A pound sign # next to the listing implies that the Virginia library has local genealogical material available.
Virginia Libraries by Region
- Alleghany Highlands Regional Library # – Alleghany County and City of Covington
The Library maintains a copy of archives for many local newspapers on microfilm, including the Virginian Review (previously the Covington Virginian), the Daily Review (previously the Clifton Forge Review), the Covington Pioneer, the Alleghany Tribune, and the Alleghany Sentinel. Also available on microfilm are local census records, Alleghany County Court records, and the Smith-Riffe Collection. Available on microfiche are Civilian Conservation Corps Camp Papers, 1870 Virginia Census Index, Virginia Marriage records (up to 1800’s), William and Mary Quarterly archives, AGLL-Catalog Census Records, Virginia Wills before 1799 (for Amherst, Bedford, Campbell, Louden, Prince William, and Rockbridge Counties), and some family genealogical histories.
- Appomattox Regional Library # – Appomattox, City of Hopewell, City of Petersburg, Dinwiddie, and Prince George County
- The Ann K. and Preston H. Leake Local History & Genealogy Collection
The Ann K. and Preston H. Leake Local History and Genealogy Collection, located on the second floor of the Hopewell Library, consists of primary documents, photographs, and printed books on the history of Hopewell and the surrounding local area.
- The Hopewell News (1916-2004)
The Appomattox Regional Library System has digitized preserved microfilm copies of The Hopewell News comprising the period of 1916-2004. The Hopewell News has been a daily, weekly, bi-weekly, and bi-monthly at various times.
- The Ann K. and Preston H. Leake Local History & Genealogy Collection
- Central Virginia Regional Library – Buckingham, Prince Edward, and Cumberland Counties
- Galax-Carroll Regional Library # – Carroll County
- Handley Regional Library # – Clarke County, Frederick County, City of Winchester
- Daily Independent Newspaper (1923-1925)
- Winchester Virginian Newspaper (1828-1862)
- Winchester Republican Newspaper (1821-1901)
- Virginia Gazette Newspaper (1787-1796)
- The Evening News Item Newspaper (1897-1905)
- Winchester Gazette Newspaper (1798-1824)
- The Morning News Item Newspaper (1906-1907)
- Republican Constellation Newspaper (1814)
- The Daily Item Newspaper (1896-1897)
- Virginia Centinel Newspaper (1788-1901)
- Winchester Journal Newspaper (1865-1869)
- Virginia Gazette and Winchester Advertiser Newspaper (1787-1792)
- Virginia Journal and Alexandria Advertiser Newspaper (1786-1787)
- Virginia Centinel and Gazette Newspaper (1790-1792)
- Winchester Sentinel Newspaper (1869-1870)
- Peoples Voice Newspaper (1880)
- Potowmac Guardian and Berkeley Advertiser Newspaper (1792)
- Philanthropist Newspaper (1808)
- Postscript To The Winchester Advertiser Newspaper (1788)
- Stewart Bell Jr. Archives Photograph Collection
This database contains photographs owned by the Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society and the Handley Regional Library. It is a work in progress and we are continuing to add new photos and additional details.
- Stewart Bell Jr. Archives Digital Collection
- Family Bible Records
The Family Bible Records collection consists of selected manuscript and photocopy excerpts from family Bibles belonging to individuals and families from the Winchester-Frederick County area. The excerpts generally record birth, death, and marriage dates and sometimes other personal and family information.The practice of recording family information in a Bible has a long history, but became increasingly common as printing technology improved and Bibles became cheaper to purchase. In the late 1700s a printer in Massachusetts became the first to offer a Bible for sale with a section for recording births, deaths, and marriages. Bibles with these blank register pages were popular during the nineteenth century and often given as gifts to newly married couple.
- John Walter Wayland Papers
The online collection of the John Walter Wayland Papers contains several books compiled by Dr. Wayland. There are four volumes and an accompanying index of Tombstone Inscriptions collected by Wayland between 1928 and 1941, mostly from cemeteries in the Shenandoah Valley. The collection also includes four volumes of family records from Bibles belonging to families who lived in the Shenandoah Valley. Dr. Wayland transcribed the information from the Bibles between 1928 and 1950, supplementing the records with details from deeds, wills, and other sources.
