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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.
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.
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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.
The key genealogical facts found in the Virginia Historical Society Papers may include the following information:
- 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
Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors 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.
To search the collection, 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 comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.
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.
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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.