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=== Contact Information  ===
 
=== Contact Information  ===
  
'''E-mail:''' &nbsp;[http://www.loc.gov/rr/askalib/ask-genealogy.html Ask a Librarian]<ref name="ContInfo">"Contact Information" in The Library of Congress [Internet site] at http://www.loc.gov/rr/genealogy/address.html (accessed 12 May 2010).</ref> <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:'''<ref name="LHGRR">"Local History and Genealogy Reading Room" in The Library of Congress [Internet site] at http://www.loc.gov/rr/genealogy/ (accessed 12 May 2010).</ref>  
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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>  
  
:[http://www.vahistorical.org/ '''Virginia Historical Society''']
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:Virginia Historical Society  
:428 North Boulevard
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:428 North Boulevard  
 
:Richmond, Virginia 23220
 
:Richmond, Virginia 23220
  
[http://vhs3.vahistorical.org/star/x.starmarc.html Online catalog]&nbsp;
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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>
  
'''Telephone:''' 804-358-4901 <br>'''Fax:'''<ref name="ContInfo" /> &nbsp;202-707-1957
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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>
  
'''Hours:''' Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 8:30am - 9:30pm<ref name="LHGRR" />  
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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>  
  
:Tuesday, Friday, Saturday 8:30am - 5:00pm
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*Parking: Free parking in the VHS lot behind the museum.<ref name="Visit" /><br>  
:Closed Sundays and [http://www.opm.gov/Operating_Status_Schedules/fedhol/2010.asp federal holidays] <br><br>
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*[http://www.vahistorical.org/visit/directions_vhs.htm Map and Directions to the Virginia Historical Society]<br>
 
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'''Public transportation, maps, and directions:''' <br>
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*'''''Subway.''''' Exit Metrorail [http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/metro/images/metrorailmap.html Orange or Blue Line] '''''Capitol South''''' subway statiion, on 1st Street go north one block to Independence Ave., then east almost to 2nd Street. Go in the front entrance at ground level if you have your reader's card. If not, go to the Adams Building. <br>  
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*'''''Buses.''''' Metrobuses 32, 34, 36, 39, 922, 929, 995, A11, C40, and CIRC stop near Independence Ave and 1st Street.
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*[http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=101+Independence+Avenue+SE,+Washington,+DC&sll=38.887692,-77.006049&sspn=0.008618,0.013797&g=101+Independence+Avenue+SE,+Washington,+DC&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=101+Independence+Ave+SE,+Washington,+District+of+Columbia,+20024&ll=38.887692,-77.006049&spn=0.017237,0.027595&z=14&output=embed map] of the location in the city
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*[http://www.loc.gov/loc/maps/images/g-jeffsn.jpg map] of the Thomas Jefferson Building; the Local History &amp; Genealogy Reading Room is in the southeast corner.
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{{Wikipedia|Library of Congress}}
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'''Internet sites and databases:''' <br>  
 
'''Internet sites and databases:''' <br>  
  
*[http://www.loc.gov/rr/genealogy/ LC Local History and Genealogy Reading Room], tour &amp; research orientations, before you begin, collections, searching tips, gifts, bibliographies and guides, American Memory, ask a librarian.<br>
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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://catalog.loc.gov/ Library of Congress Catalog Online] Title, Author, Subject, Call number, LCCN, ISSN, ISBN, Keywords searches.<br>
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*[http://www.vahistorical.org/index.htm Virginia Historical Society] Genealogical Research Page.  
*[http://www.loc.gov/rr/genealogy/internet.html Internet Subscription Services list], fee-based and free sites available to the public in the LH&amp;G Reading Room.<br>
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*[http://vhs3.vahistorical.org/star/x.starmarc.html Virginia Historical Society Online Catalog]: Search Library and Manuscript collections.  
*[http://www.loc.gov/index.html Library of Congress home page], research and visitor resources, research centers, library news, popular topics.
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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  ===
  
Established in 1800, the original small library was destroyed during the British invasion of 1814. Thomas Jefferson offered his own personal library of 6,487 books as a replacement. Since becoming the U.S. copyright repository it has grown to the largest library in the world. It serves both houses of Congress, and is open to the public.<ref>"History" in The Library of Congress [Internet site] at http://www.loc.gov/about/history.html (accessed 18 October 2008).</ref>  
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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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The [http://www.loc.gov/rr/genealogy/ Local History and Genealogy Reading Room] has 50,000 genealogies, 100,000 local histories, rich in collections of manuscripts, microfilms, maps, newspapers, photographs, published material, bibliographies, and research guides. It is strong in North American, British Isles, and German sources.<ref name="LHGRR" />&nbsp; Internet subscription service databases include Ancestry, HeritageQuest, Accessable Archives, New England Ancestors, as well as America History and Life, ArchivesUSA, Biography and Genealogy Master Index, JSTOR, and ProQuest Historical Newspapers.
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The larger library also has incomparable royalty, nobility, and heraldry collections, making it one of a few libraries in America that offer such a combination.<br>  
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=== Tips  ===
 
