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Because of the close proximity of the Library of Virginia and Virginia Historical Society, VGS does not maintain a library, research facility, or surname material and does not employ research staff. The link below is a list in PDF format of Virginia-based researchers. Hard copy is available upon receipt of a SASE business envelope. 

Note: Inclusion in this list carries no endorsement by VGS nor is VGS accountable for inadvertent misrepresentations contained therein.

 

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West Virginia Estates

Virginia Genealogical Society's Newest Publication: Index to West Virginia Estates before 1866 Volume 1, now available in the Store

NEW! Wesley E. Pippenger, Index to West Virginia Estates Before 1866, Volume 1: Counties of Barbour, Berkeley, Doddridge, Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Harrison, Jefferson, Lewis, Marion, Mineral, Monongalia, Morgan, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Preston, Randolph, Taylor, Tucker, Tyler, Upshur, and Wetzel.

Read more: West Virginia Estates

About our Publications

View or download the VGS publications brochure.


The Virginia Genealogical Society publications program includes three major series:

  • Cavaliers and Pioneers: Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents: 1732-1776 (Vols. 4-8)
    Land patent records are an invaluable genealogical and historical resource for researchers of early Virginia. The Virginia Genealogical Society has issued five volumes taking the three volumes of Nell Marion Nugent's abstracts of Virginia land patents to 1776.
  • Index to Virginia Estates: 1800-1865 (10 Vols.)
    Index of all Virginia estate-related records found in will books and other collections, typically on microfilm. This ten-volume set has been completed geographically. Funding for this series has been made possible in part by a grant from the Richard Slatten Endowment for Virginia History of The Community Foundation in memory of Richard Slatten, a former President of the Virginia Genealogical Society.
  • The Magazine of Virginia Genealogy
    Vols. 1–50 are available on CD; vols. 51–52 are available for purchase as printed back issues.

Samples from Cavaliers and Pioneers:

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Publications

The Virginia Genealogical Society publications program includes:

  • List of Virginia-Based Genealogical Researchers
    The Society maintains and periodically updates a list of Virginia-based researchers. The list is provided on the website in Word and PDF, and is available via postal mail, upon request and receipt of a $0.55 return address business envelope. Note: Inclusion on this list carries no endorsement by the VGS nor is VGS accountable for any inadvertent misrepresentation contained therein.
  • Magazine of Virginia Genealogy (included with membership)
    • iconGuidelines: Magazine of Virginia Genealogy (PDF)
    • The first 35 volumes are available in a fully searchable form to account holders of Ancestry.com.
    • Magazine of Virginia Genealogy, Volumes 1 through 40 (1963-2002), on CD. Includes required software for running on PC or Mac. Users must have Adobe Reader 6.0 or later to view the contents.
    • Vols. 1 through 20 of the Society's quarterly publication are no longer available in printed form, only on the above mentioned CD. More recent issues of the Society's quarterly publication may be purchased subject to availability, after the end of the publication year, using one of two methods.
    • Content Summary: We have compiled a summary of the content of the Magazine of Virginia Genealogy, listed by location and topic. This prints out on a legal-sized sheet, and is available in Microsoft Word and PDF formats:
      iconContent Summary: Magazine of Virginia Genealogy (PDF)
  • Virginia Genealogical Society Newsletter (included with membership)
    • iconGuidelines: VGS Newsletter (PDF)
    • Back issues of the Society's bi-monthly newsletter are available in limited quantities. Additional information is forthcoming.
    • Many of the issues of the Virginia Genealogical Society Newsletter are downloadable in PDF format, including: 
  • Books (discounted by 20% to current members)

The Magazine of Virginia Genealogy, 1984-2010

Volumes 22 through 48 of The Magazine of Virginia Genealogy, published since 1984, may be purchased for $15 a volume (4 issues), after the end of the publication year.

Tables of contents of these volumes are provided below for your convenience. Please click the "Read more ..." button below.

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The Magazine of Virginia Genealogy, 1963-1983

Volumes 1 through 21 of The Magazine of Virginia Genealogy, published prior to 1984, are no longer available for purchase in paper form, but are available on a CD, and may be found among the collections of libraries with large Virginiana collections.

Tables of contents of these volumes are provided below for your convenience. Please click the "Read more ..." button below.

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Review: Index to Virginia Estates, Vol. 2 - NC Gen Soc

Index to Virginia Estates: 1800-1865, Volume 2: Counties of Clarke, Culpeper, Frederick, Greene, Madison, Orange, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah, Spotsylvania, and Warren; Cities of Frederickburg and Winchester. Compiled and edited by Wesley E. Pippenger. (Richmond, VA: Virginia Genealogical Society, 2001). 849 pages +xxiv. Smyth-sewn; hardcover, 6"x9"

Mr. Pippenger has undertaken a mammoth task to index all the items in Virginia will books created by a city or county from 1800-1865. This second volume covers the counties of Clarke, Culpeper, Frederick, Greene, Madison, Orange, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah, Spotsylvania, and Warren. The cities of Frederickburg and Winchester are also included. In addition to wills, the volume contains an index to other estate documents such as bonds, appraisals, inventories, accounts, guardianships, guardianship accounts, estate divisions, plats, appointments of officials, etc.

The book is divided into geographic locations. Introductory comments are provided at the beginning of each section which give the full title and location of record books or series, Library of Virginia microfilm reel number (if known) and a list of abbreviations used.

There are 51,000 records indexed in this volume! Needless to say, the compiler has provided a very ;aluable research tool for those folks interested in the above counties in Virginia.

From the North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal


Review: Index to Virginia Estates, Vol. 1

Index to Virginia Estates, 1800-1865, Volume 1: Counties of Arlington (Including the City of Alexandria), Fairfax, Fauquier, King George, Loudoun, Prince William and Stafford. Compiled and edited by Wesley E. Pippenger. (Richmond, VA: Virginia Genealogical Society: 2000). 591 pp. + xx; Smyth-sewn; hardcover; 6"x9".

Normally, a book review ends with a "buy" or "don't" recommendation. The series of which this is the first volume, however, will be such a boon to Virginia researchers that this review begins with the following recommendation: "buy it immediately"; and enter a standing order with the Society for automatic purchase of subsequent volumes as they are published. Why such enthusiasm? Read on.

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Review: Index to Virginia Estates, Vol. 2

Index to Virginia Estates: 1800-1865. Volume 2. Counties of: Clarke, Culpeper, Frederick, Greene, Madison, Orange, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah, Spotsylvania, and Warren; cities of Frederickburg and Winchester. Compiled and edited by Wesley E. Pippenger. (Richmond, VA: Virginia Genealogical Society, 2001). ISBN 1-888192-31-3. 849 pp.+ xxiv. Smyth-sewn; hardcover; 6"x9".

Virginia researchers will welcome the second volume of Pippenger's Index to Virginia Estates. Together, volumes 1 and 2 cover eighteen counties and three independent cities in the northernmost part of the state — approximately twenty percent of present-day Virginia.

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This Day in Virginia History for July 24

Virginia Memory
  • Elisha O. Drake (1821–1901) served in Company C of the 20th Maine infantry during the Civil War. While stationed in Virginia, near Petersburg, he wrote this letter to his wife,...

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