 October 2012).</ref> [mailto:fpollard@vahistorical.org fpollard@vahistorical.org] (Frances Pollard, Chief Librarian)<br>
  
'''Address:'''  
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'''Address:'''<ref name="Visit">fckLR[http://www.vahistorical.org/visit/location.htm Visit the VHS] at Virginia Historical Society] (accessed 22 October 2012)</ref><br>
  
 
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:Richmond, Virginia 23220
 
:Richmond, Virginia 23220
  
'''Telephone:''' 804-358-4901
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'''Telephone:'''<ref name="Contact">fckLR[http://www.vahistorical.org/contact_us.htm Contact Us] at Virginia Historical Society] (accessed 22 October 2012).</ref><br>
  
'''Hours:''' Mon. to Sat. 10 a.m. to&nbsp; 5 p.m., closed federal holidays<ref name="visit" />  
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:• Main: 804.358.4901<br>
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:• Library: 804.342.9677<br>
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:• Genealogy information: 804.342.9649<br>
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:• Fax: 804.355.2399<br>
  
'''Public transportation, maps, and directions:''' <br>  
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Librarians can also provide limited assistance to researchers over the phone 804.342.9677.<ref>[ http://www.vahistorical.org/research/library_questions.htm Research Assistance] at Virginia Historical Society] (accessed 22 October 2012)</ref><br><br>'''Hours:''' Monday - Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed federal holidays.<ref name="visit" /><br><br>'''Public transportation, maps, and directions:'''<br>
  
*[http://www.vahistorical.org/visit/directions_vahouse.htm Directions to Virginia House]
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*Parking: Free parking in the VHS lot behind the museum.<ref name="Visit" /><br>
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*[http://www.vahistorical.org/visit/directions_vhs.htm Map and Directions to the Virginia Historical Society]<br>
  
{{Wikipedia|Virginia Historical Society}}
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'''Internet sites and databases:''' <br>
  
'''Internet sites and databases:''' <br>
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*[http://www.vahistorical.org/ Virginia Historical Society home page]. Research, Exhibitions, Education, Visit, Membership, Giving, Publications, News & Events, About the VHS, Museum and Shop, Virginia House, Contact Us, Social Media sites, Calendar, Enews, and donate.
 
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*[http://www.vahistorical.org/index.htm Virginia Historical Society] Genealogical Research Page.
*[http://vhs3.vahistorical.org/star/x.starmarc.html Virginia Historical Society Catalog Online]  
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*[http://vhs3.vahistorical.org/star/x.starmarc.html Virginia Historical Society Online Catalog]: Search Library and Manuscript collections.
*[http://www.vahistorical.org/ Virginia Historical Society home page]  
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*[http://www.vahistorical.org/publications/past_issues.htm Virginia Magazine of History and Biography], tables of contents, indexes, online access tips  
*[http://www.vahistorical.org/publications/past_issues.htm Virginia Magazine of History and Biography], tables of contents, indexes, online access tips
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*[http://unknownnolonger.vahistorical.org/ "Unknown No Longer."] A Database of Virginia Slave Names.
  
 
=== Collection Description  ===
 
=== Collection Description  ===
  
*'''A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:'''
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*The VHS does have numerous materials and collections helpful to genealogists, such as access to Ancestry.com; various indexes such as Virginia Historical Index; Census Records; Land Records; Ship Passenger Lists and Immigration Lists; Military Records; Wills; Vital records and Obituaries; county court records and histories; Bible records; genealogical notes; newspapers; bound serials, maps; 19th–21st century photographs; and African-American genealogy.<ref name="Res">http://www.vahistorical.org/research/main.htm Research] at Virginia Historical Society] (accessed 22 October 2012).</ref><br>
  
[[Virginia Historical Society Papers (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Virginia Historical Society Papers (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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=== Tips  ===
  
*[www.vahistorical.org/research/genealogy.htm Genealogy at the Virginia Historical Society]  The Virginia Historical Society is pleased to have you use our genealogical resources. It should be noted, however, that the principal center for genealogical research in Virginia is the Library of Virginia, 800 East Broad Street, Richmond. County records (including wills, deeds, and marriage bonds), military service records, church records, Land Office records (patents and grants), and tax records are located there. The Library of Virginia also has census records and large collections of genealogical notes and charts. Nevertheless, the VHS does have numerous materials helpful to genealogists, such as genealogical notes and charts, family papers, Bible records, county histories, and census records. It should be noted that most of our collections have not been digitized and thus are not available for viewing online. Please note that we have closed stacks. This means that researchers must fill out call slips in order to request and examine materials from the library collections.  
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*It should be noted that most of our collections have not been digitized and thus are not available for viewing online. Please note that we have closed stacks. This means that researchers must fill out call slips in order to request and examine materials from the library collections. [http://www.vahistorical.org/research/procedures.htm More information about library procedures.]<br>
 
