Answered By: Bryan Kasik
Last Updated: Aug 20, 2018     Views: 246

The U.Va. Library exists to support the curriculum of the University of Virginia. We do not have vital records, such as birth, death, divorce, or marriage certificates. Those records are available from the Library of Virginia in Richmond as part of a partnership between the Library of Virginia and Ancestry.com. Go to Find It Virginia (https://www.finditva.com/public.php#genealogy), and click on the Ancestry button. You will need to have a library card from a Virginia public library, and a free Ancestry.com UserID and password in order to view the images of the documents.

However, many of the materials that we collect are useful for genealogical research, and many of these resources may be used by the public.

For instance, the U.Va. Library offers on-site access to HeritageQuestOnline.com, a service that includes full images of the United States Censuses, 1790 through 1940. Our patrons also have on-site access to a variety of full-text historical newspaper databases. In addition, the Small Special Collections Library contains many collections of family papers, which are invaluable to the family researcher.

For a broad overview of materials in the U.Va. Library that can help with your family research, see Virginia Genealogy; a guide to genealogical resources at the University of Virginia: https://genealogy.library.virginia.edu/

Reference and Special Collections staff are happy to help start you with your research, but cannot conduct the research for you.  A list of independent researchers is available here. (http://small.library.virginia.edu/services/independent-researchers/)

(rev. jlc 8/20/2018)

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