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Primary Sources from Early Virginia
Virginia Vital Records #1, 1600s–1800s
(CD 174)
Reviewed by Marthe Arends

"I am not a Virginian, but an American."
— Patrick Henry, Speech to the First Continental Congress (1774)

Patrick Henry might have said that he was not a Virginian in an attempt to promote a spirit of unity in the Continental Congress, but I'm sure his genealogist descendants would argue the point. Many researchers who have Colonial ancestry have some family in the important state of Virginia...and those folks will be delighted with the Virginia Vital Records CD.

This new resource contains images of the actual pages of six books published by Genealogical Publishing Company: Virginia Vital Records, Virginia Marriage Records, Virginia Will Records, Virginia Land Records, Virginia Military Records, and Virginia Tax Records. The books contain articles originally published in The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, The William and Mary College Quarterly, and Tyler's Quarterly.

More than 138,000 individuals are referenced, and the types of material you'll find varies greatly:

  • Virginia Vital Records contains lists of births, deaths, and marriages.
  • Virginia Marriage Records includes items found in ministers' returns and records, licenses, registers, bonds, and newspapers.
  • Virginia Will Records contains information from wills, inventories, administrative accounts, court minutes, deeds, and other types of estate records.
  • Virginia Land Records includes a number of items relating to the ownership and transfer of land.
  • Virginia Military Records includes information from (primarily) colonial and Revolutionary War records, including militia lists, pension records, service records, pay rolls, and other records.
  • Virginia Tax Records contains information from documents such as property tax lists, tithables, rent rolls, and other records.

September 1, 1999

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All six books are included in their entirety, as well as original title pages, notes, tables of contents (referred to as "List of Sources" on the Family Archive), and index. As with other CDs, a comprehensive searchable index is included.

This resource offers researchers an economical and convenient way to own six volumes important in Virginian research, and should be included on every Virginia genealogist's wish list.

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About the Author

Marthe Arends has been involved in genealogy for 18 years. She has lectured on computers and genealogy to many groups, has been the SysOp of a Fidonet genealogy BBS, has written articles for a variety of genealogy publications, and currently writes fiction. Marthe has also written Genealogy Software Guide and Genealogy on CD-ROM, both published by the Genealogical Publishing Company.
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