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Virginia -- Bibliographies and Indexes

The following works are major reference sources for genealogical and historical works on Virginia. For beginning research, the three basic works are Brown, Stewart, and Swem.

Alderman Reference
Z 6952 .V8 C24
Cappon, Lester Jesse. Virginia newspapers, 1821-1935; a bibliography with historical introduction and notes. New York, D. Appleton-Century, 1936.
Alderman Microforms Room
Micfilm 49 Guide

Harper, Josephine L. A guide to the Draper manuscripts. Madison : State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1983.

A guide to the microform collection of Draper manuscripts.

Special Collections
Z6616 .D72 G73 2003

Index to the Draper manuscripts. Series NN, The Pittsburgh and northwest Virginia papers. Indexed by Karen Mauer Green. Cooperstown, N.Y. : Frontier Press, 2003.

The Draper collection is composed of manuscript materials collected in the 19th century by Lyman C. Draper, in preparation for writing the definitive history of the United States.

Alderman Stacks & Reference
Z 1293 .P3 1967

Passano, Eleanor Phillips. An index of the source records of Maryland: genealogical, biographical, historical. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1967.

Primarily an index of family names with a listing of institutions that hold papers or genealogies relating to these families. The 111 names and addresses of the institutions included can be found on page v of the introduction. The book also includes a comprehensive bibliography, a listing of church records, census lists, ship passenger lists, and tombstone inscriptions. Although primarily a Maryland source, this can be very helpful in Virginia research.

Alderman Stacks
Z 6945 .R3 1974
Radford College. Dept. of History. A checklist of southwestern Virginia newspapers, 1800-1974. [Radford, The College, 1974?]

http://www.virtual
jamestown.org/

Shifflett, Crandall A. Virtual Jamestown. Virginia Center for Digital History, University of Virginia, 2001. Website.

This very useful website contains full-text documents having to do with the establishment and existence of Jamestown. Among the resources it contains is a searchable database of over 10,000 indentured servants who were sent to the "Foreign Plantations" (i.e., the New World colonies).

http://www.virtualjamestown.org/indentures/search_indentures.html

Alderman Stacks & Reference
Z5313.U6 V8 1930
Stewart, Robert Armistead. Index to printed Virginia genealogies, including key and bibliography. Richmond: Old Dominion Press, 1930.

A basic index to Virginia genealogies, together with Brawn above. The "Key and Bibliography," pp. 5-36, indexes by family name a large selection of printed historical and genealogical sources. The call numbers of all sources held by Alderman Library as of 1975 have been added to the key of the Reference Room copy.
Gov Docs Info Desk (CD-ROM)
F221 .G46 1998
Swem, Earl Gregg. Genealogical records [electronic resource] : Virginia historical index. [Novato, CA] : Brøderbund Software, c1998.

Electronic edition of the Virginia historical index. Comprehensive subject index through 1930 of the following: The Virginia magazine of history and biography, v. 1-38, 1893-1930; the William and Mary college quarterly historical magazine, 1st series, v. 1-27, 1892-1919, 2d series, v. 1-10, 1921-1930; Tyler's quarterly historical and genealogical magazine, v. 1-10, 1919-1929; Virginia historical register and literary adviser, v. 1-6, 1848-1853; the Lower Norfolk County Virginia Antiquary, v. 1-5, 1895-1906; Hening's Statutes at large, 1619-1792, v. 1-13; Calendar of Virginia state papers and other manuscripts preserved in the Capitol at Richmond, 1652-1869, v. 1-11.
Alderman Reference
F221 .S93 2003
Swem, Earl Gregg. Virginia Historical Index. Reprint. Baltimore, Md. : Genealogical Pub. Co., 1934, 2003. 2 vols.

(1968 reprint Ald Stacks F221 .S93 1968) Comprehensive subject index through 1930 of the following: The Virginia magazine of history and biography, v. 1-38, 1893-1930; the William and Mary college quarterly historical magazine, 1st series, v. 1-27, 1892-1919, 2d series, v. 1-10, 1921-1930; Tyler's quarterly historical and genealogical magazine, v. 1-10, 1919-1929; Virginia historical register and literary adviser, v. 1-6, 1848-1853; the Lower Norfolk County Virginia Antiquary, v. 1-5, 1895-1906; Hening's Statutes at large, 1619-1792, v. 1-13; Calendar of Virginia state papers and other manuscripts preserved in the Capitol at Richmond, 1652-1869, v. 1-11.

Special Collections
Z1345 .V52 1990

Alderman Reference
F225 .V58 1989

Virdin, Donald Odell. Virginia genealogies and family histories : a bibliography of books about Virginia families. Bowie, MD : Heritage Books, c1990. (Alderman Reference has first edition, Arlington, Va. : D.O. Virdin, 1989.)
Alderman Reference
F 232 .A12 V5

Virginia State Library. Archives Division. Lists of the court records of the Virginia counties and cities on microfilm in the Archives Division. Richmond, Va. : The Division, 1969. 2 vols.

Alphabetically listed, by county, with independent cities at end.

Gov Info Virginia
VSL 8/L 79/976
Virginia State Library. Archives Division. Virginia local history : a bibliography. Richmond : Virginia State Library, 1971 [i.e. 1976]

Includes 1976 supplement. A bibliography of county, city, and town histories, arranged alphabetically by place name.

 




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