Virginia Bible Records

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Online Records

Large collections of Virginia family Bible records are housed at the following archives:

  • Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah includes microfilm copies and published abstracts of many Virginia family Bibles.
    • Family Bible search in FamilySearch Catalog Catalog (try searching for surnames or keyword search for a surname + Bible; also subject search for Virginia Bible Records)

PERSI will assist you in finding Family Bibles published in genealogical periodicals.

Virginia Bible Records

A Bible was often given by relatives to a bride as a wedding gift, where she recorded information about her immediate family and close relatives. Relationships were seldom stated but were often implied. Names of parents, children, and their spouses, including maiden names, were frequently given along with dates of birth, marriage, and death. Sometimes the age of a person was given at the time of death. Many families kept Bible records from the 1700s (and sometimes earlier) to more recent times, although few have survived. Some have been donated to local libraries or societies.

Copies, or abstracts of old family Bibles that are no longer known to exist, may survive in Revolutionary War Pension application files at NARA, Washington, D.C., which are available online at three commercial websites: Ancestry, Fold3, and Heritage Quest Online.

Austin published data from 487 family Bibles:

Online Resources

  • VirginiaGenWeb contains abstracts of hundreds of Virginia family Bibles. Check the county where your ancestor lived.
  • USGenWeb Archives like VirginiaGenWeb, contains archived abstracts of hundreds of Virginia family Bibles. Check the county where your ancestor lived.
  • Virginia Bible Records on Virginia Pioneers.net: Contains an index list of Bible records in their collection. You must be a member to see the contents of the Bible record.