Everyone has a family history and comes from a lineage that they may have never knew existed if they didn't perform genealogy research. Some people want to trace their lineage back as far as they can go in order to see where they come and originated from. For those who wish to perform a Virginia genealogy records search, it can be easily done online and through government websites.
Many people research online to get family history and will pay the fees associated with that research. Allow some sites require a processing fee or money to get certified copies of documents; others can be free to search for information such as dates, names and locations in Virginia. If researching online has resulted in less information that you have hoped to acquire, there are great genealogy software available to purchase in order to gather information and build family trees. Some software will have built in search engines that give you the option of searching through archives or not. If you do not wish to purchase software, doing a Virginia genealogy records search through free websites can lead you to information from databases.
One website to use for researching genealogy is Virginia's Historical Society. This society gives a large amount of resources to aid in genealogy research and records. Though their collection is large, some of their collection has not been digitized on files and cannot be viewed online. With this noted, people wanting to find Virginia genealogy records can visit the library of Virginia and search through the archives. However, what are included in some of their collection are maps of Virginia area, census records, and land records, some vital records such as marriages and births and civil war records.
Through the Virginia vital records department people looking for birth, death, marriage or divorce records can apply for a request for information. The state of Virginia statutes require that you pay 12 dollars for each certification of a vital record. You must supply your name and phone number and reason for requesting the document such as for genealogy. You can add the number of copies requested, name of the person, date, race, sex and name of parents if applicable. Birth records are available from the present to 100 years ago and marriage, divorce and death records are kept on public records for 50 years.
Another place to find genealogy records in Virginia is through the Library of Virginia which has digital collections and catalogs accessible to the public. There are many collections to go through, including an alphabetical search, by topic, newspapers and photo collections. You can search by name and see the results that come up. If you relative were in the civil war or in newspapers this is a great way to search for any story to add to your Virginia genealogy records. The benefits of researching through state websites is that you can gather accurate information and an insight into family history. Occasionally, people will find photographs useful to their research.
The Division of Vital Records and Health Statistics is a part of the Virginia Department of Health and was created by Virginia State Code 32.1-276.1. The division is responsible for the collection and maintenance of information pertaining to vital events for the entire state. Virginia genealogy records become public record after a specified amount of time: 100 years for birth records, 50 years for all other records. Birth and death records are available for the years 1853 to 1896 and 1912 to the present. Marriage records are available from 1853 to the present, and death records are available from 1918 to the present.
Adoption records are sealed in Virginia and there are special procedures required to gain access to the original birth records of adoptees. When looking for genealogy records, Virginia adoptees must provide good cause to have the closed adoption records opened, and then a search for birth family members is initiated by the agency who originally handled the adoption.