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Overview of genealogy

These sources provide an overview of local resources for genealogy research.

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Compiled service records of Confederate soldiers who served in organizations from the State of Virginia

See online guide on how to use this microfilm collection. Compiled records arranged by state; reproduces alphabetical index; gives name of soldier, rank, and unit; reproduced consist of a-jacket-envelope- for each soldier, labeled with name and containing abstracts relating to soldier as found in original muster rolls, returns, hospital rolls, descriptive books, lists of deserters, and lists of prisoners.

Handybook for genealogists

An indispensable resource for any genealogist attempting to trace their heritage using the county record system of the United States.

The Handybook contains: 

  • well-researched histories of each state, state capital and the territories
  • descriptions and addresses for each state's major record collections and protocol for requesting vital records
  • information on researching records for nineteen foreign countries
  • complete contact information for libraries, repositories, and historical/genealogical societies
  • detailed county maps and over 120 migration trail maps

The Handybook also incorporates an in-depth tracking system for every county in each state, including counties that no longer exist, to help genealogists determine which county records to research. This timesaving feature makes this volume the most comprehensive resource for county information in the United States available today.

Virginia historical index

Indexes seven periodicals and books: The Virginia magazine of history and biography, 1893-1930; William and Mary college quarterly historical magazine, 1892-1919, 1921-1930; Tyler's quarterly historical and genealogical magazine,1919-1929; Virginia historical register and literary adviser,1848- 1853; the Lower Norfolk County Virginia antiquary, 1895-1906; Hening's Statutes at large, 1619-1792; Calendar of Virginia state papers and other manuscripts preserved in the Capitol at Richmond, 1652-1869.


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Local history and genealogy research guide (PDF | 716KB)
Civil War unit histories and service records (PDF | 23KB)