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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:'''&nbsp; <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:'''
  
:[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:''' 804-358-4901 <br>'''Fax:'''
  
'''Telephone:''' 804-358-4901 <br>'''Fax:'''<ref name="ContInfo" /> &nbsp;202-707-1957
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'''Hours:'''
 
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'''Hours:''' Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 8:30am - 9:30pm<ref name="LHGRR" />
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:Tuesday, Friday, Saturday 8:30am - 5:00pm
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:Closed Sundays and [http://www.opm.gov/Operating_Status_Schedules/fedhol/2010.asp federal holidays] <br><br>
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'''Public transportation, maps, and directions:''' <br>  
 
'''Public transportation, maps, and directions:''' <br>  
  
*'''''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.'''''  
*'''''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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{{Wikipedia|Virginia Historical Society}}  
  
 
'''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://vhs3.vahistorical.org/star/x.starmarc.html Virginia Historical Society Catalog Online]
*[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/ Virginia Historical Society home 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://www.loc.gov/index.html Library of Congress home page], research and visitor resources, research centers, library news, popular topics.
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=== 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>
 
 
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.
 
 
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>
 
  
 
=== 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.
 
  
 
=== 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].
 
*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.
 
  
 
=== 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>  
 
*[[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.
 
*[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;
 
*[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>
 
*[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>
 
*[[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.
 
*[[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.
 
*[http://www.archives.gov/st-louis/ NARA National Personnel Records Center], St. Louis, government and military personnel records starting 1917.<br>
 
*[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>
 
  
 
'''''Neighboring Collections'''''<br>  
 
'''''Neighboring Collections'''''<br>  
  
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*[http://www.lva.virginia.gov/ 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.
 
 
*[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.  
*[http://www.lva.virginia.gov/ Library of Virginia], digital sources, databases, vital, military, newspapers, periodicals, tax, history, land records.
 
*[http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/genealogy/index-e.html Library and Archives Canada], Ottawa, vital, census, immigration, naturalization, military, land, and employment.<br>
 
*[http://biblional.bibliog.unam.mx/bibn/ Biblioteca Nacional de México], Mexico City, reference help, lectures, maps, history, manuscripts.<br>
 
  
 
=== Sources  ===
 
=== Sources  ===
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See also [[A Checklist of Compiled Sources & Where to Find Them]]<br>  
 
See also [[A Checklist of Compiled Sources & Where to Find Them]]<br>  
  
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Revision as of 23:14, 10 February 2012

United States of America
Virginia Historical Society
   Local History and Genealogy Reading Room

Contents



Contact Information

E-mail: 

Address:

Virginia Historical Society
428 North Boulevard
Richmond, Virginia 23220

Telephone: 804-358-4901
Fax:

Hours:

Public transportation, maps, and directions:

  • Buses.
Wikipedia
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Internet sites and databases:

Collection Description

Tips

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


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