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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">[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">[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>  
  
*[http://vhs3.vahistorical.org/star/x.starmarc.html Virginia Historical Society Catalog Online]  
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*[http://www.vahistorical.org/ Virginia Historical Society home page]. Research, Exhibitions, Education, Visit, Membership, Giving, Publications, News &amp; Events, About the VHS, Museum and Shop, Virginia House, Contact Us, Social Media sites, Calendar, Enews, and donate.
*[http://www.vahistorical.org/ Virginia Historical Society home page]  
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*[http://www.vahistorical.org/index.htm Virginia Historical Society] Genealogical Research Page.
*[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://vhs3.vahistorical.org/star/x.starmarc.html Virginia Historical Society Online Catalog]: Search Library and Manuscript collections.
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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  
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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>
 
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[[Virginia Historical Society Papers (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Virginia Historical Society Papers (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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=== Tips  ===
 
=== Tips  ===
  
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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*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>
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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>
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*Submit your [http://www.vahistorical.org/research/photocopies.htm Request] for photocopies of library and manuscript materials online.<br>
  
 
=== Guides  ===
 
=== 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.
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*[http://www.vahistorical.org/publications/books.htm Books and Research Guides at the VHS]
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*[http://www.vahistorical.org/research/main.htm Research Guides] African American, Civil War, Genealogy, Finding aids, photographs, Richmond properties.<br>
  
 
=== Alternate Repositories  ===
 
=== Alternate Repositories  ===

Revision as of 05:17, 27 March 2013

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.[2]

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.[5]

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 2.2 Visit the VHS at Virginia Historical Society (accessed 22 October 2012)
  3. Contact Us at Virginia Historical Society (accessed 22 October 2012).
  4. Research Assistance at Virginia Historical Society (accessed 22 October 2012)
  5. Research at Virginia Historical Society (accessed 22 October 2012).

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