Virginia Genealogy – Free Virginia Genealogy

This Virginia Genealogy 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.

Black Virginia Genealogy

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 Cemeteries

Virginia Cemetery Records
Virginia Cemetery records are listed by county then name of cemetery within the Virginia county. Most of these are complete indices at the time of transcription, however, in some cases we list the listing when it is only a partial listing.

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.

Tombstone Inscriptions from Relocated Cemeteries in Wise County Virginia
The dam that impounds the North Fork of Pound Reservoir is situated on the North Fork of the Pound River, approximately 184 miles upstream from the mouth of the Big Sandy River and 1.1 miles upstream from the mouth of the North Fork in Wise County, Virginia. Construction of the dam commenced in 1962. Cemeteries located above the dam and within the impoundment areas were relocated to higher ground, respecting the preferences of the closest living relatives. Detailed records of these relocations are provided here, including the names of the nearest kin at the time of each grave removal.

Virginia Census Records

Virginia Church Records

Overwharton Parish Register, 1720 to 1760, Old Stafford County, Virginia
This manuscript contains an historical sketch of the old county of Stafford Virginia and the parish of Overwharton. It also contains a full transcription of the Overwharton Parish Register for the years of 1720-1760.

The Register of Saint Paul’s Parish, 1715-1798
The “Register of Saint Paul’s Parish, 1715-1798: Stafford County, Virginia, 1715-1776; King George County, Virginia, 1777-1798” stands as an invaluable resource for genealogists and historians alike, documenting the early inhabitants of Virginia across two jurisdictions over eight decades. This publication, meticulously compiled and now presented in a handsomely bound volume thanks to the restoration efforts sponsored by the John Lee and Lillian Thomas Pratt Foundation in 1940.

The Vestry Book and Register of Bristol Parish, Virginia, 1720-1789
The Vestry Book and Register of Bristol Parish, Virginia, 1720-1789 includes a register of births, baptisms and deaths, the earliest and latest recorded dates of which are April 12, 1685, and March 9, 1798. The compiler has wisely reproduced the original manuscript with “all eccentricities of abbreviation and punctuation, as well as all mistakes.” A carefully prepared index greatly adds to the usefulness of the work.

Virginia Court Records

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 Genealogy

Abbe-Abbey genealogy, in memory of John Abbe and his descendants
The “Abbe-Abbey Genealogy” serves as a comprehensive and meticulously compiled homage to the heritage of the Abbe and Abbey families, tracing its roots back to John Abbe and his descendants. Initiated by the life-long passion of Professor Cleveland Abbe, this genealogical exploration began in his youth and expanded throughout his illustrious career, despite numerous challenges. It encapsulates the collaborative efforts of numerous family members and researchers, including significant contributions from individuals such as Charles E. Abbe, Norah D. Abbe, and many others, each bringing invaluable insights and data to enrich the family’s narrative.

The Descendants of Meredith Edwards of Westmoreland County, Virginia
A genealogical study of the Edwards family of Westmoreland, King George, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Prince William, Loudoun and Fauquier Counties, Virginia between 1665 and 1800. Traces the descent from Meredith Edwards of Westmoreland County (c.1655-1712) through his sons John, William and Thomas Edwards. Many later generations migrated to Kentucky.

Genealogy of the Lewis family in America
About the middle of the seventeenth century four brothers of the Lewis family left Wales, viz.: Samuel, went to Portugal; nothing more is known of him; William, married a Miss McClelland, and died in Ireland, leaving only one son, Andrew; General Robert, died in Gloucester county, Va. ; and John, died in Hanover county, Va. It is Andrews descendants who are featured in the manuscript.

The Young family of Bristol Virginia
“The Young Family of Bristol” by Walter Jorgensen Young is a comprehensive genealogical study tracing the lineage and history of the Young family, primarily focusing on their roots in Bristol and their subsequent spread to various regions in the United States, including Virginia, North Carolina, and Kentucky. Published in 1937, this 55-page manuscript has garnered significant recognition in the field of genealogy and history, evidenced by Young’s accolades from various esteemed societies.

Virginia County Genealogy

Augusta County Virginia Genealogy

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.

Augusta County Virginia Marriages, 1834-1846
Augusta County Virginia Marriages from 1834-1846 were copied from a list of marriages returned and recorded in the County Court of Augusta County, Virginia, “Record Book, 1813-1846”, with the exception of one marriage listed on page 31, which was taken from the Marriage Bond received from the County Clerk, Staunton, Va., the filing of this Marriage Bond is in File Drawer No. 211.

Bland County Virginia Genealogy

History of Bland County Virginia
The History of Bland County was compiled in 1961 and published to coincide with the 100th Anniversary of the formation of Bland County. Largely comprised of interesting anecdotes concerning early settlers, it is one of the most valuable secondary sources available for researchers of Bland County Virginia ancestry. Free to read and download.

Buchanan County Virginia Genealogy

Some Sandy Basin Characters
It is the purpose of this volume to capture and preserve some of the more striking activities of a few prominent leaders of Sandy Basin, as learned from available records and the existing recollections of the pioneers, and to show how the men and women of its earlier days lived and exerted themselves to make a living for their own families and to be of service to their less fortunate neighbors.

Dickenson County Virginia Genealogy

Some Sandy Basin Characters
It is the purpose of this volume to capture and preserve some of the more striking activities of a few prominent leaders of Sandy Basin, as learned from available records and the existing recollections of the pioneers, and to show how the men and women of its earlier days lived and exerted themselves to make a living for their own families and to be of service to their less fortunate neighbors.

Elizabeth City Virginia Genealogy

History of Hampton and Elizabeth City County, Virginia

Fluvanna County Virginia Genealogy

Virginia, Fluvanna County Colbert Funeral Home Records, 1929-1976
Images of Colbert Funeral Home records. The funeral home was located in Bremo Bluff and served residents of Fluvanna County and surrounding counties. Each volume is indexed except for the one covering 1973-1976.

Hampton County Virginia Genealogy

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 Genealogy

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.

King George County Virginia Genealogy

The Register of Saint Paul’s Parish, 1715-1798
The “Register of Saint Paul’s Parish, 1715-1798: Stafford County, Virginia, 1715-1776; King George County, Virginia, 1777-1798” stands as an invaluable resource for genealogists and historians alike, documenting the early inhabitants of Virginia across two jurisdictions over eight decades. This publication, meticulously compiled and now presented in a handsomely bound volume thanks to the restoration efforts sponsored by the John Lee and Lillian Thomas Pratt Foundation in 1940. This book is free to read and download.

Lee County Virginia Genealogy

Early Records of Lee County, Virginia
This manuscript is a compilation of various early records of Lee County, Virginia. It is suggested that you use the index liberally for your searches which starts on page 152. Surnames will appear under a variety of spellings so be sure to check them all. Deeds and wills are given here in abstract form, most of the recorded documents being quite lengthy.

Death Records of Lee County, Virginia, 1853-1897
This is a transcription of the death records of Lee County, Virginia from 1853-1897. Over 36,000 records are transcribed in this free digital PDF book.

Loudon County Virginia Genealogy

History and comprehensive description of Loudoun County, Virginia

Louisa County Virginia Genealogy

Marriages of Louisa County Virginia, 1766-1815
In the heart of Virginia, Louisa County’s rich history is encapsulated within the pages of an invaluable genealogical and historical resource: “Marriages of Louisa County, Virginia, 1766-1815.” Compiled with meticulous care by Kathleen Booth Williams in 1959, this book offers a comprehensive look into the marital unions that played a foundational role in the social fabric of the county during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Stretching over 143 pages, Williams’ work stands as a testament to the marriages that occurred in this period, a tangible link to the past for genealogists, historians, and descendants seeking to trace their roots.

Orange County Virginia Genealogy

A History of Orange County Virginia
A History of Orange County Virginia” by William Wallace Scott offers a detailed chronicle of this pivotal region from its formation in 1734 to the end of the Reconstruction era in 1870. Published in 1907, this 292-page volume encapsulates the political and social evolution of Orange County.

