Libraries & Archive Collections

Library of Virginia
Collections include books, magazines, newspapers, state and Federal publications; county and city government records, state government records, architectural drawings and plans, Bible records, business records, organization records, personal papers, genealogical notes and charts; maps, rare books, broadsides, sheet music, posters, prints and engravings, postcards, paintings, sculpture and photographs

Allen County Public Library
Houses the largest public library genalogial collection in the United State. It contains an estimated 80% of the nation's genealogical periodicals. It is the creator of the PERiodical Source Index (PERSI) , the largest subject index to genealogical and historical periodical articles in the world.

National Archives
NARA - The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is an independent Federal agency that preserves our nation's history and defines us as a people by overseeing the management of all Federal records. Online catalogs of NARA's nationwide holdings are available at this website.

Library of Congress
Dubbed "America's Library," the Library of Congress (LOC) contains more than 127 million items, and is the nations's oldest federal cultural instituiton. It has many on-line offerings which represents only a small portion of its holdings. The greatest online assets is the American Memory Project which is a collection of photographs, music, books, newspapers, and first person narratives. The map collection includes panoramic maps of American cities dating from 1847 to 1929. It also includes Civil War battle maps as well as a collection of 19th-century railroad maps.

Catalog of Manuscript Collections
NUCMC, or the National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections, is a free-of-charge cooperative cataloging program operated by the Library of Congress. Check out the catalogs to find out more about programs, archives and manuscript repositories, and other topics of interest to genealogists.

Virginia Historial Society
The Historical Society houses numerous materials helpful to genealogists such as genealogical notes and charts, family papers, Bible records, county histories, and census records. These are in closed stacks. This means that researchers must fill out call slips in order to request and examine materials from the library collections

Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
The digital library of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. For years researchers and visiting scholars have had access to one of the richest repositories of sources of Virginia history in the country. Here you can search and view digitized versions of rare books and manuscripts from the Foundation's collection, a selection of reports on the buildings and people of 18h-century Williamsburg, and the complete run of the Virginia Gazette to 1780. Over time, more resources will be added.