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These resources provide helpful links, articles, and information related to Virginia genealogy.  Filtering by category allows you to further refine your search to identify those resources added to the website in a specific time period.
 
Researchers provides a listing of VGS-society member genealogists available to conduct research for others.  VGS does not endorse any of these researchers, but provides the information as a member benefit.
 
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Virginia Business Records provides access to a searchable database of business records catalogued with potential value to the genealogical researcher.
 
The Virtual Virginia Institute for Genealogical Research (VIGR) provides genealogical educational material for the serious genealogist.
 
 
 
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Digital copy on Google Books of The Revised Code of the Laws of Virginia Being a Collection of All Such Acts of the General Assembly, of a Public and Permanent Nature as are Now in Force; with a General Index. To which are Prefixed, the Constitution of the United States; the Declaration of Rights; and the Constitution of Virginia · Volume 1
Last Updated: 27 August 2020   [Located in Category: Law]
Digital copy on Google Books of The Revised Code of the Laws of Virginia Being a Collection of All Such Acts of the General Assembly, of a Public and Permanent Nature as are Now in Force; with a General Index. To which are Prefixed, the Constitution of the United States; the Declaration of Rights; and the Constitution of Virginia · Volume 2
Last Updated: 27 August 2020   [Located in Category: Law]
Digital copy on Google Books.
Last Updated: 27 August 2020   [Located in Category: Law]
Digitial copy of: Gannett, Henry. A Gazetteer of Virginia and West Virginia. 1904. Reprint (2 vols. in one). Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1975.
Last Updated: 27 August 2020   [Located in Category: Geography and Maps]
Digital copy of: Gannett, Henry. A Gazetteer of Virginia and West Virginia. 1904. Reprint (2 vols. in one). Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1975.
Last Updated: 27 August 2020   [Located in Category: Geography and Maps]
Hart III, Lyndon H., compiler. A Guide to Bible Records in the Archives Branch, Virginia State Library. Two volumes. Richmond, Virginia: Virginia State Library and Archives, 1999.
Last Updated: 20 July 2018   [Located in Category: Research Guides]
Clark, Jewell T. and Elizabeth Terry Long, compilers. A Guide to Church Records in the Archives Branch, Virginia State Library and Archives. Richmond, Virginia: Virginia State Library and Archives, 1988.
Last Updated: 20 July 2018   [Located in Category: Research Guides]
Sanchez-Saavedra, E.M., comp. A Guide to Virginia Military Organizations in the American Revolution 1774- 1787. Richmond, Virginia: Virginia State Library, 1978.
Last Updated: 27 August 2018   [Located in Category: Military Records]
Butler, Stuart Lee. A Guide to Virginia Militia Units in the War of 1812. Athens, Georgia: Iberian Publishing Company, 1988.
Last Updated: 27 August 2018   [Located in Category: Military Records]
Ray, Suzanne Smith, Lyndon H. Hart III, and J. Christian Kolbe, A Preliminary Guide to Pre-1904 County Records in the Virginia State Library and Archives. Richmond, Virginia: Virginia State Library and Archives, 1994
Last Updated: 19 July 2018   [Located in Category: Research Guides]
Last Updated: 21 June 2020   [Located in Category: African American]
FamilySearch wiki page including strategies for research before and after the Civil War and links to online resources.
Last Updated: 23 June 2020   [Located in Category: African American]
Last Updated: 27 August 2020   [Located in Category: Archives and Libraries]
Last Updated: 27 August 2020   [Located in Category: Archives and Libraries]
Published annually by The Library of Virginia by fiscal year since 1 July 1970. Link is for 1993; search Google books for other years.
Last Updated: 20 July 2018   [Located in Category: Research Guides]
Last Updated: 27 August 2020   [Located in Category: Archives and Libraries]
Located on The Newberry Library website, this resource includes maps and text as well as a bibliography of Virginia and West Virginia resources used to create it.
Last Updated: 27 August 2020   [Located in Category: Geography and Maps]
Last Updated: 19 July 2018   [Located in Category: Societies]
Under 18th century documents see the following: Blackstone's Commentaries on the Laws of England: 1765‑1769; The Constitution of Virginia June 29, 1776; The Jefferson Papers; Statutes of the United States Concerning Slavery; Statutes of the United States Concerning Native Americans
Last Updated: 27 August 2018   [Located in Category: Law]
The Center currently houses over 20,000 genealogy books and items, over 10,000 genealogy family files including 995 genealogy files in the Pilson Collection, over 3000 local history files, over 1000 family photograph files, 131 personal computer genealogy collections and 300 different periodicals. Local company collections from DuPont, Tultex, Bassett-Walker, and Blue Ridge Hardware & Supply Co., are housed here. The collection of Mr. John B. Harris, African-American educator and historian, is also housed here. Mr. Richard Gravely is responsible for the "Bicentennial Collection", a collection of county records and loose papers found in the Henry County Courthouse, being housed here. The information in the Historical Center focuses on, but is by no means limited to the 5 immediate counties in Virginia: Henry, Patrick, Floyd, Franklin, Pittsylvania; and 3 bordering counties in North Carolina: Rockingham, Surry, and Stokes.
Last Updated: 16 July 2020   [Located in Category: Archives and Libraries]
Last Updated: 27 August 2020   [Located in Category: Archives and Libraries]
The Beth Ahabah Museum & Archives collects, preserves and exhibits materials that relate to Jewish history and culture – with particular emphasis on Richmond, Virginia – so that Jewish history and culture may be documented, interpreted and passed on to future generations.
Last Updated: 16 July 2020   [Located in Category: Archives and Libraries]
Last Updated: 27 August 2018   [Located in Category: Finding Aids]
PDF copies of the 1st and 2nd editions available for download. Various other editions are available online, in print, and on CD.
Last Updated: 27 August 2020   [Located in Category: Law]
Tucker, St. George. Blackstone's Commentaries: with Notes of Reference, to The Constitution of the United States; and of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Five volumes. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: William Young Birch, Abraham Small, 1803
Last Updated: 19 July 2018   [Located in Category: Research Guides]
An online HTML version of the 1856 edition.
Last Updated: 27 August 2020   [Located in Category: Law]
The Heritage Center archives and preserves historical documents and photographs pertaining to the history and people from the City of Fredericksburg and the counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania, and Stafford in Virginia.
Last Updated: 16 July 2020   [Located in Category: Archives and Libraries]
Last Updated: 19 July 2018   [Located in Category: Societies]
The Circuit Court Records Preservation Program (CCRP) is a part of the Library of Virginia's Local Records Services Branch. Funded through a $3.50 of the clerk’s recordation fee, the CCRP provides resources to help preserve and make accessible permanent circuit court records. The program awards grants to the commonwealth’s circuit court clerks to help them address the needs of the records housed in their localities. The CCRP also provides resources needed to process and house the circuit court records that are transferred to the State Archives for safekeeping and increased access; as well as track, duplicate and maintain circuit court microfilm stored in the Library’s media vault. The CCRP newsletter, published twice a year, contains helpful articles on preservation projects, historical courthouse information, and Virginia record sources.
Last Updated: 7 June 2022   [Located in Category: Research Guides]
Last Updated: 19 July 2018   [Located in Category: Societies]
Blackstone, Sir William. Commentaries on the Laws of England; in four books. Four volumes. Chicago, Illinois: Callaghan and Company, 1872.
Last Updated: 19 July 2018   [Located in Category: Research Guides]
Last Updated: 27 August 2020   [Located in Category: Archives and Libraries]
Last Updated: 27 August 2020   [Located in Category: Archives and Libraries]
Last Updated: 19 July 2018   [Located in Category: Societies]
Described as "an authoritative and user-friendly resource on the history and culture of Virginia," this site is a project of Virginia Humanities in partnership with the Library of Virginia. From the website: "Encyclopedia Virginia anthologizes the best and most current scholarship that exists on a given topic. In particular, our sections on Virginia Indians and the African American experience in Virginia are of a depth and breadth that is unavailable elsewhere on the web. Many of our media objects are also unavailable elsewhere and are published courtesy of partnerships with museums and cultural institutions in Virginia, the United States, and Great Britain."
Last Updated: 1 September 2020   [Located in Category: History and Culture]
The Kegley Library is a special collection of local history and family history housed in the Wytheville Community College Library. It is the result of a personal library that was bequeathed to WCC by noted historian Frederick Bittle Kegley in 1968.
Last Updated: 27 August 2020   [Located in Category: Archives and Libraries]
Last Updated: 21 June 2020   [Located in Category: Archives and Libraries]
Last Updated: 27 August 2020   [Located in Category: Archives and Libraries]
To search for available records in a particular county or city, use the place search box and enter "Virginia, " followed by the county or city name.
Last Updated: 27 August 2020   [Located in Category: Archives and Libraries]
Digitized genealogy and family histories from the archives of numerous family history libraries.
Last Updated: 27 August 2020   [Located in Category: Archives and Libraries]
Last Updated: 19 July 2018   [Located in Category: Societies]
Last Updated: 19 July 2018   [Located in Category: Societies]
Last Updated: 19 July 2018   [Located in Category: Societies]
Paul Heinegg's compilation of information from tax lists, registry lists, wills, deeds, and other records on free African Americans prior to the 1865 passage of the Thirteenth Amendment.
Last Updated: 21 June 2020   [Located in Category: African American]
Last Updated: 27 August 2018   [Located in Category: Finding Aids]
Last Updated: 19 July 2018   [Located in Category: Societies]
Last Updated: 19 July 2018   [Located in Category: Booksellers & Publishers]
Digital copy of : Biggs, Thomas H. Geographic and Cultural Names in Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia: Virginia Division of Mineral Resources, 1974.
Last Updated: 27 August 2020   [Located in Category: Geography and Maps]
Last Updated: 19 July 2018   [Located in Category: Societies]
VGS members receive a 15% discount on purchases made through the Heritage Books website. Login to the VGS website, click Member Login, then Member Benefits to obtain the discount code.
Last Updated: 1 September 2020   [Located in Category: Booksellers & Publishers]