Genealogy & Local History

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The Staunton Public Library can help you in your search with numerous online and in-Library resources. Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.

Staunton Public Library is a FamilySearch affiliated Library, with in-house access to some digitized resources. 

Researching at the Library

We offer the following resources at the Library for your genealogical research:

Online Genealogical Resources

  • NEW! ShipIndex.org Special access provided at no cost by the  provider during our closure.
  • Ancestry Library Edition (** Available from home during our closure. Log in at valleylibraries.org)
  • Fold3 Library Edition
  • Ancestry for Virginians (accessible from home). The Library of Virginia is pleased to provide Virginians free public access to select content from Ancestry.com. PLEASE NOTE: These records do not include the entirety of Ancestry.com's Virginia-related content. 
  • Chronicling America: Access to and information about many American newspapers.
  • Cyndi’s List: More than 180,000 categorized and cross-referenced links to websites with genealogical information on the web. Includes lists of sources geared specifically for beginners.
  • The DAR Genealogical Research System: A combination of several databases created in recent years to organize the large quantity of information that the Daughters of the American Revolution has collected since its inception in 1890.
  • Ellis Island Immigration Records: Search passenger records for ships that landed at Ellis Island between 1892 and 1924. Castle Garden, also in New York harbor, was the official immigration center from 1855 to 1890.
  • FamilySearch.org: The Internet Genealogy Service of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and the largest genealogy organization in the world.
  • RootsWeb: Known as the oldest and largest free genealogy website. See who is looking for the same surnames as you.
  • Social Security Death Index: A listing of persons who had a Social Security number and whose death was reported to the Social Security Administration. Available online from a variety of commercial services.
  • USGenWeb Project: Links to state and county genealogy sources organized by volunteers working to provide for genealogical research in every county in the U.S.

Researching Around Staunton

Download the guide to local genealogical research.

Researching Local History & Families