Research Resources

Genealogy research at the HRHS Library

  • Over 2,900 books, of which 30% are family genealogies.
  • Surname files with unique research correspondence, articles, and other saved snippets.
  • Obituaries, funeral cards, and burned wills.
  • Cemetery and undertaker records.
  • Church histories and family Bible pages.
  • Birth, death, and marriage certificates.
  • And much more, including property tax records, newspaper archives, local history references, and an expanding collection of resources from other Virginia counties and states including Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio, and North Carolina.
  • Many details have been entered into the HRHS library database. At last count, the HRHS database had about 500,000 records. That number continues to grow as volunteers work weekly to collect additional data. Research Database

    Library visitors also have access to these popular online genealogy databases:

    Local libraries provide additional resources: