Virginia Historical Society Papers (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Access the records: Virginia Historical Society Papers, 1607-2007 .
Images of collections from the Virginia Historical Society in Richmond, Virginia. The collection includes bible records, genealogy papers, and miscellaneous records.
The Virginia Historical Society was founded in 1831. Their mission is to collect, preserve, and interpreting the Commonwealth’s history, to link the past with the present and inspire future generations.
The records in this collection cover the years 1607 to 2007.
The records and collections were gathered to further the mission of the historical society.
The information in the records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the compiler.
For a list of records by category currently published in this collection, select the Browse.
Citation for This Collection
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.
- Virginia Historical Society. Virginia Historical Society papers. Virginia Historical Society, Richmond, Virginia.
The key genealogical facts found in the Virginia Historical Society Papers may include the following information:
- Name of ancestor
- Birth Date
- Birth Place
- Death Date
- Death Place
- Marriage date
- Spouses name
- Names of parents
- Names of children and their spouses plus their children's full name
How to Use the Record
To search the collection, select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page ⇒ Select the Record Category or Title ⇒ Select the Record Description which takes you to the images.
Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.
To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:
- The place where the event occurred
- The approximate date the event occurred
- The name of the individual or individuals such as the names of the bride and groom
Compare the information in the records to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family.
- Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.
- Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each partner to find a couple's birth records and parents' names.
- Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
- Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
- Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.
- Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
- The name of the officiator may be a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county.
- The name of the undertaker, mortuary, or cemetery could lead you to funeral and cemetery records, which often include the names and residences of other family members.
- Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname. This is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
- Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have been born, married, or died in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
- When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
Keep in mind:
- The information in the records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
- Earlier records may not contain as much information as more recent records.
- There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.
If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:
- Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
- Check for an index. There are often indexes created by local genealogical and historical societies.
- Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
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Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection
"Virginia, Historical Society Papers, 1607-2007," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 3 May 2012), Bayne Palmer O'Brien papers > Genealogical reports, 1972-1978, Adams-Wynne > Image 23 of 4716, Robert Adams, deed of land from William Pigg dated 23 March 1773; citing Virginia Historical Society, Richmond, Virginia.