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*The VHS researchers can provide [http://www.vahistorical.org/research/research_services.htm Research Services] (maximum of one hour) for a prepaid fee of $25.00. This includes a limited number of photocopies.<br>
They have Ancestry.com; various indexes such as Virginia Historical Index; Census Records; Land Records; Ship Passenger Lists and Immigration Lists; Military Records; wills, Marriages and obituaries; county court records; bible records; genealogical notes; birth and death records; newspapers; maps; and African-American genealogy.
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**Fill out this form to [http://www.vahistorical.org/research/library_genealogy_form.htm Research by mail.]<br>
 
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**Fill out this form to [http://www.vahistorical.org/research/library_genealogy_form_online.htm Research online.]<br>
=== Tips  ===
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*Submit your [http://www.vahistorical.org/research/photocopies.htm Request] for photocopies of library and manuscript materials online.<br>
  
*Admission to the research library and museum is free.<ref name="visit">"Visit the VHS," ''Virginia Historical Society,'' http://www.vahistorical.org/visit/location.htm, accessed 10 February 2012.</ref>
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=== Guides  ===
*It should be noted that most of our collections have not been digitized and thus are not available for viewing online. Please note that we have closed stacks. This means that researchers must fill out call slips in order to request and examine materials from the library collections. [http://www.vahistorical.org/research/procedures.htm More information about library procedures.]
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=== Guides ===
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*[http://www.vahistorical.org/research/genealogy.htm Genealogy at VHS] Ancestry.com, indexes, censuses, land, passenger lists, military, wills, marriages, courts, Bible records, births and deaths, newspapers, maps, African American genealogy.
Research at the Virginia Historical Society; [www.vahistorical.org/publications/books.htm Books and Research Guides at the VHS];
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*[http://www.vahistorical.org/publications/books.htm Books and Research Guides at the VHS]  
Virginia's Civil War: A Guide to Manuscripts at the Virginia; and
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*[http://www.vahistorical.org/research/main.htm Research Guides] African American, Civil War, Genealogy, Finding aids, photographs, Richmond properties.<br>
VHS, Guide to African American Manuscripts.
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=== Alternate Repositories  ===
 
=== Alternate Repositories  ===
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If you cannot visit or find a record at the&nbsp;'''''{{PAGENAME}}''''', a similar record may be available at one of the following.  
 
If you cannot visit or find a record at the&nbsp;'''''{{PAGENAME}}''''', a similar record may be available at one of the following.  
  
'''''Similar Collections'''''<br>  
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'''''Similar Collections'''''<br>
  
 
*[[Family History Library|Family History Library]], Salt Lake City, 450 computers, 3,400 databases, 3.1 million microforms, 4,500 periodicals, 310,000 books of worldwide family and local histories, civil, church, immigration, ethnic, military, Mormon records.  
 
*[[Family History Library|Family History Library]], Salt Lake City, 450 computers, 3,400 databases, 3.1 million microforms, 4,500 periodicals, 310,000 books of worldwide family and local histories, civil, church, immigration, ethnic, military, Mormon records.  
 
*[[Allen County Public Library]] (Indiana) has a premier genealogical periodical collection, genealogies, local histories, databases, military, censuses, directories, passenger lists, American Indians, African Americans, Canadians.<br>
 
*[[Allen County Public Library]] (Indiana) has a premier genealogical periodical collection, genealogies, local histories, databases, military, censuses, directories, passenger lists, American Indians, African Americans, Canadians.<br>
  
'''''Neighboring Collections'''''<br>  
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'''''Neighboring Collections'''''<br>
  
 
*[[Library of Virginia]], digital sources, databases, vital, military, newspapers, periodicals, tax, history, land records.  
 
*[[Library of Virginia]], digital sources, databases, vital, military, newspapers, periodicals, tax, history, land records.  
*[[National Archives and Records Administration|National Archives I]], Washington DC, census, pre-WWI military service &amp; pensions, passenger lists, naturalizations, passports, federal bounty land, homesteads, bankruptcy, ethnic sources, prisons, and federal employees.<br>  
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*[[National Archives and Records Administration|National Archives I]], Washington DC, census, pre-WWI military service &amp; pensions, passenger lists, naturalizations, passports, federal bounty land, homesteads, bankruptcy, ethnic sources, prisons, and federal employees.<br>
*[[Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Library|Daughters of the American Revolution Library]], Washington DC, Revolutionary War and colonial period, including family and local histories, cemetery transcriptions, Bible records, 15,000 genealogical membership applications.<br>  
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*[[Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Library|Daughters of the American Revolution Library]], Washington DC, Revolutionary War and colonial period, including family and local histories, cemetery transcriptions, Bible records, 15,000 genealogical membership applications.<br>
 
*[http://www.msa.md.gov/ Maryland State Archives], census, court, church, vital, military, probate, land, tax, immigration, naturalizations.
 
*[http://www.msa.md.gov/ Maryland State Archives], census, court, church, vital, military, probate, land, tax, immigration, naturalizations.
  
 
=== Sources  ===
 
=== Sources  ===
  
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{{Virginia|Virginia}} <br>  
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{{Virginia|Virginia}} <br>
  
See also [[A Checklist of Compiled Sources & Where to Find Them]]<br>  
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See also [[A Checklist of Compiled Sources & Where to Find Them]]<br>
  
 
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Revision as of 16:38, 27 December 2012

Virginia Historical Society
   

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Contact Information

E-mail:[1] fpollard@vahistorical.org (Frances Pollard, Chief Librarian)

Address:[2]

Virginia Historical Society
428 North Boulevard
Richmond, Virginia 23220

Telephone:[3]

• Main: 804.358.4901
• Library: 804.342.9677
• Genealogy information: 804.342.9649
• Fax: 804.355.2399

Librarians can also provide limited assistance to researchers over the phone 804.342.9677.[4]

Hours: Monday - Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed federal holidays.[5]

Public transportation, maps, and directions:

Internet sites and databases:

Collection Description

  • The VHS does have numerous materials and collections helpful to genealogists, such as access to Ancestry.com; various indexes such as Virginia Historical Index; Census Records; Land Records; Ship Passenger Lists and Immigration Lists; Military Records; Wills; Vital records and Obituaries; county court records and histories; Bible records; genealogical notes; newspapers; bound serials, maps; 19th–21st century photographs; and African-American genealogy.[6]

Tips

  • It should be noted that most of our collections have not been digitized and thus are not available for viewing online. Please note that we have closed stacks. This means that researchers must fill out call slips in order to request and examine materials from the library collections. More information about library procedures.
  • The VHS researchers can provide Research Services (maximum of one hour) for a prepaid fee of $25.00. This includes a limited number of photocopies.
  • Submit your Request for photocopies of library and manuscript materials online.

Guides

Alternate Repositories

If you cannot visit or find a record at the Virginia Historical Society, a similar record may be available at one of the following.

Similar Collections

  • Family History Library, Salt Lake City, 450 computers, 3,400 databases, 3.1 million microforms, 4,500 periodicals, 310,000 books of worldwide family and local histories, civil, church, immigration, ethnic, military, Mormon records.
  • Allen County Public Library (Indiana) has a premier genealogical periodical collection, genealogies, local histories, databases, military, censuses, directories, passenger lists, American Indians, African Americans, Canadians.

Neighboring Collections

  • Library of Virginia, digital sources, databases, vital, military, newspapers, periodicals, tax, history, land records.
  • National Archives I, Washington DC, census, pre-WWI military service & pensions, passenger lists, naturalizations, passports, federal bounty land, homesteads, bankruptcy, ethnic sources, prisons, and federal employees.
  • Daughters of the American Revolution Library, Washington DC, Revolutionary War and colonial period, including family and local histories, cemetery transcriptions, Bible records, 15,000 genealogical membership applications.
  • Maryland State Archives, census, court, church, vital, military, probate, land, tax, immigration, naturalizations.

Sources

  1. Organizational Directory, Library at Virginia Historical Society] (accessed 22 October 2012).
  2. 2.0 2.1 fckLRVisit the VHS at Virginia Historical Society] (accessed 22 October 2012)
  3. fckLRContact Us at Virginia Historical Society] (accessed 22 October 2012).
  4. [ http://www.vahistorical.org/research/library_questions.htm Research Assistance] at Virginia Historical Society] (accessed 22 October 2012)
  5. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named visit
  6. http://www.vahistorical.org/research/main.htm Research] at Virginia Historical Society] (accessed 22 October 2012).

See also A Checklist of Compiled Sources & Where to Find Them