Genealogical Resources

*This database can also be accessed on the Library's wifi network (LVA-Guest).

**This database can also be accessed on the Library's wifi network (LVA-Guest) or outside of the Library from the LVA website ( with a Library of Virginia library card.


* - Access to thousands of databases which include census records, family trees, vital records, historical maps, immigration records, city directories, military records, and much more.

**Biography & Genealogy Master Index - An index to reference works containing multiple biographies such as biographical dictionaries, who's who publications, subject encyclopedias, and literary criticism volumes.

Ellis Island (Ellis Island Foundation) - Passenger and ship search for 1892-1957 arrivals.

Family Search Family History Books (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.

Family Search Virginia Genealogy (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) - A guide for doing Virginia genealogy research with links to online records. Topics covered include vital records, parish registers, land records, cemeteries, immigration and much more.

**HeritageQuest Online - 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).

In Motion: the African American Migration Experience (Schomburg Center) - Organized around 13 defining migrations. Includes more than 16,500 pages of text, 8,300 illustrations, and over 60 maps.

Legislative, Religious, and Slavery Petitions 

Mutual Assurance Policies (University of Mary Washington) - Index to policies (1796-1867).


**American Civil War Research Database  Provides military records for over 4 million soldiers and thousands of battles, together with 15,000 photographs, and statistical data.

CWSS (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. 

** fold3 Library Edition - 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).

Virginia Military Dead (Library of Virginia) - Indexes 744 sources and lists approximately 34,402 Virginians who have died in service.


Afrigeneas: Slave Data Collection

Digital Library on American 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.

*Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture & Law (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.

Transatlantic Slave Trade (Emory University) Includes information on 35,000 slaving voyages and an African names database. Users can create maps of the voyages.

Unknown No Longer (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.

Virginia Untold (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

1940 Census (NARA)

-- 1940 Census Search (

--General Information/Questions Asked on the Census


Blandford Cemetery (Petersburg, VA)

--Cemetery Records

--Cemetery Foundation Survey Records


Diuguid: Burial Records at the Old City Cemetery(Lynchburg, VA) - The complete burial records of the Diuguid Funeral Home (1820-1950)


Evergreen Cemetery (Richmond, VA) - Records for 1929-1993 extracted from the LVA microfilm.


Hollywood Cemetery (Richmond, VA) - Burial records database (Confederate soldiers).

Jewish Cemeteries in Central Virginia (Beth Ahabah Museum & Archives) - Burial records database.

Mount Calvary Cemetery & Mausoleum (Richmond, VA) - Burial database which provides birth and death dates, burial date, and plot location on cemetery map.

Other States Resources (Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center) - Provides readings, images, and burial databases for cemeteries in numerous states including Virginia.

Preservation of Revolutionary War Gravesites in Virginia (JLARC)

Includes study documents, photographs of gravesites, alphabetical index of veterans, and list of gravesite locations by city/county.


Richmond Cemeteries: Exploring Richmond, Virginia's Historical Burial Grounds ( - Provides locations and historical information for Richmond area cemeteries.

Shockoe Hill Cemetery (Richmond, VA)

--Union soldiers (1861-1863)

Tombstone Transcription Project: Virginia Cemeteries (USGenWeb)

Virginia Historical Inventory - Contains survey reports for Virginia cemeteries which often include tombstone inscriptions.


Library of Congress

National Archives (U.S.)
     Resources for Genealogists

National Archives (UK)

National Genealogical Society

NUCMC - National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections.

U.S. GenWeb Project & Archives

Virginia Museum of History & Culture


Additional Resources

Afro-American Sources in Virginia: A Guide to Manuscripts

Atlas of Historical County Boundaries  (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).

*City Directories ( - Searchable directories for many U.S. cities. Includes extensive coverage for several Virginia cities including Richmond (1866-1960) [some years missing]. Search Tip: Enter city as 'Keyword' rather than as 'Lived In' location.

City of Richmond Property Search

Genealogical Terms

Hening's Statutes at Large - A collection of the laws of Virginia (1619-1792).

Journals of the House of Burgesses 1619-1776 / Index (HathiTrust)  

Maps of Virginia

Soundex Converter

Soundex Indexing System

Virginia Heritage
(Guide to Archival and Manuscript Collections in Virginia)

Virginia Office of Vital Records


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