Virginia Goals:  1: Research and Records   2: Archives and Libraries   3: Vital and Census Records   4: Church and Cemetery Records   5: Emigration and Immigration   6: Military Records   7: Probate, Land and Court   8: Maps and Gazetteers   9: Newspapers   10: Websites   11: Search Records   12: Get Help  




Project 9: U.S.—Virginia

Explore research in Virginia.


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Goal 1: Learn about Virginia research and records.


Choices:

A. Get started with research for your Virginia ancestors.

Summary
  1. Learn about basic Virginia research strategies.
    FS—Basic Virginia Research Tips and Strategies
  2. Explore resources for Virginia research on Ancestry.
    AC—Virginia Resources
  3. Study the Ancestry State Guide for Virginia research.
    AC—Virginia State Research Guide, 5 pgs.
  4. Use the Virginia Record Finder to decide on records to search.
    FS—Virginia Record Finder
  5. For African American research, study the Virginia state page on FamilySearch.
    FS—African American Resources for Virginia



Goal 2: Learn about Virginia archives and libraries.


Choices:

A. Learn about Virginia archives and libraries.

Summary
  1. Learn about Virginia archives and libraries in these articles.
    FS—Wiki: Virginia Archives and Libraries
    | AC—Wiki: Virginia Archives, Libraries, and Societies
  2. Explore the Virginia state archives.
  3. Explore the State Archives and Libraries site for Virginia.
  4. Explore Virginia State Library collections.
  5. Explore the Books We Own site for Virginia genealogy publications. Volunteers may be available for lookup services.
  6. Search for free online books on Virginia research on the FamilySearch site.
  7. Explore historical photo resources on the Ancestor Hunt site.

B. Learn about Virginia city directories.

Summary
  1. Learn about Virginia city directories in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Virginia Directories
  2. Explore Virginia city directories.
  3. Find out more about city directories in this research guide from Ancestry.
    AC—Six Things to Find—3 pgs.
  4. Explore Virginia city directories on the Ancestry site.
  5. Explore Virginia historical directories by county.


Goal 3: Learn about Virginia vital records.


Choices:

A. Learn about Virginia vital records.

Summary
  1. Learn about Virginia vital records in these articles.
    FS—Wiki: Virginia Vital Records
    | AC—Wiki: Virginia Vital Records
  2. Explore links for vital records on the Virginia Public Health site.
  3. Search for online Virginia vital records and find addresses for state offices to write to for records.
  4. Explore Virginia birth, marriage, and death records on the AccessGenealogy site.
  5. Explore Virginia birth certificate records on the Birth-Certificates.net site.
  6. Explore additional links for Virginia vital records on the Linkpendium site.

B. Explore Virginia marriage and death records.

Summary
  1. Explore links for Virginia marriage records.
  2. Explore the Ancestors at Rest site for Virginia death records.
  3. Explore the ObituariesHelp site for Virginia obituaries.
  4. Find additional resources for Virginia obituaries on the Linkpendium site.
  5. Explore Virginia death records, indexes, and obituaries.

C. Explore Virginia census and voter records.

Summary
  1. Get an overview of Virginia censuses in this article.
    FS—Virginia Census
  2. Learn about Virginia census records.
    Census Records for Virginia
  3. Explore the MyFreeCensus site for Virginia state and county census records.
  4. Explore Virginia census records on the AccessGenealogy site.
  5. Learn about Virginia voting registers in this article.
    FS—Virginia Voting Registers


Goal 4: Learn about Virginia church and cemetery records.


Choices:

A. Learn about Virginia church records.

Summary
  1. Get an overview of Virginia church records in this article.
    FS—Virginia Church Records
  2. Learn about Virginia church records in this Ancestry Wiki article.
    AC—Virginia Church Records

B. Explore Virginia cemetery records.

Summary
  1. Explore Virginia cemetery records in this article.
    FS—Virginia Cemetery Records
  2. Browse the Interment.net site for Virginia cemetery records.
  3. Search for Virginia cemetery records online.
  4. Explore Virginia cemetery records on the AccessGenealogy site.
  5. Explore the Tombstone Transcription Project on the U.S. GenWeb site.
  6. Search the FindaGrave site for cemetery records.
  7. Search the BillionGraves site for cemetery records.
  8. See additional cemetery resources on the Virginia Linkpendium site.


