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Library of Virginia

Contact Information

E-mail:  Contact Form

The Library of Virginia
800 East Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23219

Telephone: 804.692.3500
Fax:   To order materials by mail or fax, please print and complete the applicable forms from the categories listed below, and return them to the Library of Virginia with payment. A fee of $25.00 is charged for all returned checks.

Fax orders: 804-692-3556

Hours and holidays:
The Library's regular hours are Monday through Saturday, 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM. Please check our News & Events or contact us for any changes to our regular hours due to holiday closings, special events, or inclement weather.

Directions, maps, and public transportation:

Internet sites and databases:

Digital collections include:

Land Records

  • Virginia Land Office Patents and Grants

Vital Records

  • Virginia Death Indexing
  • Henley Marriage/Obituary Index to Virginia Newspapers
  • Marriage Index for Richmond Enquirer/Richmond Visitor
  • Obituary Index for Richmond Enquirer/Richmond Visitor
  • Petersburg Public Library Newspaper Index

Probate Records

  • Index to Wills and Administrations

Church Records

  • Bristol Church and Family Cemeteries Index

Military Records

World War I

  • World War I History Commission Questionnaires

Civil War

  • Confederate Disability Applications and Receipts
  • Confederate Pension Rolls, Veterans and Widows
  • Index to Confederate Veteran Magazine
  • Index to Virginia Confederate Rosters
  • Robert E. Lee Camp Confederate Soldiers' Home Applications for Admission

War of 1812

  • Index to War of 1812 Pay Rolls and Muster Rolls

Revolutionary War

  • Culpeper County Classes, 1781
  • Dunmore's War (Virginia Payrolls/Public Service Claims, 1775)
  • Revolutionary War Bounty Warrants
  • Revolutionary War Land Office Military Certificates
  • Revolutionary War Public Service Claims
  • Revolutionary War Rejected Claims
  • Revolutionary War Virginia State Pensions

European Sources about Virginians

  • Virginia Colonial Records Project

Coats of Arms

  • Index to Sources on Family Coats of Arms


  • S. Bassett French Biographical Sketches
  • WPA Life Histories Collection

Collection Description



Alternate Repositories

If you cannot visit or find a record at the Library of Virginia, a similar record may be available at one of the following.

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