Tazewell County Public Library

Genealogy

Virginia Room

The Virginia Room is located in the main library in Tazewell, VA. It includes over 2000 books and microfilm in its collection that are available to use by the public. These resources mainly cover Tazewell County and southwest Virginia. The collection includes population census records, marriage records, family histories, Sanborn Maps, yearbooks, and Polk Directories.

These materials in the Virginia Room CANNOT be checked out. Some of the books are available in our circulating collection.

The Virginia Room is open during regular business hours at the Tazewell Library.

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Databases

Ancestry Library Edition

Are you interested in researching your family history? Ancestry.com is a great place to start. It has billions of records that include censuses, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents, directories, photos, maps, and more.  At the library, you can access all of Ancestry.com’s online record for free.

In library use only, at any library location.

Heritage Quest

This essential collection of unique material is for both genealogical and historical researchers, with coverage dating back to the late 1700s. Use Heritage Quest to find your ancestors, trace their paths across America, and learn what life was like in the areas where they settled.

Library card number required for access outside the library.


Tazewell County History

Tazewell County Circuit Court:  The Tazewell County Circuit Court has the original documents for Births & Deaths, Wills, Marriages, Deeds, and Court Orders.  You can call them at (276) 385-1222.

Tazewell County Historical Photographs: TCPL has over 3500 photographs in our photographic collection. Search an index of these photographs at the Library of Virginia’s website.

Annuals of Tazewell County, VA  by John Newton Harman, Sr: This digital edition provides extensive information about Tazewell County history and genealogy in the nineteenth and early twentieth century.

Virginia Department of Historic Resources – Tazewell County: Read the applications and see photos of Tazewell County locations that have been added to the National Registry of Historic Locations.

Virginia Department of Historic Resources – Historic Highway Markers: Search through a database to find locations and pictures for all the historic highway markers in Virginia, including Tazewell County.

History of Tazewell County and Southwest Va by Pendleton: This digital edition includes information about Tazewell County and Southwest Virginia from the mid-eighteenth century to the early twentieth century.

Sanborn Maps: Tazewell County: Sanborn Maps were created for fire insurance purposes and usually have detailed maps of towns and cities from the late 1800s and early 1900s. You will find Sanborn Maps from Tazewell, Bluefield, Richlands, and Pocahontas.

Tazewell County by Louise Leslie: This digital edition includes information about the history of Tazewell County in the nineteenth and twentieth century.

Tazewell County Historical Society: The historical society has a great group of volunteers that can help you with your genealogical or historical questions.

Tazewell County Yearbooks: See digitized copies of various Tazewell County school yearbooks.

Peery & St. Clair Funeral Home: This Tazewell County funeral home maintains searchable obituaries on their website.

Hurst-Scott Funeral Home: This Tazewell County funeral home maintains searchable obituaries on their website.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund: Get information on the soldiers from Tazewell County were killed in action during the Vietnam War.


Newspapers

Virginia Chronicle: Digitized editions of Virginia Newspapers provided by the Library of Virginia.


Recommended Websites

Cyndi’s List: A comprehensive index to over 300,000 genealogical website. A great place to start or to find out additional details about your family.

DAR Genealogical Research System: This resource provides an extensive database of the lineague of Daughters of the American Revolution members as well as access to their online catalog.

DPLA (Digital Public Library of America): The DPLA compiles resources from libraries and archives throughout the United States into one search engine.

Digital Library of Appalachia: The DLA compiles historical and archival materials, including photographs, documents, and musical tracks, from the special collections of Appalachian College Association member libraries.

Encyclopedia Virginia: A great resource about the people and history of Virginia.  Includes extensive biographies on Virginians.

Find a Grave: An extensive resource with over 350 million grave records from around world. Includes some pictures of gravestones.

National Archives – Resources for Genealogists and Family Histories: Provides a good starting point on how to begin searching your family history.

National Gravesite Locator – U.S. Veterans Affairs:  Find the burials of U.S. veterans.

Library of Congress: A great starting point when searching for information on a particular topic in American history.

Library of Virginia – Virginia Memory:  Get access to the Library of Virginia large digital collection, including photographs and digitized newspapers.

Rootsweb: This resource links to genealogical resources on the internet. A great place to start for beginners.

West Virginia Vital Health Records: Has a fully searchable database of birth, death, and marriage records.

Virginia – Office of Vital Records: Order birth, death, marriage, and divorce records from the state of Virginia.

Virginia Memory – Chancery Records Index:  You may find information about your family in this searchable database on Virginia Chancery Court Records.

This site is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services. It is managed by the The Library of Virginia Library Development and Networking Division.