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Local court and church records must be searched in any quest for complete genealogical information about a given family. To conduct such a search in Virginia may be difficult because of the confusing changes that have taken place in Virginia's administrative structure since the original eight shires were established in 1634.

A large portion of the original territory of Virginia is now in Kentucky and West Virginia. Over the years, counties have been divided, merged, and renamed. The independent city system contributes another complication. For a concise, clear explanation of the counties and cities of Virginia, including dates of creation and extinction, see The Hornbook of Virginia History or McGinnis, Virginia genealogy : sources & resources. For outlines of church jurisdiction, see Goodwin, The Colonial Church in Virginia and Cocke, Parish Lines. The Library of Virginia's Lists of the court records of the Virginia counties and cities on microfilm in the Archives Division is very useful in searching for records. Microfilm reels of these court records can be ordered through interlibrary loan from the Library of Virginia.

Although it is preferable to go to the original document to discover and verify vital information because of possible errors in transcription, there are many compilations of records of births, deaths, marriages, baptisms, etc., which are helpful to the genealogist.

The following is a partial list of such compilations that are contained in Alderman Library. County and local histories have been omitted from this bibliography. Often these histories have references to local families and even partial or complete genealogies.

For a listing of these county histories, search in the online catalog under the name of the county or locale (e.g., "Princess Anne County (Va.)--History").

Alderman Reference
F225 .A7 1987

Adventurers of purse and person, Virginia, 1607-1624/5. 3rd ed. [Alexandria, Va.] : Order of First Families of Virginia, 1607- 1624/5, 1987.

Contains the musters of the inhabitants of Virginia, 1624-25, as well as information on those who came to or had land in Virginia during the period 1607-25. Discusses backgrounds and activities of each of these early Virginians and provides much genealogical information.

Special Collections
F225 .A7 2004
Adventurers of purse and person, Virginia, 1607-1624/5. 4th ed. Baltimore, MD : Genealogical Pub. Co., 2004- Lib. has v. 1.

Contains the musters of the inhabitants of Virginia, 1624-25, as well as information on those who came to or had land in Virginia during the period 1607-25. Discusses backgrounds and activities of each of these early Virginians and provides much genealogical information.
Special Collections
F225 .A97 2000
Austin, Jeannette Holland. Virginia Bible records. Westminster, Md. : Willow Bend Books, 2000.
Special Collections
F225 .A98 1991
Axelson, Edith F. Virginia postmasters and post offices, 1789-1832. Athens, Georgia (548 Cedar Creek Dr., Athens 30605-3408) : Iberian Publishing Company, c1991.
Special Collections
F 225 .B95 1941
Bell, Annie Walker Burns. Virginia genealogies and county records. Washington, D.C., 1941. 11 vols.
Alderman Stacks
F 221 .V82 new ser. v.5 1886
Brock, R. A., ed. Documents, chiefly unpublished, relating to the Huguenot emigration to Virginia : and to the settlement at Manakin-Town, with an appendix of genealogies, presenting data of the Fontaine, Maury, Dupuy, Trabue, Marye, Chastain, Cocke, and other families. Richmond, Va., Pub. by the Society, 1886.

Census of the United States (1790). Virginia. Heads of families at the first census of the United States taken in the year 1790. Virginia [electronic resource] : records of the state enumerations, 1782 to 1785. [Washington, D.C.] : U.S. Census Bureau, 2004.

Lists of heads of families entered in state enumerations in 1782, 1783, 1784, and 1785, used to replace the 1790 federal census records for Virginia, which are missing. Index.

Alderman Stacks
KFV2420 .C48 1984

Gov. Info. Virginia Stacks
VSL 2/P44/ 776-782

Church, Randolph W. Virginia legislative petitions : bibliography, calendar, and abstracts from original sources, 6 May, 1776-21 June, 1782. Richmond : Virginia State Library, c1984.

Includes indexes.

Alderman Stacks
F225 .C5 1952

Clemens, William Montgomery. Virginia wills before 1799, a complete abstract register of all names mentioned in over six hundred recorded wills. 2nd ed. Baltimore, Southern Book Co., 1952.

"Copied from the court house records of Amherst, Bedford, Campbell, Loudoun, Prince William and Rockbridge Counties."

Alderman Stacks & Reference
F225 .C746 1953

Crozier, William Armstrong. Early Virginia marriages. Baltimore: Southern Book Company, 1953.

Published in 1907 as v. 4 of Virginia County records. Chiefly eighteenth-century marriage records filed in fifteen Virginia counties.

Special Collections
F225 .C96 1970

Currer-Briggs, Noel. Virginia settlers and English adventurers; abstracts of wills, 1484-1798, and legal proceedings, 1560-1700, relating to early Virginia families. Baltimore, Genealogical Pub. Co., 1970 [c1969] 3 vols. in 1.

Published in 1969 under title: English adventurers and Virginian settlers.