Orange County, Virginia, will book I, 1735-1743
In the heart of Virginia, amidst the rolling hills and rich history, lies Orange County. Established in 1734, this vast expanse of land, originally stretching from the Rappahannock River to the Blue Ridge and further west to encompass what would become West Virginia and Kentucky, has been a witness to the early stories of America. “Orange County, Virginia, Will Book I, 1735-1743,” meticulously compiled by John Frederick Dorman and published in Washington, D.C., in 1958, serves as a crucial link to this foundational past.

Marriages of Orange County, Virginia, 1747-1810
Catherine Lindsay Knorr’s Marriages of Orange County, Virginia, 1747-1810 stands as a pivotal work for genealogists and historians delving into the rich tapestry of Virginia’s past. Published in 1959, this meticulously compiled volume sheds light on the matrimonial alliances formed within Orange County, Virginia, during a period that was crucial to the shaping of both local and national histories. The absence of a contemporary marriage register presented a formidable challenge, yet through exhaustive examination of marriage bonds, ministers’ returns, and ancillary records, Knorr has reconstructed a reliable record of these marriages.

Virginia, Orange County Marriage Records, 1757-1938
Name index and images of marriage registers for Orange County, Virginia, 1757-1938.

Richmond City Virginia Genealogy

Virginia, Richmond City Birth Index, 1870-1912
Card index to births in the city of Richmond, Virginia, 1870-1912. The cards are generally arranged alphabetically by the surname and given name(s) of the individual.

Rockbridge County Virginia Genealogy

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

Rockingham County Virginia Genealogy

A history of Rockingham county, Virginia

Stafford County Virginia Genealogy

The Register of Saint Paul’s Parish, 1715-1798
The “Register of Saint Paul’s Parish, 1715-1798: Stafford County, Virginia, 1715-1776; King George County, Virginia, 1777-1798” stands as an invaluable resource for genealogists and historians alike, documenting the early inhabitants of Virginia across two jurisdictions over eight decades. This publication, meticulously compiled and now presented in a handsomely bound volume thanks to the restoration efforts sponsored by the John Lee and Lillian Thomas Pratt Foundation in 1940. This book is free to read and download.

Surry County Virginia Genealogy

Virginia, Surry County Marriage Records, 1735-1950
Various marriage records for Surry County, Virginia. Records include certificates to obtain a marriage license, marriage bonds and consents, marriage licenses, and marriage returns. All records are from the Register of Deeds Office, Surry, Virginia.

Tazewell County Virginia Genealogy

History of Tazewell county and southwest Virginia

Washington County Virginia Genealogy

History of southwest Virginia, 1746-1786, Washington County, 1777-1870

Winchester City Virginia Genealogy

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.

Wise County Virginia Genealogy

Access Wise County Virginia Genealogy
Access Wise County Virginia genealogy using this page. This guide provides you with information on available online ancestry records including birth, court, death, land, and marriage, etc., as well as the history of the Wise County VA and the biography and genealogy of her people. This is the most complete and accurate listing of online records for Wise County Virginia.

The Story of Wise County, Virginia
“The Story of Wise County, Virginia” by Luther F. Addington, published in 1956 by the Centennial Committee and School Board of Wise County, Virginia, serves as a historical record of the county from its inception through its first hundred years. Wise County, established in 1856 from sections of Russell, Lee, and Scott counties, carries the name of Governor Henry Alexander Wise, highlighting its significance in the state’s political and social life. This text outlines the county’s formation, development, and the various elements that have shaped its identity, including geography, notable events, and significant figures.

Some Sandy Basin Characters
It is the purpose of this volume to capture and preserve some of the more striking activities of a few prominent leaders of Sandy Basin, as learned from available records and the existing recollections of the pioneers, and to show how the men and women of its earlier days lived and exerted themselves to make a living for their own families and to be of service to their less fortunate neighbors.

