Bibliography of Books on Central Virginia
- Virginia genealogy: sources and resources
McGinnis, Carol. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co, 1993. 494p.
The most recent and most complete of the guides on this topic.
As the subtitle indicates, it deals with the records to be found
rather than the techniques of research.
- Virginia historical index
Comp. by Earl Greg Swem. 2 vols. Gloucester, MA: P. Smith, 1965 [c1934].
A subject, place-name, and every-name personal name index to the
- Hening's statutes at large, being a collection of all the
laws of Virginia
1619-1792, vols. 1-13.
- Calendar of Virginia state papers and other manuscripts
in the Capitol
1652-1869, vols. 1-11.
- Virginia magazine of history and biography
vols. 1-38 (1893-1930)
- William and Mary college quarterly historical magazine
First Ser., vols. 1-27 (1892-1919); Second Ser. Vols. 1-10
- Tyler's quarterly; historical and genealogical magazine
vols. 1-10 (1919-1929)
- Virginia historical register and literary advertiser
vols. 1-6 (1843-1853)
- The Lower Norfolk County Virginia antiquary
vols. 1-4 (1895-1906)
- Timesaving aid to Virginia-West Virginia ancestors
Wardell, Patrick G. Athens, GA: Iberian Press, c1985-
This cumulative family-name index to a large number of books and
periodicals on VA/WV can point to useful data which might
otherwise be overlooked.
- Cavaliers and pioneers: abstracts of Virginia land patents and grants
5 vols. Richmond, VA. 1934-1994.
Volume IV, 1732-1741, and volume V, 1741-1749, both published
in 1994, will be of the greatest interest for Central Virginia
research because they cover a period of great expansion into
- Theses and dissertations on Virginia history: a bibliography
Duncan, Richard R. Richmond, Virginia State Library, 1986.
Because they are not always published commercially, theses and
dissertations can be easily overlooked by the genealogist who
then misses the detailed treatments and extensive bibliographies
they often provide.
- Will and estate records in the Virginia State Library
Vogt, John. Athens, GA: Iberian Pub. Co., 1987. 186p.
The Library of Virginia had published a number of guides to
its collections that are of interest to the genealogist. Three
additional titles that have been prepared are:
- Hart, Lyndon H. A Guide to Bible records in the Archives
Branch, Virginia State Library. Richmond: Virginia State Library, 1985. 309p.
- Clark, Jewel T. & Long, Elizabeth Terry.
Guide to church records in the Archives Branch, Virginia State Library .
Richmond: Virginia State Library, 1981. 271p.
- Ray, Suzanne Smith, et al. A preliminary guide to pre-1904
county records in the Archives Branch, VSL&A .
Richmond: Virginia State Library and Archives, 1987? 331p.
- Geographical and cultural names in Virginia
Biggs, Thomas H. Charlottesville, Virginia: Division of Mineral Resources, 1974. 374p. (Information Circular 20)
This gazetteer of place names, geographic features, and religious
institutions illustrated on the U.S. Geological Survey topographic
maps can be invaluable in identifying locations in which our
Virginia ancestors settled.
- The Hornbook of Virginia history: a ready reference guide to the
Old Dominion's people, places, and past. Richmond: Library of Virginia, 1994. 324p.
Provides basic facts on Virginia counties (current and former)
and parishes of the established church, 1607-1785; identifies
cities, rivers, historic places of worship, etc.; and lists state
governors, lieutenant governors, attorney generals, and Virginians
prominent in the U.S. government.
- Virginia: a guide to the Old Dominion
Compiled by workers of the Writers Program of the WPA.
Richmond: Virginia State Library & Archives, 1991. 710p.
First published in 1940; still of interest. Lays out guided
tours in many areas.
- A Guidebook to Virginia historical markers
Salmon, John S. Rev. & exp. ed. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1994. 303p.
Brings together the texts of more than 1,600 official state
historical markers that have been erected along Virginia's
highways since 1926, including even those markers that have
been removed. Indexed by title, subject, and county or independent city.
Commonwealth of Virginia Offices
- Division of Vital Records & Health Services
Richmond, VA 23208
Other Virginia Resources
Central Virginia Genealogical Association
P.O. Box 5583
Charlottesville, VA 22905-5583