Goal 5: Learn about Virginia emigration and immigration.


Choices:

A. Learn about Virginia emigration and immigration.

Summary
  1. Learn about Virginia emigration and immigration in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Virginia Emigration and Immigration
  2. Learn about Virginia migration routes in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Virginia Migration


Goal 6: Learn about Virginia military records.


Choices:

A. Learn about Virginia military records.

Summary
  1. Get an introduction to Virginia military records.
    Virginia Military Records
  2. Learn about Virginia military records in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Virginia Military Records
  3. Explore Virginia military records on the AccessGenealogy site (scroll down).
  4. Explore Virginia military records on the Linkpendium site.
  5. Explore Virginia military resources on Cyndi's List.


Goal 7: Learn about Virginia probate, land, and court records.


Choices:

A. Learn about Virginia probate and land records.

Summary
  1. Learn about Virginia probate records in these articles.
    FS—Wiki: Virginia Probate Records
    | AC—Wiki: Virginia Probate Records
  2. Learn about Virginia land and property records. FS—Virginia Land and Property Records
  3. Learn about Virginia land records in this Ancestry Wiki article. AC—Virginia Land Records

B. Learn about Virginia court records.

Summary
  1. Learn about Virginia court records in this Ancestry Wiki article. AC—Wiki: Virginia Court Records


Goal 8: Learn about Virginia maps and gazetteers.


Choices:

A. Learn about Virginia maps and gazetteers.

Summary
  1. Learn about Virginia maps in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Virginia Maps
  2. Learn about Virginia maps in this Ancestry Wiki article.
    AC—Wiki: Virginia Maps
  3. Learn about Virginia gazetteers in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Virginia Gazetteers

B. Explore Virginia maps and gazetteers.

  1. Explore the David Rumsey collection of Virginia maps.
  2. Explore the Perry-Castaneda site for maps of Virginia.
  3. Explore historical Virginia maps on the Historic Map Works site.
  4. Explore the Old Maps Online site for Virginia maps.


Goal 9: Learn about Virginia newspapers.


Choices:

A. Learn about Virginia newspapers.

Summary
  1. Learn about Virginia newspapers in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Virginia Newspapers
  2. Learn about researching historical Virginia newspapers in this tutorial from The Ancestor Hunt.
    Research Free Historical Virginia Newspapers—9:00
  3. Learn about Virginia newspapers, periodicals, and manuscript collections.
    AC—Wiki: Virginia Periodicals, Newspapers, and Manuscripts

B. Explore Virginia newspapers.

Summary
  1. Search for Virginia historical newspapers in the Library of Congress collection.
  2. Search Virginia newspapers in the onlinenewspapers.com site.
  3. Search Virginia newspapers in the world-newspapers.com site.
  4. Search Virginia newspapers in the ABYZ News Link site.
  5. Explore Virginia newspaper resources on the Ancestor Hunt site.
  6. See additional Virginia newspaper resources on the Linkpendium site.


Goal 10: Explore additional websites for research.


Choices:

A. There are a number of websites with valuable resources for Virginia research.

  1. Explore links in Cyndi's List.
  2. Explore links in Linkpendium.
  3. Explore links in Kindred Trails.
  4. Explore links in GenealogyLinks.net.


Goal 11: Search records from Virginia.


Choices:

A Use the QUIKLinks (top of page) or Virginia County links (bottom) to quickly search common record collections for Virginia.

Note: To search records on these sites, you must be registered on the site or be at a FamilySearch Center.

  1. In the QUIKLinks, click the link for FamilySearch, Ancestry, Findmypast, or MyHeritage to view the corresponding record collection.
  2. Scroll down near the bottom of this page to see available county records. Click the name of the county for FamilySearch, or A for Ancestry, or L for Linkpendium.

B Explore additional record collections.

  1. In FamilySearch, explore the Virginia Online Genealogy Records page for a variety of record collections.
  2. In each program (FamilySearch, Ancestry, or Findmypast), explore additional record collections besides the ones listed in QUIKLinks on this page.


Goal 12: Get help with your Virginia research.


Choices:

A. Use Facebook pages to get answers to your questions.

  1. Visit the Virginia Genealogy Network page on Facebook.
  2. Visit the Virginia Genealogy page on Facebook.
  3. Visit the Virginia Genealogical Society page on Facebook.
  4. Visit the U.S. South Genealogy Research page on Facebook.
  5. See the Genealogy on Facebook list of Facebook groups dedicated to helping with research for Virginia.

B. Join a mailing list or message board for Virginia research.

  1. Join the RootsChat forum and post questions about Virginia research.
  2. Search the RootsWeb site for Virginia research mailing lists.
  3. Explore the Virginia research mailing lists on Cyndi's List.
  4. Use the RootsWeb message boards to read or post questions about Virginia research.

C. Learn about Virginia genealogy societies.

  1. Learn about genealogy societies in Virginia in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Virginia Societies
  2. Explore the Virginia Genealogical Society site.
  3. Explore the Virginia Historical Society site.
  4. Explore Virginia genealogy society sites on Cyndi's list.




Virginia Counties

Name = FamilySearch; A = Ancestry; L = Linkpendium

Accomack    A    L Albermarle    A    L Alexandria    A    L Alleghany    A    L Amelia    A    L Amherst    L
Appomattox    L Arlington    A    L Augusta    A    L Bath    A    L Bedford    A    L Bedford-ci
Bland    A    L Botetourt    A    L Bristol    L Brunswick    A    L Buchanan    L Buckingham    L
Buena Vista    L Campbell    A    L Caroline    A    L Carroll    A    L Charles City    A    L Charlotte    A    L
Charlottesville    L Chesapeake    L Chesterfield    A    L Clarke    A    L Clifton Forge    L Colonial Hts    L
Covington    L Craig    L Culpeper    A    L Cumberland    A    L Danville    L Dickenson    L
Dinwiddie    A    L Emporia    L Essex    A    L Fairfax    A    L Fairfax-ci Falls Church    L
Fauquier    A    L Floyd    A    L Fluvanna    L Franklin    A    L Franklin-ci Frederick    A    L
Fredericksburg    L Galax    L Giles    A    L Gloucester    A    L Goochland    A    L Grayson    A    L
Greene    A    L Greensville    L Halifax    A    L Hampton    L Hanover    A    L Harrisonburg    L
Henrico    A    L Henry    A    L Highland    A    L Hopewell    L Isle of Wight    L James City    A    L
King and Queen    A    L King George    A    L King William    A    L Lancaster    A    L Lee    A    L Lexington    L
Loudon    A    L Louisa    L Lunenburg    A    L Lynchburg    L Madison    A    L Manassas Park    L
Martinsville    L Mathews    A    L Mecklenburg    A    L Middlesex    A    L Montgomery    A    L Nelson    A    L
New Kent    A    L Newport News    L Norfolk    A    L Northampton    L Northumberland    A    L Norton    L
Nottoway    A    L Orange    A    L Page    A    L Patrick    A    L Petersburg    L Pittsylvania    A    L
Poqouson    L Portsmouth    L Powhatan    A    L Prince Edward    A    L Prince George    A    L Prince William    A    L
Pulaski    A    L Radford    L Rappahannock    L Richmond    A    L Richmond-ci     Roanoke    A    L
Roanoke-ci Rockbridge    A    L Rockingham    A    L Russell    A    L Salem    L Scott    A    L
Shenandoah    A    L Smyth    A    L Southampton    A    L Spotsylvania    A    L Stafford    L Staunton    L
Suffolk    L Sussex    A    L Tazewell    A    L Virginia Beach    L Warren    A    L Washington    A    L
Waynesboro    L Westmoreland    A    L Williamsburg    L Winchester    L Wise    A    L
Wythe    A    L York    A    L