Special Collections
F232 .K4 F57 1995

Fisher, Therese A. Vital records of three burned counties : births, marriages, and deaths of King and Queen, King William, and New Kent counties, Virginia 1680-1860. Bowie, Md. : Heritage Books, c1995.

Includes index.

Alderman Reference
F 225 .F543 1988


Alderman Stacks
F225 .F58 1978

Fleet, Beverley. Virginia colonial abstracts. Baltimore : Genealogical Pub. Co., 1988. 3 vols.

"Originally published in thirty-four ... volumes between 1937 and 1949."--T.p. verso. Includes indexes.

-- Duvall, Lindsay Opie. Virginia colonial abstracts. Series 2. Easley, SC : Southern Historical Press, 1978- Lib. has v. 1-6.

Alderman Stacks
F225 .F6 1978
Flothergill, Augusta Bridgland Middleton. Virginia tax payers, 1782-87 : other than those published by the United States Census Bureau. Baltimore : Genealogical Pub. Co., 1978.
Alderman Stacks
F 225 .G81 1978
Greer, George Cabell. Early Virginia immigrants, 1623-1666. Baltimore : Genealogical Pub. Co., 1989.

Reprint. Originally published: Richmond, Va., 1912. Compiled from Land Office records; gives name, date of entry, and sponsor.
Special Collections
F 225 .H2 1964

Hamlin, Charles Hughes. They went thataway. Richmond, 1964-66. 3 vols.

Abstracts from Virginia records. Comprehensive personal name index in each volume.

Alderman Stacks
F225 .H2252

Hamlin, Charles Hughes. Virginia ancestors and adventurers. Baltimore, Genealogical Pub. Co., 1975 [c1967-73]. 2 vols. in 1.

Abstracts from Virginia court records. Includes Revolutionary War size rolls. Index in each volume.

Special Collections
F232 .L2 H43 2003

Headley, Robert K. Married well and often : marriages of the Northern neck of Virginia, 1649-1800, marriages and marriage references for the Counties of Lancaster, Northumberland, Old Rappahannock, Richmond, and Westmoreland. Baltimore : Genealogical Pub. Co., c2003.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Special Collections
Z6616.D72 H32 2003

Heath, Craig L. The Virginia papers. Vol. 1 : volume 1 of the Draper manuscript collection. Bowie, Md. : Heritage Books, 2003.

Includes index. A transcript of the manuscripts in this volume.

Special Collections
BX5800 .S6 H5 1942
Historical Records Survey of Virginia. Index to marriage notices in the Southern Churchman, 1835-1941. Richmond, Va., The Historical records survey of Virginia, 1942. 2 vols.
Alderman Stacks
BX 6201 .R4 H5 1940
Historical Records Survey of Virginia. Inventory of church archives of Virginia. Richmond: The Historical Records Survey of Virginia, 1940-41. 2 vols. in 3.

V. 1. Index to obituary notices in the Religious Herald, Richmond, Virginia, 1828-1938; v. 2: Index to Marriage Notices in Richmond Herald, 1828-1938.
Alderman Reference &
Special Collections
E187.5 .H759 1931

Hotten, John Camden. The original lists of persons of quality; emigrants; religious exiles; political rebels; serving men sold for a term of years; apprentices; children stolen; maidens pressed; and others who went from Great Britain to the American plantations 1600-1700. With their ages, the localities where they formerly lived in the mother country, the names of the ships in which they embarked, and other interesting particulars. New York, G.A. Baker, 1931.

Taken from the papers of the Public Record Office, England, this work includes, when available, the ages of emigrants, their former English homes, the names of the ships that carried them, and other pertinent information. There is a muster roll of the inhabitants of Virginia and a list of the living and dead in Virginia in 1623. Comprehensive index.

Alderman Reference
E187.5 .H795 1982
[Hotten, John Camden.] Omitted chapters from Hotten's original lists of persons of quality and others who went from Great Britain to the American plantations, 1600-1700 : census returns, parish registers, and militia rolls from the Barbados census of 1679/80. Ed. by James C. Brandow. Baltimore : Genealogical Pub. Co., 1982.
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Special Collections
F225 .M125 2007
McCartney, Martha W. Virginia immigrants and adventurers, 1607-1635 : a biographical dictionary. Baltimore, MD : Genealogical Pub. Co., c2007.
Alderman Reference
F225 .N842 1992
Nugent, Nell Marion. Cavaliers and pioneers : abstracts of Virginia land patents and grants. Richmond : Virginia State Library and Archives, 1992-

v. 1. 1623-1666 -- v. 2. 1666-1695 -- v.3. 1695-1732 -- v. 4. 1732-1741 -- v. 5. 1741-1749 -- v. 6. 1749-1762 -- v. 7. 1762-1776.
Alderman Reference &
Special Collections
F225 .P46 2001

Pippenger, Wesley E. Index to Virginia estates, 1800-1865. Richmond : Virginia Genealogical Society, 2001-<2002>. 3 vols.

v. 1. Counties of: Arlington (including the City of Alexandria), Fairfax, Fauquier, King George, Loudoun, Prince William, and Stafford. -- v. 2. Counties of Clarke, Culpeper, Frederick, Greene, Madison, Orange, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah, Spotsylvania and Warren, Cities of Fredericksburg and Winchester. -- v. 3. Counties of Bland, Buchanan, Carroll, Craig, Dickenson, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Grayson, Henry, Lee, Montgomery, Patrick, Pulaski, Roanoke, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, Wise and Wythe.

Special Collections
F235 .F89 P88 1996
Putnam, Martha A. Early Quaker records of southeast Virginia. Westminster, Md. : Family Line Publications, 1996.
Alderman Stacks
F225 .S82 1964

Stanard, William Glover. Some emigrants to Virginia; memoranda in regard to several hundred emigrants to Virginia during the colonial period whose parentage is shown or former residence indicated by authentic records. Baltimore, Genealogical Pub. Co., 1976.

Reprint of the 2d ed., enl., published in Richmond in 1915. A compilation from other secondary sources, such as the Virginia Magazine of History and Biography. Extensive name index.

Alderman Stacks & Reference
F 225 .T85 1931
Torrence, Clayton. Virginia wills and administrations, 1632-1800, an index of wills recorded in local courts of Virginia, 1632-1800, and of administrations on estates shown by inventories of the estates of intestates recorded in will (and other) books of local courts, 1632-1800. Richmond: The William Byrd Press, 1931.
ELECTRONIC (Available only from U.Va. locations.)

United States. Census.

HeritageQuest Online. Available only from U.Va. locations. (http://www.heritagequestonline.com/) Contains searchable access to the complete 1790-1930 U.S. Census and images of original census books, Periodicals Source Index (PERSI), Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files, and ProQuest's Genealogy & Local History Collection of 25,000+ family and local history books.

Alderman Stacks
J 87 .V5

Virginia. Council. Legislative journals of the Council of colonial Virginia. Ed. by H. R. McIlwaine. Richmond: The Colonial Press, E. Waddey Company, 1918-19. 3 vols.

The above works are compilations of colonial Virginia records that offer many references to colonial Virginians.

Special Collections
J 87 .V612 1622-76 1924
Virginia. Council. Minutes of the Council and General Court of colonial Virginia, 1622-1632, 1670-1676, with notes and excerpts from original Council and General court records, into 1683, now lost. Ed. by H. R. McIlwaine. Richmond: The Colonial Press, E. Waddey Company, 1924.

"This volume contains such remnants of the minutes of the proceedings of the Council and General Court of colonial Virginia as are extant and have been found. They are for the period February 4, 1622 (old style), through February 9, 1632 (old style - there being many gaps, however - and for the period beginning April 15, 1670, and ending March 22, 1676 (old styles) In addition, as furnishing the only substitutes possible where the Minutes themselves and other records of the court are no longer in existence, there are here published notes made from these records when they were still availabel. A few pages have also been incorporated from Hening's "Statutes ar large of Virginia" that give certain proceedings more clearly than do the original records themselves in their present mutilated condition ..."- Pref., p.v. Indexed.

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J87 .V6

Alderman Microforms Room
Micfich 1077 & Micfilm S-233

Virginia. General Assembly. House of Burgesses. Journals of the House of Burgesses of Virginia, 1619-[1776].

The above works are compilations of colonial Virginia records that offer many references to colonial Virginians. The University Library has several different copies and editions.

Alderman Stacks
F 229 .V86 1906

Gov Info US
C 1.11

Virginia Company of London. The records of the Virginia Company of London. Ed. by Susan Myra Kingsbury. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1906-35. 4 vols.

V. 1-2: Court book, 1619-24, index in v. 2; v. 3-4: Documents.

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Special Collections
F 221 .V75

Virginia County Records. New York: The Genealogical Association, 1905-13. 11 vols.

Holdings: v. 1: Spotsylvania County, 1721-1800; v. 2: Virginia Colonial Militia, 1651-1776; v. 4: Early Virginia marriages; v. 5: Virginia Heraldica; v. 6-7: Virginia County Records; v. 8: A Key to Southern Pedigrees; v. 9-10: Virginia County Records and Heraldic Quarterly Register of the United States and Canada.

Special Collections
F225 .W16 1957
Waldenmaier, Inez. A finding list of Virginia marriage records before 1853. Washington, D.C., 1957.
Special Collections
F225 .W67 1962
Worrell, Anne Lowry. Over the mountain men; their early court records in Southwest Virginia. Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1962.
Special Collections
F 225 .W7 1961
Wulfeck, Dorothy Ford. Marriages of some Virginia residents, 1607-1800. Naugatuck, Conn., 1961-67. 7 vols.






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