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Virginia Genealogy

This Virginia state page of our website provides direct links to major databases and historical titles and information found on Virginia genealogy and history, whether they exist on our site, or across the web.

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  • Virginia African American Genealogy
    • Virginia African American Cemeteries
    • Virginia African American Census Records
    • Virginia, Freedmen’s Bureau Letters or Correspondence, 1865-1872
      The Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands (often called the Freedmen’s Bureau) was created in 1865 at the end of the American Civil War to supervise relief efforts including education, health care, food and clothing, refugee camps, legalization of marriages, employment, labor contracts, and securing back pay, bounty payments and pensions. These records include letters and endorsements sent and received, account books, applications for rations, applications for relief, court records, labor contracts, registers of bounty claimants, registers of complaints, registers of contracts, registers of disbursements, registers of freedmen issued rations, registers of patients, reports, rosters of officers and employees, special and general orders and circulars received, special orders and circulars issued, records relating to claims, court trials, property restoration, and homesteads. This collection corresponds with NARA microfilm publication M1913, Records of the Field Offices for the State of Virginia, Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, 1865-1872.
    • Virginia, African-American Funeral Programs, 1935-2009
      Images and index of funeral programs from the Middle Peninsula African-American Genealogical and Historical Society of Virginia (MPAAGHS). Programs were donated to MPAAGHS by various individuals within the community. Images are loosely arranged alphabetically by the names of persons collecting and donating the programs and not alphabetically by the names of those in the programs. Some obituaries are included.
    • Our heritage: Black history: Princess Anne County, Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • Virginia Biographies
    • Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography
      In 1915, Lyon Gardiner Tyler wrote three volumes and edited two additional volumes dedicated to Virginia Biography. His intention was to cover biographies of important Virginians from the founding of the colony until the present time of publication (1915). The entire work includes more then 2000 pages of biographies of Virginians who were influential in the early history of Virginia.
  • Virginia Cemetery Records
    • Virginia, Danville City Cemetery Records, 1833-2006
      Cemetery records for several cemeteries in Danville, Virginia. Records include indexes, burial records, deed books, and plot books. Although the collection contains information on individuals buried, 1833-2006, coverage will vary between cemeteries. Check the wiki or browse the collection to determine coverage.
  • Virginia Census Records
  • Virginia County History
    • Augusta County
      • History of Augusta County, Virginia
        A county remote from the first scenes of European settlement in Virginia; not visited by whites until 1716; uncolonized till 1732, and organized less than a century and a half ago, appears to offer few materials for history. But that holds untrue. The history written by John Lewis Peyton delves into the first 150 years of existence of Augusta County. Besides the rich history, also provided for the genealogists are family genealogies, biographies of important people, and marriage records covering the early years of existence of the county.
    • Elizabeth City County
    • Fluvanna County
    • Hampton County
      • History of Hampton County, Virginia
        This history details the history of the first plantation of Virginia. Some of the colonists returned after three years, from Jamestown, in 1610, making a permanent settlement at Kecoughtan. Thus it is that the present Hampton occupying a place near the site of the Indian village is the oldest English settlement in the United States in continuous existence.
    • Isle of Wight County
      • Virginia, Isle of Wight County Records, 1634-1951
        Images from original records at the Circuit Court in Isle of Wight, Virginia. Records include marriages, guardianships, military lists, court orders, dockets, bonds, fees, and judgments. This collection is being published as images become available.
    • Loudon County
    • Orange County
    • Richmond City
    • Rockbridge County
      • History of Rockbridge County, Virginia
        There is but one Rockbridge County in the United States. The unique name is due to a great natural curiosity within its limits. The position of the county is nearly midway in the longer direction of the Valley of Virginia. The latitude—mostly to the south of the thirty-eighth parallel— is that of the center of Kentucky, the south of Missouri, and the center of California
  • Virginia History
    • Trinity College Historical Society Papers
      The following sketches represents for the most part work done by the students in the upper classes of Trinity College. It has not been thought wise to be to stringent in reforming the style of these pieces, but pains have been taken to ensure the reliability of the facts presented. The work of collecting them was begun with some hesitation, but it is now an assured fact that they will appear regularly in the future. They are the outgrowth of the devotion of young men to the neglected field of Southern history.
    • Virginia, Historical Society Papers, 1607-2007
      Images of collections from the Virginia Historical Society in Richmond, Virginia. The collection includes bible records, genealogy papers, and miscellaneous records. Some records have been indexed and are searchable as part of this collection. Additional indexed records will be published as they become available.
    • Tobacco in Colonial Virginia
      The history of tobacco is the history of Jamestown and of Virginia. No one staple or resource ever played a more significant role in the history of any state or nation. The growth of the Virginia Colony, as it extended beyond the limits of Jamestown, was governed and hastened by the quest for additional virgin soil in which to grow this “golden weed.” For years the extension into the interior meant the expansion of tobacco production. Without tobacco the development of Virginia might have been retarded 200 years.
    • History of Fredericksburg, Virginia
      Silvanus Quinn penned a volume in the early 1900’s on the history of Fredericksburg, Virginia. Largely a historical volume, genealogists will find of interest mentions of early settlers of the area around Fredericksburg, as well as some biographies of some distinguished men who were buried at Fredericksburg, Virginia. Quinn, Silvanus J., The History of the City of Fredericksburg Virginia. Richmond, Hermitage Press, 1908.
    • A Portrait of Georgetown
      This portrait is not a detailed history, but rather a memoir of Grace Peter and her memories of George Town. In it she brings alive people and places, and provides a vivid depiction of how things were while she grew up. Plenty of names, images, and a couple of maps, makes this a great resource for early Georgetown.
    • Students of the University of Virginia
