Genealogical information can be found in the library's books and databases
on the history of colonial British America. Special resources that focus on
people who lived in Williamsburg in the 18th century have been developed by
staff, some of which is available on the website through various indexes and
Digital Library. Search our
Online Catalog by author, title, family name, county name or other subject.
The Library owns a few Bibles
in which family information was recorded. Review the
Special Collections finding aids for other documents of interest.
The following research guides will lead you to important resources
in the field, many of which are widely available in large academic libraries
all over the United States.
Good genealogical research rests on a variety of documented facts. Many primary
source documents can be found at the Virginia
Memory Project at the Library of Virginia:
Virginia records are also available from the following websites:
If you need further help, please contact the Reference
Department. Reference staff may respond to specific inquiries about our
resources, but cannot undertake genealogical research on families.