Genealogy

Library Resources

Ancestry for Virginians
Offers Virginians free access to select sets of Virginia-related genealogy records hosted by Ancestry.com. Search results may include materials not part of the Library of Virginia’s collections. Users will be offered the opportunity to access these additional records through a paid subscription to Ancestry.com. Ancestry for Virginians can also be accessed through Find It Virginia. Full access to Ancestry.com is available for use inside the Tabb and Yorktown Libraries.

Ancestry Library  (in-library only)
Genealogy collection includes census, vital, military and immigration records for the United States, as well as extensive Canadian and international collections from the United Kingdom, Australia, France, Germany and Scandinavian countries.

Family Tree Magazine
Each free issue of Family Tree Magazine includes tips on locating, collecting, and preserving photos, letters, diaries, church and government records, and other documentation. Issues from May 1, 2017 to the present are available free of charge through the Library’s RBdigital magazine collection.

Heritage Quest Online 
Genealogy collection includes the 1790-1940 U.S. Federal Census, Revolutionary War Era Pension Records, ProQuest’s Genealogy & Local History book collection, the Periodical Source Index Archive, Freedman’s Bank Records and LexisNexis U.S. Serial Set.

Universal Class
Universal Class offers Genealogy 101, a self-paced course presenting tips and strategies for researching your family tree. Universal Class is free with your library card.

Virginiana Collection
This collection is located at the Yorktown Library and contains books, maps, and photographs on the history of Virginia and York County. 

Yearbook Digitization Project
Through the Library of Virginia’s Yearbook Digitization Project, you can browse yearbooks online from high schools across Virginia. The collection currently includes 1,647 yearbooks from 1912 to 1977, selected as the stopping point for copyright purposes. The York County Public Library has included Tabb and York High School yearbooks from 1958-1977.

York County Digitized Documents and Histories
This collection includes the York County 1850 census, York County Public Library history, Citizens of Hampton Roads newspaper article collection, local family histories, and more.

York County Public Library Catalog
Search for genealogy titles available at the Tabb and Yorktown Libraries.

Recommended Websites

Chronicling America
Available from the Library of Congress, search America’s historic newspaper pages from 1789-1963 through Chronicling America. 

Family Search 
Collection of free family history, family tree and genealogy records and resources.

Genealogy and Family History
USA.gov provides a list of government resources to help you research your ancestors.

The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation
Explore the collection of immigrant arrival records stored in the Port of New York Passenger Records 1820-1957 in the American Family Immigration History Center.

Virginia Chronicle
Provided by the Library of Virginia, Virginia Chronicle is a historical archive of Virginia newspapers, providing free access to full text searching and digitized images of over a million newspaper pages.

Virginia Memory Digital Collections
Provided by the Library of Virginia, Virginia Memory explores over 400 years of Virginia history, people and culture. It includes photos, archival records, maps and more.