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== Collection Time Period ==
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== Record Description ==
  
The records in this collection cover the years 1607 to 2007.  
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Images of collections from the Virginia Historical Society in Richmond, Virginia. The collection includes bible records, genealogy papers, and miscellaneous records. The records in this collection cover the years 1607 to 2007.  
  
== Record Description ==
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The Virginia Historical Society was founded in 1831. Their mission is to collect, preserve, and interpreting the Commonwealth’s history, to link the past with the present and inspire future generations.
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The records and collections were gathered to further the mission of the historical society.
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For a list of records by category currently published in this collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1932510/waypoints Browse].
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=== Citation for This Collection ===
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The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.
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{{Collection citation | text= "Virginia, Historical Society Papers, 1607-2007" Index and Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Virginia Historical Society, Richmond.}}
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[[Virginia Historical Society Papers (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
  
Images of collections from the Virginia Historical Society in Richmond, Virginia. The collection includes bible records, genealogy papers, and miscellaneous records.
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== Record Content  ==
  
=== Record Content  ===
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The key genealogical facts found in the Virginia Historical Society Papers may include the following information:
  
The record content varies by record type. It may include any of the following pieces of information:  
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[[Image:Virginia Historical Society Papers DGS 4838723 5.jpg|thumb|right]]
  
*Name of primary individual
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*Name and gender of ancestor
*Event date  
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*Birth date and place
*Event place  
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*Death date and place  
*Residence
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*Marriage date and place
*Age
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*Spouse's name and gender
*Sex
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*Names of parents  
 
*Names of parents  
*Biographical information about parents such as date and place of birth
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*Names of children, their spouses and their children's full name
*Names of relatives or friends
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*Names of witnesses
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*Dates the documents were written and recorded
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*Occupations
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*Name of undertaker
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*Name of officiator
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== How to Use the Record  ==
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
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*The name of the individual or individuals such as the names of the bride and groom
 
*The name of the individual or individuals such as the names of the bride and groom
  
Compare the information in the records to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.  
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==== Search the Collection  ====
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To search the collection by name fill in your ancestor’s name in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about those in the list to what you already know about your own ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person.  
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To search the collection image by image<br>
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⇒ Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection <br>
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⇒ Select the "Record Category or Title" <br>
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⇒ Select the "Record Description" which takes you to the images
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Look at the images one by one. Again you will need to compare the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor.
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Be aware that with either search you may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.  
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Keep in mind:
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*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
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*You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
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*Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
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For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at
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[http://broadcast.lds.org/familysearch/2011-12-03-familysearch-search-tips-1000k-eng.mp4 FamilySearch Search Tips].
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==== Using the Information  ====
  
 
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. For example:  
 
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. For example:  
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*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.  
 
*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.  
 
*Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.  
 
*Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.  
*Occupations listed can lead you to employment records or other types of records such as military records.
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*Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
*Use the parent’s birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.  
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==== Tips to Keep in Mind  ====
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*Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.  
 
*The name of the officiator may be a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county.  
 
*The name of the officiator may be a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county.  
 
*The name of the undertaker, mortuary, or cemetery could lead you to funeral and cemetery records, which often include the names and residences of other family members.  
 
*The name of the undertaker, mortuary, or cemetery could lead you to funeral and cemetery records, which often include the names and residences of other family members.  
 
*Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname. This is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.  
 
*Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname. This is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.  
 
*Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have been born, married, or died in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.  
 
*Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have been born, married, or died in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.  
*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
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*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.  
 
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Keep in mind:
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*The information in the records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.  
 
*The information in the records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.  
 
*Earlier records may not contain as much information as more recent records.  
 
*Earlier records may not contain as much information as more recent records.  
 
*There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.
 
*There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.
  
If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:
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==== Unable to Find Your Ancestor?  ====
  
 
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.  
 
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.  
 
*Check for an index. There are often indexes created by local genealogical and historical societies.  
 
*Check for an index. There are often indexes created by local genealogical and historical societies.  
 
*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
 
*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
 
== Record History  ==
 
 
The Virginia Historical Society was founded in 1831. Their mission is to collect, preserve, and interpreting the Commonwealth’s history, to link the past with the present and inspire future generations.
 
 
=== Why This Record Was Created  ===
 
 
The records and collections were gathered to further the mission of the historical society.
 
 
=== Record Reliability  ===
 
 
The information in the records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the compiler.
 
  
 
== Related Websites  ==
 
== Related Websites  ==
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== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
  
[[Virginia Societies|Virginia Societies]]  
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*[[Virginia Bible Records|Virginia Bible Records]]
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*[[Virginia Genealogy|Virginia Genealogy]]
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*[[Virginia History|Virginia History]]
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*[[Virginia Societies|Virginia Societies]]
  
 
== Contributions to This Article  ==
 
== Contributions to This Article  ==
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
 
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
  
When you copy information from a record, you should also list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.
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When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.  
 
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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the Wiki Article: [[How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
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==== Examples of Source Citations for a Record in This Collection  ====
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*“Delaware Marriage Records,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org: accessed 4 March 2011), entry for William Anderson and Elizabeth Baynard Henry, married 23 November 1913; citing marriage certificate no. 859; FHL microfilm 2,025,063; Delaware Bureau of Archives and Records Management, Dover.
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*“El Salvador Civil Registration,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org: accessed 21 March 2011), entry for Jose Maria Antonio del Carmen, born 9 April 1880; citing La Libertad, San Juan Opico, Nacimientos 1879-1893, image 50; Ministerio Archivo Civil de la Alcaldia Municipal de San Salvador.
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== Sources of information for This Collection  ==
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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
  
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=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
  
The suggested format for citing FamilySearch Historical Collections is found in the following article: [[How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections]].  
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"Virginia, Historical Society Papers, 1607-2007," images, ''FamilySearch'' (https://familysearch.org: accessed 3 May 2012), Bayne Palmer O'Brien papers &gt; Genealogical reports, 1972-1978, Adams-Wynne &gt; Image 23 of 4716, Robert Adams, deed of land from William Pigg dated 23 March 1773; citing Virginia Historical Society, Richmond, Virginia.  
  
 
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Revision as of 21:48, 11 July 2013

FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records available at FamilySearch.org.

Contents

Record Description

Images of collections from the Virginia Historical Society in Richmond, Virginia. The collection includes bible records, genealogy papers, and miscellaneous records. The records in this collection cover the years 1607 to 2007.

The Virginia Historical Society was founded in 1831. Their mission is to collect, preserve, and interpreting the Commonwealth’s history, to link the past with the present and inspire future generations.

The records and collections were gathered to further the mission of the historical society.

For a list of records by category currently published in this collection, select the Browse.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.

"Virginia, Historical Society Papers, 1607-2007" Index and Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Virginia Historical Society, Richmond.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

The key genealogical facts found in the Virginia Historical Society Papers may include the following information:

Virginia Historical Society Papers DGS 4838723 5.jpg
  • Name and gender of ancestor
  • Birth date and place
  • Death date and place
  • Marriage date and place
  • Spouse's name and gender
  • Names of parents
  • Names of children, their spouses and their children's full name

How to Use the Record

To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:

  • The place where the event occurred
  • The approximate date the event occurred
  • The name of the individual or individuals such as the names of the bride and groom

Search the Collection

To search the collection by name fill in your ancestor’s name in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about those in the list to what you already know about your own ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person.

To search the collection image by image
⇒ Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection
⇒ Select the "Record Category or Title"
⇒ Select the "Record Description" which takes you to the images

Look at the images one by one. Again you will need to compare the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor.

Be aware that with either search you may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.

Keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.

For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at FamilySearch Search Tips.

Using the Information

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. For example:

  • Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each partner to find a couple's birth records and parents' names.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
  • Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.
  • The name of the officiator may be a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county.
  • The name of the undertaker, mortuary, or cemetery could lead you to funeral and cemetery records, which often include the names and residences of other family members.
  • Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname. This is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have been born, married, or died in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • The information in the records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
  • Earlier records may not contain as much information as more recent records.
  • There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?

  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
  • Check for an index. There are often indexes created by local genealogical and historical societies.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.

Related Websites

Research at the Virginia Historical Society

Related Wiki Articles

Contributions to This Article

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. Guidelines are available to help you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide. If you would like to get more involved join the WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.

Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

"Virginia, Historical Society Papers, 1607-2007," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 3 May 2012), Bayne Palmer O'Brien papers > Genealogical reports, 1972-1978, Adams-Wynne > Image 23 of 4716, Robert Adams, deed of land from William Pigg dated 23 March 1773; citing Virginia Historical Society, Richmond, Virginia.