Virginia Libraries

A pound sign # next to the listing implies that the Virginia library has local genealogical material available.

Virginia Libraries by Region

Virginia Libraries by County

  • Amelia Historical Library – Amelia
  • Amherst County Public Library – Amherst
  • Appomattox County Historical Society Library # – Appomattox
    • 1845 Tax List
      The records in this database are of great value to anyone researching Appomattox County.  This was the year in which the county was formed and the tax lists identify the parent county the individual was from.  It also states, for most individuals, the amount of land they owned and its proximity to the parent county courthouse.  In many cases it also lists neighbors or who they purchased the property from or if their residence was in another county or state.  We have compiled the entire tax list for 1845 and sorted it alphabetically for ease of use.
    • 1850 Census
      This was the first census taken after the formation of Appomattox County.  The full census, as with all of our census databases, is presented in a format that closely resembles the actual census forms that were used in the respective census year.  We have also included an all-name index in alphabetical order that, in addition to the name, shows the family number, age, sex and race.  Finally for 1850, we have included a summary analysis of the census for that year showing a number of demographic facts for the county.
    • 1860 Census
      This census year is of great value in locating an individual or family geographically within Appomattox County.  In this year only, more and smaller enumeration districts were utilized.  They include Appomattox Court House (the original village of Clover Hill, now the National Park), Evergreen, Pamplin, Walkers Church, Nebraska (now the Town of Appomattox), Spout Spring, Reedy Spring, Concord Depot, Oakville, Hebron, Bent Creek, Tower Hill, and Stonewall Mills.  Other census years use three primary districts:  Clover Hill, Southside and Stonewall.  An all-name index in alphabetical order is also included.
    • 1870 Census
      This census year is important because it is the first census taken after the end of the Civil War and therefore lists all individuals residing in the county, including the slaves freed in 1865.  An all-name index in alphabetical order is also included.
    • Births “The Burned Years” (1845-1892) – For the birth records, they were recorded in a manner that allowed us to compile separate lists for persons born into slavery prior to the end of the Civil War, and non-slave persons that includes all individuals born after the end of the Civil War.  As most slaves did not have recorded last names, the slave list has been sorted first by the owners name and then by the name of the individual born.
    • Marriages “The Burned Years” (1845-1892) – Marriage detail is listed alphabetically by groom name.  A separate alphabetical bride index is provided that cross-references to the groom in the detailed listing.
    • Deaths “The Burned Years” (1845-1892)- (complete through 1867) – As with the birth records, the death records were recorded in a manner that allowed us to compile separate lists for persons that died in slavery prior to the end of the Civil War, and non-slave persons that includes all individuals that died after the end of the Civil War.  Again as with the birth records, the slave death records have been sorted first by the owners name and then by the name of the individual that died.
    • Death Certificate index
      As of June 14, 1912, Virginia began statewide registration of vital statistics.  In researching Appomattox families, one of the resources that we use is death certificates.  This database is an index of those death certificates that we have examined and includes dates and family relationships, where given.  Married females are listed by their maiden names, where possible.
    • Church Cemeteries – There are 51 identified church cemeteries within Appomattox County.  Each cemetery has been given an identification number, 1-51.  The inventory database includes the name, birth and death dates, and an “additional information” column that in many cases identifies a family relationship, as well as military service and other useful information.  Also included is an alphabetical listing of persons buried in all of the cemeteries.
    • Will Book No. 1 (new series) index
      The database indicates the name of the deceased, the instrument recorded (i.e., will, list of heirs), the page in Will Book No. 1 where the document is recorded, and in some cases additional information about the person or his/her family
  • Arlington Public Library # – Arlington
  • Arlington Public Library – Connection: Crystal City
    The Connection is a temporary pop-up project designed to integrate the library into the daily lives of Arlington residents in Crystal City.
  • Augusta County Library – Augusta County
    The Augusta County Library creates an environment for people to learn, to explore, to enjoy, to create, and to connect with each other and their community. It provides materials and services to the residents of Augusta County to meet their educational and recreational needs. Our library includes 6 locations.
  • Aurora Hills Branch Library – Arlington County
    The Aurora Hills Branch Library was founded in May, 1926 by the Jefferson Women’s Club, housed in an unheated real estate office on Frazier Avenue (later S. 23rd Street), and only open one afternoon per week. Over the years and through several different locations the library grew and the present facility, at 735 S. 18th St, is nine times larger than the previous branch building, and was dedicated on February 26, 1978. Today, the building houses the Library and the Aurora Hills Senior Center.
  • Bath County Public Library – Bath County
  • Bedford Public Library – Bedford County
    The Bedford Public Library System provides equal access to library materials, information, and services relevant to the community for the purposes of learning and enjoyment in the areas of personal, professional, and educational needs. To fulfill its mission, the library system employs a knowledgeable staff committed to excellent public service.
  • Bland County Public Library – Bland County
  • Blue Ridge Library – City of Roanoke
  • Bon Air Library – Chesterfield County
    Bon Air Library is located in the historic village of Bon Air. It replaced the Hazen Memorial Library, the first lending library in Chesterfield County.
  • Botetourt County Libraries # – Botetourt County and City of Roanoke
    • Office of Clerk of Court
      Records held and where to find them in the office, also a listing of publications that would be helpful in genealogy.
  • Brunswick County Library – Brunswick County
    The Brunswick County Library, Lawrenceville is home of the Dr. William McCaddin Pritchett Local History Room. Contained here are the original working papers for his book Civil War Soldiers from Brunswick County, Virginia. This book explores the family lineages of these soldiers. In addition to this valued collection the Library houses the microfilm and the microfilm reader/printer of the Brunswick County Clerk of Court. Microfilm copies may be made from Wills, Deeds, Marriages, and other court related documents. The Library’s collection of books includes local histories, family histories, indexes, state and surrounding county information, and rare books and periodicals.
  • Buchanan County Public Library – Buchanan County
  • Buchanan Library – Botetourt County
  • Buckingham County Public Library -Buckingham County
  • Buena Vista Public Library – City of Buena Vista
  • Burrowsville Library – Prince George County
  • Campbell County Public Library # – Campbell County
    The genealogical materials of the Campbell County Public Library System are housed in the Virginia Collection at the Rustburg Library. The collection includes over 500 volumes of genealogy and local history.
  • Caroline County Library – Caroline County
  • Carroll County Public Library – Carroll County
  • Carson Depot Library – Prince George County
  • Central Library – Albemarle County and City of Charlottesville
  • Charlotte County Library – Charlotte County
  • Cherrydale Branch Library – Arlington County
    Between 1922 and 1923, the Cherrydale League of Women’s Voters and the Patrons League formed what was then know as the Cherrydale Community Library. It opened in a room at the old Cherrydale School, located at Lee Highway and N. Nelson Street. Over the years and after several locations the current Cherrydale Branch Library building was dedicated on August 14, 1961.
  • Chesterfield County Public Library – Chesterfield County
    The Central Library serves the growing residential community as well as nearby government offices. After an extensive renovation, the Central Library reopened in the summer of 2018 and houses the library’s largest MakerSpace.
  • Chester Library – Chesterfield County
    Chester Library is at the heart of one of the most historic areas of Chesterfield County. Situated beside the Chester Village Green, its brick turret and facade reflect the area’s colonial beginnings while its warm interior with a charming train motif evokes the role of railroads in Chester’s growth.
  • Churchville Branch Library – Augusta County
    The Churchville Branch opened in 2002 in the former kindergarten wing of the original Churchville Elementary School. As part of the Augusta County Library system, the CBL provides access to a books, newspapers. e-books and magazines as well as a full range of services including preschool story  times, notary service, public Internet computers, Wi-Fi, photocopier, faxing.
  • Clover Hill Library – Chesterfield County
    Clover Hill Library serves more children and teens than any other library in the system. To improve reading skills for children, the library hosts registered therapy dogs from Read 2 Rover and Paws to R.E.A.D. throughout the month.
  • Columbia Pike Branch Library – Arlington County
    The Columbia Pike Library was founded in 1930 by charter members of the Women’s Club of Arlington, and was originally named The Arlington Library. Since then, Columbia Pike has moved several times in order to accommodate expanding collections and services  In 1936 Columbia Pike became a part of the Arlington Government, and settled in it’s current location in 1975.
  • Craigsville Library Station – Augusta County
    Providing library services to the citizens of Craigsville since 1983, the Craigsville Library Station opened in its current location in the Craigsville Town Hall in 2009.  Basic library services are available including a browsing collection of books, movies, and audio materials as well as public Internet computers, Wi-Fi, and access to the full collections of Augusta County, Staunton, and Waynesboro libraries through the holds system.
  • Crozet Library – Albemarle County
  • Deerfield Library Station – Augusta County
    The Deerfield Library Station is located in one room of the former Deerfield Elementary School, now known as the Deerfield Community Center. Basic library services are available including a browsing collection of books, movies, and audio materials in addition to public Internet computers, Wi-Fi, printing and access to the full collections of Augusta County, Staunton, and Waynesboro libraries through the holds system.
