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Genealogy

A brief guide to genealogical resources in the University of Virginia Library.

Historical newspapers available at UVA Library

Newspapers available at UVA Library
Note: 
Contemporary newspapers may announce births, deaths, and marriages, as well as other important events in a person's life.

Selected genealogical periodical titles available in Alderman Library

The following table lists selected genealogical periodical titles available in Alderman Library, with special emphasis on publications related to Virginia genealogy. Search VIRGO for other oher genealogical periodicals not included in this listing.
Special Collections
F232 .A3 C46
Central Virginia heritage. Crozet, Va. : Central Virginia Genealogical Association, [1984- ] Incomplete holdings.
Previous title: Central Virginia Genealogical Association Quarterly.
Alderman Stacks
E202.5.A12
Daughters of the American Revolution Magazine. Incomplete holdings, 1892 to 2001.
New title: American spirit.
Current issues:
Alderman Periodicals Room
E202.5 .A13
Bound volumes:
Alderman Stacks
E202.5 .A13
Daughters of the American Revolution newsletter. Washington : Daughters of the American Revolution, 2001-
Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter. Richard W. Eastman. Updated 5/12/2005.
Alderman Reference &
Alderman Stacks
F 232 .A3 M3
The Magazine of Albemarle County History. Charlottesville, Va. : Albemarle County Historical Society, 1951- Complete holdings.
Previous title: Papers of the Albemarle County Historical Society.
Special Collections
F225 .V47
Magazine of Virginia Genealogy. Richmond, VA : Virginia Genealogical Society, 1984- Incomplete holdings.
Previous titles: Quarterly of the Virginia Genealogical Society, and Virginia Genealogical Society Quarterly.
Alderman Stacks
CS42.N4
National Genealogical Society Quarterly. Incomplete holdings, 1937 to date. No current holdings.
Alderman Stacks
F146.P65
Also available electronically.
Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography. Complete holdings.
1877-1906: http://proquest.umi.com/pqdweb?RQT=318&VName=HNP&pmid=42105 (APS, 1877-1906)
Alderman Stacks
E202.3.A5
Sons of the American Revolution [Magazine]. Incomplete holdings, 1907 to date.
Alderman Stacks & Reference
F221.T95
Tyler's Quarterly Historical and Genealogical Magazine. Complete holdings, ceased
publication 1952.
Indexed in E. G. Swem's Virginia Historical Index.
Special Collections
F225.V47
Special Collections
F225.V48
Virginia Genealogical Society Bulletin. Complete holdings.
Alderman Stacks & Reference
F221.V91
Virginia Magazine of History and Biography. Complete holdings.
Indexed in E. G. Swem's Virginia Historical Index.
Alderman Reference
F221.W71
 
William and Mary Quarterly. Complete holdings.
Indexed in Swem's Index.

Finding Aids & Reference Tools

Because the periodical literature in the area of genealogy and heraldry is extensive, the reader is urged to consult Ulrich's International Periodicals Directory which is available on the web from U.Va. locations. In addition, Periodical source index (PERSI) is perhaps the most comprehensive index of articles in genealogical periodicals, having in its database material from 1847 to the present. PERSI is part of HeritageQuest, available to all users from the public computers in all UVA libraries. 

Bibliographies of Periodicals and Newspapers
  • See the major bibliography for this subject: African-American Newspapers and Periodicals: A National Bibliography (see description of this resource and useful links). Z6944 .N39 A37 1998, Alderman Library Reference

        See also the following titles:

Alderman Reference
Z 6952 .V8 C24
Cappon, Lester Jesse. Virginia newspapers, 1821-1935; a bibliography with historical introduction and notes. New York, D. Appleton-Century, 1936.
Alderman Stacks
Z 6945 .R3 1974
Radford College. Dept. of History. A checklist of southwestern Virginia newspapers, 1800-1974. [Radford, The College, 1974?]
Alderman Reference & Stacks
Z5313.U5 S65
Sperry, Kip. A Survey of American Genealogical Periodicals and Periodical Indexes. Detroit: Gale Research Company, 1978.

Invaluable attempt to list and describe known genealogical periodical indexes. Select list of genealogical periodicals. Author,title, and subject indexes.


Indexes for Periodicals and Newspapers

Alderman Stacks
CS42 .G467
Genealogical periodical annual index. Bowie, Md. : George E. Russell, 1962-2001.
Latest edition that the library owns is 2001.
Alderman Reference
Z5313.U5J19
Jacobus, Donald Lines. Index to genealogical periodicals. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1963- . 3 vols.
Alderman Reference
Z5313 .U5 P47
HeritageQuest
(Available only from U.Va. locations)
Periodical source index (PERSI) / prepared by the staff of the Allen County Public Library, Genealogy Department, Fort Wayne, Indiana. Fort Wayne, Ind. : Allen County Public Library Foundation, c1987-
Coverage includes over 20,000 genealogical periodicals from 1847 to present (also available online by from U.Va. locations through HeritageQuest). This database does not contain links to full text articles, but gives a citation to the article which can be used to locate and borrow the item through interlibrary loan. This index is only updated once annually.
Alderman Reference
Z 5313.U5S64
Sperry, Kip. Index to Genealogical Periodical Literature, 1960-1977. Detroit: Gale Research Company, 1979.
Gov Docs Info Desk
(CD-ROM)
F221 .G46 1998
Swem, Earl Gregg. Genealogical records [electronic resource] : Virginia historical index. [Novato, CA] : Brøderbund Software, c1998.

Electronic edition of the Virginia historical index. Comprehensive subject index through 1930 of the following: The Virginia magazine of history and biography, v. 1-38, 1893-1930; the William and Mary college quarterly historical magazine, 1st series, v. 1-27, 1892-1919, 2d series, v. 1-10, 1921-1930; Tyler's quarterly historical and genealogical magazine, v. 1-10, 1919-1929; Virginia historical register and literary adviser, v. 1-6, 1848-1853; the Lower Norfolk County Virginia Antiquary, v. 1-5, 1895-1906; Hening's Statutes at large, 1619-1792, v. 1-13; Calendar of Virginia state papers and other manuscripts preserved in the Capitol at Richmond, 1652-1869, v. 1-11.
Alderman Reference
F221 .S93 2003
Swem, Earl Gregg. Virginia Historical Index. Reprint. Baltimore, Md. : Genealogical Pub. Co., 1934, 2003. 2 vols.

(1968 reprint Ald Stacks F221 .S93 1968) Comprehensive subject index through 1930 of the following: The Virginia magazine of history and biography, v. 1-38, 1893-1930; the William and Mary college quarterly historical magazine, 1st series, v. 1-27, 1892-1919, 2d series, v. 1-10, 1921-1930; Tyler's quarterly historical and genealogical magazine, v. 1-10, 1919-1929; Virginia historical register and literary adviser, v. 1-6, 1848-1853; the Lower Norfolk County Virginia Antiquary, v. 1-5, 1895-1906; Hening's Statutes at large, 1619-1792, v. 1-13; Calendar of Virginia state papers and other manuscripts preserved in the Capitol at Richmond, 1652-1869, v. 1-11.
ELECTRONIC
(Available only from U.Va. locations)
Ulrich's international periodicals directory. New Providence, NJ : R.R. Bowker, c2000-
Print copies of this annual directory may be found in Alderman Reference, but the most recent information is only available in the online version. Numerous specialized and regional genealogical publications are listed under the subject heading "Genealogy and Heraldry".