- Account Books
The Stewart Bell Jr. Archives online collection of account books consists of a selection of account and records books, ledgers and other business records belonging to a variety of businesses and one medical practice operating in the Winchester-Frederick County area from the late 1700s to the late 1800s. Account books offer insights into the day-to-day economic life of individuals and businesses within a given community. They record the everyday operations of a business, purchasing patterns, the price of goods, and the networks of merchants, suppliers, and customers. The business records of a physician’s practice can also reveal much about the state of medical care in the past.
- James Wood Digital Collection
The James Wood Digital Collection includes selected items from the James Wood Collection held by the Stewart Bell Jr. Archives. The main part of the collection is handwritten correspondence, financial records, surveys and plats, and other business, legal, and personal materials of Col. James Wood and other members of the Wood family. The collection extends from the 1730’s to the late 1800’s.
- Family Bible Records
- Jefferson – Madison Regional Library # – Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Nelson Counties, and City of Charlottesville
Jefferson-Madison Regional Library serves a population of over 200,000 residents with nine locations and the Bookmobile. With combined holdings of 500,000 items, the library circulates over 1,600,000 items annually. Library users have access to online databases and downloadable books 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
- Meherrin Regional Library # – Brunswick County
- Rockbridge Regional Library – Bath County, Rockbridge County, City of Buena Vista, and City of Lexington
Rockbridge Regional Library staff bolster the power of education, cultivate opportunities for learning, foster the fun in reading, and serve communities as information professionals. Besides the bookmobile there are 5 branches under their jurisdiction, Bath County Public Library, Buena Vista Public Library, Glasgow Public Library, Goshen Public Library, and Lexington Public Library.
- Virginia Eastern Shore Public Library # – Accomac and Northampton County
- Eastern Shore Death Notices: 1881-1912
The marriage and death notices were abstracted from original and microfilm copies of various newspapers and cover the period through 31 December 1905. The Accomac Court House Peninsula Enterprise has been thoroughly abstracted from 30 June 1881 through 1905.
- 1800 Federal Census, Accomack County, Virginia, St. Georges Parish (A-K) (Images)
- 1800 Federal Census, Accomack County, Virginia, St. Georges Parish (K-Y) (Images)
- 1800 Federal Census, Accomack County, Virginia, Accomack Parish (A-J) (Images)
- 1800 Federal Census, Accomack County, Virginia, Accomack Parish (J cont’d -Y) (Images)
- Accomack County Deeds (1715-1770), Wills & Inventories (1715-1737) & Grantor/Grantee Indexes (1663-1799) – Index
Scanned images by M.K. Miles, Barry Miles & Jim Matthews, in Collaboration with Samuel H. Cooper Jr., Clerk of Circuit Court and Dr. Brooks Miles Barnes, Eastern Shore Public Library.
- Wills, Deeds, Etc. 1715-29 Original, Part 1
- Wills, Deeds, Etc. 1715-29 Original, Part 2
- Wills, Deeds, Etc. 1715-29 Typed, Part 1
- Wills, Deeds, Etc. 1715-29 Typed, Part 2
- Deeds & Wills 1729-37 Original
- Deeds & Wills 1729-37 Typed, Part 1
- Deeds & Wills 1729-37 Typed, Part 2
- Deed Bk 1, 1737-1746 Original
- Deed Bk 2, 1746-1757 Original, Part 1
- Deed Bk 2, 1746-1757 Original, Part 2
- Deed Bk 3, 1757-1770 Original, Part 1
- Deed Bk 3, 1757-1770 Original, Part 2
- Eastern Shore Marriage Notices 1881-1912
These marriage and death notices were abstracted from original and microfilm copies of various newspapers and cover the period through 31 December 1905. The Accomac Court House Peninsula Enterprise has been thoroughly abstracted from 30 June 1881 through 1905.
- Accomack County, Virginia, Marriage Registry No. 4, 1896-1925
Scanned images as microfilmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, at Accomack County Court House, 2 Nov 1950
- Cape Charles Rosenwald School Restoration Initiative Oral History
- Catherine West Bible
Printed by John Hayes, Printer to the University, Cambridge, England Copyright 1683. Photographed by M.K. Miles & Dr. Miles Barnes of the Eastern Shore Public Library on 11 June 2013.
- Peninsula Enterprise 1881-1922
Launched in Drummondtown (re-named Accomac in 1893) on June 30, 1881, it was the first of several titles to gain a significant foothold. Founder John W. Edmunds stated in the inaugural issue that the Enterprise would “fill its columns with matter useful, agreeable and entertaining to our readers.”
- Local newspapers on microfilm
Available on microfilm in the Eastern Shore Room.
- Eastern Shore Stories
- Chincoteague Oral Histories
- Island Bones
- Chincoteague Cemeteries Online (Photos by cemetery)
- Caring for your family treasures
- Easter Shore Room Collections
Available to view by appointment only. Please call ahead.
- Accomack County, Virginia, Court Order Abstracts
Volume 28, 27 May 1777 to 1 March 1780, Abstracted by JoAnn Riley McKey, 2017
- Legislators from Accomack & Northampton Counties
- Chesapeake Bay Ferries
A history of the Chesapeake Bay ferries to Virginia’s Eastern shore prior to the Civil War.
- Downing’s Church Records (1857-1899)
This is a compilation of the Downing’s Church Records, Book I and II, covering the period 1857-1899. According to a note in the records written by Rev. J.B. Merritt, “This is the record first of Accomack Circuit – Philadelphia Conf of M.E. Church. Then of Atlantic Circuit VA Conf M.E. Ch South. Then of Conquest & Guilford. It will be found that the record of the last mentioned charge is recorded in the place allotted to Probationers as there was more space there than elsewhere.”
- Pocomoke Charge Church Register (1898-1927)
Registers of Pastors, Marriages, Baptisms, Members. Churches included: Pittsville, Pocomoke (at Grotons), Sanford, and Saxis.
- Tangier Island
- Tangier Island Resources
Finding aid for resources at ESPL about Tangier Island.
- Tangier Island Resources
- Free African Americans of North Carolina, Virginia, and South Carolina from the Colonial period to about 1820, vol 1 and 2, Heinegg, Paul, 2001.
- African American Genealogical Resources (Accomac & Northampton)
- Free Negro Heads of Families 1830 (Accomac)
Carter G. Woodson, Free Negro heads of families in the United States in 1830 – lists for Accomack County:
- Free Negro Heads of Families 1830 (Northampton)
Carter G. Woodson, Free Negro heads of families in the United States in 1830 – lists for Northampton County:
- The Countryside Transformed: Genesis of a Railroad Town: Parksley, Virginia 1884-1904
The website uses deeds, photographs, newspaper excerpts, and federal census data to provide a digital visualization of the emergence of a railroad town.
- The Countryside Transformed: The Railroad and the Eastern Shore of Virginia, 1870-1935.
A joint project of the Eastern Shore Public Library and of the Virginia Center for Digital History at the University of Virginia.
- The Countryside Transformed: The Eastern Shore of Virginia, the Pennsylvania Railroad, and the Creation of a Modern Landscape.
- Callahan Photograph Collection
Depicting scenes from the counties of Accomack and Northampton. Subjects include homes, churches, gravestones, important landmarks, courthouses, and other buildings. 85 photographs taken between 1895 and 1900.
- Historic Parksley, Virginia A Self Guided Walking Tour
- Eastern Shore Museum Network
- World War I History Commission Questionaires
After the conclusion of World War I, the Virginia War History Commission conducted a survey of veterans in Virginia through the use of a printed questionnaire. Everything from family life, to training and promotions, to reflections about war is covered in the questionnaire. Photographs in uniform were also requested.
- Cape Charles Museum & Welcome Center
- Yearbooks from Accomack and Northampton County up to 1977.
Courtesy of the Library of Virginia and Internet Archive, and with thanks to Cape Charles Museum for allowing us to use their scans of Cape Charles yearbooks.
- Accomac Roots
- Genealogy & History of the Eastern Shore
- The Mears Collection
This collection contains the names of many of the descendants of the original settlers of the Eastern Shore. There are about 250 family names traced from their earliest known origins to relatively modern times.
- The Nock Family Heritage
The Nock Family of Accomack County, Virginia back to the 17th century.
Genealogy with connections to the Eastern Shore of Virginia
- Eastern Shore Heritage
Online materials relating to the Eastern Shore – its History, Genealogy and more.
- Eastern Shore History Heroes
A listing of those people involved in writing and researching Eastern Shore History & Genealogy.
- Eastern Shore Stuff
Online repository of information concerning the Eastern Shore of Virginia
- Eastern Shore Death Notices: 1881-1912
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
- 1845 Tax List
- Arlington Public Library # – Arlington
- Central Branch Library History
The early years, 1936, through the computer age.
- Center for Local History
- Records of the Rock Spring Congregational United Church of Christ
- The Background of Integration by Dudley P. Babcock
- Residence of Arlington County Employees
- Sample of Census Tracts
- Distribution of Employees Pay Grades 1-6 By Residence (March 1962)
- Report on Housing in Arlington County with Particular Attention Toward Discrimination Toward Negroes by Arlington Council on Human Relations (April 1962)
- A Report to the Arlington Churches on Racial Discrimination in Bowling Alleys and Motels
- Broadside: The Negro Citizen in Arlington published by American Council on Human Relations
- Nauck / Green Valley Heritage Project
- Dr. Alfred Taylor Jr. and Delores Taylor Collection
Images and documents primarily related to the history of Macedonia Baptist Church.
- Charles R. Drew Collection
Photos related to the life of Charles R. Drew, prominent African-American doctor and “Father of the Blood Bank.” Collection is primarily drawn from the Charles R. Drew papers at the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center at Howard University.
- Ernest E. Johnson Collection (1948-1962)
Consists of images of the Parks and Recreation Department’s Negro Recreation Section. The photographs show children and adult activities such as sports teams, dance recitals, plays, parades and award ceremonies. Ernest E. Johnson was the head of the Negro Recreation Section and then head of all county recreation centers after desegregation in 1962. He continued to serve Arlington until the 1980s.
- Dr. Alfred Taylor Jr. and Delores Taylor Collection
- Arlingtonians for a Better County (ABC) Organizational Records
- Records of Church Women United of Arlington (1944-2001)
The national Church Women United describes itself as “a national volunteer Christian ecumenical women’s movement.” From its beginning in 1941 it has been an interdenominational and interracial group. The national CWU has been a significant leader in developing the churches’ role within the Civil Rights movement, the peace movement, and the equal rights movement.
- George Melvin Richardson Collection
Papers donated by George Melvin Richardson, former principal of Hoffman-Boston Junior-Senior High School.
- Arlington County Public Schools
The incomplete and unofficial records of the Arlington County, Virginia, public school system. The entire collection measures 20.85 linear feet, and ranges in date between 1909 and 2004. The bulk of the material is from the period 1946-1988
- Records of the Citizen’s Committee for School Improvement
The scattered records of the Citizen’s Committee for School Improvement for the period from 1946-1954 and 1956-1969. The Committee, a nonpartisan association, was formed in Arlington, Virginia in 1946, with the immediate purpose of influencing the selection of Arlington School Board candidates. The Constitution of the committee adopted in 1947 states that the organization’s goals “are to advance the nature of the population, the needs of the time, and the resources of the community.”
- Arlington County Public Schools: Desegregation Materials
Information related to the integration of Arlington County Public Schools including the history, redistricting, pupil distribution, and boundary maps. The collection was donated by Lisa Farberstein, Director of Community Service and Public Information for the Arlington County Public Schools
- Personal Papers of Elizabeth Pfohl Campbell
This collection consists of the personal papers of Elizabeth Pfohl Campbell, and covers the period from 1945 through 1991, with the bulk of the material falling between 1947 and 1959. The materials in this collection were generated or collected as a result of Mrs. Campbell’s involvement in the Arlington County School Board, as well as her interests and activities in education and local politics.
- Arlington Public Library Oral History Program
The Arlington Oral History Program preserves the memories of Arlingtonians who witnessed and made history in a growing collection of over 375 interviews. This sample features interviews with people who were involved in the desegregation of Arlington Public Schools in various ways. You can listen to the audio recording of the interview and read through the typed transcript by clicking any of the files.
- Daniel Ellis Byrd papers, 1940-1984; at the Amistad Research Center
This collection is held at the Amistad Research Center at Tulane University. It consists of the papers of civil rights attorney Daniel Ellis Byrd, who worked for the NAACP as a field secretary for forty years.
- Personal Papers of Barnard D. Joy
- Personal Papers of Barbara Marx
- Personal Papers of Henry Gardner
- Eastman-Fenwick Family Papers
- Records of the Arlington County League of Women Voters
- Desegregation of Arlington Public Schools
- Gale Biography in Context – 500,000 Biographies
Learn about the people who make history. Browse and search authoritative content: magazines and journals, video, audio, primary sources and images. Covers historically significant figures and present-day newsmakers. [Please note: Must have a library card for access]
- Center for Local History Blog
Contains many interesting stories about the Arlington area.
- Central Branch Library History
- 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.
- Office of Clerk of Court
- 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.
- Charles City County Virginia 1870 Census
- 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.
- Richard M. Bowman Center for Local History
- Charles City County Branch
- 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