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Genealogical Research

An overview of resources available at Swem Library for Genealogists along with ideas for other places to conduct research in the area.


Tracing ancestors back across the ocean is a source of frustration for many researchers.  It is especially difficult for those whose ancestors immigrated to colonial Virginia because the colony had no main port of entry.  Thus, lists of passengers arriving in the colony have not survived as they have for other ports such as Philadelphia or Boston.  However, there are some books that have been published with records of immigration to Virginia.


Lists of Immigrants

People came to Virginia for a number of reasons and via many channels, not all of them by choice. Below are some books with passenger lists covering a number of different scenarios.

General Lists:


Indentured Servents: