Southern Roots

Family history research in the Southern States.

Library of Virginia

I spent some time this evening exploring the Library of Virginia website. The Library of Virginia, located in the city of Richmond, is the archives which houses many of the historic records of Virginia. Their website includes descriptions of their collections, research policies and procedures, an online catalog search and more.

The staff can assist the researcher in learning about the resources that are available, but they cannot perform research for you. They do participate in Interlibrary loan and many of their records are on microfilm. They also maintain a list of professional researchers. One of their web pages is a guide to the “most useful” records for different time periods.

They also have some online resources: several indexes (marriage, obituary, funeral home records, etc) and a searchable collection of digitized Bible records. A great site to visit if you have roots in this area.


April 22, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Tennessee State Library and Archives

I decided to begin my exploration of resources for Southern States research by taking a look at the different state archives, what resources they offer online or by mail, what other kinds of information they offer. So I’ll begin with the Tennessee State Library and Archives since many of my family used to reside in Tennessee.

One of the great finds on the TSLA website is the online indexes. There are state death indexes for 1908 to 1912 and 1914 to 1925. They also have an online index to Confederate pension applications and other Civil War materials.

TSLA has also created fact sheets for Tennessee counties which provides the researcher with a bibliography of resources that the archives has for each county. They also have a page that informs the researcher of what records can be requested by mail and what the cost is. They have created informational pages for different types of records that they have. These pages give historical background on the different types of records and lists of records that are held by the archives.

There is also a page for “History and Genealogy” with information on how to use the resources of TSLA for your research including links to the different types of records, instructions for using their mail order service and forms that you can use to request a search. 

They have a lot of helpful information on their website and it would certainly be a good site to visit if you were planning a trip to research in Tennessee. They seem to have a good selection of resources.

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April 19, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Southern Roots

Welcome to Southern Roots a home for the exploration of genealogy and family history research in the southern states of the U.S. I have spent much time researching my family from Tennessee and Texas and my husband has family from Mississippi and Alabama. I am studying to become an accredited researcher through ICAPGen in the Mid-South region and think that this could be a good forum to help me explore the resources available.

April 16, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment