William and Mary College Swem Library

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William and Mary College Swem Library
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Contact Information[edit | edit source]

E-mail:[1] sweref@wm.edu


Earl Gregg Swem Library
College of William & Mary
400 Landrum Drive
Williamsburg, VA 23185

Telephone:[1]  757-221-3067; Chat swemrefdesk

Hours and holidays:[3]  

Mondays-Thursdays: 8 a.m.-2 a.m.
Fridays: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Saturdays: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Sundays: 10 a.m.-2 a.m.

Visit Hours page to see upcoming Holiday schedule.

Directions, maps, and public transportation:

Internet sites and databases:

  • Genealogy Resources at SWEM
  • Home. About SWEM; Research; Services; News & Events; Exhibits & Programs; Giving; Catalog; News; Exhibits.
  • Search the Library Catalog
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    New, and the Classic Catalog both describe holdings. Search for books, movies, articles, archives, website. Also in WorldCat.
  • Special Collections. Manuscripts, major historical repository, books & periodicals.
  • History Databases Many newspaper databases.
  • Genealogical resources on New York and New England from the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

Collection Description[edit | edit source]

Swem Library has a strong collection in local, family (primarily Southern) and Virginia history through the nineteenth century.[4] Virginia genealogy in particular and Southern genealogy in general as well as collections, such as Boddie’s Historical Southern Families and Pecquet du Bellet’s Some Prominent Virginia Families. Books of genealogical interest that might include those who settled in Virginia, such as Hotten’s Original Lists of Persons of Quality and Filby’s Passenger and Immigration Lists Index. Militaria, such as the Roster of Confederate Soldiers 1861-1865, Index to Revolutionary War Service Records, and Virginia Soldiers of 1776. The Virginia Historical Index, by E. G. Swem, and the publications indexed in it. Journals directly relevant to Virginia genealogy. Books about the College of William and Mary, including the Colonial Echo yearbooks An up-to-date reference collection that includes guides on doing genealogy, information on the census, online resources, etc.

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • The section of the SWEM library for genealogical research is officially called the Mary and Dennis Rebman Virginia Genealogy Resource Center.
  • Fill out this online form to schedule a Research Assistance Appointment.
  • Copy machine on the left on the first floor will scan for free. [5]

Guides[edit | edit source]

  • Subject Guide for Genealogy Resources at SWEM. Getting Started; Finding Books; Key Guides; Census Records; Ships' Passenger Lists; Vital Records; Will and Probate Records; Local History; Churches, Funeral Homes, Cemeteries; Newspapers; Periodicals & Indexes; Other Repositories; Web Links.
  • Research Guides Genealogy; History.

Alternate Repositories[edit | edit source]

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Sources[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Contact Us at Earl Gregg Swem Library] (accessed 29 October 2012).
  2. Mailing Address at Earl Gregg Swem Library] (accessed 29 October 2012)
  3. Hours at Earl Gregg Swem Library] (accessed 29 October 2012).
  4. About at Earl Gregg Swem Library] (accessed 29 October 2012).
  5. Tip at Earl Gregg Swem Library] (accessed 29 October 2012).