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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.

Other Williamsburg/Tidewater Area Libraries

There are a number of other resources you can and should visit in the area. There are specific pages for the Williamsburg Regional Library, the Rockefeller Library at Colonial Williamsburg, the Tidewater Genealogical Society, and the Williamsburg Family History Center, but beyond those, you should also think about searching the catalogs of the other local repositories listed below:

Hampton Public Library
Central Library:
4207 Victoria Blvd., Hampton, VA 23669
Telephone for genealogy:  (757) 727-1314
A separate Virginiana Room includes local history collections and Virginia census microfilm.

Newport News Public Library
Main Street Library 
110 Main Street, Newport News, VA 23601
Telephone:  (757) 591-4858
The Martha Woodroof Hiden Memorial Collection, housed in the library’s Virginiana Room, consists of a large variety of genealogical resources.

York County Public Library—Yorktown
8500 George Washington Memorial Highway
Yorktown, VA 23692
Telephone: (757) 890-5207
Has Virginia census microfilm and a local-history collection.