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Colonial Virginia Source Records, 1600s-1700s

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About the Data
This data set contains page images for ten books originally published by the Genealogical Publishing Company. Comprehensive in its coverage of colonial Virginia, this data set includes family histories, local histories, military records, court records, newspaper abstracts, tax lists, and marriage records. In all, approximately 353,000 individuals are referenced.

The sources collected here are especially useful because they were collected from local sources and often cover a period of time before centralized record keeping was established. For example, while Virginia did not record births and deaths until the mid-1800s, often you can learn information on vital events from newspapers and genealogies (such as those collected here). Although the first Federal Census was not taken until 1790, in Virginia Tax Payers, 1782-1787, you'll find a list of 34,000 residents. In Early Quaker Records in Virginia you'll find an exact transcription of genealogical data in the oldest Quaker records in Virginia, the so-called Chuckatuck Record.

Among the more unusual resources is a collection of abstracts from 18th-century Virginia newspapers (found in the book Genealogical Abstracts from 18th-Century Virginia Newspapers). Extracted from more than 7,000 issues of 80 newspapers, each abstract provides at least two pieces of genealogical data. This is an especially exciting resource for obtaining information on enslaved African-American ancestors since many of the abstracts are advertisements for the return of runaway slaves.

Within the great variety of records collected here, you'll find:

  • Names and descriptions of family members
  • Dates and details of vital events
  • Historical essays
  • Biographical sketches
  • Local histories

Books Included in this Data Set

Produced in collaboration with the Genealogical Publishing Company, the following volumes are included in this data set:

Gleanings of Virginia History
William F. Boogher

Virginia Wills Before 1799 — A Complete Abstract Register of All Names Mentioned in Over 600 Recorded Wills
William Montgomery Clemens

Virginia Court Records in Southwestern Pennsylvania (Records of the District of West Augusta and Ohio and Yohogania Counties, Virginia 1775-1780)
Boyd Crumrine

Virginia Tax Payers, 1782-87 (Other Than Those Published by The United States Census Bureau)
Augusta B. Fothergill and John M. Naugle
This unique list names 34,000 residents of Virginia who were not included in the 1790 Federal Census.

Genealogical Abstracts from 18th-Century Virginia Newspapers
Robert K. Headley, Jr.
This ultimate resource draws together all genealogical data in 18th-century Virginia newspapers.

Historical Collections of Virginia
Henry Howe

Index to Obituary Notices in The 'Richmond Enquirer' From May 9, 1804, through 1828, and The 'Richmond Whig' From January 1824 Through 1838
H. R. McIlwaine

Virginia Wills and Administrations, 1632-1800
Clayton Torrence

Early Quaker Records in Virginia
Miles White, Jr.

Marriages of Some Virginia Residents, 1607-1800
Dorothy Ford Wulfeck

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