Genealogy at a Glance: Virginia Genealogy Research Laminated Guide

As you follow the research like a pro process and perform locality research, you may wish to purchase books and guides that help you with a particular region. Many guides exist, and today I’m spotlighting on from Genealogical Publishing Company. They sent me a copy of their updated Virginia Genealogy Research laminated guide by Carol McGinnis. This four-page research aid contains basic facts about Virginia, its history, settlement, and record sources.


Records highlighted include vital, church, cemetery, land, probate, military, census and tax. Each section includes tips for locating the records. There is even a section about supplementary sources, including Bible records, biographies, family histories, periodicals, indexes, and newspapers.

You will also find a list of major repositories and online resources for Virginia. If you would like to get familiar with the most helpful records and repositories for Virginia research, this simple guide can be a great way to accomplish that quickly. Carol McGinnis is also the author of the book Virginia Genealogy: Sources & Resources (published 1993).

The guide was updated in 2020 with all the most up-to-date details for accessing Virginia sources of genealogical value. The Library of Virginia website, a wonderful resource, can often be difficult to navigate. McGinnis gives helpful tips for how specific places to go in their website to find collections and research aids. She also shares historical context for the record collections and describes some of the quirks that make Virginia research a little different.

The guide does not go into specific counties in Virginia or give specific information about how to research at local level repositories; for that, you will need to purchase the full book, Virginia Genealogy: Sources & Resources. In this book, McGinnis reports on the holdings of county courthouses,  independent cities, libraries, historical societies, and genealogical societies located in Virginia. For a preview of the book, go here: Genealogical Library Preview.

Other At A Glance Guides

If you are interested in purchasing any of the Genealogy At A Glance guides, Genealogical.com has 48 different guides focusing on various states, websites, record types, and so forth. They recently published new at-a-glance guides for Eastern European Jewish genealogy and Swedish genealogy. The guides are available in e-book format if you prefer that to the laminated pamphlet format.

Genealogical.com Labor Day Sale

I received the following information from Genealogical about their Labor Day sale:

Through 11:59 PM EDT, Monday, September 7, 2020, you can order any product available at www.genealogical.com at a discount of 20% off the current selling price of the books(s) of your choice. To take advantage of this holiday discount, simply add the special code LD20 (no spaces) in the “Apply Coupon” Box of the check-out process. You can use your special LD20 discount code as many times as you like, so long as you place your final order by 11:59 PM EDT, Monday, September 7, 2020. ENJOY FREE SHIPPING when your order totals $50 or more!I received a free copy of the Virginia Genealogy Research guide in order to provide a review.

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