Virginia Genealogical Society

About Our Publications

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.
  • Index to West Virginia Estates 
    Index of all West Virginia estate-related records, 1800 to 1865, found in will books and other collections, typically on microfilm. This two-volume set has been completed geographically.
To learn more about the above series as well as the Society's other publications, please see the VGS Publication Catalog. To order publications, please visit our online store
The Society also publishes quarterly The Magazine of Virginia Genealogy and the VGS Newsletter.  Current and back issues of the Newsletter and Magazine are available to members.  Log into the website and click on Members Only Pages. 
The Virginia Genealogical Society, formed 7 October 1960, published several occasional bulletins between June 1961 and January 1963 when it began serial publication of the Virginia Genealogical Society Quarterly Bulletin issued in January, April, July and October. This title ran for seven volumes in a format 8½ by 11 inches, mimeographed, corner-stapled. Volume 8 (1970) was renamed the Virginia Genealogical Society Quarterly. A magazine format, 6 by 9 inches, saddle-stitched, with text reproduced from typewritten copy, was adopted in 1971, running through Volume XVIII, followed by three volumes issued as The Quarterly of the Virginia Genealogical Society. The present title and publication sequence (February, May, August, November) were adopted in February 1984 (Volume 22, No. 1). Since that date, the magazine has attained a printed page count of approximately 320 pages per volume, not counting its index. 

Volumes 1-40 of the Magazine of Virginia Genealogy are available on Ancestry under the catalog listing Virginia Genealogical Society Quarterly. 

Volumes 1-50 are available on CD from the VGS Store.

Purchase a back issue: VGS has a very limited supply of printed back issues of the Magazine of Virginia Genealogy (volumes 51, 52, 54, 55, and 57).  Please contact to determine availability of a particular issue. Heritage Books [] has a limited supply of printed back issues for volumes 21 through 40. VGS members receive a 15% discount on orders placed through the Heritage Books website. To obtain the discount code, please log into the VGS website, click on Member Login, and then Member Benefits.
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