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An overview of resources available at Swem Library for Genealogists along with ideas for other places to conduct research in the area.
The VHS runs the Virginia Museum of History & Culture, but it also maintains its own library which has resources that might be useful to the genealogists of Virginia. Makes sure to check out their "Collections" page for links.
Free and fee-based databases, some unusual (funeral and business cards, World War II ration books, etc.)
A subscription database available locally at both branches of the Williamsburg Regional Library. Index of 24,000 family and local history books, index of over 2 million genealogical articles (PERSI), selected records from the Revolutionary War and the Freedman’s Bank etc., all searchable by place or personal name.
Describes its records holdings and guides on using them and the Soundex Indexing System. The Soundex is an index that is based on how a name sounds, not how it is spelled. It can be searched to obtain a code that makes using NARA’s census microfilm from 1880-1930 much easier.
A volunteer effort to supply genealogical information at the county level. Access is by state, then by county. The county focus is very useful, and researchers are able to post queries on each county page. Some local records have been digitized by GenWeb participants.
This is a consolidated database of more than 11,000 finding aids which provide information about the vast array of manuscripts and archival materials housed in historical societies, libraries, museums, colleges and universities across the Commonwealth.