      This manuscript is a directory of the students enrolled in the University of Virginia up to 1878. While the title denotes that the work contains short biographies, that is an overstatement. Readers, however, shall find mention of over 10,000 names, along with brief facts about each person, up to the time of publication (1878).
    • Virginia schools before and after the revolution
      With a sketch of Frederick William Coleman … and Lewis Minor Coleman … An address delivered before the Society of the alumni of the University of Virginia, June 27th, 1888.
  • Virginia Immigration and Emigration
    • Virginia, Alexandria Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels, 1946-1957
      This collection contains Passenger Lists of Vessels Departing from Alexandria, Virginia, 1946-1948; as well as Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at Alexandria, Virginia, 1947-1957. The records may include full name, age, gender, marital status, occupation, citizenship, race, last permanent residence, birthplace, and final destination. These records correspond with NARA publication A3435 and were filmed at the NARA facility in College Park, Maryland.
    • Virginia, Naturalization Petitions, 1906-1929
      Naturalization petitions from four U.S. District Courts in Virginia and corresponding to four record series at the National Archives: Naturalization Petitions of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia (Abingdon), 1914-1929 (M1645), Naturalization Petitions of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia (Charlottesville), 1910-1929 (M1646), Naturalization Petitions of the U.S. District and Circuit Courts for the Eastern District of Virginia (Richmond), 1906-1929 (M1647), and Naturalization Petitions of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia (Alexandria), 1909-1920 (M1648).
  • Military Records
    • Virginia Forts
      List of colonial forts, trading posts, named camps, redoubts, reservations, general hospitals, national cemeteries, etc., established or erected in the United States from its earliest settlement to 1902.
    • Dunmore’s War Rosters
      The only rosters preserved of the companies which were in the battle of Point Pleasant, or arrived with Colonel Christian in the evening after it had been fought and won. Also included, a list of defenders of the frontier in 1774, that did NOT participate in the Battle of Point Pleasant.
    • Revolutionary War Records
    • Civil War Records
      • Virginia Civil War Battlefield Map
      • Civil War Pensions Index Cards
        Each card gives the soldier’s name, unit, the application number, the certificate number and the state from which the soldier served. In some cases, the soldier’s rank, terms of service, date of death and place of death are given. The index cards refer to pension applications of veterans who served in the U.S. Army between 1861 and 1917. The majority of the records pertain to Civil War veterans, but they also include veterans of the Spanish-American War, the Philippine Insurrection, Indian wars, and World War I.
      • Virginia, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865
        Confederate service records of soldiers who served in organizations from Virginia. The records include a jacket-envelope for each soldier, labeled with his name, his rank, and the unit in which he served. The jacket-envelope typically contains card abstracts of entries relating to the soldier as found in original muster rolls, returns, rosters, payrolls, appointment books, hospital registers, Union prison registers and rolls, parole rolls, inspection reports; and the originals of any papers relating solely to the particular soldier. For each military unit the service records are arranged alphabetically by the soldier’s surname. The Military Unit field may also display the surname range (A-G) as found on the microfilm. This collection is a part of RG 109, War Department Collection of Confederate Records and is National Archive Microfilm Publication M324. Index courtesy of Fold3.
      • Virginia, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865
        Union service records of soldiers who served in organizations from Virginia. The records include a jacket-envelope for each soldier, labeled with his name, his rank, and the unit in which he served. The jacket-envelope typically contains card abstracts of entries relating to the soldier as found in original muster rolls, returns, rosters, payrolls, appointment books, hospital registers, prison registers and rolls, parole rolls, inspection reports; and the originals of any papers relating solely to the particular soldier. For each military unit the service records are arranged alphabetically by the soldier’s surname. The Military Unit field may also display the surname range (A-G) as found on the microfilm. This collection is a part of RG 94, Records of the Adjutant General’s Office, 1780’s-1917 and is National Archive Microfilm Publication M398. Index courtesy of Fold3.
    • World War I Records
    • World War II Records
    • Korean War Casualty List
    • Vietnam War Casualty List
  • Virginia Native American Records
    • Virginia Indian Tribes
    • Pamunkey Indians of Virginia
      The Pilgrim Fathers of New England, the Dutch traders and merchants of Manhattan island and the Hudson, the Quaker colonists of Pennsylvania, the Jesuit missionaries and Cavalier grantees of Maryland and Virginia, all encountered the native tribes and confederacies of this great stock. This collection looks at the past history of the Pamunkey Indians of Virginia up until the 20th century.
    • Native Americans of the Shenandoah Valley
      An Exclusive to AccessGenealogy: The following series of articles takes a look at the early Native Americans of the Shenandoah Valley region. Who peopled the area before European contact? How did these Native American’s influence the early events of American history? What archeological evidence remains of these people’s? Part one looks at a couple of unusual clues to the identity of early Shenandoah Valley residents. In part two the history of the Shenandoah Valley after the arrival of Europeans is summarized in order to understand why the Native American history has been largely forgotten. Part three explores the pre-European past of the Shenandoah Valley. Part four looks at many of the early European eyewitness accounts of the Shenandoah Valley and it's peoples. Part five reviews the professional archaeological studies carried out in the Shenandoah Valley in recent years.
    • Indian Villages, Towns and Settlements of Virginia
    • Indians of Virginia
  • Virginia Newspaper Archives
    • The Democratic Recorder 1842-1861
      The Democratic recorder newspaper was published semi-weekly from 1842 to 1862 in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Originally owned by J. M. Campbell, by 1857 it was owned by R. B. Alexander and James Carmichael was the editor. The index was prepared by Robert Hodge. The twice-weekly (Tuesday and Friday), four-page, six-column issues were scanned for items deemed of value to the local historian and genealogist.
    • Virginia, Winchester, Evening Star Obituaries, 1899-1909
      Obituaries from the Winchester Evening Star arranged by year then alphabetically by name. Includes the years 1899-1909.
  • Virginia Vital Records
    • Virginia, Births and Christenings, 1853-1917
      Name index to birth, baptism and christening records from the state of Virginia. Microfilm copies of these records are available at the Family History Library and FamilySearch Centers. Due to privacy laws, recent records may not be displayed. The year range represents most of the records. A few records may be earlier or later.

