Virginia Research Tips and Strategies
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Virginia Research Strategies
Below are links to different research strategy pages to help you locate your ancestors in Virginia
- Virginia Online Genealogy Records
- How to find Virginia Birth Records
- How to find Virginia Marriage Records
- How to find Virginia Death Records
Virginia Research Tips
These tips will help you as you research your ancestors in Virginia.
- Birth information: Statewide registration of births began in June 1912 in Virginia. A helpful substitute record to find birth information is a death record. However, date and place of birth on a death record is considered secondary information, as it was not recorded at the time of the birth event. The birth information should be corroborated with other substitute records to improve accuracy.
- Finding Parents: Statewide registration of deaths began in June 1912 in Virginia. They often will list the parents of the deceased and their birth information. Search Virginia death records
- Look in all censuses: Always look for your ancestor in every possible census. There are clues regarding immigration, naturalization, and occupation that can lead to other records. Sometimes parents can be found living with their children later in life. Search U.S. Censuses.
Virginia Record Finder
This brief Record Finder is designed to help you determine the best record to search for the type of information you are looking for. It is most helpful for post-1850 research. For a more complete Record Finder, covering additional research needs, see Virginia Record Finder.
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Further Virginia Research
- Remember, for a more complete Record Finder, covering additional research needs, see Virginia Record Finder.
- For online record collections, go to Virginia Online Genealogy Records.
- For more research on Virginia, including research at the county level, visit the Virginia page on the Research Wiki.
- Search all of the Virginia record collections at FamilySearch.