Genealogy & History

Library visitors have free access to our subscription of when you visit any ACL location. Discover long lost relatives, look at original documents, and find out more about your family. Please note, Ancestry is only available for free when you are in the library.

American Memory Project

A project of the Library of Congress, the American Memory site is a digital archive of “written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience.”

Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia

An online version of the 3 volume book by Lyman Chalkey which is extracted from the Original Court Records of Augusta County, Virginia from 1745 to1800.

Census Online

Images of census records from 1790 through 1930, along with Confederate soldier records. This is a quick link to records for Augusta County, Virginia, but other records are available as well.

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers

This is a site produced by the National Digital Newspaper Program that provides free access to select digitized newspaper pages and a wealth of information about historic American newspapers held in libraries across the country.

Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites Online

A trusted genealogy research site for more than 18 years, Cyndi’s List ismeant to be your starting point when researching online.

DAR Ancestor Search

This collection provides access to the many materials amassed by the Daughters of the American Revolution since its founding in 1890.

Document Bank of Virginia (DBVa)

A collection of digitized historical documents spanning the beginning of the Americas to the present day. You can search by time period or subject such as the Great Depression, WWII, African American or Native American History, and more.

Family Search

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints provides an online search of the millions of names in its International Genealogical Index and of genealogical records and family histories.

Find a Grave

Find A Grave is a free resource for finding the final resting places of famous folks, friends and family members.’

History by Era

The Gilder Leherman Institute of American History has developed this gateway to source materials, essays, lesson plans and presentations organized by era. Augusta County Library is a Public Library Affiliate of The Gilder Leherman Institute.

How to Research Your Historic Property

This publication from the Virginia Department of Historic Resources provides information about  online and physical resources that will help reveal the history of your historic property.

Local History Pinterest Board

Our librarians share maps, articles and photographs relating to the history of Augusta County and the surrounding area.

National Archives

The Nation’s Record Keeper has many online collections that include written and photographic documents that illustrate our country’s history as well as land, census and immigration records that are very useful for genealogy work.

One Step Webpages by Steve Morse

This site contains tools for finding immigration records, census records, vital records, and for dealing with calendars, maps, foreign alphabets, and numerous other applications. Some of these tools fetch data from other websites but do so in more versatile ways than the search tools provided on those websites.

Peyton’s History of Augusta County, Virginia

An online version of this book from 1882.

Rootsweb: Augusta County Resources

Maps, cemetery listings, family histories and more.

Soldiers & Sailors Database

This National Park Service site lets you view military records of both individuals and units, as well as providing information on national cemeteries.

The Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Foundation

Search their database of more than 51 million immigrant records and read passenger stories.

Valley of the Shadow

Created by the University of Virginia Library and the Virginia Center for Digital History, this site lets you explore thousands of letters, diaries and newspapers chronicling people living in Augusta County, Virginia, and Franklin County, Pennsylvania, from John Brown’s Raid through Reconstruction.

Virginia Memory

Virginia Memory is part of the online presence of the Library of Virginia, the state archives and reference library at the seat of government for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Established in 1823, the Library maintains vast and varied collections of print materials, manuscripts, archival records, newspapers, photographs and ephemera, maps and atlases, rare books, and fine art that tell the history of the commonwealth and its people. Since the mid-1990s, the Library has digitized parts of the collections in an effort to make their materials more widely available.

Waddell’s Annals of Augusta County Virigina, 1726 to 1871

Digitized version of this classic book, published in 1902.