Colonial Virginia Source Records, 1600s-1700s

Comprehensive in its coverage of colonial Virginia, this database references approximately 353,000 individuals in a unique collection of family histories, local histories,military records, court records, newspaper abstracts, tax lists, and marriage records.

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, although the first federal census was not taken until 1790, in Virginia Tax Payers, 1782-1787, you'll find a list of 34,000 early 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.

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Books Included:
Gleanings of Virginia History: An Historical and Genealogical Collection, Largely from Original Sources
Virginia Wills Before 1799: A Complete Abstract Register of All Names Mentioned in Over 600 Recorded Wills
Virginia Court Records in Southwestern Pennsylvania: Records of the District of West Augusta and Ohio and Yohogania Counties, Virginia, 1775-1780
Virginia Tax Payers, 1782-87, Other Than Those Published by The United States Census Bureau
Genealogical Abstracts from 18th-Century Virginia Newspapers
Historical Collections of Virginia
Index to Obituary Notices In The 'Richmond Enquirer' From May 9, 1804, Through 1828, And The 'Richmond Whig' From January 1824 Through 1838
Virginia Wills and Administrations, 1632-1800
Early Quaker Records in Virginia
Marriages of Some Virginia Residents, 1607-1800