  • Dinwiddie Library – Dinwiddie County
  • Disputanta Library – Prince George County
  • Eagle Rock Library – Botetourt County
  • Enon Library – Chesterfield County
    Enon Library is a quaint neighborhood library located in a community steeped in pre-colonial and Civil War history. At the confluence of the James and Appomattox Rivers, it is a close-knit, quiet community also home to Henricus Historical Park and the Dutch Gap Conservation Area.
  • Ettrick-Matoaca Library – Chesterfield County
    Ettrick-Matoaca Library serves the communities of Matoaca and Ettrick. It is situated on the outskirts of Virginia State University’s Randolph Farm just down the road from the bustling Village of Ettrick. In 2013, the Ettrick-Matoaca Library was completely renovated as a better, brighter, more functional public space. It has one of several reading gardens located at libraries.
  • Farmville-Prince Edward Community Library – Prince Edward and Cumberland Counties
  • Fincastle Library – Botetourt County
  • Fishersville Main Library – Augusta County
    The Fishersville Library is the main location of the Augusta County Library system. It also plays host to the Augusta County Genealogical Society, which provides a volunteer-run collection of local and family histories for public use. Please visit their site for more information about hours and research assistance.
  • Galax Public Library – Carroll & Grayson Counties, City of Galax
  • Glasgow Public Library – Rockbridge County
  • Glencarlyn Branch Library – Arlington County
    Glencarlyn is the oldest public library in Arlington, and was originally founded to house the book collection of Civil War General and former Missouri Congressman, Samuel Burdett. The original building was replaced in 1963 by the current Glencarlyn Branch Library, where some volumes of the original Burdett collection can now be seen on display.Today, Glencarlyn is surrounded by the Glencarlyn Library Community Garden, an official demonstration garden maintained by Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia and residents of the Glencarlyn neighborhood.
  • Gordon Avenue Library – Albemarle County and City of Charlottesville
  • Goshen Public Library – Rockbridge County
  • Greene County Library – Greene County
  • Heritage Public Library # – New Kent & Charles City Counties
    • Charles City County Branch
      • Richard M. Bowman Center for Local History
        The collection includes books, periodicals, microfilm, newspapers, manuscripts, maps, pictures and videos, including many rare or unique items pertaining to Charles City and the surrounding region. Volunteers do not conduct paid genealogical research, but will perform simple research tasks in response to telephone or email queries.

        • Charles City County Virginia 1870 Census
          The 1870 United States Census of Charles City County provides important family information, but it also provides an interesting glimpse into history. The census was the first to enumerate freedmen. Thus, slaves previously listed simply by gender and age as taxable property were listed by name and by household.
        • Charles City County Free Negro & Mulatto Registrations
          The registration of free Negroes and Mulattoes began in Virginia in 1793 with passage of a law that required free persons of color to register with the Clerk of Court in the county where they resided and to carry their “free papers” with them at all times.
        • Charles City Marriage Database
          This database includes marriages from a variety of sources. Most of the marriages come from the surviving Charles City Marriage bonds (1762-1849) and from Marriage Books 1, 2, and 3 and licenses on file in the Charles City Circuit Court Clerk’s Office (1850-1954).
        • Revolutionary War Roster
          Men from Charles City County played a part in America’s war for independence from its first days to its last. More than 250 soldiers, sailors and patriots are listed in this roster, but that number may be as little as half the total number of men who served.
        • Roll of Confederate Soldiers
          As the drums of the Civil War began to beat in 1861 men from Charles City County formed themselves into two companies.
        • Roll of Union Soldiers
          Enlistment of African Americans into the Union Army began in earnest in January 1863. Hundreds of Charles City slaves had left the county with Gen, McClellan’s Army when it retreated from Harrison’s landing in August 1862, and many of those men enlisted in the U.S. Colored Troop units organized in Hampton and Norfolk.
      • New Kent County Births
      • New Kent County Deaths
      • New Kent County Marriages (1854-1910)
      • New Kent County Marriages (1911-1950)
      • New Kent County Marriages (1951-1993)
      • Watkins School Memorabilia
        In 1950, the New Kent Training School was renamed George W. Watkins School, and educated African American children from preschool through eleventh grade. The school played a part in the landmark school integration case of  Green v. New Kent County. This collection follows the journey of this educational institution, African American educator Dr. George W. Watkins for whom the school was named, and the George Washington Watkins Alumni and Scholastic Association, Inc.
  • Hopewell Library # – City of Hopewell
  • J. Robert Jamerson Memorial Library – Appomattox County
  • James L. Hamner Public Library – Amelia County
  • Jones Memorial Library # – City of Lynchburg
    Specializes in genealogy and local history. Although its primary focus is on the central Virginia area, the collection includes a wide variety of materials covering the State of Virginia as well as the surrounding states, including county histories and court records, family histories and genealogies, general works on the Civil War, county land tax and personal property tax records, and census records. Materials of local interest include microfilmed copies of the Lynchburg newspapers, microfilmed copies of funeral home burial files, architectural archives, city directories, indexes of marriage and death notices, and microfilmed church records.The Library also houses over 300 manuscript collections, including personal family papers and correspondence, records of clubs and organizations, and business records.
  • Keysville Branch Library – Charlotte County
  • LaPrade Library – Chesterfield County
    LaPrade Library is a bright, spacious, and welcoming facility featuring a calming color scheme and large windows with beautiful views of the natural surroundings. The 20,000 square foot facility features great workspaces for laptop users and students. LaPrade features one of CCPL’s two 24-hour drive-up book drops. The current facility, opened in 2001, replaced the library’s original building on Hicks Road, constructed in 1976.
  • Lexington Public Library – City of Lexington
  • Louisa County Library – Louisa County
  • Lynchburg Public Library – City of Lynchburg
    The Lynchburg Public Library has two locations to serve you. The Main Library is located at 2315 Memorial Ave, in the Plaza. The Downtown library is at 900 Church Street, on the first floor of City Hall. The Library provides free services to all residents living within the Lynchburg city and the surrounding counties.
  • Madison Heights Library – Amherst County
  • Meadowdale Library – Chesterfield County
    Meadowdale Library’s prairie style architecture inspires admiring comments for the warm and welcoming feeling created by the building – and the staff. Meadowdale is closely connected to its diverse community. A large part of CCPL’s bilingual and Spanish-language books are at the Meadowdale library, which also hosts a Spanish study hour every week.
  • McKenney Library – Dinwiddie County
  • Middlebrook Library Station – Augusta County
    The Middlebrook Library Station opened next door to the post office in 2008 in a former hardware store. Basic library services are available including a browsing collection of books, movies, and audio materials plus public Internet computers, Wi-Fi, and access to the full collections of Augusta County, Staunton, and Waynesboro libraries through the holds system.
  • Midlothian Library – Chesterfield County
    Midlothian Library is located in the historic, unincorporated Village of Midlothian. The library is adjacent to the Millworks at the Green Complex, which provides a unique village atmosphere rarely found in a suburban setting.
  • Nelson Memorial Library – Nelson County
  • North Courthouse Road Library – Chesterfield County
    The North Courthouse Road Library is a 20,000 square foot state-of-the-art library designed for LEED (Leadership in Energy and and Environmental Design) certification. Site and building features include a system for recycling rainwater, protection of existing wetlands, rapidly renewable bamboo panels at book stacks and more.
  • Northside Branch Library – Albemarle County and City of Charlottesville
  • Phenix Branch Library – Charlotte County
  • Plaza Branch Library – Arlington County
    In January 1989, the Government Reference Library opened in the County government building at 2100 Clarendon Blvd. On April 2, 2007, the collection was moved to the new public-oriented Plaza Branch Library & Arlington Shop, located in the lobby of the County office building. The Arlington Shop was added to the space, where County merchandise is sold. Library staff provide government reference service, manages County store and serve as “information and referral” for all County offices and services.
  • Prince George County Library – Prince George County
  • Public Law Library – City of Lynchburg
  • Rohoic Library – City of Petersburg
  • Scottsville Public Library – Albemarle and Fluvanna County
  • Shirlington Branch Library – Arlington County
    The first library in Shirlington (then called Fairlington) was established in 1947 at 2780 South Randolph Street – rented quarters in the Shirlington Trust Building. After expanding several times and having several temporary locations the new Library, at 4200 Campbell Ave, opened in 2007 and offers three times the space of Shirlington Library’s last temporary home.
  • Stuarts Draft Library Station – Augusta County
  • Westover Branch Library – Arlington County
    The original Westover Library opened in 1949, when it occupied two apartments at the corner of Washington Boulevard and Longfellow Street. In 1963, a split-level structure at 1800 N Lexington St – designed by the same architects who did both Cherrydale and the Central Library building – became the first official Westover Branch Library building. The current Westover Library/Reed School, at 1644 N. McKinley Rd opened to the public on October 30, 2009.
  • William E. Richardson Jr. Memorial Library – Greensville County and City of Emporia
    The William E. Richardson, Jr. Memorial Library, Emporia contains a wide variety of local and family histories. The Greensville County Historical Society is active in assisting the Library and researchers locate local history and genealogy through their collective knowledge and through the Library’s collection. Newspapers, city directories, abstracts, indexes, as well as books on local history, family heritage, and information on surrounding regions can be found in this comprehensive collection.
  • Wylliesburg Community Library – Charlotte County
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