Genealogy & Local History

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Ancestry for Virginians

Search select Virginian birth, marriage and death records from the Library of Virginia's collection available for free on Ancestry.
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Ancestry's Holocaust Records

Millions of free Holocaust records, including survivor testimonies, courtesy the Arolsen Archives and the USC Shoah Foundation in partnership with Ancestry.
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"The Big Chief" Yearbooks

Digital scans of the Powhatan High School yearbooks for the years 1932, 1948-49, 1955-56, 1958-60 and 1962. Yearbooks were digitized with assistance from the Library of Virginia.
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A genealogical database maintained by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Contains access to scanned and digitized birth, marriage, death and census records. PCPL is a FamilySearch Library Affiliate. 
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VCU Libraries Social Welfare History Project

A collaborative project that features items from the collections of VCU Libraries and seven other institutions across the country documenting the history of social reform movements and social welfare.
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VCU Libraries Social Welfare Image Portal

A companion site hosting primary source materials, supporting research and promoting the use of archival materials related to social welfare history and reform movements

Afro-American Historical and Genealogy Society

The Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc. (AAHGS) is dedicated to the study and research of African American history and genealogy, and promoted the documentation of African Americans in American history.

Atlas of Historical County Boundaries

Maps and text covering the historical boundaries, names, organization, and attachments of every county, extinct county and unsuccessful county proposal from the creation of the first county through December 31, 2000.

Chancery Records

Each of Virginia's circuit courts created chancery records that contain considerable historical and genealogical information. There are over 274,000 cases indexed in the database and over 11.5 million images of chancery causes available online.

DAR Library Collections

The Daughters of the American Revolution lineage and genealogy resources, ancestor and descendant databases, special collections and library catalog.

Find a Grave

A searchable database of cemeteries and grave records, many including grave site photographs and obituaries.

LOC Public Domain Archive

The Library of Congress's digital archive of digital photographs, maps and building schematics for some of the historical buildings in Powhatan County including Keswick, Malvern. and Belnemus.


The Library of Virginia's crowd sourced project to transcribe over 400 years of Virginia historical documents into searchable text.

Virginia Chronicle

A historical archive of Virginia newspapers, providing free access to full text searching and digitized images of over a million newspaper pages.

Virginia Memory

Virginia Memory is part of the online presence of the Library of Virginia, the state archives and reference library.

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