    • Virginia, Marriages, 1785-1940
      Name index to marriage records from the state of Virginia. Microfilm copies of these records are available at the Family History Library and Family History Centers. Due to privacy laws, recent records may not be displayed. The year range represents most of the records. A few records may be earlier or later.

    • Virginia, Deaths and Burials, 1853-1912
      Name index to death and burial records from the state of Virginia Deaths. Microfilm copies of these records are available at the Family History Library and Family History Centers. This set contains 785,241 records. Due to privacy laws, recent records may not be displayed. The year range represents most of the records. A few records may be earlier or later.

  • Virginia Wills
    • Virginia Wills Before 1799
      A complete abstract register of all names mentioned in over six hundred recorded wills, arranged alphabetically from Adams to Wright. Copied from the Court House Records of Amherst, Bedford, Campbell, Loudoun, Prince William and Rockbridge Counties of Virginia.

Virginia Free RootsWeb Databases

Virginia Genealogy Databases at Ancestry

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United States Genealogy

United States GenWeb Project

Accawmack, Accomack, Albemarle, Alexandria, Alexandria City, Alleghany, Amelia, Amherst, Appomattox, Arlington, Augusta, Bath, Bedford, Bland, Botetourt, Brunswick, Buchanan, Buckingham, Campbell, Caroline, Carroll, Charles City, Charles River, Charlotte, Chesterfield, Clarke, Craig, Culpeper, Cumberland, Dickenson, Dinwiddie, Dunmore, Elizabeth City, Essex, Fairfax, Fauquier, Fincastle, Floyd, Fluvanna, Franklin, Frederick, Fredericksburg City, Giles, Gloucester, Goochland, Grayson, Greene, Greensville, Halifax, Hanover, Henrico, Henry, Highland, Illinois N.W. Terr., Isle Of Wight, James City, Kentucky Territory, King And Queen, King George, King William, Lancaster, Lee, Loudoun, Louisa, Lunenburg, Lynchburg City, Madison, Martinsville City, Mathews, Mecklenburg, Middlesex, Montgomery, Nansemond, Nelson, New Kent, Newport News City, Norfolk, Northampton, Northumberland, Nottoway, Orange, Page, Patrick, Petersburg City, Pittsylvania, Poquoson City, Portsmouth City, Powhatan, Prince Edward, Prince George, Prince William, Princess Anne, Pulaski, Radford City, Rappahannock, Richmond City, Richmond, Roanoke City, Roanoke, Rockbridge, Rockingham, Russell, Salem City, Scott, Shenandoah, Smyth, Southampton, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Surry, Sussex, Tazewell, Warren, Warrosquyoke, Warwick, Warwick River, Washington, Westmoreland, Wise, Wythe, York

American History and Genealogy Project

Alleghany, Charles City, Charlotte, Fairfax, Isle of WightJames City, Lee, MecklenburgNorthampton, Northumberland, Page, Patrick, Prince George, Shenandoah, SurryWestmoreland, WytheYork.

 

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