Library Guides and Online Library Resources in Virginia and Elsewhere

The resources of many genealogical libraries are available on the Internet. Here are links to a few major Virginia collections, and some nationally known collections from other states.

Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center. The Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, IN, has the second largest collection of genealogical materials in the US.

College of William and Mary. Library Catalog (LION).

Colonial Williamsburg Digital Library. The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, c2008.Contains full text documents in the following categories: the Colonial Williamsburg Research Report series, the Virginia Gazette, the York County Probate Inventories, and selected manuscripts from the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Library.

Daughters of the American Revolution. Library Website.

Digital Public Library of America. “The Digital Public Library of America brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world.”

Filby, P. William. Directory of American libraries with genealogy and local history collections. Wilmington, Del. : Scholarly Resources Inc., 1988.
Alderman Reference Z675.G44 F56 1988

Jefferson-Madison Regional Library Website. The JMRL Catalog contains records for the material in the library of the Albemarle-Charlottesville Historical Society. Currently, ProQuest’s Heritage Quest Online database is available to JMRL cardholders.

Library of Congress
Library of Congress American Memory Project (LC Digital Library)

Library of Virginia Website
Virginia Memory: LVA’s digital collection
Virginia Chronicle: LVA’s full text newspaper collection

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).
NARA Archival Research Catalog.
The Archival Research Catalog (ARC) is the online catalog of NARA’s nationwide holdings in the Washington, DC area, Regional Archives and Presidential Libraries. ARC is a work in progress; currently just over 50% of NARA’s records are described in ARC at the series level. ARC contains many descriptions of records of interest to genealogists and family historians, including 1) applications for enrollment in Native American tribes, 2) court records, 3) fugitive slave cases, 4) land records, 5) military personnel records, and 6) naturalization records.Additional information on the holdings of the National Archives may be found at the main website,

Neagles, James. C. The Library of Congress : a guide to genealogical and historical research. Salt Lake City, Utah : Ancestry Pub., c1990.
Alderman Reference Z1250 .N4 1990

Newberry Library (Chicago, IL). “Genealogy and Local History.” Website.

University of Virginia Library. Website:

Virginia Heritage; guides to manuscript and archival collections in Virginia. Website.

Virginia Historical Society. Library Website

OCLC WorldCat. 2001-2015. WorldCat is a library catalog created by the holdings of thousands of libraries all over the world. Free.