=== Tips  ===
  
*Before a visit to the LH&amp;G Reading Room, be sure to read [http://www.loc.gov/rr/genealogy/begin.html Before You Begin] about obtaining a Reader I.D. Card.
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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  ===
  
*James C. Neagles, and Mark C. Neagles, ''[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/20826473 The Library of Congress: a Guide to Genealogical and Historical Research]'' (Salt Lake City: Ancestry Pub., c1990) ({{FHL|519596|item}} 973 D23ne). [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/20826473 WorldCat entry].  
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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.  
*Christina K. Schaefer, ''The Center: A Guide to Genealogical Research in the National Capitol Area'' (Baltimore: Genealogical Publ., 1996), 51-62. ({{FHL|770597|item}} 975.3 A3sc). [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/35091086 WorldCat entry]. Explains policies, procedures, and genealogical collections in several research rooms. Also describes important genealogical reference works created by the Library.
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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  ===
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*[[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>
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*[[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>
*[[New York Public Library]] international genealogy, heraldry, personal and family names (in Roman alphabets), family papers, Dorot Jewish collection, maps, periodicals, American history at national, state, and local levels.
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_England_Historic_Genealogical_Society New England Historic Genealogical Society], Boston, national scope, 100 million name databases, 200,000 books, 100,000 microfilms, 20 million manuscrpt pages, vital records, periodicals for U.S., Canada, &amp; Britsh Isles.&nbsp;
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*[http://www.newberry.org/genealogy/overview.html Newberry Library] a large Chicago repository with genealogies, local histories, censuses, military, land, indexes, vital records, court, and tax records mostly from the Mississippi Valley, eastern seaboard, Canada, &amp; British Isles.<br>
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*[http://www.onelibrary.com/Library/calslsut.htm California State Library–Sutro], San Francisco, best west coast genealogy collection for states outside California, 7,000 family histories. 35,000 local histories and vital records, federal census microfilms, and Mexican history.<br>
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*[[Mid-Continent Public Library Midwest Genealogy Center]], Independence, MO, national censuses/indexes, 80,000 family histories, 100,000 local histories, 565,000 microfilms, 7,000 maps, and extensive newspaper clippings.
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*[[Dallas Public Central Library]] 111,700 volumes, 64,500 microfilms, 89,000 microfiche, and over 700 maps, marriage, probate, deed, and tax abstracts in book form, or microfilm of originals for some states, and online databases.
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*[http://www.archives.gov/st-louis/ NARA National Personnel Records Center], St. Louis, government and military personnel records starting 1917.<br>
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*[http://www.slcl.org/branches/hq/sc/sc-genpg.htm St. Louis County Library], mostly Missouri, but includes St. Louis Genealogical, and National Genealogical Societies' collections, online databases, federal censuses, African American records, &amp; access to LDS microfilms.<br>
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'''''Neighboring Collections'''''<br>  
 
'''''Neighboring Collections'''''<br>  
  
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*[[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>  
 
*[[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>  
*[http://archives.gov/dc-metro/college-park/researcher-info.html National Archives II]&nbsp; Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Justice, Labor, State, Transportation, and Treasury all after 1900.<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>  
 
*[[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://dchealth.dc.gov/doh/cwp/view,a,1371,q,581955,dohnav_gid,1787,dohnav,|33120|.asp DC Vital Records Division] for birth and death records. [http://dchealth.dc.gov/doh/cwp/view,a,1374,q,580849,dohNav_GID,1802,dohNav,|33200|33240|.asp#9 DC Superior&nbsp;Court] for marriage and divorce records.
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*[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.  
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*[http://www.lva.virginia.gov/ Library of Virginia], digital sources, databases, vital, military, newspapers, periodicals, tax, history, land records.
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*[http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/genealogy/index-e.html Library and Archives Canada], Ottawa, vital, census, immigration, naturalization, military, land, and employment.<br>
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*[http://biblional.bibliog.unam.mx/bibn/ Biblioteca Nacional de México], Mexico City, reference help, lectures, maps, history, manuscripts.<br>
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=== Sources  ===
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See also [[A Checklist of Compiled Sources & Where to Find Them]]<br>  
  
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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