To find the majority of VIRGO records on a particular county in Virginia, use the VIRGO Advanced Search as follows:
The subject headings are standardized in VIRGO, so one search should get all the records on a particular county. However, if there are multiple spellings of a county's name, or if the county's name was changed, i.e., Frederick Parish to Frederick County, try each variant.
Searching VIRGO for secondary materials on vital records
The University Library does not generally collect vital records information. There is some genealogical information of this sort (Bibles, newspapers, family records) in the Small Special Collections Library, but it is not collected in a systematic way.
The Library does have some printed books that contain vital records information that has been transcribed from the courthouse records of various counties. To find these records, check under the Library of Congress (LC) subject headings below:
You can specify the location by state alone, or by state and county or city:
A better source for this secondary material is the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society Library, located in the McIntire Library Building downtown.
We've tried to collect information on this tab on how to use VIRGO, the UVa Library online catalog, for genealogical research. In the center of this page are several sections on subject headings and other useful information about VIRGO that can help you.
VIRGO holds bibliographic records for most of the materials in the University Library system. This includes books, audio/visual materials, government documents after 1976, and materials in the Special Collections Library.
The records for the Special Collections materials are generally on the collection level, not the item level. In order to find out the specific materials in many of our collections, go to the Virginia Heritage Database in which you can search by keyword through materials in the collections. For materials not in the Virginia Heritage Database, you will need to go to the Special Collections Library and use the guides to the collections available on site.