Tombstone Inscriptions from Relocated Cemeteries in Wise County Virginia
The dam that impounds the North Fork of Pound Reservoir is situated on the North Fork of the Pound River, approximately 184 miles upstream from the mouth of the Big Sandy River and 1.1 miles upstream from the mouth of the North Fork in Wise County, Virginia. Construction of the dam commenced in 1962. Cemeteries located above the dam and within the impoundment areas were relocated to higher ground, respecting the preferences of the closest living relatives. Detailed records of these relocations are provided here, including the names of the nearest kin at the time of each grave removal.

Wood County Virginia Genealogy

Sketches of Wood county, Virginia

United States Genealogy

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.

Bland County Virginia History

History of Bland County Virginia
The History of Bland County was compiled in 1961 and published to coincide with the 100th Anniversary of the formation of Bland County. Largely comprised of interesting anecdotes concerning early settlers, it is one of the most valuable secondary source available for researchers of Bland County Virginia ancestry.

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).

Virginia Military Records

Virginia Military Records
On this page you will find an extensive listing of American military records found online for personal, genealogy and professional researchers; this list includes much free and searchable data. Because the military, being the archetype of bureaucratic organizations, has kept detailed records, these records are an invaluable source of information about servicemen and women and the families they may have left behind. Aside from the additional information to family stories, consider what these records represent in the history of the world.

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

Revolutionary War Records

Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrants
This microfilm publication contains approximately 80,000 pension and bounty-land-warrant application files pertaining to American military personnel who served in the Revolutionary War. The majority of the records within these files date from 1800 to 1900. Bounty-land warrants were granted by the Continental Congress and Federal Government to veterans and their heirs as a reward for their service. The records reproduced in this microfilm publication relate only to bounty-land warrants made available under acts of the U.S. Government.

1840 Pensioners Census

Virginia Revolutionary War Pensions

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 1 Records

World War I Records

World War 1 Draft Registration Records

World War 2 Records

World War II Records

World War II Casualties – Army – Army Air Corps

Virginia Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard World War II Casualty List

Korean War Records

Korean War Casualty List

Vietnam War Records

Vietnam War Casualty List

Virginia Native American Records

Virginia Indian Tribes
A list and histories for each tribe found in Virginia over time as found within the pages of Swanton’s “Indian Tribes of North America.”

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

Current Federally Recognized Indian Tribes by State

List of Federally Non-Recognized Tribes

State Recognized Tribes

Virginia Newspaper Archives

The Democratic Recorder 1842-1861The 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 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.

Augusta County Virginia Marriages, 1834-1846
Augusta County Virginia Marriages from 1834-1846 were copied from a list of marriages returned and recorded in the County Court of Augusta County, Virginia, “Record Book, 1813-1846”, with the exception of one marriage listed on page 31, which was taken from the Marriage Bond received from the County Clerk, Staunton, Va., the filing of this Marriage Bond is in File Drawer No. 211.

The Register of Saint Paul’s Parish, 1715-1798
The “Register of Saint Paul’s Parish, 1715-1798: Stafford County, Virginia, 1715-1776; King George County, Virginia, 1777-1798” stands as an invaluable resource for genealogists and historians alike, documenting the early inhabitants of Virginia across two jurisdictions over eight decades. This publication, meticulously compiled and now presented in a handsomely bound volume thanks to the restoration efforts sponsored by the John Lee and Lillian Thomas Pratt Foundation in 1940. This book is free to read and download.

Early Records of Lee County, Virginia
This manuscript is a compilation of various early records of Lee County, Virginia. It is suggested that you use the index liberally for your searches which starts on page 152. Surnames will appear under a variety of spellings so be sure to check them all. Contains marriage records from Book 1 and Book 1A as found in the Lee County, Virginia court house.

Death Records of Lee County, Virginia, 1853-1897
This is a transcription of the death records of Lee County, Virginia from 1853-1897. Over 36,000 records are transcribed in this free digital PDF book.

Virginia, Richmond City Birth Index, 1870-1912
Card index to births in the city of Richmond, Virginia, 1870-1912. The cards are generally arranged alphabetically by the surname and given name(s) of the individual.

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, 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.

Virginia, Orange County Marriage Records, 1757-1938
Name index and images of marriage registers for Orange County, Virginia, 1757-1938

Virginia, Surry County Marriage Records, 1735-1950
Various marriage records for Surry County, Virginia. Records include certificates to obtain a marriage license, marriage bonds and consents, marriage licenses, and marriage returns. All records are from the Register of Deeds Office, Surry, Virginia.

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, Fluvanna County Colbert Funeral Home Records, 1929-1976
Images of Colbert Funeral Home records. The funeral home was located in Bremo Bluff and served residents of Fluvanna County and surrounding counties. Each volume is indexed except for the one covering 1973-1976.

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 Yearbooks

Virginia High School Yearbooks

Woodrow Wilson High School Yearbooks, 1921-2001
The yearbooks of Wilson High School in Portsmouth, Virginia, were first called ‘The Student’, but were traditionally titled ‘The President’ since 1924. However, in 1994, this custom ceased, and since then, the yearbooks have been published under an array of different titles, updated annually. This free online collection is incomplete. Hopefully, additional volumes will eventually be scanned and added. These yearbooks were loaned by the Portsmouth Public Library to be scanned by the Library of Virginia.

Alleghany Highlands Regional Library Collection of Yearbooks
Download or read online 177 school yearbooks from schools primarily in Alleghany and Bath counties, as well as the independent cities of Covington and Millington, Virginia. The schools and range of years (all years not available) include: Alleghany High School (1964-1975); Bath County High School (1971-1974); Buchanan High School (1958); Buffalo Gap High School (1964-1967); Central High School (1956-1959); Chesapeake & Ohio Hospital School of Nursing (1950-1971); Clifton Forge High School (1921-1976); Covington High School (1924-1977); Dunlap High School (1948-1963); Eagle Rock High School (1956); Goshen High School (1958-1966); Highland County Public Schools (1961-1976); James River High School (1969); Jefferson High School (1954-1955); Jefferson School of Nursing (1965); Lynchburg General Hospital School of Nursing (1962-1967); Martinsville High School (1951-1956); Millboro High School (1957-1968); Natural Bridge High School (1948); New Castle High School (1949); State Teachers College – Farmville (1930-1944); State Teachers College – Harrisonburg (1930-1933); Valley High School (1956-1969); Vinton High School (1929); Watson High School (1953-1963).

Eastern Shore Public Library Collection of Yearbooks
Download or read online 120 school yearbooks for Accomack and Northampton county schools. The schools and range of years (all years not available) include: Accomac High School (1948); Atlantic High School (1952-1955); Bloxom High School (1948-1951); Cape Charles High School (1919-1974); Capeville Elementary School (1948-1955); Eastern Shore Citizen’s Council Academy (1971); Hampton Institute (1951-1964); Northampton County High School (1951-1970); Northampton High School (1958-1972); Onancock High School (1945-1977); Saint Philip School of Nursing (1953); School of Practical Nursing (1965-1977); Temperanceville Primary School (1978).

Virginia College Yearbooks

Frederick College Yearbooks 1959-1968
Frederick College, previously situated in Portsmouth, Virginia, was a private co-educational college that ceased operations. Established with the support of the Fred W. Beazley Foundation (now known as the Beazley Foundation), the college originated in 1958 as a two-year institution located on the premises of a former munitions depot. In 1961, it transitioned into a four-year college. Various years have been digitized by both the Portsmouth Public Library in cooperation with The Library of Virginia, and the Allen County Public Library. Yet a complete collection still does not exist online, as we are missing scans for the years of 61 and 62.

New Virginia Genealogy

VAGenWeb – Virginia GenWeb

A list linking to the current VAGenWeb county websites. VAGenWeb is created by a group of volunteers as part of the USGenWeb Project working together to provide free genealogy websites for genealogical research in every county in Virginia.

Access Wise County Virginia Genealogy

Access Wise County Virginia genealogy using this page. This guide provides you with information on available online ancestry records including birth, court, death, land, and marriage, as well as the history of the Wise County VA and the biography and genealogy of her people.

Some Sandy Basin Characters

It is the purpose of this volume to capture and preserve some of the more striking activities of a few prominent leaders of Sandy Basin, as learned from available records and the existing recollections of the pioneers, and to show how the men and women of its earlier days lived and exerted themselves to make a living for their own families and to be of service to their less fortunate neighbors.

Tombstone Inscriptions from Relocated Cemeteries in Wise County Virginia

The dam that impounds the North Fork of Pound Reservoir is situated on the North Fork of the Pound River, approximately 184 miles upstream from the mouth of the Big Sandy River and 1.1 miles upstream from the mouth of the North Fork in Wise County, Virginia. Construction of the dam commenced in 1962. Cemeteries located above the dam and within the impoundment areas were relocated to higher ground, respecting the preferences of the closest living relatives. Detailed records of these relocations are provided here, including the names of the nearest kin at the time of each grave removal.

The Story of Wise County, Virginia

“The Story of Wise County, Virginia” by Luther F. Addington, published in 1956 by the Centennial Committee and School Board of Wise County, Virginia, serves as a historical record of the county from its inception through its first hundred years. Wise County, established in 1856 from sections of Russell, Lee, and Scott counties, carries the name of Governor Henry Alexander Wise, highlighting its significance in the state’s political and social life. This text outlines the county’s formation, development, and the various elements that have shaped its identity, including geography, notable events, and significant figures.

A History of Orange County Virginia

A History of Orange County Virginia” by William Wallace Scott offers a detailed chronicle of this pivotal region from its formation in 1734 to the end of the Reconstruction era in 1870. Published in 1907, this 292-page volume encapsulates the political and social evolution of Orange County.

Orange County, Virginia, will book I, 1735-1743

In the heart of Virginia, amidst the rolling hills and rich history, lies Orange County. Established in 1734, this vast expanse of land, originally stretching from the Rappahannock River to the Blue Ridge and further west to encompass what would become West Virginia and Kentucky, has been a witness to the early stories of America. “Orange County, Virginia, Will Book I, 1735-1743,” meticulously compiled by John Frederick Dorman and published in Washington, D.C., in 1958, serves as a crucial link to this foundational past.

Marriages of Louisa County Virginia, 1766-1815

In the heart of Virginia, Louisa County’s rich history is encapsulated within the pages of an invaluable genealogical and historical resource: “Marriages of Louisa County, Virginia, 1766-1815.” Compiled with meticulous care by Kathleen Booth Williams in 1959, this book offers a comprehensive look into the marital unions that played a foundational role in the social fabric of the county during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Stretching over 143 pages, Williams’ work stands as a testament to the marriages that occurred in this period, a tangible link to the past for genealogists, historians, and descendants seeking to trace their…

Marriages of Orange County, Virginia, 1747-1810

Catherine Lindsay Knorr’s Marriages of Orange County, Virginia, 1747-1810 stands as a pivotal work for genealogists and historians delving into the rich tapestry of Virginia’s past. Published in 1959, this meticulously compiled volume sheds light on the matrimonial alliances formed within Orange County, Virginia, during a period that was crucial to the shaping of both local and national histories. The absence of a contemporary marriage register presented a formidable challenge, yet through exhaustive examination of marriage bonds, ministers’ returns, and ancillary records, Knorr has reconstructed a reliable record of these marriages.

Augusta County Virginia Marriages, 1834-1846

Augusta County Virginia Marriages from 1834-1846 were copied from a list of marriages returned and recorded in the County Court of Augusta County, Virginia, “Record Book, 1813-1846”, with the exception of one marriage listed on page 31, which was taken from the Marriage Bond received from the County Clerk, Staunton, Va., the filing of this Marriage Bond is in File Drawer No. 211.

