Genealogical
Resources

General

Access to thousands of databases which include census records, family trees, vital records, historical maps, immigration records, city directories, military records, and much more.
An index to reference works containing multiple biographies such as biographical dictionaries, who's who publications, subject encyclopedias, and literary criticism volumes.
(Ellis Island Foundation)
Passenger and ship search for 1892-1957 arrivals.
(Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)
Searchable full-text collection of more than 100,000 digitized genealogy and family history books. Also includes county and local histories, genealogy magazines, gazetteers, medieval histories, and pedigrees.
Searchable U.S. federal census records (1790-1940), full-text access to thousands of local and family history books, Revolutionary War pension and bounty-land-warrant application files, city directories, and Freedman's Bank records (1865-1874).
(Schomburg Center)
Organized around 13 defining migrations. Includes more than 16,500 pages of text, 8,300 illustrations, and over 60 maps.
(Library of Virginia)
Petitions addressed public improvements, military claims, divorce, manumission of slaves, division of counties, incorporation of towns, religious freedom, and taxation, among other concerns. Frequently, the petitions contain supplementary support documents useful in research, including maps, wills, naturalizations, deeds, resolutions, affidavits, judgments, and other items. The right to petition was not restricted by class, race, or sex; as a result, women, free blacks, and slaves petitioned the General Assembly.
(Race and Slavery Petitions Project/University of North Carolina)
A database of detailed personal information about slaves, slaveholders, and free people of color obtained from petitions to southern legislatures and country courts in the fifteen slaveholding states in the United States and the District of Columbia.
(University of Mary Washington)
Index to policies (1796-1867).

Military

Provides military records for over 4 million soldiers and thousands of battles, together with 15,000 photographs, and statistical data.
(National Park Service)
Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System. An ongoing project which will eventually include information for all Civil War soldiers and sailors, as well as regiments, battles, cemetery burials, prisoners, and Congressional Medal of Honor recipients.
Military records from the Civil War, Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Mexican American and Early Indian wars, Spanish American War, World War I, World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War. Also provides access to some non-military records (e.g., the African American Collection and the Native American Collection).
(Library of Virginia)
Indexes 744 sources and lists approximately 34,402 Virginians who have died in service.

Slavery

(University of North Carolina)
Includes genealogical data based on information found in eighteenth and nineteenth-century court documents and legislative petitions from 15 slaveholding states.
(HeinOnline)
Includes all state and federal slavery statutes and all reported state and federal cases regarding slavery. Provides access to an extensive collection of books, periodicals, and pamphlets on this topic. Note: Individuals can register on the website for free offsite access.
(Emory University)
Includes information on 35,000 slaving voyages and an African names database. Users can create maps of the voyages.
(Virginia Historical Society)
Ongoing project to create a database of names of enslaved Virginians that appear in unpublished documents in the VHS collection. Some records provide family relationships, occupations, and life dates.
(Library of Virginia)
Ongoing digitization and transcription project which provides access points to the individual stories of African Americans (enslaved and free) in Virginia from the establishment of slavery in the 1600s until its demise in 1865.

1940 U.S. Census

(FamilySearch.org)

Cemeteries/Gravesites

(Lynchburg, VA)
The complete burial records of the Diuguid Funeral Home (1820-1950)
(Richmond, VA)
Records for 1929-1993 extracted from the LVA microfilm.
(Richmond, VA)
Burial records database (Confederate soldiers).
(Beth Ahabah Museum & Archives)
Burial records database.
(Richmond, VA)
Burial database which provides birth and death dates, burial date, and plot location on cemetery map.
(Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center)
Provides readings, images, and burial databases for cemeteries in numerous states including Virginia.
(JLARC)
Includes study documents, photographs of gravesites, alphabetical index of veterans, and list of gravesite locations by city/county.
(richmondcemeteries.org)
Provides locations and historical information for Richmond area cemeteries.
(Richmond, VA)
(1861-1863)
Contains survey reports for Virginia cemeteries which often include tombstone inscriptions.

Repositories

National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections.

Additional Resources

(Newberry Library)
Covers changes in the size, location, name, organization, and attachment of each U.S. county and state from the creation of the first county in 1634 through 2000. (See Virginia content).
(AncestryInstitution.com)
Searchable directories for many U.S. cities. Includes extensive coverage for several Virginia cities including Richmond (1866-1960) [some years missing].
A collection of the laws of Virginia (1619-1792).
(Guide to Archival and Manuscript Collections in Virginia)