This website is intended to be the successor to the print guide Virginia genealogy : a guide to resources in the University of Virginia Library (1983), which was developed from a mimeographed bibliography compiled by the Reference staff in the 1970s. The purpose of this edition, as of those previous editions, is to provide the researcher with a handy guide to the resources of the University Library. By making this guide available in electronic format, it is not only easier for the researcher to access, but also easier to update as new materials are acquired by the University Library.
The University of Virginia has a large number of genealogical sources among its holdings, including what must be considered one of the foremost collections dealing with Virginia genealogy. The printed materials–general guides and bibliographies, printed records, and manuscript sources–are scattered throughout the library system, primarily in Alderman Library and the Small Special Collections Library, with some materials to be found in the various libraries of the University of Virginia Library system. This guide has been prepared in an attempt to make these sources more readily available to the genealogical researcher, whose time is often limited. I have not attempted to itemize all or even most of the genealogical materials in the library but have listed the basic sources that most researchers will find useful. The bibliographies and materials listed in this guide can be used to identify further sources not mentioned here. Although the bulk of this guide deals with sources for Virginia genealogies, the reader will find sections on genealogical research in general, on foreign genealogical sources, and on United States genealogy.
Each entry in this guide includes location information. Depending on the type of material, that location could be a library location and call number or a URL link. When the University Library owns more than one copy of the item in question, only one location is given. In particular, if both Alderman Library and the Small Special Collections Library hold copies of the same title, usually only the Alderman location is given. The online catalog should always be consulted to determine locations of additional copies and editions.
This edition has been revised and updated to include not only the most recent genealogical materials acquired by the University Library in print, but also to include important online sources from the plethora of genealogical materials now available through the Internet. Some new features are sections for Maps, Genealogical Societies, Genealogical Software sites, Web Resources, and links to useful Library Resources. In addition, I have introduced a new section with Help for Beginning Genealogists, pointing out a few useful sources that will help them start out correctly. In order to make this website more useful, I have added a site search on the menu bar to the left.
Researchers accessing this guide from remote locations may place interlibrary loan requests for circulating materials through their local libraries. However, reference books, manuscripts, and rare books cannot be sent out on interlibrary loan, although photocopies or digital scans of specific pages in a specific book might be provided through interlibrary loan if circumstances allow.
Jean L. Cooper
March 25, 2014