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Links to other online resources

The musuem and research library offers a number of online resources to help with your research. Below is a list of our recommended online resources. These resources can be used in conjunction with research conducted in our library or on our online database of our collections.

The listing of a link does not constitute an endorsement of the web site by the Virginia Historical Society.

Below is a list of our recommended online resources for the following categories:



  • Researchers at the VHS library have access to Ancestry.com through a generous gift from National Society Daughters of Colonial Wars, Inc.

  • www.ancestry.com

Genealogical Research Institute of Virginia (GRIVA)

Research locations (Virginia Genealogical Society)

Family history resources at the Library of Congress

Virginia Vital Statistics Genealogy Information

Board for Certification of Genealogists

Family Search Internet Genealogy Service

National Genealogical Society

RootsWeb.com Home Page

General Virginiana

Commonwealth of Virginia Home Page

Encyclopedia Virginia Home Page

The Library of Virginia Home Page

Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

The Mariners' Museum - Newport News, Virginia

The Virtual Library of Virginia - Special Collections

Preservation Directory - Virginia Preservation Organizations

Library of Virginia Newspaper Database


City of Richmond Home page

Hollywood Cemetery

Valentine Richmond History Center

Civil War

Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission

The Valley of the Shadow

Museum and White House of the Confederacy


Pamplin Historical Park & The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier


Civil War Traveler

American Civil War Research and Genealogy Database

Virginia Civil War Campaigns Historical Marker Guide

For information on the June 22 Arthur Ashe Boulevard Dedication Ceremony, click here. The museum galleries and library will open at 12:30 pm on June 22, following the ceremony.


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