Genealogy: Virginia, Library and society resource list

Virginia, Library and society resource listBy Barry J. Ewell

As this article was being researched it became very clear that links to genealogy and historical societies, libraries, and archives are scattered throughout the web.  None of the resources are complete, yet all must reviewed to make sure you have not overlooked a possible source.  Many of the resources are compiled on lists of varying names while others are buried on page 50 of Google search. Rather than give you a few links and say “Go Fish” I chose to research and compile links to online state resources in the following categories:

  • State-wide Resources
  • University Archives and Collections
  • Public Library and Community Resources and Archives
  • Historical Society and Special Interest Resources and Archives
  • Finding State Digital Resources and Collections
  • Digital Library Collections
  • Historical and Genealogical Society Online Web Pages

While I have sought to provide you a detailed compilation, I know that I have missed some resources.  If you don’t find you seek, I suggest you contact the library or society nearest your place of interest and see if they can help you locate resources that may not be not be online but can be contacted via other means.

**Important note about links:  The links that are presented below represent what was available during the research of this article.  If the link you seek is broken, simple copy the name of the library, society, archive, etc. and paste it into the Google search engine and you will be lead to the new link or copy and paste the name of institution in Google and find the URL.

State-wide Resources (3)

  1. Library of Virginia:
  2. Virginia Genealogical Society:
  3. Virginia Historical Society:

University Archives and Collections (29)

  1. Bridgewater College, Alexander Mack Memorial Library:
  2. Christopher Newport University:
  3. College of William and Mary:  or
  4. Eastern Mennonite University:
  5. Emory & Henry College:
  6. George Mason University:
  7. Hampton University. Archives:
  8. Hampton University. Peabody Collection:
  9. Hollins University:
  10. James Madison University:  or
  11. Old Dominion University. Diehn Composers Room:
  12. Old Dominion University. Special Collections:
  13. Radford University:
  14. Regent University:
  15. Shenandoah University:
  16. University of Richmond:
  17. University of Virginia’s College at Wise:
  18. University of Virginia. Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry:
  19. University of Virginia. Health Sciences Library:
  20. University of Virginia. Law Library:
  21. University of Virginia. Music Library:
  22. University of Virginia. Perdue Archive of Traditional Culture:
  23. University of Virginia. Special Collections:
  24. Virginia Commonwealth University. James Branch Cabell Library:
  25. Virginia Commonwealth University. Tompkins-McCaw Library:
  26. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University:
  27. Virginia State University:
  28. Virginia Union University:
  29. Washington and Lee University. Special Collections:

Public Library and Community Resources and Archives (18)

  1. Alexandria–Alexandria Library:
  2. Arlington–Arlington County Public Library:
  3. Chesapeake–Chesapeake Central Library:
  4. Chesapeake–Chesapeake Public Library, Wallace Room:
  5. Fairfax–Fairfax County Public Library:
  6. Hampton–Hampton Public Library :
  7. Handley–Handley Regional Library:
  8. Leesburg–Thomas Balch Library:
  9. Manassas–Prince William Public Library, Bull Run Regional Library, Ruth E. Lloyd Information Center:
  10. Newport News–Newport News Public Library, Martha Woodruff Hiden Memorial Room:
  11. Norfolk–Norfolk Public Library:
  12. Richmond–Library of Virginia:
  13. Historical Society and Special Interest Resources and Archives (5)
  14. Alexandria Archives & Records Cente:
  15. Christopher Newport University:
  16. Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society:
  17. Jefferson Library:
  18. Museum of the Confederacy:

Finding State Digital Resources and Collections (1)

  1. Find It! Virginia:

This site allows users to search information from magazine and newspaper articles, TV and radio transcripts, encyclopedia and other reference works, company information and investment reports, health and wellness information, and more.

Digital Library Collections (22)

  1. The Virtual Library of Virginia Image Collections:
  2. Rarely Seen Richmond:
  3. George Mason University, Department of History and Art History, Center for History and New Media:
  4. Digital Collections by Subject:
  5. George Mason University Libraries, Special Collections and Archives, Digitized Collections:
  6. Washington Research Libraries Consortium:
  7. The Library of Virginia, Digital Library Program:
  8. Virginia Historical Inventory Digital Project:
  9. Old Dominion University Libraries, Digital Services & Projects:
  10. University of Virginia, Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities:
  11. Digital Collections by Subject:
  12. Virginia Center for Digital History:
  13. Digital Collections by Subject:
  14. Electronic Text Center:
  15. Digitizes for Special Collections:
  16. Digital Collections by Subject:
  17. University of Virginia Library, Special Collections Digital Center
  18. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Digital Library and Archives:
  19. VIVA, the Virtual Library of Virginia:
  20. Washington Research Libraries Consortium, WRLC Libraries Digital and Special Collections:
  21. Digital Collections by Subject: s
  22. Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD: