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Library Guides and Online Library Resources in Virginia and Elsewhere

The resources of many libraries are available from the University of Virginia on the Internet. Here are links to a few major Virginia collections, and some nationally known collections from other states, with selected guides on using those collections for genealogical research.


Allen County Public Library. "Historical genealogy." Library Website.

The Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, IN, has the second largest collection of genealogical materials in the US.


Colonial Williamsburg Digital Library. The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, c2008.

Contains full text documents in the following categories: the Colonial Williamsburg Research Report series, the Virginia Gazette, the York County Probate Inventories, and selected manuscripts from the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Library.

Daughters of the American Revolution. Library Website.

Alderman Reference
Z675.G44 F56 1988

Filby, P. William. Directory of American libraries with genealogy and local history collections. Wilmington, Del. : Scholarly Resources Inc., 1988.



Jefferson-Madison Regional Library Website.

The JMRL Catalog contains records for the material in the library of the Albemarle-Charlottesville Historical Society. Currently, ProQuest's Heritage Quest Online database is available to JMRL cardholders.

Gov Info Virginia
VSL 8/G 28/2002


Library of Virginia. Genealogical research at the Library of Virginia : a guide to resources. Rev. ed. [Richmond] : Library of Virginia, 2002.

Library of Virginia Website: http://www.lva.lib.va.us/

LION Online Catalog Search.

Contains the holdings of the libraries of the College of William & Mary, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, and Richard Bland College.


National Archives and Records Administration. Archival Research Catalog. Washington, D.C., NARA, 2006.

The Archival Research Catalog (ARC) is the online catalog of NARA's nationwide holdings in the Washington, DC area, Regional Archives and Presidential Libraries. ARC is a work in progress; currently just over 50% of NARA's records are described in ARC at the series level.

ARC contains many descriptions of records of interest to genealogists and family historians, including 1) applications for enrollment in Native American tribes, 2) court records, 3) fugitive slave cases, 4) land records, 5) military personnel records, and 6) naturalization records.

Additional information on the holdings of the National Archives may be found at the main website, http://www.archives.gov/

National Genealogical Society. National Genealogical Society Library Book Loan Collection at the St. Louis County (MO) Public Library.

Website: http://www.slcl.org/branches/hq/sc/ngs/ngscol-main.htm

Alderman Reference
Z1250 .N4 1990
Neagles, James. C. The Library of Congress : a guide to genealogical and historical research. Salt Lake City, Utah : Ancestry Pub., c1990.
Newberry Library (Chicago, IL). "Genealogy at the Newberry Library."
Website: http://www.newberry.org/genealogy/L3gabout.html

Gov Info US / Law Library
LC 1.2:G 28/2001


United States. Library of Congress. Genealogical research at the Library of Congress. [Washington, D.C.?] : Library of Congress, [2001]

Library of Congress Website: http://www.loc.gov/

Gov Info Reading Room &
Law Library Documents Room
AE 1.113:5/990


United States. National Archives and Records Administration. Using records in the National Archives for genealogical research. Rev. 1990. Washington, DC : National Archives and Records Administration, 1990.

National Archives Genealogy Website: http://www.archives.gov/research_room/genealogy/

University of Virginia. Library Website: http://www.lib.virginia.edu

Virginia Heritage: Guides to Manuscripts & Archival Collections in Virginia.

Website: http://www.lib.virginia.edu/small/vhp/

Virginia Historical Society.

Library Website: http://www.vahistorical.org/index.htm

"VIVA Libraries." VIVA: The Virtual Library of Virginia.
Website: http://www.vivalib.org/cfapps/lib1.cfm

Links to library website of all VIVA member institutions, including all state 4-year colleges and universities, all public 2-year colleges, and several of Virginia's private colleges and universities.


OCLC WorldCat. 2001-2008.

WorldCat is a library catalog created by the holdings of thousands of libraries all over the world. Free.

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