The Register of Saint Paul’s Parish, 1715-1798

The “Register of Saint Paul’s Parish, 1715-1798: Stafford County, Virginia, 1715-1776; King George County, Virginia, 1777-1798” stands as an invaluable resource for genealogists and historians alike, documenting the early inhabitants of Virginia across two jurisdictions over eight decades. This publication, meticulously compiled and now presented in a handsomely bound volume thanks to the restoration efforts sponsored by the John Lee and Lillian Thomas Pratt Foundation in 1940. This book is free to read and download.

History of Bland County Virginia

The History of Bland County was compiled in 1961 and published to coincide with the 100th Anniversary of the formation of Bland County. Largely comprised of interesting anecdotes concerning early settlers, it is one of the most valuable secondary source available for researchers of Bland County Virginia ancestry. Free to read and download.

The Young family of Bristol Virginia

“The Young Family of Bristol” by Walter Jorgensen Young is a comprehensive genealogical study tracing the lineage and history of the Young family, primarily focusing on their roots in Bristol and their subsequent spread to various regions in the United States, including Virginia, North Carolina, and Kentucky. Published in 1937, this 55-page manuscript has garnered significant recognition in the field of genealogy and history, evidenced by Young’s accolades from various esteemed societies. Michael Cadet Young (b.1684/1685) emigrated in 1716 from England to what is now Columbia, South Carolina, moving shortly to Brunswick County, Virginia. Descendants and relatives lived in Virginia,…

Early Records of Lee County, Virginia

This manuscript is a compilation of various early records of Lee County, Virginia. It is suggested that you use the index liberally for your searches which starts on page 152. Surnames will appear under a variety of spellings so be sure to check them all.

Woodrow Wilson High School Yearbooks, 1921-2001

The yearbooks of Wilson High School in Portsmouth, Virginia, were first called ‘The Student’, but were traditionally titled ‘The President’ since 1924. However, in 1994, this custom ceased, and since then, the yearbooks have been published under an array of different titles, updated annually. This free online collection is incomplete. Hopefully, additional volumes will eventually be scanned and added. These yearbooks were loaned by the Portsmouth Public Library to be scanned by the Library of Virginia.

Frederick College Yearbooks 1959-1968

Frederick College, previously situated in Portsmouth, Virginia, was a private co-educational college that ceased operations. Established with the support of the Fred W. Beazley Foundation (now known as the Beazley Foundation), the college originated in 1958 as a two-year institution located on the premises of a former munitions depot. In 1961, it transitioned into a four-year college. Various years have been digitized by both the Portsmouth Public Library in cooperation with The Library of Virginia, and the Allen County Public Library. Yet a complete collection still does not exist online, as we are missing scans for the years of 61…

Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrants

This article helps you access the Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrants for free. Following two simple steps, one to search, and the other to browse the actual microfilms, you can quickly find your ancestors Revolutionary War pension record, or Bounty-Land record and download the images. During 1800-1900 the United States issued more than 80,000 pensions and bounty-land-warrants to soldiers of the Revolutionary War, their spouse, or their children. Was your ancestor one of them?

Abbe-Abbey Genealogy

The “Abbe-Abbey Genealogy” serves as a comprehensive and meticulously compiled homage to the heritage of the Abbe and Abbey families, tracing its roots back to John Abbe and his descendants. Initiated by the life-long passion of Professor Cleveland Abbe, this genealogical exploration began in his youth and expanded throughout his illustrious career, despite numerous challenges. It encapsulates the collaborative efforts of numerous family members and researchers, including significant contributions from individuals such as Charles E. Abbe, Norah D. Abbe, and many others, each bringing invaluable insights and data to enrich the family’s narrative.

Genealogy of the Lewis family in America

Free: Genealogy of the Lewis family in America, from the middle of the seventeenth century down to the present time. Download the full manuscript. About the middle of the seventeenth century four brothers of the Lewis family left Wales, viz.: Samuel, went to Portugal; nothing more is known of him; William, married a Miss McClelland, and died in Ireland, leaving only one son, Andrew; General Robert, died in Gloucester county, Va. ; and John, died in Hanover county, Va. It is Andrews descendants who are featured in the manuscript.

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